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Public safety officials push for new radio system

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:05pm

After a February ice storm left deputies and firefighters without radio communications for extended periods, Richmond County public safety officials say they have a renewed interest in purchasing their own radio system.

Last month, Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard brought the issue to the attention of the Augusta Commission, urging it to redirect the more than $600,000 it spends renting airspace from the South Carolina-based Palmetto 800 system and put it toward a lease-to-own program that would strengthen communications for county departments.

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Chris Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:24pm


NORTON, Mass. — Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Champion­ship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.

Kirk, who played the final two rounds with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the No. 1 player in the world, went the final 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey. And he closed with 5-under-par 66 for a two-shot victory in a FedEx Cup playoff event.

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Lincolnton 17-year-old drowns in cove

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:11pm


Many in Lincoln County were in mourning Monday after the weekend drowning of a teenager from a well-known family in Lincolnton, Lincoln County Coroner Paul Reviere said.

The body of 17-year-old Jacoby Mason was recovered Monday morning in the Blackfoot Road area of Soap Creek, he said.

“They’re good folks,” Reviere said of the family. “It hit the community hard, any time something like this happens. In a small town community, this kind of touches everybody.”

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Phillies no-hit Braves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 4:34pm

ATLANTA — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.

Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Monday and giving a last-place team a reason to celebrate.

It was all the more unusual in that Hamels (8-6) left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He seemed fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

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Personal care home under scrutiny

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:29pm


A warrant to search a four-bedroom home in Hephzibah suspected of serving as an unlicensed personal care home for 18 people was issued recently.

According to a civil petition filed in Richmond County Superior Court, an auditor had a tip that some of the residents were forced to sleep on the floor in the house, which lacked air-conditioning.

In addition, the auditor had information indicating a wheelchair-bound person was wheeled outside to be bathed by use of an outside hose.

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Savannah cops investigate 2 weekend slayings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:20pm



SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the first shooting happened Friday night. They say 21-year-old Devonte Mumford was found shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a sports bar on Skidaway Road.


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Owner of South Carolina strip club charged in prosititution case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:12pm


WELLFORD, S.C. — Authorities say the owner of a strip club in Spartanburg County has been charged with prostitution after dancers offered to perform sex acts for money on undercover officers.


Welford Police Chief Jeff Bowers told local media outlets that the dancers told the undercover officers that part of the money they paid would also go to the owner of Teazers Entertainment, 51-year-old Timothy Treadwell.


Police say they also are seeking arrest warrants against the dancers.

Commissioners seek attorney general's opinion on SPLOST distribution to local non-profit entities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:06pm

Two Augusta commissioners are seeking an opinion from the office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on the city’s disbursement of sales tax proceeds to non-profit entities.

The previous and proposed expense of special-purpose, local option sales taxes on construction projects by nonprofit organizations such as Paine College, Symphony Orchestra Augusta and Augusta Mini Theater was among issues raised by voters and activists who rejected the city’s SPLOST 7 referendum May 20.

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North Augusta woman charged in husband's shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:03pm

A North Augusta woman has been charged in connection with the shooting death of her 63-year-old husband.

Deborah Morris was arrested Monday afternoon on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime for allegedly killing Stephen Morris at the family home in the 600 block of Woodlawn Avenue.

North Augusta officers responded to an emergency call Monday before noon and found Morris on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office responded and pronounced Morris dead at the scene.

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September events expected to generate $9 million in tourist spending

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:57pm


September is going to be an almost $9 million month for visitor spending.

The combination of cyber network discussions, triathletes competing and a downtown international festival will generate $8.97 million in direct visitor spending this month, reported the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.

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UGA win has media gushing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:21am


ATHENS, Ga. -- Unbridled optimism is running rampant following Saturday’s uplifting lid-lifter for the Georgia football team against Clemson.

The No. 12 Bulldogs broke open a close game to dispatch No. 16 Clemson 45-21 for their largest margin of victory over a top 20 team since beating Hawaii 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl to end the 2007 season.

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