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Heat advisory warning across Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:55am


Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.


Forecasters say the advisory is scheduled to be in place from noon to 8 p.m. today in a large part of central and south Georgia. It includes the cities of Athens, Columbus, Macon, Statesboro and Vidalia.


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80 evacuated from SC assisted living fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 8:33am




COLUMBIA — More than 80 residents were forced from an assisted living complex in Columbia early today after a morning fire.


The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the Forest Pines Retirement Residence.


Three people were taken to a hospital after the fire. There was no immediate word on their condition. Several other residents were taken to the hospital later as a precaution.


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Hillary Clinton campaigns in SC today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 7:03am

SANTEE, S.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton is talking about the importance of job training during a visit to South Carolina this week.


The Democratic presidential contender is meeting today with community leaders in the Orangeburg area. Later she is scheduled to host a forum at Trident Technical College.


Since announcing her candidacy, Clinton’s campaign has held more than a hundred grassroots events and several dozen phone banks in South Carolina.


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Aiken newspaper seeks information on deputy shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:59am



AIKEN — The Aiken Standard has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and other investigating agencies in order to gather more details about the case of an off-duty Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputy charged in the death of his wife.

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Roofing scam cheated elderly

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:53am




DECATUR, Ga. — DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.


District Attorney’s spokesman Erik Burton said in a statement that Keith and Jeffrey Ogles solicited four elderly people for roofing work and severely overcharged for their services.


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Augusta heat matches record high

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:34pm

Augusta matched a high temperature record Tuesday that was set 95 years ago.

Officials at the National Weather Service said temperatures reached 100 degrees, a mark that had not been hit on June 16 since 1920.

Officials say temperatures could reach 100 degrees again Wednesday. The record high in Augusta for June 17 is 101 degrees.

Witnesses describe 2012 fatal wreck on River Watch Parkway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:32pm

From the retired businessman who tried to intercept a wrong-way driver on River Watch Parkway to the veteran law enforcement officers and emergency responders, all agreed it was one of the worst crash scenes they had ever seen.

In the second day of Monique Sullivan’s trial in Richmond County Superior Court, witnesses to the Dec. 10, 2012, crash testified. Sullivan, 34, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including murder and aggravated assault. A young mother of two was killed and another person was critically injured.

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Aiken County Board of Education cuts candidates to 4 in superintendent search

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 9:30pm

AIKEN — The Aiken County Board of Education moved a step closer to naming a new superintendent Tuesday, trimming a list of eight candidates to four unnamed finalists in an ongoing search that began following Elizabeth Everitt’s retirement announcement in January.

The board emerged from a closed-door meeting of nearly three hours, during which they reviewed the résumés of eight candidates supplied to them by the district’s Superintendent Search Committee. The district had received a total of 16 applications.

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Georgians can now apply for medical marijuana through a registry at the Georgia Department of Public Health

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:58pm


Thousands of eligible patients can now ask their doctors to register them to receive medical marijuana in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Tuesday its electronic registry is now open for people to apply to receive cards allowing them to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil that contains no more than 5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in marijuana that provides a high.

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U.S. Energy Secretary calls for $1 billion annually for MOX program at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:48pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Tuesday it will take more than $1 billion a year to complete Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility and fund other related processes required for that method of plutonium disposal.

“When it comes to the total funding, not just for the fabrication plant but for all the other activities, for the (plutonium) pit disassembly and everything else, you’re talking north of a billion dollars a year,” Moniz said. “We’ve got to see Congress being willing to appropriate over a billion dollars a year for decades to get it done.”

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Missing Louisville man's body found in Emanuel County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:41pm

The body of Matthew Good, a 22-year-old Jefferson County man who had been reported missing, was found Monday in northern Emanuel County, according to Emanuel County Coroner Jeffrey Peebles.

Good, of Louisville, Ga., was a sailor in the U.S. Navy and was home on leave to visit family.

“On Saturday morning, Good left Louisville on the way to Tybee Island with friends, but got out of the vehicle shortly after entering Emanuel County and began walking,” according to an Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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