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Heavy traffic expected near Plant Vogtle during refueling outage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:24pm


The operator of Plant Vogtle has warned that heavy traffic is possible on roads near the nuclear facility as additional workers perform a refueling outage for Unit 2.

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co., said local law enforcement will help manage traffic increases around the plant, which is about 35 miles south of Augusta near Waynesboro. Law enforcement is contracted to help with traffic flow for the next 30 days.

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Small earthquake reported in Evans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:16pm


A small earthquake was reported Sunday night in Evans, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site.

The 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about 10 miles northwest of Evans about 11:30 p.m.

An earthquake between 2 and 3 is considered minor but can be felt by some people. It rarely results in damages.

Earlier this year, Edgefield, S.C., experienced a 4.1-magnitude quake that was felt as far away as Athens, Atlanta, Columbia and Charlotte, N.C. That earthquake came on the heels of a February icestorm that crippled much of the area.


Evans-Lakeside is Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:32am


Columbia County’s best chance for a GHSA playoff team could be the last team standing on Friday night.

The possible make-or-break game is Evans at Lakeside, two rivals from Region 2-AAAAA. Each is 1-1 in region play for what will be a nine-game region slate.

It’s still early in the season, but the winner would position itself as the area’s main playoff threat from the region. The rivalry meeting is The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

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2 shot early Monday morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:45am

Two men who said they were walking through a subdivision early Monday morning were shot, and deputies are looking for three men in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix who left the scene.

According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, deputies answered a shooting report in the 3600 block of Langdon Drive just after 2 a.m. and found the two victims.

One had been shot in the groin and the other only grazed by a bullet. They were not identified.

The investigation is in the early stages, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said.

Unsolved Cases: Hopson's 1976 death still a mystery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:51pm


Nearly four decades have come and gone, yet the death of 35-year-old Nancy Hopson remains one of two unsolved Richmond County homicides from the 1970s.

On Aug. 9, 1976, the Beech Island woman’s beaten and badly decomposed body was discovered by Augusta police in the trunk of her car at Daniel Village Shopping Center.

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Guns, jewelry stolen from pawn shop

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:02pm

Deputies say an Augusta pawn shop fell victim to burglars this weekend, losing at least two handguns and six long guns along with jewelry.

A man cutting grass called police Sunday after noticing a broken window at Hitchock’s Jewelry & Pawn at 3240 Peach Orchard Road, a Richmond County sheriff’s report states. The burglar bars in the window were pushed to one side.

When a keyholder to the business arrived, he said he had left the business about 4 p.m. Saturday and set the alarm. A security dog was supposed to be inside but was gone when the doors were unlocked.

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2 accused of robbing man at gunpoint

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:51pm

A man and a teen were arrested Saturday, accused of robbing a 35-year-old Augusta man at gunpoint.

Andre Martrice Simpkins, 19, and Tyquan Khalil Rhodes, 17, both of Augusta, were booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center early Saturday on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to jail records. Both remained behind bars Sunday.

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Jazz concert returns to raise more scholarship funds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:27pm

With rain clouds looming overhead, the second annual Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival kicked off Sunday without so much as a hiccup.

The festival, named in honor of a Paine College graduate and former staff member, returned to the Jessye Nor­man Amphitheater a year after surpassing its goal of collecting $30,000 for the United Negro College Fund.

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Political insiders not ready to give up on Barrow's reelection chances yet

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 8:04pm

Despite winning five consecutive terms in the House, a recent electoral projection suggests Rep. John Barrow’s luck will run out in the 12th Congressional District this year.

Electoral models by The Washington Post project that Augusta construction company owner Rick Allen has a 59 percent chance of winning in November against the Democrat, who has raised nearly twice as much money than his Republican challenger and been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Heroic effort lands firefighter in hospital with flesh-eating bacteria

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 7:41pm

While hiking with friends at Sa­vannah Bluff Heritage Pre­serve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

“After a few minutes, I figured she was holding a dog or a baby,” he said.

She appeared to be in trouble, so the Augusta Fire De­part­ment captain sprung into action, wading about 300 yards across the rapids to get to her, bouncing off rocks and scraping his shin.

