Rants and raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:05am
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Will anyone be paid kickbacks for voting to move the James Brown Arena to Regency Mall, instead of following the recommendation of the paid study? Read more

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Nearly 540,000 ordered to flee Georgia coast ahead of Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:54pm
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia’s governor on Thursday ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn’t seen in more than a century. Read more

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Aiken County officials urge residents to prepare now

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 7:18pm
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Aiken County residents have “three, maybe four days” to get ready for the remnants of Hurricane Irma, and they should use them wisely, Sheriff Mike Hunt said Thursday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Man sentenced to decades in prison for Augusta robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:31pm
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A South Carolina man who robbed two Augusta businesses was sentenced Thursday to serve nearly 42 years in prison. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

‘Chronicle’ will move up comics, Sunday inserts to Saturday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:26pm
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The comic section and accompanying inserts that normally appear in The Augusta Chronicle’s Sunday edition will be in Saturday’s paper. This is being done to help our readers, advertisers and carriers in advance of the anticipated approach of Hurricane Irma. Subscribers who are Sunday-only will also receive a Saturday paper this week. Read more

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Early intervention, testing keys to addressing hepatitis C problem, says CDC scientist

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:15pm
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The problem with hepatitis C infections in the U.S. has several fronts: new patients from injection drug users caught up in the opioid crisis, a large population in prison that may not be getting tested and treated and a large number of Baby Boomers, many of whom don’t know they are infected, said a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

Federal prosecutors granted access to accused leaker’s social media and phone records

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:23pm
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Federal prosecutors in the Reality Winner espionage case were granted access to the former Fort Gordon contractor’s social media accounts and phone records, according to court documents recently unsealed. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Nine indicted in federal tax fraud case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 5:16pm
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A federal indictment recently unsealed accuses nine Augusta area defendants of participating in a tax fraud conspiracy that netted them more than $2 million. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Hurricane Irma closings, shelter openings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:20pm
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CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS

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Richmond County schools closing part of next week to provide shelters for hurricane evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:02pm
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The Richmond County School system will close schools Monday through Wednesday to provide shelters for expected Hurricane Irma evacuees.

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Driver seriously injured after crash at Highway 56 near Byne Sunshine Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:43pm
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A driver was hospitalized after colliding with a truck at Highway 56 near Byne Sunshine Road in Burke County on Thursday afternoon. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

Regency Mall owner sends statement on arena proposal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 2:27pm
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Regency Mall owner Alan A. Cardinale issued a statement and his son-in-law James McKinnon spoke publicly for a first time Thursday on Cardinal Management’s proposal to relocate James Brown Arena at the south Augusta site. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

Aiken County testing scores average with state, college acceptance up

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 1:19pm
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After the second year of statewide ACT testing to all junior students, Aiken County Public Schools remain at or above average compared to the rest of South Carolina. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Amanda King

Augusta braces for Irma as coastal evacuations begin

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:25pm
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Area officials braced for a storm of evacuees in addition to threatening weather locally as Hurricane Irma barreled toward Miami on Thursday. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

Augusta man arrested after leading police on chase through Hephzibah

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:43am
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A man has been arrested after leading police on a four-mile chase in Hephzibah on Wednesday night.

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VIDEO: City of Augusta and Red Cross news conference on Hurricane Irma preparation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:33am
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Augusta EMA Director and Fire Chief Chris James and Susan Everitt with the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross talk about Augusta's Hurricane Irma preparations and plans. Read more

Local organization from Aiken offer camp grounds to evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:20am
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A local group from Aiken is offering their campgrounds to Hurricane Irma evacuees.

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Vehicular homicide charge added against man involved in fatal wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:02am
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Richmond County sheriff’s officers have charged a driver involved in a fatal crash with vehicular homicide.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspects involved in Walmart theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:49am
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three women in connection to a theft at a Grovetown Walmart in August.

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Banking regulators sign off on Cabela’s sale to Bass Pro

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:47am
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SIDNEY, Neb. — The roughly $4 billion sale of outdoor outfitter Cabela’s to rival Bass Pro Shops appears ready to close after regulators approved the sale of Cabela’s credit card unit.

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