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Westminster Schools of Augusta senior wins Youth of the Year award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:37pm

Palmer Brigham is “obviously smart,” her grandmother said Thursday after the Westminster senior was announced as the Augusta Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year. But she added, it’s her heart that sets her apart.

“It’s not surprising,” Patricia Brigham said of her granddaughter. “She’s one who has always given herself to other people.”

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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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