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Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Thieves take trailer filled with lawn equipment

An Augusta man lost more than $7,000 in lawn equipment after someone stole his trailer late Friday or early Saturday, a police report shows.
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Across South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Inves­ti­gators say the two men who were killed at an empty textile plant in Greenville early Friday were both security guards.

Expert disputes autopsy, says teen didn't kill self

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A private forensic pathologist thinks a 19-year-old Charleston man didn't commit suicide as he struggled with a Charleston police officer, but was accidentally shot with his own ...

Across Georgia

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Sa­van­nah police officer has been fired after he shot and wounded an unarmed man last year while responding to reports of gunshots outside a nightclub.

Family stumped by violent death of 13-year-old

CARROLLTON, Ga. - Alice Stout-Osorio says she can't fathom why anyone would have wanted to kill her 13-year-old grandson, who was shot in the head while he slept at her west Georgia home a week ago.

Car catches fire in Aiken County crash

Aiken County sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Beaver Dam Road that caused one vehicle to catch fire, dispatch said.
By Travis Highfield

City Ink: Millage increase was a sweet decision for commission

Raising the property tax rate last week was a cakewalk for the Augusta Com­mis­sion.
By Sylvia Cooper

Labor Day holiday closings

The following offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Democrats threaten statewide shift

AIKEN - This year's elections give Democrats in South Carolina a rare opportunity to flip the state's leadership away from the Republican Party.
By Jeffrey Collins

Youth Challenge Academy cadets graduate

Holding a bouquet of flowers, Patricia Brown scurried around backstage at James Brown Arena on Saturday looking for her son as graduates of Fort Gordon’s Youth Chal­lenge Academy began filing ...
By Lisa Kaylor

Let's celebrate our paper's 229th Anniversary

Saturday was The Augusta Chronicle's 229th birthday, so let's celebrate.
By Bill Kirby

Nunn, Perdue spar over business backgrounds

ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue share the title of CEO but are trying to make the case that their experiences couldn't be more different as they campaign for Georgia's ...
By Christina A. Cassidy

Most stolen car is a what?

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual report on the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country earlier this month, and some residents say they aren't surprised with what they saw.
By Travis Highfield

Rants and Raves

There is a new job in town for the Richmond County Commissioners. They can be goat herders now. Because they have messed everything else up in town. Maybe they won't mess this up…or not.

Fatality highlights golf cart safety

Erin Hutchison, whose mother has driven a golf cart for a decade, described the vehicles as “relaxing,” but the recent death of a young girl in Aiken has raised awareness of the danger they ...
By Doug Stutsman and Wesley Brown

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina ...
By Michael Biesecker

3 men sentenced for killing protected hawks, owls

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina hunting preserve is paying $250,000 in restitution after three of its employees pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing hawks and owls to improve quail hunting.

Car strikes man on bicycle

A man riding a bicycle was struck Friday evening in Richmond County. About 9:30 p.m., the unknown victim was illegally crossing Milledgeville Road, near Olive Road, when he was grazed by a ...
By Doug Stutsman

Across Georgia

CHATSWORTH, Ga. - Author­ities in north Georgia say four people are dead after a pickup lost control and went off the road, killing a man who was riding a lawnmower nearby.

Dropped bag of heroin leads to arrest

An Augusta man is in custody after dropping a bag of heroin in the lobby of a Quality Inn in Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman

Rants & Raves

Thank you, Mayor Deke Copenhaver for spending $300,000 of our taxpayer money on your proposal to incorporate two shuttered textile mills into the campus of Georgia Regents University.

Labor Day holiday closings

The following offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Moore: Good behavior is not TV's strong suit

Audie Murphy, Alvin York, George Custer -- those were heroes; the Kardashians, not so much.
By Glynn Moore

Kirby: Old Farmer's 2015 Almanac predicting another icy winter for Augusta

If you missed last winter, don’t worry. We’re getting a sequel. Winter 2015 sounds a lot like winter 2014 – colder than normal with the tree-snapping iciness.

Gogick: Colleagues receive front page as going-away present

When longtime colleagues either retire or seek out greener pastures, their colleagues conspire to make them a page – a front page. Think of it as part parting gift, part parting shot. A hybrid of remembrance and roast.
By John Gogick

Company plans entertainment resort near Ga. coast

KINGSLAND, Ga. - The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that could lead to the groundbreaking of a $350 million, 495-acre amusement resort on Interstate 95 in the spring of 2015.
By Gordon Jackson

Report: Ga. governments have weak nepotism rules

ATLANTA - Local governments in metro Atlanta have hired at least 770 relatives of current employees during the last three years, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Across Georgia

ATLANTA - Authorities are investigating how a Marietta man died skydiving in Polk County.

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Columbia County historian Bill Blackard  (pictured here.)
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UGA jumps up in 2 polls

The University of Georgia made the second-biggest jump of all the teams in the two national ranking polls, both of which were released Tuesday.
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