WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Donquell Green’s final pass of his Burke County career fell innocently to the ground in the end zone.
It was that kind of night for the Bears.
Marist’s running game bludgeoned Burke County early and often in a 42-20 win in the Class AAAA playoffs Friday night.
The War Eagles (11-2) advance to play host to Carrollton in the semifinals. Burke County finishes at 9-3.
An Augusta man was forced to withdraw money from an ATM while he was held at gunpoint Friday afternoon.
Ricardo Williams, 29, was at the Pak-N-Go at 1649 Olive Road about 12:30 p.m., when he was approached by a black man wearing a black ski mask and brandishing a handgun, demanding money, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The suspect took $100 from Williams, then ordered him to withdraw money from an ATM inside the Pak-N-Go using his debit card. After Williams withdrew a total of $280, the robber ran away.
If you’re traveling through South Carolina or Georgia this Thanksgiving weekend, expect to see the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Georgia State Patrol out in full force.
Troopers have been lining the roads and operating DUI checkpoints since Wednesday, Lance Cpl. Judd Jones, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said, and they will continue to crack down on seat belt and speeding violations through Sunday evening.
“We’re trying to be proactive in our enforcement,” he said. “Our goal is to have zero fatalities on our roadways.”
Thanksgiving isn’t only about clogged arteries and stuffed stomachs.
Plumbers say grease, leftovers and peels that go along with cooking large family meals can stop-up drains, damage disposals and overwork hot water heaters.
Service calls increase on Thanksgiving Day and spike on Black Friday, with business increasing 50 percent over the holiday period from a typical week, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Roto-Rooter Plumbers reported.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety is seeking a robbery suspect who held a restaurant employee at gunpoint Wednesday.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for John Lyndon Upson for robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, according to a statement from public safety.
On Wednesday, two men approached an employee at Captain D’s at 1907 Whiskey Road while he was taking out trash. One of the suspects put a gun to the employee’s head and told another employee to open the store’s safe, the statement said.
An area waste removal business is offering to collect used cooking oil to save public landfills, residential plumbing systems and local drinking water from being polluted by leftover Thanksgiving grease.
Greenworks, a green initiative of Dumpster Depot, is working to turn used cooking oil from Thanksgiving dinners into biodiesel fuel for use in Augusta and Aiken vehicles.
Oil will be collected from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken County YMCA on Trolley Line Road in Graniteville and the Washington Road Fastenal in Augusta.
The day after Thanksgiving, which has long been called Black Friday, could also be called Evergreen Friday.
That day in particular has become popular for families to visit Georgia Christmas tree farms in search of the perfect tree.
“The Christmas tree business is a happy business to be in,” said Sam Beall, owner of Beall Christmas Tree Farm in Dublin. “Most everyone who comes to the field is happy, and it’s fun.”
During her term, which officially ends today, Tenenbaum transformed the commission into one of the leading product safety agencies in the world.
Starting in 2009, she established a leadership philosophy aimed at making the agency more accessible and transparent; making education and advocacy a priority; and being firm but fair in enforcing safety laws and working to keep unsafe products out of the hands of consumers.
Before Tenenbaum stepped down, The Augusta Chronicle asked the University of Georgia graduate five questions about her experiences as chairwoman.
WESTMINSTER, S.C. — A Seneca teen has died after he crashed a car during a police chase.
Coroner Karl Addis says 14-year-old Jesse Logan Hannah died at the Oconee Medical Center shortly before 5 a.m. Friday.
Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder says Hannah and three other teens were traveling on state Highway 24 when a Westminster police officer tried to pull them over shortly before 3:30 a.m. just east of Westminster.
COLUMBIA— After three years as South Carolina’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Alan Wilson is taking the helm of an organization that works to elect more Republicans into that slot across the country.
But Wilson says he’s also looking forward to working with his Democratic counterparts on some issues.
COLUMBIA— A new report says many public charter schools in South Carolina lack adequate facilities.
The report by the Charter School Facilities Initiative recommends that state lawmakers take action to help provide additional space, The State newspaper reported.
South Carolina has 49 public charter schools that operate from buildings, as opposed to online classes.
Crowds were light this morning at the Augusta Mall and nearby retail stores.
There was no traffic congestion and plenty of parking spaces available at the Augusta Mall by 9:30 a.m., as many shoppers had already taken advantage of stores opening Thanksgiving night.
Augusta Mall General Manager Andy Wilke said crowds were large from about 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, the majority of the mall’s shops opened at midnight Friday.
The parking lot at Toys “R” Us remained full but there were many open spaces at neighboring stores TJ Maxx and Ross.
Georgia technical college officials are making a final push to get people to the state high school equivalency test, the GED, before the end of the year.
“We’ve really been making a conscientious effort to contact students who have completed parts of it to let them know if they didn’t complete the test by the deadline they’d have to start the whole process over,” said Athens Technical College Executive Vice-president Dan Smith.
The last day to take the GED test through Athens Tech is Dec. 13, Smith said.
ATLANTA — Georgia veterans filing disability claims often face longer delays than their counterparts in other states.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Atlanta’s U.S. Veterans Affairs office has almost 21,000 claims that have been pending for longer than 125. That’s the third highest total among 56 veterans benefits offices around the country. Only offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Winston-Salem, N.C. have more.
FARMINGTON, Ga. – While three Augustans remain in jail, the 40-year-old man they are charged with kidnapping says he’s lucky to be alive.
Detrick Favors, who lives in a rural community south of Athens, said he was held captive nine hours Nov. 14 after being kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Oconee County.
Favors said he was in a vehicle, his head covered with a jacket, as he was driven throughout Athens before his release in Morgan County.
Deputies used a stun gun on a man who ran from a traffic stop shortly after midnight Thursday, then they found him with more than 100 grams of marijuana.
Rico Marcell Wright, 33, fled after deputies stopped his 1997 Ford Explorer on Twiggs Street and Robin Lane, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
After Wright failed to obey several commands to stop running and then refused to keep his hands from his pockets when officers caught up, Deputy Chris Tucker used the stun weapon.
Police are searching for a man who fled East Central Regional Hospital early Thursday.
Joshawa Leundre Clark, 21, ran from the hospital about 1:40 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He was admitted to the institution on a court order because he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
He is described as a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, red socks and orange shower shoes.
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — In a case that could renew the debate over stand-your-ground laws, authorities in northwest Georgia say one man shot and killed another after the shooter felt threatened by a 72-year-old who turned out to be a wandering Alzheimer's patient.
Walker County authorities told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1bXSw3m ) that the victim, Ronald Westbrook, walked about three miles in the sub-freezing temperatures before knocking on Joe Hendrix's door just before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Authorities have charged two Parris Island Marines in connection with an attempted armed robbery which left another Marine dead.
The Beaufort Gazette reports Beaufort police say 18-year-old Pfc. Sierra Danielle Powers and 20-year-old Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy are charged with criminal conspiracy for their roles in the attempted robbery during a drug deal last Friday. Both are in jail pending bond hearings.
For the first time Easter Seals will feature a Fort Gordon landmark for its annual Ornament of Hope. Also for the first time the ornament will include color.
Brenda Floyd, special events manager for Easter Seals of East Georgia, said the group approached Fort Gordon officials about a building to feature on the ornament and finally decided on the signal towers.
“It’s a landmark,” Floyd said.