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Army official addresses leaders at private meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:47pm

A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders about the post’s future.

Katherine Hammack, the Army’s assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, spoke at a breakfast meeting of the Association of the United States Army’s Fort Gordon chapter. CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon Executive Director Thom Tuckey, who circulated an e-mail to community stakeholders encouraging attendance, said the meeting was not open to the media.

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Commission votes no on property tax increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:44pm

An ordinance calling for a 1.75-mill property tax increase was shot down by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, pleasing dozens of jubilant taxpayers who attended the meeting to voice their discontent with the city for its inability to balance its budget through other means.

After nearly two hours of debate, preceded by a public hearing in which residents voiced their opposition, the motion to pass the ordinance on third reading failed. Commissioners Bill Fennoy, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett and Marion Williams voted in favor of the ordinance.

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South Carolina Circuit Court judge rules in favor of Project Jackson in North Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:06pm


North Augusta’s Project Jackson is moving forward.

South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit challenging a riverfront development that includes a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets, according to North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover.

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Augusta man arrested for filling his pants with junk food

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:47pm


A man was arrested by police after filling his pants with junk food.

A deputy recovered 13 packs of cashews, 14 packs of peanuts, one pack of heat nuts and four packs of steakhouse Slim Jims from Sheldon Leroy Burns’ pants, according to an incident report.

The clerk at Circle K, 2631 Wrightsboro Road, told police that Burns came into the store around 1:40 a.m. Sunday and made repeated trips to the restroom and finally came out with his “pants all big” and attempted to leave.

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Triple-digit temperatures, heat advisory possible this week for Augusta, South region

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:11pm


Get ready for some of the hottest weather of the season during a three-day heat wave starting Wednesday, meteorologists said Tuesday.

Temperatures have failed to reach 100 degrees so far this summer, but that might change over the next few days and weeks.

The National Weather Service in Columbia has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday through Monday when temperatures could climb into triple digits.

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Bacteria colonies removed from Savannah River Site using special vacuum

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:49am

Mysterious bacteria growing on Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel storage basins have been removed using a special vacuum.

The rare bacterial colonies, which resemble cobwebs, were discovered in 2011 during routine surveillance of the L Disassembly Basin, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded. Scientists studied samples and determined the white, stringy “cobwebs” were made up of a broad variety of bacteria and a few types of microbes.

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Angela Pringle selected as Richmond County schools superintendent in 7-2 vote

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:34am

The Richmond County board of education selected Angela Pringle as their next superintendent Tuesday, officially ending their search just days before current superintendent Frank Roberson leaves his office.

The board took a roll call vote to approve Pringle’s selection, which passed 7-2. Board members Alex Howard and Jack Padgett were the only board members present to vote against Pringle’s hiring. Board member Frank Dolan did not attend the meeting.

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Aquinas, Washington County ranked No. 1 in preseason football poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:53am

Aquinas’ hold on No. 1 will continue.

After winning their first state championship in 2013, the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 in Class A in the Georgia Sports Writers Association preseason poll. When Aquinas visits Class AAA Glenn Hills on Friday, it will mark the first time the Irish will play a game as a top-ranked team. They didn’t ascend to No. 1 until after they beat Calvary Day in the state championship.

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Tanker on fire in Aiken County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:20am

Firefighters are working to extinguish a tanker truck fire on Old 96 Road in Aiken County.

Firefighters and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were called to the vehicle fire around 8:45 a.m. on the 4000 block of Old 96 Road, according to the highway patrol.

Crews remain on the scene.

Further details have not been released, but drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Robbery suspect uses fire extinguisher to cover prints

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:59pm

Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of robbing a beauty salon.

The incident, reported Monday morning, occurred at J Girls Beauty Salon in the 4200 block of Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the report, the suspect gained entry by forcing open a front-side window and proceeded to steal 10 hair weaves, a stove and an iron, valued at $400.

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Confusion pushes back changes to antiquated county animal ordinances

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:20pm


Proposed changes to county animal ordinances, which have not been updated in 35 years, have been pushed back another two weeks because of confusion between Augusta Animal Services advisory board members and the shelter’s director.

The ten-member advisory board voted on revisions to the ordinances in March 2013, but the package had been stalled in the law department’s review process ever since.

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First-gen college students eager, hopeful

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:44pm

In the weeks leading up to her first day of college, Lauren Serrano had the typical jitters.

She was afraid of getting lost on campus, unsure about what her professors would expect from her, and nervous about taking on a full course load her first semester.

All of those anxieties aside, what Serrano, 18, felt more than anything was pride. The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Serrano has become the first in her family to attend college, and with that accomplishment, has fulfilled her parents’ greatest wish for their child.

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HPV vaccine safe, effective over eight years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:00pm

A vaccine against a very common sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer has proven safe and effective over eight years, which should spur more people to get it, a Georgia Regents University researcher said.

In the longest follow-up yet of boys and girls who received the quadrivalent vaccine against strains of human papillomavirus, a study out Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics following nearly 1,700 youths for eight years had good immune responses to the virus with no significant side effects.

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Augusta hospitals monitor, prep for Ebola

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:50pm

With the degree of international travel and disease outbreaks like the Ebola virus and the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, Georgia Regents Medical Center is now asking all patients about travel outside the country as a routine part of screening.

A review by Emory University physicians is urging colleagues worldwide to keep abreast of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and keep up with what health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending for screening and potentially handling infectious patients.

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Classes begin at North Augusta schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:42pm

As cars piled into parking lots and masses of children walked through the doors into North Augusta Elementary, the scene Monday morning seemed less like the first day of school and more like an assembly line.

Police officers helped guide cars down through the school’s entry road, and crosswalk guards hustled parents and children across the busy parking lot. Teachers and school employees helped guide the roughly 650 students toward the main entrances of the building.

Some parents stopped and posed their children for pictures as the stream of people began to die down.

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Murder trial begins for second suspect in 2013 Augusta homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:33pm

The trial began Monday for the second of three men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Dogwood Terrace last year.

Killeon Cooper, 20, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court, and according to his defense attorney, Sadeer Sabbak of the public defender’s office, no physical evidence links Cooper to the Aug. 27, 2013, slaying of Charles D. Davis.

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Arnold Palmer has pacemaker implanted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:43pm


PITTSBURGH — Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his Web site, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released Tuesday.

Golf Channel earlier this year produced a three-part documentary called Arnie, which was broadcast the week after the Masters Tournament in April. The seven-time major champion remains one of the most endearing figures in golf.

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Sheriff's office reverses course on Calhoun closing

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:26pm


Less than two hours after the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced it would close a portion of Calhoun Expressway for a filming project, the department reversed its course.

About 3 p.m. Monday, the department issued a statement announcing that Calhoun Expressway between 15th and Greene streets would close Tuesday for filming, but would not release details on the project. The closing was originally scheduled to take place from 2:30 to 8 p.m.

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Two local golfers advance to regional Drive, Chip and Putt finals

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:12pm


Emma Chen walloped her final drive Monday, and then took off to find her parents.

The 10-year-old from Augusta found her father first, and grinned from ear to ear as she showed him her Drive, Chip and Putt scorecard.

Then she spotted her mother, and she ran to her.

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