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Twenty high school seniors to be recognized at Best and Brightest Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:20pm

 

Twenty of the CSRA’s most accomplished high school seniors will be recognized during the 2015 Best and Brightest Award banquet Thursday, competing for a $1,000 grand prize.

The students in the running this year were whittled down from 96 applicants. Five will receive cash prizes.

Applicants had to submit short essays detailing their accomplishments, high school transcripts and letters of nomination to be considered for the award, along with an in-person interview.

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Argument over religion led to graveyard shooting, states police report

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:14pm

Police said a man who shot a fellow city employee at an Augusta cemetery Tuesday did it after an argument over religion.

Ed Wilie Jordan Jr., 47, was booked on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report said Jordan had to pull the trigger multiple times before the gun fired.

The victim, 43-year-old Theron Rodriquez Wilson, was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police said both men are supervisors at the cemetery.

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Rabid bat found in Goshen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:17pm

A bat with rabies was discovered in the Goshen subdivision, according to the Richmond County Health Department.

Augusta Animal Services retrieved the bat from a home in the south Richmond County neighborhood and it tested positive for rabies, said Randy Wishard, environmental services manager for the health department.

“Sometimes they find their way in through a vent or something,” he said. “We haven’t seen one in about a month or so.”

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Traffic delay in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:16pm

Traffic is being diverted in North Augusta at Georgia Avenue and Edgefield Road after a tractor trailer bottomed out in the intersection.

North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said no traffic can stay left from Edgefield Road onto Knox Avenue because of the location of the truck. Northbound traffic on Knox Avenue is being diverted through the CVS parking lot and onto Edgefield Road. Southbound Edgefield Road is being diverted right onto Georgia Avenue.

It is undetermined how long the intersection will be closed, Thornton said.

Tractor trailer bottoms out, closes Georgia Avenue in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:15pm

Tractor trailer bottoms out, closes Georgia Avenue in North Augusta

According to North Augusta Public Safety, Georgia Avenue at Edgefield Road (Knox Avenue) is currently blocked and not open.

A tractor-trailer has bottomed out in the middle of the intersection, Lt. Tim Thornton said in a news release.

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Couple charged with driving impaired with young children in vehicle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:07pm

An Augusta couple was arrested Tuesday after police were told they were driving under the influence and in possession of drugs while three young children were in the vehicle.

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy stopped them at a Washington Road gas station about 11:30 p.m. after someone reported the vehicle for reckless driving.

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