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Augusta toxic waste site permitted to stop treating groundwater

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 9:34pm

After three decades of environmental cleanup, an Augusta toxic waste site has been given permission to stop treating contaminated groundwater.

The former Monsanto Corp. site on Marvin Griffin Road will continue to monitor groundwater for chemicals but won’t have to draw it for treatment, according to a Georgia Environmental Protection Division consent order filed Nov. 18.

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Shooting suspect sought, considered armed and dangerous

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:52pm

An unidentified victim was hospitalized Wednesday after being shot in the head in Richmond County.

Approximately 8:10 p.m., deputies responded to the 2300 block of Wheeless Road, where a 33-year-old white male was found suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Richmond County Sgt. Glen Rahn.

The victim was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening, Rahn stated.

Deputies say the victim was grazed by a projectile that was fired through the door of the residence from an unknown suspect.

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Couple donates more than 700 Beanie Babies to Augusta's American Red Cross

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:44pm

Jennifer Pennington opened an upstairs office door in the American Red Cross’ Augusta headquarters this summer and told an 8-year-old girl whose family had just lost her home to fire to pick any Beanie Baby she’d like.

Before her lay more than 700 vintage stuffed animals, each packaged in protective boxes, their name tags covered in plastic slips.

After much deliberation, Pennington said the girl chose “Halo the Angel Bear,” to watch over her with “lots of love” and be her “guardian angel from up above,” as the toy’s poem read.

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Empty Stocking Fund: Family struggling with father's loss of job

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:47pm

WHO’S IN NEED

 

An Augusta father lost his job in October and now his family is struggling to make ends meet.

“I am paying all our bills with just my income,” his wife writes, “but that leaves no money for Christmas.

“I would really like to get my daughter something. I would love to see a smile on my 6-year-old’s face on Christmas morning. Please help me.”

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Cubs sign former GreenJacket Lester

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:34am

Former Augusta GreenJacket Jon Lester agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, the first big deal of the off-season involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than a century of frustration at Wrigley Field’s Friendly Confines.

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South Augusta city offices closing; moving

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:18am

South Augusta’s tag and utilities customer service offices will serve their last customers today before opening in new locations next week.

The new locations, as part of the City of Augusta - Citizens Service Center, will open at 1 p.m. Monday at a space in the Bi-Lo shopping center, 3463 Peach Orchard Road. The former locations of the tag and utilities customer service offices were 2029 Lumpkin Road and 2760 Peach Orchard Road, respectively.

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Water line break closes James Brown Blvd.

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:25am

A portion of James Brown Boulevard will be closed this morning while crews repair a broken water line.

According to Richmond County dispatch, James Brown Boulevard at Ellis and Greene streets will be closed starting at 8 a.m. The area will be reopened after repairs are made.

 

North Augustan charged in SC slaying

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:23am

A North Augusta man is facing murder charges in Allendale County after killing one and wounding two in a shooting Saturday.

Laparis Shemel Flowers, 24, of Georgetown Drive, has been charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a SLED news release.

Authorities said Flowers fired multiple shots into a Ford Crown Victoria in the parking lot of Pinewood Apartments, 852 Barton Road, killing the vehicle’s driver, Russell Smart. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Ga. cops dump sex offender in nearby county

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 6:55am

ATHENS, GA. -- A homeless man was turned away from one Athens shelter because he was a convicted sex offender and another because it had no room, police said.

As a result Monday, Athens-Clarke County police drove 51-year-old Ronald Dwayne Roebuck back to Walton County from where he’d come earlier in the day.

Athens authorities said Monroe police had driven Roebuck to the Salvation Army shelter on Hawthorne Avenue, pointed him toward the door and quickly drove off.

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15-year-old listed in critical but stable condition after fatal McDuffie County collision

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:38pm

A 15-year-old remains in critical condition following a Sunday car crash that killed four people in McDuffie County.

Kamaree Spencer, a passenger in a Toyota Highlander which was struck head-on by a Lexus, is listed in critical but stable condition, according to Warren County Deputy Coroner Sandra Yelton.

