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David Moody, DOE-Savannah River operations manager, retiring in June

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:48pm


David Moody, the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site operations manager, announced he will retire in June.

Moody is retiring from federal service after 36 years working for the DOE. He began his position at SRS, which he will hold until his retirement, four years ago.

Since joining SRS, Moody has led cleanup efforts including permanently closing four radioactive liquid-waste tanks, maximizing production of vitrified high-level waste canisters, upgrading H-Canyon and other accomplishments.

Augusta second place again in digital city ranking

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:33pm

For the second year in a row, Augusta ranked second as a top digital city in the nation.

Augusta was recognized in an annual survey by the Center for Digital Government, a California-based national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices.

Last year, the city also earned the second place spot in the mid-sized city tier of 125,000 to 249,999 in population. Augusta was ranked No. 6 in 2012.

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Elanco investing $100 million, adding jobs at Augusta plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:15pm

A global animal health products company announced Friday a $100 million investment at its Augusta plant that is expected to create 100 new jobs within the next three years.

Elanco, the animal health division of global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., said infrastructure and manufacturing enhancements will be made at the Au­gus­ta Technology Center on Lovers Lane, according to a news release.

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Operation Hand-Warmer enters third year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09pm

Operation Hand-Warmer is back for its third year, rallying Augusta residents to donate snacks and heat-trapping clothing to troops overseas.

Hand- and toe-warmers will be collected at nine locations across the Augusta area through Dec. 8, including all five of Gary’s Hamburgers restaurants in Augusta, Martinez, North Augusta, Graniteville and Johnston, S.C.

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SC facing early drought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA— State officials say all of South Carolina is now in the early stages of drought.

The state Drought Response Committee voted Thursday to place all 46 counties in South Carolina in an incipient drought. The lowest stage of drought means conditions are getting unusually dry.

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Ex-SC deputy kills wife, self

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:03am

COWPENS, S.C. — Authorities say a retired Spartanburg deputy shot his wife to death, then turned the gun on himself.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office told local media outlets Thursday of his ruling in the deaths of 68-year-old Rex Miguel Scott and 44-year-old Lisa Kay James.

The couple was found inside their Cowpens home on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies had been sent to the home to do a welfare check and found the bodies.

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2 injured burning dynamite in SC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:02am

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. — State and federal authorities are investigating after two people were injured following a dynamite explosion in Leesville.

WIS-TV reports a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms says the incident happened at 9 a.m. Thursday at Metro Blasting, LLC.

ATF officials say two people were destroying some dynamite when a nearby batch of other dynamite ignited and exploded.

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Georgia Tech locks up berth in ACC title game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:23am

ATLANTA — While enjoying an off week, No. 17 Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets (9-2, 6-2) earned a trip to Charlotte as Coastal Division champions when Duke lost to North Carolina 45-20.

Georgia Tech completed its ACC schedule with a 28-6 victory over Clemson last weekend. The Yellow Jackets needed a little help at that point — the 25th-ranked Blue Devils had to lose one of their two remaining games.

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Fire crews extinguish blaze at Lumpkin Road apartments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:33pm

Fire crews extinguished a kitchen blaze Thursday evening at an apartment complex on Lumpkin Road.

Approximately 9:30 p.m., two fire trucks and around 20 firefighters responded to Glenwood Apartments on the 2500 block of Lumpkin Road where a microwave had caught fire, according to Chief Bryan McFeely.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen, he said.

The fire was put out in about five minutes, according to McFeely, and no other units were damaged.

Tax payments by credit card cost more

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:14pm

Property owners paying their tax bill for the first time using a credit card might be surprised to find a fee of $20 or more, depending on the amount of their bill.

“I don’t get that when I use my credit card for anything else,” said property owner and activist Lori Davis, shocked to see a $27 fee after using a low-interest-rate card to spread the pain of an $1,186 tax bill over the next few months.

“Everybody says ‘pay cash,’ ” Davis said. “Well, I don’t have it right now.”

