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Augusta woman robbed at apartments

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:36pm

An Augusta woman was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday, losing more than $600.

The 20-year-old told police that she and her friend were trying to enter her apartment on Heritage Circle when she saw two black males standing in the stairway, a Richmond County sheriff’s report states. She said she knew something was amiss because the stairwell was not lit as is usual.

One of the men brandished a gun and ordered the victim to “give it up.” The other grabbed her purse, and both men fled toward Fox Den Apartments.

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Yellow Jackets rout Wolfpack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:10pm


RALEIGH, N.C. — Georgia Tech’s offense did its normal yard-churning work. This time, though, the once-struggling defense pitched in on the scoring to give the Yellow Jackets a dominating road win.

D.J. White and Quayshawn Nealy scored defensive touchdowns in the second quarter to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 56-23 on Saturday for the Yellow Jackets’ third consecutive win.

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Balanced Dogs pummel Wildcats

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


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Georgia’s (sometimes) magical mystery tour of the Southeastern Conference wrapped up with a resounding bounce-back victory on a Saturday when offense, big returns and points aplenty reigned supreme.

A week after getting shellacked by Florida, the No. 17 Bulldogs inflicted some pain on Kentucky in a 63-31 rout in Commonwealth Stadium.

It came in the last of four consecutive games away from home over a five-week period – with a bye week thrown in – after hopscotching from Missouri to Arkansas to Florida and finally to the Bluegrass State.

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Lakeside crushes Cross Creek

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:58pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: Cross Creek did not attempt to throw the ball near Lakeside’s Rashad Roundtree for most of the game until Razorback quarterback Troy Hamilton made the mistake of challenging the senior safety with a pass in the fourth quarter. Roundtree, who committed to Georgia on Friday morning, made Hamilton pay by returning an interception 60 yards for a touchdown. The return would add to an already-lopsided score as the Panthers dismantled the Razorbacks 66-0 in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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Initial rosters for Border Bowl II are released

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:40pm


The preliminary rosters for Border Bowl II are set.

Aquinas running back/defensive back Ruben Garnett, Midland Valley running back Dre Carr and Washington County quarterback A.J. Gray are three of the 80 area football players selected for the second annual game that pits Team Georgia against South Carolina.

The contest, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Laney’s football stadium, pits the area’s best senior high school football players in an All-Star competition. Georgia won the first game, 24-10, behind a strong defense.

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Lincoln County scores game-winner as clock expires

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:32pm


LINCOLNTON, Ga. – Either with bitterness or elation, the first meeting between Lincoln County and Stratford Academy will long be remembered.

Trailing by seven on fourth down at the Stratford Academy 2-yard line, LaKeith Lockhart scrambled to get the offense set and the snap off just a split-second before the clock hit zeroes and lobbed a pass that Midarious Roberts leaped to snatch over his own teammate in the end zone.

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GRU enrollment numbers decline alongside state university system's

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:16pm

Enrollment at Georgia Regents University fell in its second year as a consolidated institution, and its undergraduate body is about a quarter smaller than the former Augusta State University, according to the University System of Georgia’s enrollment report released Friday.

GRU’s fall 2014 enrollment shrunk 5 percent from its debut year to 8,530 students, which includes undergraduate, graduate and health programs.

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Hephzibah defeats Butler, makes playoffs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:10pm


When wide receiver Darrell Baker wanted the ball, coach John Bowen was happy to oblige.

Baker hauled in a touchdown pass at the end of the first half, made an interception late and Hephzibah defeated Butler, 14-12, on Friday night.

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West Augusta group speaking out against stormwater utility fee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:39pm


Eyeing an Augusta Commission vote on the matter in the next few weeks, a neighborhood group is registering its opposition to the city’s implementation of a stormwater utility fee.

The proposed $6.40 monthly fee for a typical homeowner would be used to raise $9.9 million annually to maintain and reconstruct the city’s aging stormwater system, meet federal requirements and educate the public about stormwater management, items city staffers say they cannot do using existing funds.

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New East Central Public Health District director has Augusta ties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:32pm


Taking the job as the new director for the East Central Public Health District in Augusta is like a
homecoming for Dr. Stephen Goggans.

“I still have family in Augusta,” he said. “My parents are in Augusta; my sister, her husband and her kids are in Augusta. That’s a good thing for me, too. I get to get back closer to family with this job.”

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Augusta business named in fraud indictment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:18pm

An Augusta businessman has been indicted on a federal charge of money-laundering.

A federal grand jury issued an indictment against Bennie W. Johnson, the vice president of Benchris & Associates.

According to the indictment, Johnson is accused of devising a scheme to defraud $1.2 million from businesses and individuals between 2000 and 2011.

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