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Paine football players still in shock over shutdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:09pm


When he played running back during his prep career at Butler, Jeff Menefee was able to shake defenders with his strong body.

On Wednesday evening, Menefee walked out of Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel unable to shake the news he received five days earlier. When the school announced plans to shut down the football program Friday evening, Menefee said he and his teammates were stunned – and the feeling hasn’t left.

“Nobody really knows what to do,” he said. “Every­body is still in shock. I really don’t know what to do with my life.”

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Augusta teenager charged with first-degree burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:51pm

An Augusta teenager is in custody after allegedly stealing $1,500 worth of electronics Tuesday from a home on Brussels Street.

While making rounds at Trinity Manor Apartment Complex, a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy noticed Verdre Lamont Scott, Jr., 18, bent over behind building six, according to an incident report. The deputy says he saw Scott throw an object to the ground and walk away quickly. The deputy took Scott into custody and returned to building six, where a PlayStation 3 and three flat screen televisions were discovered.

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Edgefield man charged with murder in shooting incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:39pm

An Edgefield woman died Tuesday after being shot in the head late Sunday night.

Patricia Kay Love, 29, of Red Hill Road, was pronounced dead at 3:56 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, according to Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett.

Jody Ray Jones, 42, of the same Red Hill Road address, has been charged with murder, using a firearm while intoxicated and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Edgefield County detention center.

House targets VA bonuses in new bill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:42pm

Five months after making it easier to fire negligent employees, House lawmakers are looking to tighten their grip on the Department of Veterans Affairs, introducing a bill this week to recoup bonuses from staff found to have contributed to poor patient care.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced a bill that would allow VA secretary Robert McDonald to take back performance pay from employees linked to long wait times, delayed appointments and preventable deaths — with no chance for an appeal.

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Braves trade Gattis to Houston, AJC reports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:17pm

The Atlanta Braves agreed to trade slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros on Wednesday for a package of prospects, a person familiar with the situation told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It wasn’t immediately known which prospects the Braves would get in exchange for Gattis, who was in Houston for a physical examination on Wednesday, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.


Butler boys basketball forfeits four games

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:31pm


The Butler boys basketball team’s region title hopes took a big hit Wednesday after the Bulldogs were forced to forfeit four games for using a suspended player.

Butler forfeited wins against Josey, Washington County, Heritage and Rich­mond Academy, Steve Figueroa, the Georgia High School Association’s director of media relations, confirmed Wednesday.

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Fort Gordon club opens grants and scholarships programs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:59pm

The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club is accepting applications for military spouses, high school seniors and local organizations interested in receiving upwards of $25,000 in community grants and college scholarships this spring.

“It’s important to take an active role in supporting the community,” Debbie Franco, the group’s grants chairwoman, said of the 2015 cycle in a news release. “Our grants allow those professionals dedicated to assisting the community to fulfill their goals and make a difference as well.”

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Augusta man charged for hitting pedestrians with car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:32pm

An Augusta man has been charged after striking two pedestrians with his car in a gas station parking lot in December.

James Bernard Thomas Jr., 24, was booked into the Richmond County jail Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault.

According to an incident report, Thomas had been involved in a fist fight on Dec. 26 at Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrightsboro Road, just before he got into his car and attempted to flee the parking lot.

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Suspect flees after children found home alone during home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:31pm

Police are seeking a man who broke into an Augusta home early Tuesday while two children were home alone.

The children, ages 13 and 7, told police someone knocked and rang the doorbell at their Nighthawk Drive home around 7:30 a.m. The children ignored the knocks hoping the person would leave, according to an incident report.

Several minutes later they heard a bang and saw an unknown black male in the hallway. When he saw the children, he turned and left the home.

Police searched the area with negative results.


Aiken County schools superintendent will retire July 31

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:05pm


The Aiken County Public Schools superintendent announced she will retire July 31.

The district school board accepted Dr. Elizabeth Everitt’s request Tuesday to retire due to “family obligations,” according to a news release.

“After more than 38 years in education, it’s a bitter-sweet decision to leave a job that I love, but with our amazing staff and dedicated board, I’m confident that the District will continue to provide a great education for the students in Aiken County,” stated Everitt in the release.

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