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Residents urged to purchase license before fishing as citations rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:44pm

Fishing citations are on the rise.

Despite costing only $9 for residents to obtain a yearly fishing permit, 467 Georgia anglers have been cited for not having a license during the first six months of 2015. That total is on pace to eclipse the 757 statewide tickets last year.

In all, there are approximately 905,000 licensed anglers in Georgia.

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Burglar turns on oven, steals TV, then flees Hephzibah home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:51pm

Deputies are searching for a suspect who broke into a Hephzibah home, stole a television and turned on the stove before fleeing.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a burglary on the 2600 block of Whittier Place. The victim said she arrived home and saw the back window of her residence had been shattered.

The victim said the suspect turned on her stove and stole a 32-inch flat-screen television from her upstairs bedroom.

The home was not ransacked, according to deputies, but noticeable damage was done to the back entrance.

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Augusta attorney faces federal court ban over misappropriated money

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:29pm

A well-known Augusta attorney has been ordered to appear before U.S. Dis­trict Court to show why he shouldn’t be banned from practicing in the federal court of the Southern District of Georgia.

In an order filed Tuesday, the federal judges set an Aug. 24 hearing for Timothy E. Moses. The judges took action on their own after learning that Moses faces possible disciplinary action by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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Judges retain 'absolute discretion' on guardian ad litem appointments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:22pm

Augusta Superior Court judges will retain “absolute discretion” over guardian ad litem appointments, despite receiving a list from local attorneys certifying nine adults as qualified to make child custody recommendations in domestic disputes, according to new guidelines adopted by the court system.

Chief Judge Carlisle Overstreet said this week that the Judicial Circuit received a list of guardians that the Augusta Bar Association’s Family Law Section approved as meeting the necessary criteria to investigate divorces and custody disputes over children.

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Postcard reports keep coming

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:39pm

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Your summer vacation travels have filled our newsroom mailbox.

Old friend Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, Ga., sends a very big card from Chicago, the city of broad shoulders. “We are enjoying it,” he wrote, “but it’s a mass of people just about everywhere you look.”

He also sent a card from Kentucky, where he is enjoying “horse country.”

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Man gets probation in ice storm repair case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:14pm

A man who presented himself as a qualified contractor after Augusta’s 2014 ice storm entered an Al­ford plea to theft charges Thursday.

Sean P. Hughes, 49, has spent the past year in jail, awaiting the disposition of criminal charges filed in Rich­mond and Columbia counties. He entered an Alford plea Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court to six counts of theft by deception – four felonies and two misdemeanors. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to a crime but acknowledges that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

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Pardon our Mess: Orange traffic barrel on Henry Street

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 6:16pm

WHERE: 2600 block of Henry Street

WHAT: An orange barrel is covering a hole in the median. According to residents, the barrel has been on the street since March 2014.


ACTION PROMISED: None. Ron O. Lampkin, a senior traffic engineering technician for the city, said the barrel does not belong to the engineering department and he is unaware who put it there.

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Aiken man acquitted of sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 5:25pm


An Aiken veterinarian accused last year of inappropriately touching children has been found not guilty.

Juan Carlos Gamboa, 53, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested in January 2014 after being accused of committing unlawful acts against two 8-year-old boys over a three-month period the previous year.

According to a previous story in The Chronicle, Gamboa had dedicated his practice to the treatment of performance and show horses for 23 years and was licensed in Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas.

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Former North Augusta Mayor Ray­mond Walters Sr. dies at 91

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:42pm


NORTH AUGUSTA — Ray­mond Lamarne Walters Sr. served as mayor of North Au­gus­ta for only four years, from 1971 to 1975, but his influence is still felt.

He worked hard to convince current Mayor Lark Jones to seek public office for the first time, was a businessman and co-owner of Koger-Walters Oil Co., and led the city’s controversial effort to build a recreational facility on farm land.

Walters, 91, died Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Poll: UGA to win SEC East

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:40pm


HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia will begin the new season in a familiar spot as the favorites to win the SEC East.

The Bulldogs were tabbed by those attending the league’s SEC football media days here to take the division.

It’s the third time in the last four years Georgia has been the pick.

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