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Brian Etzel, manager of Augusta Liquors located near the Costco, says he is stocked up and ready for the arrival of a thirsty Masters crowd.

Wine, liquor sales begin soaring for Masters Week

At Augusta Liquors - attached to Costco - store manager Brian Etzel estimates business will increase 400 percent between March 30 and April 12.
By Doug Stutsman

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Columbia County Crime Map

The Augusta Chronicle now offers a weekly crime map for Columbia County. We hope to update the map each week,  but anticipate delays on occasion. The reports are provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Updated March 30, 2015

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings March 16-23

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center March 16-23.


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Augusta man shown beaten, leashed in prison cellphone photo

In the photo, Cortez Berry, who turned 18 on Saturday, is shirtless and kneeling on the ground with his left eye swollen shut and two men standing behind him. A rope is tied around his neck like a leash, and one of the men has the end of the rope looped tightly around his hand.
By Tracey McManus

Doctor accused of operating unlicensed pain clinic

Imo F. Ndem, 55, of Darwood Drive in Grovetown, was arrested March 17 at his office on Old Petersburg Road, according to a Columbia County sheriff's report.

Official considering expanding stormwater penalties

Columbia County proposed stormater policy would allow officials to file tax liens and suspend business licenses or building permits against delinquent property owners.
By Wesley Brown

Chick-fil-A under construction in south Augusta

Delayed for about a year, a Chick-fil-A in south Augusta is now under construction.
By Jenna Martin

Editorial: America's bad deal

When the Obama administration says "trust us" on Iran, it's easy to see why so many Americans and Israelis do the opposite.
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