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Event to help shelter animals find homes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30pm


Augusta Animal Services is holding its third annual Family Fun Day on Saturday to help educate the public about pet care and to move dogs and cats out of the high-kill shelter and into loving homes.

The shelter is offering a special $40 adoption rate per animal, which is almost half the price of normal adoptions. These animals are already spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped.

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Solar panel farm on Fort Gordon part of Army efforts to diversify energy sources

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:28pm

U.S. Army initiatives to diversify the nation’s energy grid with renewable sources reached a new benchmark Thursday with the start of construction for a 209-acre solar panel farm on Fort Gordon.

The 30-megawatt solar plant and two other similar-sized facilities at Fort Stewart and Fort Benning will result in 18 percent of the Army’s energy consumption in Georgia when complete. The Fort Gordon plant, on land near the Gordon Lakes Golf Course, is expected to begin producing electricity next year.

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Westminster Schools of Augusta senior wins Youth of the Year award

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:37pm

Palmer Brigham is “obviously smart,” her grandmother said Thursday after the Westminster senior was announced as the Augusta Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year. But she added, it’s her heart that sets her apart.

“It’s not surprising,” Patricia Brigham said of her granddaughter. “She’s one who has always given herself to other people.”

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Augusta scores in middle of AARP 'livability' index

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:36pm


As Augusta’s senior commissioner pushes to make the city more age-friendly, a new index from AARP gave the city 51 out of 100 points for meeting current and future needs of residents.

The “livability” index gave Augusta a higher score than Columbia County, Aiken County, North Augusta and Ma­con, which all received a 49, but a lower one than Savannah and Columbus, both of which garnered a 52.

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Laney to hold parade to celebrate girls basketball title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:50pm


The Laney girls basketball team will be honored with a parade Saturday.

The Wildcats won the program’s first GHSA state title in March with a 70-55 win against Beach in the Class AAA state championship.

Starting at noon Saturday, the parade will begin at the football team’s practice field (Mill Street) and then go on Wrightsboro Road to Augusta Avenue. After that it will continue on to Laney-Walker Boulevard and to Eleventh Street. From there, it will go to Wrightsboro Road and back to the football practice field.

Poll shows Ga. GOP surprise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:13pm

ATLANTA -- As delegates gather at this weekend’s Republican state convention in Athens, a first-time candidate and the winner of Georgia’s ‘08 primary top the list of presidential favorites among party rank and file.

Tied for first, 10 months before the Georgia primary, are neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a political novice who’s among the most recent to formally announce, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who failed to capitalize on his primary win here seven years ago.

Carson and Huckabee were tied with 20 percent.

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