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Expect to see a lot of smoke today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 5:11pm

There will be a lot of burning going on today in the Augusta area.

The Georgia Forestry Service issued 130 open burning permits in Columbia County and 70 in Richmond County for use today, said Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division. Fort Gordon is also conducting a prescribed burn of 100 acres.

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Smoke, pollen hamper outdoor breathing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:00pm

An extremely high pollen count and outdoor burning could explain why it was hard to breathe Wednesday.

The birch and oak pollen count was 10.5 and will be even higher at 10.8 on Thursday, according to Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division.

Lots of burning in the area could be further complicating issues. The Georgia Forestry Service issued 130 open burning permits in Columbia County and 70 in Richmond County for use Wednesday. Fort Gordon was also conducting a prescribed burn of 100 acres.

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Todd Goff found guilty of murder

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:53pm

Todd Goff grabbed his girlfriend’s neck and squeezed. Even after Tiffany Salter’s body went limp he squeezed.

For that, he is guilty of murder, a Richmond County Superior Court jury determined Wednesday. And for that Goff will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, Judge Michael N. Annis decided Wednesday.

On July 7, 2012, Goff, 25, committed his final act of violence on Salter.

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Ticket sellers warned to stay outside limit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:49pm

 

If you plan on scalping tickets for the Masters Tournament, you’d better know your boundaries.

Police said anyone caught buying, selling or handing off tickets within a 2,700 foot boundary around the Augusta National could face misdemeanor charges or get a ride in a police car.

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