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Reduced plea in fight case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:11pm

A man who took a tire thumper to a fist fight and left his opponent with numerous broken facial bones pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Jason D. Vanderkamp, 24, was initially charged with aggravated battery, a felony punishable by up to 20 years. Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. accepted the plea negotiation and imposed a one-year probation sentence for the misdemeanor charge.

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Atlanta crash kills 2 kids

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:13pm

ATLANTA — Two children have died after their mother's car was involved in a three-car crash in Atlanta. A third child in the car has been hospitalized.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution  reports the children's mother turned in front of a car travelling more than 100 mph Sunday. The driver of a Monte Carlo hit the mother's Chrysler, ejecting at least one of the children.

WXIA-TV reports 3-year-old Lauren and 4-year-old Jordan Colman died of their injuries Monday. Six-year-old Jaylen Colman is in stable condition. The condition of their mother, Cazhara Lovett, isn't known.

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Lou Holtz leaving ESPN

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:29am

Former University of South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz, 78, will not return to ESPN as a football analyst this fall.

Sports Illustrated reported on its Web site Sunday night that the longtime college and professional coach and TV commentator have parted ways.

Holtz, who won a national championship while coaching Notre Dame, was also head coach at several schools including Arkansas, North Carolina State and Minnesota. He also coached the New York Jets.

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Confederate ship photo a hoax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:35am



SAVANNAH, Ga. — For three decades, the stained and blurry photograph presented a great mystery to Civil War historians.


It was a picture taken of another photo in a peeling, gilded frame. In the foreground stood a man, his back to the camera, wearing an overcoat and a hat. In the center, visible amid stains and apparent water damage, was a ship.


Did this picture show the only known photograph of the ironclad Confederate warship the CSS Georgia?


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Kennesaw wants Civil War train back

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:20am

KENNESAW, Ga. -City officials are trying to find a way to bring a runaway train back to Kennesaw to live with its sister train.

Kennesaw's The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History owns The General, one of the two main engines involved in what's been named The Great Locomotive Chase.

The General is owned by the state and is on permanent loan to the city.

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6-mile backup when Atlanta pedestrian struck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:09am

ATLANTA — A woman was struck by a car on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector, leading police to close several northbound lanes for a time near the start of this morning’s rush hour.

WXIA-TV reports the woman was struck as she walked along the northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane in midtown Atlanta around 5:45 a.m. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said backups extended for about six miles as police investigated.


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