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Man stabbed during fight with sister

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:08pm

A 26-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday after he was stabbed while slapping his sister, officials said.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 200 block of Telfair Street about 3:30 a.m., according to a statement from Sgt. Monica Belser.

Vance Wade; his sister, Sherice Wade, 24; and Stephanie Jackson, 25, had been drinking when an a fight broke out, the police statement said.

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1 killed, 1 hurt at Waynesboro bar and grill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:05pm

One man was killed and another injured in a shooting and stabbing at a Waynesboro bar and grill late Friday, officials said.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was called to BFE Bar and Grill at 2056 Hancock Landing Road about 10:30 p.m. and found 28-year-old Edward Daniel New­house with stab wounds, Sgt. Dedric Smith said. He was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at Burke Medical Center, county Coroner Susan Salemi said.

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Michaux: Woods won't catch Nicklaus

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:23pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jack Nicklaus will be invited into the NBC booth later this afternoon. He’s the unofficial host of the Honda Classic played on a PGA National Champions course he redesigned near his home in North Palm Beach.

Among the things announcers Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will talk about with Nicklaus is “The Bear Trap” – the hazard-infested three-hole stretch of 15, 16 and 17 that will go a long way to determining who holds the trophy.

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Fox Creek outlasts Calhoun County for Upper State title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:21pm

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Fox Creek found itself tied going to the final quarter, but the Predators unraveled the knot to continue their historic dance.

Fox Creek’s run continued Saturday by beating Calhoun County 64-57 to win the Class A Upper State title at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

After reaching the semifinals for the first time ever, Fox Creek will play for a Class A state championship for the first time in program history March 7 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

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Jaguars set to face Young Harris in Peach Belt Tournament opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:38pm

 

With Georgia Regents holding a large lead Wednesday night over USC Aiken, Jaguars coach Dip Metress took advantage of the situation.

He elected to rest the team’s leading scorer, Keshun Sherrill, the final 8:29 of the contest. Not only did Metress give his sophomore point guard a breather, he allowed guards D’Angelo Boyce and Keith Crump to see some additional time in the spread offense down the stretch.

“You never know what can happen in a conference tournament,” Metress said. “A guy could foul out.”

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Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library asks for public's help identifying historic photos

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:34pm

 

A snapshot of nearly all Columbia County’s history – its fields of golden wheat, pastures of crimson clover and crops of valuable tobacco – can be seen in more than 150 photographs donated to the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library.

The people and property pictured from the early 1900s to mid-1960s, however, remain a mystery.

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Soldier receives Purple Heart for injuries during deployment to Afghanistan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 8:19pm

 

Army Sgt. Beth VanVleet received a Pur­ple Heart on Friday for injuries sustained in Afghanistan in 2012.

On July 10, 2012, VanVleet was acting as an assistant to Chaplain Joseph Joe at a forward operating base in Logar province, according to Fort Gordon Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews.

When an alarm sounded warning of incoming indirect fire, the soldiers dropped to the ground and listened for impact before beginning to move to a bunker across from the dining facility, Mathews said.

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Augusta Interfaith Coalition urges community to support Paine College

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:47pm

 

Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition, a collaboration of more than 400 churches and civic groups, is imploring the community to make a drastic financial show of support for Paine College as the school attempts to regain fiscal stability and resolve accreditation problems.

The Coalition has adopted March 21 as Paine College Rally Day and is asking that monetary donations, prayers and encouragement be sent to the college in the weeks leading up to this designated day of support.

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Bond denied for robbery suspect tied to fatal 2002 kidnapping

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:27pm

 

A man involved in a fatal kidnapping nearly 13 years ago was denied bond Friday on new charges filed in a recent robbery attempt that left the victim with gunshot and knife wounds.

Randy Allen Conrad II, 29, has been jailed since his arrest on charges of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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Aiken Lobster Race postponed until 2016

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:22pm

The annual Aiken Lobster Race has been cancelled for 2015, according to a post Friday afternoon on its Facebook Page.

The statement says the race will return May 7, 2016, with the hopes of making it “the biggest, best Lobster Race ever.”

