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Fort Gordon lacks comments on possible job cuts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:30pm

The Augusta area appears pretty confident that the addition of cyber intelligence missions over the next five years at Fort Gordon will protect it from losing nearly 4,700 civilian and military jobs to proposed Army cuts.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office to hold burgers, shakes event Thursday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:28pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to share a burger while learning about the department.

The Burgers and Shakes event is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Augusta Common. The luncheon is free. No tickets are required.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree and representatives from various departments in the agency will be at the event to answer questions or address concerns regarding the inner workings of the department.

Firefighters respond to blaze at lumber mill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:35pm

 

Firefighters were called to a blaze at West Fraser Lumber Mill on Monday, officials said.

About noon, the Augusta Fire Department was called to 4206 Mike Padgett Highway after flames were spotted coming from a bin, according to a department news release. The fire was put out within 20 minutes. There were no injuries.

 

Alabama family lands giant gator

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:24pm

CAMDEN, Ala. — A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator’s head.

The result? The catch of a lifetime and a state record in Alabama.

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Meetings planned on health benefits for ill nuclear industry workers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:02pm

 

The U.S. Department of Labor is holding two town hall meetings Wednesday to provide public information on medical benefits available for some nuclear workers.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act assists people who became ill as a result of working in the nuclear weapons industry. More than $565 million has been paid to 4,315 claimants living in South Carolina, and $210 million to 1,976 claimants in Georgia, according to a news release.

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Auditions Saturday for JB Academy of Musik Pupils

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:57pm

 

Auditions for the JB Academy of Musik Pupils will be Saturday at the Augusta Museum of History.

The program, inspired by soul singer James Brown, introduces youths to music. It was started by the James Brown Family Children Foundation and Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can audition for the group. Each student must perform two songs, and vocalists must have some experience with an instrument. A drum kit and a keyboard will be provided.

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Water scooter victim still hospitalized

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:11pm

 

A teen remains in critical condition after being injured in a personal watercraft accident on Thurmond Lake during the weekend, a Georgia Regents Medical Center spokesman said Monday.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was called to investigate after Thomas Marshall Jay, 14, was injured in the water near Keg Creek about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Capt. Mark Padgett said the teen was a passenger on one water scooter traveling with two others when he fell or jumped into the water and was injured. He was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

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