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Commissioner, mayor-elect eyeing same space at municipal building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 5:25pm

 

A turf war may be brewing on Augusta Municipal Building’s second floor.

Commissioner Ben Hasan, who was elected in May but took office in August at the resignation of Joe Jackson, is pushing to remodel newly completed, but unused reception and office space attached to the mayor’s office into space for new administrator Janice Allen Jackson, who begins work next month.

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Where to Vote Early

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 5:15pm

BURKE COUNTY

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Burke County Courthouse, 602 N. Liberty St. Room 104, Waynesboro

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Burke County Courthouse, 602 N. Liberty St. Room 104, Waynesboro

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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Falcons blow lead, lose to Lions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 1:25pm

 

LONDON — Everything was going so, so right for the Atlanta Falcons. Then the second half happened.

The Detroit Lions’ struggling kicker, Matt Prater, kicked a 48-yard field goal on the final play – on his second try – to cap a stunning 22-21 comeback victory for Detroit on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the NFL’s earliest start in history.

The loss dropped Atlanta to 2-6, dangerously close to falling out of contention in the weak NFC South.

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Aussie wins Asia-Pacific Amateur, berth in Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:47am

 

MELBOURNE, Australia — Antonio Murdaca, of Australia, earned a place in the field for next year’s Masters Tournament after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship by seven shots Sunday on Royal Melbourne’s composite course.

The 19-year-old Murdaca led by eight strokes overnight and shot 1-under-par 71 Sunday to finish at 13-under 275, becoming the first Australian to win the title.

Japan’s Horikawa Mikumu had 69 to take second place.

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Georgia Regents University study looks to break stress-salt connection

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:03pm

Takeria Tolbert, 27, already knew she was one of those people whose body retains salt and that it could affect her blood pressure and lead to hypertension. Then, she became a mom.

“Definitely with a newborn and with him being my first child, making sure I’m doing things right, and then with him being a premature baby that kind of adds to the stress level,” Tolbert said.

Baby Preston wasn’t due until Saturday, but he had other plans.

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Man, 52, stole cash from Augusta Kmart, deputies say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:27pm

 

A Wrens man is accused of robbery after he took cash from an Augusta store Saturday, deputies say.

About 8:15 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Kmart store at 1647 Gordon Highway in reference to a theft, according to a statement from the department.

Deputies learned that 52-year-old Keith Johnson, of Cemetery Street, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.

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70-year-old man arrested in Parwood Road shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:10pm

 

A 70-year-old man is accused of aggravated assault after deputies say he shot a Blythe man Friday.

Terry Lee Lanier has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

According to an incident report, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to 3817 Parwood Rd. about 4:35 p.m. in reference to shots fired with one person down.

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Laney runs past Hephzibah

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:24am

After losing consecutive games to Elbert County and Washington County to fall below .500 midway through the season, Laney is starting to get back into rhythm.

Levin Lackey scored three touchdowns Friday night as the Wildcats rushed for more 300 yards in a 49-7 win over Hephzibah.

Laney (5-3, 3-1) moved into a tie for second place in Region 3-AAA with Westside; the two teams play at 4 p.m. next Saturday.

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Greyhounds pounce on Knights' mistakes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:22am

Too many mistakes across the board foiled Evans’ hopes of staying in the Region 2-AAAAA race Friday night.

Jones County entered on a two-game losing streak. Trailing 10-7, the Greyhounds scored 24 unanswered second-quarter points, breaking the game open en route to a 51-24 win.

The Knights had three bad snaps on punts leading to three Jones County (6-2, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAA) touchdowns, the offense turned the ball over deep in their own territiory twice and the defense couldn’t contain the Greyhounds’ balanced offensive attack.

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LBJ's unfortunate Augusta visit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:16am

President Lyndon Johnson had every reason to feel confident about his campaign stop in Augusta 50 years ago this week.

He came with Gov. Carl Sanders, an Augusta native, as well as U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, an influential state leader.

Johnson’s national election over Republican Barry Goldwater appeared certain, and a week later he would easily trounce the Arizona Republican.

