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Missing Atlanta zoo owl found on neighborhood portch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:43am

ATLANTA — Authorities say an owl that went missing from Zoo Atlanta has been found on the front porch of a home about a half-mile away.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Soren the barn owl was found after members of the zoo’s bird team responded to a call about a possible sighting Friday.

Zoo officials say they examined the owl and found no signs of injury. They say the bird was positively identified from leather bands on its legs.

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Wilkes County man arrested after lengthy standoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:52pm


A Wilkes County man accused of running his girlfriend off the road was arrested Sunday evening after a lengthy standoff.

According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Taliaferro County sheriff’s deputies were called about a female in distress on Highway 22. The victim, who has not been identified, said her boyfriend, Charles Reed, 34, had run her off the road twice.

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Fear outweighs risk of Ebola, experts say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:57pm


Dr. Diane Weems knew the virus was on their minds, so the acting director of the East Central Health District just launched into it at last week’s meeting of the Richmond County Board of Health.

“OK, does anyone have questions about Ebola?” she asked board members.

The lethal outbreak in Africa has prompted a lot of unneeded fear even among health care workers who might not understand that it takes more than casual contact to cause an infection, she said.

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Charges revealed in hit-and-run, I-20 wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:40pm


Police revealed charges Sun­day against a man they say was involved in a hit-and-run on Wash­ington Road, then caused a wreck that left two vehicles overturned on Interstate 20 on Friday.

Daniel Michael Gentry, 29, was booked in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center late Friday after his release from Georgia Regents Medical Center, Sgt. Monica Belser said Sunday. He was charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence. An additional charge for a suspended license is pending, Belser said.

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Georgia Regents University tissue donor service offers life after death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:14pm

Katie Johns said she can remember the moment she realized her late daughter had a chance to live on, even after her untimely death.

It was July 18, 2010, and her 26-year-old daughter, Barbara “Barbie” Ann Clack, had crashed her vehicle on Windsor Spring Road. Her Chev­ro­let Blazer rolled, ejecting Clack and leaving a trail of debris nearly the length of a football field.

Johns managed to speak to her daughter’s boyfriend by phone.

“When all he could do was cry, I knew she was gone,” she said.

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Local veteran says VA contractor examinations not thorough enough

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:46pm

Ollie Washington’s injured left knee was never tested for soreness, twisted for tenderness or measured for flexibility in December 2010 when he first had a follow-up disability evaluation in Augusta for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Camilo Villegas ends drought with Wyndham win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:16pm


GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.

Instead, every other contender stumbled, and the Colombian didn’t have to hit another shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Villegas shot 7-under-par 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.

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Florida State tops AP preseason poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:20pm


Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.

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Funeral set for Martinez man slain outside church

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 8:19am

Services have been announced for a Martinez man fatally shot Thursday night during a carjacking in front of a local church where he and his wife had gone to turn on the sprinkler system.

The funeral for William R. "Bill" Davitte, 55, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial  will follow in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 214 Davis Rd.

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Social media movement takes on photo portrayal of Ferguson shooting victim

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:18pm


In one photo he posted on Twitter, Ron Brown is staring into the camera with a tri-colored bandana covering his mouth and nose, his dreadlocks strewn across his face.

The image posted next to it shows Brown, 38, standing in a collared shirt, his hair tied neatly back, with his three children smiling by his side.

Brown is an Army veteran, a dedicated husband and father, photographer and a youth mentor - but like so many other African American men, he said harmless images like his bandana photo can be misconstrued to overshadow his true character.

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Educators dedicate magnet school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:02pm


Huddled in a small auditorium at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School, educators and community members celebrated all that has been achieved in the school’s short history in a building dedication ceremony Saturday.

The school opened its doors at Augusta Technical College on Jan. 3, 2013, after months at the old Lamar Elementary School building on Baker Avenue.

Its focus is to urge students to choose a career path in order to meet the demands of workforces in the future.

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Recycling Perks program awards unearned discounts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:27pm

Julie Kneuker has one recycling cart that’s emptied once a week.

Yet, in the past four months, the Augusta resident has been rewarded by a citywide program for recycling as many as four times in one day, even when she hasn’t wheeled her bin to the curb.

On May 2, Recycling Perks, a nationwide program Augusta hired two years ago to improve its 4 percent recycling rate, awarded her 50 points toward discounts at local retailers.

The next week she received 100 points, when only 25 are supposed to be credited weekly to residents.

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Report highlights ongoing concerns with aging SRS infrastructure

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:42pm

Federal budget constraints have mounted to more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance costs for Savannah River Site’s Cold War-era infrastructure, leading to more expensive future capital investments, according to a federal report projecting the next decade of activity at the Department of Energy site.

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