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Police looking for Target shoplifters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:15pm


Police are seeking shoplifters who sprayed tear gas at a Target security guard.

According to a news release, a man dressed as a woman took two pairs of pants and a purse from the store on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway on Aug. 9 and left without paying. Confronted by security, the shoplifter sprayed the tear gas at a guard and left in a black sedan. Two black women and a child accompanied the shoplifter, who also was black.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Columbia County election set

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 1:09pm

Columbia County elections officials have selected Nov. 3 for the special election to fill the unexpired term of District 3 County Commissioner Mack Taylor, who resigned to run for a vacated legislative seat.

According to a news release from the Board of Elections, candidates must file between 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and noon Sept. 2 at the Board of Elections Office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans. The qualifying fee is $195.

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Aquinas football ranked No. 2 in state to begin 2015 season

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:48pm


Two area Georgia high school football teams will take Top-10 rankings into their first game of the 2015 season.

Aquinas, the 2013 Class A private state champion and 2014 state semifinalist, debuted at No. 2 in the first Class A poll of the season. The Irish received one first-place vote and are ranked behind only Mount Paran Christian, the defending state champion. Mount Paran beat Aquinas in the state semifinals to stop Aquinas’ winning streak at 26 games. The Irish ended the 2014 season ranked third.

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Augusta Tech reopens after outage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:29am

Augusta Tech has re-opened after a power outage this morning.

Officials said earlier today that campus would be closed until about 10 a.m. while crews worked to restore electricity.

SC team bookkeeper accused in theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:52am




CHARLESTON, S.C. — The bookkeeper for a Charleston soccer team has been accused of taking $100,000 over the past four years.


Multiple media outlets reported that a police report released Tuesday shows that the bookkeeper of the Charleston Battery is accused of taking the money.


Police spokesman Charles Francis says the bookkeeper has not yet been charged. The person’s name has not been released. Francis says the investigation is continuing.


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SC Civil War re-enactment canceled

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:50am




MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — An historic plantation has canceled a Civil War battle re-enactment following the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church.


Local media outlets report that Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant will not host the re-enactment of the Battle of Secessionville that was scheduled for November.


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Bush criticizes Trump, Clinton

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:22am



ATLANTA -- Jeb Bush had critical words Tuesday for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during a stop at the world’s largest drive-in diner.

Maybe it was that the hotdog he ate spoiled his well-known Palio diet, but the former Florida governor was more feisty talking about other presidential candidates than in previous visits to Georgia. In talking with reporters, Bush brushed aside questions about Trump’s lead in recent polls that show Bush in second, saying it was too early to worry about that.

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Deputies charged after wedding melee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:14am

WOODBINE, Ga. -- A wedding night turned into wild fisticuffs when some party crashers attacked guests and a new groom, who fired a couple warning shots to scare them off, according to authorities.

A pair of Camden County deputies were fired and arrested Tuesday along with another man in connection with the Aug. 8 fracas in Woodbine, Ga., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

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NAACP booed at Ga. school board meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:08am

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- More than 500 people packed the school board auditorium in Springfield on Tuesday night, booing speakers from the NAACP who asked for the removal of Confederate symbols from Effingham County High School, which is nicknamed the Rebels.

Robin Screen said a petition he started two days ago on to keep Effingham the home of the Rebels has 6,000 signatures. He said the effort is about school pride and tradition, not racism and hate.

One woman in the audience from Guyton said that removing the symbols is an effort to erase history.

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Julian Bond to be buried at sea

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:04am




ATLANTA — Relatives of civil rights leader Julian Bond say they’re honoring his wishes to be cremated and his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico.


Family members say a burial at sea will occur at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday in the Gulf in a private ceremony.


Bond died last Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was 75. His wife, Pamela Horowitz, said her husband had circulatory problems.


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