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Truck driver pleads guilty in accident that killed 5 coeds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:35am

PEMBROKE, Ga. — A Louisiana truck driver charged in a fiery interstate crash in Georgia that killed five nursing students last year pleaded guilty Thursday to nine counts, including five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide.

A judge sentenced 56-year-old John Wayne Johnson to five years in prison, plus five on probation. He would have faced up to 93 years if convicted at trial.

The sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Interstate slowdown in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:29am

Expect slowdowns on westbound Interstate 20 in Columbia County today as crews conduct maintenance work.

The left lane from mile marker 181.5 to 183.5 will be closed while crews on site. Work is scheduled to conclude about 3:30 p.m. today.

Jefferson plane crash parts still missing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:24am

LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Searchers combing Jefferson County in recent weeks have found much of the wreckage of the two F-16 fighter jets that crashed last month.

Two larger objects, however, have eluded them -- a pilot’s ejection seat and a windshield canopy.

“Keep in mind that these items may be disfigured from the crash,” an Air Force spokesman said. “If you find anything you believe may be aircraft wreckage, please call 911 and relay the description and location of the items.”

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120 Lexington, SC, inmates get sick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 9:05am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — State health officials are investigating an illness that is affecting a large group of inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Capt. Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department tells local media that about 120 inmates have been treated for a gastrointestinal illness in the last two days.

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Update: Truck wreck cleared

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 7:52am


The Georgia Department of Transportation said the Peach Orchard Road on-ramp to westbound Bobby Jones Expressway is reopened to traffic.


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Company holds groundbreaking for Barnwell County expansion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:38pm

BARNWELL, S.C. — Swiss Krono held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on an expansion that is expected to create more than 100 manufacturing jobs in Barnwell County.

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Interstate bridges over canal, river will be replaced

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:38pm


Georgia and South Carolina transportation officials announced plans Wednesday to replace the Interstate 20 bridges over the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Georgia transportation board member Don Grantham said.

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Eller to leave Augusta for Georgia College

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:18pm


Jason Eller is leaving Augusta University to become the new head baseball coach at Georgia College.

The Bobcats announced Eller’s hiring Wednesday. He’ll be formally introduced Thursday as the ninth coach in program history.

Eller’s fiery personality and dedication to recruiting sparked Augusta’s drastic turnaround in just three years as Jaguars coach. He inherited a program that went 10-38 in 2013, including just three Peach Belt Conference wins, and experienced a winning season at 29-22 and national ranking in 2016.

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Cameron heads out as prime minister

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 12:15pm


LONDON — David Cameron left 10 Downing St. on Wednesday for the last time as Britain’s prime minister, making the short trip to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II after declaring that leading the country had been “the greatest honor of my life.”


Cameron made a brief statement outside the prime minister’s residence, his home for more than six years, accompanied by his wife Samantha and children Nancy, Elwen and Florence.


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Court denies Brady's 'Deflategate' appeal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:28am

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady’s attempt to get a new hearing on his “Deflategate” suspension.

Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. In April, a three-judge panel said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs used in a Jan. 18, 2015, playoff game.

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Savannah River Remediation receives safety award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 9:53am


Savannah River Remediation, the Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor, received the Palmetto Shining Star Safety Award from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

SRR was selected for the award for its dedication to safety both on site and within the local community. According to a news release, SRR reached one million or more safe work hours without a lost-time injury or illness in 2015 and achieved a significantly lower incidence rate than reported by South Carolina in the previous year.

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