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Power out in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:31pm

NORTH AUGUSTA -- About 200 SCE&G customers off Martintown Road East remain without power, as crews work to repair the issue.

The power outage, affecting portions of Plaza Place, Woodlawn Drive and Spring Oak Lane, could be fully restored by 2:30 p.m., according to the SCE&G online outage map.

An outage affecting nearly 1,200 customers was reported earlier today after a tree limb fell on a power line, said Kim Asbill, of SCE&G’s Public Affairs office.

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DOT halts road closures during Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:18am


The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending all traffic closures in the Augusta area in anticipation of high traffic volume during Masters week.

Each year, the DOT uses a contract special provision to prohibit closures on Interstate 20, Interstate 520 and other major state routes in the area in anticipation of high traffic volumes entering and exiting Richmond County.

The suspension of closures went into effect midnight Thursday and will continue through midnight April 14.

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SC woman faces court in breast-feeding overdose

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:51am

COLUMBIA — A woman faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.

A Spartanburg County jury found 39-year-old Stephanie Greene guilty of homicide by child abuse Thursday. She is being sentenced at a hearing Friday morning.

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Ga. substitute teacher guilty of holdups

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:44am

A Valdosta man will spend 16 years in federal prison for a slew of Dollar General store robberies in South Georgia and North Florida, including some he committed while working as a substitute teacher.

Eddie Battles, 26, pleaded guilty last year to 11 counts of armed robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge Marcia Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Battles Wednesday during a hearing in federal court in Jacksonville.

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Burke County woman reported missing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:49pm

Burke County officials continued their search Thursday evening for a missing woman.

Angela Odum Freeman, 43, was last seen April 2 driving a 2002 White Nissan with Georgia license plate BSX3425, according to a statement from the Burke County Police Department.

Family members said Freeman was last seen driving towards Augusta, Burke County dispatch said.

Burke County authorities ask that anyone with information call (706) 554-2133.

Last defendant in 1975 cold case homicide pleads guilty to reduced charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:42pm

The guilt of not telling what he knew about a homicide was worse than war, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and POW escapee told a judge Thursday.

For the man who had saved so many lives during his tours of duty, Charles Chavous was tortured because he did not try to save Bronzi Leon Peppers on Feb. 3, 1975, said Chavous’ attorney, Scott Connell.

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Authorities searching for suspect in armed robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:15pm

Authorities are looking for a suspect who flagged down a motorist on Thursday morning off Bobby Jones Expressway before pulling a gun and robbing her.

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Six principals replaced by school board

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:50pm


In a move pitched as a strategy toward boosting student achievement across the district, the Richmond County Board of Education replaced six principals at a called board meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Frank Roberson said all the schools are ones that needed a change in leadership to help move the schools forward.

“We’re trying to put people in the best places for them to have as much success as possible,” he said. “We know we have to have the right set of leadership in the school houses to do that.”

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E-cig smokers should be aware of danger to children, pets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:51pm


While still relatively small, the number of calls to poison centers from electronic cigarette exposure and liquid nicotine are “skyrocketing,” the director of the Georgia Poison Center said.

A report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that calls to poison centers related to e-cigarette exposure escalated from one a month in September 2010 to 215 a month in February. More than half those calls were in children younger than 5.

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Laney principal being investigated by school system, educators association

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:18pm


The Richmond County School System has launched an internal investigation into Lucy C. Laney High School Principal Tonia Mason, Superintendent Frank Roberson confirmed Thursday.

Roberson declined to comment on the nature of the investigation until it is completed.

However, he confirmed Georgia Association of Educators is also conducting an investigation into Mason, who serves as president for the local chapter of the education association.

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Fire closes Damascus Road, 1 building damaged

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:20pm

A fast-moving brush fire damaged a business and closed Damascus Road and parts of Highland Avenue but caused no injuries and appeared to be under control by Thursday night.

“The fire damaged part of the (Martinez Cabinet and Mill­works) building on Highland Ave­nue, but fortunately no one was injured,” said Bryan McFeely, a battalion chief with the Augusta Fire Department. “That’s the only building that was damaged. We were able to contain the fire before it reached any other (houses or buildings).”

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Gun owners must register weapons at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:27pm


Fort Gordon officials declined Thursday to say whether the military installation has tightened security measures in wake of Wednesday’s shooting at Fort Hood.

“Regarding the security of our own installation, we do not comment on specific force protection measures taken to ensure the safety of our community,” spokesman J.C. Mathews said in a media release. “However, we are constantly re-evaluating our procedures in the light of current events, and we will make adjustments to better protect our installation if we feel they are needed.”

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SCDOT to perform all debris removal and disposal within Aiken city limits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:13pm

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will perform all debris removal and disposal operations within Aiken city limits, officials announced Thursday.

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GRU cop keeps heart in her job

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:07pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: This profile is part of an ongoing series on area law enforcement officers. 

Rarely does Georgia Regents University’s Department of Public Safety send someone to the police academy, but there was something about then-dispatcher Christina Compton that made officials know it would be money well spent.

“If I could clone the kid I would,” said Maj. Eugene Maxwell, who calls the 31-year-old officer “Chrissy.”

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Deal acts on Ga. food stamp woes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:52pm

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is ordering changes aimed at clearing the backlog jamming the state’s food stamp program as federal officials threaten to cut up to $76 million in administrative funding if the problems aren’t fixed.

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Aiken County crash kills 15-year-old

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:31pm

A 15-year-old Silver Bluff High School student has died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Kumar G. Falconer was the rear-seat passenger in a 1999 Jeep driven by his brother when it crashed Tuesday morning on Dragstrip Road near Jackson. He was pronounced dead the next day.

Carlton said the driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit an embankment and overturned several times, ejecting Kumar, the only person not wearing a seat belt.

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A wet start to Masters Week expected

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:15pm

Pull out your umbrellas and jackets if you’re heading to the Masters Tournament next week.

A weather system from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to come through the area Sunday and could stick around through Wednesday evening, bringing showers and cooler-than-ideal temperatures.

Mike Proud, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the forecast is predicting temperatures in the mid-60s for the beginning of the week, but it could dip lower.

“We may struggle for the mid-60s at midweek,” Proud said.

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SC will close prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:45am

COLUMBIA — South Carolina is closing one of its prisons.


Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the Campbell Pre-Release Center is closing.


The Columbia facility opened in 1975 and is a minimum-security prison for male inmates who have served most of their sentences and have the opportunity to participate in work release programs.


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