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Civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 7:03am

ATLANTA — Julian Bond’s life seemed to trace the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group, through a long career in politics and his leadership of the NAACP almost four decades later.

Year after year, the cool, telegenic Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for equality, inspiring fellow activists with his words in 1960s and carrying the movement’s vision to succeeding generations as a speaker and academic. He died Saturday at 75.

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Grand jury accuses Georgia transportation official of accepting bribes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 3:18pm


ATLANTA — A grand jury has accused a supervisor at the Georgia Department of Transportation of accepting bribes so others could improperly dump dirt on state properties.

George Bell was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy and accepting bribes. He was arraigned Friday in Atlanta.

Investigators said Bell accepted bribes of $600 and $1,100 during May 2014 to permit the dumping. Federal officials allege in court filings that Bell obtained roughly $15,000 as a result of the scheme.

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Band releases album of songs inspired by American Civil War

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 2:19pm

ATLANTA — Granville Automatic, a band with roots in Atlanta, is releasing its collection of songs inspired by Civil War battles, part of a related project to film videos of the songs on battlefields across the nation.

The album released this weekend, An Army Without Music, includes songs about soldiers, horses and ghosts in several southern states.

The band has filmed videos of the songs in the places that inspired them, and has plans to shoot more videos in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

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Authorities decline to release dashcam video in South Carolina teen's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 2:12pm


SENECA, S.C. — South Carolina authorities have declined a TV station’s request to release video from a police cruiser related to the shooting death of a 19-year-old by a police officer.

WYFF reports ( ) that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division declined a Freedom of Information Act request to release dashcam video.

An e-mail on Friday denying the station’s request notes that the video is part of an ongoing investigation for which no arrests have been made.

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Thousands participate in Augusta's 'March for Jesus' rally

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 12:59pm

As soon as Wouter Ceyssens heard about the March for Jesus, he knew he wanted his whole family to participate.

Watching Saturday’s activities on Augusta Common, he said he was happy to be part of an event that “really united us Christians in Christ’s love.”

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Driver license process altered today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:49am

ATLANTA – People seeking a new or renewed driver’s license who don’t have a birth certificate or passport  won’t be able to today, state officials announced.

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Aiken public safety chief returns to work following suspension

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 8:39pm

Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco returned to work Friday after serving a three-day suspension, according to media reports.

The suspension stemmed from the mishandling of a missing persons case in which family members filed a missing persons report for someone who actually was in jail at the time. Allegedly, the department failed to recognize that the person was in custody when the family contacted it to file the report since records were missing.

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