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Macon, Ga., pastor wins Augusta VA's resident chaplain of year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm


Not much of a public speaker, Dr. Dianne Lewis had to read from prepared notes Thursday when thanking all the people who helped her graduate from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Pastoral Education Program.

Luckily, no speech was required after she was named the Augusta area’s resident chaplain of the year.

The first-time award was dedicated to Charlie Norwood, the late congressman for whom the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center was named in 2008.

Lewis, 52, was left speechless.

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Georgia Department of Labor reports net gain of 600 jobs in August

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:37pm

The Augusta metro area showed a net gain of 600 jobs in August, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 221,700 jobs in the six-county Augusta area. Gains were seen in health, education and hospitality, offsetting a loss of jobs in professional and business services.

Students went back to school in August, explaining job gains in local government and education and health services sectors.

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2 teens charged in armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:43pm

Two teens are facing charges of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside her Madison on the Green apartment last week.

Africk Sanchez Morris and Benny Gary, both 17, have been charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The 26-year-old victim told police that after she pulled up at her apartment building on River Ridge Drive about 10:20 p.m. Sept. 10, two robbers demanded she hand over her belongings.

She told police she thought it was a joke until she saw the guns.

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Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews to allow women members

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:11pm

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.

The spiritual “Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity on Thursday when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective immediately.

“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a brief statement he read just outside the clubhouse at the Old Course.

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