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Pardon our Mess: Furniture mess after eviction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 9:01pm

WHAT: Furniture and other belongings strewn by vandals across a yard and sidewalk after a Sept. 8 eviction

WHERE: 1810 Greene St.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: If not immediately retrieved by the tenant after an eviction, removed items become the responsibility of the landlord, according to Lt. Terry Norman of the Richmond County Marshal’s Office.

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Martin Truex Jr. rallies to win NASCAR Chase opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:00pm


JOLIET, Ill. — Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the first time in his career.

He can thank a late caution in what has been an emotional year for the small-team driver.

Truex shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Aiken fire victims identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:04pm

The two bodies found Friday morning after a house fire in Aiken County have been identified.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables said Sunday that Norman Scott and his wife Sadie Scott, both 85, died of smoke inhalation.

The couple lived in the home at 72 Alex Johnson Drive east of Aiken. It was reported fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 7:20 a.m. Friday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Paine College plans community meeting Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 12:48pm

Paine College officials said Sunday that they are inviting the public to a community meeting to discuss the status of the Augusta school’s accreditation.

School President Samuel Sullivan will address questions at the forum, which will begin at 11 a.m. today in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.

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Riverfront music venue still low on shows

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:40am

Augusta’s Jessye Norman Amphi­theater continues to want for shows.

The third event in this year’s “Ri­ver­front Revival” series, an Oct. 6 concert by Yonder Mountain String Band, was recently moved to Sky City because of “unforeseen issues” at the riverfront amphitheater.

City Recreation and Parks Di­rec­tor Glenn Parker said he learned that the issues involve the band’s power requirements for the show.

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Sheriff's office alters physical training tests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:02am


The Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office is adjusting its physical training assessment to account for an officer’s age and sex.

The memo on policy changes was sent to the staff in mid-July to the delight of officers, who will face testing in October or November. Capt. Bill Probus said the change was a result of input from officers, the advisory board and reviews of test scores.

“The results from the first few years showed a disparity between women and the older folks,” Probus said.

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Boy, 4, drowns at Wildwood Park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 10:07pm

A 4-year-old Augusta boy drowned Saturday at Wildwood Park in Columbia County.

He was identified as Jace Alan Baker, according to deputy coroner Harriett Garrison.

She said the victim’s family had gone to the park to see a fishing tournament and afterward several of the youngsters were riding bikes to another area of the park then returned.

Jace did not return with them and a search began. His body was soon found in eight feet of water nearby, the coroner said.

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Paine College to sue after losing accreditation appeal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:47pm

Paine College said Saturday night that it will file a federal lawsuit within 48 hours seeking to restore its accreditation, hours after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges revealed that its appeals committee was supporting a June decision to end accreditation for the Augusta private school.

Paine said it will ask a federal judge to prevent the accreditation ruling until the conclusion of a lawsuit, and “is hopeful that the court will enter such an order in the next few days.”

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Glascock accident kills man, 53

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:01pm


A Sandersville man was killed in Glascock County Friday afternoon when his pickup truck left the road and crashed into a wooded area off the 8000 block of Sand Hill Road.

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Accident kills Warren woman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 1:29am





A Warren County woman died and others were injured after a traffic accident Friday.


Killed was 46-year-old Catherine Hall, of Warrenton, said Deputy Coroner Sandy Yelton.


Hall was a backseat passenger in a Ford Expedition that wrecked after its driver, later identified as Angela Brown, apparently lost control when passing another vehicle on Georgia Highway 12. Yelton said the call came in to Warren County 911 at 6:09 p.m.


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Eagles outlast Hornets

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:58pm

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Greenwood found itself in the middle of another knock down, dragged out fight Friday night against Aiken, but managed to outslug the Hornets 21-7.

It wasn’t pretty. The Eagles committed 13 penalties, and its two fumbles could have proven more costly had Greenwood’s defense not been up to the challenge.

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Irish force miscues to defeat Cavaliers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:38pm


MACON — Aquinas forced five turnovers and used a bruising ground game to defeat Mount de Sales 27-14 on Friday night.

Aquinas and Mount de Sales were tied at the half, despite the Fighting Irish running 35 plays to only 15 for Mount de Sales. Aquinas was able to get turnovers when needed in the second half to secure the win. Aquinas ran for 361 yards in the game.

Junior running back Joseph Douglas was the workhorse for Aquinas, carrying the ball 29 times for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

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Washington County bounces back, beats Evans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:08pm

Washington County coach Joel Ingram called it a “brutality offense,” one that powered its way to a come-from-behind road victory Friday night.

Corteveyas Mitchell and Darius Tucker combined for 250 rushing yards as the Golden Hawks knocked off Evans, 20-19.

Washington County, which has battling through injuries and inexperience this season, improved to 2-2. The Golden Hawks, who have a bye before opening region play at East Laurens, have played a difficult nonregion slate.

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Nude sunbather seen near Ga. school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 2:45pm

ATHENS, Ga. -- A naked sunbather sparked a manhunt Thursday in Oconee County.

An administrator at Oconee Middle School on Mars Hill Road called the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office about 12:40 p.m. to report a nude man was on a small field near the school’s soccer and ball fields.

When first seen, the man was lying facedown on a towel on the field which is not visible from the school, Chief Deputy Lee Weems said.

“When the guy realized he had been seen, he jumped up, put his clothes on and ran off,” Weems said.

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Georgia governor acts after gas pipeline shut down

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 1:51pm


ATLANTA — Georgia’s governor and the leaders of two other Southern states are lifting restrictions on the number of hours that truck drivers delivering fuel can work, hoping to prevent shortages after the shutdown of a pipeline that spilled at least 252,000 gallons of gasoline in rural Alabama.

Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown. However, experts say any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary.

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Man accused of killing elderly priest pleads not guilty

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:26pm

The man accused of killing an elderly priest in Burke County entered a not guilty plea Friday.

Steven J. Murray, 28, briefly appeared in Burke County Superior Court to enter his plea in the slaying of the Rev. Rene Robert, 71, of St. Augustine, Fla.

Investigators believe Murray fatally shot Robert during a crime spree from Florida to Aiken, between April 10 and 18.

Murray, who is from Aiken, was arrested there after crashing Robert’s vehicle while fleeing from law enforcement officers.

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2 charged in McDuffie clown case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:28am

The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office has charged two Thomson teens with wearing a clown mask and driving around Thurs­day night attempting to scare the public.

A news release identified them as Chris­topher Hayes and Joshua Cain Hadden Jr., both 18. They were cited with disorderly conduct and released to their families. Their case has been scheduled Oct. 20 in McDuffie County Magistrate Court.

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Aiken fire victims still not named

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:17am

An autopsy is scheduled this weekend to help positively identify two bodies found Friday morning in an Aiken County house fire.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl M. Ables said he hopes the autopsy will also help determine the cause of the blaze reported at 72 Alex Johnson Drive.

Couchton firefighters and deputies were called to the fully engulfed residential fire about 7:20 a.m., Aiken County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

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Accident at River Watch, Furys Ferry

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:15am

Traffic at River Watch Parkway and Furys Ferry Road was shut down just after 7 a.m. this morning after an accident.

Traffic had resumed by 8:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.



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Samsung Galaxy faces US recall

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:46pm

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Thursday after a spate of fires led to injuries and property damage and created a global marketing headache.

Samsung had already initiated a voluntary recall, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in to coordinate. Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye blasted Samsung for trying to do the recall on its own, saying that anyone who believes that a unilateral effort would be sufficient "needs to have more than their phone checked."

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