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River lowered, activities curbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:18am

 

Water activities have been suspended on the Savannah River as the Augusta Port Authority lower the pool level today to apply an annual herbicide treatment to control hydrilla and other invasive weeds.

The treatment, which will extend from the Waters Edge development to the I-520 bridge, will continue through Thursday.

Although the chemicals will not be harmful to fish or humans, officials advise against swimming in the affected areas. River water should also not be used for irrigation during the period, a news release states.

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Georgia SAT scores dip

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:12am

 

ATLANTA -- SAT scores dipped in Georgia this year, with students scoring an average of 1445 in 2014, down from last year’s average score of 1452.

The overall national average for 2014 was 1497. Georgia’s mean score for critical reading was 488, math was 485 and writing was 472, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this morning.

More Georgia students took the exam this year — 77 percent of Georgia seniors, a 2.1 percent increase compared to 2013. Georgia typically has one of the highest participation rates in the country.

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Body linked to Edgefield thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:19am

 

Authorities say there are Edgefield links to an unidentified body found north of Lincolnton in Elbert County.

The investigation into the slaying has been linked to a burglary that occurred Sept. 23 in Edgefield, where more than $120,000 worth of property were stolen. Two suspects are in custody.

Georgia authorities “recovered some of the stolen property and we’re waiting for their investigation to progress,” Edgefield County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Walsh said Monday.

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Movie crew removes Atlanta trees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:10am

ATLANTA — The removal of magnolia trees for movie filming outside a state building is drawing objections.

WSB-TV reports Marvel Studios, whose crews are filming “Ant Man,” hired a company to remove eight magnolia trees in front of the old State Archives building for an unobstructed view for filming.

Former city of Atlanta tree arborist Tom Coffin says the mayor’s office gave the production company special treatment for the tree removal. Coffin says that the process violates an established and often arduous permitting process.

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Civil War artifacts on display in Millen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:07am

MILLEN, Ga. — Civil War artifacts from a former prison are set to go on display at Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Magnolia Springs History Center is set for today. The agency says Camp Lawton was built to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville Prison.

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SC firefighter faces sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:03am

COLUMBIA— A Columbia fireman has been arrested and accused criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Multiple media outlets reported that 53-year-old Brian A. Bruno was arrested Monday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor female.

Bruno is a captain with the fire department, where he has worked since 1997.

He is accused of having inappropriately touched a girl at a Columbia home more than once between June and September.

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Richmond County sheriff's deputies seek Delmont Street intruder

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:28pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man who they say forced his way into an Augusta home Monday.

According to a RCSO statement, the suspect entered a home in the 200 block of Delmont Street just before 4 a.m. After forcing his way through a side window, he began talking to a young girl inside the residence before leaving.

The suspect is described as a black male about 30 years old with a thin build. He has a thin mustache and shoulder-length dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing a green, military-style jacket and blue jeans.

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Augusta man arrested in connection with Hephzibah shooting that injured 1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:46pm

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies have made an arrest in a shooting last month on Laural Oak Drive.

Adrian Lamar Curry, 35, of London Boulevard, was arrested Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.

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Augusta manufacturers likely to avoid paying energy tax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 8:58pm

Augusta manufacturers appear headed for a victory Tuesday over plans to tax them for the energy they use, as support has waned among city commissioners scheduled to vote on the tax.

“It probably won’t pass, but we’ll try to look at some things for the sheriff’s deputies,” said Augusta Commission member Ben Hasan, who was elected in July on a pro-law enforcement platform.

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Old Academy of Richmond County to serve Augusta's Clubhou.se

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:51pm

After sitting mostly vacant for the past 20 years, the old Academy of Richmond County on Telfair Street will soon be revived as a learning institution for 21st century innovators.

On Nov. 1, tech hot spot the Clubhou.se will move from its Broad Street storefront into the structure at 540 Telfair St., which opened as a school in 1802 and has served as gallery space during the Westobou Festival.

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Augusta firefighters to receive Ebola training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:23pm

Though there has only been one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., the Augusta Fire Department isn’t taking any chances.

