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Snake fungal disease discovered in Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:09pm


Georgia’s snake population could be threatened by a deadly fungal disease found in a wild snake in Bulloch County.

A mud snake tested positive last month for snake fungal disease, a skin dermatitis that causes scabs, crusty scales, nodules, abnormal molting and other changes to the snake’s skin. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia-based nonprofit The Orianne Society, which focuses on conserving imperiled snakes, discovered the emaciated snake on the edge of a blackwater swamp near Statesboro.

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Aquinas football keeps firm grip on No. 1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:06pm


Aquinas is the unanimous pick again.

For the second week in a row, the Irish football team received all first-place votes in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A poll. Aquinas started its season with an easy 41-6 win at Glenn Hills in its first game played ranked No. 1. Aquinas plays Friday at Prince Avenue Christian, which is ranked No. 8.

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Richmond County deputies seeking bracelet thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:05pm

Police are seeking a man who took a bracelet from a case at a Washington Road business.

The unidentified man was seen on surveillance video taking the jewelry from a display case at Trends and Traditions, 2834 Washington Road, on April 14.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Angela Gates at (706) 821-1088 or any investigator at 821-1080.

Buttocks injection death trial begins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:54pm



JACKSON, Miss. — Opening arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a woman charged giving unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed two women.


Attorneys Tuesday morning completed choosing jurors in Hinds County Circuit Court, where Tracey Lynn Garner faces charges of depraved heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon of Atlanta and 2010 death of Marilyn Hale of Selma, Alabama.


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Ex-DeKalb official faces charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:41pm



DECATUR, Ga. — A former DeKalb County commissioner used a charge card to buy airline tickets and hotel rooms for personal travel and other public money to make purchases at high-end department stores, federal prosecutors said.


Elaine Boyer faces charges of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, according to court documents released Tuesday. Boyer, who had been in office for more than 20 years, resigned from her post this Monday.


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Columbia police drug analyst quits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:44am



COLUMBIA — A drug analyst at the Columbia Police Department has resigned amid concerns over some of the work she did on cases while working for the agency.


Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook said at a news conference Monday that Brenda Frazier had submitted her resignation.


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Tech alum to give historic football to school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 9:22am

ATLANTA -- A Georgia Tech graduate won the bidding for a most prized piece of college football and school history – what is believed to be the game ball from Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland in 1916. His plans for the ball will undoubtedly please Yellow Jackets fans, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“It’s not mine,” said Ryan Schneider, a 46-year-old Atlanta patent attorney. “It’s for the school.”

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Toddler dies after Aiken golf car incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 8:38am

AIKEN — A 3-year-old Graniteville girl hit Monday by a golf car driven by an Aiken Regional Medical Centers security guard died Tuesday morning, Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Police said the security guard, identified in an incident report as 63-year-old Donald Eugene Fox, was driving the vehicle when it hit the toddler in the hospital parking lot about 1:35 p.m. Monday.

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4 jailed for throwing rocks off overpass

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:15am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Court records show that all four suspects have been apprehended after large rocks were dropped onto cars from a freeway overpass in Gainesville.

Gainesville police on Aug. 20 announced the arrests of two men accused of dropping rocks on Interstate 985 earlier this month.

The Times reports court records show that two more suspects have also been apprehended.

Police say 18-year-old Juan Peterson and 21-year-old Kyhrie Harris, both of Gainesville, were arrested last week and charged with criminal damage and terroristic acts.

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Dead dogs an Atlanta mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 7:13am

ATLANTA — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood say they’re alarmed after recent discoveries of dead dogs wrapped in plastic which have been left on roadsides.

Animal control officers are looking in the cases in the Capital View area of southwest Atlanta, but it remains a mystery why the dog carcasses are being dumped.

WSB-TV reports the dead animals have been found near abandoned homes and in storm drains.

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Fire department seeks Augusta Commission's approval for ladder-truck refurbishment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:01pm

The Augusta Fire Department is hoping to resurrect one of its aerial ladder trucks within a year, and all that’s needed is an Augusta Commission stamp of approval.

