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Durant runs wild in McCormick win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:17pm


In McCormick, S.C., Mataeo Durant scored on four plays 50 yards or longer as the Chiefs took down the Trojans in a Region 1-A game.

Durant rushed for 243 yards on 14 carries as McCormick improved to 2-5 and 1-1 in the region.

Ridge Spring-Monetta dropped to 3-4 and 0-2.

RS-Monetta 7 0 0 0 – 7

McCormick 6 6 6 14 – 32

First Quarter

M–Mataeo Durant 69 pass from Shyran Williams (run failed), 11:36

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North Augusta remains undefeated with win over Lexington

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:00pm


In Lexington, S.C., North Augusta ran its record to 7-0 with a 21-7 victory over Lexington in the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets got a fumble recovery for a touchdown and Careron Mathews gave North Augusta some breathing room late with an 80-yard touchdown run.

North Augusta’s Trib Reece connected with Rashad Byrd for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Lexington (3-4, 0-1 region) was plagued by four turnovers as North Augusta avenged last year’s 18-14 loss to the Wildcats.


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Westside defeats Hephzibah

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:15pm

HEPHZIBAH — Westside defensive coordinator Ivory Hugee gathered the Patriots together on the field following his team’s 28-7 win Friday night.

“Guys,” he said, “at least we have a game ball to give Coach Tate.”

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Man steals from area restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:42pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect accused of robbing an area business Friday evening.

Deputies responded about 9:28 p.m. to 3336 Wrightsboro Road, where a black male was seen taking a cash register drawer from Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs and leaving the restaurant, according to Richmond County dispatch.

The suspect, who did not appear to be armed according to a store employee, was last seen fleeing the scene on foot while carrying the register drawer.

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Venus Cain wants new term on Richmond County Board of Education to continue district initiatives

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:25pm

After eight years on the Board of Education, Venus Cain said her work serving students and educators is not over yet.

If elected for a third term, Cain said she plans to try to bring an online credit recovery system into the Richmond County jail so incarcerated teens awaiting trial won’t fall behind in school.

Another goal is to work with district staff on the budget to eliminate the system’s four employee furlough days and also find money for across-the-board pay raises.

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Commissioners debate franchise fee increase at retreat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:51pm


A proposal by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree to raise the franchise fee Augusta charges city-owned utilities drew considerable discussion at a Friday budget retreat for Augusta commissioners.

But an increase to 4 percent, generating an additional $600,000, would only have the commission “back next year having the same conversation,” said Commissioner Ben Hasan, who won election earlier this year with heavy law enforcement backing.

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Federal jury acquits Harlem man of drug trafficking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:47pm


One of the men accused of conspiring to funnel large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to the Augusta area was acquitted at trial.

A jury in U.S. District Court found Victor E. Ovalle Jr., 20, not guilty Thursday of conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Ovalle, of Harlem, and 12 other defendants were named in the federal indictment last year. The indictment charged the defendants with bringing large amounts of methamphetamine into the region, and it sought forfeiture of $2 million in alleged drug trafficking profits.

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Fall is season of city park projects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 7:09pm

The sight of more people at Augusta’s parks signals a major season shift for Gary Hegner and his crew of 50 city groundskeepers.

It’s the start of autumn, a time when his team transitions from mowing, edging and landscape maintenance to six months of projects and repairs at Augusta’s 70 parks, 1,200 acres of public green space and dozens of city-owned medians in the downtown and Summerville historic districts.

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UGA AD McGarity issues statement on Gurley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:31pm

Statement from Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on Todd Gurley:


“I would like to make a few additional comments about yesterday’s announcement regarding the suspension of Todd Gurley.

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5-car crash back up traffic on Washington Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:29pm

Richmond County Sheriff deputies and fire crews responded to a five-vehicle accident about 4:55 p.m. Friday on Washington Road.

Four cars and a cement truck were involved in a crash at the 3000 block of Washington Road – near Wild Wing Cafe, according to Richmond County dispatch.

As of 5:45 p.m., traffic was still backed up, while deputies and fire crews remained on scene.

Commuters are recommended to avoid the area if possible.

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Lawsuit filed over city's overtime pay calculation for firefighter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:56pm

Another lawsuit has been filed against the city of Augusta over the issue of overtime payments.

On Friday in U.S. District Court, Robert D. Morris filed suit against the city. The petition seeks class-action certification on behalf of Morris and all other firefighters, more than 200, who were – or are – facing the same circumstances.

The lawsuit contends the city is in violation of the Fair Labor law regarding overtime payment because it fails to include Morris’ entire salary.

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Five animal services board members resign

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:25pm


Five of the 10 Augusta Animal Services advisory board members resigned as of Friday after months of frustration over a high euthanasia rate and what they call the shelter director’s lack of effort to increase adoptions.

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Bus service to Fort Gordon will be tested in pilot program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:34pm


After years trying to start a bus route to Fort Gordon, Augusta Public Transit will begin running buses between the military installation and shopping destinations on Wrightsboro Road next month.

A six-month pilot program begins Nov. 3 to test a route between Fort Gordon, the Augusta Mall and Wal-Mart at a cost of $152,443. Buses will run Monday through Saturday.

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