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Strong thunderstorms moving into the area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 2:11pm


Strong thunderstorms are expected to move over the Augusta area this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service special weather bulletin.

The bulletin, which was issued at 1:38 p.m. stated that a strong thunderstorm was over North Augusta and moving east at 5 mph. Further thunderstorm development is expected as it continues to move.

The storm system could possibly bring wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph and “torrential rainfall” that could produce flooding.

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Fort celebrates Army birthday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:28pm


Fort Gordon celebrated the 241st Birthday of the U.S. Army on Tuesday with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony. The youngest officer and youngest enlisted soldier on the installation took part.

Col. Todd Turner, Fort Gordon garrison commander was assisted by 2nd Lt. Casey Jennings, 442nd Signal Battalion Command; Pvt. Nicholas Bowie, 551st Signal Battalion, assisted Sgt. Maj. Marcus Campbell, Garrison Command sergeant major, in the ceremony.



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GBI called in on Waynesboro slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:42am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist Waynesboro police after an apparent homicide on Tucker Avenue.

According to a GBI news release, Waynesboro police responded shortly after 7 a.m. Monday to a residence in the 700 block of Tucker Avenue and found the body of Paul Golden III, 35, who had been shot.

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Ga. traffic stop yields pit bulldog, python

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:16am

 COMER, Ga. -- A manhunt began in Comer Saturday soon after a policeman stopped a vehicle with two men, a woman, a pit bulldog and a Python snake.

One passenger, Thomas Neal Evans, 44, jumped out of the SUV and fled into the woods, where he evaded a manhunt using tracking hounds brought in from a state prison in Alto.

“He’s like a rabbit. He runs hard and fast,” Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell said Monday.

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North Ga. wreck kills 3 children, injures 4

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:01am

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Three children have been killed and four people injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Hall County.


Local news outlets report the Georgia State Patrol says the crash happened Saturday morning.


Authorities say the children, ages four, nine and 16, who were all from Gainesville, died when the SUV they were riding in collided with a pickup truck.


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Shooting death of North Augusta man under investigation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 4:46am

Police are investigating the Monday night shooting of a 73-year-old man in North Augusta.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release, a passer-by reported a possibly injured person on H and H Street. Aiken County deputies and North Augusta Public Safety discovered the victim had a gunshot wound to his chest when they arrived about 10:46 p.m.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said J.C. Mims, of H and H Street, was transported to an Augusta hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m.

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Augusta committee to look at forgotten loan program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:46pm

Bank and city officials might have forgotten Augusta’s Minority Link Deposit program, but Augusta Commission member Marion Williams has not.

The program saw millions of dollars deposited into two area banks – now State Bank and Trust and Georgia Bank and Trust – at lower interest rates, as an incentive for them to loan money to small and minority-owned businesses.

Fifteen years later, the funds sit largely untouched, and city and bank officials say they’re unfamiliar with the program.

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Woman injured in wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:32pm

A woman was briefly trapped insider her vehicle Monday following a collision near Owens Road and Ashton Woods in Martinez.

According to Columbia County Capt. Butch Askew, the victim was removed and a wrecker was sent to the scene to clear the accident.

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Commissioner wants updated information on Augusta board appointments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:03am

One Augusta commissioner is looking to update the profiles of the city’s many boards, authorities and commissions.

Commissioner Sean Frantom wants to discuss having all board members appointed by commission consensus - that is, not by individual commissioners - update their talent bank questionnaires on file with the city.

“They haven’t been reviewed in years and many appointments are in a holdover status,” Frantom said.

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Truck wreck blocks Peach Orchard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 9:56am

Richmond County dispatchers say at least two lanes have been blocked on Peach Orchard Road south of Pepper Ridge Drive by a tractor-trailer wreck.

 According to dispatch logs, there is an accident with an 18 wheeler on Hwy 25 at Tidewater Hill, but there is no fire or leaking.

However, fire trucks are on the way to Windsor Spring at the Hwy25/I-520 juncture to handle a truck leaking diesel.

There is no indication of a fire, officials say.

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Macon teen drowns at park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:54am

MACON, Ga. — A 17-year-old boy has drowned at Amerson River Park in Macon.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets in a statement that Marcos Mendez Perez died Sunday.

Deputies say someone reported shortly before 6 p.m. that Perez had been on a float near one of the picnic areas and slipped off. He went under water and never resurfaced.

Officials say Perez had been at the park with family and friends.

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Truck fire blocks Bobby Jones exit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 7:33am

The westbound exit ramps of Bobby Jones Expressway (I-520) heading to Atlanta and I-20 were blocked this morning by an 18-wheeler that caught fire.

No injuries were reported to the driver.

A second vehicle fire was reported shortly thereafter on Bobby Jones westbound at Wheeler Road, also hampering morning commuters, dispatchers said.

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Former state Rep. Bob Beckham dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 9:26pm


Former Georgia state Rep. Rob­ert C. “Bob” Beck­ham, a Republican Party stalwart and business leader whose interests ranged from oil to radio stations, died Friday at age 84.

Thomas Poteet & Son Fu­ne­ral Directors reported his death on its Web site. Ar­range­ments are incomplete.

“He was a Republican before Republicans were cool,” said former Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears. “He was a kingpin in county politics for a long time
and remained very active.”

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Joey Logano wins NASCAR race at Michigan, his 1st of year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 4:41pm

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano plopped into a seat, getting a much-needed break, when the 26-year-old driver found out he was just a part of history.

Logano pulled away from the pack to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 and was followed by Chase Elliott, 20, and Kyle Larson, 23, the youngest top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup history.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said when informed of the feat Sunday.

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50 dead at gay club in worst mass shooting in US history

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 11:12am


ORLANDO, Fla. — It had been an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows. After hours of revelry, the partygoers crowding the gay nightclub Pulse took their last sips before the place closed.

That’s when authorities say Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and spraying the helpless crowd with bullets. Witnesses said he fired relentlessly – 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

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Roadwork busy across Augusta area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 11:49pm


Travel almost anywhere in the area and you’re likely to ride through an abundance of orange traffic cones and barrels.

Major construction projects continue on multiple major roadways in Rich­mond and Columbia counties. Some still have years to go before completion. The River Watch Parkway project is likely the closest to completion. Crews have been working on the road since last year but should be finished in July.

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Creator wins photo finish at Belmont

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 6:46pm

NEW YORK — Creator closed with a rush and caught Destin at the wire to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness winner Exaggerator finishing well back in the field.

The 3-year-old gray colt trained by Steve Asmussen came flying down the stretch as Destin tried to hang on to the lead. But it was Creator, who finished 13th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, who won by a nose. It was the fourth time the Belmont was decided by a nose — the closest possible margin of victory.

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Former Ga. prosecutor arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 5:45pm

HOMER, Ga. — A former prosecutor in northeast Georgia has been arrested on theft charges.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports 32-year-old Samuel Elias Skelton is charged with 33 counts of theft by taking. Skelton is a former assistant district attorney for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit.

The newspaper reports he was released Thursday from the Banks County Jail on $31,000 bail.

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Mom seeks son found in pajamas on Athens highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:45am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Pennsylvania woman was very concerned for the welfare of her mentally-ill son after he went missing from his hometown last month, briefly resurfaced this week in pajamas along a busy Athens highway and once again cannot be accounted for.

Adam Farrell, 26, reportedly left his home in Scranton, Pa. in May without money or a vehicle. He is delusional and is said by his mother to be extremely at risk due to his behavior.

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