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Mayor's column copied others' work

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 6:18pm


A recent newpaper column by Mayor Hardie Davis about an Augusta Commission retreat plagiarized at least eight paragraphs — more than two-thirds of its content — from a Washington State consultant.

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Remembrance for murder victims planned in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 6:03pm

The public is invited to the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims ceremony on Friday.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at May Park Gym, at the intersection of Fourth Street and Walton Way. Those who attend are invited to bring candles or balloons.

For more information, contact Von Daniels at (706) 495-6874 or

Beech Island man died from drowning, coroner says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 5:41pm

The 22-year-old Beech Island man killed Sunday when the truck in which he was a passenger crashed through a barrier and plunged into the Augusta Canal, died from drowning.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Tuesday an autopsy determined that John Jones Jr. died from asphyxia due to drowning. Witnesses said Jones had escaped the vehicle, but appeared to collapse in the water.

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Gunpowder residue on bills triggered Savannah River Site lockdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 5:30pm

A U.S. Department of Energy spokesman said Tuesday that gunpowder residue on dollar bills collected by a Coca-Cola delivery man was responsible for a three-hour lockdown at Savannah River Site last month.

Jim Giusti told SRS’ Citizens Advisory Board that investigators determined that before a Coca-Cola delivery truck arrived at SRS on Aug.

17, it made a stop at a gun manufacturer in Jackson to refill and cash out its machine.

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First day of fall brings relief from Augusta's hot summer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:51pm

Summer 2015 only needs one word to describe it: Hot.

Wednesday marks the first official day of fall, meaning good-bye to one of the hottest summers on record and hello to transitional temperatures in the 80s.

Temperatures in Augusta from June to August ranked the 14th hottest since 1874, with an average of 81.6 degrees. It’s also the hottest summer since 2011, which ranked the No. 1 hottest summer in Augusta’s history, with an average temperature of 83.7 degrees.

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Nunez to start at QB for Gamecocks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:01pm

COLUMBIA — Another week, another new starting quarterback at South Carolina.

Getting the call: freshman Lorenzo Nunez.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier had promised changes ahead after his team’s 52-20 loss at No. 7 Georgia last week. The coach began the moves by replacing former walk-on Perry Orth with true freshman in Nunez.

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Local Muslim leader calls Carson's statements 'un-American'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 2:28pm

The leader of Augusta’s mosque said Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim should not be elected president is “un-American” and goes against the Constitution.

“The Constitution says never to test their religion for public office,” said Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi of the Islamic Society of Augusta. “We have been requesting the Republican parties and candidates to stay away from using Islamophobic (language) and rhetoric.”

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New restaurant opens on Laney-Walker Boulevard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:18pm

A new restaurant and catering service opened this week in the Armstrong Galleria Shopping Center on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Bistro 855, at 855 Laney-Walker Boulevard, opened Monday and serves wings and sandwiches, salads, seafood and soul food.

Owner Anthony King has been an executive for Georgia Power and SunTrust Bank, but has roots in hot dog concessions in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

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Aiken school district says 90 percent of senior students earn career readiness certification

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 12:07pm

AIKEN – The Aiken County Public School District announced Tuesday that 90 percent of seniors in the Class of 2016 have earned a National Career Readiness Certificate, which many businesses now use to evaluate the skill levels of potential employees during the hiring process.

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