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Deputies seek phone thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:04am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect who they say stole a cell phone from the counter of a local restaurant earlier this month.

The suspect, who has been identified as a clean-shaven white male between the ages of 40 and 55, was seen taking the phone from the counter of the McDonald’s at 3209 Deans Bridge Road about 6:20 p.m. Oct. 1, according to a news release Friday.

He is described as being about 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs between 160 to 200 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and dark shorts.

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3 motorcyclists hurt or killed in last week in Aiken, Columbia counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:03am

An early morning motorcycle accident in Aiken County on Friday marked the third time in a week a cyclist has been killed or seriously injured while riding on area roads.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, a 49-year-old male who has not been identified, lost control of his 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones. He was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition. He was wearing a helmet.

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Ebola checks at Savannah port

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:59am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Seven ships from West Africa have entered the Port of Savannah in the last 30 days. Twenty-one from the region have sailed into ports across the U.S. Coast Guard’s entire Southeast District in the last 30 days.

None of them brought Ebola.

But when the Coast Guard met a ship that most recently docked in Nigeria and was bound for Savannah on Thursday morning to perform a routine safety inspection, people started wondering why.

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Wrong-way driver killed on I-75

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:54am

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Authorities are investigating a wrong-way crash on a metro Atlanta interstate that left a motorist dead.

Police say the collision happened around 3 a.m. Friday, in the far left southbound lane of Interstate 75 in Henry County, near the Jonesboro Road exit.

Henry County police say one vehicle with two adults and a child was heading northbound in the southbound lane when it struck another vehicle head-on.

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Faces of Survival: Sarah Quick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:08am

Sarah Quick’s doctor found a lump in her left breast during a routine annual Pap smear and checkup.

The next day she went for a mammogram and ultrasound, and within a week she had a diagnosis.

“The anxiety that comes along with the word cancer is like nothing you’ve ever experienced,” she said.

At the time, she was 35 and had two young children. She believed she would survive the battle, but she was more worried about whether cancer would return.

“I’m a nurse. I want to know the outcome and the end of a story, and you don’t have that luxury,” she said.

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John Barrow, Rick Allen spar over nasty campaign ads

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:30pm


STATESBORO, Ga. — Democratic Rep. John Barrow and his Republican rival blamed each other in a debate Thursday for lobbing unfair attacks in a flood of negative advertising during their congressional race in eastern Georgia.

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Nine Columbia County candidates hold public forum

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:26pm

Nine candidates running for three Columbia County offices squared off Thursday in a public forum at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Approximately 80 spectators attended, with candidates fielding questions on SPLOST, population growth, transportation and how they could improve Columbia County.

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City's marina operator still hasn't vacated premises

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:35pm

The city’s marina operator hasn’t taken any steps to vacate the premises after the Augusta Port Authority filed a notice of intent to evict the company last month for failing to pay months of back rent and water bills, authority members said Thursday.

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Paine College faculty members ask for board chairman's resignation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:06pm


Paine College faculty members asked for the resignation of Silas Norman on Thursday after the Board of Trustees chairman orchestrated the removal of acting President Samuel Sullivan earlier this week.

William Lawless, a 31-year mathematics professor, said he made the request on behalf of the faculty and will ask for Norman’s resignation and Sullivan’s reinstatement again at a Board of Trustees meeting Friday morning.

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