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Commissioner Jackson resigns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:59pm


Joe Jackson resigned from the Augusta Commission on Wednesday, ending two terms on the city board that fellow lawmakers described as an “amicable” experience in achieving some of Richmond County’s most pressing projects.

Jackson, who was elected to represent District 6 in 2007, submitted a letter of resignation about 4 p.m., saying that his departure from city politics would take effect in an hour, commission clerk Lena Bonner said.

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Lakeside-North Augusta is 'Chronicle' Game of the Week

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:56pm

The high school football season begins Friday night, and a matchup between two of the area’s top teams will be The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Lakeside travels across the Savannah River to take on North Augusta at 7:30 p.m. in an enticing Georgia vs. South Carolina prep game.

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Police looking for suspects on stolen truck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:16pm

Police are seeking two men who ran from police after crashing a stolen truck into an Aiken County home Wednesday morning.

An Aiken County sheriff’s patrol sergeant first stopped the stolen Ford truck leaving a home in Hunter’s Gate on Silver Fox Way in North Augusta about 3:40 a.m.

Police said the driver failed to stop for lights and siren and soon after left the road, striking a parked vehicle and then a home in the 5200 block of Silver Fox Way, according to a news release.

The men, one black and one white, ran from the truck toward the rear of the home.

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Military air training reported at fort

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:25pm

Augusta residents who hear what sounds like a large flyover should not be alarmed.

Fort Gordon’s training area is hosting routine, scheduled Air Force cargo drop training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, and again tonight from 7 to 10 p.m.

The aircraft involved are Air Force Reserve C-130 cargo planes from Marietta, Ga. The planes are flying at low altitudes as a necessary part of the training.

The sounds of the air training have been heard as far away from the post as Daniel Field.

Latest Vogtle spending approved; plea for water conservation ignored

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:56am

The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $389 million in expenditures for Georgia Power’s two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle while at the same time declining a request to require new water conservation measures at the plant.

The expenditure approval, which covered all of 2013, brings the total construction cost verified to date to $2.599 billion.

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Athens area man charged with fabricating own kidnapping

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:41am

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Athens area man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he planned his own kidnapping to extort money that he and the kidnappers -- including two from Augusta -- planned to split.

“We had suspicions about (the kidnapping) all along, but we needed the evidence,” Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said.

Detrick F. Favors, 41, of Farmington, is in the Oconee County Jail without bond on charges of conspiracy to commit theft by extortion and making a false statement.

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Coroner granted funds to offset transportation costs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:07pm

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office will get some needed financial relief when it comes to transporting bodies now that it can access funds collected through a partnership with Georgia Regents Medical Center.

On Tuesday, the Augusta Commission approved Coroner Mark Bowen’s request to use $30,000 generated from the department’s agreement with Georgia Regents Medical Center Tissue Donor Services.

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ALS ice bucket funds stay in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:03pm


Brandy Quarles tried to prepare herself by dumping a glass of ice water over her head Tuesday morning.

“It didn’t help,” she said as she stood shivering outside the Georgia Regents University Medical Office Building, moments after she and seven others in the ALS Clinic had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads.

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Isakson touts VA overhaul as answer to Augusta's problems

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:23pm


Outlining the benefits of a $16 billion reform package he helped negotiate last month, Sen. Johnny Isakson told Augusta veterans Tuesday they can expect more accountability, shorter waits and better health care at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

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Sex trafficking of minor ends with lengthy prison terms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:10pm


Conspirators in the sex trafficking of a teenage girl got a break Tuesday from extremely long sentences recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but they still will spend years in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. agreed with the defense attorneys and prosecutor that the defendants deserved what is called in federal court a “sentencing downward departure.”

Charlie Castillo, 32, whom Bowen described as the most egregious of the group that exploited a 16-year-old girl, was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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Army official addresses leaders at private meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:47pm

A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders about the post’s future.

Katherine Hammack, the Army’s assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, spoke at a breakfast meeting of the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Gordon chapter. CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon Executive Director Thom Tuckey, who circulated an e-mail to community stakeholders encouraging attendance, said the meeting was not open to the media.

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Commission votes no on property tax increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:44pm

An ordinance calling for a 1.75-mill property tax increase was shot down by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, pleasing dozens of jubilant taxpayers who attended the meeting to voice their discontent with the city for its inability to balance its budget through other means.

After nearly two hours of debate, preceded by a public hearing in which residents voiced their opposition, the motion to pass the ordinance on third reading failed. Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett and Marion Williams voted in favor of the ordinance.

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South Carolina Circuit Court judge rules in favor of Project Jackson in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:06pm


North Augusta’s Project Jackson is moving forward.

South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit challenging a riverfront development that includes a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, according to North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover.

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Augusta man arrested for filling his pants with junk food

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:47pm


A man was arrested by police after filling his pants with junk food.

A deputy recovered 13 packs of cashews, 14 packs of peanuts, one pack of heat nuts and four packs of steakhouse Slim Jims from Sheldon Leroy Burns’ pants, according to an incident report.

The clerk at Circle K, 2631 Wrightsboro Road, told police that Burns came into the store around 1:40 a.m. Sunday and made repeated trips to the restroom and finally came out with his “pants all big” and attempted to leave.

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Triple-digit temperatures, heat advisory possible this week for Augusta, South region

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:11pm


Get ready for some of the hottest weather of the season during a three-day heat wave starting Wednesday, meteorologists said Tuesday.

Temperatures have failed to reach 100 degrees so far this summer, but that might change over the next few days and weeks.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday through Monday when temperatures could climb into triple digits.

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Bacteria colonies removed from Savannah River Site using special vacuum

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:49am

Mysterious bacteria growing on Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel storage basins have been removed using a special vacuum.

The rare bacterial colonies, which resemble cobwebs, were discovered in 2011 during routine surveillance of the L Disassembly Basin, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded. Scientists studied samples and determined the white, stringy “cobwebs” were made up of a broad variety of bacteria and a few types of microbes.

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Angela Pringle selected as Richmond County schools superintendent in 7-2 vote

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:34am

The Richmond County board of education selected Angela Pringle as their next superintendent Tuesday, officially ending their search just days before current superintendent Frank Roberson leaves his office.

The board took a roll call vote to approve Pringle’s selection, which passed 7-2. Board members Alex Howard and Jack Padgett were the only board members present to vote against Pringle’s hiring. Board member Frank Dolan did not attend the meeting.

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Aquinas, Washington County ranked No. 1 in preseason football poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:53am

Aquinas’ hold on No. 1 will continue.

After winning their first state championship in 2013, the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 in Class A in the Georgia Sports Writers Association preseason poll. When Aquinas visits Class AAA Glenn Hills on Friday, it will mark the first time the Irish will play a game as a top-ranked team. They didn’t ascend to No. 1 until after they beat Calvary Day in the state championship.

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Tanker on fire in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:20am

Firefighters are working to extinguish a tanker truck fire on Old 96 Road in Aiken County.

Firefighters and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were called to the vehicle fire around 8:45 a.m. on the 4000 block of Old 96 Road, according to the highway patrol.

Crews remain on the scene.

Further details have not been released, but drivers are advised to avoid the area.

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