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Former Paine CFO files breach-of-contract suit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:23pm


Paine College’s former chief financial officer says he was fired out of retaliation just days after he “ethically responded to inquiries” posed to him by the college’s accreditation body during a March on-site visit, according to a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Paine on Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Edward Patrick said that Paine President George C. Bradley has shown a pattern of abusive employment practices toward college employees and that he was the fourth CFO whom Bradley had fired since becoming president in 2009.

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Wrightsboro Road reopens to traffic after lengthy construction project

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:57pm


The 1500 block of Wrightsboro Road reopened to traffic late last week after a lengthy construction project to repair a collapsed sewer line, according to Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell.

Since the road was closed in May, motorists were forced to take a detour as crews tried to correct the problem near the Dart Container facility. The emergency road closure cost about $800,000.

Reinforced concrete pipe replaced more than 1,000 feet of brick sewer line that was 70 to 80 years old.

North Augusta woman admitted to shooting, killing husband, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 5:53pm

Police say a North Augusta woman accused of fatally shooting her husband Monday admitted to the crime when they arrived at the scene.

According to a police incident report released Tuesday, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety was called to the 600 block of W. Woodlawn Ave. about 11:55 a.m. Monday in response to a shooting. Officer Timothy Stembridge, who filed the report, said he was initially under the impression that he was being called to the scene of a suicide.

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UGA jumps up in 2 polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:25pm

The University of Georgia made the second-biggest jump of all the teams in the two national ranking polls, both of which were released Tuesday.

Following their 45-21 Saturday victory over then-No. 16 Clemson, the Bulldogs moved up six places to No. 6 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and four spots to No. 8, according to the USA Today/Amway coaches poll.

Only Texas A&M enjoyed a bigger leap. The Aggies (1-0) moved up to ninth from No. 21 in the AP poll and from 20th to 13th in the coaches poll after beating South Carolina 52-28 this past Thursday in Columbia.

Man pleads guilty to reckless conduct by HIV-infected person

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:40pm

A man who denied his HIV status to a sexual partner pleaded guilty Monday to reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person.

Jason A. Young, 33, already had been charged and convicted of the same crime in Aiken County. He served two years in prison in South Carolina.

Because Young had the two sexual partners during the same time period in 2011 and already has served time in prison, Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller agreed to recommend probation, he told Judge James G. Blanchard Jr.

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