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SC babysitter faces child abuse charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:49am

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. — A 32-year-old Boiling Springs woman is accused of abusing a 3-month-old baby in her care.

Deputies were called to the hospital March 19 about suspected abuse. They tell local media outlets they were told a 3-month old there had a serious head injury that caused bleeding on the brain and retinal hemorrhages.

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SC man accidentally shoots, kills brother

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:47am

YORK, S.C. — Authorities say the shooting death of a York County man appears to have been an accident.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports 20-year-old Edward Bradham of York died at a home Friday night.

Coroner Sabrina Gast says Bradham had been shot one time. Gast says an autopsy was done over the weekend, but toxicology tests are not yet complete.

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Columbia County board OKs hiring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:05am

Columbia County school board members voted Tuesday to hire assistant principals for two county elementary schools. Sarah Roxanne Hyer, 2014-15 Teacher of the Year at Cedar Ridge Elementary, was named the school’s newest assistant principal.

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Augusta area still ranks poorly for health

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:33am

With Richmond County still ranked low among Georgia counties when it comes to health outcomes, and many surrounding counties near the very bottom, there are a lot of challenges to improving health in the area, officials acknowledged. But one Augusta coalition of health leaders is training up for that fight, and one of their first targets could be a more comprehensive smoking ordinance for Augusta.

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College placed on lockdown after altercation at basketball courts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:22pm

Paine College was placed on lockdown Monday after two students had an altercation on the basketball court, police say.

The Paine College Police Department received a report around 8 p.m. that one of the students left the basketball court to retrieve what was perceived to be a firearm from a residence hall, according to a statement from Paine College director of communications Tonya Williams.

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Veteran pushes for VA hospital in Jefferson County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:17pm


A Jefferson County man is leading an effort to build a Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, Ga., for patients who have limited income and lack transportation to access quality health care in rural areas beyond south Augusta.

Marine Corps veteran Joseph Wheeler has lobbied the area’s congressional leaders since September to have the VA partner with Georgia Regents Health System and University Hospital to open a Jefferson County facility that, unlike Augusta, would include a veterans’ trauma unit.

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5 lawnmowers stolen from Augusta business

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:10pm


An Augusta lawn and garden store reported Monday that five lawnmowers, valued at $7,200, were stolen from its warehouse over the weekend, deputies say.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Augusta Turf and Tractor in the 2800 block of Wylds Road in reference to the theft, according to an incident report.

The complainant told deputies he noticed the lawnmowers were missing when he arrived at work Monday.

The complainant said whoever stole the equipment – which belonged to customers – must have entered through the business’ front gate.

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Officials begin overhaul of Richmond County's teacher hiring process, support staff supervision

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 8:47pm


Richmond County school officials are changing the way teachers are hired and support staffs are supervised, moves they say are necessary to attract “qualified” teachers and build stronger bonds between schools and their staff.

The hiring of teachers has been standardized across Richmond County’s 61 schools, adding requirements that potential hires undergo an examination by a school “interview panel” and teach a preliminary “mini lesson” prior to receiving a job offer.

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Fired Georgia Regents Medical Center nurse files whistle-blower lawsuit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:43pm


A nurse who worked at Georgia Regents Medical Center for 37 years, rising in the ranks to become a nurse manager for the oncology unit, has sued the hospital, its chief medical officer, and its chief nursing officer.

Kim Cheely filed the Richmond County State Court whistle-blower lawsuit March 9, alleging she was fired in retaliation for her insistence that the oncology unit and bone marrow transplant unit needed more nurses, which would reduce patients’ infections and injuries.

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Tobacco Road package store liquor license application returns for third time for commission approval

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:38pm

Round 3 of a Tobacco Road standoff between a package store owner and her prospective Hephzibah neighbors goes before the Augusta Commission Wednesday.

Ok Kartye’s application to sell beer, wine and liquor at 2811 Tobacco Road for off-premises consumption has twice drawn a crowd this month from area neighborhood associations, and twice commissioners have failed to approve or deny it.

