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Riverwalk attackers sentenced to 30 years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:40pm

The suspects in the brutal attack on a couple taking a stroll along the Riverwalk pleaded guilty Monday.

Robey E. Moses, 23, and Kevin D. Richardson, 22, admitted they were responsible for beating Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires with a baseball bat so severely that both suffered head fractures.

Moses and Domonique S. Hale, 21, admitted they were responsible for taking Vicente Mora’s vehicle and cellphone after knocking Mora unconscious on Broad Street the same night Solesbee and Spires were attacked.

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Cares For Kids Radiothon nets nearly $170,000 for the Children's Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:34am

 

A three-day radiothon raised nearly $170,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The 14th annual Cares for Kids Radiothon ran on three local radio stations – 104.3 WBBQ, 96.3 Kiss FM and G 105.7 – Thursday through Saturday bringing in $168,881 in donations and pledges, according to a news release.

It is the largest single fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Last year the event brought in $190,000.

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Gas prices should continue to drop through year's end

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 11:00pm

Some Southern gas stations could sell $2 per gallon gas by year’s end, but Augustans likely won’t see it unless they cross the river.

South Carolina is one of the five states with the lowest gas prices, and some Aiken County stations are already selling for around $2.20.

Tiffany Wright, public relations manager for AAA Carolinas, said gas prices are expected to drop another 15-20 cents by the next term.

That means South Carolina could see $2 gas by year’s end.

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Insurance companies warn holiday theft, fire can lead to costly claims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:59pm

Insurance companies are warning Georgia and South Carolina residents to stay alert during the holidays to avoid costly property claims that average $1,500 for thefts of missing jewelry and $18,000 for electrical hazards associated with outdoor decorations.

Fire claims increase by 16.5 percent and reports of stolen property jump by 8 percent among homeowners and renters in Georgia from December through January, according to data from Allstate Insurance.

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Stress-salt therapy at Georgia Regents University might work for Ménière's disease

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:10pm

Something just clicked for Dave Brandyberry as he read about a clinical trial at Georgia Regents University trying to break the impact that stress has on people with salt-sensitive hypertension.

Having suffered from Ménière’s disease, where excess fluid in the inner ear can cause dizziness, hearing loss and worse, Brandyberry wondered if that approach might help him, too. He reached out to GRU principal investigator Greg Harshfield and the result might become a fledgling clinical trial that could provide data to seek an expanded trial.

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Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities plan pulled from committee agenda

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:20pm

A $225,230 engineering and master plan for Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities has been pulled from Monday’s Public Services committee agenda because it conflicts with a $100,000 organizational assessment of the department included in the 2015 budget.

Saying she had moderate to high support for the assessment, Administrator Janice Allen Jackson included it in the 2015 budget package to take “a deliberate and strategic approach to making cuts,” with any leftover funds to assess other city departments.

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