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Bond granted in Augusta beating death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:23pm


An Augusta man charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend was granted a $50,000 bond Friday.

Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. set the bond in Rich­mond County Superior Court for David M. Kyler, 57.

Kyler was initially charged with aggravated assault after Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s deputies found 58-year-old Matilda L. Jenkins unconscious in his Maxwell House apartment Feb. 7 while conducting a welfare check.

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Ga. boat titles may come with new option

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:58pm



ATLANTA -- Boat owners could have an easier time getting financing, selling and straightening out their taxes, according to the sponsor of legislation to allow them the option of a title like those for cars and homes.

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Downtown railroad work continues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:43pm


Improvements to a downtown railroad track is expected to continue to close parts of roads through March 6.

The upgrades to a track that runs along Sixth Street were initially expected to be completed by Feb. 26, but a DOT spokesman said the upgrades are being delayed.

After finishing the area of track between Reynolds and Broad streets, crews will move to closures from Telfair to Ellis streets. The Telfair to Ellis streets construction is scheduled to begin Feb. 26 and reopen March 6.


Cigarette scorches Walton Way lawn

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:33pm


Police said a cigarette tossed from a car window resulted in a fire in front of a Walton Way home.

Police were called to 3200 Walton Way at noon after the front yard had caught fire and was spreading toward the home.

Fire officials said the lawn is scorched in multiple spots from similar incidents.

The fire department is asking motorists to avoid throwing cigarettes out of windows. The current dry conditions are making grass and brush fires even more common, officials said.


Local developer purchases old Woolworth building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:26pm


The old Woolworth building at the corner of Eighth and Broad streets is off the real estate market.

Local developer and hotelier T.R. Reddy has purchased the 46,000-square-foot boarded-up building for $650,000 with future plans of renovating it into apartments and commercial space, which could possibly include a market or chain retailer.

Reddy said he expects to nail down more definite plans for the property within the next couple of months.

“We’ll talk to the architects and then see what’s best to do,” he said.

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Ga., House seeks to protect student IDs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:13pm

ATLANTA -- The House voted unanimously Friday to safeguard student identities from files that could be made public from the agency that administers the HOPE Scholarship.

House Bill 320, additionally allows the state to claim lottery winnings or income-tax refunds from students who refuse to pay outstanding debts without having to go to court. The agency can also request withdrawal of a professional license from a deadbeat owing for a loan, scholarship or grant issued by the state.

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