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Atlanta airport launches online parking plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:12am

ATLANTA — Travelers passing through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may now reserve parking spaces online.

Airport officials said in a statement that the online parking spot reservation program also includes discounts for travelers parking at the international terminal.

The airport’s General Manager Miguel Southwell says airport officials are trying to make the facility more efficient by expanding passenger services.

Hoop skirts out at UGA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:57am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.

The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday with some UGA fraternity and sorority leaders, including representatives of the UGA chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha fraternities, both of which have deep roots in the South.

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Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:19am

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia’s insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released this week.

The Urban Institute study made public Tuesday found that nationally, the average premium increase in the lowest-cost “Silver” plan was 2.9 percent.

The Silver plans are the most popular among consumers, and the rates studied pertain to a 40-year-old individual who does not use tobacco.

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Burke County closes all schools today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:17am

Burke County school officials announced late Tuesday via the school district’s social media accounts that all classes are canceled today because of a ruptured water line.

Just before 10 p.m., officials released the following message:

“All Burke County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 18, 2015, because of a ruptured water line that serves the schools. BCPS students, faculty and staff should NOT report to school tomorrow. Thank you.

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Columbia County voters approve renewal of education sales tax

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:45pm

Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the local education sales tax Tuesday, providing officials with a reliable source of revenue to fund improvements in the county’s rapidly growing school system.

Turnout was light for the special election to approve the next five-year round of the education special local option sales tax (ESPLOST), with less than 6 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

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Frantom, Harris head for April 14 runoff in District 7

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:43pm

The District 7 special election isn’t over yet, with Sean Frantom and Louis “Hap” Harris heading for an April 14 runoff.

With all votes counted Tuesday, Frantom garnered 866 votes, or 43.72 percent, to Harris’ 723 votes, or 36.5 percent.

Neither received the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win outright, while third-place finisher Sonny Pittman garnered 391 votes, or 19.74 percent.

“I wish it had been a different result, but it was still a great result,” said a glowing Frantom, development director for Ronald McDonald House.

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Clinic for moms at Evans High puts accent on proper tackling

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:03pm

Elisabeth Townley yelled out “One, Two!” as she got her feet into ready position on the football field.

A group of 87 area moms learned footwork and other techniques in five different drills teaching proper tackling Tuesday night. At Evans High School, current and former Atlanta Falcons spoke about proper equipment fitting and concussion awareness inside the school as part of the team’s Moms Football Safety Clinic. Later, the women went outside to continue their Heads Up training.

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Frantom, Harris to face off in runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:29pm

Sean Frantom and Hap Harris will face off in a runoff for the Richmond County District 7 commission seat on April 14th.

Frantom lead with 866 votes, or 43.72 percent of the vote. A few percentage points shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. 

Hap Harris had 723 votes for 36.5 percent. 391 Sonny Pittman supporters came out, falling just short of 20 percent of votes cast. 

Turnout in the eight precincts was reported as 13.61 percent, with 1,981 ballots cast. 

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Former Edmund Burke Academy headmaster dies in car wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 7:56pm

William Brent Cribb, former headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy, died Tuesday in a car accident near Milledgeville, according to Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez.

Cribb, 40, served as a technology and business teacher, coach, assistant headmaster and headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy from 2004 to 2013. In July of 2013, Cribb joined the staff of the Georgia Independent Schools Association, where he served as vice president.

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PSC delays vote on Vogtle hike

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:59pm

ATLANTA -- No decision came Tuesday when the Georgia Public Service Commission postponed consideration of Georgia Power Company’s request to increase the budget and extend the schedule for construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro.

The commission had it on its agenda for its regular administrative session but put it off for two weeks until its April 2 meeting.

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Teen sex suspect has hearing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:42pm


The case against an Augusta businessman accused of sex with a teen will continue after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

A Columbia County magistrate judge ruled there is enough evidence against Randy Houston Mercer, 57, to proceed with prosecution of the case in Superior Court.

Mercer, of Downing Street, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, computer pornography, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual exploitation of a child. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

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Jack Craig named new manager for Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:04pm


The U.S. Department of Energy has named a new manager for Savannah River Site, according to the site’s public affairs office.

Jack Craig will replace Dave Moody who is retiring from the Energy Department in June and was manager at SRS for five years. Craig has served as director of the environmental management consolidated business center in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2004.

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