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Poll: UGA to win SEC East

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:40pm


HOOVER, Ala. -- Georgia will begin the new season in a familiar spot as the favorites to win the SEC East.

The Bulldogs were tabbed by those attending the league’s SEC football media days here to take the division.

It’s the third time in the last four years Georgia has been the pick.

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Augusta-area jobs decline in June

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:21pm

End of school job losses drove down the number of jobs in the Augusta metro area in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The education and health services job sector, which includes teachers and aides, declined by 1,400 jobs in June, according to data released Thursday. State government, construction and manufacturing also lost jobs in June.

In total, there were 2,400 net fewer jobs in June than in May. Some jobs were added in retail, professional services and transportation.

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Victim in flaming 1-20 wreck identified

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:19pm

The truck driver killed Wednesday in the fatal accident on Interstate 20 has been identified.

The driver is Michael Hacker, 53, of Goose Creek, S.C., according to a news release from Coroner Mark Bowen.

Autopsy results came back Thursday from the GBI Atlanta Lab. The cause of death was blunt force injuries, Bowen said.

Official: Four Marines killed in military attacks in Tennessee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:11pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism, and the FBI took charge of the case.

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24 Emmy nominations for "Game of Thrones'

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:48am



WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.


The drama wasn’t hurt with TV academy voters by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year. It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.


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Planned Parenthood review ordered by Georgia governor

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:11am



ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that he’s ordered a state investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood was selling organs from aborted fetuses.

The organization denies the allegations.

Deal is responding to a video making the rounds on social media featuring a Planned Parenthood physician employee talking about reimbursement fees for costs associated with tissue donation programs. Abortion opponents say it is evidence the organization sells organs and is motivated to encourage abortions for financial reasons.

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Candidate announces for House 122 seat

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:07am


Joe Mullins, a developer and entertainment promoter, officially tossed his hat into the ring to compete for the state House District 122 seat recently vacated by Ben Harbin.

Mullins touted himself as a conservative businessman who would work to bring jobs to the community and introduce legislation to replace the state income tax with a so-called “Fair Tax,” consumption tax on all sales. He also said he wanted to provide relief to property owners by increasing the homestead exemption in Columbia County.

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SC man suspect in dogfight ring

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:06am

COLUMBIA — A Richland County man has been arrested on charges involving a dog fighting ring.

Multiple media outlets report that the sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Jacobi Anthony Green was arrested earlier this week and faces several charges, including receiving stolen goods and animal fighting and baiting.

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies arrested Green after finding a stolen motorcycle at his home. Authorities say Green fled on foot when deputies arrived, but was caught shortly thereafter.

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With first career ace, Colton Tanner climbs into contention at E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:35pm

Colton Tanner’s soccer days might be numbered, especially if his parents have their way.

With black tape covering his right wrist, the 16-year-old golfer is back in action after suffering a broken bone six weeks ago. Playing in the second round of the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship, Tanner climbed into contention after recording a first career ace en route to 3-under-par 69 at Jones Creek Golf Club on Wednesday.

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Lawsuit against Sentinel Offender Services will remain in Richmond County for trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:01pm


Sentinel Offender Services’ defense motion to move at least one of the civil rights lawsuits it faces to Columbia County for trial failed Wednesday.

A decision remains pending, however, on the plaintiffs’ request to add to the list of defendants. The plantiffs contend that the actions of Sentinel’s probation officers led to their false arrests and incarceration.

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Augusta man convicted of bank robbery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:54pm


An Augusta man was convicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court on bank robbery and weapon charges.

The federal court jury found Damien B. Osborne, 24, guilty for his role in the Dec. 2, 2013, holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Ga.

Two armed men with masks covering their faces entered the bank that day and left with more than $10,000. Osborne, the only suspect identified and charged, became the focus of the investigation when fingerprints left on the bank’s cash wrappers matched Osborne.

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Augusta man acquitted at murder trial

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:35pm

A jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday before acquitting an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a man in the side yard of an abandoned house.

Ezra Lay, 42, was found not guilty in Richmond Coun­ty Superior Court in the Oct. 13, 2013, slaying of 44-year-old John Marshall.

In her closing argument, defense attorney Olga Izmaylova urged the jury to question why Lay would go find help after seeing Mar­shall’s body and return to the scene with an
officer if he had killed the man.

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Warren Road Bridge to remain closed until further notice, DOT says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:27pm

Department of Transportation officials confirmed Wednesday that the Warren Road Bridge will remain closed until further notice.

A DOT crew visited the location Wednesday and removed a chipped concrete diaphragm, a structural element that transfers load, according to DOT. The bridge suffered damage Tuesday after a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 struck the underside of the overpass.

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