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Mayor available to meet with public Friday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:50am

Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. will hold his first “office hours” opportunity at a south Augusta doughnut shop Friday afternoon, according to a news release.

Davis touted the program during his campaign as a way for regular Augustans to meet with the mayor in an informal setting away from the Municipal Building.

The first hour will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in District 6’s new Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at 3110 Peach Orchard Road. District 6 Commissioner Ben Hasan will join Davis at the meeting.

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Chancellor discusses Azziz

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:27am

Here is a question-and-answer exchange Thursday with Hank Huckaby, the Georgia university system chancellor on the future of GRU President Ricardo Azziz.

 

Q: Is he going to resign today?

A: I understand there is a letter to that effect in my office right now. We’ve had conversations. He made that revelation to his staff already.

 

Q: Is there going to be a regents meeting today?

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Mexican gets 18-year drug sentence

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:05am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Mexican citizen living in rural south Georgia has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a drug plot.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eric Arrana-Garcia, 39, who lived in Blackshear, Ga., was sentenced last week by United States District Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 18 years in prison for his role in a meth conspiracy operating in southeast Georgia and elsewhere.

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Azziz June 30 resignation accepted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:30am

The Georgia regents have accepted the resignation of GRU President Ricardo Azziz effective June 30.

Azziz did not attend the meeting, and the regents, themselves, made no comments afterward and referred all questions to a spokesman.

Hank Huckaby, Georgia university system chancellor, said this morning he had a letter from Azziz on his desk and that Azziz’s decision to leave was voluntary.

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Ga. health exchange enrollment nears 400,000

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:00am

ATLANTA -- Almost 400,000 Georgians are signed up for coverage in the 2015 health insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday.

The Georgia signup total as of Jan. 9 greatly exceeds the state’s 316,543 enrollees during the first open enrollment last year. The enrollment period this year ends Feb. 15.

U.S. Health and Human Services officials, who released Georgia’s 398,781 enrollment figure, did not include details on plan design, age, or other such characteristics.

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Most USC sports grade over 3.0

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:39am

COLUMBIA — Football was the only one of South Carolina’s 18 athletic programs to have a grade-point average of less 3.0 for the recently finished fall semester.

The school released its academic report Wednesday. Football finished the semester with a 2.693 GPA.

Women’s tennis led the way at 3.542. South Carolina’s athletes finished with an overall GPA of 3.208, which the department said was the 16th straight semester they’d been at 3.0 or higher.

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Third person charged in death of elderly man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:26am

 

A third person has been charged in the Jan. 4 death of an elderly Aiken County man, whom police said had been mistreated by his caretakers.

Renee Sharkey, 26, of Windsor, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on Wednesday on a charge of abuse or neglect resulting in the death of a vulnerable person.

Two others, Dale Sharkey, 56, and his daughter Danielle Sharkey, 27, had been booked under the same charge Jan. 7.

Dale Sharkey was also cited under the animal nuisance and failure to vaccinate animal ordinances.

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No violent past for Ga. police chief who shot wife

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:18am

 

 

ATLANTA — The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year’s Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.

 

“You’re the chief of police in Peachtree City?” the dispatcher repeated.

 

“Yeah, unfortunately, yes,” William McCollom said.

 

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Update: Missing family found

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:12am

 

Authorities say the search for a Glascock family reported missing ended Thursday when the family was found.

Glascock and McDuffie County police were asking the public’s help in locating the mother, father and child.

Mack and Patricia Johnston, and their 2-year old daughter, Morgan Hope, were last seen around 11 a.m. Monday.

They were safely located mid-day Thursday, police said. 

Florida cops have a 'rug problem'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:54am

LARGO, Fla. — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has a rug problem

Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Wednesday that a new, $500 rug at the sheriff’s administration building said “In Dog We Trust” instead of “In God We Trust.”

 

The forest green rug with the sheriff’s yellow badge was in the entrance area for a couple of months when the error was discovered Wednesday by a deputy.

