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Thurmond Lake water release felt near Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 5:08pm

A rainy, record-breaking month has prompted increased water releases from Thurmond Lake this week, causing Savannah River levels to rise and boat ramps near Augusta to close, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday.

Stan Simpson, a Corps water manager, said in a online post that Thurmond release rates have been just shy of 30,000 cubic feet per second this week and will average approximately 25,000 cubic feet per second over the next few days.

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Tybee Island continues talks on limiting open-air alcohol consumption

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:39pm

Tybee Island is having a bit of an identity crisis.

On the one hand, it is one of the last remaining coastal cities in the eastern U.S. that allows consumption of alcohol on its beaches and in its resort district.

On the other, this liberal approach to open-air alcohol consumption has garnered Tybee a reputation as a party town – one that during certain times of the year draws large crowds and all their associated problems.

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As many as 120 dead in string of Paris attacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:32pm

PARIS — French police are hunting possible accomplices of eight assailants who terrorized Paris concert-goers, cafe diners and soccer fans in this country's deadliest peacetime attacks, a succession of explosions and shootings that cast a dark shadow over this luminous tourist destination.

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Augusta veterans information briefing Nov. 20

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:18pm


The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Disabled American Veterans, local service organizations and community partners will hold a Veterans Information Briefing and Health Fair from 8 a.m. until noon Nov. 20, the Augusta hospital announced.

This event will take place at the Augusta VA’s Uptown Division off Wrightsboro Road in the third floor Auditorium (Room 3B-111). It is an opportunity for veterans to learn about benefits they have earned. Flu shots will be available for veterans.

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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