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Newcomer Janisha Wilkerson leads Paine women to victory

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:32pm

After his mom attended a game last year, Paine women’s coach Willie Adams received some advice – he needed some help inside the paint.

Theresa Adams, who coached at Glynn Academy, had a player just for the Lady Lions.

Janisha Wilkerson went from prep standout to now tearing up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On Thursday night, the sophomore center scored 26 points to lead Paine to an 83-64 win over Lane.

The Lady Lions improved to 4-10 overall, 2-4 in conference play. Paine snapped a three-game losing streak with its victory at the HEAL Complex.

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Private probation civil rights case headed to trial this spring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:26pm


One of the first civil rights cases filed against Sentinel Offender Services is headed for trial this spring.

On Thursday, attorneys on both sides met with Judge Daniel J. Craig to firm up issues for trial or mediation and set deadlines for how Hills McGee’s case will proceed in Richmond County Superior Court.

McGee, a mentally ill Augusta resident who survives on a small disability income far below the poverty level, spent 13 days in jail in January 2010.

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Suspects missing after attempted kidnapping in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:16pm

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men accused of trying to kidnap a man Thursday.

About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Capt. Steve Morris.

When the man refused to go inside, the men fled and were later spotted on Belair Road by a Columbia County deputy. They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.

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Paine has no current plans to name permanent president, says spokeswoman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:04pm

With all efforts dedicated to freeing Paine College from its accreditation sanction, officials say there are no plans to search for or name a permanent president anytime soon.

Former provost Samuel Sullivan has served as interim president since Sept. 16, when George C. Bradley resigned after six years as president.

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Second suspect arrested in Hephzibah bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:02pm

Another suspect in the Jan. 9 robbery of Southern Bank in Hephzibah is in custody.

Willie William Smith, 37, was booked into the Richmond County jail Thursday on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and armed robbery.

Ricardo Mudrell Mobley, 28, already had been charged with the crime. Police still are looking out for a third suspect, Christopher Jodale Cunningham, also 28.

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