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Augusta doctor appointed to Medical Board

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:22pm

An Augusta pain physician has been appointed to the Georgia board that oversees the licensing of doctors.

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Richmond deputy cleared of charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:21pm


A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy accused of raping a woman in April has been cleared, officials said Friday.

The 33-year-old woman told Columbia County sheriff’s investigators that Richmond County sheriff’s Cpl. Jason Turner raped her at his Martinez home on April 9 and took photos of her with his phone.

The Columbia County sheriff’s office investigated the accusations while Richmond County opened an internal investigation into the officer’s conduct. Due to lack of evidence, the officer was not charged and remained on active duty.

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Ga. man convicted of assault for spilling acid on girlfriend

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:45pm

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — A metro Atlanta man has been found guilty of aggravated assault for intentionally spilling industrial strength drain cleaner on his ex-girlfriend.

A Henry County jury on Friday also found Andrew Fordham of Sandy Springs guilty of aggravated battery against Christy Sims of McDonough.

Officials have said Sims was permanently disfigured after Fordham spilled industrial drain cleaner on her face, arms and chest in April 2013. Fordham has said it was an accident.

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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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