“He’s fighting,” Yelton said. “From my understanding, he’s already undergone two surgeries, but there’s still a long way to go.”

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Public meetings set in January for Columbia County school rezoning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:28pm

 

Parents of Columbia County schoolchildren will have two opportunities next month to express their views on the school system’s proposed rezoning plan.

School board trustees agreed Tuesday to dates for public meetings on the plan, with the first scheduled for Jan. 8 at Grovetown High School and the second Jan. 20 at Greenbrier High School. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

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Glenn Hills' Curry honored as new gym opens with his name

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:44pm

 

Michael Curry remembered the points, because the total was easy to count.

On a night when Georgia Southern was visiting the then-Glenn Hills player to watch him play, Curry scored three points.

But there were his rebounds, defense, a dunk and the intangibles that stood out then and all the way through his college career at Georgia Southern. He continued that success in the NBA as a player for more than a decade and later as the president of the NBA Players Association and head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

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Augusta Parks and Recreation director Bob Levine resigns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:02pm

In a sudden and unexpected departure, Augusta’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director Bob Levine said Tuesday he’s resigning to spend more time with his wife and four children, who reside in various parts of the country.

Levine, 64, submitted his resignation letter to Administrator Janice Jackson Saturday, two days before a $225,000 master plan for his department was pulled from Public Services committee discussion because it conflicted with a $100,000 organizational assessment of his office in the 2015 budget.

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Grant through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation moves up GRU cancer trials for kids

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:52pm

 

A big grant from a foundation fighting childhood cancer will help Georgia Regents University Cancer Center speed up the start of a clinical trial for kids with brain tumors who are out of good options for treatment.

GRU researcher Theodore Johnson hopes his immunotherapy approach, which was first discovered at Medical College of Georgia in a lab he worked in, could become the beginning of what might be a unique program for children with cancer.

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Two-year-old homicide still unsolved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:13pm

 

Hester Jackson’s unsolved homicide two years ago is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, say investigators who continue to be frustrated in their efforts.

“It’s basically gone cold,” Sgt. Chris Langford said of the Dec. 8, 2012 slaying. “We’ve got an idea of who did it but that’s about it.”

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Controlled burn planned at Fort Gordon

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:07pm

 

Smoke might be visible Wednesday because of a controlled burn at Fort Gordon.

The Fort Gordon Wildland Fire Team was to conduct a prescribed burn of 811 acres in Training Area 27 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

 

Downtown merchants speak out about parking solutions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:06pm

The business climate downtown has not warmed enough for parking meters, according to many downtown merchants who gave their opinions Tuesday on a parking plan.

More than 50 people, many of whom were downtown business owners and developers, attended one of two public forums at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library on Telfair Street addressing downtown parking.

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Empty Stocking Fund: Augusta mother asks for Christmas help

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:59pm

WHO’S IN NEED

A local mother asks for a little bit of Christmas for her children this holiday.

“I am working,” the mother writes, but the regular bills and debts from the past have taken much of the family income.

She says she knows things will eventually work out, but right now, she would like some help to brighten her children’s holiday.

“I don’t want them to suffer,” she said, adding that help from the Empty Stocking Fund will bring some happiness to her home Christmas morning.

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Official lauds success of free school meals program

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:38pm

 

No matter what’s been on the menu – chicken picante, fish nuggets, fruit salad or a range of other fare – no Richmond County student has spent a penny on school breakfast or lunch in almost two years.

It is part of a national effort under the Obama administration to deliver wholesome meals to needy students so malnutrition is never again a deterrence to academic achievement.

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Sonny Pittman officially announces candidacy for District 7 commission seat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:51pm

West Augusta Alliance president Sonny Pittman formally announced his candidacy Tuesday for the 7th District seat on the Augusta Commission.

The special election to complete former commissioner Donnie Smith’s term is scheduled for March 17. Louis “Hap” Harris, was tabbed by the commission to serve as Smith’s replacement until the election.

Pittman, 68, was raised in west Augusta and serves as Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commissioner for the District.

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