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90 DeKalb school bus batteries stolen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:44am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police and school officials in metro Atlanta are investigating the thefts of dozens of school bus batteries.

Dekalb County Schools police say a total of 90 school bus batteries have been stolen since October, causing problems for children trying to get to school.

WSB-TV reports ( that some students at Stone Mountain Middle School were late or didn’t make it to school at all after the latest theft was discovered.

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No toxicology tests to be administered in fatal McDuffie County wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:14pm


Without a toxicology test, officials may never know if a driver in a McDuffie County collision that killed four people Sunday was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. when a black Lexus was traveling eastbound on Augusta Highway at a high rate of speed before crossing the center line and striking a white Toyota Highlander head-on near Moose Club Road, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Wright said Sunday.

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Commission abandons plans to audit Hyde Park project, Housing and Community Development Department

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:02pm

City commissioners abandoned plans Monday to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta’s Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire Housing and Community Development department, citing a need to keep real estate transactions private.

The commission had OK’d auditing the relocation project last week following the abrupt resignation of HCD Director Chester Wheeler and recent complaints from remaining Hyde Park residents about how $4.5 million had been allocated.

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Qualifying dates set for January in District 7 special election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:27pm

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested District 7 election to complete resigned Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith’s term has been set for Jan. 12-14.

The Richmond County Board of Elections voted 5-0 Monday to call the special election for the next date permitted under state law, March 17, with 2½ days of candidate qualifying to be held, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12-13 and 8:30 p.m. to noon Jan. 14.

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New Richmond County Schools deputy superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw brings varied skillset to position

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:08pm


If there is one thing Richmond County Schools Deputy Superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw knows, it’s how to manage his time.

Throughout his 24 years in education, Bradshaw spent his life balancing the roles of father, soldier and teacher. He worked weekdays as a teacher for the DeKalb County school system. On weekends, he served in the Army National Guard, reaching the rank of captain.

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