In a news release Monday, the department announced each firefighter will be instructed on the origin of the disease and how to properly protect themselves if they are called to transport patients who exhibit symptoms.

Instructions will be provided via a video created by Dr. Phillip Coule, the department’s medical director and a professor of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University.

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Mysterious death attributed to pre-existing condition, coroner says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:22pm

An Augusta man whose August death was shrouded in mystery after authorities detected a “foul, musty chemical odor” at his grandmother’s home has now been attributed to a pre-existing medical condition, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Monday.

Walton Peterson 38, who was found unresponsive by his grandmother, Drue Stokes, on her couch was pronounced dead by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose at 5:34 a.m. on Aug. 1. Authorities said Peterson lived next door and went to Stokes’ house the previous day to spend the night.

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USA Swimming suspends Michael Phelps for 6 months

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 6:00pm

 

Michael Phelps’ comeback took a major hit Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

Phelps, 29, also lost six months of funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. He is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015.

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Georgia fifth, S.C. sixth in charitable giving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Five of the six most charitable states are in the Southeast, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which analyzed tax return data to reach its findings.

The study – based on 2012 IRS tax returns – listed Georgia as the fifth-most charitable state; South Carolina ranked sixth. The giving rate is based on the ratio of contributions to adjusted gross income.

Utah topped the list at 6.56 percent. Georgia’s average giving rate was 4.2 percent, just above South Carolina at 4.13.

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Hephzibah-Westside is Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:03pm

Is there an unprecedented No. 5 coming Hephzibah’s way?

The Rebels football program has never won five games in a row in one season, but Hephzibah is 4-1 in 2014 thanks to a four-game winning streak heading into Friday’s home game against Westside in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Stop by The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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North Augusta senior selected to Shrine Bowl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:37pm

North Augusta’s Victor Johnson was selected on Monday to the 78th annual Shrine Bowl Game roster for the South Carolina team.

Johnson, a star lineman on both sides of the ball, is committed to Appalachian State after he previously committed to East Carolina. There are two former Yellow Jackets standouts currently with the Mountaineers: offensive lineman Parker Collins and wide receiver Montez McGuire.

The Shrine Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 20 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

Supreme Court reverses Augusta murder conviction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:53pm

The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed an Augusta man’s murder conviction.

Eddie Lee Freeman, 30, has been in prison for the past six years. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that grants Freeman a new trial.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said Monday she will seek to retry Freeman.

The state’s highest court ruled the judge who presided over Freeman’s Richmond County Superior Court jury trial, Carl C. Brown Jr., made an improper statement in front of the jury.

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Man wanted for stealing debit card

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:26pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a man accused of using a stolen debit card.

On Sept. 27, a white man who appears to be in his mid- tolate 20s was captured on surveillance video conducting a transaction at the Security Federal Bank ATM in Graniteville with a debit card stolen from a restaurant in Richmond County, according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

The suspect was last seen driving an older model burgundy Mitsubishi Galant.

Trail opens near Augusta Canal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:14pm

Sixteen years after the project originated, River Levee Trail – located along the Augusta Canal – opened Monday for public use.

The 1.6-mile trail extension boasts two wooden bridges, including a cable-suspension bridge.

“Most projects that are worthwhile take a long time to happen,” said Dayton Sherrouse, Augusta Canal Authority executive director. “By that measure, this is a super worthwhile project.”

Funding began in 1998, Sherrouse said, and the Augusta Canal Authority gradually completed portions as money became available.

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Augusta man's murder conviction affirmed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:13pm

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Monday the murder conviction for an Augusta man found guilty in the brutal beating death of a woman.

The court found Geoffrey Lee Prince, now 47, was fairly tried and convicted of murder in the Dec. 17, 2003, killing of 48-year-old Vanessa Adolph.

Adolph’s body was dumped along a private road off River Watch Parkway. Prince tried to implicate another man in her slaying but sheriff’s investigators confirmed that man was in the hospital the day Adolph was beaten and strangled.

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