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Advancing Nuclear Skills Regionally grants from Department of Energy help schools build nuclear programs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:22pm

Nearly $4 million in federal grants have expanded education and training for nuclear science students at five local colleges to help meet workforce demands at nuclear sites in Georgia and South Carolina.

About 300 college students have enrolled in programs funded or partially funded by U.S. Department of Energy grants managed by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization. In four years, the grants have totaled $3.8 million.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to visit Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:14pm


U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will tour the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility and other areas at Savannah River Site on Monday.

Moniz is scheduled to meet with workers, local elected officials and stakeholders to discuss the site’s role in national security, environmental stewardship and development of environmental remediation technology, according to a news release.

In addition to the MOX site, Moniz’s visit includes stops at H-Canyon, the H tank farm and Savannah River National Laboratory’s Applied Research Center.

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Georgia Student Growth Model released to public, evaluates student progress

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:11pm

In a new evaluation tool released to the public Thursday, the effectiveness of Georgia schools is no longer measured just by how many students pass standardized tests each year but also by how much individual growth students show over time.

The Georgia Student Growth Model calculates how much growth a student has made year-to-year relative to students on similar academic levels across the state.

Under the metric each student earns a Student Growth Percentile, or SGP, score from one to 99 that indicates how much they learned that year.

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Woman faces possible indictment on arson charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:38pm

An Augusta woman accused of setting her apartment building on fire will face possible indictment.

Five counts of arson against Christian S. Jones, 24, were bound over to the grand jury Thursday after a preliminary hearing in Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court.

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Lengthy prison sentence result of flights from police

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:27pm

A man who fled a traffic stop and crashed his vehicle twice in a two-week period pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday.

Michael Christopher Jackson, 38, was loaded with drugs and money during both events, and in the second incident the deputies chasing Jackson believed he fired two gunshots in their direction.

Jackson, who must still use a walker because of spinal damage from the second crash, told Judge J. Wade Padgett that he had a gun but didn’t shoot it.

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School safety officers begin annual training sessions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:42pm


Mantrell Wilson is in the business of safeguarding some of the area’s most precious cargo: children. And Tuesday, the lieutenant with the Richmond County School Safety and Security Department made his return to the classroom, only this time, as a student.

School resource officers began preparing for the upcoming school year with a series of seminars that began this week. The 2½-week program is designed for officers to re-acclimate to the intricacies of policing in a school setting, Chief Alfonzo Williams said.

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Lakeside long snapper Connor Kubala commits to Coastal Carolina

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:20pm

For Connor Kubala, getting an offer to play football in college was a snap.

Kubala, Lakeside High School’s long snapper, verbally committed to Division I Coastal Carolina on Monday after receiving an offer from the Chanticleers.

Long snapping will be his sole responsibility.

“It puts you through college,” Kubala said of his specialty. “You snap a football and do your job, you’ll get some scholarship money and you get to go to college. That’s what my dad told me.”

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2 teens charged with stealing Hondas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:18pm

Two Augusta teens have been accused in the thefts of 1990s Honda Accords.

Christopher Marlow Bonner, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old are facing charges in the theft of six vehicles between Saturday and Tuesday.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, the teens targeted 1995 and 1996 Honda Accords throughout the county. As of Thursday, all but one vehicle has been returned to the owners.

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Back-to-school information for local residents

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:37pm


➤ Starting dates

Columbia County: Aug. 6

McDuffie County: Aug. 8

Richmond County: Aug. 11

Aiken County: Aug. 18

➤ Richmond County registration

District Web site:

Registration for Richmond County students will be Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Think 'worst case,' nuke study says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:49pm




WASHINGTON — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.


A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. Those kind of things triggered the world’s three major nuclear accidents.


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Police seek woman in Aiken shooting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:15am

Aiken County police are seeking a woman who shot a man during an armed robbery on Amos Court late Wednesday.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said police were called around 7 p.m. to Amos Court where they discovered a Hispanic man with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.

The man told deputies a black woman had demanded his wallet and phone at gunpoint. She then shot him and fled in an older model Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle was possibly driven by a Hispanic man, police said.

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5 black women on statewide ballot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:58am



ATLANTA -- Several black women, including elected officials and community leaders, gathered Wednesday to discuss how Georgia will make history in November. For the first time in the state and nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot.

These candidates include Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent.

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Update: Morning wreck victim identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:06am

A wreck Thursday morning on Peach Orchard Road killed a 24-year-old Augusta man, police said.

The road tops the list of traffic fatalities for the year, with five of the county’s 19 deaths occurring there. Mike Padgett Highway is second, with two deaths.

Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Benjamin Douglas Jones was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

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Adoption coordinator could be hired at Augusta Animal Services as rescues begin removing animals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:10pm

Animal Services Director Sharon Broady is proposing the city hire a fulltime animal adoption coordinator who would work to place dogs and cats in homes to drive down the shelter’s 70 percent kill rate.

Broady pitched the idea to the animal services advisory board Tuesday and will bring the proposal to Augusta Commissioners next month, who will have to approve the position.

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Man hospitalized after attack on Gordon Hwy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:08pm

An Augusta man was hospitalized Wednesday after being attacked and robbed while walking near Gordon Highway.

About 10:50 a.m., Richmond County deputies responded to 1909 Gordon Highway where they found victim Robert Knight with lacerations above his right eye and a swollen face, according to a report from the RCSO.

Knight said he was walking down the road when an unknown suspect jumped off his bicycle and began punching him in the face, the report stated.

The suspect stole Knight’s cell phone and fled the scene.

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Augusta man shot, killed by cop in Adairsville

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:50pm

An Augusta man was killed Tuesday following an incident with a police officer in Adairsville.

Charles Leon Johnson II, 29, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop when the Adairsville police officer realized he was wanted on a simple battery charge, according to a statement from Sherry Lang of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee, dragging the officer along the road. The officer, whose name was not immediately provided, fired once and killed Johnson, the report said.

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Poll workers enjoy friends, socializing during elections

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:49pm

The four women working the polls at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church sat around a table during a lull in voters for Tuesday’s primary runoff, eating lunch together and socializing.

Usually, they each bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch, which leaves them something to nibble on as the afternoon wears on.

A couple of them brought books to read, but even though they had been there since 6 a.m. and assisted only about 40 voters by 1 p.m., they hadn’t gotten around to reading them.

Lan Jones didn’t even have a book.

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Savannah River Remediation awards Edgefield County United Way $1,000 donation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:10pm


As part of the Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Zero Injuries campaign, SRR presented a $1,000 check Wednesday to Edgefield County United Way.

When SRR employees work two months without receiving injuries that result in days away from work, the company presents a $1,000 check to a local charity.

Since beginning the Zero Injuries campaign in August 2009, SRR has donated $27,500.

The Edgefield County United Way was selected as the latest charity of choice by one of SRR’s employee Local Safety Improvement Teams.

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Richmond County school board to begin superintendent interviews

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:09pm

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly stated the final day of superintendent Frank Roberson's term. It will be on August 22. The Chronicle regrets the error. 

The Richmond County Board of Education’s hunt for a new superintendent will enter a new phase Friday and Saturday, when board members begin interviewing candidates.

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Two GRU officials step down in uninvolved cases

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:07pm

Two top officials at Georgia Regents University are stepping down from their duties in unrelated cases.

Senior Vice President for Research Mark Hamrick said he is leaving his administrative role Sept. 1 and returning to his love of teaching and research and to meet an important grant deadline.

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