A prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed to a plea negotiation Friday that gave three women accused of an armed holdup probation instead of the mandatory minimum 10-year prison term for armed robbery.
Assistant District Attorney Grant Usry explained to the judge that Tyrone Thompson recanted telling investigators that Kadijah S. Timley, 19, Elizabeth D. Goodman, 23, and Jessica M. McNair, 23 robbed him at a local hotel on March 10 and rebuffed all efforts since by the prosecution to contact him.
Although contractors had planned to begin widening Mike Padgett Highway this coming week, commuters have another month before major construction disrupts the route.
Some construction outside the existing roadway will begin this month but major activity requiring lane closures won’t happen until early January, said Eric Schnitzler, a transportation engineer associate for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Through the rain, the screaming and hugging continued. Griffin Scott stood at midfield in his muddied jersey and fell onto the soggy field.
He wanted to make a mud angel.
This has never happened before, so Aquinas celebrated any way it could.
The third-seeded Irish will play for their first state football championship after they scored a touchdown and made an extra point with 19 seconds to go to win at second seed Mount Pisgah Christian, 17-16, Friday night in a Class A private state semifinal.
A 21-year-old homeless man has been charged with stealing three vehicles from gas stations near Washington Road at Interstate 20 this week and trying to steal a fourth from a Washington Road restaurant.
Police have been monitoring the area for the past two days after a rash of vehicle thefts.
On Friday, police saw Markeith Golphin, of Sylvania, Ga., walk through two gas station parking lots while on a cellphone and looking into vehicles parked at the pump. Police said he repeated the action over several hours.
Jakeela Ragland wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to hop three city buses that take more than two hours to get her to school every day.
At the mercy of Augusta Public Transit, she’s lucky if she only misses first period.
Jakeela, 16, is a Richmond County student but is not provided a school bus because she was assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program this year for getting into a fight with another girl.
COLUMBIA — As Silver Bluff’s players lined up on the sideline for one final time, the Bulldogs struggled to hold back the tears.
Silver Bluff fell short of its ultimate goal Friday night, losing the Class AA Division II championship game to Batesburg-Leesville, 28-24.
About half of the medical malpractice lawsuits filed recently against the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta ended in settlements totaling more than $3 million, according records in U.S. District Court in Augusta.
Although none of the settlements included an admission of liability by the Augusta VA, many of the lawsuits make similar claims of neglectful or delayed care. At least one plaintiff’s attorney said he believes the problem might lie with inadequate staffing because of lack of funding.
News decisions and story display are as numerous as the people and the news organizations that make them.
There are differing opinions, principles and judgments made at every newspaper in the world.
Except for the big newspapers with a national following – The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal – most newspapers across America have a very local presence on their front pages every day.
Geography is king, and stories of local import or interest take center stage.
There was a time when Quentin Shivers’ thoughts on Dec. 7 were focused on his survival of the date in American history that President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed would “live in infamy.”
But today, on the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Shivers, 93, says the memory is so distant and faded that he has trouble remembering the event that thrust the United States into World War II and changed the country’s role in global politics.
Today’s unseasonably warm temperatures tied a record high set in 1998, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia, S.C.
The temperature at Augusta Regional Airport reached 82 degrees, tying the record for Dec. 6.
The warm temperatures won’t last through the weekend. A slow-moving cold front that’s bringing below normal temperatures, ice and snow to much of the nation will move into the Augusta area Saturday, said meteorologist Dan Miller.
A Grovetown couple is facing child cruelty charges in connection with the brutal beating of their 10-year-old son.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Euchee Creek Elementary School on Wednesday after the boy complained to school officials that his stepfather beat him with an electrical cord for failing to bring home his homework.
The school nurse examined the child and found lacerations on his arms, legs, back and buttocks. The boy was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.
ATLANTA — A lawyer for indicted state Sen. Don Balfour is arguing the state’s prosecution of his client is unconstitutional because it violates the concept of separation of powers and violates the exclusive authority of the Senate to discipline its members.
A lawyer for the state says that interpreting separation of powers and the authority of the Senate that way essentially implies that state legislators are above the law.
ATLANTA — A Wendy’s employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer’s cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.
Police in the city of Lovejoy, Ga., about 25 miles south of downtown Atlanta, said a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.
The woman pulled the bun off and saw a partially smoked blunt inside, police said. A blunt is marijuana rolled into a hollowed-out cigar.
AIKEN — Gov. Nikki Haley has told the U.S. energy secretary that she wants something done with the 37 million gallons of waste at Savannah River Site.
Haley talked with the Aiken Standard about a discussion she had with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.
She said Moniz is committed to try to improve funding for the old nuclear weapons complex to deal with the waste.
Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, the research and education arm of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.
Young, who was mayor from 1999 to 2005, will retire at the end of the year. He joined the organization in 2011.
With the flick of a switch, Jennifer Schubert’s two children, ages 2 and 6, marveled at the 10-foot-tall Fraser fir lighting up her family’s Augusta home.
The tree, one of 500 donated Thursday to low-ranking active-duty military personnel and their families during Fort Gordon’s sixth annual Trees for Troops giveaway, glowed with multicolored lights and tinsel.
It just needed one thing though – a soldier to top it with the ceremonial star.
A top official from the Humane Society of the United States will join a rally Saturday protesting the use of dogs in animal experiments at Georgia Regents University.
Kathleen Conlee, the vice president for animal research issues at the Humane Society, said she decided to attend “The Million Dog Walk on GRU Dental” because the Augusta area has shown extensive support since the Humane Society released an investigation it believes shows questionable practices in a dental implant experiment on dogs.
WASHINGTON — Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon, declaring: “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”
“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” Obama said in a somber appearance at the White House. “And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," Obama said.