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Baby found dead in Martinez trailer park, mother and boyfriend facing drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:43am

A Martinez couple has been charged with making methamphetamine in the mobile home where the woman’s 5½-month-old child died this morning, Columbia County authorities said.

Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, were charged this afternoon with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child and other drug possession charges, according Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Program helps parents help children

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:12am



DULUTH, Ga. -- The boy, nearly 1 year old, has started walking around his family’s apartment.

These early wanderings by a child are a challenge for any parent, but in this case, they can be especially dangerous.

The boy has hemophilia A, a disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly. Any bumps, scrapes or bruises that he gets can create a serious medical problem. That’s why he wears knee pads and a soft helmet for safety.

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High court backs Project Jackson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:50am


The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a North Augusta ordinance being used to finance a new stadium development for the Augusta GreenJackets.

The court determined, however, that North Augusta officials violated open-meetings laws by failing to announce the specific purpose of closed-door meetings they held to discuss the development.

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Heat advisory warning across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:55am


Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.


Forecasters say the advisory is scheduled to be in place from noon to 8 p.m. today in a large part of central and south Georgia. It includes the cities of Athens, Columbus, Macon, Statesboro and Vidalia.


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80 evacuated from SC assisted living fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 8:33am




COLUMBIA — More than 80 residents were forced from an assisted living complex in Columbia early today after a morning fire.


The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the Forest Pines Retirement Residence.


Three people were taken to a hospital after the fire. There was no immediate word on their condition. Several other residents were taken to the hospital later as a precaution.


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