Broad Street River Watch ramp to close

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 8:03pm

If weather allows, contractors plan to close both the entrance and exit ramp from River Watch Parkway to Broad Street early Sunday morning to improve its surface. 

According to a news release, work was to begin at 4 a.m. and run into the night. Traffic may still access both River Watch Parkway and Broad Street by using 15th Street. The Interstate 20 interchange will be unaffected.


Storm's 50-mile difference between disaster and catastrophe

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 5:15pm



WASHINGTON — Hurricane Matthew’s close-but-not-quite-direct-hit path along the Florida and Georgia coasts skirted the difference between disaster and catastrophe, meteorologists said.


Even though Matthew eventually made landfall in South Carolina as a minimal hurricane Saturday, the path it took in the days before was a stroke of luck for the United States that meteorologists will spend years trying to understand and explain.


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Lakeside wins region volleyball tournament

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:50pm


After the competition ended Saturday afternoon, Lakeside senior outside hitter Shea Fincher held the region championship trophy and asked coach Moe McCormack what they planned to do with it.

The Lady Panthers are taking it back to their school.

With its tough defense, Lakeside won four consecutive matches on the final day of the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament at Grovetown, claiming its first title since 2009. In the best-of-five championship match, the Lady Panthers defeated Greenbrier 25-19, 25-23, 25-17.

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Tree kills Savannah man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:06pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah-Chatham police are investigating the death of an adult male at his Wylly Avenue residence.


About 11 a.m. Saturday, metro responded to the victim’s house on Wylly Avenue near Dolan Drive.


Responding officers observed structural damage to the residence caused by a fallen tree.


After further investigation, the deceased man was discovered inside.


This death is weather-related.

Georgia hurricane death toll at 3

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 3:28pm

A third fatality related to harsh weather brought on by Hurricane Matthew has been reported in Georgia.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police said in a statement Saturday that they are investigating the death of a man at his home, possibly from structural damage caused by a fallen tree.

Two other deaths in Georgia occurred in Bulloch County. Three deaths have been reported in North Carolina, and four have occurred in Florida.

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Woman arrested on murder charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 2:59pm

A 28-year-old female was arrested Friday and is facing murder charges.

Shakara Shanese Harden is currently being held at the Richmond County Jail on charges of murder and felony criminal attempt, according to the jail.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office stated they are not releasing any information at this time, but confirmed, “This is an old case.”

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.



Augusta weatherman arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 2:54pm

An Augusta man remains in jail Saturday after being arrested Friday on charges related to sexual exploitation of children.

Kevin Andrew Niewood, 27, is accused of electronically furnishing obscene material to a child, according to jail records.

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Evacuees remain in Augusta, local relief effort praised

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 12:51pm

It was a first visit to Augusta for Daniel and Jonathan Morales - and a first trip away from home for their dog, 10-month-old Rocco.

“He feels, I think, pretty stressed,” Daniel Morales said. “He’s not used to a lot of people.”

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Watch for storm e-mail scams, SC warns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 11:35am



Aiken County safety authorities issued two warnings Saturday morning.

First, motorists should limit travel because of weather and traffic problems, and citizens are urged to travel only if necessary.

Second, the Sheriff’s Office said the Governor’s Office warns that citizens across the sate are getting e-mails from an unknown address with attached links for “outage updates.”

Authorities warn this is attempt for the e-mail’s sender to gain access to your computer or personal information.

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Storm moves on, but SC still dangerous

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:53am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew’s impact on South Carolina (all times local):


10:30 a.m.


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is warning South Carolinians that Hurricane Matthew is still a danger across the state.


Haley met with reporters late this morning to urge the state’s residents to continue to be careful as the storm moves northeast along the coast.


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Hurricane closes parts of I-95 on Georgia coast

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 6:39am

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew in   Georgia   (all times local):

6 a.m.

Portions of Interstate 95 near the   Georgia   coast are blocked by flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew.

The   Georgia   Department of Transportation said Saturday morning two exits along I-95 were closed because of excessive water on the roadway in Liberty County, about 30 miles southwest of Savannah.

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