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Wagener man killed in Graniteville nightclub shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:03pm

A 20-year-old Wagener man was killed and three others were hurt early Saturday in a shooting at a Graniteville nightclub.

Stacy M. Johnson was killed in the shooting at Round Two Bar and Grill, 192 Breezy Hill Road, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The shooting took place about 1:25 a.m. Johnson had gone to the nightclub with friends after attending a football game in Saluda, Carlton said. An autopsy was scheduled later Saturday.

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Laney routs Josey behind another strong defensive showing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:20am

Laney’s recent dominance of an old Augusta rivalry continued behind another strong defensive showing Friday night.

Laney stuffed Josey at the line for much of the game as the Wildcats beat the Eagles 41-0 at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Following the trend of the past three meetings, Laney shut out Josey in a one-sided affair. Laney has won its past five games against Josey while allowing a total of six points.

“The defense has been playing well all year, and it was no different tonight,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “It was a good shutout for us.”

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21-year-old beaten, robbed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:10pm

A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized Friday morning after being robbed and assaulted on Heard Avenue.

About 1:15 a.m., the victim, an Augusta resident, was walking along the 1500 block of Heard Avenue when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled behind her and three people got out, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A black woman told two black men to take the victim’s purse. The victim began running but was caught and hit in the head with a small pipe at least four times, according to the report.

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Human rights group I Breathe I Rise hosts forum on sexual abuse in schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:46pm


It took 30 years for the world to find out what happened to Linda Martin.

But now that they know, she and other advocates are working to make sure no other child has to endure the sexual abuse she said she experienced at T.W. Josey High School in the 1980s.

“This is 30 years of waiting, this is 30 years of silence, this is 30 years of survival,” Martin said Friday.

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Daggett leads ARC to win over Evans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:23pm


Richmond Academy has played well all season, but not well enough.

Against No. 5 Northside-Warner Robins, the Musketeers trailed by three in the fourth quarter before eventually falling. Richmond Academy led Houston County at halftime and was tied with Warner Robins at intermission, both games ending in defeat.

With his squad facing a similar situation Friday night, Musketeers coach Chris Hughes challenged his players at halftime. Richmond Academy responded in a big way.

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North Augusta homeowner appeals Project Jackson ruling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:17pm


The North Augusta homeowner challenging the Project Jackson development has appealed a judge’s ruling, according to Aiken County online court records.

Plaintiff Stephen Donohue filed an appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Donohue, who opposes the site for a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets, sued the city in December claiming it violated the state’s Tax Increment Financing law when it created an ordinance to fund the project.

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Faces of Survival: Annette Moss

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:56pm

Annette Moss dreamed one night that she had breast cancer. A few days later she felt a lump in her left breast, but she put off seeing her doctor about it because she wasn’t sure.

“It felt like a lump, but it didn’t feel like a lump,” she said.

After three months it bothered her enough to have it checked out, and she learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer.

“I took a deep breath,” Moss said. “Where did this come from?”

She did not have a family history of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy and about 25 rounds of radiation.

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Officials: Property damage increases on Halloween

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:48pm

Local police and insurance agents say the real scare on Halloween is vandals targeting homes and vehicles for pumpkin smashing, toilet paper rolling, raw egg battering and theft.

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Aiken County motorcycle accident sends 1 to hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle collision in Aiken County that injured one person early Friday.

Troopers were called to Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, who was not identified, lost control of a 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive.

The driver, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition, Jones said.

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