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Augusta's finance committee deletes mayor's SUV request

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:37pm

Augusta’s Finance Committee made quick work Tuesday of Mayor Hardie Davis’ request for a city vehicle.

Commissioners cited bad timing and budget concerns in deleting Davis’ request for a 2016 Ford Explorer he and staff could use to transport people and materials to the mayor’s engagements.

“It wasn’t programmed into last year’s budget,” said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle, expecting Davis to pay for the car from the mayor’s office budget.

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Westobou Festival moves Ben Folds, Nellie McKay events

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:03pm


Westobou Festival officials announced Tuesday that two events are being moved to new venues. The five-day festival begins Wednesday.

The Ben Folds with Symphony Orchestra Augusta concert planned for 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, is being moved to Bell Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The venue change from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater was made because the show features a number of musicians playing instruments that are not equipped to handle bad weather, a press release said.

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NCAA bans former Augusta State golf coach for four years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:44pm


Josh Gregory, who led Augusta State University to a pair of NCAA Division I men’s golf national championships in 2010 and 2011, will not be coaching on the NCAA level any time soon.

According to a decision released Tuesday by the Division I Committee on Infractions panel, Gregory, who committed recruiting violations at SMU, is banned from seeking employment at another NCAA member school from now through Sept. 28, 2019.

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Stay of execution for Georgia woman on death row denied by federal and state Supreme Courts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:04pm

Both the federal and state Supreme Courts have denied an application for a stay of execution for the only woman on Georgia's death row. Death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner is still awaiting a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Earlier today, Gissendaner got a rare extra chance to plead for a reprieve from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, but failed again in her request for clemency.

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Aquinas, Lincoln County move up Class A football polls

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:35pm

Aquinas and Lincoln County are climbing up the Class A rankings together.

The Irish and Red Devils both improved three spots to fifth and sixth in this week’s Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football rankings.

Aquinas was ranked as high as No. 2, but it lost to Prince Avenue Christian on Aug. 28 when ranked No. 3. However, the Irish have won four in a row since, including a 52-21 rout of Mount de Sales this past week.

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