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Ft. Stewart soldiers on Ebola mission

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:04pm


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A small group of Fort Stewart soldiers will deploy to West Africa to aid in the region’s fight against Ebola, the Pentagon announced.


Soldiers with the Coastal Georgia Army post’s 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion were among the 1,800 identified by the Defense Department to deploy soon to the region that’s been plagued by a large outbreak of the deadly virus. The World Health Organization estimates Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people.


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Intruder might be linked to other incidents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:01pm


A man reported peeping into windows early Monday in Augusta could be the same person who entered a 7-year-old’s bedroom and threatened to shoot her, according to incident reports.

The child’s mother told police she woke just before 4 a.m. Monday to her daughter’s screams.

The child told police a man in a green jumpsuit and matching hat entered her bedroom window at their home in the 200 block of Delmont Street while she was in bed. The man asked her age, but when she told him to leave, he told her to be quiet or he would shoot her, the report states.

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Earthquake drill later this month

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:29am


More than 1 million people have already registered to participate in The Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill this month.

The National Weather Service in Columbia will announce the drill information on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. through the NOAA alert radio.

Those who want to participate in the drill can register at

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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