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Shootout leaves bandit, victim dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:05pm

DULUTH, Ga. — Police say an armed robbery attempt led to a gun battle between two men, leaving both of them shot to death in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs.

Gwinnett County police say a man with a gun approached a man and woman and tried to rob them as they left the Time Internet Café near Duluth late Monday night.

Police say the man leaving the café drew his own handgun, and the two began shooting at each other.

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Good Samaritan shot, killed near Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:59am

COVINGTON, Ga. — A 16-year-old boy has been accused of killing a man who gave him and his friends a ride, then dumping his body and driving off in his SUV.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the teenager shot and killed Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington on Saturday night. The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes.

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Ex-Olympian charged after standoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:28am

The man involved in a five-hour police standoff Monday at his Richmond County home is a former Olympic competitor, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

George Washington Kitchens Jr., 33, was taken to the Richmond County jail on charges of committing terroristic threats and acts. He was alone in the home during the standoff, and no injuries were reported.

Kitchens was a track star at both Glenn Hills High School and Clemson University. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics in the long jump but did not win a medal.

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Child poverty continues to plague Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:39am


Georgia fell slightly in an annual ranking of how children and families fare as the state continues to be plagued by a high percentage of children in poverty and parents without a secure job.

But there are some positive signs in education and a drastic drop in teen births that point to a turnaround in child poverty, experts said.

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Man sought after theft attempt

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:53pm

 Authorities are looking for a man who tried to walk out of an Augusta Wal-Mart store June 14 with almost $800 in merchandise.

According to a bulletin from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:10 a.m. a medium build, white man entered the store at 3209 Deans Bridge Road and took $798 in merchandise and tried to leave without paying.

When confronted by an employee, he left the merchandise and drove away in a blue Ford Explorer, Georgia license tag PFR4271. The merchandise was returned to the store.

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Gas leak prompts evacuations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 1:53pm


A gas main was punctured by construction crews Monday afternoon, causing several homes in the area to be evacuated.

According to Pam Tucker, Columbia County Emergency Management Agency director, six adults, three children and four dogs were evacuated from homes in the Baldwin Place Subdivision off of Columbia Road.

All the residents were allowed to return to their homes when the evacuation ended about 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Tech grad crowned Miss Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:19am

 COLUMBUS, Ga. — A new Miss Georgia has been crowned in Columbus.

 Media outlets report that Patricia Ford, Miss Capital City, won the title Saturday. Ford, a Georgia Tech graduate, performed a Ballet En Pointe routine for her talent. Through the years, she has worked to promote and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

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Summer could be a scorcher but still miss record

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:59pm


Today’s only the first day of summer, but it’s felt like it for some time with heat indexes topping 100 last week.

The National Weather Ser­vice is calling for above-normal temperatures for the next three months, according to an outlook released Thursday.

It looks like it might be a hot summer, but possibly not as hot as some previous ones.

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Dustin Johnson wins U.S. Open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 8:03pm

OAKMONT, Pa. — All the chaos and confusion couldn't stop Dustin Johnson from proving he had the head to be a U.S. Open champion.


One year after the most devastating of all his close calls in the major, Johnson endured two hours of not knowing the size of his lead while the USGA questioned whether he should be penalized one stroke for his ball moving on the fifth green.


Johnson said it didn't. The USGA said it would wait until after the final round to decide.

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SC artist Jim Harrison dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:48am

DENMARK, S.C. – Nationally acclaimed artist Jim Harrison, 80, has died. 

The Orangeburg Times-Democrat reports Harrison was found dead in his Denmark office Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan.

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Accident kills Harlem woman, 26

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:35pm

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died in a traffic accident Saturday morning in Columbia County.

Linzi Lowe was driving a 2016 Honda Civic east on Wrightsboro Road at Dyches Road around 9 a.m. when she crossed the centerline, striking a westbound vehicle, according to Columbia County sheriff’s deputies and Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

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Bjorn wins Democratic US House primary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:45pm


COLUMBIA — Arik Bjorn has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in South Carolina’s 2nd Con­gressional District race by 45 votes out of more than 19,000 cast.

The South Carolina Elec­tion Commission certified the results Saturday afternoon after a recount mandated by law. The district includes parts of Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.

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Patterson Bridge Road reopens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:46pm


Closed since an April 1 washout, Patterson Bridge Road reopened Friday ahead of schedule.

According to Augusta 311 Director Kelli Walker, the bridge and road reopened to local traffic – no 18-wheelers – late Friday, and the meandering detour on Chalk Mine Road was being closed.

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High winds damage Mistletoe park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:07pm


A severe thunderstorm and strong winds up to 70 mph swept through Mistletoe State Park on Friday afternoon, toppling 50 to 60 trees – some on top of vehicles, campers and tents – leaving roads blocked and sending at least one person to the hospital.

A 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with a broken arm after a tree fell on a camper she was in, but otherwise all other injuries were minor.

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Gator scare closes Tybee beaches

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:57pm

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — Authorities have closed some beaches along the Georgia coast as a precaution after a large alligator was spotted near Savannah.

Tybee Island officials said in a statement that the gator, estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, was spotted early Friday morning in the water off the beaches on the south end of Tybee Island.

They said all beaches were then closed from the Parker Pier to the back river.

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Former Richmond County Sheriff Bill Anderson dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:31pm


Former Richmond Coun­ty Sheriff Bill Anderson died Fri­day morning, former colleagues confirmed.

Anderson was elected in 1971 to fill the term of Sheriff E.R. Atkins, who died in office, and served for five controversial years.

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Overturned truck delays traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:54am


An overturned dump truck is causing traffic delays in the Wrightsboro Road area of Columbia County.

The wreck was reported to Columbia County sheriff’s dispatch at 7:57 a.m. at Wrightsboro and Old Wheeler roads. Around 10 a.m., dispatch said a wrecker is still on the scene.

Few details on the wreck are available at this time, but it appears to be a single vehicle crash. No injuries have been reported.

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Georgia Bank & Trust parent to be acquired

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:31am


A quarter-century tradition in Au­gusta banking will come to an end early next year when the corporate parent of Georgia Bank & Trust Co., Southeastern Bank Financial Corp., gets folded into South Carolina’s largest bank holding company.

The local company that grew from a startup in 1989 to the metro area’s second-largest financial institution announced Friday that it would be acquired by Columbia-based South State Corp. in a stock deal valued at $334 million.

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Paine's possible loss of accreditation bad news to city officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:19pm

Augusta officials reacted with shock and uncertainty about news of the city’s lone historically black college being recommended to lose its accreditation.

Many of Augusta’s black leaders attended Paine at some point or earned degrees there, including former mayor Ed McIntyre and former commissioners Betty Beard, Henry Brigham and J.R. Hatney. Current commissioners Bill Fennoy and Bill Lockett completed undergraduate degrees there.

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Wrongful death suit fired over Marshall Square fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:09pm


Columbia County and several fire and rescue employees have been named in a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal fire at the Marshall Square retirement community last year.

The suit was filed Thursday by Barbara Ellington, the last surviving daughter of Dorothy Carpenter, the lone resident who died in the fire.

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