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Olivia Watkins, 8, moves a piece during a meeting of the chess club at Byrd Elementary School in Graniteville. Her father started the team at the school when his daughter didn't have many kids her own age to play against.

Local chess players defy gender stereotypes

About 20 years before Tori Whatley found an old chess set in a closet and asked her father what it was, Susan Polgar became the first woman ever to qualify for the World Chess Championship.
By James Folker

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Feb. 1-7.


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Director's firing urged over raises

Commissioner Marion Williams has called for John­son's firing at Tuesday's commission meeting. Johnson has come under fire for pay raises he and others in his department received that weren't approved.
By Susan McCord

Union says it warned fire chief about trucks

The Augusta Professional Firefighters Association claims members warned Fire Chief Chris James years ago about the purchase of eight KME "prototype" fire trucks costing $6 million that now require frequent maintenance.
By Susan McCord

Augusta man convicted of child molestation sentenced to life in prison

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Travis S. Hill, 35, for aggravated sexual battery and two counts of child molestation at the conclusion of a five-day trial.

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Grovetown girls advance to region championship game

Destiny Marshall scored 19 points as Grovetown rode its full-court press to a 68-38 win over Northside-Warner Robins in the Region 2-AAAAA semifinals.

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Editorial: Sneaky raises a new poke in the eye

As long as they allow it, commissioners - and taxpayers - will be treated this way.

Worries cloud growth streak for eurozone

LONDON - The eurozone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis, but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if ...
 
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