One hospitalized after I-20 wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:01pm


One person was hospitalized Monday afternoon following a single-car wreck on Interstate 20.

About 5 p.m., deputies responded to mile marker 1, where a Ford Mustang overturned in the median. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, one person was transported to AU Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

No lanes were blocked, according to Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.



Paine College gets injunction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 3:59pm


Paine College will remain accredited and on probation after reaching an agreement with its accrediting body after the school filed a lawsuit Monday morning alleging improprieties in how its appeal was handled.

Paine and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission agreed to the injunction filed in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, which will allow students to continue to receive financial aid at Paine, according to the order. It allows the parties to work on issues, attorneys with Paine said.

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Grovetown woman claims fake sex ad posted on Craigslist

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 2:41pm

A Grovetown woman contacted police Thursday after learning someone had falsely posted on Craigslist that she was soliciting sex.

The woman, 26, told Columbia County sheriff’s deputies she woke to find her phone filled with text messages from strangers. The texts stated they saw her ad on Cragislist and wanted to see if she was available. Some of the strangers had also sent inappropriate photos.

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Two Columbia County juveniles claim "clown" harrassment on social media

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 2:26pm

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on two occasions in the past week by juveniles who claimed they were harassed by clowns on social media.

A mother told police her daughter had received several messages on Instagram from people dressed as clowns and the messages were continuing. A deputy saw requests from three or four subjects to follow on the girl’s page. All of the subjects were dressed as clowns and stated where they wanted to meet her.

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Paine files federal lawsuit to keep accreditation

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 2:03pm


Paine College filed a federal lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to restore its accreditation after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Friday rejected its appeal of a denial of its accreditation.

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Man jailed in Evans High thefts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 1:39pm


A man who two years ago ran for a Richmond County school board seat is facing theft charges after Columbia County deputies say he took several athletic jerseys from Evans High School.

Franklin Victor Beckles, 43, was in the Columbia County jail on Monday facing second-degree burglary and other charges. He is being held on $12,500 bond, Maj. Steve Morris of the sheriff’s office said.

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Gas shortages popping up

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:21am


Lines formed at some gas stations Monday morning as Augustans found themselves on a hunt for fuel.

“It’s ridiculous,” Damonda Harris said as she sat by a pump at Bodie’s on 13th Street Monday morning. She estimated it was around the sixth station she stopped at before finding fuel.

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Navy veteran's homicide in 1995 still unsolved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 11:57pm


Few details were ever released in the suspicious death of a Navy veteran from Aiken County in 1995, and it still remains a mystery.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Eula Helen Street in Glover­ville on April 2, 1995, after Paul Edward Griffin, 58, was found dead in his home. Police said a friend discovered the body on the living room couch after noticing that Griffin’s door was partially open.

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Pardon our Mess: Furniture mess after eviction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 9:01pm

WHAT: Furniture and other belongings strewn by vandals across a yard and sidewalk after a Sept. 8 eviction

WHERE: 1810 Greene St.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: If not immediately retrieved by the tenant after an eviction, removed items become the responsibility of the landlord, according to Lt. Terry Norman of the Richmond County Marshal’s Office.

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Martin Truex Jr. rallies to win NASCAR Chase opener

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:00pm


JOLIET, Ill. — Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the first time in his career.

He can thank a late caution in what has been an emotional year for the small-team driver.

Truex shot to the front after a late re-start and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Aiken fire victims identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:04pm

The two bodies found Friday morning after a house fire in Aiken County have been identified.

Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables said Sunday that Norman Scott and his wife Sadie Scott, both 85, died of smoke inhalation.

The couple lived in the home at 72 Alex Johnson Drive east of Aiken. It was reported fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 7:20 a.m. Friday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Paine College plans community meeting Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 12:48pm

Paine College officials said Sunday that they are inviting the public to a community meeting to discuss the status of the Augusta school’s accreditation.

School President Samuel Sullivan will address questions at the forum, which will begin at 11 a.m. today in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.

Syncronex:  Metered

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Riverfront music venue still low on shows

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:40am

Augusta’s Jessye Norman Amphi­theater continues to want for shows.

The third event in this year’s “Ri­ver­front Revival” series, an Oct. 6 concert by Yonder Mountain String Band, was recently moved to Sky City because of “unforeseen issues” at the riverfront amphitheater.

City Recreation and Parks Di­rec­tor Glenn Parker said he learned that the issues involve the band’s power requirements for the show.

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Sheriff's office alters physical training tests

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:02am


The Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office is adjusting its physical training assessment to account for an officer’s age and sex.

The memo on policy changes was sent to the staff in mid-July to the delight of officers, who will face testing in October or November. Capt. Bill Probus said the change was a result of input from officers, the advisory board and reviews of test scores.

“The results from the first few years showed a disparity between women and the older folks,” Probus said.

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Boy, 4, drowns at Wildwood Park

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 10:07pm

A 4-year-old Augusta boy drowned Saturday at Wildwood Park in Columbia County.

He was identified as Jace Alan Baker, according to deputy coroner Harriett Garrison.

She said the victim’s family had gone to the park to see a fishing tournament and afterward several of the youngsters were riding bikes to another area of the park then returned.

Jace did not return with them and a search began. His body was soon found in eight feet of water nearby, the coroner said.

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Paine College to sue after losing accreditation appeal

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:47pm

Paine College said Saturday night that it will file a federal lawsuit within 48 hours seeking to restore its accreditation, hours after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges revealed that its appeals committee was supporting a June decision to end accreditation for the Augusta private school.

Paine said it will ask a federal judge to prevent the accreditation ruling until the conclusion of a lawsuit, and “is hopeful that the court will enter such an order in the next few days.”

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Glascock accident kills man, 53

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:01pm


A Sandersville man was killed in Glascock County Friday afternoon when his pickup truck left the road and crashed into a wooded area off the 8000 block of Sand Hill Road.

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