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Professionals urge safety when using chain saws to cut storm-damaged trees, limbs

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:34pm

 Tree removal professionals are recommending taking additional precautions when removing storm-damaged trees after an Aiken man was killed by a tree he was attempting to cut down.

Thomas Shealy, 73, died last week after the tree fell on top of him, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. He was discovered by his wife, who had come outside to help with yard work.

Wayne L. Craig, owner of Craig’s Tree Service, said having at least one additional person on hand could help ensure safety.

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Quorum of BOE members turns brainstorming event into illegal meeting

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:39pm


A meeting of elected officials held Thursday to discuss how to improve Augusta’s image broke the state’s open meetings law after a quorum of Board of Education members showed up without having invited the public.

Board of Education President Venus Cain said she organized the meeting so community leaders could brainstorm ways to move the city forward and combat the negative image often portrayed in the local media as the Army Cyber Command and other military units prepare to relocate to Augusta.

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