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'Dracula' bandit gets 20 years

ATLANTA — A man convicted of robbing the same credit union wearing a Dracula mask and brandishing a semiautomatic handgun has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. also ordered Nathaniel Little Jr. of Decatur on Wednesday to pay restitituio...

04/09/09 - 7:29am

Palmer hits opening tee shot

The 73rd Masters Tournament is officially under way. Honorary starter Arnold Palmer hit the ceremonial first tee shot right down the fairway to the delight of patrons. "No one has meant more to the game of golf," Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in introducing the four-time c...

04/09/09 - 11:14am

EPA eyes McCormick gold mine

McCORMICK, S.C. — A gold and silver mine near McCormick abandoned 15 years ago has been added to a list for priority cleanup under the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program. The almost 800-acre Barite Hill site southwest of town on the state's western edge was mined from...

04/09/09 - 6:00am

After rough morning, traffic for Masters Tournament calms down

After a morning Masters commute that featured unexpected backups on Berckmanns Road, a broken-down bus full of children and a slow-moving, oversized concrete truck on I-20, traffic appeared normal by noon. Through mid-morning, vehicles had backed up Berckmanns Road to Walton Way, and jammed Inglesi...

04/09/09 - 11:11am

Eagles to hire former player to lead team

Georgia Southern is not going to name Dip Metress as its new head coach at an 11 a.m. Thursday press conference. The Statesboro, Ga., school is expected to announce Georgia Tech Charlton Young as its replacement for the departed Jeff Price. Metress, the fifth-year Augusta State head coach, is recru...

04/08/09 - 8:21pm

Garbage shifts, truck overturns on Wheeler Road

Eastbound motorists on Wheeler Road temporarily were forced to use just one lane this afternoon after a garbage truck flipped onto its side. At about 12:40 p.m., Tony Graham, 37, of Thomson, was driving an Advanced Disposal garbage truck as it turned onto Wheeler Road from the eastbound Interstate ...

04/08/09 - 1:08pm

SC Senate leader to budget stimulus money

COLUMBIA — South Carolina legislators will try to force Gov. Mark Sanford's hand on disputed stimulus cash. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman said Wednesday the Senate next week will include $350 million of federal money in its spending plans. The Republican governor has i...

04/08/09 - 12:45pm

Columbia Road horse caught

A horse that escaped onto Columbia Road near Lewiston Road in Evans this morning was captured soon after Columbia County Animal Care and Control officers arrived on the scene. A horse was said to be in the roadway at about 11 a.m., according to a police scanner. By 11:30 a.m., the horse was caught ...

04/08/09 - 1:20pm

Fatal beating bond hearing set

A bond hearing for two Columbia County residents accused of the fatal beating of a Grovetown neighbor has been set for April 16. Last month authorities arrested Rebecca Sears, 41, and Christopher Bowers, 19, in the fatal beating of 41-year-old Laverne “Kay” Parsons in her Orchard Hill sub...

04/08/09 - 12:38pm

Payne issues State of the Masters address

Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Billy Payne gave his annual "State of the Masters" address this morning.

01/15/10 - 11:46am
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