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TEDx deadline approaching

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:04pm


Those waiting to give “the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less” are being urged to apply to the second TEDx event to be held in Augusta.

Interested participants have until Sept. 1 to submit online applications for the January conference on the theme of “connections.”

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Augusta military conference returns to highlight technology at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:56pm


The international conference that helped rally support for the Army Cyber Command’s move to Fort Gordon last year will return to Augusta in two weeks to highlight the area as a leader in developing technology to modernize the military.

Top Army and industry leaders will participate in panel discussions Sept. 9-11 during TechNet Augusta’s second year at the downtown convention center.

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Washington County edges Aquinas for first place in Power Poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:12pm



The area’s top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WJBF-TV, WRDW-TV, and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses.



1. Washington County (4) 93 0-0 1

2. Aquinas (5) 92 1-0 2

3. Burke County 78 1-0 T-3

4. North Augusta 70 1-0 T-3

5. Laney 61 1-0 5

6. Strom Thurmond 46 1-0 6

7. Washington-Wilkes 27 0-0 8

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Columbia County School worker charged with not reporting abuse

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:27pm


A Columbia County School System employee has been accused of not reporting child abuse.

John Leroy Padgett Jr., 52, is the school system hearing officer. Part of Padgett’s job is that he is legally required to report suspected child abuse.

He was arrested and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse on Aug. 22.

School Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Padgett was put on administrative leave when the allegations were raised and school officials had planned to discuss Padgett at this week’s Board of Education meeting.

Firefighters battle structure fire on Boykin Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:49pm

Firefighters are working to douse a structure fire on Boykin Street, officials say.

According to Richmond County dispatch the Augusta Fire Department was called to the blaze near the 3800 block of Peach Orchard Road about 1:18 p.m. Monday. A statement from the department said the structure had been vacant and was boarded up.

The building has previously been condemned by the county.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

'Chronicle' Game of the Week features Washington-Wilkes at Lincoln County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:06pm


A matchup featuring one of the area’s top rivalries will be The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week.

Any discussion of Georgia high school football rivalries has to include Washington-Wilkes and Lincoln County. The two meet Friday night at 7:30 in Lincolnton.

Stop by to see sports writer Scott Michaux and Spotted! photographer Ryan Wehmeyer at The Augusta Chronicle booth for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Our team will be there promoting our new Augusta High School Football App, featuring team pages, latest scores, video and photos.

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United Way sets 'aggressive' $4.25 million goal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:50pm

Dressed as Wonder Woman, Faye Hargrove issued a challenge Monday to help the United Way of the CSRA raise $4.25 million.

“Unleash your superhero. Grab a cape and join the United Way giving league,” said Hargrove, the chapter’s campaign chairwoman, at the organization’s campaign kickoff at Bell Auditorium. “We’re looking for local superheroes who can help us achieve this goal.”

About 600 people attended the superhero-theme luncheon, which highlighted the charity’s annual fundraising campaign and spotlighted the efforts of businesses that have already started their efforts.

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Suspect arrested in fatal Carrie Street shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:21pm


A suspect is in custody after he wounded three people and killed one during a shooting Sunday night on Carrie Street, police said.

Police are withholding the suspect’s identification because of the continuing investigation, a news release stated.

Quintroy Deon Roberts, 29, of Richmond Hill Road, was pronounced dead in front of 1013 Carrie St. after the shooting, which took place about 11:10 p.m.

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Mayor breaks tie to raise property taxes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:59am

In a stunning reversal, Mayor Deke Co­pen­haver broke a 5-5 tie by the Augusta Commission on Monday to approve Augusta’s first property tax increase in seven years.

The tiebreaker on the 1.75-mill increase was made possible by the appointment, before the tax vote, of District 6 Commissioner-elect Ben Hasan to fill out the term of Commissioner Joe Jackson, who resigned last week.

Hasan said Jackson told him he’d run on an anti-tax pledge and “couldn’t” support a tax increase, but Hasan believed it was necessary to fill a budget shortfall for the year.

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Trial begins for suspect in attacks, Paine rape

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:21am

Tiqwana Tate was asleep the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, when she awoke and felt that she and her daughter were no longer alone in bed. An arm fell across her neck and a man whispered, “Be quiet.” If she didn’t, the man said, “he would kill me.”

