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Benefits of Ga. factory jobs touted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:26am


ATHENS, Ga. -- The manager of one of Georgia’s newest, large manufacturers told state lawmakers there is a need to convince students that factory jobs are attractive.


Todd Henry, operations manager for the Athens-based plant of Caterpillar Inc., is also praising the state’s job-training program, Quick Start, as helping prepare unskilled workers.


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Tax hikes looms to fix Georgia roads

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:10am

ATHENS, Ga. -- Finding a source of $1 billion in transportation funding is topping the agenda for the Georgia General Assembly.

On Monday, state leaders hinted at a tax increase.

“We’re not looking for a two-year or three-year plan. We are looking for a long-term plan to bring that much money in every year,” said state House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts.

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Savannah mall uses fake vultures to frighten flock

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:05am


SAVANNAH, Ga. -- They’re not your usual Christmas decorations. Atop the roof at the Savannah Mall, 10 vulture effigies have been strung up on poles.


They’re meant to scare off a mixed flock of turkey vultures and black vultures that in recent months has at times numbered more than 50 birds. The big feathered scavengers had fouled the common area of the mall roof with their excrement and regurgitation and pecked and pulled at the rubber roof, causing about $5,000 worth of damage.


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2 flu deaths near Savannah

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:02am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related deaths of two elderly women in the Coastal Health District — one from Chatham County and one from Effingham County, Sally Silbermann, Coastal Health District spokeswoman, said Monday.

These are the first confirmed flu-related deaths in the Coastal Health District this year. However, there have been five more confirmed flu-related deaths statewide. The Coastal Health District is made up of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.

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SC gold mine gets go-ahead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:53am

COLUMBIA — Environmental regulators have rejected a challenge to a proposed gold mine in Lancaster County.

The State newspaper reported the board at the Department of Health and Environmental Control has turned down an appeal by the Sierra Club.

The agency said Monday that its board has endorsed a permit approved by staff members for Romarco Minerals Inc. to set up the gold mine on about 2,500 acres in the rural part of Lancaster County.

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Execution tonight for Ga. cop killer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:50am

JACKSON, Ga. — A Georgia death row inmate who killed a sheriff’s deputy is set to be executed.

Robert Wayne Holsey’s execution is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at a state prison in Jackson. A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy Will Robinson.

Holsey robbed a Milledgeville convenience store early on Dec. 17, 1995. The clerk called police right after he left and described the robber and his car.

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Georgia Tech female assault reported

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:47am

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech police are seeking a suspect accused of assaulting a female student on the Atlanta campus.

The woman told authorities that she was walking behind Brittain Dining Hall near Williams Street Northwest around 5:45 p.m. Monday, when the man approached her from behind and reached under her skirt and touched her.

Police at the Georgia Institute of Technology said in a campus safety alert that the suspect was last seen heading westbound on North Avenue in a red pickup truck.

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90 DeKalb school bus batteries stolen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:44am

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Police and school officials in metro Atlanta are investigating the thefts of dozens of school bus batteries.

Dekalb County Schools police say a total of 90 school bus batteries have been stolen since October, causing problems for children trying to get to school.

WSB-TV reports ( that some students at Stone Mountain Middle School were late or didn’t make it to school at all after the latest theft was discovered.

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No toxicology tests to be administered in fatal McDuffie County wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:14pm


Without a toxicology test, officials may never know if a driver in a McDuffie County collision that killed four people Sunday was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. when a black Lexus was traveling eastbound on Augusta Highway at a high rate of speed before crossing the center line and striking a white Toyota Highlander head-on near Moose Club Road, Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Wright said Sunday.

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Commission abandons plans to audit Hyde Park project, Housing and Community Development Department

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:02pm

City commissioners abandoned plans Monday to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta’s Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire Housing and Community Development department, citing a need to keep real estate transactions private.

The commission had OK’d auditing the relocation project last week following the abrupt resignation of HCD Director Chester Wheeler and recent complaints from remaining Hyde Park residents about how $4.5 million had been allocated.

