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Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle campaign in Augusta area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 3:06pm

Bell ringers say there’s no better way to get in the spirit and help the community than ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

“This just starts the season off with a bang,” said Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, who rang a bell at the Georgia Southern University tent during the Red Kettle kickoff Friday at Kroger on Washington Road.

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River Watch lane closures next week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 9:54am


Continued construction on River Watch Parkway will result in lane closures over the next week.

One southbound and northbound lane from 15th Street to River Shoals Parkway will be shut down from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thorough Nov. 25. The closures will allow for contractors to install a new storm drain system.


Weekend may see frost

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:23am


Meteorologists are predicting frost this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of frost on Saturday but the chances increase Sunday morning. The frost Saturday is expected to be “patchy” and confined to outlying normally colder, wind-protected locations. The high temperature Saturday will also be more fall-like and may struggle to get into the 60s.

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Poll: Carson leads Georgia Republicans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:34am

ATLANTA -- The lead among Georgia Republicans has changed to put Ben Carson ahead of Donald Trump with Ted Cruz gaining momentum, according to a poll released Thursday.

Carson’s 26 percent support from those planning to vote in the Republican primary March 1 gives him a slight edge over Trump’s 24 percent. While the difference falls within the 4.7 percent margin of error, the significance is that it shows a change in position and a loss of support for Trump.

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Suspect detained after man shot in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:59pm


Richmond County sheriff’s deputies have detained a suspect and are searching for another in connection to a Thursday night shooting in Augusta’s historic Harrisburg community.

At about 7:15 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 1900 block of Ellis Street in reference to shots being fired and a person being wounded, said Sgt. Glen Rahn, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

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Autopsy results returned in fatal officer-involved shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:56pm


An autopsy on a man killed in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night shows he died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.

He refused to say how many times Brian Gavin, 57, of Aiken, had been shot, citing an ongoing investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and wouldn’t say where on Gavin’s body he was hit.

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Conjoined twins born in Augusta die after two days

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:32am

Conjoined twins Chance Aiden Crafton and Chandler Kaiden Crafton died Wednesday night from “multiple complex medical complications” two days after they were born at Georgia Regents Medical Center, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

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Conjoined twins pass away

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:01am

The conjoined twins receiving treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia died last night due to multiple complex medical complications, according to a news statement.

The boys—who shared a heart and liver—were delivered by C-section on Monday at the Georgia Regents Medical Center and remained in critical condition in the NICU in the adjoining children’s hospital for two days.

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SC councilman faces child sex charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:00am





GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Authorities say a newly elected Georgetown city councilman has arrested and been charged with a sex crime involving a minor.


Local media outlets report that police said 43-year-old Sheldon Amonda Butts is charged with third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Butts surrendered to officers at the Georgetown County Detention Center on Nov. 7. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.


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Georgia boy, 2, shot in face, dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:52am





JACKSON, Ga. — A 2-year-old boy has died after authorities say he was shot in the face at a home in Jackson.


Jackson Police Chief James Morgan tells media outlets the incident happened Wednesday night. Morgan says the shooting appears accidental, but it’s still unclear exactly what happened.


Morgan says the child and his twin brother were in a room together when the gun went off.


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