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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015, file photograph, an historical marker is seen outlining some of the history of the Liberty Hill community in North Charleston, S.C. The community dates to the Reconstruction era. The National Park Service has announced a one-year study to be completed in 2016 surveying sites of national importance to the Reconstruction era that could be nominated as national historic landmarks.

Reconstruction period new focus

CHARLESTON, S.C. - With its four-year observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War now past, the National Park Service is turning its attention to a lesser-known period of American history: the era of Reconstruction after the war.
By Bruce Smith

SLIDES: Grovetown Grads

Check out a slideshow of photos from Columbia County graduation ceremonies that took place Saturday at the James Brown Arena. 

Send us your graduation photos

Share your graduation photos and we'll post them online in a slideshow. Upload photos here or use the hashtag #auggrads.

More news outside than inside

The most dramatic commission news last week wasn’t created in the Marble Pa­lace but outside it when May­­or Pro Tem Grady Smith collapsed and was taken to the hospital.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings May 11-18

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center May 11-18.

Video: Kirby's Augusta

2015 Best & Brightest

The Augusta Chronicle recognizes 20 outstanding members of the Class of 2015: the winners of the 13th annual Best & Brightest awards.

Georgia storms possible today

ATLANTA - Forecasters say strong storms -- including some that could become severe -- will be possible as heavy rain moves into Georgia.

Editorial: Expiration date

It's an opportunity lawmakers from both sides of the aisle should take.
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