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Roberson 'thankful' for time on the Richmond County Board of Education

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:17pm


Richmond County Board of Education Superintendent Frank Roberson spent the next-to-last day of his term at a surprise party, surrounded by the cabinet members he had worked with during his four-year term.

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Officials stress safety of football games in Richmond County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:28pm

Searching for the right word, Capt. Theodore Brown attempted Tuesday afternoon to clarify common opinion.

“Perception – it’s a perception,” the assistant director of Richmond County School System said. “People from inside and outside Richmond County believe it’s unsafe to attend high school football games in this county. That perception couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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DaVitte family issues statement to thank community

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:45pm

After hundreds of family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to the life of William R. DaVitte, his family released a statement to The Augusta Chronicle thanking the community for its continued support.

DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.

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Man's body found in Burke County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:52pm

Burke County officials confirmed that a man’s body was found Thursday afternoon in Keysville.

According to Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi, the man has been identified as 68-year-old Forrest Lamar Dowdy. Deputies located his body around 2 p.m. According to the coroner, Mr. Dowdy left his home around 2 a.m. while his wife was sleeping.

“The well outside Mr. Dowdy’s house wasn’t working, and when he went outside to check on it his wife believes he got confused and never made it back,” Salemi said. “Mr. Dowdy had a lot of medical history.”

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Commission to discuss Jackson replacement Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:45pm

Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson said Thursday he expects the Augusta Commission to nominate District 6 Commissioner-elect Ben Hasan to replace his predecessor, Joe Jackson, who resigned his seat Wednesday four months before the completion of his final term.

Johnson requested the issue be addressed at Monday’s called commission meeting at 11:30 a.m., according to clerk Lena Bonner. The group also will adopt and approve the millage at that meeting.

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Drunken assault leads to prison term

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:07pm

A 29-year-old man who attacked a female taxi driver and fought with a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy after a night of drinking pleaded guilty Thursday.

Joshua V. Peninger entered pleas in Richmond County Superior Court to felony obstruction of an officer, theft of services and simple battery. Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Peninger, who had a previous felony conviction for forgery and three misdemeanor convictions, to serve two years in prison, followed by four years on probation.

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Loud noises could be heard near Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:11pm


Loud noises could be heard in areas near Fort Gordon on today and Saturday.

Explosives training will be held at the installation’s artillery impact area today and Saturday from 8 a.m. until dusk, according to a news release. The 202nd Explosive Ordnance and Disposal unit is conducting routine demolition training.

Roofer gets jail time for working without permits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:09pm

A Jefferson County man was sentenced to four months in jail and banned from working in Columbia County for six months this week after being found guilty of performing roofing work without a permit and operating a business without a license.

Sean Patrick Hughes also pleaded to similar charges Thursday in Richmond County.

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Savannah River Site contractor expands stormwater basin to prevent contaminated discharges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:38pm

After rainwater seeped inside a nuclear waste vault at Savannah River Site, liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation has made improvements to a stormwater drainage basin in an effort to prevent future discharges of low-level contaminated water.

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Nunn attacks Perdue in Senate debate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:10pm

By Walter C. Jones

ATLANTA — Michelle Nunn was less than halfway through her opening remarks in Thursday’s Senate debate when she began attacking David Perdue.

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Thieves steal tires from car lot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:04pm


A Gordon Highway car dealer told police that thieves stole tires from three vehicles on the lot.

An employee at Auto Liquidators, 1546 Gordon Highway, noticed the tires missing when he arrived at work Wednesday, according to an incident report.

He told police that weeds around the perimeter fence had been matted down, making it appear the thief drove a vehicle up to the fence to gain access. A deputy also noticed the barbed wire fencing that surrounds the lot had not been damaged.

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SC student collapses, dies on school track

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:30pm


SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A high school student in Spartanburg County has died after collapsing on the track at the school.


Coroner Rusty Clevenger says officials were called to Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, where 14-year-old Chaquantei Qualiq Fowler of Cowpens was pronounced dead.


Clevenger said the ninth-grader collapsed on the track at Broome High School.


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Ruben given last shot on downtown buildings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:05pm


With Bonnie Ruben a no-show in court Thursday, Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen gave the Augusta businesswoman one last chance to repair a former department store and burned-out nightclub that she owns in the city’s downtown historic district.

Allen approved an agreement the two sides reached this week to obtain a boarding permit in the next 30 days to “mothball” two buildings Ruben owns on the 700 and 900 blocks of Broad Street that once housed a J.C. Penney and The Bayou restaurant, which was gutted by fire in June 2001.

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Emory Ebola patients reported recovered, released

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:58am

ATLANTA — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.

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Regents asked to boost health premiums, deductibles

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:51am

ATLANTA -- Faculty, staff and retirees of the University System of Georgia are likely to wind up with an increase in their health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles after the Board of Regents votes next month.

The premium changes range from a 6 percent decrease in the comprehensive plan to as much as a 33 percent jump in the high-deductible option. Co-pays will rise 20 percent from $25 to $30, and deductibles will rise to $500 in the comprehensive plan and $1,500 in the high-deductible option.

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Ferguson officer modest, private

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:38am


FERGUSON, Mo. — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.


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Augusta metro jobless rate rises to 8 percent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:28am


Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate increased to 8 percent in July, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.

The rate in June was 7.4 percent. The rate was 8.8 percent in July a year ago.

Like June, the rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.

All six counties that make up the metro area had higher jobless rates in July. Aiken County was the lowest at 6.3 percent and Burke County was the highest at 11.9 percent.

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Gas prices fall in Georgia and South Carolina

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:38pm


Richmond and Aiken County residents are paying the lowest prices in months for fueling up their vehicles, a trend that could continue the remainder of the year, according to industry analysts.

Average prices for a gallon of regular gas in South Carolina and Georgia are $3.127 and $3.33, respectively, according to Both prices are under the national average of $3.427, and the lowest each state has seen since March.

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Jury acquits man in 2013 Augusta homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:29pm

A young man jailed for nearly a year awaiting trial on charges of murder was acquitted Wednesday.

The Richmond County Superior Court deliberated for nearly four hours at the end of a three-day trial before reaching the unanimous decision that Killeon S. Cooper, 20, was not guilty.

Cooper was arrested along with Thaddaeus E. Williams Jr., 34, and Curtis Bonman, 30, in connection with the Aug. 27, 2013, slaying of Charlie Davis Jr., 31.

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Judge rules North Augusta didn't have to prove new findings of blight for Project Jackson

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:47pm

North Augusta did not have to prove new findings of blight in the redevelopment area where it plans to build a new Augusta GreenJackets stadium, according to the judge who ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit challenging Project Jackson.

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