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Bicyclist struck on Mike Padgett Highway

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 1:40am

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle in the 3100 block of Mike Padgett Highway about 8 p.m. Friday.

Officials said the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene, while the cyclist was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. The victim’s
condition was not made available.

Augusta man pleads to manslaughter in friend's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:18pm

An Augusta man who fatally shot a friend during an argument over illegal drugs pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence.

Daniell F. Simmons, 27, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and a weapons charge. When he completes his prison term Simmons will serve five years on probation.

On May 28, Simmons shot 22-year-old Curtis Lamont Carter five times on Second Street.

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Georgia Regents' senior trio has final shot at ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 8:37pm


When Devonte Thomas first arrived in Augusta, he remembers seeing Howard Brown. More specifically, he remembers seeing Brown’s hand.

Howard Brown is the lone Jaguar to win a ring, representing a conference or regional championship, for his five seasons (including a red-shirt year). His bling didn’t go unnoticed.

“Howard had his whole hand full of rings,” Thomas said. “I asked him what I do to get to that. Win.”

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Augusta house cleaning companies see busy Masters schedules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 5:04pm


Masters Week means more work, but also more business, for area house cleaning companies.

“It’s hard, but it’s nice to see the new faces, meet new people and get new clientele,” said Melissa Testino, owner of Clean As a Whistle. “Masters is big in Augusta and it does help small businesses like myself.”

Not only does her crew clean homes in preparation of the April tournament, but they also handle window and pressure washing needs of clients, Testino said.

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Paine College to use grant for disease, substance abuse outreach

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 5:01pm


Paine College was awarded an $888,000 federal grant it will use to address HIV, substance abuse and hepatitis C among young people in the area, the school announced Friday.

The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to launch the Paine College: Informing, Developing and Educating through Active Learning program, or PC-IDEAL, which aims to help underserved communities with disease prevention and education.

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North Augusta lawmaker offers new gun bill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:54pm

COLUMBIA – North Augusta Republican Rep. Bill Hixon has introduced a pared-down version of separate legislation that’s pending to allow concealed-weapon permit reciprocity with states that issue the gun permits.

Under Hixon’s bill, H. 3799, South Carolina would automatically recognize concealed weapon permits issued by Georgia and North Carolina.

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BMX track opens Monday in Evans

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:29pm

The long awaited opening of Columbia County’s BMX track will be Monday.

The Blanchard Woods Park BMX Track, which was damaged by a vandal in late December, will open at 4 p.m.

“Monday is basically a soft opening to go ahead and open it up to the public and let them start using it,” said Barry Smith, county Community and Leisure Services Division director.

Members of the Blanchard Woods Parents and Riders Association will be at the soft opening with pads and bikes for the public to use.

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Bond denied for Augusta man in murder case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:51pm


An Augusta man accused of killing an elderly relative and trying to kill his wife of 32 years was denied bond Friday.

Richard Ouzts, 59, has been in custody since his March 1 arrest on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Prison term for sex with teen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:45pm

A 26-year-old man who had sex with a former girlfriend’s teenage daughter pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge.

Colton A. Watkins, 26, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to sexual battery for having sex with a 14-year-old girl last year.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly accepted the negotiated plea and sentenced Watkins to five years in prison.

Agencies ramp up traffic enforcement in advance of St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:43pm


Motorists are being asked to drink their green beers responsibly during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or else they’ll be seeing blue lights in the rearview mirror.

In an effort crack down on drunk driving during the holiday period, law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina plan to ramp up visibility with additional officers and road checks.

Random highway checks will begin as early as this weekend in the Palmetto state, South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

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Tiger Woods to skip Bay Hill, hopes to be ready for Masters

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:05pm


Tiger Woods will not be at Bay Hill next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., the second tournament he has missed since stating a month ago that he would not return to golf until his game was ready.

In a brief statement Fri­day on his Web site, Woods said he wasn’t ruling out the Masters Tournament, which begins April 9.

“I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides,” Woods said. “But like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA Tour until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level.”

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Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:57pm

Two Augusta men were arrested after police discovered methamphetamine and a stolen weapon in a vehicle during a Thursday traffic stop.

A Richmond County deputy stopped the red Honda Civic in the 900 block of Broad Street after witnessing the driver, identified as Michael Joseph Sherlock, 33, disregard a traffic signal.

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Marine held in Mexico faces Ga. DUI charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:00pm

TWIN CITY, Ga. — Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

The Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office said in statement that police stopped 26-year-old Andrew Tahmooressi on Wednesday night. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper passing and open container violation.

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Project to limit Evans water

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:10am

 Some Evans residents will be without water on Tuesday because of a road widening project.

Water service to homes and businesses along Washington Road between Halali Farm Road and Hardy McManus Road will be temporarily suspended from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The residents most affected by the water loss will be on the 4800 block of Washington Road and all the residents in the Villages at Greenbrier subdivision.

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Demonstrative to be inducted into Aiken hall of fame

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:30am


Demonstrative, the 2014 Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechase horse, will be inducted into the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The ceremony, which also will include the induction of Palace Malice as the 2014 Aiken-trained Horse of the Year, will be held at 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hall of Fame, located at 135 Dupree Place in Hopeland Gardens. The public is invited to attend.

Demonstrative is owned by Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom Jr. of Aiken and is trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Robbie Walsh.

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Why did SC school principals quit?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:27am

UNION, S.C. — The principal and assistant principal at Union County High School have resigned and school district officials have not explained why.

Multiple media outlets reported that Principal Floyd Lyles and Assistant Principal Jenelle Gilliam resigned Wednesday.

Union police arrested three students after a fight at the school Tuesday. It was not clear if the resignations were connected to the fight and arrests.

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Ga. councilman's pig loose at meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 8:54am

GUYTON, Ga. -- A pig owned by Alderman Ulysess Eaton made a run for it Tuesday night during a closed session of the city council.

Lucky bolted from her fenced front yard next to city hall and crossed Georgia Highway 17 before being caught by Eaton with the help of Guyton police.

When alerted Lucky had escaped, Eaton was in a closed session meeting of the Effingham County town located between Savannah and Statesboro.

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Air force base rescinds 'Blessed Day' ban

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 8:33am

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- After widespread outcry, the Air Force reversed a decision to ban Robins Air Force Base security personnel from saying “Have a blessed day” to people entering the gates.


The Telegraph newspaper in Macon reports that gate guards were told not to give the greeting after an unidentified airman complained to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, according to the group’s Web site.

The foundation complained to the base, and the base issued the ban.

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