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Global markets languish

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:57am

TOKYO — Global stock markets mostly fell today as initial euphoria over an interest rate cut by China the day before succumbed to lingering worries over longer-term problems with its economy.

European shares fell back from their surge the day before following Beijing's announcement late Tuesday that it was easing monetary policy to help stabilize gyrating markets and counter short liquidity.

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Suspects sought after ransacking Augusta home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:50pm

Man finds home ransacked, shotgun taken

An Augusta home was ransacked Monday, police say.

About 11:55 a.m., deputies responded to the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where an 82-year-old man had arrived home and noticed his back door had been kicked in.

Upon entering the home, the victim said every room was ransacked and his double-barrel shotgun was missing, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were able to lift fingerprints from a window, and a shoe-print was photographed.

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Army cyber general proposes new mission to fight global hacks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:50pm

EDITOR'S NOTE:  This article inaccurately stated the location of the Army Cyber Command. It remains headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., until its move to Fort Gordon is completed in 2019. 

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Pringle to review school safety measures after shooting at Hornsby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:08pm


Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle said she will launch a review of current school safety measures to see if “any changes need to be made” following the investigation of the Hornsby Elementary School shooting Tuesday.

“We’re going to wait for our school safety department to finish its investigation into the incident, and then use our findings to see if there is anything we need to improve,” Pringle said to a reporter after a news conference on the shooting. “At that time we will review all aspects of our current plans and policies.”

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Archery tournament to return to Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:56pm

A large archery tournament is returning to Columbia County next year.

Columbia County officials are expected next week to approve a $5,000 host fee to bring Archery Shooters Association back to Wildwood Park next spring.

“We’re really looking forward to coming back,” said Michael Tyrell, president of the international archery organization.

Tyrell said the Georgia Pro/Am 3-D archery tournament was held at Wildwood in 2006 and 2007 before moving to Fort Gordon through 2012. He expects the tournament to draw about 1,600 shooters.

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Electrical problem causes temporary outage at Waynesboro nuclear site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:22pm

An electrical problem at an on-site power-generating plant caused a brief outage to the Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 construction sites Tuesday, Georgia Power spokeswoman Ashley Stukes said.

The outage, which affected several training and support buildings and non-essential equipment at the Waynesboro nuclear facility, was fixed in about two hours, Stukes said. Vogtle units 1 and 2 were unaffected and continued operating at full power.

Workers at the construction sites were sent home. Work is expected to resume Wednesday.

Gamecocks name Connor Mitch starting QB for season opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:14pm

COLUMBIA — Connor Mitch finally won the quarterback job at South Carolina, and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday the sophomore has a chance to keep it well beyond next week’s season opener with North Carolina.

Spurrier picked Mitch from a four-way quarterback competition that began during spring practice. Spurrier said Mitch played his way past junior Perry Orth, redshirt freshman Michael Scarnnechia and true freshman Lorenzo Nunez.

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Stocks down 200 at the close

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:20pm

U.S. stocks are closing lower this afternoon after falling sharply in the final hour of trading.

Stocks surged early in the day, rebounding from a big sell-off on Monday after the Chinese central bank said it was cutting interest rates to shore up its economy.

However, investor confidence remains fragile after a series of big drops in recent days and the market suffered a dramatic reversal in the final hour of trading.

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Swanee Quintet's Percy Griffin dies at 73

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:46pm


If Percy Griffin Sr. wasn’t singing, he was humming. One way or another, he always had music coming from his lips.

The 73-year-old, who was one of the lead singers in the Swanee Quintet Gospel Group for about 50 years, died Friday.

“He always had a song in his heart,” said Mark Jones, the general manager of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, where Griffin worked for the past 16 years when he wasn’t touring with the group. “He was always humming or singing.”

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Long prison term imposed for child pornography

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:17pm

An Augusta man who exchanged e-mails with strangers discussing how to kidnap and rape little girls was sentenced Tuesday to 160 months – more than 13 years – in prison for possession of child pornography.

Jason Genitski, 34, pleaded guilty to the federal charge in April. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Randal J. Hall imposed the prison term which, like all federal prison terms, will be served without parole. Once released, Genitski will be under supervised release for 25 years.

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3 shot in rampage near Athens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:02pm

Three people were shot Monday in Oglethorpe County near Athens when a man went on a rampage that started out as a domestic dispute the night before.

The only fatality was the unborn child of the man’s former girlfriend. The unborn child died after the gunman shot his ex-girlfriend and threw her from a moving truck while being chased by police. The woman is in critical condition at Athens Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.

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Augusta foreclosures higher in July

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:53pm

Foreclosure activity for the Augusta metro area was higher in July, according to real estate data firm RealtyTrac.

RealtyTrac reported there were 260 foreclosure notices filed in July in the seven-county area, up from 225 in June. July’s activity was close to the 12-month rolling average of 262 foreclosure filings, however.

The company’s monthly report showed default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions were reported on 124,910 U.S. properties in July, a 7 percent increase from the previous month and up 14 percent from July 2014.

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Screven County joins Aquinas, Washington County in football ranks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:29pm

Screven County joined Aquinas and Washington County as area Georgia high school football teams in the state media poll.

The Gamecocks moved up to No. 8 in Class AA in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association football poll. Screven County opened its season with a 57-6 win against St. John’s from South Carolina. The Gamecocks next play at Westside on Sept. 4.

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Columbia County might revise pawn law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:42pm

Columbia County might revise its new ordinance regulating pawn shops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality.

The ordinance adopted as county code in April is intended to assist tracking sales of possibly stolen goods, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

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Pupil injured in shooting at W.S. Hornsby Elementary School

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:43am


A third grade female pupil at Hornsby Elementary School was accidentally shot Tuesday morning by another third-grader handling a gun in a classroom.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael McDaniel, the shooting took place about 10:45 a.m. at the east Augusta school off Sand Bar Ferry Road.

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US markets recovering from Monday losses

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:41am

Stocks surged Tuesday morning on Wall Street, erasing some of the heavy losses of a day earlier, after China cut interest rates to try to boost the world’s second-largest economy.

Traders around the world welcomed the move, which came after a dayslong global sell-off triggered by fears of a slowdown in China.

“They’re relieved by what China has done,” said Chris Gaffney, president of EverBank World Markets, and are telling themselves: “Maybe it’s time to get back in there.”

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Georgia pediatricians form network

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:50am



ATLANTA -- More than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers.

The sign-ups so far represent roughly one-third of the total number of pediatricians practicing in the state.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helped create the nonprofit entity, called the Children’s Care Network.

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SC mayor indicted on wiretap charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:13am

LYMAN, S.C. — The mayor of the town of Lyman has been suspended following his indictment on charges of wiretapping and misconduct in office.

Multiple media outlets reported that Mayor Rodney Turner was suspended after Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order Monday.

Turner was charged earlier this month and was indicted Friday by a Spartanburg County grand jury.

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Beijing appears to wind down share-buying _ now what?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:42am

BEIJING — China's leaders are winding down a strategy of trying to push up slumping stock prices by spending billions of dollars to buy shares.

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Push to cancel Augusta EMS contract continues

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:28pm

Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith said he won’t block a Tuesday committee discussion about ending the city’s emergency services contract with Gold Cross, but urged restraint.

“I’ll listen to anything,” said Smith, a member of the commission’s Public Safety committee, “but I don’t want to mess with it until we examine it some more.”

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