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Plan for new trauma center not welcomed by all

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:23am

ATLANTA -- Hospital chain HCA’s push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state’s hospital industry.

A trauma center is a medical facility that’s specially equipped and staffed to treat seriously injured people. Georgia authorizes four levels of such centers, depending on their capabilities.

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Clemson has sold out football season tickets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:16am

CLEMSON — Clemson says it’s sold out of football season tickets.


Athletic department spokesman Joe Galbraith said Wednesday that the school had sold all of the more than 52,000 season tickets at Memorial Stadium for its seven-game home schedule.


Clemson’s athletic ticket office is selling single-game tickets for all home games at Death Valley except for the season-finale with South Carolina on Nov. 29.


The school said it surpassed last year’s season-ticket sales by more than 1,000.

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SC parents charged in toddler hot car death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:15am

FLORENCE, S.C. — The parents of a Florence toddler who died earlier this year after being left in a hot car have been arrested and charged with neglect.

Florence County sheriff’s deputies say 57-year-old Joe Kennedy and 44-year-old Ruthene Kennedy were arrested late Wednesday morning.

Authorities said 13-month-old Jeremiah Kennedy was taken to a hospital by his parents May 25 after being left in a hot vehicle for about an hour and a half.

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Mayor to fight nude Tybee Beach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:10am

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he’s in office.

WTOC-TV reports Shawn Williams of Savannah has gotten 861 people to sign his petition asking Tybee city officials to make a portion of Georgia’s largest public beach clothing-optional.

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Atlanta county studies 17 percent tax hike

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:07am


ATLANTA — Leaders in one of Georgia’s largest counties are debating a proposed 17 percent property tax hike.


Commissioners in Fulton County got input from taxpayers Wednesday as they debated what would be the first increase of its kind in more than 20 years.


Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves tells WSB-TV declining revenues and increased costs have left the county with a $40 million to $50 million budget shortfall.


Fulton County is home to Atlanta and several of its northern and southern suburbs.

Ga. highway closes to move big plane

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:04am

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Military officials say parts of Georgia State Route 247 in central Georgia will be temporarily closed as a C-130 airplane is moved.

WMAZ-TV reports the highway closures are planned today in the Warner Robins area.

Robins Air Force Base officials said in a statement that the airplane will be moved from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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