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U.S. Energy Secretary calls for $1 billion annually for MOX program at Savannah River Site

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:48pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Tuesday it will take more than $1 billion a year to complete Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility and fund other related processes required for that method of plutonium disposal.

“When it comes to the total funding, not just for the fabrication plant but for all the other activities, for the (plutonium) pit disassembly and everything else, you’re talking north of a billion dollars a year,” Moniz said. “We’ve got to see Congress being willing to appropriate over a billion dollars a year for decades to get it done.”

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Missing Louisville man's body found in Emanuel County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:41pm

The body of Matthew Good, a 22-year-old Jefferson County man who had been reported missing, was found Monday in northern Emanuel County, according to Emanuel County Coroner Jeffrey Peebles.

Good, of Louisville, Ga., was a sailor in the U.S. Navy and was home on leave to visit family.

“On Saturday morning, Good left Louisville on the way to Tybee Island with friends, but got out of the vehicle shortly after entering Emanuel County and began walking,” according to an Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Bond set in fatal River Watch Parkway wreck for one of the two drivers involved

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:54pm

One driver in the June 1 wreck on River Watch Parkway that killed three Augusta children has been released from jail, while another has yet to make bond.

Christopher Whitehead, 33, was released Tuesday night after posting $20,000 bond, according to Richmond County jail officials. Whitehead was arrested Monday on charges of disobedience of a traffic control device, three counts of vehicular homicide in the second degree and driving too fast for conditions.

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Harlem woman airlifted to GRU after car wreck

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:27pm


A Harlem woman was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center following a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon on Dozier Road.

Amy Lee James, 42, of Leitner Mill Road, was traveling south on Dozier Road and her 2004 Jeep Wrangler went off the east shoulder of the roadway, according to a statement from Columbia County Capt. Steve Morris. The vehicle then overturned and James was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt, Morris stated.

Her condition was not immediately available.



Fatal Belvedere fire likely caused by electrical short, officials say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:57pm


A house fire that killed a 64-year-old woman in Belvedere last week was probably caused by an electrical short, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a statement from Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster, forensic investigators from his department and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division have determined that the fire stemmed from a short in the master bedroom of the home at 608 Ashley Circle.

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New state law in time for SC distributors, Georgia firework fans to celebrate July Fourth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:18pm

Fireworks retailers have yet to apply for business licenses in the Augusta area, but industry officials said Tuesday that local interest is growing and an Aiken County wholesale distributor should significantly benefit from a new law permitting the sale of consumer pyrotechnics in Georgia.

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Sheriff dies in crash during highway chase in rural Georgia

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:22pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff died after crashing his patrol truck on a rural highway while helping chase a suspect who had fired gunshots at other law enforcement officers, authorities said Tuesday.

Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor, 42, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck as deputies and Georgia state troopers tried to stop the fleeing driver, said Special Agent Eve Rodgers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Commsission decides date for SPLOST referendum and also to end the Fort Gordon bus route

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:23pm


The Augusta Commission on Tuesday agreed to hold the city’s next sales tax referendum on Nov. 3 instead of March 1 and to terminate a little-used pilot bus route to Fort Gordon.

The special purpose, local option sales tax calendar commissioners approved 7-3 gives city officials about two months to develop a project list they think voters will like on Nov. 3, in a single-issue election costing $85,000 to conduct.

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Poison center fields synthetic pot calls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:24pm



ATLANTA -- Georgia and other states are seeing a rise in poison center calls that are linked to use of synthetic marijuana.

The CDC reported last week that between January and May, poison centers in 48 states reported receiving 3,572 calls related to the use of what scientists call synthetic cannabinoids.

That’s a 229 percent increase from the 1,085 calls received during the same period in 2014. The national figures include 15 reported deaths.

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Cricket Wireless to open metro stores

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:21pm

A South Carolina company is opening five Cricket Wireless stores in the metro area.

World Wireless in Greenville, S.C., is opening stores for the wireless company in North Augusta, Aiken and Augusta within a month, said Charles Myers, the director of sales operations.

World Wireless is an authorized retailer for Cricket and is opening 11 other stores in the Southeast by next week, he said.

The area stores will be in the Whiskey Road Wal-Mart shopping center in Aiken, Daniel Village in Augusta and along Knox Avenue in North Augusta.

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Man facing charges after waving gun outside Grovetown church

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:45pm

A Grovetown man is facing charges after authorities say he flashed a gun outside a church and fought with officers Sunday.

Charges are pending against Kenneth Temple, 38, who was living in a building next to City of Life Ministries at 5220 Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown. Those charges include obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegally carrying a concealed weapon, terroristic threats and acts, simple assault and reckless conduct, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report.

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Aiken fire engine, patrol car crash

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 1:32pm


An Aiken Department of Public Safety fire engine and patrol car crashed Monday evening while responding to a fire.

Lt. Jake Mahoney said the vehicles were heading to a structure fire on Cherokee Street SE around 9:30 p.m. when the Ford F-700 fire rescue vehicle and a Chevrolet Impala patrol car collided at the intersection of Park Avenue and Chesterfield Street. Both were significantly damaged in the crash. The driver of the patrol car was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and later released.

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