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Mapping vehicle captures Columbia County growth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:58pm


Marshall Square is only about 2,100 feet from Mary Howard’s office, but the retirement resort that opened last November ceases to exist in Columbia County’s Geographic Information System.

The 3½-acre property merely appears as a large plot of undeveloped land on online maps.

“It sure would be great to see that new building,” Howard, the county’s GIS manager, said this week.

By the end of the summer, her wish should come true.

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Twenty high school seniors to be recognized at Best and Brightest Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:20pm


Twenty of the CSRA’s most accomplished high school seniors will be recognized during the 2015 Best and Brightest Award banquet Thursday, competing for a $1,000 grand prize.

The students in the running this year were whittled down from 96 applicants. Five will receive cash prizes.

Applicants had to submit short essays detailing their accomplishments, high school transcripts and letters of nomination to be considered for the award, along with an in-person interview.

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Argument over religion led to graveyard shooting, states police report

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:14pm

Police said a man who shot a fellow city employee at an Augusta cemetery Tuesday did it after an argument over religion.

Ed Wilie Jordan Jr., 47, was booked on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report said Jordan had to pull the trigger multiple times before the gun fired.

The victim, 43-year-old Theron Rodriquez Wilson, was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police said both men are supervisors at the cemetery.

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