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SEC grants waiver for Smith to transfer to UGA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 2:56pm


ATHENS, Ga. — Maurice Smith will get his wish to play for Georgia.

The Southeastern Conference on Friday afternoon stamped approval for the defensive back to join Georgia after granting the Alabama graduate transfer a waiver he had wanted for weeks.

Commissioner Greg Sankey made the final call after Alabama reversed course Wednesday and gave him a release. He is eligible to play this season.

The SEC had said Smith needed to show “circumstances that demonstrate a clear reason for granting an exception.”

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Augusta man, 35, faces meth charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:48pm


A 35-year-old Augusta man was charged with trafficking methamphetamine Wednesday after a tip led police to his vehicle in a Deans Bridge Road parking lot.

According to an incident report, investigators received the tip that the suspect, Devon Whitney Knight, would be in or around the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Police locatd Knight, who admitted he had a large quantity of methamphetamine under his seat. The report recorded the amount as 58.2 grams.

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Aiken County drug bust nets 6

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:06am


A Warrenville drug bust led to the arrest of six men on drug charges Wednesday.

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Salvation Army plans Monday food drive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:57am


The Salvation Army is seeking canned food items for its annual food drive on Monday.

The Food 2 Fight Hunger drive will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kroger, 2801 Washington Road.

The Salvation Army said the drive is especially important as the food pantry is nearly empty. Summer months historically show a drop in donations and a increase in need.

The food collected will be used in The Salvation Army’s soup kitchen and food pantry.

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Ft. Gordon sets hunting, fishing meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:56am

Fort Gordon hunters and fisherman can learn about new regulations at a public meeting on Sept. 1.

Information presented at the meeting will concern natural resource management, deer season regulations, fish and game harvest data, iSportsman call-in system and more.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Darling Hall at the corner of Chamberlain Avenue and Rice Road in Room 188.

For more information, contact Mike Juhan at (706) 791-2397 or Steve Camp at (706) 726-0098.

Thomson investigator honored

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:55am


An area investigator has been named Investigator of the Year for 2016 by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia.

Shea Bunch, an investigator for the Toombs Judical Circuit, received the honor at the summer conference on July 17 in Jekyll Island.

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Night paving set for River Watch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:54am


Nighttime paving will soon be added to the existing paving project on River Watch Parkway.

Day crews will continue to work milling the old roadway including eight bridges, paving and general cleanup, while the night crew will work to place the final asphalt leveling and surface course.

Scheduled day hours run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday starting next week. That schedule is expected to continue through Sept. 1.

Night paving hours are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Aug. 21 through Sept. 1.

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Work begins on $390 million children's hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:23am

 CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hospital officials, dignitaries and patients are scheduled to gather in Charleston to break ground on a new $390 million hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina.


The university announced that groundbreaking ceremonies are set for Friday for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion.


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Arrest in Gwinnett torture slayings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:20am





NORCROSS, Ga. — Gwinnett County police say a suspect has been arrested in the deaths of a mother and son found inside their Norcross apartment.


Police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington tells news outlets that 28-year-old Rickey Taylor was taken into custody Thursday and charged with malice murder, armed robbery and false imprisonment in the deaths of Nicola Sramek and James Sramek.


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Ga. man gets 4 years for burning dog

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 8:17am


MARIETTA, Ga. — A Georgia man has been sentenced to four years in prison for setting his family’s dog house on fire in suburban Atlanta while the dog was inside.


WSB-TV reports a Cobb County jury convicted 23-year-old Caleb Lanier of felony animal cruelty and another charge for intentionally burning the female pit dog. He was sentenced Thursday.


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