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Downtown jazz festival to benefit Augusta United Negro College Fund

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:49pm

 

The second annual Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival will feature a national recording artist and local favorites to raise money for the Augusta United Negro College fund.

Sunday’s festival, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, 1 Ninth St., will feature Wondaland Arts Society with national recording artist Roman GianArthur; Sounds Unlimited; Mike Frost Band; and TuTu D’Vyne featuring Quiet Storm.

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Georgia Regents University's Ricardo Azziz deems consolidation a success

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:44pm

 

ATLANTA — Things are looking up since the consolidation of Augusta’s two universities, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz told the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday.

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Georgia Southern faces familiar attack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:47pm

 

STATESBORO, Ga. — For about 30 years, Georgia Southern baffled opposing defenses with its signature triple-option offense.

So what happens this year? The Eagles break away from their vaunted under-center attack and schedule ... Georgia Tech, where the mastermind of the offense, Paul Johnson, now resides as head coach.

The Yellow Jackets, Georgia Southern’s opponents Saturday, are averaging 285 yards a game after opening the season with wins over Wofford and Tulane.

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Georgia regents seek $2 billion for state schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:43pm

 

ATLANTA — Taxpayers will fund an additional $46 million for public colleges and universities, or 2.4 percent more, if the Legislature approves a request that the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents unanimously authorized Tuesday.

The total appropriation would come to $2 billion and rep­resent one-quarter of the annual budget for Georgia’s 31 schools. Tuition, fees and research grants make up the rest.

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Spurrier: Georgia game 'a must' for Gamecocks

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

 

Steve Spurrier knows what’s at stake in Saturday’s game between South Carolina and Georgia, even if recent history suggests otherwise.

Spurrier’s Gamecocks need a victory to remain alive in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division race. With one loss already in SEC play, a second loss would be devastating.

“It’s pretty much a must for the division if we’re going to have a shot,” Spurrier said Tuesday during his weekly news conference in Columbia. “It would be very helpful.”

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Attendance streak ends for Falcon fan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:38pm

 MACON, Ga. -- One of the most enduring streaks in Georgia sports, one that spanned nearly half a century and 30 losing seasons, ended Sunday.

 Atlanta Falcons superfan and World War II veteran Joe Curtis, who had attended every home game in the team’s history, missed the Falcons’ showdown with the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome.

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Apple unveils watch, larger iPhone

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:29pm

CUPERTINO, Calif. — For the first time in years, Apple’s iPhones aren’t the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company’s first major entry in a new product category since the iPad’s debut in 2010.

 

The move is significant because of recent questions about whether Apple still has a knack for innovating following the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

 

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Augusta Technical College, Columbia Middle School among finalists for Georgia STEM Education Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:52pm

Augusta Technical College and Columbia Middle School in Grovetown are among the finalists for the third annual Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The award is given to schools, organizations or companies who have made “outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia,” according to a news release sent out by the Technology Association of Georgia.

The winners will be recognized Sept. 26 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Commanding general Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon describes new network at TechNet Augusta conference

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:38pm

 

The commanding general of the Army Cyber Command said Tuesday that his team expects to break ground next year on a defense network at Fort Gordon that will work with private technology firms, and the federal departments of justice and homeland security.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 500 people at TechNet Augusta’s second annual military conference, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon provided the first public details on how the Army Cyber Command will function at Fort Gordon.

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Technet Augusta opens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:43am

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, head of the Army Cyber Command, spoke Tuesday during the opening of Technet Augusta, a three-day conference for the nation’s top Army and industry leaders to discuss the latest defense technology.

Jury ready for SC sheriff case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:32am

COLUMBIA— A jury has been seated in the federal fraud trial of Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson.

The (Columbia) State reports Johnson’s trial will begin Monday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Johnson created false police reports so customers of a co-defendant’s credit repair business could claim their overdue bills were caused by people who stole their identity.

Authorities say Johnson helped create more than 100 fake reports over three years in the county of 34,000 people.

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Aquinas still No. 1 going into home opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:31am

 

Aquinas football remained No. 1 in advance of its home opener on Friday.

The Irish received 13 of 14 first-place votes in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A high school football poll. The Irish, who are 2-0 and had a bye this past week, were a unanimous pick previously. No. 4 Mount Paran Christian took the other No. 1 vote in this week’s poll.

Of the four ranked local teams, only Burke County moved in its poll. The Bears lost to No. 3 Griffin, 36-22, and dropped three spots to eighth in Class AAAA.

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GRU study could explain autism gender gap

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:36am

With therapy four times a week, including gymnastics, 7-year-old Ellison Steed is gaining ground on his peers despite his autism spectrum disorder.

“I’m so excited because he is doing so well in school,” said his mother, Erica.

New research at Georgia Regents Uni­ver­sity could help explain why males are much more likely to develop autism, and could provide a potential target for treatment. They might lack a certain receptor for estrogen.

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Ex-SC player faces female student sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:04am

COLUMBIA — Former South Carolina and NFL running back Harold Green II has been arrested on charges of assaulting five female high school students.

Multiple media outlets reported that the 46-year-old Green turned himself in to Richland County sheriff’s deputies Monday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Green is accused of inappropriately touching the Spring Valley High School students who ranged in age from 15 to 17 last month while he was working as a volunteer coach. The students were working as trainers.

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SC deputy shot, killed this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:00am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — One Charleston County sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another injured when they were shot through the door of an apartment.

The sheriff’s office said a standoff at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex followed the shooting and ended around 4 a.m. today.

Deputies did not release any information on the status of the suspect to local reporters. A news conference was planned later Tuesday. A department spokesman did not immediately return messages.

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Gas leak continues to rerout Wrightsboro Road traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Nearly eight hours after a gas leak was reported on Wrightsboro Road, officials are still attempting to resolve the issue.

About 11:30 a.m., Wrightsboro Road at Marks Church Road closed due to a gas line cut by a contractor in front of Windsor Jewelers Gold buying store.

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Copper wire stolen from four homes under construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Deputies are searching for an unknown suspect, or suspects, accused of stealing copper wire from four Augusta homes still under construction.

The homes, which are being constructed by Bill Beazley Homes Inc., are located in the 1000 block of Roseland Circle, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 8:57 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the scene where a total of 300 feet of copper wire had been removed.

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GRU students create crime scene for homicide awareness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:57pm

 

Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus was a crime scene Monday.

There were no criminal acts committed, but talk of murder echoed through University Hall. While there were no bodies, just about every bit of space on the campus’ paved walkways was covered in the chalk outlines synonymous with homicides.

It wasn’t a prank. It was Dr. Kim Davies’ way to comprehend the more than 14,800 people who were murdered nationwide in 2012, the most recent year for which accurate data is available.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer visits Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:30pm

Woodrow Wilson had a side to him unknown to most people. On Monday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg visited Augusta to share Wilson’s story as he knew it, that of a passionate figure, rather than the stoic image many may have of the late president.

Berg, the author of four bestselling biographies, was in town to promote his latest book, Wilson, which will be released in paperback Tuesday. He met with fans at Wilson’s boyhood home on 7th Street after a brief lecture next door at the Joseph Lamar House, home of Historic Augusta, Inc.

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