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Teen murder suspect's bond set at $2 million by North Carolina judge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:56pm

The 17-year-old charged in the shotgun slaying of her father, former Columbia County News-Times sports editor Mike Howell, was granted a $2 million bond in a North Carolina court Thursday.

Crystal Howell, who will turn 18 on Aug. 24, was arrested in Augusta on March 23 after fleeing the home she had shared with her father in the Sheepback community of Maggie Valley, N.C. According to police, her father’s body was discovered the day before inside a plastic storage bin in a shed behind the Howell home. Authorities suspect Mike Howell had been dead for a month.

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Augusta Army Reserve unit celebrates 45 years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:39pm

There was a rule among Army supply fleets in Vietnam not to stop for cargo trucks in distress for fear of enemy fire or attack. The 319th Transportation Company from Augusta never followed it.

From flat tires to rice-paddy rescues, the 148 crew members always came to the aid of a soldier in need in a sense of camaraderie still strong today, 45 years after the close-knit group left Vietnam in August 1969.

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Lady Antebellum selected for Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:40pm


Country music trio Lady Antebellum will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Lady Antebellum members Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley hail from Columbia County, where they graduated from Lakeside High School in 2000. The group has won seven Grammy Awards and numerous honors from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

The induction ceremony is Oct. 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The awards will be televised live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Girl with rare syndrome brings visitor from Australia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:24pm


Even before she was born, Laura O’Shields knew that her daughter, Kylee, might be different. She could not have guessed just how rare the girl would turn out to be.

Kylee’s story, spread through Facebook, won over a woman in Australia who is visiting her for a celebration Friday night.

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Thurmond Lake water data now on smartphone app

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:10pm

Thurmond Lake water levels and rainfall predictions can now be more easily accessed.

The Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District has released a smartphone application that puts the same data from its popular water management Web site in the palm of your hand. The free app is available for download from iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon app store.

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Quadcopters - not drones - flying off retail shelves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:09pm


A North Augusta woman told police they were following her. A Columbia County man uses them to take aerial shots of the Augusta Canal. And a handful of Georgia companies are considering the machines for surveying crops and real estate listings.

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Apartment managers learn how to guard against fire

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:00pm

 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly provided the title of Jaime Morgan of the Apartment Association of Greater Augusta.

There was one main message that Lt. Carlton Bradley wanted to depart to the 20 representatives from local apartment complexes at a class on fire safety Thursday. “The biggest thing I want y’all to take away from this is to be safe and make your tenants safe,” said the Augusta Fire Department official, who led the two-hour class.

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Augusta man sentenced to life without parole for killing innocent bystander

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:44pm

Dachavous Murphy never met Ashley Brown, but that didn’t stop him from killing the 26-year-old innocent bystander.

On Thursday afternoon a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Murphy, 22, of murder in Brown’s death. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

What Murphy did was “a callous and cowardly act”, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said in asking for the maximum penalty for Brown’s murder.

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