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Georgia Regents sets sights on Peach Belt Conference title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:06pm


With the way his team is playing, Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress is focused on trying to win another league title.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Jaguars are tied for first in the Peach Belt Conference East Division. While Georgia Regents trails Montevallo by two games with three to go in the overall standings, Metress continues to focus on the top prize.

“I told our guys the other day in practice, why don’t we try to win the whole league?” he said. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility, because you never know what happens every night.”

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Bill to legalize fireworks opposed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:00pm

ATLANTA -- A pair of bills to legalize the sale of fireworks in Georgia ran afoul of critics Tuesday from medical and fire-safety groups, but the sponsors agreed to combine them and move forward.

The proposals, House Bill 15 and HB 110, were independently crafted to allow Georgians to sell and use explosive fireworks like surrounding states. Current state law only permits sparklers.

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Man who sought time with kids in police custody

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:52pm

 Grovetown police have in custody a man who allegedly told a mother Tuesday he would pay $200 to spend alone time with her children.

Chad Eric Stefani, of Broad Oak Road in Grovetown, was wanted on three felony arrest warrants for criminal intent child molestation, according to a statement from Grovetown Chief Gary Jones.

The Grovetown Public Safety Facebook page announced just before 11 p.m. that Stefani had turned himself in, saying “The (Stefani) suspect has surrendered and is in custody at our facility.”

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MCG students, faculty at Capitol

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:15pm

ATLANTA -- Administrators, faculty and more than 30 students from the Medical College of Georgia’s campuses around the state spent the day Tuesday rubbing elbows with legislators.

MCG is part of Georgia Regents University, based in Augusta, with campuses in Athens, Rome, Savannah and Albany.

The students had to compete to be selected to attend, including submitting an essay.

“I wanted to be involved in the legislative process,” said second-year student Bradley Norwack of Cobb County.

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No power for 77,000 in Ga.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 3:07pm

ATLANTA — Utility companies say more than 77,000 Georgia customers remain without power as crews work to clear downed trees and power lines.

Georgia's electric membership cooperatives reported that more than 49,200 customers throughout the state were without power Tuesday night after an ice storm coated much of northeast Georgia. A Georgia Power outage map also said more than 27,800 of its customers were without power.

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Student in UGA fraternity gunplay surrenders

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:52pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student accused in a weekend shooting incident during an on-campus dispute between two fraternities surrendered to authorities Monday night.

Gregory John O’Brien, 21, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of possession of a weapon on school grounds and reckless conduct.

He was released about an hour after surrendering at the Clarke County Jail, after posting a $10,000 bond.

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Fire sweeps through Belvedere home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:16pm


BELVEDERE -- An afternoon fire has done extensive damage to a home in the 200 block of Edisto Drive in Belvedere.

The blaze was reported about 1:10 p.m. and firefighters from the Belvedere Fire Department and North Augusta Department of Public Safety were on the scene.

No one was hurt, firefighters at the scene said, and everyone inside the home got out safely.

 The cause of the blaze and details of the fire have not yet been made public.


Blue Cross to help hacked customers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:51pm

ATLANTA -- Current and former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members are being offered free identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services in the wake of a massive data breach involving the insurer’s parent company, Anthem.

Blue Cross members dating back to 2004 can start accessing these services before receiving a mailed notification from Anthem that will be sent in the coming weeks.

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Ga. student recovering after bull goring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:08am

The spokesman said that University of Mississippi sophomore Benjamin Milley, 20, was not ready to talk publicly but was in contact by telephone with his family. The spokesman said he was accompanied by friends at the hospital.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with hospital rules.

Milley suffered several wounds, including a 40-cm (16-inch) goring in the thigh, when he was caught by a fighting bull during a festival in the nearby town of Ciudad Rodrigo on Saturday.

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Fatal Warren fire ruled accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:52am

An overnight fire that killed an 81-year-old Warren County man has been ruled an accident.

Ralph Hudgens, Insurance and Safety Fire commissioner, said state investigators determined the fire that killed Johnny C. Duggas started in the kitchen of the home as the result of a malfunction in the electrical panel.

State insurance spokesman Glenn Allen said the couple was heating with space heaters which overloaded the panel.

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Feds list 200-plus cases handled by Savannah-based prosecutor and ATF agent who had five-year affair

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:02am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal prosecutors have identified more than 200 cases in which Savannah-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and a federal agent with whom she had a five-year affair “collaborated.”

Federal judges have removed both Ippolito and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent Lou Valoze from court duties pending an investigation of whether their ongoing extramarital affair has jeopardized prosecutions and convictions.

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Mayor schedules 'office hours'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:39am

Mayor Hardie Davis’ second “Office Hours” event outside city hall will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 pm. Thursday at Jason’s Deli, 2907 Washington Road.

Davis’ guest will be interim District 7 Commissioner Hap Harris, according to a news release.

Harris is in a heated three-way March 17 contest for the District 7 commission post with contenders Sean Frantom and Sonny Pittman.

Davis said residents can share ideas, ask questions, address concerns and meet their neighbors at the meeting.

Paine men rally at Claflin, claim share of SIAC title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:11pm


Paine College made history Monday night.

The Lions rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit and pulled out an 86-85 overtime win at Claflin.

With the victory, the Paine men clinched at least a share of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title – the school’s first regular-season conference championship – with two games remaining. The Lions have won three SIAC Tournament titles, their last one in 2002.

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Rain fee needs more public input: commissioners

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:07pm

While it remains on Tuesday’s meeting agenda, Augusta Commission members say they plan to delay implementation of a new stormwater fee.

Expected to generate some $10 million annually through a $6.40 monthly fee charged to most households, several commissioners said Monday more public input is needed.

“I think we’re going in the reverse, to get a little more information, a little more public input,” Commissioner Sammie Sias said, “to make sure the public understands completely and give them additional time to express themselves.”

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