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Nike efforts at First Tee celebrated

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:18am

The First Tee of Augusta is marked with the swoosh after a substantial donation from Nike.

The youth golf program unveiled enhancements at its six-hole course and clubhouse at a ceremony Friday.

“On behalf of Nike, we are super-excited to be here and support young athletes,” said Marc Patrick, the company’s vice president of global golf marketing.

Grovetown participant Joshua Banks, 10, snipped the ribbon on the renovations.

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5 killed in Appling shootings; suspect confirmed dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:51pm

Five people were killed in two separate shootings in App­ling on Friday night in what authorities say were domestic-related incidents.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has confirmed suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, killed himself. He was found dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

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Several injured in head-on collision

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 6:40pm

Several people were injured Friday in a collision on Windsor Spring Road. 

The accident happened near the intersection with Richmond Hill Road after a Volkswagen Beetle reportedly crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima, according to dispatch. Details about the injuries weren’t known.

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Doctors Hospital of Augusta given all clear after bomb threat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:15pm

Doctors Hospital of Augusta has been given an all clear after a bomb threat was called in this afternoon, hospital spokesman Adam Landau confirmed.

“We had a bomb threat called in,” he said.

The hospital’s policy is to search the area for anything suspicious but “we do not evacuate,” Landau said. Law enforcement was called in, but nothing suspicious was discovered during the search, he said.

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Man sets self on fire, runs into house, police say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:28am

Shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, units from the Richmond County Fire Department assisted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire alarm call and then reports that an individual had set himself on fire and run into the house.

According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Steven Valakos, 37, had reportedly been involved in a domestic issue with the occupant of the residence and taken these actions. He is currently being treated for his injuries and the fire has been extinguished.

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Tiger Woods greets players at Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:05am

 

GRANITEVILLE — The first tee was the place to be Friday at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

A day after making a surprise appearance at the prestigious junior tournament, Tiger Woods was back to greet participants and take photos with them before they teed off in the second round.

“It’s awesome. He’s my superhero,” said Joaquin Niemann, of Chile. “To be here and meet him is really nice. This tournament has done a good job.”

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