 

Barreda says the error was made by the rug manufacturer and it’s in the process of being corrected. A second rug did not have the misprint.

Ga. lawyer arrested in $500,000 theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:48am

A Vidalia, Ga., attorney has been arrested on charges of forgery and theft by deception in connection with a $500,000 civil settlement he allegedly never gave his clients.

Wilson Randolph Smith, 63, was arrested Tuesday night by Toombs County sheriff’s deputies and placed in the Toombs County Detention Center awaiting his appearance before a Superior Court judge, Sheriff Alvie Kight said Wednesday.

The arrest came after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, Kight said.

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UGA student shot, killed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:36am

ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student was fatally shot Tuesday in what police are calling a drug-related homicide.

Min Seok Cho, 21, reportedly was shot in the head when he met someone to buy marijuana.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim met the person or persons responsible for the shooting to exchange marijuana,” Athens-Clarke County police said Wednesday in a media release.

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Elton John coming to Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:15am

 

Elton John and his band return to Augusta and the James Brown Arena on Tuesday, March 10 as part of the “All The Hits” tour, according to a news release.

The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

GRU President Azziz expected to resign today

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:55pm

 

Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is expected to announce his resignation today according to a highly placed official at the university.

Azziz is expected to make the announcement during a called meeting of his cabinet at 8 a.m. today. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is expected to make the formal announcement later today.

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Paine football players still in shock over shutdown

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:09pm

 

When he played running back during his prep career at Butler, Jeff Menefee was able to shake defenders with his strong body.

On Wednesday evening, Menefee walked out of Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel unable to shake the news he received five days earlier. When the school announced plans to shut down the football program Friday evening, Menefee said he and his teammates were stunned – and the feeling hasn’t left.

“Nobody really knows what to do,” he said. “Every­body is still in shock. I really don’t know what to do with my life.”

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Augusta teenager charged with first-degree burglary

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:51pm

An Augusta teenager is in custody after allegedly stealing $1,500 worth of electronics Tuesday from a home on Brussels Street.

While making rounds at Trinity Manor Apartment Complex, a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy noticed Verdre Lamont Scott, Jr., 18, bent over behind building six, according to an incident report. The deputy says he saw Scott throw an object to the ground and walk away quickly. The deputy took Scott into custody and returned to building six, where a PlayStation 3 and three flat screen televisions were discovered.

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Edgefield man charged with murder in shooting incident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 5:39pm

An Edgefield woman died Tuesday after being shot in the head late Sunday night.

Patricia Kay Love, 29, of Red Hill Road, was pronounced dead at 3:56 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, according to Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett.

Jody Ray Jones, 42, of the same Red Hill Road address, has been charged with murder, using a firearm while intoxicated and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Edgefield County detention center.

House targets VA bonuses in new bill

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:42pm

Five months after making it easier to fire negligent employees, House lawmakers are looking to tighten their grip on the Department of Veterans Affairs, introducing a bill this week to recoup bonuses from staff found to have contributed to poor patient care.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced a bill that would allow VA secretary Robert McDonald to take back performance pay from employees linked to long wait times, delayed appointments and preventable deaths — with no chance for an appeal.

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Braves trade Gattis to Houston, AJC reports

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:17pm

The Atlanta Braves agreed to trade slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros on Wednesday for a package of prospects, a person familiar with the situation told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It wasn’t immediately known which prospects the Braves would get in exchange for Gattis, who was in Houston for a physical examination on Wednesday, as first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

 

Butler boys basketball forfeits four games

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:31pm

 

The Butler boys basketball team’s region title hopes took a big hit Wednesday after the Bulldogs were forced to forfeit four games for using a suspended player.

Butler forfeited wins against Josey, Washington County, Heritage and Rich­mond Academy, Steve Figueroa, the Georgia High School Association’s director of media relations, confirmed Wednesday.

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