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Martinez-Evans Little League team advances in state tournament

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:21pm


The Martinez-Evans Little League 11-12 year-old Americans hopped into the driver’s seat with a 9-1 win over host Warner Robins on Monday night.

The MELL Americans (3-0) earned the top seed out of Pool B in the 2014 Little League State Baseball Championship in Warner Robins, Ga., with the win.

The Americans will face Pool A’s No. 2 seed, Northern Little League, in single-elimination play on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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Child's mouth taped shut; mom arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:13am


An Augusta mother has been charged after nurses said she had taped her 2-year-old son’s mouth shut to keep him quiet.

Georgia Regents University police were called to the hospital Sunday after a nurse entered a room where the boy was being treated and discovered his mouth “disfigured,” an incident report states.

The nurse told police the mother, Stephanie Nicole Harris, 21, of Second Avenue, admitted to putting tape over his mouth because he was making too much noise.

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Setback for health care law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:57am


WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.


If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.


It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace — or exchange— that serves 36 states.


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Giants sign ex-Brave Uggla

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:56am


PHILADELPHIA — The San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract.


Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job. The move was announced during Monday night’s game against the Phillies.


The Giants haven’t had much production from their second basemen this season. They’re hoping a change in scenery helps Uggla.


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UGA line star arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:08am

ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

It was his second arrest this offseason, putting his status on the Bulldogs football team in jeopardy.

Police determined that Taylor was the “primary aggressor” in a domestic violence incident at McWhorter Hall, according to university Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

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Augusta Christian delays college plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:29pm


A two-year college that Au­gusta Christian Schools planned to open this fall has been postponed for one year.

Augusta Christian Head of Schools David Piccolo said other projects on the K-12 campus have taken priority, such as the school’s re-accreditation process, which occurs every five years, and the development of other academic programs.

“It’s just been a busy year, and we want to do it right,” Piccolo said.

He said school leadership will reassess the college in January and hope to launch it in fall 2015.

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Richmond County tax commissioner's office closed Thursday, Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:08pm

The Richmond County tax commissioner’s office will be closed for a half-day on Thursday and all day Friday as operations are moved to a new suite.

The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to a statement.

For more information, call the tax commissioner’s office at (706) 821-2398.

Voters return to polls to settle runoffs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:04pm

Voters will return to the polls today to decide a handful of runoff elections.

Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said she expects, at most, 12 percent of registered voters to participate in the runoff, which will require all regular polling places to be open.

Weather forecasts show an expected high of 90 degrees and a 50 percent chance of rain.

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Beech Island shooting suspect arrested

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:32pm


A suspect in last week’s shooting in Beech Island was arrested Monday at the home of a family member, deputies say.

Alex James Pitts, 21, who was wanted for his role in a shooting in the 100 block of Cherry Lane on Thursday, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested at a house on Hillman Street in Warrenville, S.C.

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Selfless employee embodies mission of Augusta Red Cross

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:31pm

Margaret McCord has never had much difficulty finding people to help the local American Red Cross with blood drives, community fundraisers and disaster relief efforts.

Augusta volunteers say there’s a reason why.

For nearly 30 years, the Augusta Red Cross office manager has devoted her life to the nonprofit organization’s mission of “preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

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Augusta firefighters battle through summer heat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:07pm

Sgt. David Williams speaks for many of the firefighters at Augusta Station No. 8 when he says summer is the hardest time of year.

“These months aren’t easy,” said Williams, a Glenn Hills High School graduate. “We have to stay in shape. We have to stay hydrated. Most of all, we have a responsibility to our family and the citizens of Augusta to perform our best each and every day.”

Despite the high temperatures, Augusta’s 335 firefighters stay cloaked in three layers – and up to 80 pounds – of breathing equipment and protective uniforms.

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Man shot on Central Avenue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:58pm


A 25-year-old man was shot Monday afternoon in Richmond County.

Deputies responded to the 2000 block of Central Avenue about 6 p.m. and found a black man suffering from two gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Lewis Blanchard.

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Blanchard said.

The victim “got in some sort of altercation” with two black male suspects, who shot him in the abdominal region and lower leg, according to Blanchard.

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Longtime Masters City volunteer Ralph Herndon dies at 83

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:58pm


He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for the Richmond County Health Department.

But Ralph Herndon will mostly be remembered for his volunteerism, especially his work with youth baseball. Herndon, who died Sunday at 83, was a longtime fixture at Masters City Little League. He made such an impact the organization dedicated a granite memorial in his honor in 2010, listing his 33 years of service, his accomplishments and the Little League Pledge.

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The reporter who made a mistake

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:54pm


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- My first job out of college was with the Savannah Evening Press, the afternoon counterpart to the Savannah Morning News.


The Evening Press put out its last edition in 1996. The Morning News soldiers on.


I was the police reporter for the Evening Press in those days. My desk was right next to the police reporter for the Morning News.


His name was Don Lowery.


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Former Burke County weapons dealer pleads guilty to illegal sales

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:09pm


A former Burke County firearms dealer pleaded guilty Monday to illegally selling weapons to a convicted felon and to out-of-state residents.

William Debow, 52, who spent the past couple of weeks in jail for violating the conditions of his bond, will be allowed to self-report to prison to begin his 40-month sentence.

Senior Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. accepted a plea negotiation that set Debow’s punishment with the prison term, a $10,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

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Florida State, Miami picked to win ACC divisions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:05pm


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Defending national champion Florida State and Miami are the favorites to win their Atlantic Coast Conference divisions.

The league announced its predicted order of finish Monday after a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days.

The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division.

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Kingston, Perdue in Augusta before Tuesday runoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:44pm

Each landing private jets in Augusta during last-minute fly-arounds Monday, Jack Kingston and David Perdue did their best to distinguish themselves for Republican voters ahead of the Tuesday primary runoff for U.S. Senate.

Kingston arrived with former Georgia secretary of state and senate candidate Karen Handel, who touted Kingston’s ability to defeat Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November, as well as his experience. Kingston has represented the Savannah area in Congress since 1993.

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Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested in South Carolina

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:56pm



A former member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities.


Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.


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Deputy cleared of any charges after investigation into stun-gun incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:47pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy will not be criminally charged after a child tased another child in the eye with the Taser.

Kevin Butler has been disciplined for police violation of “duty to care of county property,” but an investigation revealed there was not enough evidence to charge him, a sheriff’s office news release stated.

Police said Butler left his duty weapon in the top of a closet and his department-issued Taser on the bed after changing out of his uniform at a friend’s home on June 30.

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Augusta Warrior Project center opens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:50am

The Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon opened a new Transition Success Center on post Monday that will connect veterans and active-duty service members with resources for their lives outside of uniform.

The facility was unveiled during an open house and ribbon-cutting inside Fort Gordon’s Education Center, 741 Barnes Ave.

Ceremony speakers included Col. Sam Anderson, Fort Gordon garrison commander; Al Crawford, post supervisor of education services; and Adam Pennington, a veteran assisted by AWP to overcome a traumatic brain injury. His story helped inspire the center.

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