We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Your summer vacation travels have filled our newsroom mailbox.
Old friend Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, Ga., sends a very big card from Chicago, the city of broad shoulders. “We are enjoying it,” he wrote, “but it’s a mass of people just about everywhere you look.”
He also sent a card from Kentucky, where he is enjoying “horse country.”
A man who presented himself as a qualified contractor after Augusta’s 2014 ice storm entered an Alford plea to theft charges Thursday.
Sean P. Hughes, 49, has spent the past year in jail, awaiting the disposition of criminal charges filed in Richmond and Columbia counties. He entered an Alford plea Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court to six counts of theft by deception – four felonies and two misdemeanors. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to a crime but acknowledges that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
WHERE: 2600 block of Henry Street
WHAT: An orange barrel is covering a hole in the median. According to residents, the barrel has been on the street since March 2014.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Unknown
ACTION PROMISED: None. Ron O. Lampkin, a senior traffic engineering technician for the city, said the barrel does not belong to the engineering department and he is unaware who put it there.
An Aiken veterinarian accused last year of inappropriately touching children has been found not guilty.
Juan Carlos Gamboa, 53, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested in January 2014 after being accused of committing unlawful acts against two 8-year-old boys over a three-month period the previous year.
According to a previous story in The Chronicle, Gamboa had dedicated his practice to the treatment of performance and show horses for 23 years and was licensed in Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas.
NORTH AUGUSTA — Raymond Lamarne Walters Sr. served as mayor of North Augusta for only four years, from 1971 to 1975, but his influence is still felt.
He worked hard to convince current Mayor Lark Jones to seek public office for the first time, was a businessman and co-owner of Koger-Walters Oil Co., and led the city’s controversial effort to build a recreational facility on farm land.
Walters, 91, died Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta at 10 a.m. Friday.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia will begin the new season in a familiar spot as the favorites to win the SEC East.
The Bulldogs were tabbed by those attending the league’s SEC football media days here to take the division.
It’s the third time in the last four years Georgia has been the pick.
End of school job losses drove down the number of jobs in the Augusta metro area in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The education and health services job sector, which includes teachers and aides, declined by 1,400 jobs in June, according to data released Thursday. State government, construction and manufacturing also lost jobs in June.
In total, there were 2,400 net fewer jobs in June than in May. Some jobs were added in retail, professional services and transportation.
The truck driver killed Wednesday in the fatal accident on Interstate 20 has been identified.
The driver is Michael Hacker, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., according to a news release from Coroner Mark Bowen.
Autopsy results came back Thursday from the GBI Atlanta Lab. The cause of death was blunt force injuries, Bowen said.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.
Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism, and the FBI took charge of the case.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.
The drama wasn’t hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.
ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that he’s ordered a state investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling organs from aborted fetuses.
The organization denies the allegations.
Deal is responding to a video making the rounds on social media featuring a Planned Parenthood physician employee talking about reimbursement fees for costs associated with tissue donation programs. Abortion opponents say it is evidence the organization sells organs and is motivated to encourage abortions for financial reasons.
Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.
Mullins touted himself as a conservative businessman who would work to bring jobs to the community and introduce legislation to replace the state income tax with a so-called “Fair Tax,” consumption tax on all sales. He also said he wanted to provide relief to property owners by increasing the homestead exemption in Columbia County.