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Southern Nationals returns to Augusta this weekend

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:16am

After high water forced the cancellation of last year’s Augusta Southern Nationals, the annual drag-race boat tournament returns this weekend to Augusta.

The event – scheduled today through Sunday – is expected to attract 100 boats from across the country and bring an estimated $2 million to the local economy.

“Prior to 2013, we hosted this tournament for 27 straight years,” said Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority.

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Two robbed at gunpoint Thursday in Richmond County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of robbing two victims at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 1:50 p.m., Samuel Williams and Deandre Clark were driving on the 2800 block of Thomas Lane when an unknown suspect “came out from behind a tree and pointed a pistol at them,” according to an incident report from the RCSO.

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Second arrest made in Columbia County apartment shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:05pm

Columbia County deputies made a second arrest Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred early Monday morning at Westwood Club Apartments on Washington Road.

Makayla Gabrielle Ivey, 17, of Grovetown, is accused of giving false statements to investigators and is charged with felony false statements or writings and concealing facts, according to Capt. Steve Morris.

Ivey was booked at the Columbia County Detention Center and released on a $10,100 bond, Morris confirmed.

Ivey’s arrest comes two days after Trelon Baker, 20, was arrested in his Augusta apartment.

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Washington Police Department defunded, closed by Council vote

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:56pm

The Washington (Ga.), police department is no more.

Washington City Council voted 4-3 to defund the police department at Thursday night’s meeting, with Mayor Ames Barnett breaking the 3-3 council member tie. Members of council and Mayor Barnett debated for numerous weeks about closing the department in an effort to cut costs to balance the city’s budget. The department closed Friday, leaving 14 employees without jobs.

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