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Georgia Regents men's golf team joins MEAC

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:15pm

On the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Web site, a banner welcomes its newest school: Georgia Regents.

For the first time in more than two decades, the Jaguars are back in NCAA Division I conference play. The MEAC, comprised of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, unveiled the men’s golf program as its newest member – the women’s team remains an independent.

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Former juvenile inmate acquitted of assaulting guard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:09pm

A jury deliberated about 15 minutes Wednesday before acquitting a former Augusta Youth Detention Center inmate.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury found Brandon S. Breedlove, 18, not guilty of obstruction of an officer and sexual battery.

Breedlove was accused of accosting a female guard on Feb. 7. Defense attorney Alicia Lecroy of the public defender’s officer told the jury in her opening statement that there was an altercation between Breedlove and guards that day, but a handcuffed Breedlove wasn’t the aggressor.

West Nile case in Richmond County prompts new spraying of 'hot spots'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:37pm

The first human West Nile virus infection this year in Augusta is prompting new spraying as Richmond County Mosquito Control seeks to suppress the insects in areas where mosquito-borne viruses have popped up.

“My theory is, if we have one, we’ll have more,” said Fred Koehle, the acting operations manager for mosquito control.

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Richmond County police seeking lawn equipment, utility trailer thieves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:23pm


Police are seeking two men who stole a utility trailer and lawn equipment from a Brendell Drive home last month.

Surveillance video from Aug. 24 shows the two men backing into a yard at 3112 Brendell Drive, hooking the utility trailer loaded with lawn equipment to their black Ford Explorer and driving away.

Anyone with information can contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.

Paine College committee talks about plans to address school's problems

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:56pm


After their initial meeting with Paine College President George C. Bradley on Wednesday, the three members of a new advisory committee tasked with resolving the school’s accreditation violations assured the public the institution will overcome its challenges and “continue to grow and prosper.”

Committee Chairman Michael Thurmond, a former Georgia labor commissioner, said policies are being strengthened and finances are being scrutinized in order to remove Paine from probation by its accrediting body.

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Event to recognize local heroes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:16pm

The public is invited to come out Thursday to meet local heroes.

The BFF (Burn Foundation Friend) Blitz, which is sponsored by the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation and other local groups, will be held at Augusta Richmond County Fire Station No. 8, 1898 Highland Ave., from 5-7 p.m.

The community is invited to meet local heroes — firefighters, emergency medical responders and military — while enjoying refreshments and seeing fire and military equipment, including a 1963 fire truck.

The first 100 guests will receive a “special gift,” according to organizers.

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Augusta man pleads to attempted child molestation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:05pm

An Augusta man suspected of planning to sexually molest a 13-year-old boy pleaded guilty to reduced charges Wednesday.

Ralph E. Widner Jr., 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to sexual battery and attempted sexual battery. Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet accepted the plea negotiation and sentenced Widner to five years in prison, followed by2 1/2 years on probation.

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CSRA College Night offers information on college, gives away scholarships

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:48pm

Aspiring college students in the Augusta and Aiken area have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 140 different colleges, talk to 10 professional societies and win scholarships during the CSRA College Night today.

The free eventat the James Brown Arena is organized yearly by the U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River Operations Office and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Over 7,000 students, parents and school system employees attended last year, according to a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions media release.

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Business and employer summit set for Sept. 30

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:33pm


A business summit is planned for Sept. 30 to help business owners and managers overcome challenges in the workplace.

During the business and employer summit, set for 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Building 1000 at Augusta Technical College, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and others will discuss three top issues faced by the business community: the emerging workforce, unemployment insurance regulations and health care compliance.

The event is sponsored by Georgia’s labor department and Augusta area employer committees.

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Augusta GreenJackets release 2015 schedule

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:59pm


The Augusta GreenJackets have released their 2015 schedule, which includes a new mix of opponents traveling to Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The GreenJackets will begin on the road with series at Greenville and Charleston. Opening Day is April 9 against the Drive.

Their home opener is April 16 against Rome, marking a return to the traditional late home opener after the Masters Tournament. The GreenJackets started at home the weekend before Masters Week the past two seasons.

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Jay Carney joins CNN

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:37pm


NEW YORK — Former White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator.


The network said Wednesday that Carney will start as part of the coverage of his former boss’ prime-time speech on how the country will deal with the Islamic state.


Carney resigned in May after spending three and a half years as President Barack Obama’s primary spokesman. He was communications director for Vice President Joe Biden from 2009 to 2011 and worked at Time magazine for two decades before that.


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Guilty plea in Aiken shooting death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:08am

AIKEN — A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder in the 2012 shooting death of an Aiken man.

The Aiken Standard reported Circuit Judge Garrison Hill sentenced Morris Dorch to 15 years in prison.

Dorch had been charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Delance Terez Walton.

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Coroner names murder-suicide victims

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:39am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it is continuing to investigate what it is called a murder/suicide on Tuesday.

In a statement Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said Andre Wingo, 46, and Treasey Wingo, 47, had been married approximately two weeks before both were found dead at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday in the Estates at Perimeter apartment complex off Perimeter Parkway.

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Students rally for Christian teacher

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:22am



CANTON, Ga. -- Students at a public high school near Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.


Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.


Osborne said he didn’t feel supported by administrators, so he decided to take a few days off, he told WXIA-TV. He said he’s talked about God at school for years.

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Guitar Pull concert to feature some of country music's hottest performers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:15am

The lineup for the 2014 Guitar Pull once again features some of the hottest names in country music.

Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Dan & Shay and Dustin Lynch will perform at the charity concert on Nov. 18 at James Brown Arena, according to a news release. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, costing $35, will be sold Sept. 20 only, beginning at 10 a.m., at the arena box office, 601 Seventh St. There is a limit of four tickets per purchase.

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Aiken police seek shooting suspect, information

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:46am

Police said one person was shot and another fled after a Tuesday night shootout in Aiken.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2900 block of Abbeville Avenue around 9:40 p.m. after a man had been shot there and taken to the hospital by his neighbor.

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Mellencamp to perform next June

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:47am

John Mellencamp will be making a stop in Augusta next summer as part of his Plain Spoken tour.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his Plain Spoken album on Sept. 23.

Mellencamp will bring the music from the album to Bell Auditorium on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Concert-goers will receive a digital copy of the album with the purchase of tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

Tickets will be available at the James Brown Arena box office, (877) 4AUGTIX or at

Regents OK employee co-pay increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:27am

ATLANTA – Most faculty and staff at the University System of Georgia will be paying more for their health care with the Board of Regents’ unanimous vote Tuesday.

The roughly 100,000 people covered by the system’s health plans didn’t get an increase last year. This year’s is due to a combination of overall medical inflation, reassessment of coverage expenses and the regents’ changing approach.

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2 caught paragliding near SC nuke plant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:23am

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — Fairfield County sheriff’s deputies have cited two men for trespassing after they were paragliding near the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.

The State newspaper reported the men were cited after they landed in a restricted area.

A deputy was dispatched Aug. 24 after a report that trespassers were near the plant in Jenkinsville.

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Savannah cops train for riots

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:07am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Yelling they wanted a sit in, volunteer protesters took turns Tuesday morning sitting at the feet of a wall of Savannah-Chatham police officers who were dressed in riot gear with shields poised.


The police stayed put, even as the protesters taunted them with names — “fat,” “Mr. Moustache,” etc. — and began banging on the officers’ shields. When one protester tried to push backward through the officers, the police took him down, pulling him behind the wall of shields and fake arresting him.


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