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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Canal authority elects members

The Augusta Canal Authority reelected Richard Isdell as chairman.

Deadly drag race leads to prison term

Rodney Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by a vehicle for the July 28, 2013, death of 23-year-old Marcus Kelly and the broken leg suffered by 17-year-old Jerome ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man acquitted in shooting

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Kenneth L. Anderson, 23, not guilty at the conclusion of a trial that stretched over two weeks.

Theft closes Optimist Club's tree sale early

Between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28, 48 Christmas trees - valued at $2,500 - were stolen from the North Augusta Optimist Club, according to an incident report from the North Augusta Department of Public ...
By Doug Stutsman

Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary school because of excessive absences caused by illness, the McDuffie County School System has decided to close all seven of its schools, according to its ...
By Sean Gruber

Movie theater still coming to Village at Riverwatch

Though behind schedule, the curtain has not dropped on plans for a new movie theater in the Village at Riverwatch.
By Jenna Martin

Krispy Kreme opens in south Augusta

Krispy Kreme opened Tuesday on Peach Orchard Road in south Augusta.

Narcotics investigation leads to two arrests

Two men were arrested Tuesday following a narcotics investigation in the parking lot of Taco Bell on Washington Road.
By Doug Stutsman

Columbia County commission votes to raise stormwater utilty fees

Columbia County commissioners voted to implement a series of increases to the county's stormwater utility fee, more than doubling the current fee by 2017.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Festival marks start of Hanukkah

Ice carvings marked the finale of the 18th annual menorah lighting and Hanukkah festival, presented by Chabad of Augusta.
By Lisa Kaylor

School board members take service oaths

Augusta resident Charlie Hannah and incumbent Board Chairwoman Venus Cain were among those sworn in as Richmond County Board of Education members.
By Sean Gruber

Hyde Park residents get relocation funding

The Augusta Commission voted 10-0 to use $2.8 million in sales taxes specifically for the Hyde Park relocation effort.
By Susan McCord

Suspect at large after high-speed chase

A suspect remains at large following a high-speed chase Monday night through parts of Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman

Some schools make gains on report card, but system still struggles

A number of Richmond County schools showed improvements on Georgia's 2014 accountability report card measuring student achievement and progress levels, but the system itself still performed below ...
By Sean Gruber

Darius Rucker records song inspired by local family

The Simkins family inspired a song recorded by singer Darius Rucker. The song was released online as a holiday promotion for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
By Meg Mirshak

Sanford got payout from lender after taking office

After taking office, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused of deceiving customers.
By Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss

Flu is here with unusual symptoms

Flu is definitely widespread in Georgia, which means it has appeared in more than half the counties in the state. On the scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest level of intensity for ...
By Tom Corwin

Man sentenced for Family Dollar robbery

Saintwain R. Roberts, 25, was sentenced to six years and five months in prison for his role in the Oct. 10, 2013, robbery of the Family Dollar on Central Avenue.

Officials urge caution while shopping during holidays

Police are asking the public to be cautious while doing holiday shopping to avoid becoming the victim of a crime. ATMs and parking lots are prime locations for crooks.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged $74,079.94 In honor of William, Gray, Lee,Jr., Mary Ellis, Alden and Benjamin $300 In memory of Mrs.

Rants & Raves

Has anyone thought the police officers took down Michael Brown and Eric Garner because they were breaking the law, not because they were black?

Empty Stocking Fund: Health issues threaten Christmas

An Augusta father and mother have lost time on the job because both have faced recent health challenges.

Empty Stocking List

List of donors to the Empty Stocking Fund

Gogick: Chronicle continues holiday traditions

When you work in the news media, a regular rotation on the holiday schedule is what you sign up for.
By John Gogick

Kirby: Expensive meds have furry friend covered (again)

December chill has both my little dogs glad they can wear their colorful doggie sweaters.
By Bill Kirby

Where you live

Ashley Lunceford (far right) of Thomson takes a picture of a family member as her husband Patrick looks on at Lights of the South in Grovetown.
By Chris Thelen

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including former Gov. Carl Sanders (pictured here.)
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Kettle donations rise in 2014

After a disappointing showing last year, donations to the Salvation Army's local Red Kettle Campaign have risen nearly 20 percent in 2014.
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