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Augusta scores in middle of AARP 'livability' index

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:36pm


As Augusta’s senior commissioner pushes to make the city more age-friendly, a new index from AARP gave the city 51 out of 100 points for meeting current and future needs of residents.

The “livability” index gave Augusta a higher score than Columbia County, Aiken County, North Augusta and Ma­con, which all received a 49, but a lower one than Savannah and Columbus, both of which garnered a 52.

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Laney to hold parade to celebrate girls basketball title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:50pm


The Laney girls basketball team will be honored with a parade Saturday.

The Wildcats won the program’s first GHSA state title in March with a 70-55 win against Beach in the Class AAA state championship.

Starting at noon Saturday, the parade will begin at the football team’s practice field (Mill Street) and then go on Wrightsboro Road to Augusta Avenue. After that it will continue on to Laney-Walker Boulevard and to Eleventh Street. From there, it will go to Wrightsboro Road and back to the football practice field.

Poll shows Ga. GOP surprise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:13pm

ATLANTA -- As delegates gather at this weekend’s Republican state convention in Athens, a first-time candidate and the winner of Georgia’s ‘08 primary top the list of presidential favorites among party rank and file.

Tied for first, 10 months before the Georgia primary, are neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a political novice who’s among the most recent to formally announce, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who failed to capitalize on his primary win here seven years ago.

Carson and Huckabee were tied with 20 percent.

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Greenville, SC, man dies in Appling crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:00pm

A Greenville, S.C., man was killed Thursday morning in an Appling traffic accident.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said Garud S. Acharya, 65, died at the scene from blunt-force trauma to the head.

About 10:30 a.m., Acharya was stopped in his Toyota Camry on Bennett Road. He worked for ADT and was in the area for his job, Garrison said.
As he tried to turn left on Ray Owens Road, Acharya pulled into the path of a northbound dump truck, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Train hits semi truck in Johnston, but no one hurt

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:19am

JOHNSTON, S.C. — No one was injured Thursday when a train traveling through downtown Johnston struck a truck stalled on its tracks, smashing the tractor-trailer and causing debris damage to vehicles in the nearby library parking lot.

The southbound Norfolk Southern train with two locomotives and 59 cars ripped through the truck about 9:45 a.m., according to a statement from company spokeswoman Susan Terpay.

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Lawn equipment stolen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:35am


More than $4,300 worth of landscaping equipment was stolen from a trailer at Augusta Mall while workers groomed the grounds Wednesday.

One of the landscapers told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies he and his crew were working between 10 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. when he saw a black man jump into a white pickup truck and flee toward Wrightsboro Road. After checking the back of one of his trailers, he saw that two leaf blowers, two edgers, two weed-eaters and two push mowers were missing.

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Columbia County residents invited to give feedback on 20-year development plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:36pm

Columbia County residents will have yet another chance to offer ideas and voice their concerns on the next 20 years of growth and development today at Evans public library.

The public is invited to an all-day “land use charrette” today to provide input for Columbia County’s comprehensive development plan, dubbed “Vision 2035,” which will help planners and elected officials make decisions about the next two decades of growth and change, said Andrew Strickland, the county’s director of Planning Services.

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Richmond County Board of Education approves delay in Murphey-Josey merger to 2017-18

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:33pm


The Richmond County Board of Education has decided to delay the T.W. Josey High School-Murphey Middle School merger until the 2017-18 school year.

The decision made at a Tuesday committee meeting will allow time for the construction of a new wing at Josey and for the entire student body of Murphey to move to their new school as a single unit, school officials said. The board voted 9-0 to approve the delay, with member Frank Dolan absent.

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