Hundreds of families in need will take home a free turkey Monday for their Thanksgiving feast.
The annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway will be at 8:30 a.m. at Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd. Members of the Brown family and volunteers will hand out turkeys to preregistered households.
Soul music icon James Brown started handing out turkeys more than 20 years ago. The Brown Family Children Foundation continues to hold the event.
Police arrested three men after a burglary attempt turned into a vehicle pursuit Friday, forcing two Hephzibah schools to go on lockdown.
Jakota Little, 28, of Augusta; David Corey Lawrence, 29, of Augusta; and Dechan Antonio Newton, 24, of Augusta, were charged with criminal attempt burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of burglary each, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
About 1:03 p.m., deputies were called to the 5100 block of Henderson Road in reference to a burglary in progress.
Cops television crews have finished filming in Richmond County but run dates for the episodes featuring local bad boys have not been announced.
Crews from Langley Productions Inc. in California tagged along with Richmond County deputies for several months this fall, capturing various criminal acts on video for the rest of America to see.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree signed an agreement with the production company in April.
Myrna Hackett’s brush with one of America’s greatest tragedies began with a scream.
“Myrna, the president has been shot!” she recalls her mother yelling shortly after noon on Nov. 22, 1963, awakening her from a nap.
Within the next 72 hours, Hackett, then a 22-year-old Texas Women’s University nursing student interning at Parkland Memorial Hospital, would see President Kennedy’s body hauled away in a hearse, tend to the wife of wounded Texas Gov. John Connally and have guns pointed at her by Texas Rangers guarding the body of Lee Harvey Oswald.
If other property owners in downtown Augusta adhere to historic preservation guidelines, shouldn’t the city have to as well?
That was a recurring theme at a Thursday meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission, which again declined to approve a certificate of appropriateness for Augusta’s plans to remodel its downtown government campus.
Police are asking for help in finding a man who stole items from occupants of a Gordon Highway motel.
According to a Richmond County sheriff’s office news release, the man entered a hotel room at Super 8, 2137 Gordon Highway, around 4 a.m. Wednesday and stole the items while the occupants were sleeping.
Additional details were not released.
Anyone with information can call Investigator Scot Herring or a property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020.
Health care administrators at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center said Thursday that the hospital botched its gastrointestinal program so badly that it had to re-engineer its floor plan and bring in extra personnel and equipment to handle a consultation caseload that topped 5,100 unresolved diagnostic screenings last year.
Augusta is falling behind on the path towards gay equality, according to a Human Rights Campaign scorecard measuring inclusivity released this week.
The city scored 12 out of 100 possible points on the Municipality Equality Index, a rating of the inclusivity of laws, policies and services for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders who live and work in Augusta.
Georgia Regents’ revamped baseball program added a local standout when Westside’s David Hagelston put pen to paper during the NCAA signing period.
Hagelston signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Jaguars on Thursday.
Hagelston, a senior right-handed pitcher, helped lead Westside to a Region 3-AA title and third-round appearance in the 2012 state playoffs.
The 6-foot-4 Hagelston will now attempt one more run with the Patriots before helping revive the Georgia Regents program under new coach Jason Eller, who was formerly an assistant at Georgia.
Police are searching for the person who has been using a stolen credit taken from a vehicle on Glenn Hills Drive last month.
The victim reported that someone broke into her vehicle on Oct. 25 and stole her purse.
The thief then used her Bank of America card to make three gasoline purchases at Sprint, 2202 Gordon Highway, several hours later. The purchases were for $100, $98 and $58.47, respectively.
Survillance videos at the gas station captured the incidents.
Robert Davison doesn’t just think there was more than one shooter who killed President Kennedy; he says he knows there was.
The 82-year-old North Augusta resident was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and stood with his eyes fixed on the president just as the fatal shot was fired.
Given his vantage point on the triple underpass – a railroad bridge that spanned three major Dallas streets near Dealey Plaza – and other eyewitness accounts, he doesn’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.
A Salley couple has been arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine after police say they caught them making the drug at their home.
According to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, a 6-month narcotics investigation concluded Wednesday with the arrest of Ray Loudermilk, 36, and Debra Conder, 44, at their Poplar Street residence.
Police began investigating after the suspects made several purchases of Ephedrine, an ingredient in meth.
The Salley Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Two protests have been scheduled in response to a Humane Society investigation that found questionable practices in a Georgia Regents University dental implant experiment on dogs.
Both aim to raise awareness on unnecessary animal testing, specifically for cosmetic purposes, and to push GRU to discontinue the practice.
The first will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the corner of Laney-Walker Boulevard and 15th Street, and is organized primarily by the local group Helping Animal Rights Through Education, or HART.
Aquinas doesn’t have to dig out photo albums to see the good old days: These are the good old days.
For a program that went through a stretch where it won more than three games in a season just once from 1975-1995, the team’s current success is staggering. Since the start of the 2011 season, Aquinas has gone 27-7. It won its first state playoff game in 2011, when it reached the quarterfinals. This year, the Irish are 10-0 for the first time, ended a 32-game losing streak against Lincoln County and won the region title.
A concrete pour for a 6-foot thick base for the second of two nuclear reactor units under construction at Plant Vogtle was completed this week.
About 600 workers spent just less than 41 hours completing the basemat concrete placement for Unit 4, according to a Georgia Power news release. About 7,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured to cover an area 250 feet long and 160 feet wide at its widest point.
Charlie Williams was in Preston dormitory at the University of South Carolina when he heard the announcement 50 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.
“It was broadcast all over the school,” said Williams, a North Augusta dentist who five decades ago served in ROTC and played football and baseball for the Gamecocks. “It was a sad day. All the classes on the Horseshoe were closed down.”
On that Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, shock and grief were the primary emotions across the nation. Nobody knew quite how to react.
Trend of the month: men’s facial hair.
Scruffy beards and quirky mustaches have become synonymous with the month of November. Augusta men have joined the international phenomenon of going 30 days without shaving their beards, popularly known as No Shave November. In the case of mustaches, the movement is known as Movember.
The Lowe’s and Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway have restriped three handicapped parking spaces after a site inspection by The Augusta Chronicle last month found the spots failed to satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The newspaper’s informal survey also revealed three other retailers in Richmond and Columbia counties had handicapped parking spaces that were either improperly marked, had slopes too steep for vehicular wheelchair lifts or no access aisles at all, each a violation of federal code.
Fewer people in the Augusta metro area have been going to the unemployment line this year, according to Georgia’s labor department.
Data released Thursday, covering September and October, said there were fewer initial claims for unemployment compared to last year.
Year-to-date, there have been 17,571 jobless claims in the six-county metro area, a 5.8 percent decline from 2012. Most of that decline is attributable to Richmond County, which has 549 fewer unemployment claims in 2013 than in the same time period in 2012.
Gains in retail, hospitality and health offset some of the job losses in the Augusta area caused by the federal government shutdown.
According to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, the metro area lost 400 jobs in October.