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Commanding general Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon describes new network at TechNet Augusta conference

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:38pm

 

The commanding general of the Army Cyber Command said Tuesday that his team expects to break ground next year on a defense network at Fort Gordon that will work with private technology firms, and the federal departments of justice and homeland security.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 500 people at TechNet Augusta’s second annual military conference, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon provided the first public details on how the Army Cyber Command will function at Fort Gordon.

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Technet Augusta opens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:43am

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, head of the Army Cyber Command, spoke Tuesday during the opening of Technet Augusta, a three-day conference for the nation’s top Army and industry leaders to discuss the latest defense technology.

Jury ready for SC sheriff case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:32am

COLUMBIA— A jury has been seated in the federal fraud trial of Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson.

The (Columbia) State reports Johnson’s trial will begin Monday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Johnson created false police reports so customers of a co-defendant’s credit repair business could claim their overdue bills were caused by people who stole their identity.

Authorities say Johnson helped create more than 100 fake reports over three years in the county of 34,000 people.

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Aquinas still No. 1 going into home opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:31am

 

Aquinas football remained No. 1 in advance of its home opener on Friday.

The Irish received 13 of 14 first-place votes in the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A high school football poll. The Irish, who are 2-0 and had a bye this past week, were a unanimous pick previously. No. 4 Mount Paran Christian took the other No. 1 vote in this week’s poll.

Of the four ranked local teams, only Burke County moved in its poll. The Bears lost to No. 3 Griffin, 36-22, and dropped three spots to eighth in Class AAAA.

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GRU study could explain autism gender gap

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:36am

With therapy four times a week, including gymnastics, 7-year-old Ellison Steed is gaining ground on his peers despite his autism spectrum disorder.

“I’m so excited because he is doing so well in school,” said his mother, Erica.

New research at Georgia Regents Uni­ver­sity could help explain why males are much more likely to develop autism, and could provide a potential target for treatment. They might lack a certain receptor for estrogen.

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Ex-SC player faces female student sex charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:04am

COLUMBIA — Former South Carolina and NFL running back Harold Green II has been arrested on charges of assaulting five female high school students.

Multiple media outlets reported that the 46-year-old Green turned himself in to Richland County sheriff’s deputies Monday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Green is accused of inappropriately touching the Spring Valley High School students who ranged in age from 15 to 17 last month while he was working as a volunteer coach. The students were working as trainers.

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SC deputy shot, killed this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:00am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — One Charleston County sheriff’s deputy has been killed and another injured when they were shot through the door of an apartment.

The sheriff’s office said a standoff at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex followed the shooting and ended around 4 a.m. today.

Deputies did not release any information on the status of the suspect to local reporters. A news conference was planned later Tuesday. A department spokesman did not immediately return messages.

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Gas leak continues to rerout Wrightsboro Road traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Nearly eight hours after a gas leak was reported on Wrightsboro Road, officials are still attempting to resolve the issue.

About 11:30 a.m., Wrightsboro Road at Marks Church Road closed due to a gas line cut by a contractor in front of Windsor Jewelers Gold buying store.

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Copper wire stolen from four homes under construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:18pm

Deputies are searching for an unknown suspect, or suspects, accused of stealing copper wire from four Augusta homes still under construction.

The homes, which are being constructed by Bill Beazley Homes Inc., are located in the 1000 block of Roseland Circle, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 8:57 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the scene where a total of 300 feet of copper wire had been removed.

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GRU students create crime scene for homicide awareness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:57pm

 

Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus was a crime scene Monday.

There were no criminal acts committed, but talk of murder echoed through University Hall. While there were no bodies, just about every bit of space on the campus’ paved walkways was covered in the chalk outlines synonymous with homicides.

It wasn’t a prank. It was Dr. Kim Davies’ way to comprehend the more than 14,800 people who were murdered nationwide in 2012, the most recent year for which accurate data is available.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer visits Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:30pm

Woodrow Wilson had a side to him unknown to most people. On Monday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg visited Augusta to share Wilson’s story as he knew it, that of a passionate figure, rather than the stoic image many may have of the late president.

Berg, the author of four bestselling biographies, was in town to promote his latest book, Wilson, which will be released in paperback Tuesday. He met with fans at Wilson’s boyhood home on 7th Street after a brief lecture next door at the Joseph Lamar House, home of Historic Augusta, Inc.

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Augusta sickness likely part of outbreak

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:44pm

 

A rash of seriously ill children in Augusta is likely part of a national outbreak of an uncommon strain of a summer virus, though it has not been confirmed by specific testing, a physician with Children’s Hospital of Georgia said.

“Since the rest of the nation is having a problem, probably we do have the same virus going around here but we haven’t as yet typed it” to confirm the specific outbreak strain, said Dr. Chitra Mani, a pediatric infectious disease physician. “As of yet we don’t know, but we are suspecting we are also in this outbreak.”

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Georgia schools still in funding squeeze

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:25pm

 

School districts across Georgia are in the midst of another bleak year of furlough days, high class sizes and underfunded classrooms despite a slight restoration of state education funding added this fiscal year.

A report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute released Thursday shows the state is still shortchanging districts an average of $439 per student compared to $633 per student last year.

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Knee surgery knocks out Clowney 4-6 weeks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:16pm

 

 

HOUSTON — No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and will be out 4-6 weeks.

 

Coach Bill O’Brien said he didn’t know exactly what was repaired in Clowney’s knee.

 

Clowney was injured late in the second quarter in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. He has struggled to stay on the field since joining the Texans.

 

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Police looking for golf cart thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:30pm

 

Police are seeking a man captured on video stealing a golf cart from a Hephzibah-McBean home last week.

The unidentified white male, who walks with a limp, was seen walking up the driveway at 1248 Hephzibah-McBean Road around 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 and left in the green 2006 E-Z-Go.

The stolen golf cart has a tan roof and cream colored seats. The front of the cart has a spreader with a set of deer antlers. A rubber deer head is on the rear trailer hitch.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Kendall Brown at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Bats forcing temporary closure of hospitality venues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:06pm

 

Bat removal is resulting in the temporary closure of parts of the Goodwill campus on Washington Road.

Edgar’s Grille and the Snelling Center, Goodwill’s hospitality venues, will be closed until the wildlife removal team is able to humanely capture and relocate the bats, according to a news release.

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Ravens release Rice after latest video release

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:37pm

BALTIMORE — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.

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