SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent carrying 218 passengers and crew members went off the tracks early today in South Carolina, but there were no serious injuries, authorities said.
Train 20 from New Orleans became disabled shortly after midnight when seven of the nine cars ran off the track but stayed upright near Spartanburg, Amtrak said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.
MARIETTA, Ga. — A coalition of Cobb County citizens’ groups are planning to ask that a decision to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves be postponed.
Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency are planning to deliver a letter to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners Monday asking that a vote on whether to move forward with a plan to build the new stadium and $400 million entertainment complex be postponed for 60 days.
Organizers say the extra time will give residents a chance to become fully informed.
ATLANTA — Forecasters say freezing rain is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains as a massive storm makes its way southeast.
A winter weather advisory will be in effect for nine counties in north Georgia from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The advisory includes the cities of Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Chatsworth, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Jasper.
Neva Anderson sat close to her husband, Daniel, in a pew at First Baptist Church of Augusta, waiting patiently for the start of what she considers a holiday tradition.
For more than 15 years, the Martinez couple has attended the Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert presented by The Augusta Chronicle. Anderson said Sunday that she hopes they can continue the tradition for another 15 years.
WHERE: The edge of New Savannah Road at Laney-Walker Boulevard
WHAT: Trash strewn along the right-of-way
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Once the litter is reported, the Richmond County Marshal’s Office attempts to determine who left it there. If no litterer is identified, Augusta Environmental Services is in charge of cleanup.
ACTION PROMISED: None. Augusta officials including Administrator Fred Russell and Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson did not respond to inquiries Friday.
A wet summer caused some delays but the widening of Bobby Jones Expressway is still on track for completion.
“We’re still shooting for next June,” said Caleb Lord, construction project manager.
Winter weather could delay completion slightly, but Lord said he expects to hit his date.
The project, which began in 2012, will widen Bobby Jones Expressway to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both have been redesigned.
Hours before the 878th Engineer Battalion returned from deployment in Afghanistan, Robin Lorenz quietly paced the floor of Augusta’s Army National Guard building on Milledge Road.
“To say I have butterflies would be a huge understatement,” Lorenz said. “I’m more excited than a kid on Christmas morning.”
It’s been an exhausting 10 months, said Lorenz, who leads the 878th Family Readiness Group.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s record-setting college career is over.
The Bulldogs’ fifth-year senior will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a torn ACL to his left knee. The school confirmed the news Sunday morning after his mother spread the word about the injury via Facebook.
Murray ends his career as the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121), completions (921) and total offense (13,562).
Those who knew Dr. Charles Mann III remember the surgeon as a caring and positive person.
“I’m still in shock,” said Mary Valliant, the CEO of Southern Palmetto Hospital in Barnwell, S.C., where Mann had worked as a general surgeon since March. “He just didn’t deserve to die like this.”
Mann’s body was found Saturday in Augusta and a suspect in the case is in the Richmond County jail facing several charges, including murder.
Property taxes in consolidated Augusta-Richmond County appear among the state’s lowest, with a countywide maintenance and operations levy of just 8.042 mills, lower than nearly any populous Georgia county save for neighboring Columbia.
For a homebuyer making an informed decision, however, the reality of Richmond County property taxes is a lot more complicated, with rates that vary by address and bills enlarged substantially by Richmond County Board of Education, which has set a millage of 19.982 for school operations.
City Administrator Fred Russell will present a “plan of action” for connecting Fort Gordon to the city bus system at today’s Augusta Commission committee meeting.
The commission tasked Russell with meeting with post and Augusta Public Transit officials Friday to determine how to establish the route, which several commissioners have made a priority.
Adding the hourlong, Monday-through-Saturday route that would include Augusta Mall if approved would cost the city about $321,444 a year, but would give soldiers and others without cars an alternative to taking a taxi.
ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray was playfully defiant before his last night between the hedges.
“They may have to send a police escort to come and get me off,” Murray told radio host Charlie McAlexander before Senior Night. “I’m not going to want to leave that field.”
Instead it was two Georgia trainers who carried a crying Murray off – hanging from their shoulders before the first half finished. His final home game ended with the one hardship Murray had avoided in four record-shattering seasons at the Bulldogs helm – injury.
Two more men have been charged in the Aug. 28 shooting death of Charlie David Davis.
Killeon Shanard Cooper, 20, and Thaddaeus Elon Williams Jr., 33, both of Augusta, were charged Saturday with felony counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records. Williams also has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a missing Barnwell, S.C., doctor.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Dr. Charles Henry Mann III, 60, was last seen Thursday evening in Barnwell, where he resides during the week. Mann returns to his family in Kathleen, Ga., on the weekends.
On Friday, Mann’s blue 2006 Honda Civic was found in a wooded area in the 3400 block of Old Louisville Road in Augusta. His whereabouts are unknown.
Mann is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.