Police seek man who robbed Subway on Walton Way

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 8:44am

Police are seeking information on an armed man who robbed a Walton Way restaurant late Tuesday.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a man who had his face covered entered Subway, 1569 Walton Way, with a gun and demanded cash around 9:45 p.m.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Investigator Lucas Grant or any violent crimes investigator at (7060 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Augusta political group issues endorsements

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 5:54am

The Augusta Richmond County Committee for Good Government

issued its endorsements Tuesday night for the upcoming election.

The group voted to support all incumbents, backing the re-elections of Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree and district school board members Marion Barnes, Barbara Pulliam and Helen Minchew.

Augusta water taxi, pedestrian bridge under discussion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:27pm


Plans to operate a water taxi and convert the Fifth Street Bridge to a pedestrian walkway resurfaced during an Augusta Commission discussion about riverwalk maintenance Tuesday.

Several commissioners, including Sean Frantom and Marion Williams, and Mayor Hardie Davis went aboard The Patriot on Monday to look at options for a water taxi service in a meeting arranged by Recreation Di­rec­tor Glenn Parker, Williams said. The Patriot is a pontoon boat that provides tours on the Savannah River.

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Richmond County school board member seeks suspensions for anthem protests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 6:54pm


A Richmond County school board member wants athletes, cheerleaders and band members who wear school-bought uniforms to be punished if they don’t stand during the national anthem.

Frank Dolan made the recommendation during Tues­­day’s monthly committee meeting. He stated his opinion as the Richmond County Board of Education’s finance committee was approving $28,975 for 70 new band uniforms for Cross Creek High School.

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Cookie dough recall underway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 3:26pm

GARNER, Iowa — An Iowa company is recalling the cookie dough it sold to Blue Bell Creameries and other food companies because it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.

Dough-maker Aspen Hills notified customers about the recall on Sunday, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether any of this cookie dough had reached consumers because the Garner, Iowa, based company doesn’t sell directly to consumers. Aspen Hills did not say the companies or states where the dough was sold.

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Warrants tie woman's arrest to May slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:47pm

Police still have not released many details on a recent murder arrest, but warrants confirm it is connected to a May shooting.

Shakara Shanese Harden, 28, was booked into the Richmond County jail Fri­day on charges of murder and criminal attempt. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss the case, stating only that it remains under investigation.

According to warrants, Harden is accused in the armed robbery and death of Marcus Mandrell Scott on May 24.

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Hurricane victims should be wary of scams

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 8:39am


Officials warn that those facing storm damage or other effects from Hurricane Mat­thew should be wary of people who pose as inspectors, government officials, volunteers or contractors as the cleanup begins.

These scammers might attempt to obtain personal information, which could be used to steal an identity or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.

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Local candidates speak tonight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 8:29am

The public is invited to hear candidates at tonight's meeting of the Augusta Richmond County Committee for Good Government.

Candidates for Richmond County sheriff and Richmond County school board districts 1, 4 and 10 have been invited to speak. Each will be given three minutes, and  the political group plans to make endorsements afterward.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit at 87 Milledge Road.  Candidates will begin speaking at 7 p.m.



Rants & Raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:16am

Comments from readers:


BLACK LIVES MATTER is a hate group.


WE NEVER SEE A single mention of the Academy of Richmond County in the sports section. No scores, nothing about any of the players, no stats, nothing. Nobody I know cares one whit about any of the schools across the river, but your sportswriters sure are their biggest cheerleaders. Win or lose, we want to know about the Musketeers!


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Volunteers report problems at Augusta evacuee shelter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:19pm


As the last of about 2,500 Hurricane Matthew evacuees left on buses Monday back to Savannah, some volunteers were saying the experience was disorganized and unfriendly at one Augusta shelter.

The volunteers, part of a group of around 25 T.W. Josey High School alumni, pointed to a single Red Cross volunteer and a small group of discontented evacuees – one of whom posted a video, later removed, on Face­book – as causing most of the trouble.

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Commission tour results in $200,000 list of riverwalk repairs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:17pm


City officials are proposing an additional $200,000 for repairs and a possible site-specific master plan for Riverwalk Augusta.

The repairs are items compiled by Recreation Director Glenn Parker during a June walk-through with the Augusta Commission, the mayor and city staff. They range from removing pigeon droppings and painting a fence to making amphitheater seats compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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North Augusta police seek shooting suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:35pm

North Augusta police are seeking a Johnston man in a shooting at a Bradleyville Road apartment complex Sunday morning.

Garrick Campbell, 25, is wanted on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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North Augustans to line street to honor girl, family

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 4:55pm

North Augustans are being urged to dress in green and line Georgia Avenue on Wednesday, as the funeral procession for Ella Kate Bumgardner leaves First Baptist Church.

Ella, the 10-year-old daughter of Jeff Bumgardner, the worship minister at First Baptist, and his wife Jody, died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm.

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Woods announces he won't play this week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:59pm

The comeback of Tiger Woods is going to have to wait at least two more months.

Three days before Woods planned to end his longest break from golf at the Safeway Open, he abruptly withdrew on Monday and said his game was not ready to take on PGA Tour competition.

“My health is good, and I feel strong,” Woods said on his website. “But my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

And so the waiting continues.

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Glenn Hills-Laney rescheduled again for Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:41pm


The Glenn Hills-Laney game originally scheduled for this past weekend has been moved a second time.

The two teams are now set to play Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play host to the Spartans this past Saturday, but conditions from Hurricane Matthew forced the game to Wednesday. Richmond County schools will remain closed today to house hurricane evacuees, and the game was pushed back again.

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Grovetown-Evans is the Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:40pm


Two Columbia County teams will face off Friday night in a game with potentially-crucial region implications.

Grovetown will travel to Evans at 7:30 p.m. in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

The Columbia County region always proves tight each season, and this year could be one of the more competitive races in Region 3-AAAAAA. Two of the stronger programs within that region will meet when Evans and Grovetown pick up its back-and-forth series.

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Authorities looking for car dealership thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:40pm


Columbia County deputies are seeking a thief who stole the wheels and tires from Chevrolet Camaros at a Washington Road car dealership and then abandoned them at a nearby apartment.

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Augusta Christian Schools reports break-in

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 2:38pm


Augusta Christian Schools officials told police someone damaged and stole items from the concession stand area, resulting in hundred of dollars in food spoiling.

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Augusta area's last Kmart to close

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 1:28pm

Discount retailer Kmart’s last store in the Augusta metro area, at 1647 Gordon Highway, will close by mid-December.

Kmart owner Sears Holdings Corp. confirmed Monday that the south Au­gus­ta store will be shuttered after a liquidation sale that began late last month.

Earlier this year, Kmart closed its Big K store on Martintown Road in the North Augusta Plaza shopping center. The Washington Road Kmart in Martinez closed in 2012.

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Man faces incest, drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:54am


A Hephzibah man is facing multiple sex and drug-related charges after video showed him performing incest with a small child.

Anthony Christian Smith, 31, of Patiller Road, was booked into the Richmond County jail Sunday on charges of incest, sexual exploitation of a child, aggravated child molestation, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

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