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Bond for teen in school threat case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 1:32pm


A Columbia County judge granted bond Tuesday to an Aiken teen charged with taking a weapon onto Lakeside High School grounds.

William Jeremiah Hawkins, 18, of Palm Drive, was charged with criminal trespass, disruption or interference with operation of public schools, pointing or aiming a gun at another, and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone. He was arrested Aug. 7 in Aiken County on Columbia County warrants and held until being transferred Friday to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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Man shoots suspect during Aiken home invasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:49pm


Police said an Aiken County man defended his family and shot one of several adults who broke into his home early Tuesday morning.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s incident report, three men and a woman forced their way into the home in the 500 block of Cedar Road in Windsor about 12:30 a.m.

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Suspect arrested in attempt to rob Augusta McDonald's

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:56am

One man is facing charges after he tried to rob the Deans Bridge Road McDonald’s with a BB gun Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police said the suspect, identified as William Ellison McClain, 22, entered the restaurant at 3357 Deans Bridge Road about 12:45 p.m., pointed a gun at an employee and demanded cash. He ran from the area after the employee fled to the back of the business.

Deputies discovered McClain running from the area. He was taken into custody on Spring Grove Road. Police also found the BB gun, which resembled a Colt 1911 pistol, according to a news release.

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PSC OKs Vogtle spending

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:06am



ATLANTA — Regulators have given preliminary approval of $169 million in spending by Georgia Power on its new nuclear power plant.


The Public Service Commission voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve the utility company’s spending on its construction costs at Plant Vogtle for the six-month period ending Dec. 31.


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Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina plan Aiken visits

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:00am

More GOP political candidates are planning visits to Aiken.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will be the guest speaker at the Aiken Republican Club’s September Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Newberry Hall in downtown Aiken.

On Friday, Oct. 2, candidate Carly Fiorina will speak at a noon luncheon held by Sen. Tim Scott at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center.

Ga. health care enrollment surpasses 55,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:49am



ATLANTA -- More than 55,000 Georgians signed up for health insurance exchange coverage during a “special” four-month period through the end of June.

This period came after regular open enrollment ended in February.

The signups during the special period included people who lost job-based coverage, got married or had a baby since late February.

Overall, more than 940,000 Americans took advantage of these changes in circumstances to obtain coverage in 37 states that use the federal exchange, part of the Affordable Care Act.

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