This year would have marked the 31st annual running. Proceeds from the event are donated to programs for the mentally and physically challenged in Aiken County.

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Warrenville man crashes car into medical building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:20pm

A Warrenville man has been charged with DUI after crashing his car into the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center early Friday.

About 6:30 a.m., deputies responded to South Carolina Highway 421, where James Ford, 35, wrecked a 2003 Ford Expedition, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with Highway Patrol.

Ford was driving south on Highway 421 when he went off the right shoulder, over-corrected, crossed the highway and struck the building, Jones stated.

In addition to DUI, Ford was charged with not having a driver’s license and improper display of tag.

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Georgia Regents' Keith Crump finding a groove

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:16pm

WHO’S HOT

Keith Crump. The Georgia Regents sophomore guard, who is starting to get in a groove on the court, is one of the main reasons for his team’s 11-game winning streak. Crump ranks third in assists and rebounds on the team, and Wednesday he recorded his first career double with 14 points and 11 boards.

 

WHO’S NOT

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Three arrested in Aiken County EBT fraud

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:58pm

 

Three people were arrested Thursday when Aiken County authorities concluded a six-month investigation into EBT fraud at a Warrenville store.

While executing a search warrant at Smoak’s Country Store at 395 Piney Heights Road, Aiken County sheriff’s investigators discovered a cache of illegal pills and a large quantity of money associated with the distribution of narcotics.

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Georgia National Guard selected to form cyber protection team

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:27pm

 

The Georgia National Guard was selected to establish a cyber protection team as part of the Army’s efforts to boost its ranks protecting cyberspace.

Georgia National Guard was one of the first three cyber protection teams announced this week, according to a news release. Eventually, the Army will create 10 teams of National Guard cyber defensemen across the nation.

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Georgia Power's Vogtle expansion costs increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:57pm

 

Georgia Power Co. told state regulators Friday that its share of capital construction costs for the Plant Vogtle expansion has risen $246 million, and it asked for approval of completion dates 18 months later than previous schedules.

The capital costs are now $5.045 billion, up from $4.8 billion, the nuclear power plant’s primary owner disclosed in its newest construction monitoring report to the Georgia Public Service Commission.

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Baseball bat attack leads to revoked probation, prison time

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:52pm

James Bush still faces a charge of aggravated assault for slamming a baseball bat against another man’s head, but Friday a judge revoked Bush’s probation and sent him to prison for seven years.

After hearing from witnesses in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. revoked the time Bush had remaining on probation for two prior drug offenses.

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Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek', dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:37pm

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of Star Trek fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Slideshow: Leonard Nimoy

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Two Aiken County sheriff's K-9s die

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:37pm

 

Two K-9s belonging to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office died Feb. 18, says Capt. Eric Abdullah.

Sampson, a 12-year-old bloodhound, was euthanized after battling cancer, and 5-year-old Nico was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Nico, a German shepherd mix who specialized in detecting explosives, was adopted by the sheriff’s office two weeks before his death. He previously worked with the Army at Fort Benning.

Nico was the only explosives-detecting K-9 at the department.

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University had "great year," officials said

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:19pm

Despite “stress” all hospitals are facing from increasing financial pressures, University Hospital had a “great year,” officials said.

University ended 2014 with nearly $6 million in income from operations compared to a loss of $4.4 million a year ago, a more than $10 million turnaround, said Chief Financial Officer Dave Belkoski. Combined with non-operating revenue, University saw income of more than $30 million last year or nearly $14 million more than budgeted, a “great year,” Belkoski said.

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Phone scams claiming missed jury duty defraud individuals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:07pm

Two Richmond County residents were victims of a phone scam this week that defrauds people by tricking them into paying money to avoid arrest for false claims that they missed jury duty.

An 82-year-old Augusta woman and a 64-year-old Hephzibah woman received phone calls from a man impersonating a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, according to incident reports. They were told to send Western Union money orders for $1,495 from Bi-Lo stores to avoid arrest for failing to show up for jury duty, according to the reports.

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