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Augusta metro area loses 500 jobs in July

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:59am

Job losses in July in state and local government were offset by slight gains in education, construction and manufacturing.

The seven-county Augusta metro area had a net loss of 500 jobs in July, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The metro area lost 800 jobs in government, along with 100 jobs each in retail, transportation, and professional and business services. There were 400 jobs added in education and health services, the department reported, and 100 jobs each in construction and manufacturing.

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800 Myrtle Beach cameras going on-line

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:43am




MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Police in Myrtle Beach are getting a better look at the millions of visitors who flock to the resort area each year.


The Sun News reports the city has started the final phase of a $2.1 million program that by year’s end will have more than 800 cameras monitoring streets and beach accesses.


Other communities in the Myrtle Beach area are also adding cameras.


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Clues sought in Ga. family attack

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:04am




ATLANTA -- Police hope a sketch of one suspect and video surveillance footage help them to identify four suspects accused of attacking an Atlanta family.


Authorities say Michael Lash was trying to protect his family when he was shot in both of his legs by the gunmen, who stormed into his Atlanta home Sunday evening.


Lash’s relatives tell WSB-TV they expect him to be released from a hospital this week.


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Update: More details in gator death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:24am

A 10-foot alligator that had become a popular attraction behind a Washington Road business was removed earlier this week after it became aggressive toward humans, according to wildlife authorities.

Slideshow: Remembering "Big Boy"

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Jimmy Carter 'at ease,' ready for radiation treatment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:14am

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer showed up in four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is “at ease with whatever comes.”

“I’m ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure,” said Carter, appearing upbeat and making jokes as he openly talked about his melanoma during a news conference.

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Parts of Columbia County see 3 inches of rain

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:25am

Columbia County received varying amounts of rainfall, from more than 3 inches to less than a half-inch Wednesday, when storms moved through the area.

According to Pam Tucker, director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, most of the rainfall recorded between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday fell at Rivershyre Subdivision. The area measured 3.25 inches. Little River Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hardy McManus Road also received 3 inches, whereas Clarks Hill Treatment Plant only got 0.16 inches.

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