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New law gives 10,000 Georgians diplomas

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:40pm

ATLANTA -- So far, 10,325 people have been given high school diplomas since the passage of a new Georgia law that retroactively provides diplomas to Georgians who failed their high school graduation tests.

House Bill 91, passed in the 2015 by the legislature, allows Georgians who met all other high school requirements but failed to pass their final graduation test to receive a high school diploma.

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Ga. Southern student Chattanooga victim

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:22pm

A Georgia Southern student was one of the Marines killed at Chattanooga’s Navy Support Center on Thursday.

Although names of those killed have not been officially released, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of the dead is Skip Wells of Marietta.

According to his Facebook page, Wells studied history at Georgia Southern.

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Beached SC whale dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:24am




MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Officials say a pygmy sperm whale and her calf that washed onto the beach in the Myrtle Beach area have died.


Coastal Carolina University marine science professor Robert Young says the mother whale died soon after coming ashore Thursday morning, but the calf struggled for a while on the beach.


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Confederate cannon recovered from Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:17am


SAVANNAH, Ga. — Officials say a relic from a Confederate ironclad ship has been removed from the Savannah River.


The Army Corps of Engineers says a CSS Georgia cannon was removed from the Savannah river Wednesday after spending 150 years at the bottom of the river.


Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Billy Birdwell says the cannon weighed roughly 1,000 pounds and is the first of two that is being pulled from the water as part of the Savannah port expansion project.


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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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