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Savannah cops train for riots

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:07am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Yelling they wanted a sit in, volunteer protesters took turns Tuesday morning sitting at the feet of a wall of Savannah-Chatham police officers who were dressed in riot gear with shields poised.


The police stayed put, even as the protesters taunted them with names — “fat,” “Mr. Moustache,” etc. — and began banging on the officers’ shields. When one protester tried to push backward through the officers, the police took him down, pulling him behind the wall of shields and fake arresting him.


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Ga. woman's body found by rural road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:56am

The body of an Athens area woman found Monday on the side of Georgia Highway 22 in Oglethorpe County has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy, Oglethorpe County Sheriff Mike Smith said.

The woman, identified as Ashley Leanne Watson, 31, of Crawford, Ga., was found about 5:35 p.m. by family members after she had initially been reported missing, Smith said.

“We haven’t ruled out foul play, but it is a death investigation,” he said. “There was no apparent trauma to the body.”

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Veterans demand review of Augusta VA patient advocates

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:16pm


The patient advocate staff at the Char­lie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center came under fire Tuesday after veterans accused the program of ignoring complaints of botched treatments, neglected care and forged records.

During the town-hall meeting, a two-hour outreach event held by the hospital, more than 100 veterans demanded a review of the program specifically designated at the Augusta hospital to work directly with management and employees to facilitate resolutions for possible lapses in care or treatment.

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One arrested, one sought in Wal-Mart theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:56pm

Richmond County deputies arrested a 24-year-old female Tuesday and are searching for a second suspect accused of teaming up to steal $610 from Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road.

Brittney Nicole McKie, 24, of Hephzibah, was seen on video – on three separate occasions since Aug. 23 – loading money onto a cash card and returning the card back to a suspect without receiving money in return, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Children consume too much salt, raising risk of heart disease

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:39pm

Nearly every child in America is eating too much salt and quite a few already have elevated blood pressure, putting them at risk of future heart disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

A report from Georgia Regents University published this year also found that high sodium content among teenagers is independently contributing to obesity and chronic inflammation that could lead to other diseases.

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Man, woman found in apparent murder, suicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:43pm

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed Tuesday evening that a man and woman were found dead Tuesday afternoon in Richmond County.

About 5 p.m., deputies responded to a “suspicious situation” in the 900 block of St. Andrews Drive, according to Sgt. Michael McDaniel. The unidentified male and female were found deceased in what McDaniel described as “an apparent murder/suicide.”

The names of the victims have not been released, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.

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Frantom joins race to fill Donnie Smith's commission seat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:36pm

Sean Frantom, a former Super District 10 candidate and a favorite of Mayor Deke Copenhaver, has thrown himself in the pool of west Augusta men seeking appointment to former Com­mission member Donnie Smith’s District 7 seat.

Smith resigned Monday amid a state investigation’s finding he spent most of Masters Week at a hospitality house while also drawing his Georgia State Patrol salary. He retired from his State Patrol job Sept. 1.

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New Pendleton King Park waterfall is volunteers' labor of love

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:07pm


The new waterfall in Pendleton King Park’s Lake Elizabeth is more than a pretty face.

It is a beauty, but it’s also the means to cleaner, healthier water.

Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the feature highlighted the hundreds of hours of manpower volunteered and thousands of dollars in donations provided by local residents, businesses and service organizations.

The waterfall was the brainchild of the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences.

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Family Dollar surveillance shows burglar taking detergent, Coca-Cola

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:36pm


Police are seeking a man who broke into a Milledgeville Road store to steal laundry detergent on Aug. 31.

Surveillance video showed a man pry open the front doors of Family Dollar, 2310 Milledgeville Road, and leave with five boxes of Gain and one Coca-Cola. The same man returned to the store on Tuesday. Police said items taken during Tuesday’s burglary have been recovered.

Anyone with information can contact Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigator Rolf Cramer or any on-call investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Police seek suspects in burglary of Pineview Drive residence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:27pm


Police are seeking two people for questioning in a burglary on Pineview Drive on Friday.

The men were driving a silver 2014 Dodge Journey SUV.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is offering a cash reward for the identity of the two suspects, according to a news release issued Monday. The amount wasn’t released.

Anyone with information can contact Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator William Walker or any on-call investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Ceremonies to mark Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:25pm


Ceremonies to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are scheduled Thursday in Columbia and Richmond counties and at Fort Gordon.

Moments of silence, the tolling of bells and the lowering of U.S. flags to half-staff are among the events planned.

“Every year, it becomes more distant in people’s minds,” said Pam Tucker, the director of emergency management for Columbia County. “We have a whole new generation that doesn’t remember it at all.”

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State Court Judges' Council chooses to ignore ethical opinion to stay out of pending litigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:18pm


The judicial disciplinary commission’s opinion that no judge should voice his opinion in any pending litigation has failed to persuade the organization representing state court judges to stand mute in pending litigation over the use of private, for-profit probation services.

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Richmond County school board approves 'BackPack' program to fight hunger

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:06pm

The Richmond County Board of Education voted to formalize a partnership with Golden Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday, paving the way for a program designed to help elementary school students eat well during weekends and school holidays.

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Downtown jazz festival to benefit Augusta United Negro College Fund

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:49pm


The second annual Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival will feature a national recording artist and local favorites to raise money for the Augusta United Negro College fund.

Sunday’s festival, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, 1 Ninth St., will feature Wondaland Arts Society with national recording artist Roman GianArthur; Sounds Unlimited; Mike Frost Band; and TuTu D’Vyne featuring Quiet Storm.

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Georgia Regents University's Ricardo Azziz deems consolidation a success

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:44pm


ATLANTA — Things are looking up since the consolidation of Augusta’s two universities, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz told the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday.

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Georgia Southern faces familiar attack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:47pm


STATESBORO, Ga. — For about 30 years, Georgia Southern baffled opposing defenses with its signature triple-option offense.

So what happens this year? The Eagles break away from their vaunted under-center attack and schedule ... Georgia Tech, where the mastermind of the offense, Paul Johnson, now resides as head coach.

The Yellow Jackets, Georgia Southern’s opponents Saturday, are averaging 285 yards a game after opening the season with wins over Wofford and Tulane.

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Georgia regents seek $2 billion for state schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:43pm


ATLANTA — Taxpayers will fund an additional $46 million for public colleges and universities, or 2.4 percent more, if the Legislature approves a request that the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents unanimously authorized Tuesday.

The total appropriation would come to $2 billion and rep­resent one-quarter of the annual budget for Georgia’s 31 schools. Tuition, fees and research grants make up the rest.

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Spurrier: Georgia game 'a must' for Gamecocks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:09pm


Steve Spurrier knows what’s at stake in Saturday’s game between South Carolina and Georgia, even if recent history suggests otherwise.

Spurrier’s Gamecocks need a victory to remain alive in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division race. With one loss already in SEC play, a second loss would be devastating.

“It’s pretty much a must for the division if we’re going to have a shot,” Spurrier said Tuesday during his weekly news conference in Columbia. “It would be very helpful.”

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