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Augusta man dies Thursday from injuries in Nov. 6 accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:58pm

An 82-year-old man died Thursday from injuries suffered in a Nov. 6 car accident.

Arthur Holmes, of Augusta, was injured in a multi-vehicle wreck on Jimmy Dyess Parkway, according to a statement from Richmond County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose.

Holmes was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center on Nov. 6 and pronounced dead Thursday at 6:05 p.m.


SafeHomes of Augusta breaks ground on facility to house more domestic violence victims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:41pm

SafeHomes of Augusta broke ground on a larger facility that will allow the nonprofit to help more victims of domestic violence.

The 14,000-square-foot gated facility will have 36 beds, administrative offices and meeting space for counseling and other support services. It will be able to house more than twice the number of clients than the current shelter.

In 2013, SafeHomes turned away 329 people because of lack of space, said Executive Director Aimee Hall.

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South Carolina residents warned of phone scam

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:35pm

South Carolina residents were warned Thursday about a scam involving utility bills.

There have been reported instances across the state of individuals falsely portraying themselves as employees of utility companies, according to a statement from Mark Powell of the S.C. Office of the Attorney General.

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Brown turkey giveaway Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:15pm

More than 500 families will receive free turkeys Monday for their Thanksgiving tables.

It is a tradition started by music icon James Brown 25 years ago, and his daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, said the family is thankful to be able to continue to provide for those less fortunate for the holidays.

She said it wasn’t a big deal the first time her father held the giveaway but it grew, and the family is grateful to be able to continue the legacy with the help of sponsors.

“It’s really a blessing that this has become a true tradition,” she said.

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Stallings Island Middle earns award, ice cream

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:29pm

Stallings Island Middle School students, faculty and staff earned a treat Thursday: a truckload of Blue Bell ice cream.

The school was one of 340 schools named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

“It’s a great achievement,” said Mark Goodwin, of Blue Bell Creameries, who delivered the ice cream to the school, as students cheered. “Enjoy your day, and enjoy your ice cream.”

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US Supreme Court won't block South Carolina gay marriages

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:59am

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled.

The court denied Wilson’s request to prevent the marriages while he appeals last week’s decision by a federal judge tossing out the state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

On Wednesday, a Charleston judge issued the first gay marriage licenses in the state and a lesbian couple exchanged vows on the courthouse steps.

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Carl Sanders: Only UGA letterman elected governor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:53am

Carl Sanders, who died Sunday, was the only Georgia football letterman to be elected governor. He was proud of that distinction, as were UGA alumni and the Bulldog family.

Sanders was good to his alma mater.

As governor, he was always looking out for his university whenever he had the opportunity. While he was governor of the entire state, he was never reluctant to underscore his support of the university and express his feelings for all things Red and Black.

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Georgia jobless rate declines

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:57am

ATLANTA — Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new October jobless figure.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.7 percent is down from 7.9 percent in September. It’s also slightly below the 7.8 percent rate from a year ago.

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North Augusta home fire kills 2

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:24am

NORTH AUGUSTA — Aiken County Sheriff’s investigators say an electrical extension cord was the cause of a fire late Wednesday that killed two people on Womrath Road.

A refrigerator was plugged into the extension cord, which sparked the fire, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah.

“It’s a truly tragic event,” Abdullah said. “We urge homeowners to be mindful of the dangers with extension cords … they’re not meant to stay plugged into an appliance for long periods of time.”

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Salvation Army is ringing bells in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:32am


Bells will be ringing around Augusta through Christmas Eve as the Salvation Army holds its annual Red Kettle campaign.

Maj. Tony Perez, the Salvation Army area commander, said the ringing of the bells means Christmas, but also hope for many families in the Augusta area.

Money collected in the red kettles will provide Christmas for 1,800 Augusta-area children ages infant to 12.

“It will take a lot of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills to reach our goal of $220,000,” Perez said.

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