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Update; Peach Orchard ramp open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:53pm

The Peach Orchard Road on-ramp to westbound Bobby Jones Expressway blocked due to over overturned tractor trailer has reopened.

Dollar General holdup suspect charged

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:41pm

 

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in the Tuesday armed robbery of Dollar General on Deans Bridge Road.

Deputies were called to the store at 3250 Deans Bridge Road about 9:10 a.m. after a man with a gun demanded cash. A witness saw him running toward Villa Marie apartments afterward. Police set up a perimeter and brought K-9s to track his scent. The suspect was not arrested until the following day.

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Mickelson shoots 63 at Troon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:35pm

TROON, Scotland — Phil Mickelson was 16 feet away from a place in history he wouldn't have to share with anyone.

Fans watched from a rooftop balcony. Royal Troon members strained to see out the window from the clubhouse behind the 18th green. Jack Nicklaus usually doesn't watch golf on TV, but he made an exception for this moment.

In 436 majors held over the last 156 years, no one had ever shot 62.

That's still the case. By a fraction of an inch.

"I want to cry," Mickelson said.

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FCC settlement ends Augusta TV fight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:28pm

 

The corporate battle over the control of Augusta television stations will end within 30 days when Media General, which owns ABC-affiliated WJBF, pays $700,000.

The payment is Media Gene­ral’s settlement of a Fed­e­ral Communications Com­­mis­sion investigation of its actions to try to stop corporate rival Schurz Commu­nications from selling the NBC-affiliated station WAGT.

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Truck driver pleads guilty in accident that killed 5 coeds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:35am

PEMBROKE, Ga. — A Louisiana truck driver charged in a fiery interstate crash in Georgia that killed five nursing students last year pleaded guilty Thursday to nine counts, including five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide.

A judge sentenced 56-year-old John Wayne Johnson to five years in prison, plus five on probation. He would have faced up to 93 years if convicted at trial.

The sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Interstate slowdown in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:29am

Expect slowdowns on westbound Interstate 20 in Columbia County today as crews conduct maintenance work.

The left lane from mile marker 181.5 to 183.5 will be closed while crews on site. Work is scheduled to conclude about 3:30 p.m. today.

Jefferson plane crash parts still missing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:24am

LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Searchers combing Jefferson County in recent weeks have found much of the wreckage of the two F-16 fighter jets that crashed last month.

Two larger objects, however, have eluded them -- a pilot’s ejection seat and a windshield canopy.

“Keep in mind that these items may be disfigured from the crash,” an Air Force spokesman said. “If you find anything you believe may be aircraft wreckage, please call 911 and relay the description and location of the items.”

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120 Lexington, SC, inmates get sick

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 9:05am

LEXINGTON, S.C. — State health officials are investigating an illness that is affecting a large group of inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Capt. Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department tells local media that about 120 inmates have been treated for a gastrointestinal illness in the last two days.

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Update: Truck wreck cleared

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 7:52am

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the Peach Orchard Road on-ramp to westbound Bobby Jones Expressway is reopened to traffic.

 

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