Tate testified as the first witness Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the trial of Jarius Dantzler. The 20-year-old is named in three indictments that accuse him of attacking three women – Tate and two students at Paine College.

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Charges dismissed against 3 suspected in February armed robbery, shooting at Richmond Villa complex

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:12am


Criminal charges against three men accused of robbing and shooting a man were dropped Monday morning after the reported victim said he could not identify his assailants.

Kevin M. Hanna, 23, Marquese D. Parrish, 22, and Darrell F. Hill Jr., 23, had been scheduled to stand trial this week in Richmond County Superior Court, but the prosecutor dismissed charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapon violations.

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Environmental cleanup public meeting tonight in Williston

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:25am

A public meeting on the environmental cleanup at the Admiral Home Appliances site in Williston, S.C. is tonight.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting the meeting at 7 p.m. at Williston Town Hall, 13112 Main Street.

Cleanup at the site will be performed by Rheem Manufacturing Co., with the EPA and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control giving oversight.

Police catch man accused of burning wife

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:21am


A man accused of setting his wife on fire is in police custody.

Police said Ronnie Lee Jones, 30, doused his wife, Cynthia, with gasoline at McGruder’s Auto, 1901 15th St., early Friday and set her on fire.

Cynthia Jones was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment, but her husband fled the area.

An anonymous source tipped police off Sunday that Jones was in North Augusta.

Jones, who faces charges of aggravated assault, was taken into custody after being found in the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta.

Shooting on Carrie Street; 1 dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:06am

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after one man was shot dead on Carrie Street late Sunday.

About 11:12 p.m., deputies were called to 1013 Carrie Street in reference to shots fired, according to Richmond County dispatch.

Upon arrival, deputies found Quintroy Roberts, 29, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead by Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose at 12:03 a.m.

An autopsy is expected to take place at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta early this week.

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New online investigation system proving successful

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 7:14pm


An online investigation system has police putting more stolen merchandise back in the hands of its owners.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office began using LeadsOnline in May 2013 and in the first six months returned $30,000 in property to the rightful owners.

“It makes things so much easier than before,” Lt. John Ivey said.

A county ordinance amended last year requires all businesses dealing in gems, precious metals or second-hand goods to register with the LeadsOnline system and get all other necessary equipment.

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Pardon Our Mess: Overgrown grass in the median area of Laurel Lane

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:48pm

WHERE: Laurel Lane

WHAT: Overgrown grass in the median area

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Ditch crews with Augusta’s Engineering Department

ACTION PROMISED: Director Abie Ladson said Friday that he would put in a request to have a crew cut the grass the following week.


Hunter Mahan comes up with timely victory at Barclays

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:33pm


PARAMUS, N.J. — About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.

“Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?” he said.

That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed Sunday.

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Augusta commissioners to discuss millage rate, vacancy today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:19pm


The Augusta Commission will have another chance to set the county’s mill rate today after it rejected an ordinance on third reading calling for a 1.75-mill increase last week.

After nearly two hours of debate, during which commissioners received biting criticism from residents who packed the commission chambers, a motion to pass the ordinance failed. Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett and Marion Williams voted in favor of the increase.

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Work continues on high-traffic routes in Richmond, Columbia counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:15pm

Relief isn’t coming anytime soon for motorists on several high-traffic commuter routes in Richmond and Columbia counties where construction is underway to widen the roads.

Drivers will continue to experience lane closures, occasional backups and detours on Bobby Jones Express­­way, Mike Padgett Highway, Wrightsboro Road and Old Petersburg and Old Evans roads, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Teen hurt in Thurmond Lake accident still critical

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 5:33pm

A 14-year-old boy injured in a personal watercraft accident last week on Thurmond Lake remains in critical condition, Georgia Re­gents Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Scott said Sunday.

Thomas Marshall Jay was airlifted to the hospital Aug. 17 after the accident in the Keg Creek area.

Capt. Mark Padgett, of the Geor­gia Department of Natural Resources, said the teen, who was a passenger on one watercraft traveling with two others, fell or jumped into the water before being injured. Preliminary results show one of the other water scooters might have hit him.

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