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Fruitland Augusta, launched last year by Yuri Kato, produces Georgia Peach Vodka and Georgia Peach Tea. Research into the history of Georgia peaches led Kato to Augusta.

Augusta-based vodka brand spreading across state

When Yuri Kato set out to build her peach-flavored vodka brand, she had no idea it would take her to Augusta.
By Jenna Martin

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Slideshow: Columbia County bookings March 23-30

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center March 23-30.


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$1 million settlement reached in North Augusta police shooting

A $1 million settlement has been reached with the North Augusta police and officials in Edgefield County in the case of a 68-year-old black man shot to death by a police officer after a slow-speed car chase last year.

State trooper suspended for 'sex talk'

A state trooper who admitted he engaged in "phone sex" with a Georgia State Patrol dispatcher has been suspended for three days without pay.
By Susan McCord

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings March 23-30

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center March 23-30.

Doctor linked to 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.

Editorial: Cruise control doesn't steer

The United States has long been considered the leader of the free world. How much longer will we be able to make that claim?
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