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Border Bash Foundation awards 23 grants

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:12pm

The Border Bash Foundation presented 23 local nonprofit organizations with grants Tuesday.

Border Bash was created 21 years ago to celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina.

The event has totaled more than $800,000 in contributions.

The 2014 event took place Friday, Sept. 12, and featured Kristian Bush of Sugarland. The following day, South Carolina topped Georgia, 38-35.

Country music concert will help raise money for police trauma seminar

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:38pm


Police hope a country music concert on Thursday will help raise money to fund a seminar for officers who experience trauma in the line of duty.

County duo Maddie & Tae will perform at 7 p.m. Thurs­day at The Country Club. Pro­ceeds from the Rock 4 Cops concert will benefit the Geor­gia Post Critical Incident Seminar through the Police Benevolent Foundation.

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Teenager injured in McDuffie crash released after month in hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:17pm


After a month of treatment at Georgia Regents Medical Center, teenager Kamaree Spencer has been released after surviving a Dec. 7 wreck that killed four, including his mother, according to hospital spokeswoman Christen Carter.

Spencer, 15, was a passenger in the car accident in McDuffie County.

Spencer was riding in his mother’s Toyota Highlander, which was struck head-on by a Lexus going at more than 100 miles per hour, according to Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Chris Wright.

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Frantom says he'll seek District 7 commission post

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:07pm

Sean Frantom told The Augusta Chronicle he is entering the race to replace resigned District 7 Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith.

Candidates have until noon Wednesday to qualify to run in the Richmond County Board of Elections office, 535 Telfair St., for the March 17 special election.

Frantom, development director for Ronald McDonald House, would face interim Commissioner Louis “Hap” Harris and planning commission member Sonny Pittman, who qualified to seek the post Monday.

Champions Club Roundup kicks off 36th annual Augusta Futurity

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:27pm


Augusta Futurity show chairman William S. Morris III rang the cowbell Tuesday morning, ushering in another year of the Western show.

Before the 36th annual Augusta Futurity takes place next week, Morris welcomed men and women clad in cowboy hats and boots as well as area leaders like Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross at the annual Champions Club Roundup at the Morris Museum of Art.

Morris thanked futurity officials, sponsors and volunteers, discussed new events and also talked about a few variations in the show.

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New wrinkle in Ga. marijuana law

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:40pm


ATLANTA -- This year’s version of legislation to permit the use of marijuana-based medicine no longer has a provision to allow production of the crop in Georgia, and Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday the change is due to the federal government.

It does allow patients with certain specific conditions to possess marijuana oil as long as it has no more than a trace of THC, the psychoactive chemical.

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Home building permits increase in Columbia County, decrease in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:54pm


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Officials say Columbia County further defined itself as the region’s preferred living community last year, issuing more than three times as many home-construction permits as industry-heavy Richmond County.

After a slow spring, new building permits for single-family homes surged 9 percent in Columbia Coun­ty for an annual total of 1,185 units built, topping the 1,085 houses constructed in 2013.

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Felony, not politics behind board change, Lockett says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:13pm

District 5 Commissioner Bill Lockett said Tuesday he did not ask for the Animal Services advisory board chairman’s resignation last week “because of politics” but because of a felony conviction Lockett was previously unaware of.

BB Langham was sentenced to 10 years of probation in May after pleading guilty to felony cruelty to children in the first degree, family violence and sexual battery.

The charges stem from an incident in 2012 in which a 13-year old girl reported awaking in bed with Langham’s hand in her pants.

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How can Ga. pay for roadwork?

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:42pm


ATLANTA -- Speaking to a statewide business group Tuesday, senior state officials endorsed the organization’s call for increased funding on transportation, but none would say how to go about it.

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged the need for a spending boost and promised to make the case for it in Wednesday’s State of the State Address. Experts have estimated $1.5 billion in additional annual spending is needed to maintain existing roads, highways and bridges and that as much as $20 billion would be necessary for substantive improvements.

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January tourism impact expected to be $2 million

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:36am


Augusta tourism officials expect $2 million in visitor spending in January.

The big driver will be the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, starting Friday. The attendance is estimated at 2,700 with an impact of $1.2 million, according to information provided by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.

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Police seek Checkers holdup attempt suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:30am

Police are seeking a man who attempted to rob a Windsor Spring Road fast-food restaurant early this morning.

Deputies were called to Checkers, 3554 Windsor Spring Road, around 2 a.m. after an unknown man walked up to the drive-thru window and attempted to rob the business. According to an incident report, the man, who was wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle, tried to make employees open the window.

He ran away without anything after employees left the window area and activated a panic alarm.

TCU passes Ala. in football poll

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:24am


Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.


The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).


Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in the first College Football Playoff national championship game and got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll.


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Augustan part of Gov. Deal inaugural ceremony

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:35am


ATLANTA -- The start of Gov. Nathan Deal’s second term Monday began with his reflecting on his past achievements rather than laying out an agenda for the next four years.

He set the tone by joking about the rain showers that forced Monday’s ceremonies inside as compared to the crippling blizzard before his first inauguration four years ago that prompted festivities to the same House chambers that year.

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Pedestrian killed in Aiken County accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:11pm


The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a vehicle accident that killed a pedestrian in Aiken Monday night.

About 7:18 p.m., first responders were called to 2076 Augusta Road where the victim, 63-year-old Henry G. Reese, of Gloverville, was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet van while attempting to cross the four-lane road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in an e-mail.

Reese was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents Medical Center at 8:05 p.m. A toxicology report is pending. Carlton said Reese was wearing dark clothes when he was struck.

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GA lawmakers' bills support local pupil's push to lower age of political candidates

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:18pm


ATLANTA — A Grovetown middle-schooler’s proposal to change the state constitution to lower the minimum age for serving in the Georgia Legis­lature will be introduced by lawmakers.

Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Colum­bus, said Monday that he will sponsor a resolution to enact the proposal by Columbia Middle School pupil C.J. Pearson, 12.

Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, is sponsoring a companion resolution in the House. McKoon’s measure would lower the minimum age for senators from 25 to 21, while Harbin’s would lower it for the House from 21 to 18.

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