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Ticket sellers warned to stay outside limit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:49pm


If you plan on scalping tickets for the Masters Tournament, you’d better know your boundaries.

Police said anyone caught buying, selling or handing off tickets within a 2,700 foot boundary around the Augusta National could face misdemeanor charges or get a ride in a police car.

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Mike Padgett Highway to be closed for building demolition

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:50pm

Mike Padgett Highway near Procter & Gamble will be closed to traffic Saturday morning while crews demolish part of the building.

Areas of the highway between Marvin Griffin Road and Phinizy Road will be closed 7-11 a.m.

Police said the area will be closed because of the loud noise and possible dust cloud that may follow the demolition. Crews will be tearing down a taller building on the right side of the facility facing Mike Padgett Highway as part of ongoing renovations.


Chick-fil-A top chicken chain

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:38pm


NEW YORK — Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain in the U.S. last year.


Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them.


Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top chicken chain in 2012. KFC is still much bigger globally.


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UGA employee charged in books theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:43pm


ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia employee was arrested Tuesday after police said they caught her stealing text books.

Julia Hannah Meranski, 26, of Athens, also was illegally in possession of several types of prescription medication, according to police.

UGA Police Chief said that Meranski is under suspicion for text book thefts on campus going back possibly as long as two years ago.

“We have reason to believe she may have been committing similar thefts over a period of time,” Williamson said. “We do not believe that this was an isolated incident.”

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Dispatcher gets 911 call on dad

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:03pm


TUCKER, Ga. — A Georgia 911 operator is being nominated for a national award for training a colleague, who took a call from her own family during her first day on the job and helped dispatch an ambulance to her father.


DeKalb County dispatcher Crystal Morrow tells WAGA-TV that she was surprised when she heard a familiar voice -- her aunt -- on the other end of an emergency call. Morrow’s father had gone into diabetic shock.


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April Fool joke sends SC woman to jail

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:53pm

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A woman arrested after falsely reporting a shooting at a Spartanburg school on April Fools’ Day is facing more charges, according to authorities.


Angela Timmons, 54, has been charged with breach of peace, disturbing schools and illegal use of a telephone, according to a release from Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Ivey.


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