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Silver Bluff remains winless on season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:57pm


In Hampton, S.C., Silver Bluff couldn’t hold the lead in the fourth quarter and lost its seventh consecutive game of the season.

The Bulldogs (0-7, 0-2 Region 5-AA) built a 28-21 lead on the strength of three Brandon Hill touchdown passes to Malcolm Green. But Wade Hampton (3-4, 1-1) bounced back with a pair of touchdowns and 2-point conversions late in the game.


Silver Bluff 7 7 0 14 – 28

Wade Hampton 0 7 14 16 – 37

First Quarter

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Aiken's Beth Spangler wows judges on 'The Voice'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:32pm

Long before Adam Levine’s 12-member team was completed on last Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice, Beth Spangler was content with living a normal life.

About four years ago, the Aiken native accepted a job at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, commuting 30-minutes in an effort to pay bills.

Some shifts were more demanding than others, and with each trek to Augusta, Spangler grew further from her childhood dream.

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Durant runs wild in McCormick win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:17pm


In McCormick, S.C., Mataeo Durant scored on four plays 50 yards or longer as the Chiefs took down the Trojans in a Region 1-A game.

Durant rushed for 243 yards on 14 carries as McCormick improved to 2-5 and 1-1 in the region.

Ridge Spring-Monetta dropped to 3-4 and 0-2.

RS-Monetta 7 0 0 0 – 7

McCormick 6 6 6 14 – 32

First Quarter

M–Mataeo Durant 69 pass from Shyran Williams (run failed), 11:36

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North Augusta remains undefeated with win over Lexington

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:00pm


In Lexington, S.C., North Augusta ran its record to 7-0 with a 21-7 victory over Lexington in the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets got a fumble recovery for a touchdown and Careron Mathews gave North Augusta some breathing room late with an 80-yard touchdown run.

North Augusta’s Trib Reece connected with Rashad Byrd for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Lexington (3-4, 0-1 region) was plagued by four turnovers as North Augusta avenged last year’s 18-14 loss to the Wildcats.


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Westside defeats Hephzibah

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:15pm

HEPHZIBAH — Westside defensive coordinator Ivory Hugee gathered the Patriots together on the field following his team’s 28-7 win Friday night.

“Guys,” he said, “at least we have a game ball to give Coach Tate.”

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Man steals from area restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:42pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect accused of robbing an area business Friday evening.

Deputies responded about 9:28 p.m. to 3336 Wrightsboro Road, where a black male was seen taking a cash register drawer from Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs and leaving the restaurant, according to Richmond County dispatch.

The suspect, who did not appear to be armed according to a store employee, was last seen fleeing the scene on foot while carrying the register drawer.

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Venus Cain wants new term on Richmond County Board of Education to continue district initiatives

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:25pm

After eight years on the Board of Education, Venus Cain said her work serving students and educators is not over yet.

If elected for a third term, Cain said she plans to try to bring an online credit recovery system into the Richmond County jail so incarcerated teens awaiting trial won’t fall behind in school.

Another goal is to work with district staff on the budget to eliminate the system’s four employee furlough days and also find money for across-the-board pay raises.

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Commissioners debate franchise fee increase at retreat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:51pm


A proposal by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree to raise the franchise fee Augusta charges city-owned utilities drew considerable discussion at a Friday budget retreat for Augusta commissioners.

But an increase to 4 percent, generating an additional $600,000, would only have the commission “back next year having the same conversation,” said Commissioner Ben Hasan, who won election earlier this year with heavy law enforcement backing.

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Federal jury acquits Harlem man of drug trafficking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:47pm


One of the men accused of conspiring to funnel large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to the Augusta area was acquitted at trial.

A jury in U.S. District Court found Victor E. Ovalle Jr., 20, not guilty Thursday of conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Ovalle, of Harlem, and 12 other defendants were named in the federal indictment last year. The indictment charged the defendants with bringing large amounts of methamphetamine into the region, and it sought forfeiture of $2 million in alleged drug trafficking profits.

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