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Accident kills Harlem woman, 26

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:35pm

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died in a traffic accident Saturday morning in Columbia County.

Linzi Lowe was driving a 2016 Honda Civic east on Wrightsboro Road at Dyches Road around 9 a.m. when she crossed the centerline, striking a westbound vehicle, according to Columbia County sheriff’s deputies and Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

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Bjorn wins Democratic US House primary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:45pm


COLUMBIA — Arik Bjorn has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in South Carolina’s 2nd Con­gressional District race by 45 votes out of more than 19,000 cast.

The South Carolina Elec­tion Commission certified the results Saturday afternoon after a recount mandated by law. The district includes parts of Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.

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Patterson Bridge Road reopens

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:46pm


Closed since an April 1 washout, Patterson Bridge Road reopened Friday ahead of schedule.

According to Augusta 311 Director Kelli Walker, the bridge and road reopened to local traffic – no 18-wheelers – late Friday, and the meandering detour on Chalk Mine Road was being closed.

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High winds damage Mistletoe park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:07pm


A severe thunderstorm and strong winds up to 70 mph swept through Mistletoe State Park on Friday afternoon, toppling 50 to 60 trees – some on top of vehicles, campers and tents – leaving roads blocked and sending at least one person to the hospital.

A 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with a broken arm after a tree fell on a camper she was in, but otherwise all other injuries were minor.

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Gator scare closes Tybee beaches

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:57pm

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — Authorities have closed some beaches along the Georgia coast as a precaution after a large alligator was spotted near Savannah.

Tybee Island officials said in a statement that the gator, estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, was spotted early Friday morning in the water off the beaches on the south end of Tybee Island.

They said all beaches were then closed from the Parker Pier to the back river.

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Former Richmond County Sheriff Bill Anderson dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:31pm


Former Richmond Coun­ty Sheriff Bill Anderson died Fri­day morning, former colleagues confirmed.

Anderson was elected in 1971 to fill the term of Sheriff E.R. Atkins, who died in office, and served for five controversial years.

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Overturned truck delays traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:54am


An overturned dump truck is causing traffic delays in the Wrightsboro Road area of Columbia County.

The wreck was reported to Columbia County sheriff’s dispatch at 7:57 a.m. at Wrightsboro and Old Wheeler roads. Around 10 a.m., dispatch said a wrecker is still on the scene.

Few details on the wreck are available at this time, but it appears to be a single vehicle crash. No injuries have been reported.

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Georgia Bank & Trust parent to be acquired

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:31am


A quarter-century tradition in Au­gusta banking will come to an end early next year when the corporate parent of Georgia Bank & Trust Co., Southeastern Bank Financial Corp., gets folded into South Carolina’s largest bank holding company.

The local company that grew from a startup in 1989 to the metro area’s second-largest financial institution announced Friday that it would be acquired by Columbia-based South State Corp. in a stock deal valued at $334 million.

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Paine's possible loss of accreditation bad news to city officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:19pm

Augusta officials reacted with shock and uncertainty about news of the city’s lone historically black college being recommended to lose its accreditation.

Many of Augusta’s black leaders attended Paine at some point or earned degrees there, including former mayor Ed McIntyre and former commissioners Betty Beard, Henry Brigham and J.R. Hatney. Current commissioners Bill Fennoy and Bill Lockett completed undergraduate degrees there.

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Wrongful death suit fired over Marshall Square fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:09pm


Columbia County and several fire and rescue employees have been named in a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal fire at the Marshall Square retirement community last year.

The suit was filed Thursday by Barbara Ellington, the last surviving daughter of Dorothy Carpenter, the lone resident who died in the fire.

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Indictment returned in case of fatal street brawl

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:10pm


A dozen people accused of taking part in a street brawl during which an Augusta teen was stabbed to death have been indicted on murder charges.

The Richmond County grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday against:

Demetrius Lamont Harris, 21

Michael Donnell Dean, 20

Eyvette Lashaun Byrd, 39

D’aciea Byrd, 15

Tyteanna Larosie Thomas, 18

Eddie Doneal Carter, 18

Ryheem M. Jobes, 19

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Forgery suspects sought

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:04pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating two unidentified men suspected in committing Forgery in the first degree at the Family Dollar, 3352 Deans Bridge Road.

Anyone with information may contact Investigator Wren (706) 821-1023 at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office or (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

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Paine will appeal recommendation to discontinue accreditation, say school officials

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:13pm

Even though its accrediting agency recommended against continuing accreditation, Paine College officials said they will mount a vigorous appeal that will contain new evidence of its fiscal solvency even as it seeks more donations to help.

And while that appeal is pending, which could be months, it will remain accredited, officials said.

See photos from the press conference

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Man accused of shoplifting after child left in vehicle

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:13am

Police said a man left his young child alone in a vehicle while shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Express­way.

Columbia County deputies were called to the store about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a passer-by noticed a young child, whose age was not provided, alone in the vehicle. The witness told police the child had been alone for about 25 minutes. Deputies found the child asleep on the backseat of a vehicle that was unlocked and running.

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