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Nicklaus receives Congressional Gold Medal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:05pm


WASHINGTON — The Golden Bear got a gold medal.

Congress on Tuesday awarded its highest civilian honor to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the medal with a few tears, humility and humor.

In a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, the House and Senate leadership bestowed the award on Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships, including six Masters Tournament titles, five PGA championships and four U.S. Opens.

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City leaders vote to raze historic Wilson-Hoyle House to make way for new library

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:52pm


A historic home in downtown Harlem will be demolished to make way for a new library.

City officials decided at Monday’s monthly meeting to raze the Wilson-Hoyle House at 145 N. Louisville St.

Plans are to use the property to construct a new, larger city library.

“This is not an either/or situation with the library and the house,” said Janet Luckey Short, president of the Harlem Arts Council, who have been fundraising and campaigning to save the house. “I believe in compromise. ... There is room to keep the house.”

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Goodwill adding Aiken donation center

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:45pm

Goodwill Industries will open a new donation center in downtown Aiken Thursday.

A Goodwill donation truck and attendant will be in the parking lot of Aiken’s First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St., NE, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, according to a press release from Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.

This is Goodwill’s 11th donation site across the area, including two in Aiken County.

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Columbia County Sheriff's Office says deputy hurt in motorcycle crash was "exercising due regard"

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:21pm

Columbia County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday that a deputy who was injured in a crash on Furys Ferry Road Saturday was “exercising due regard” when his vehicle collided with another during a charity motorcycle ride.

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Georgia Power's replacement of 280 manhole covers to affect downtown traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:15pm


Contractors began Tuesday to replace hundreds of Augusta manhole covers, a project that will take about a year and a half.

Georgia Power will update 280 manhole covers in the downtown area with a new Swiveloc secondary cover.

Ron Lamkin, a Richmond County senior traffic engineer, said regular manhole covers can be lifted by anyone, but the new ones are locked and won’t pop up and slide around from vehicle traffic.

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Autism bill looks stalled in Ga. House

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:05pm

/ATLANTA -- The fight over autism treatment coverage continued in a House committee hearing Monday, pitting organizations concerned about costs against those advocating for the most effective services for children.

Senate Bill 1 would require many health insurance plans to cover applied behavior analysis, a treatment designed to help young children with autism reach their full potential in learning ability.

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Michaux: Masters on verge of topping century mark

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:55pm

The Masters Tournament is approaching a milestone its stewards have carefully tried to keep at bay for a half century.

When the deadline for inviting top-50 players hits at the conclusion of this week’s events, the tournament field will be on the brink – if not there – of triple figures for only the fourth time in its history and the first time in 49 years.

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Harlem firefighter Chuck Meadows 'more than likely' to accept offer to fill vacant police chief position

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:46pm



Harlem leaders offered the city’s police chief position to one of their own at Monday’s meeting.


After reviewing more than 40 applicants, they offered the vacant police chief position to Chuck Meadows, who said after the meeting that he will “more than likely” accept the offer.


Meadows will become the city’s sixth police chief in as many years. He’ll replace former Chief Gary Jones, who led the department for 18 months before he left on Nov. 1 for the chief position at the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.


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Truck driver sought after fatality

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41pm

South Carolina police are seeking a tanker truck driver who left the scene after striking a man left lying on Interstate 20 after an earlier wreck Friday night.

Police said Carl Furillo Polite Jr., 40, of North Augusta, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 20 near mile marker 5 around midnight and struck the rear of another vehicle. The impact caused Polite’s car to overturn several times and he was thrown onto the interstate.

Police said Polite was struck by a eastbound tanker trailer truck while lying in the road. The truck left the scene.

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Chase through 3 counties ends in arrest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:32pm


A Harlem man was arrested Tuesday in South Carolina after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through three counties.


Columbia County sheriff’s deputies tried to stop Patrick Benjamin Buxton, 24, in a primer gray Oldsmobile on Gordon Highway near Harlem about 9:30 a.m. because he has an outstanding narcotics warrant, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Buxton, of Haverhill Drive, refused to stop and led authorities to Interstate 20, where he sped east toward Richmond County.


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