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SC deputy dragged by car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:23am

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy was hurt after he was dragged by a car while trying to serve a warrant.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jonathan Smith told local media outlets that the deputy suffered minor injuries.

Smith said the officer and several others had gone to take a suspect into custody around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They found the man in an apartment parking lot and he and another man jumped into a car.

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Atlanta voters OK road bonds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:21am

ATLANTA — Atlanta voters have approved a $250 million bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the measures were approved Tuesday by a margin of about nine to one.

Nearly 21,000 voters -- fewer than 10 percent of eligible voters -- went to the polls.

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Freight train strikes, kills Atlanta man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:14am

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Police in metro Atlanta are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a freight train.

Brookhaven police say the Norfolk Southern train was unable to stop in time and struck the man around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the suburban city just northeast of Atlanta.

Authorities tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man didn’t move after the train’s horn sounded. His name wasn’t released.

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Atlanta airport launches online parking plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:12am

ATLANTA — Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

Airport officials said in a statement that the online parking spot reservation program also includes discounts for travelers parking at the international terminal.

The airport’s General Manager Miguel Southwell says airport officials are trying to make the facility more efficient by expanding passenger services.

Hoop skirts out at UGA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:57am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.

The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday with some UGA fraternity and sorority leaders, including representatives of the UGA chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha fraternities, both of which have deep roots in the South.

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Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:19am

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia’s insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Urban Institute study made public Tuesday found that nationally, the average premium increase in the lowest-cost “Silver” plan was 2.9 percent.

The Silver plans are the most popular among consumers, and the rates studied pertain to a 40-year-old individual who does not use tobacco.

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Burke County closes all schools today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:17am

Burke County school officials announced late Tuesday via the school district’s social media accounts that all classes are canceled today because of a ruptured water line.

Just before 10 p.m., officials released the following message:

“All Burke County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 18, 2015, because of a ruptured water line that serves the schools. BCPS students, faculty and staff should NOT report to school tomorrow. Thank you.

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Columbia County voters approve renewal of education sales tax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:45pm

Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the local education sales tax Tuesday, providing officials with a reliable source of revenue to fund improvements in the county’s rapidly growing school system.

Turnout was light for the special election to approve the next five-year round of the education special local option sales tax (ESPLOST), with less than 6 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

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Frantom, Harris head for April 14 runoff in District 7

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:43pm

The District 7 special election isn’t over yet, with Sean Frantom and Louis “Hap” Harris heading for an April 14 runoff.

With all votes counted Tuesday, Frantom garnered 866 votes, or 43.72 percent, to Harris’ 723 votes, or 36.5 percent.

Neither received the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win outright, while third-place finisher Sonny Pittman garnered 391 votes, or 19.74 percent.

“I wish it had been a different result, but it was still a great result,” said a glowing Frantom, development director for Ronald McDonald House.

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Clinic for moms at Evans High puts accent on proper tackling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:03pm

Elisabeth Townley yelled out “One, Two!” as she got her feet into ready position on the football field.

A group of 87 area moms learned footwork and other techniques in five different drills teaching proper tackling Tuesday night. At Evans High School, current and former Atlanta Falcons spoke about proper equipment fitting and concussion awareness inside the school as part of the team’s Moms Football Safety Clinic. Later, the women went outside to continue their Heads Up training.

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Frantom, Harris to face off in runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:29pm

Sean Frantom and Hap Harris will face off in a runoff for the Richmond County District 7 commission seat on April 14th.

Frantom lead with 866 votes, or 43.72 percent of the vote. A few percentage points shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. 

Hap Harris had 723 votes for 36.5 percent. 391 Sonny Pittman supporters came out, falling just short of 20 percent of votes cast. 

Turnout in the eight precincts was reported as 13.61 percent, with 1,981 ballots cast. 

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Former Edmund Burke Academy headmaster dies in car wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:56pm

William Brent Cribb, former headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy, died Tuesday in a car accident near Milledgeville, according to Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez.

Cribb, 40, served as a technology and business teacher, coach, assistant headmaster and headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy from 2004 to 2013. In July of 2013, Cribb joined the staff of the Georgia Independent Schools Association, where he served as vice president.

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