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Prescription overdoses drop in GBI study

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:56pm

A year after Georgia created an electronic database to curb prescription drug overdoses, such cases have dropped to their lowest level in years.

According to data provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the new program correlated with the lowest number of reported overdoses since 2008. Not all Georgia counties share their overdose statistics.

In 2013, the GBI found 461 drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription medication, compared with 520 in 2012, 512 in 2011, 560 in 2010, 508 in 2009 and 496 in 2008.

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Future remains uncertain for Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:28pm

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s future remained uncertain Friday after a Thursday report he’d double-dipped working for a Masters hospitality company without permission while also drawing his lieutenant’s salary from the Georgia State Patrol.

A second investigation underway into Smith’s activities with the patrol wasn’t complete Friday, and Smith, who retired Monday, did not respond to requests for comment.

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Augusta Christian uses running game to romp over Fox Creek

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:18pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: With just over one minute remaining in the first quarter, Augusta Christian defensive back James Overstreet scooped up a Fox Creek fumble and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. The return would ultimately be the decisive score of the game.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Augusta Christian fullback Davis Addyman scored three red-zone touchdowns. He received all of his carries within the opponent’s 10-yard line.

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Strom Thurmond routs Silver Bluff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:58pm


PETTICOAT JUNCTION — Strom Thurmond coach Antwaun Hillary wanted to see improvement from the Rebels’ first game to the next.

He got his wish.

The Rebels jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and never looked back in a 42-6 romp over Silver Bluff on Friday night.

After beating Aiken 17-10 to open the season, Strom Thurmond had a bye week. Hillary and his staff put it to good use as the Rebels looked a lot more polished on offense.

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Lakeside defeats Richmond Academy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:31pm


Two weeks after losing a low-scoring affair at North Augusta, Lakeside found a variety of ways to score Friday night.

Rashad Roundtree scored off a blocked field goal, while Zaccheus Banks added a long interception return for a score as the Panthers bounced back for a 35-0 win at Richmond Academy.

Lakeside improved to 1-1 after suffering a 12-10 opening loss at North Augusta. This time, the Panthers rolled up more than 300 yards of offense, with four of their five touchdowns 42 yards or longer.

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Richmond County's city leaders debate excise tax on manufacturers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:54pm


A debate over whether – and if so, how much – to tax Augusta manufacturers for the energy they use continued Friday at a mandatory meeting between heads of the county’s three municipalities of Augusta, Hephzibah and Blythe.

Local officials proposed last year taking advantage of a provision in House Bill 386, which created a new state sales tax exemption, allowing counties to impose a percentage excise tax on energy used in manufacturing equal to the amount of exempted local sales taxes, which did not include education sales taxes or the Transportation Investment Act.

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Protection team goes through training

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:08pm


Officers rounded the corner to find a man with a gun, one person about to light an explosive, a man with a bomb strapped to his chest and detonator in his hand – and an innocent girl.

The decision they make next could be the most crucial one in determining how the situtation plays out.

“They have to decide who to take out first,” said Lt. Bill Probus, who heads Richmond County Sheriff’s Office newly formed Dignitary Protection Team.

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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center to host Mental Health Summit

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 6:02pm

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced Friday it will host a Mental Health Summit next week for the Augusta community to discuss ways to enhance the quality of mental health and well-being of veterans and their families.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital’s uptown campus off Wrightsboro Road.

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H. L. Hunley exhibit to visit Aiken, Edgefield counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:05pm

A 65-foot iron tube might not look like much on the surface, but to the Confederacy, it represented a major turning point in naval warfare.

Augusta-area residents will have the chance to relive this modern marvel when the H.L. Hunley Exhibit rolls into town this month.

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Tracks lead Aiken County deputies to suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:20pm


Tracks from a stolen four-wheeler led police to a suspect’s home Thursday.

Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Chestnut Drive in North Augusta on Thursday after the homeowner heard a noise and saw a man drive away on his four-wheeler ATV with his personal property. Deputies discovered the suspect had made forced entry into three sheds on the property.

Police followed the tire tracks to Charles Edward Crocker’s home on Elton Avenue, where police discovered the four-wheeler and other stolen items.

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