A proposal naming Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation as the vender to refurbish the truck went before the Public Safety committee Monday. Without a quorum, no action was taken and the proposal will be moved to the Sept. 2 commission meeting agenda. The department negotiated a final price of $278,105 for the refurbishment.

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Public meeting Monday night on cleanup at Admiral Home Appliances site in Williston, S.C.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:27pm


A public meeting on the environmental cleanup at the Admiral Home Appliances site in Williston, S.C., is Monday night.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold the meeting at 7 p.m. at Williston Town Hall, 13112 Main St.

Cleanup at the site will be performed by Rheem Manufacturing Co., with the EPA andthe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control giving oversight.


TEDx deadline approaching

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:04pm


Those waiting to give “the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less” are being urged to apply to the second TEDx event to be held in Augusta.

Interested participants have until Sept. 1 to submit online applications for the January conference on the theme of “connections.”

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Augusta military conference returns to highlight technology at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:56pm


The international conference that helped rally support for the Army Cyber Command’s move to Fort Gordon last year will return to Augusta in two weeks to highlight the area as a leader in developing technology to modernize the military.

Top Army and industry leaders will participate in panel discussions Sept. 9-11 during TechNet Augusta’s second year at the downtown convention center.

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Washington County edges Aquinas for first place in Power Poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:12pm



The area’s top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WJBF-TV, WRDW-TV, and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses.



1. Washington County (4) 93 0-0 1

2. Aquinas (5) 92 1-0 2

3. Burke County 78 1-0 T-3

4. North Augusta 70 1-0 T-3

5. Laney 61 1-0 5

6. Strom Thurmond 46 1-0 6

7. Washington-Wilkes 27 0-0 8

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Columbia County School worker charged with not reporting abuse

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:27pm


A Columbia County School System employee has been accused of not reporting child abuse.

John Leroy Padgett Jr., 52, is the school system hearing officer. Part of Padgett’s job is that he is legally required to report suspected child abuse.

He was arrested and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse on Aug. 22.

School Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Padgett was put on administrative leave when the allegations were raised and school officials had planned to discuss Padgett at this week’s Board of Education meeting.

Firefighters battle structure fire on Boykin Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:49pm

Firefighters are working to douse a structure fire on Boykin Street, officials say.

According to Richmond County dispatch the Augusta Fire Department was called to the blaze near the 3800 block of Peach Orchard Road about 1:18 p.m. Monday. A statement from the department said the structure had been vacant and was boarded up.

The building has previously been condemned by the county.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

'Chronicle' Game of the Week features Washington-Wilkes at Lincoln County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:06pm


A matchup featuring one of the area’s top rivalries will be The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Any discussion of Georgia high school football rivalries has to include Washington-Wilkes and Lincoln County. The two meet Friday night at 7:30 in Lincolnton.

Stop by to see sports writer Scott Michaux and Spotted! photographer Ryan Wehmeyer at The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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United Way sets 'aggressive' $4.25 million goal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:50pm

Dressed as Wonder Woman, Faye Hargrove issued a challenge Monday to help the United Way of the CSRA raise $4.25 million.

“Unleash your superhero. Grab a cape and join the United Way giving league,” said Hargrove, the chapter’s campaign chairwoman, at the organization’s campaign kickoff at Bell Auditorium. “We’re looking for local superheroes who can help us achieve this goal.”

About 600 people attended the superhero-theme luncheon, which highlighted the charity’s annual fundraising campaign and spotlighted the efforts of businesses that have already started their efforts.

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Suspect arrested in fatal Carrie Street shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:21pm


A suspect is in custody after he wounded three people and killed one during a shooting Sunday night on Carrie Street, police said.

Police are withholding the suspect’s identification because of the continuing investigation, a news release stated.

Quintroy Deon Roberts, 29, of Richmond Hill Road, was pronounced dead in front of 1013 Carrie St. after the shooting, which took place about 11:10 p.m.

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