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Patriots shut out Spartans in coach's return to the sideline

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:48pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: It was third and long, with Westside deep in its own territory. Joshua Reynolds took a right-side toss 80 yards up the field. The big gain set up an 11-yard scamper into the end zone by Darius Jones en route to the Patriots’ 48-0 victory.

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Richmond Academy blanks Cross Creek

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:44pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the opening kickoff, Richmond Academy’s Tony Daggett fielded the ball at the Musketeer 15 and pitched to Britto Tutt on a reverse. Tutt was able to race up the left sideline, untouched, to score a touchdown and give Richmond Academy an early lead it would not relinquish in a 35-0 rout of the Razorbacks.

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Rabun County shuts down Washington-Wilkes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:42pm

 

WASHINGTON, Ga. — Washington-Wilkes’ region title defense came to a grinding halt along with its offense in a dominating 22-7 defeat to Rabun County on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Rabun County controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage, rolling up 409 total yards and scoring 22 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 in the second quarter. Quarterback Collin Grant rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown and threw for 101 yards and another score to lead the Wildcats to the brink of their first Region 8-AA title.

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Elections officials expect turnout to increase with weekend voting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:34pm

Friday was the busiest day so far for early voting in the Nov. 4 general election but Augusta-Richmond County’s elections director expects things to pick up with seven straight days of voting opportunities starting Saturday.

“Ten days out from the election, we’re busy,” Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said Friday. “We will have Saturday voting and Sunday voting this weekend, and we’re busy setting up the sites that will come open tomorrow, and then Sunday of course down here.”

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1 injured in Parwood Road shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:16pm

One person was injured in a shooting on Parwood Road Friday, deputies say.

About 6 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3800 block of Parwood Road in reference to the shooting, according to a statement from the department.

Upon arrival, deputies found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Deputies have not provided the name, age or gender of the victim. It’s unclear if the victim was taken to a hospital.

 

Batesburg-Leesville survives to beat Strom Thurmond, claim region title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:01pm

 

JOHNSTON, S.C. — Strom Thurmond clawed its way to a last-minute chance Friday night, but missed opportunities put the region crown in a different team’s hands.

Batesburg-Leesville survived to beat Strom Thurmond 18-15, clinching the Region 2-AA championship for the Panthers.

Down 18-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Rebels drove downfield and scored on a 6-yard run by Deandre Ryan. A two-point conversion put them within three.

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Deputies advise residents of latest Green Dot scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:57pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam involving someone posing as a lieutenant and demanding money, according to a statement from the department.

The department has received two phone calls recently from individuals claiming they were contacted by a Lt. Paul Johnson. The phony officer would instruct victims that they failed to appear for jury duty and would be arrested if they failed to provide money via a Green Dot card.

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Georgia, South Carolina officials meet to discuss Interstate 20 bridge over Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:35pm

 

Senior transportation officials from Georgia and South Carolina met Friday in Augusta to discuss the eventual widening of Interstate 20 over the Savannah River that forms the border between the two states.

Plans call for widening the bridge to three traffic lanes in each direction as well as adding a little elbow room to each of the lanes. There were 26 crashes with 23 injuries and a single fatality between 2011 and 2013.

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Aiken County sample ballot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:27pm

GOVERNOR

Steve French-L

Tom J. Ervin-PET

Vincent Sheheen-D

Morgan Bruce Reaves-UC

Nikki Haley-R

Write-ln

 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Bakari Sellers-D

Henry McMaster-R

Write-In

 

SECRETARY OF STATE

Ginny Deerin-D

Mark Hammond-R

Write-In

 

STATE TREASURER

Curtis Loftis-R

Write-In

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Parnell Diggs-D

Alan Wilson-R

Write-In

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McDuffie County sample ballot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:26pm

U.S. Senate

David A. Perdue-R

M. Michelle Nunn-D

Amanda C. Swafford-L

 

Governor

J. Nathan Deal-R*

Jason J. Carter-D

Andrew T. Hunt-L

 

Lieutenant Governor

L.S. “Casey” Cagle-R*

Connie J. Stokes-D

 

Secretary Of State

Brian P. Kemp-R*

Doreen Carter-D

 

Attorney General

Samuel S. Olens-R*

Gregory K. “Greg” Hecht-D

 

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