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Passenger in custody, driver still missing after high-speed chase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:48pm

A female suspect is in custody and a male suspect is missing following a high-speed chase Thursday night that ended in Hephzibah.

Approximately 8 p.m., the chase down Deans Bridge Road ended when the unknown suspect’s vehicle overturned and caught fire next to Ethan Food Store. According to police dispatch traffic, the chase at one point crossed a median and into oncoming traffic. At least one police car sustained a flat tire during the chase, according to dispatch.

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Still no clues on missing North Augusta mom

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:34pm


Park Kingery was hoping by now, 76 days after his wife went for a walk and never came back, somebody would have come up with a clue.

Someone, he said, had to have noticed a petite, blonde woman walking on Sept. 20 along the winding, wooded roads in their Merriweather neighborhood of North Augusta, where cyclists and joggers are common.

Maybe, if people think back to that day, they’ll remember a car pulled over on the road or could confirm a direction she was walking.

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IT firm EDTS CEO Charles Johnson named Augusta-Metro Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:53pm

The head of a Broad Street-based information technology firm grabbed the title of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year on Thursday.

The chamber awarded EDTS CEO Charles Johnson with the honor during its member economic luncheon at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. EDTS is a networking and security technology consulting firm for businesses.

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Clowney to miss rest of season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm


Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney will have a second knee surgery, ending his season for the Houston Texans.

Clowney visited Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday to have his right knee examined and coach Bill O’Brien announced
the news Thursday.

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Empty Stocking Fund need: Mother and her 4 children seek help after house fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:54pm


A house fire has destroyed almost all the possessions of an Augusta mother and her four children.

“It has been very hard to find things from beds, tables, towels, not to mention hard to find a new home,” she writes. “My kids have nothing and we really and truly need any help that we can get.”

“I cry and cry. Then I have to get it together so my kids don’t see me crying. I just pray and keep faith. I am asking the Empty Stocking Fund to please help us.”

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November tax revenues up

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:08pm

ATLANTA -- Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.46 billion, an increase of approximately $60.5 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to November 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.

According to a news release, year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.7 billion, which was an increase of $359 million, or 4.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $7.34 billion after five months.

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SC police chief indicted in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:45pm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 was charged with murder, and his lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward police to get the indictment.

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Nebraska hires Oregon State's Riley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:28pm

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska hired Oregon State’s Mike Riley as its new football coach on Thursday, replacing the fired Bo Pelini.

Riley has spent 14 seasons over two tenures at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to 93 wins and a 6-2 record in bowl games. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced the move and said Riley would be formally introduced on Friday.

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CDC: Half of flu strains don't match shot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:09pm


More than half of influenza A strains typed this season don’t match those included in this year’s flu shot, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Still, getting the shot could provide some protection for those who have yet to be vaccinated so it is still recommended, said Dr. Thomas Frieden. Clinicians should make greater use of antivirals, particularly with those who are especially vulnerable to complications from flu, he said.

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Man arrested for machete in pants

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:24pm

An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found an 18-inch machete hidden in his pants, a police report says.

A fight in the road brought police to the 1100 block of Peters Road at 9:25 a.m., according to an incident report from the Rich­mond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Washington County's A.J. Gray earns Gatorade Georgia award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:53am


Washington County standout quarterback A.J. Gray was named the Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year on Thursday.

The award, in its 30th year, honors the nation’s best high school athletes and is a collaboration between Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports. It recognizes excellence on and off the field.

Gray is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced later in December.

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Florida hires McElwain as football coach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:18am

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After working though a buyout issue, Jim McElwain is leaving Colorado State to become Florida’s next head coach.

The Gators are expected to announce the hiring later Thursday.

McElwain officially accepted the job Thursday morning after working out a deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout that had been the sticking point, a person familiar with the search said. The person to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search.

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SC man killed by train

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:48am

YEMASSEE, S.C. — Authorities are investigating the death of a man in Colleton County who was struck and killed by a freight train.

Area media outlets report the accident happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday in Yemassee. A woman who was with the man says he tried to reach out and touch the train when he was struck.

Colleton County Fire and Rescue Director Barry McRoy says the crossing lights and warning arms at the CSX grade crossing were working properly.

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Sex sting nabs Ga. principal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:46am

ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say a former elementary school principal has been convicted of attempting to entice a minor for sex.

Authorities say 57-year-old John McGill, former principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County, responded to a Craigslist ad featuring a mother who was looking to introduce her 13-year-old daughter to sexual intercourse. The ad was actually placed by a federal agent.

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More delays for Atlanta streetcar plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:43am

ATLANTA — The debut of the Atlanta Streetcar, which has been delayed numerous times, is still unknown and officials say it won’t start carrying passengers this weekend as some had hoped.

Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that the project still hasn’t received final approvals from state and federal transportation authorities.

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First bills filed for Ga. legislature range from pot to sexual abuse to college athletics

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:11am

ATLANTA -- Marijuana, horse racing, driving with cellphones, child sexual abuse, the minimum wage and college athletics are some of the topics of pre-filed legislation so far.

With campaigns concluded, Georgia lawmakers are filing bills ahead of the legislative session that starts Jan. 12. As of Wednesday, 17 general bills and one constitutional amendment have been filed in the House of Representatives while senators have only filed two bills and one amendment.

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