$75 million park plan going to committee

Augusta's public services com­mit­tee has a big - and pricey - decision Tuesday on whether to commit as much as $75 million to enhancing recreation and parks.
By Susan McCord

United Way sets $3.5 million goal

The United Way of the CSRA announced plans of raising $3.5 million again this year.
By Charmain Brackett

Blue Cross to become sole provider in much of Georgia

In nearly two-thirds of the counties in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will be the sole provider for anyone who wants to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It is a responsibility the company does not take lightly, and it would like to find a way to make it work, its president said.
By Tom Corwin

Augusta mother's child cruelty trial begins

The trial began Monday for an Augusta woman accused of beating one child with a belt and encouraging two preschoolers to fight on camera.
By Sandy Hodson

Man accused of killing Florida priest attempts suicide again

Steven James Murray, the man accused of killing a Florida priest, attempted to hang himself Saturday at the Clayton County Jail, officials confirmed.
By Doug Stutsman

Deputy's son charged in slaying

The son of a Georgia sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with murder after shooting and killing a man in Thomson.
By Donna Stillinger

Principal resigned after giving improper grades to students

The former principal and assistant principal of Rich­mond County's technical magnet school resigned this summer amid allegations of improper grade changes, according to documents released after an open records request by The Augusta Chron­­icle.
By Doug Stutsman

Camera shows man punching bank window

Surveillance footage caught a man punching out a bank window downtown Thursday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Shepeard will test blood for Zika

Blood coming in to Shepeard Community Blood Center will soon be tested for Zika due to a new guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Children's hospital touts donations

The local Children's Hospital of Georgia is celebrating more than $1.2 million in donations and pledges.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Hospital releases boy, 2, shot in legs

A 2-year-old shot at his North Augusta home Friday has been released from the hospital, police confirmed Monday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson


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FACE THE TRUTH of both sides of the Civil War: Both sides had people who stole, burned, raped, etc. We can’t erase the facts and we should not try to hide any. Just admit all data.

Kirby: Sunsets showing off as darkness falls earlier

I was watching the sunset the other evening. Just beautiful.
By Bill Kirby

Rebel flag remover steps forward

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The person who removed 70 Confederate flags from the graves of Civil War veterans about two weeks ago at Brunswick's historic Oak Grove Cemetery has stepped forward, and it's not the usual suspect of vandals or activists.
By Terry Dickson

Ga. woman killed looking at snake

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Officials say a Georgia woman has been fatally struck by a vehicle after getting out of her car to look at a snake in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Man charged in Clemson party shooting

CENTRAL, S.C. - Authorities say a 21-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting someone during a fight at a party that may have had 1,000 people at an off-campus apartment complex near Clemson University.

Bus wreck kills Georgia student, 15

VALDOSTA, Ga. - A student has died after a crash involving a school bus and a semitrailer that also injured more than a dozen students on a south Georgia interstate, authorities said.

UGA off 'party school' list

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Princeton Review released its annual list of top party schools - which just a few years back had University of Georgia as No. 1 - UGA is now nowhere to be found.
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Chronicle wins 7 Georgia AP awards

The Georgia Associated Press honored The Augusta Chronicle on Saturday with seven awards for news reporting efforts in 2015, including first-place honors for deadline reporting, sports writing, best Web site and best picture story.

Mayor's effort folded into policy changes

Mayor Hardie Davis demanded access to Augusta's draft fair chance hiring policy last week but was refused.
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19 plea not guilty in Irish Traveler case
COLUMBIA -- Nineteen of 22 people indicted in the federal case involving Irish Travelers and Murphy Village entered not guilty pleas Tuesday and received $25,000 unsecured bonds.