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Voting by mail begins in Nov. 4 election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:11pm

Voting by mail has begun for the Nov. 4 election.

Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said mail-out paper absentee ballots are now available for registered voters who complete an application and fax, e-mail, mail or hand deliver it to the elections office in Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

It’s not too late to register to vote in the general election, which includes several races that affect Richmond and Columbia counties.

The deadline to register is Oct. 6, Bailey said.

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Norfolk Southern invests in safety improvements

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:36pm

A year after a south Augusta train derailment caused a three-day closure of one of the area’s most traveled highways, Norfolk Southern is making safety improvements.

The rail operator has invested $2.2 billion in its infrastructure this year to spot problems in its tracks and railroad crossings before they arise, said Rick Harris, the director of corporate communications.

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Costs increase nearly $1 billion for salt waste facility at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:06pm


The construction costs of a critical facility for liquid waste cleanup efforts at Savannah River Site has risen nearly $1 billion, according to an official at the South Carolina site.

Latest projections from the U.S. Energy Department estimate the Salt Waste Processing Facility will cost $2.3 billion to build and start up – an increase of $982.5 million from the project cost set in 2009, according to DOE site spokesman Jim Giusti.

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New GSP task force in Richmond County last week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:41pm

Richmond County was one of the first stops last week for a new Georgia State Patrol task force focused on drunken driving.

Eleven troopers in Troop E, which includes Grovetown, Washington, Madison, Milledgeville and Monroe patrol posts, formed the task force to look for intoxicated drivers in the 21 counties along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

The task force will deploy at least once a month for concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

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Two Butler High students facing gun possession, stolen property charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:45pm

Two Butler High School students are facing criminal charges in connection to a gun sale on school property.

The two students, 17-year-old Leroy Prince and 17-year-old Patrick Johnson, were arrested after an investigation Tuesday. According to police incident reports, Price brought two semi-automatic handguns to Butler High to sell. Johnson then met with Price and took a 9 millimeter handgun from him while still on school grounds. The handgun was reported stolen in 2007, according to the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office.

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