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Wreck slowing I-20 in SC

Authorities have responded to a wreck at mile marker 5 of Interstate 20 westbound in Aiken County. The wreck occurred shortly before 6 p.m., but there don’t seem to be any life-threatening injuries, according to an Aiken County sheriff’s dispatcher. The South Carolina Highway patrol has ...

07/17/09 - 6:53pm

North Augusta teen wins crown

Courtney Turner was crowned Miss Teen United States 2009 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday. Ms. Turner, 19, is a freshman at the University of South Carolina and studies communications. This marks the second consecutive year that a North Augusta native has won the crown. T...

07/17/09 - 6:25pm

Judge says Atlanta will have to stop taking Lake Lanier water

ATLANTA — A federal judge ruled today against Georgia in the state's water dispute with Alabama and Florida, deciding that Atlanta-area municipalities must stop withdrawing water from a massive federal reservoir within three years unless they can get approval from Congress....

07/17/09 - 4:32pm

Emanuel sheriff denies rumors he's stepping down

SWAINSBORO, Ga. – Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens said today rumors that he was stepping down from office are untrue. “I don’t know how those vicious rumors started, but I know that a lot of people have heard about them,” he said during a telephone interview while drivi...

07/17/09 - 4:18pm

Martinez listed as one of Money magazine's best small towns

Martinez is among the best places to live in America, according to Money magazine, which annually lists a top 100 based on a sense of community, economic opportunities, racial diversity and good schools. The Columbia County community of 30,600 people ranked 63rd on the list of the nation’s sma...

07/17/09 - 3:26pm

DOE announces contract

The Department of Energy's Savannah River Operations Office announced today the award of $3.4 million contract to Cavanagh Service Group for shipping services of depleted uranium oxide under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project at the Savannah River Site. According to a news relea...

07/17/09 - 2:12pm

Review restaurant inspection scores before dining out this weekend

Eating out this weekend? Our restaurant rating database might tell you how your favorites places rank. Augustachronicle.com offers a searchable database of inspection scores for more than 1,200 restaurants in Richmond, Columbia, Aiken and Edgefield counties. You can find the database at:

Quitting now likely an advantage for Gov. Sanford's spokesman

COLUMBIA -- When it comes to public relations, Joel Sawyer has "street cred." “He has been in the trenches,” said Deidre Martin, vice chancellor of University of South Carolina Aiken, adding that Gov. Mark Sanford’s departing communications director will probably command respect in t...

01/07/10 - 3:30pm

Columbia County jury frees man once convicted of killing mother

Once given life in prison for his mother's shooting, Thomas Chumley of Martinez should be freed this afternoon.

07/17/09 - 10:51pm

Police ask public help to identify pharmacy theft suspect

Richmond County sheriff's investigators believe the man responsible for breaking into a local pharmacy last week has committed the same crime more than once. Comparing surveillance video from 2008, Investigator Aaron Hannsz said it appears the same suspect broke into the CVS Pharmacy on Gordon High...

07/17/09 - 12:14pm

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