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Shepard makes history with Futurity Open finals win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 10:29pm

Austin Shepard planned to attend the Augusta Futurity party after the show Saturday night.

As far as celebrations go, that’d be it.

“As soon as I’m done with that,” he said of the party, “I’m going to go to bed and try to go home as quick as I can in the morning.”

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Oklahoma cutter wins Futurity Non-Pro finals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 9:05pm

Her phone kept beeping, buzzing and making assorted other noises right after she wrapped her run in the Futurity Non-Pro finals.

Amber Wilson-Czisny wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Aboard Meradas Molly Mac, the Oklahoma competitor marked 220.5 to win the event Saturday night at James Brown Arena.

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Blizzard brings much of East Coast to a standstill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 2:45pm

NEW YORK — A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation’s capital and its largest city.

After days of weather warnings, most of the 80 million people in the storm’s path heeded requests to stay home and off the roads, which were largely deserted. Yet at least 17 deaths were blamed on the weather — most from traffic accidents, but several people also died while shoveling snow.

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Holdup suspects caught in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 2:38pm

A South Carolina couple has been charged in the Thursday armed robbery of a McDuffie County convenience store.

Jonathan Randy Fesperman and Taylor Diane McNamara, both 19, were arrested about 1:30 a.m. Saturday by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Rock Hill, S.C., Police Department, according to Maj. Ronnie Williamson, of the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Department.

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Northeast Georgia receives up to 8 inches of snow

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 2:21pm

 

ATLANTA — Forecasters say northeast Georgia saw more snowfall overnight, accumulating up to eight inches of snow in the area.

Meteorologist Carly Kovacik says Rabun County received much of the snow in the far north area of the state Saturday. Kovacik says the winter storm warning will expire at 7 p.m.

After the warning expires, Kovacik expects some lingering slick spots and winds to subside.

Metro Atlanta experienced some snowfall Saturday morning, but Kovacik says nothing more than an inch.

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Wrangler Fun Fest canceled

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 9:18am

The Wrangler Family Fun Fest at James Brown Arena scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.today is canceled.

Aiken Tech classes closed today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 6:50am

Due to inclement weather, the Aiken Technical College campus will be closed today, Saturday.

According to a news release, information about rescheduling classes will be available Monday, January 25.

Veteran Texas cutter Brett Davis wins Classic Open finals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:58pm

When trainer Austin Shepard called his friend, Brett Davis, earlier this month and asked him to ride a few horses for him at the Augusta Futurity, Davis gladly accepted.

Good move.

Aboard Deluxe Checks, Davis rung up a score of 223 to win the Classic Open finals by 4.5 points Friday night at James Brown Arena.

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Grovetown girls score key subregion win over Greenbrier

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 11:25pm

Coming off a key subregion win earlier in the week, Grovetown’s girls faced another important test in their quest to stay on top.

The Lady Warriors didn’t disappoint in an intense road environment, routing Greenbrier 80-46 on Friday night.

The two teams came into the crucial matchup tied for first in Region 2A-AAAAA. After solidifying that spot with a win over Cross Creek three days earlier, Grovetown pulled ahead in the standings Friday in dominating fashion.

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Augusta firefighters due portion of overtime pay for 11 months because of software glitch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:30pm

Augusta firefighters are due even more back pay after city officials acknowledged Friday a software glitch shorted them a portion of overtime pay for 11 months last year.

Fire Chief Chris James told personnel in a Friday letter, obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, that a software module correcting a previous miscalculation of overtime pay “did not carry over and perform as designed” when the city upgraded payroll software last February.

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Freezing rain falling in parts of SC as storm moves through

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:21pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A winter storm left a blanket of snow and a glazing of ice in much of northern South Carolina, but the state appeared to be missing the worst of the weather.

More than 30,000 customers were left without power Friday, and roads were slushy but open, authorities said.

“Right now, knock on wood, we’re doing OK,” state Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker said.

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Forecasters expects additional snow in northeast Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:20pm

ATLANTA — Forecasters say northeast Georgia will continue to experience large amounts of snowfall and ice.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Sena says northeast Georgia has gotten four to six inches of snow Friday with an additional three inches expected by Saturday morning.

He says heavy snowfall should turn into flurries around midday Saturday. Sena says the Gainesville area will experience a good portion of sleet than turn into glazed ice.

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Canadian school shooting leaves four dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:09pm

TORONTO — A gunman opened fire at a high school and a second location in an aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan on Friday, leaving four dead and at least two injured, officials said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said from Davos, Switzerland that a suspect was in custody. Trudeau initially said five died, but police later corrected that to four.

"This is every parent's worst nightmare," he said. "The community is reeling."

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