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Augusta Commission approves animal ordinance

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 8:29pm

Pet owners will face new requirements next year after Augusta Com­mis­sion members cobbled together and approved the city’s first new animal ordinance in decades.

Animal advocates, including members of a subcommittee who developed an earlier draft, applauded the ordinance’s passage by a 6-1 vote after extensive discussion Tuesday.

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Georgia Power announces milestone in Plant Vogtle reactor construction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:07pm

Georgia Power notched another milestone Tuesday as workers have placed eight new shield building panels on Unit 3, one of two new reactors being built at Plant Vogtle.

According to a statement issued by the company, the shield building is a system of 160 steel panels designed to protect the Unit 3 containment vessel. Each panel weighs about 10 tons and can be filled with concrete.

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Charges filed in Hahn Village shooting in Aiken

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:50pm

Aiken police are filing charges against a man connected to the shooting of two people in Hahn Village on Friday.

Joseph Jay Gartrell III, 31, has been booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol and discharging a firearm within city limits, according to an Aiken Department of Public Safety news release. Further charges are pending as the investigation continues.

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CDC warns about unknowingly damaging fetus with alcohol

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:11pm


Millions of women of childbearing age could potentially put babies at risk by drinking and not using contraception, the Cen­ters for Disease Control and Pre­vention reported Tuesday.

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Travis Tritt to perform at Imperial Theatre in March

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 2:56pm


Grammy award-winning country artist Travis Tritt will perform a solo, acoustic set at Augusta’s Imperial Theatre on Saturday, March 19.

The 8 p.m. perfomance will include personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences as well as some of his biggest hits, including T-R-O-U-B-L-E, It’s A Great Day to Be Alive and Best of Intentions.

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2 arrested after stolen car parks near Richmond County deputy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 2:24pm

A vehicle stolen while being warmed up outside an apartment complex Sunday morning was recovered soon after when the occupants parked
adjacent to a deputy in an unmarked car.

The Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was parked in the rear parking lot of Pizza Joint, 1245 Broad St., just before 1 a.m. when a silver Chrysler 300 occupied by three people parked next to him.

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Aiken couple wins $250,000 from lottery ticket

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:47pm

An Aiken couple just weeks from saying “I do” will start their marriage $250,000 richer after scratching off a top lottery prize.

The couple, who were not identified by the South Carolina Lottery, purchased the Topaz 10s ticket at the Ridge Quick Shop on Pipeline Road in Aiken.

The soon-to-be bride told lottery officials her face flushed and she thought she might pass out.

“Baby, you don’t have to worry about anything,” the future groom said.

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Pennsylvania groundhog makes weather prediction

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 7:29am

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he’s “predicted” an early spring.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the “forecast” at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last an additional six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

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Augusta University releases master plan showing growth, moves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:39pm

Moving a college, new buildings and a lot of renovation are all part of the Campus Master Plan for Augusta University that will transform both campuses.

AU released its plan for capital projects and changes to run through 2023, a plan that could potentially cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” if fully implemented, said Chief Business Officer Tony Wagner, though no figures have yet been affixed to it.

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Georgia lawmaker pulls bills after KKK remarks

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 6:07pm


ATLANTA — A Georgia lawmaker who was criticized for saying that the Ku Klux Klan was not racist has withdrawn bills he proposed to honor the Confederacy.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the KKK wasn’t racist but was “a vigilante thing to keep law and order.”

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Brandt Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:49pm

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker won the praise of his peers for a closing round at Torrey Pines that left them in awe.

Now he has a trophy to show for it.

Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday when the conditions turned out to be just as tough as when he shot his 69 on Sunday, a score that was roughly nine shots better than the field average.

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Lawmakers, Unisys celebrate opening of office in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:09pm

Announcements and ground breaking ceremonies are special occasions, but there’s nothing quite like a ribbon cutting ceremony, Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman Henry Ingram said.

Generally speaking, he noted, they mean that companies are ready to begin work immediately.

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Police release image of liquor store thief

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:45pm


Police are seeking a man who shoplifted two bottles of liquor last month.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage of the man accused of taking two bottles of Hennessy from H & S Wine and Spirits, 3150 Wrightsboro Road, on Jan. 22. The man was also accompanied by a woman, but her photo is not available.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Angela Gates or any other property crimes investigator at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


Immigrants can't sue regents over tuition, Georgia Supreme Court rules

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 9:30am

ATLANTA — Georgia’s highest court on Monday ruled against a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and wanted access to in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities.

However, the court decision hinged not on their immigration status, but on whether they were legally allowed to sue the state.

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Brandt Snedeker closes with 69, then waits to see if it's enough

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 7:01pm

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under-par 69 in a raging wind and occasional rain Sunday at Torrey Pines would be good enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has to wait until today to find out.

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Djokovic wins sixth Australian title

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:29am

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was still walking around Melbourne Park with his trophy, celebrating his record sixth Australian title, when five-time runner-up Andy Murray was heading for the airport in a rush to reunite with his pregnant wife.

Top-ranked Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory on Sunday night, equaling Roy Emerson's record for Australian titles. Murray continued his unwanted streak, too, slumping to 0-5 in championship deciders Down Under.

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