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Richmond County Teacher of the Year works hard, inspires others

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:58pm


When JaVonne Jones went to college, teaching music was the furthest thing from her mind, much less working with children.

But after eight years of teaching, with three in Richmond County, the job has consumed her life and she loves that fact. That passion helped earn her county Teacher of the Year honors last week.

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Transfer of bus property inches along

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:57pm

An agreement with the Richmond County Board of Education could pave the way for city buses to move to south Augusta and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation to redevelop the city’s 15th Street transit property.

Under the agreement, going before the city’s public services committee Monday, the city would get the school board’s half-interest in an 8-acre tract off Mike Padgett Highway where Augusta intends to build a $9.48 million transit operation and maintenance facility.

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Sketches remain important law enforcement tool

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:47pm


Despite few appearances in Augusta media over the past decade, officials say composite sketches remain among the most powerful tools in the arsenal of law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina.

A sketch by former Georgia Bureau of Investi­gation forensic artist Marla Lawson led to the capture of Eric Rudolph, who was convicted in the bombing of Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Years later, she repeated the feat in a local case.

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Holidays bring home-fire safety percautions

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:42pm


‘Tis the season for fires.

The holidays bring lots of joy, but there is also an increased fire risk that comes with turkeys, Christmas decorations, heaters, fireplaces, and candles, said Jason Beard, an Augusta Fire Department chief.

Nearly 47,000 fires occur nationally during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injures and costing $554 million in property damage, according to the American Red Cross.

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Storage auctions gaining popularity in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:36pm


It’s a semiprivate affair in which local residents armed with flashlights, storage packers and wads of cash travel the area in hopes of scoring rare jewelry, Civil War relics or a first-edition Superman comic book.

Self-storage auctions have been taking place in Augusta for at least three decades, but have started gaining increased popularity in the past four years, with reality TV shows following groups of modern day treasure hunters who earn their livings through buying abandoned lockers and reselling the contents for a profit.

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