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Goodale House owner files fraud complaint against Historic Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:12pm

The owner of the Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest homes, hand-delivered a criminal complaint to the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday accusing Historic Augusta of fraudulently using his name last year to win a $75,000 grant.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Wesley Sims dropped off the document at the state Capitol, ending 10 days of confusion in which the original court papers were apparently lost in the mail.

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Varied weather patterns affecting crops

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:02pm


Last year, farmers were dealing with seemingly unending rainfall that resulted in schedule delays and waterlogged crops.

Heavy rainfall hasn’t been as big a problem this year, and that has created its own set of issues.

This year started out similarly as last year, but things shifted drastically from July to September, when there was significantly below average rainfall, said Peyton Sapp, the University of Georgia Extension Coordinator for Burke County.

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CDC: Ebola virus is our problem, too

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:58pm


Fresh off a trip to Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a message for the rest of the world: it’s your fight, too.

Dr. Tom Frieden held a teleconference Tuesday to recount his experiences from touring those affected countries and called on experienced volunteers with specialized expertise to get involved.

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Richmond County Board of Education approves 3-year contract for new Superintendent Angela Pringle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:54pm


The Richmond County Board of Education ratified a three-year contract for new superintendent Angela Pringle during a called meeting Tuesday, officially ending its hunt to replace Frank Roberson.

The contract stipulates that Pringle will receive $170,000 a year, a large increase from the $119,000 she made in her last job as a regional superintendent for DeKalb County’s school system.

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Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith gets early retirement for health reasons

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:51pm

While he remains under investigation for a possible policy violation while serving as a lieutenant with the Georgia State Patrol, Au­gusta Commission member Donnie Smith said he has obtained early retirement from Georgia Employees Retirement Sys­tem for health reasons.

“I applied for retirement a long time ago,” Smith said before Tuesday’s commission meeting. “It’s dealing with health issues, so that’s my only comment about that.”

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South Carolina denies request to postpone tank closures at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:18pm


The state of South Carolina isn’t giving any leeway to the U.S. Energy Department’s deadlines for cleaning up Cold War-era, nuclear waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control denied a request from the Energy Department to postpone the closure date for two tanks from Sept. 30, 2015, to the last day of 2016. Despite “technical problems and funding issues” cited by the federal government, South Carolina once again threatened fines if the deadlines are not met.

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Richmond Academy to honor 2014 hall of fame class

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:47pm

The Academy of Richmond County will induct 10 honorees – including doctors, athletes and an Army general – to its hall of fame in a ceremony at First Baptist Church in Augusta next month.

The induction ceremony at the church’s Fellowship Hall will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Patrons may reserve tickets by calling the school at (706) 737-7152.

The Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame was created in 2012 to honor those who have made significant contributions while attending or working at the school.

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Former Paine CFO files breach-of-contract suit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:23pm


Paine College’s former chief financial officer says he was fired out of retaliation just days after he “ethically responded to inquiries” posed to him by the college’s accreditation body during a March on-site visit, according to a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Paine on Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Edward Patrick said that Paine President George C. Bradley has shown a pattern of abusive employment practices toward college employees and that he was the fourth CFO whom Bradley had fired since becoming president in 2009.

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