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A month after slaying, suspect to appear in Florida court

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 7:17pm

One month after the slaying of Martinez resident Bill DaVitte, more questions than answers remain about Daniel Nelson Robinson, the man police believe responsible.

Why was the suspect so far from his Florida home, without a vehicle, but carrying a loaded gun?

Police said last month that he was visiting an acquaintance. Who was it?

Were there motives for shooting DaVitte on Aug. 14 outside Marvin United Metho­dist Church, where the 55-year-old and his wife, Jenny, had gone to turn on the sprinkler system?

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Officials issue 'do not swim' order for Savannah River

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:56pm

Officials issued a “do not swim” order for the Savannah River after an oily substance was found in its waters Sunday.

The Augusta Fire Depart­ment and the Richmond County Emer­gen­cy Manage­ment Agency issued the warning after swimmers training for a triathlon discovered the substance after entering the water, the fire department said in a statement.

The department’s water rescue team managed to trace the substance from the mills area downstream to the Boathouse Com­munity Center.

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Billy Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:56pm


ATLANTA — Billy Horschel capped off the best three weeks of his career with the biggest payoff in golf.

He pulled away from a self-destructing Rory McIlroy early, and then holed two clutch putts to hold off Jim Furyk on the back nine at East Lake. He closed with 2-under-par 68 for a three-shot victory in the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.

Horschel’s career earnings were roughly $4.5 million coming into the year.

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Chain saw cuts Greg Norman

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 1:17pm

ATLANTA — Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor.

“At least I can still play tennis,” Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning.

Norman, the Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur, was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

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Pardon Our Mess: Shuttle pickup sign for June Florida Georgia Line concert

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:46pm

WHERE: Walton Way, near the main entrance of Georgia Regents University


WHAT: A shuttle pickup sign for the Florida Georgia Line concert, which took place June 13, remains stapled to a telephone pole.


WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Undetermined. Although the concert took place at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Augusta GreenJackets general manager Tom Denlinger says his employees were not responsible for the sign.

“It might have been the concert promoter, but it wasn’t us,” he said.


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$3,500 in valuables stolen from Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:47pm

Deputies say an Augusta woman lost more than $3,500 in valuables during a break-in late Friday.

About 2 a.m. Saturday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 400 block of East Boundary Street in reference to the theft, according to an incident report.

Upon arrival, the 28-year-old victim, told police that between 11 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. someone entered her home, stealing various electronics and a 9mm pistol.

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Grading the Gamecocks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:31pm




The stars of the game were the offensive linemen. The Gamecocks were able to give quarterback Dylan Thompson plenty of time to throw, and Thompson responded with 271 yards and three touchdowns. Also, Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds combined for 159 yards rushing. South Carolina also won the time of possession, 31:27 to 28:33.



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Grading the Bulldogs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:16pm



Georgia rolled up 408 yards of offense, including 131 rushing yards from All-American Todd Gurley. Hutson Mason completed 16 of 22 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, but his intentional grounding late in the game proved to be killer.


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Paine home opener generates buzz

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:59pm

After five decades Paine College football returned to Augusta on Saturday and Lions fans couldn’t be more excited.

More than three hours before Paine kicked off against Livingstone College at Lucy C. Laney Stadium, tents began sprouting along Laney Walker Boulevard. Grills were rolled into place and the smell of freshly cooked ribs and hot dogs permeated the thick late-summer air.

Donald Quarles, of Augusta, was set up near the stadium’s entrance, and said he was anxiously awaiting Paine’s first home football game since 1962.

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South Carolina upsets Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:42pm

COLUMBIA — Two weeks ago, South Carolina was much maligned for its porous defense in a season-opening loss against Texas A&M.

Two weeks ago, Georgia was highly-praised for its blowout win over No. 16 Clemson.

On a wet and wild Saturday evening, everything changed for the Bulldogs and Gamecocks.

Fighting for its season, South Carolina rolled up almost 450 yards of offense and made a key defensive stand late to upset No. 6 Georgia, 38-35.

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