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Gas leak prompts mall detour

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:45am

 

Wrightsboro Road at Marks Church Road is closed at this time due to a gas line cut by a contractor in front of Windsor Jewelers Gold buying store.

Traffic is being detoured to Capp Street around toward Toys R Us to Garden Springs toward the mall.

No evacuations needed at this time, the leak is small. The intersection will be closed until further notice while they pull up the road to get to the leak.

New Fort Gordon commander introduced

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:30am

 

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon has a new chief to continue leading the military installation’s growing mission as a hub of the nation’s cyber space defense.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty is the second commander of the newly-created Cyber Center of Excellence. In a ceremony Monday, he took over control from Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, who led Fort Gordon since July 2012.

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Georgia ethics chief fired

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:36am

 

 

 

ATLANTA — The head of the state ethics commission has been fired less than a week after a judge fined her $10,000 for withholding key documents in a lawsuit against the agency.

 

Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to terminate the employment of agency director Holly LaBerge.

 

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Ga. August revenues up 3.5 percent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:34am

 

 

ATLANTA — State officials say Georgia’s net tax collections for August totaled $1.39 billion, up 3.5 percent from a year ago.

 

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced the August revenue numbers, which totaled $1.39 billion. He said that is an increase of $47 million when compared to August 2013.

 

So far this year, net tax revenue collections totaled $2.88 billion. Deal said in a statement that represents an increase of $125 million -- or 4.5 percent -- compared to this point during the previous fiscal year.

Feds critical of Augusta's Gracewood

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:41am

 

 

ATLANTA -- A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in an August report, said the state-run Gracewood Developmental Center has repeatedly failed to ensure the safety of patients, who have been subjected to physical and verbal abuse.

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Atlanta police shoot firefighter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:15am

ATLANTA — Police say they’re investigating the shooting of an off-duty Atlanta Fire Rescue firefighter by an Atlanta police officer.

CBS 46 reports the firefighter was recovering in a hospital. Police said he was in stable condition.

Authorities say the shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday on Clifford Avenue in northeast Atlanta.

Police tell the Atlanta station that officers received a call about a man pointing a gun at someone. They say the situation escalated when officers arrived.

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Chick-fil-A's Truett Cathy dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:43am

ATLANTA  — S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

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Augusta man charged in two armed robberies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 10:21pm

An 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday in two south Augusta armed robberies that happened earlier this summer, Richmond County jail records show.

Antonio Quintez Wright, of Augusta, is charged with two counts of felony armed robbery and two counts of felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The first robbery happened June 28, though it wasn’t reported for more than a month.

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You remembered: The Miller Theater

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 8:53pm

Last week we asked about the Miller Theater on Broad Street. This is what you remembered:

 

MY EARLIEST MEMORIES of the Miller Theater occurred in the mid- to late 1940s. We lived in Swainsboro and occasionally my parents, my brother, and I would come to Augusta on Saturdays.

My parents would drop me and my brother off on Broad Street while they visited friends. They would give us each a quarter to spend and tell us the time and place they would pick us up.

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Plant Vogtle reaches largest workforce since 1980s construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 7:52pm

 

Plant Vogtle’s workforce has reached its largest number since construction of the commercial power plant’s first two nuclear reactors in the mid-1980s.

At the construction site for Vogtle Units 3 and 4 about 30 miles south of Augusta, the workforce has peaked at 5,000 workers – the highest number at Vogtle since an estimated 14,000 laborers built the reactors that started producing power in 1987 and 1989, according to Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins.

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First responders honored at special church service

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 7:17pm

The Rev. Tad Marshall wasn’t going to let a single first responder leave Lake­side Baptist Church on Sunday without first hearing the words, “Thank you.”

With more than 30 agencies represented, from fire departments to emergency medical services to law enforcement, he had his work cut out for him. But after the Beech Island church’s 911 Honor Service, he said, he hoped those responders would leave with fuller hearts and stomachs.

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Horschel holds on for title at BMW Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:40pm

 

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — The bad swing last week is a distant memory. The blown lead Sunday wasn’t enough to derail Billy Horschel, either.

Horschel let a three-shot lead drop to nothing in the final round of the BMW Champ­ionship before rebounding for a two-stroke win over current Masters Tour­na­ment champion Bub­ba Watson. Horschel shot a 1-under-par 69 and finished at 14-under 266 to put himself in prime position for the FedEx Cup title and its $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship next week.

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Serena Williams wins third US Open in row, 18th Grand Slam title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:39pm

 

NEW YORK — A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her standards.

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Ryan, Bryant lead Falcons past Saints in OT

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:38pm

 

ATLANTA — Matt Ryan has turned in plenty of impressive performances for the Atlanta Falcons.

This was probably his best one yet.

Throwing for a franchise-record 448 yards and showing some rarely used mobility to keep plays going, Ryan led the Falcons to a 37-34 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in another thriller between the NFC South rivals Sunday.

Matt Bryant kicked a tying 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation and won the season opener with a 52-yarder after the Saints fumbled the ball away on the second play of overtime.

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Atlanta Hawks owner admits racial statement, selling his interest in team

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 1:08pm

ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt “to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.”

Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry two years ago as “inappropriate and offensive.” In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban whites.

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Fire takes historic Georgia house

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 12:54pm

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The last remaining Chattahoochee riverfront mansion between Columbus and the Gulf of Mexico, was destroyed Sunday morning in a fire that took more than 40 firefighters to bring under control, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports..

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Augusta teen assaulted at Jennings Place

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:10pm

An Augusta teen was assaulted while walking in the Jennings Place apartment complex late Friday, deputies say.

Mark Williams, 19, told police Saturday that he was attacked by four unknown black males near Olive Road about 9 p.m. Friday, a Richmond County sheriff’s report says.

Williams said he was asked by the men where he was from and when he didn’t answer, they chased him. Williams said he was punched, kicked and hit at least once in the face with a baseball bat. He didn’t remember exactly where the assault happened.

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2 accused of firing assault rifle at home

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:05pm

Two Augusta men were arrested Friday after police say they fired several shots from an AR-15 while at a Danville Road home.

Mazcio Bernard Owens, 35, and Billy Joseph Laws, 23, are charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm on or near a public highway and are being held on $9,000 bonds, according to jail records.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called about the gunshots about 10:15 p.m., according to an incident report.

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1977 double homicide still baffles Aiken County authorities

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 9:03pm

A barking dog could have been a hero the night Grover Cleveland Sailors and his wife, Gwendolyn, were slain in their Aiken County home. But neighbors heard nothing from the couple’s German shepherd.

It was Nov. 9, 1977, and a thick fog shrouded Tamarack Drive, which sits adjacent to Interstate 20 in Aiken County. G.C. Sailors was dressed in his work clothes ready for his friend to stop by and take him to Savannah River Plant, where he worked as a welder, according to Augusta Chronicle archives.

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Ovarian cancer struggles for awareness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 8:02pm

 

Jane M. Flanders thought her bloating might be due to stress at work. Dare Meadows thought her fatigue and weight gain was just menopause. But both had ovarian cancer, and it was the last thing they would have thought about.

That, the two survivors say, is the problem with ovarian cancer and something they would like to change.

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