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Large storage building disappears from yard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:01pm


Deputies say a large storage building was removed from the yard of an Augusta home, and nobody is sure where it is.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2800 block of King Street before noon Saturday. The building’s owner said she had moved out of the home Dec. 5 and left a 14-by-16-foot building and called McNeely’s Handi House, of Augusta, to remove it.

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Appliances stolen from Hephzibah home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:56pm

More than $1,500 worth of appliances were stolen from a Hephzibah rental home, deputies say.

The home in the 2800 block of Butler Manor Drive was burglarized between Feb. 15 and Sunday, the homeowner told police. He said someone entered the home by breaking out a window and stole several items, including a Whirlpool refrigerator, an electric stove and two ceiling fans, the Richmond County sheriff’s report states.

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Bill to put more livestock veterinarians in shortage areas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:45pm

 Dr. Stephen Everett graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a degree in veterinary medicine and $128,000 in student loan debt – slightly less than the $135,000 national average for animal health care graduates.

He began making minimum payments of $600 a month, but he was unable to put a dent in his 6½ percent principal interest rate until he signed a three-year contract in 2014 with the federal Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program.

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Pardon Our Mess: Pile of yard debris, trash behind Reynolds Street building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:26pm

WHERE: 15 Seventh St.

WHAT: A pile of trash, limbs and leaves has been piled behind the old Mally’s and Grits building on Reynolds Street for more than a year. A Port Royal resident said she believes the pile was started by residents trying to keep overgrowth down around the staircase at the levee.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE: Pro­perty owner

ACTION PROMISED: Realtor Bill Hollingsworth said the pile would be picked up Friday. The pile was gone when checked Sunday night.

You Remembered: Garages, Boy Scouts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 9:20pm

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share their memories about Augusta’s old garages and service stations. We also asked for your memories of Augusta’s Boy Scouts. Here are some of your stories.


Thank you for bringing back the memories of wreckers and car repairs. Ralph Fender was my father.

He opened Ralph Fender’s Wrecker and Car Repairs in 1923, and it remained in the same location until 2005.

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Commission to hear retirees' request for monthly increase to pensions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 8:59pm


Though he’s been rebuffed before, retired Richmond County Com­mission Clerk Lester Newsome continues to pursue an increase in the pension payment for 15 retirees or survivors left in the city’s 1945 pension plan who didn’t obtain an “enhanced” retirement package just after consolidation.

Newsome argues that the city’s oldest plan is in sufficient shape – with $6.4 million in assets and 22 living, mostly elderly members – to handle a small monthly increase.

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Woman's 1984 death still questioned

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 8:28pm

Editor's An earlier version of this story did not accurately identify Coroner Marvin Woodward.


Was it murder?

Was it death by accidental electrocution?

Three decades after Cynthia Jo Wozneski was found dead, the case is still cold and more questions than answers remain.

In the early hours of Dec. 20, 1984, neighbors in the 800 block of Heard Avenue were awakened by flames and smoke coming from Wozneski’s two-story home. Neigh­bor Matt Covington rushed to the scene, but Wozneski never made it out.

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James Hahn wins Riviera in a playoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 7:40pm


LOS ANGELES — Too nervous to look, too stunned to dance, James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open for his first PGA Tour title Sunday by holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole at Riviera.

In a wild finish off Sunset Boulevard, Hahn wound up with the trophy against a field of far bigger names to earn his first trip to the Masters Tournament.

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Early voting in Augusta Commission District 7 race starts today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:45pm


Three weeks of advance voting in the March 17 special election for Augusta Commission District 7 start Monday at the Richmond County Board of Elections office.

Registered voters who live in District 7 can cast ballots early for any reason from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the elections office, located in the Municipal Building.

The special election was called to fill the unexpired term of Donnie Smith, who resigned last year. Three men – Louis “Hap” Harris, Sean Frantom and Sonny Pitt­­man – are seeking the post.

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Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:09pm


The only doubt Joey Logano had during Sunday’s Day­tona 500 came after watching two other Ford engines blow up late in the race. But a commanding voice over the team’s radio put him at ease: “Keep the focus out the window.”

Roger Penske, the most-formidable car owner in auto racing history, just wanted to remind his young driver to be positive. And to keep pushing forward.

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Grovetown preparing for growth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:25pm

The Grovetown of Mayor George James’ childhood was one of the cliche, sleepy Southern town, where everybody knew everybody and a trip to Augusta felt like visiting New York City.

It grew slowly over the years as families flocked to Columbia County’s exceptional schools and the safe neighborhoods. The installment of Grovetown’s first sewer system in the late 1980s helped spur growth, and businesses and residential development began to trickle in with the rising population, James said.

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Nurse helped transform Talmadge, units

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:15pm

Even before Talmadge Memorial Hospital opened its doors to patients, Clymonteen Livingston Jones made history by walking into it.

As one of the first two black registered nurses hired, she not only helped set up the first units to receive patients but also later helped create the first maximum-security unit inside a hospital in Georgia to receive prisoners. The principled way she turned aside slights to demand respect for herself and others would also form the way those inmates received humane treatment there.

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Private probation legislation returns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 9:45pm


Once again, Georgia legislators will try to rewrite the law governing the controversial use of private probation companies to supervise minor lawbreakers.

Unlike last year’s legislation, which was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal, House Bill 310 contains some measures that could stop practices that critics – including a scathing state audit – have denounced.

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District 7 Augusta Commission candidates lack legal baggage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 8:50pm

A search of civil and criminal court and other records found little to concern voters about the three men seeking to complete Don­nie Smith’s District 7 Augusta Commission term.

Smith stepped down from the post last year amid a Geor­gia State Patrol investigation alleging that he drew both a state paycheck and an unapproved second salary for working at a hospitality house during Masters Week. The state attorney general later determined he didn’t break state law.

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Jaguar women can't get stop late, lose to Lander

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:22pm

When the Georgia Regents women needed a stop most Saturday afternoon, they couldn’t get one.

The Jaguars made a late comeback, but it wasn’t enough in a 72-67 loss to Lander at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Kariel Hutt posted her fifth consecutive double-double to lead Georgia Regents. Hutt recorded 15 points with 11 boards. Camille Gee added 14 points, while Kelsey Fynaardt and Kayla Roberts each added 12.

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Blythe man mistakenly kept at GBI lab receives burial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:03pm


A Blythe man whose body was left in Atlanta after a mix-up at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab while another was buried in his place was finally laid to rest Saturday, family members said.

Johnny Morgan Lowe III was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta, sister-in-law Barbara Lowe said, nearly 80 days after he arrived in Atlanta for an autopsy.

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Georgia Regents extends win streak to 10 on national TV

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 5:15pm


Keshun Sherrill wanted to show his oldest brother he could dunk in a game.

The sophomore guard proved his point on national television.

Sherrill’s fast-break dunk followed by a stellar defensive play by Devon Wright-Nelson gave the Jaguars all the momentum they needed in a 71-61 win over Lander at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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Suspect sought after Kroger theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 2:42am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect accused of shoplifting beef brisket Friday from an area business.

Around 4:24 p.m., deputies responded to Kroger in the 2800 block of Washington Road, where a man walked out of the store with $72.14 worth of beef brisket, according to a RCSO incident report.

A store employee confronted the suspect, who allegedly pushed the employee and then fled on foot through the parking lot and towards Interstate 20.

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