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Transfer of bus property inches along

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:57pm

An agreement with the Richmond County Board of Education could pave the way for city buses to move to south Augusta and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation to redevelop the city’s 15th Street transit property.

Under the agreement, going before the city’s public services committee Monday, the city would get the school board’s half-interest in an 8-acre tract off Mike Padgett Highway where Augusta intends to build a $9.48 million transit operation and maintenance facility.

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Sketches remain important law enforcement tool

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:47pm


Despite few appearances in Augusta media over the past decade, officials say composite sketches remain among the most powerful tools in the arsenal of law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina.

A sketch by former Georgia Bureau of Investi­gation forensic artist Marla Lawson led to the capture of Eric Rudolph, who was convicted in the bombing of Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Years later, she repeated the feat in a local case.

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Holidays bring home-fire safety percautions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:42pm


‘Tis the season for fires.

The holidays bring lots of joy, but there is also an increased fire risk that comes with turkeys, Christmas decorations, heaters, fireplaces, and candles, said Jason Beard, an Augusta Fire Department chief.

Nearly 47,000 fires occur nationally during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injures and costing $554 million in property damage, according to the American Red Cross.

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Storage auctions gaining popularity in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:36pm


It’s a semiprivate affair in which local residents armed with flashlights, storage packers and wads of cash travel the area in hopes of scoring rare jewelry, Civil War relics or a first-edition Superman comic book.

Self-storage auctions have been taking place in Augusta for at least three decades, but have started gaining increased popularity in the past four years, with reality TV shows following groups of modern day treasure hunters who earn their livings through buying abandoned lockers and reselling the contents for a profit.

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Coroner's office seeks smooth running after overhaul

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:29pm


After more than eight months heading the Richmond County Coroner’s Office, Mark Bowen thinks he and his deputy coroners have built back trust in a department marred by the alleged actions of his predecessor.

Additional layers of accountability have helped, he said.

Following the December arrest of then-Coroner Grover Tuten amid allegations of theft and oath-of-office violations, Bowen, who was Tuten’s chief deputy coroner, immediately made changes in the department’s policy to prevent abuses.

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Burke County police investigate suspicious death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 4:16pm


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says its investigation into a “suspicious situation” involves a victim who was burned beyond recognition in a vehicle fire this weekend.

Sgt. Dedric Smith said the fire engulfed a Ford Windstar and might have happened Saturday morning. He would not elaborate on what might have caused the fire.

County Coroner Susan Salemi said the victim is believed to be male, and that officials have made contact with someone who might confirm the victim’s identity.

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Masters champ Watson wins WGC event in China

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 3:14pm

SHANGHAI — Even in the midst of a meltdown, Bubba Watson never lost hope Sunday in the HSBC Champions.

He stood on the 16th tee with a two-shot lead. He trudged off the 17th green facing a one-shot deficit behind five players suddenly tied for the lead. And right when it looked as though Watson had blown it, he delivered a finish that not even the creator of “Bubba golf” could have imagined.

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