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Richmond County's city leaders debate excise tax on manufacturers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:54pm

 

A debate over whether – and if so, how much – to tax Augusta manufacturers for the energy they use continued Friday at a mandatory meeting between heads of the county’s three municipalities of Augusta, Hephzibah and Blythe.

Local officials proposed last year taking advantage of a provision in House Bill 386, which created a new state sales tax exemption, allowing counties to impose a percentage excise tax on energy used in manufacturing equal to the amount of exempted local sales taxes, which did not include education sales taxes or the Transportation Investment Act.

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Protection team goes through training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:08pm

 

Officers rounded the corner to find a man with a gun, one person about to light an explosive, a man with a bomb strapped to his chest and detonator in his hand – and an innocent girl.

The decision they make next could be the most crucial one in determining how the situtation plays out.

“They have to decide who to take out first,” said Lt. Bill Probus, who heads Richmond County Sheriff’s Office newly formed Dignitary Protection Team.

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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center to host Mental Health Summit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:02pm

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced Friday it will host a Mental Health Summit next week for the Augusta community to discuss ways to enhance the quality of mental health and well-being of veterans and their families.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital’s uptown campus off Wrightsboro Road.

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H. L. Hunley exhibit to visit Aiken, Edgefield counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:05pm

A 65-foot iron tube might not look like much on the surface, but to the Confederacy, it represented a major turning point in naval warfare.

Augusta-area residents will have the chance to relive this modern marvel when the H.L. Hunley Exhibit rolls into town this month.

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Tracks lead Aiken County deputies to suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:20pm

 

Tracks from a stolen four-wheeler led police to a suspect’s home Thursday.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Chestnut Drive in North Augusta on Thursday after the homeowner heard a noise and saw a man drive away on his four-wheeler ATV with his personal property. Deputies discovered the suspect had made forced entry into three sheds on the property.

Police followed the tire tracks to Charles Edward Crocker’s home on Elton Avenue, where police discovered the four-wheeler and other stolen items.

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Paine coach arrested on drug charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:51pm

 

Paine College women’s track and field coach Marquita Lynn Carter was arrested late Thursday on a drug charge in Greene County, deputies say.

According to a Greene County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy patrolling Highway 402 near mile marker 133 in Greene County stopped Carter about 10:20 p.m. for a tint violation and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. She was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail.

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Augusta man, 21, faces armed robbery, possession charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:50pm

An Augusta man is in jail after police said he fled from officers in a stolen car after robbing a man at gunpoint at a Walton Way ATM on Thursday.

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Cyber defense brigade begins service at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:41pm

 

An Army cyber defense brigade that is the first of its kind was activated Friday at Fort Gordon, and a commander was installed to lead the unit in its infancy.

Col. Donald Bray was named commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade during a ceremony at the military installation. Lt. Col. Philippe Persaudwill serve as deputy commander, according to a news release.

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Warrenville man found safe, deputies say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm

A 20-year-old Warrenville man who was reported missing by a close friend last month was located Friday, deputies say.

According to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Martine Aguilar, who suffers from a form of mental retardation, was found safe and in good health. He has been receiving treatment at an area hospital since July 5.

Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice retired from racing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:20pm

 

AIKEN — The mystery behind Palace Malice’s poor performance in the Whitney Handicap has been solved, and it’s not good news for the 4-year-old Dogwood Stable colt.

Dogwood president Cot Campbell announced Friday he was retiring his prized horse from racing. A deep bruise in the cannon bone of his left hind leg was revealed during an examination Thursday at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

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Top trooper says Donnie Smith broke rules before Masters incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:28am

 

ATLANTA -- Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith broke the rules for unauthorized moonlighting months before he was spotted by subordinates in civilian clothes at the Masters Tournament, State Patrol Commander Col. Mark McDonough said Friday.

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Georgia ethics chief placed on leave

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:04am

ATLANTA — The head of the state ethics commission has been placed on administrative leave with pay, a few days after she was fined by a judge for failing to turn over key documents in a lawsuit against the agency.

Commission Chairwoman Hillary Stringfellow tells The Associated Press she notified the agency’s director, Holly LaBerge, on Friday that she had been placed on administrative leave. Stringfellow would only say the action followed the advice of counsel.

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