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Fire destroys Aiken apartment building

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:05pm

More than 20 people were left homeless after a fire destroyed an Aiken apartment building late Monday.

Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney said the department began receiving multiple calls for a fire at The Colony apartments on Greengate Drive about 11:50 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the 300 building. The fire spread through all 12 units and the building has been deemed a total loss. Mahoney said 23 residents were displaced.

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Entrance of pro-LGBT Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer defaced with graffiti

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:04pm


Vandals spray-painted Tuesday morning a Bible passage that condemns homosexual sex on a downtown church whose pastor was part of the first gay couple to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.

“Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” was painted across the double front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on 557 Greene St. On the front steps was another passage, Leviticus 18:20, with the words “You’ll Burn.”

The vandalism comes almost three weeks after a rainbow flag had been stolen from the front of the church.

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Augusta under heat advisory

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:46am

It’s going to be another hot one with temperatures reaching into the triple digits today.

A heat advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today with temperatures expected to reach between 100 and 102 degrees and heat index values up to 112 degrees.

A heat advisory was also in effect Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory is issued when hot temperatures and high levels of humidity combine to create a situation where heat-related illnesses are possible.

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Power restored after storm outage

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:04am

Power has been restored to the more than 1,000 customers affected by a Monday evening storm.

According to the Georgia Power Web site, there are no outages in the Richmond or Columbia County area.



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