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LED sign repairs increase during winter in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:20pm

Eric Driggers is preparing for the heart of winter in the Augusta area, in which he said long cold snaps are known to darken displays on commercial signs using light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs.

Driggers, the manager of AKO Signs in Martinez, said winter is the busiest season for repairs at the Athens-based advertising business, with technicians battling nature to be on-site of an outage within a couple days.

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Glenn Hills set for naming ceremony for new gym

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:37pm


Glenn Hills will have a Tuesday ceremony to name its new gym after former basketball player Michael Curry.

At a 3 p.m. program, the school will honor Curry, with remarks from current Glenn Hills boys coach and Curry’s high school teammate Travis McRae, Curry himself and from many others.

Curry, a Spartans basketball star in the 1980s and later an NBA player and head coach, is currently Florida Atlantic University’s head coach.

Curry coached the Detroit Pistons the 2008-09 season and is in his first year as the Owls’ coach.


Billions needed to fix SC roads

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:35pm


COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Transportation Commission has given final approval to a plan projecting the state will need to spend another $60 billion during the next quarter century on roads, money which the state does not have.


The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, which was the topic of public hearings around the state earlier this year, was approved at last week’s commission meeting in Columbia.


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Suspect sought in Coleman Avenue burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:58pm


An Augusta woman called police after someone broke into her home and stole some unusual items.

The 27-year-old reported the unknown thief stole a sex toy from her bedroom and two boxes of Captain Crunch cereal from her kitchen between Friday evening and around noon Sunday, according to an incident report.

The thief also rummaged through the refrigerator, leaving food on the counters.

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Augusta man, 20, faces burglary, trespassing charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:55pm

A 20-year-old Augusta man is facing charges after a deputy caught him trying to steal multiple items, including a car, from a south Augusta automobile dealership.

Michael Joseph Manders has been charged with burglary in the second degree and criminal trespass. He is being held at the Richmond County jail.

A Richmond County deputy responded to a business alarm at Sunbelt Auto Saver, 3145 Peach Orchard Road, about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and found Manders running across the parking lot attempting to put a Toyota key into a Volkswagon Beetle, a report stated.

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Riverwalk attackers sentenced to 30 years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:40pm

The suspects in the brutal attack on a couple taking a stroll along the Riverwalk pleaded guilty Monday.

Robey E. Moses, 23, and Kevin D. Richardson, 22, admitted they were responsible for beating Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires with a baseball bat so severely that both suffered head fractures.

Moses and Domonique S. Hale, 21, admitted they were responsible for taking Vicente Mora’s vehicle and cellphone after knocking Mora unconscious on Broad Street the same night Solesbee and Spires were attacked.

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Cares For Kids Radiothon nets nearly $170,000 for the Children's Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:34am


A three-day radiothon raised nearly $170,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The 14th annual Cares for Kids Radiothon ran on three local radio stations – 104.3 WBBQ, 96.3 Kiss FM and G 105.7 – Thursday through Saturday bringing in $168,881 in donations and pledges, according to a news release.

It is the largest single fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Last year the event brought in $190,000.

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