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Connecticut women top Notre Dame, claim third consecutive national title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:52pm


TAMPA, Fla. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut are a perfect 10.

The Hall of Fame coach joined some elite company in UCLA’s John Wooden after tying the Wizard of Westwood with his 10th NCAA Tournament title.

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Par 3 Partee returns Wednesday with Swingin' Medallions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:36pm

After a year hiatus, a Masters Week tradition is returning to Augusta.

City organizers will bring back the Par 3 Partee on Wednesday, April 8, from 4 to 10 p.m. at a new venue, the Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

The annual event began in 2010 as the unofficial after-party of the Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest, but was cancelled in 2014 because of a lack of volunteers to host the gathering at the Augusta Common.

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Aiken man charged in girlfriend's death

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:31pm


A 32-year-old man has been charged in the “careless handling” shooting death of his girlfriend at her Aiken home.

Steven Kevin Thurmond has been booked in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Aiken County sheriff’s investigators said Thurmond was carelessly handing a gun when it went off and struck Amanda Smith, 31, in the stomach around 12:24 a.m. Tuesday at her home on the 600 block of Crossroads Park Drive.

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SLED arrests North Augusta safety officer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:13pm

A North Augusta public safety officer was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014 death of Ernest Satterwhite in Edgefield County. Satterwhite, 68, was shot to death after a slow-speed car chase.

According to a news release from the State Law Enforcement Division, Justin Gregory Craven, 25, was charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle while occupied, a felony which carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

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Child pool accident prompts warnings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:25pm

Officials are urging safety after one child drowned Saturday and another remains hospitalized after being found unresponsive in a pool about 4 p.m. Monday.

“You have to be responsible,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins. “You’re not just talking about your own children but any other child who could jump your fence.”

On Monday, a 1-year-old child, who has not been identified, was found unresponsive in the pool in his backyard on the 3400 block of Cannongate Drive.

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Lawmaker likes way road funding turned out

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:56pm


ATLANTA -- The transportation spending bill passed by the Legislature last week will take care of Georgia’s road needs for the near future, the legislation’s main architect says.

“For the next 10 to 15 years, we’re going to be in pretty good shape,” House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, told InsiderAdvantage Georgia.

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Player urges faith, health at Masters prayer breakfast

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:46am


Dressed all in black, Wayne Player stood in front of nearly 1,000 people at Warren Baptist Church Tuesday morning and half quoted, half sang Johnny Cash’s Boy Named Sue.

“My dad loved country, and he played that song a lot,” he said.

Player, son of Master’s legend Gary Player, was the guest speaker for the 2015 Masters Week Golf Breakfast, presented by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Georgia tax collection keeps rising

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:31am

 ATLANTA -- State tax collections rose 9 percent in March, compared to the same month last year, and they are up 6 percent for the year to date, according to figures released Tuesday by the governor’s office.

The increase comes from improvement in the economy and not changes in the gasoline tax and new fees included in road-funding legislation that is awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.

Even though the road-funding bill hasn’t taken effect yet, gasoline taxes rose 8.5 percent, or roughly $6.5 million.

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Ga. health legislation: Winners and losers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

ATLANTA -- With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here’s a list of the health care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.



Winners from the Legislative session:


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SC river among 'most endangered'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:48am

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Edisto River has again made the list of the nation’s top 10 most-endangered rivers.

The conservation group American Rivers released the list on Tuesday and said concerns about withdrawing too much water from the Edisto for agricultural uses landed the river on the list.

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Rare motorcycles stolen near Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:45am

JONESBORO, Ga. — A couple is searching for their pickup truck and two rare motorcycles after all three vehicles were stolen from a hotel south of Atlanta.

Jim Stone tells WSB-TV he and his wife and their 5-year-old grandson were delivering the bikes from Kansas City to Florida when they stopped for the night at a Comfort Suites in Clayton County. They awoke to find their Ford F-250 pickup and the trailer with the bikes gone.

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Saluda arrests in 3,000 fuel gallons theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:43am

SALUDA, S.C. — Two Florida men are in custody in South Carolina charged with stealing 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from convenience stores in four states.

Media outlets report that deputies in Saluda County in western South Carolina took the men into custody on April 1.

Authorities say that 48-year-old Cesar Jesus Caballero of Miami and 44-year-old Julio Cesar Fernandez of Hialeah, Florida, are charged in the case.

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Wounded by mom, Georgia teen dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:39am

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Police say a teenager has died two days after being shot by his mother, who witnesses say was trying to break up a fight.

Authorities say 33-year-old Latoya Tilson faces charges including assault and cruelty to children after police say she shot her son, 15-year-old Pierre Tilson, and another teen.

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Man caught stealing Grady ambulance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:37am

ATLANTA — A stolen ambulance outside an Atlanta hospital led to a police chase in the suburbs, ending in a crash and a police dog tracking down the suspect.

Police say the ambulance was at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta -- its engine running -- around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police tell WXIA-TV a suspect jumped in and drove away.

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Bull kills Georgia cattle farmer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:53am


ATHENS, Ga. -- A bull allegedly killed a 75-year-old cattle farmer on Friday in his pasture near Hoschton, Ga.


“I understand it was an aggressive bull and it attacked him and dragged him across the field,” Jackson County Emergency Services Director Steve Nichols said Monday.


Someone found James Randolph Capes’ body at about 8 p.m. in the pasture located off Georgia Highway 332, Nichols said.


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Aiken woman, 31, fatally shot

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:39am

A 31-year-old Aiken woman was pronounced dead this morning at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Amanda J. Smith, of Crossroads Park Drive, suffered a gunshot wound, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation by the Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Carlton said.

The shooting took place about 12:20 a.m. at 653 Crossroads Park Drive and Smith’s friend , Steven Thurmond, 34, is being questioned in the matter, Carlton said.

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Prescription drug summit in Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 7:34am

 ATLANTA — A group of federal lawmakers, public health experts and others are meeting in Atlanta for a summit on prescription drug abuse.

 Organizers say the summit this running through Thursday at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta will include CDC Director Tom Freiden, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and many others.

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Duke outlasts Wisconsin to capture fifth national title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:36pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Call them freshmen. Please, do not call them kids.

Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke's talented group of youngsters played like salty old pros down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program's fifth national title.

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1-year-old pulled from pool, still alive

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:29pm

A toddler was pulled from a swimming pool Monday afternoon, still alive, and was receiving treatment at an Augusta hospital.

The 1-year-old’s parents found him in their backyard pool in the 3400 block of Cannongate Drive, according to a statement by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which was called to the home about 5:30 p.m. The statement termed the incident a “near drowning.”

The sheriff’s office released no further information Monday night.

Augusta native, longtime caddie honored by city

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:27pm


It was Ben Crenshaw, not honoree and Augusta native Carl Jackson, who got the most choked up during Monday night’s Mayors’ Masters Reception at Augusta Common.

Crenshaw had to pause for nearly 20 seconds before he could start his speech, which he had memorized.

It was that kind of emotional night as the 67-year-old Jackson, who has caddied in a record 53 Masters – the past 38 for Crenshaw – had his life celebrated.

Before Crenshaw or Jackson spoke, Mayor Hardie Davis proclaimed Monday as Carl Jackson Day in Augusta and gave him a crystal key to the city.

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