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Qualifying dates set for January in District 7 special election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:27pm

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested District 7 election to complete resigned Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith’s term has been set for Jan. 12-14.

The Richmond County Board of Elections voted 5-0 Monday to call the special election for the next date permitted under state law, March 17, with 2½ days of candidate qualifying to be held, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12-13 and 8:30 p.m. to noon Jan. 14.

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New Richmond County Schools deputy superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw brings varied skillset to position

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:08pm


If there is one thing Richmond County Schools Deputy Superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw knows, it’s how to manage his time.

Throughout his 24 years in education, Bradshaw spent his life balancing the roles of father, soldier and teacher. He worked weekdays as a teacher for the DeKalb County school system. On weekends, he served in the Army National Guard, reaching the rank of captain.

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Shooter who wounded girl sentenced to 10 years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:41pm

An Augusta woman who wounded a teenage girl earlier this year when she fired several gunshots at a vehicle containing the girl and her mother pleaded guilty Monday.

Gina R. George, 29, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of aggravated assault and two weapons violations for the Feb. 8 shooting at her home.

Judge J. David Roper sentenced George to serve 10 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

University Hospital to manage Washington County hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:39pm

University Hospital will help manage the Washington County Regional Medical Center even as it continues to increase its geographic spread across the area.

The Hospital Authority of Washington County signed a five-year management deal with University to start Jan. 1. University will provide some new leadership and business advice but the hospital retains its name and its 300 employees, according to a news release. The hospital in Sandersville is the county’s largest employer, according to the release.

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Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:25pm

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom’s Path $790,000 in federal tax credits, with the hope the low-income housing development can help end veteran homelessness in Augusta by late 2016.

Freedom’s Path was one of 30 rental properties in Georgia the state selected for $22.4 million in federal housing tax credits this year to construct or rehabilitate new units for veterans, senior citizens and working families, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) said in a news release.

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LED sign repairs increase during winter in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:20pm

Eric Driggers is preparing for the heart of winter in the Augusta area, in which he said long cold snaps are known to darken displays on commercial signs using light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs.

Driggers, the manager of AKO Signs in Martinez, said winter is the busiest season for repairs at the Athens-based advertising business, with technicians battling nature to be on-site of an outage within a couple days.

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Glenn Hills set for naming ceremony for new gym

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:37pm


Glenn Hills will have a Tuesday ceremony to name its new gym after former basketball player Michael Curry.

At a 3 p.m. program, the school will honor Curry, with remarks from current Glenn Hills boys coach and Curry’s high school teammate Travis McRae, Curry himself and from many others.

Curry, a Spartans basketball star in the 1980s and later an NBA player and head coach, is currently Florida Atlantic University’s head coach.

Curry coached the Detroit Pistons the 2008-09 season and is in his first year as the Owls’ coach.


Billions needed to fix SC roads

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:35pm


COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Transportation Commission has given final approval to a plan projecting the state will need to spend another $60 billion during the next quarter century on roads, money which the state does not have.


The Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, which was the topic of public hearings around the state earlier this year, was approved at last week’s commission meeting in Columbia.


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Suspect sought in Coleman Avenue burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:58pm


An Augusta woman called police after someone broke into her home and stole some unusual items.

The 27-year-old reported the unknown thief stole a sex toy from her bedroom and two boxes of Captain Crunch cereal from her kitchen between Friday evening and around noon Sunday, according to an incident report.

The thief also rummaged through the refrigerator, leaving food on the counters.

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Augusta man, 20, faces burglary, trespassing charges

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:55pm

A 20-year-old Augusta man is facing charges after a deputy caught him trying to steal multiple items, including a car, from a south Augusta automobile dealership.

Michael Joseph Manders has been charged with burglary in the second degree and criminal trespass. He is being held at the Richmond County jail.

A Richmond County deputy responded to a business alarm at Sunbelt Auto Saver, 3145 Peach Orchard Road, about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and found Manders running across the parking lot attempting to put a Toyota key into a Volkswagon Beetle, a report stated.

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