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Fort Gordon club opens grants and scholarships programs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:59pm

The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club is accepting applications for military spouses, high school seniors and local organizations interested in receiving upwards of $25,000 in community grants and college scholarships this spring.

“It’s important to take an active role in supporting the community,” Debbie Franco, the group’s grants chairwoman, said of the 2015 cycle in a news release. “Our grants allow those professionals dedicated to assisting the community to fulfill their goals and make a difference as well.”

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Augusta man charged for hitting pedestrians with car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:32pm

An Augusta man has been charged after striking two pedestrians with his car in a gas station parking lot in December.

James Bernard Thomas Jr., 24, was booked into the Richmond County jail Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault.

According to an incident report, Thomas had been involved in a fist fight on Dec. 26 at Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrightsboro Road, just before he got into his car and attempted to flee the parking lot.

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Suspect flees after children found home alone during home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:31pm

Police are seeking a man who broke into an Augusta home early Tuesday while two children were home alone.

The children, ages 13 and 7, told police someone knocked and rang the doorbell at their Nighthawk Drive home around 7:30 a.m. The children ignored the knocks hoping the person would leave, according to an incident report.

Several minutes later they heard a bang and saw an unknown black male in the hallway. When he saw the children, he turned and left the home.

Police searched the area with negative results.


Aiken County schools superintendent will retire July 31

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:05pm


The Aiken County Public Schools superintendent announced she will retire July 31.

The district school board accepted Dr. Elizabeth Everitt’s request Tuesday to retire due to “family obligations,” according to a news release.

“After more than 38 years in education, it’s a bitter-sweet decision to leave a job that I love, but with our amazing staff and dedicated board, I’m confident that the District will continue to provide a great education for the students in Aiken County,” stated Everitt in the release.

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Georgia Regents basketball team returns to Augusta for rare home game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 8:23pm

Georgia Regents coach Dip Metress is pleased with his team’s win Saturday, but that’s about it.

The Jaguars knocked off then-No. 22 Lander on the road in overtime. How big a victory was it? After losing two of its previous four conference games, the victory kept Georgia Regents alive in the Peach Belt Conference North Division race.

“It was good to get a road win,” Metress said. “To go there and play unified was a step in the right direction.”

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Border Bash Foundation awards 23 grants

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:12pm

The Border Bash Foundation presented 23 local nonprofit organizations with grants Tuesday.

Border Bash was created 21 years ago to celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina.

The event has totaled more than $800,000 in contributions.

The 2014 event took place Friday, Sept. 12, and featured Kristian Bush of Sugarland. The following day, South Carolina topped Georgia, 38-35.

Country music concert will help raise money for police trauma seminar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:38pm


Police hope a country music concert on Thursday will help raise money to fund a seminar for officers who experience trauma in the line of duty.

County duo Maddie & Tae will perform at 7 p.m. Thurs­day at The Country Club. Pro­ceeds from the Rock 4 Cops concert will benefit the Geor­gia Post Critical Incident Seminar through the Police Benevolent Foundation.

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Teenager injured in McDuffie crash released after month in hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:17pm


After a month of treatment at Georgia Regents Medical Center, teenager Kamaree Spencer has been released after surviving a Dec. 7 wreck that killed four, including his mother, according to hospital spokeswoman Christen Carter.

Spencer, 15, was a passenger in the car accident in McDuffie County.

Spencer was riding in his mother’s Toyota Highlander, which was struck head-on by a Lexus going at more than 100 miles per hour, according to Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Wright.

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Frantom says he'll seek District 7 commission post

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:07pm

Sean Frantom told The Augusta Chronicle he is entering the race to replace resigned District 7 Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith.

Candidates have until noon Wednesday to qualify to run in the Richmond County Board of Elections office, 535 Telfair St., for the March 17 special election.

Frantom, development director for Ronald McDonald House, would face interim Commissioner Louis “Hap” Harris and planning commission member Sonny Pittman, who qualified to seek the post Monday.

Champions Club Roundup kicks off 36th annual Augusta Futurity

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:27pm


Augusta Futurity show chairman William S. Morris III rang the cowbell Tuesday morning, ushering in another year of the Western show.

Before the 36th annual Augusta Futurity takes place next week, Morris welcomed men and women clad in cowboy hats and boots as well as area leaders like Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross at the annual Champions Club Roundup at the Morris Museum of Art.

Morris thanked futurity officials, sponsors and volunteers, discussed new events and also talked about a few variations in the show.

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New wrinkle in Ga. marijuana law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:40pm


ATLANTA -- This year’s version of legislation to permit the use of marijuana-based medicine no longer has a provision to allow production of the crop in Georgia, and Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday the change is due to the federal government.

It does allow patients with certain specific conditions to possess marijuana oil as long as it has no more than a trace of THC, the psychoactive chemical.

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Home building permits increase in Columbia County, decrease in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:54pm


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Officials say Columbia County further defined itself as the region’s preferred living community last year, issuing more than three times as many home-construction permits as industry-heavy Richmond County.

After a slow spring, new building permits for single-family homes surged 9 percent in Columbia Coun­ty for an annual total of 1,185 units built, topping the 1,085 houses constructed in 2013.

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Felony, not politics behind board change, Lockett says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:13pm

District 5 Commissioner Bill Lockett said Tuesday he did not ask for the Animal Services advisory board chairman’s resignation last week “because of politics” but because of a felony conviction Lockett was previously unaware of.

BB Langham was sentenced to 10 years of probation in May after pleading guilty to felony cruelty to children in the first degree, family violence and sexual battery.

The charges stem from an incident in 2012 in which a 13-year old girl reported awaking in bed with Langham’s hand in her pants.

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How can Ga. pay for roadwork?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:42pm


ATLANTA -- Speaking to a statewide business group Tuesday, senior state officials endorsed the organization’s call for increased funding on transportation, but none would say how to go about it.

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged the need for a spending boost and promised to make the case for it in Wednesday’s State of the State Address. Experts have estimated $1.5 billion in additional annual spending is needed to maintain existing roads, highways and bridges and that as much as $20 billion would be necessary for substantive improvements.

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January tourism impact expected to be $2 million

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:36am


Augusta tourism officials expect $2 million in visitor spending in January.

The big driver will be the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, starting Friday. The attendance is estimated at 2,700 with an impact of $1.2 million, according to information provided by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.

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