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Two men arrested in south Augusta slaying

Two men were arrested Monday in the May 22 slaying of a south Augusta man.

Demario Marquite Holden, 20, of the 3600 block of Larkspur Drive, and Cornilius Price, 17, of Sherman Street, were arrested after an early morning raid, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

They are being held without bond in the county jail.

Both are charged in the death of Chad Vernon Shirey in the 2900 block of Edison Drive.

They are each charged with one count of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal attempt at hijacking a motor vehicle.

Police said Mr. Holden is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Revamped Coliseum Authority meets today

The new Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is scheduled to hold its first meeting at 9 a.m. today, with all seven members having been sworn in.

Brad Usry, the proprietor of Fat Man's Riverfront Café, was given the oath Monday by State Court Judge David Watkins.

Bonita Jenkins and Joseph Collier were sworn in a week ago by Judge Watkins.

David Hogg, Louis C. "Hap" Harris Jr., Shirley Darby and Chairman Cedric Johnson were sworn in by Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet on June 11.

2 North Augusta men convicted in drug case

Two North Augusta men have been convicted by a federal jury on drug charges that span more than a decade.

Freddie Lee Curry, 36, and Sammy Davis Mims, 44, were convicted late Friday of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine from 1997 to 2008, according to a news release Monday from U.S. Attorney W. Walter Wilkins' office.

Mr. Curry also was convicted on two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana and crack cocaine.

Mr. Mims was also convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Both could face 20 years to life in prison.

Golf club landscaper says equipment stolen

A company hired by Augusta National Golf Club to do landscape work said more than $5,000 in lawn care equipment was stolen from a storage container on the club's property between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night.

An employee of Landscapes Unlimited, of Lincoln, Neb., said chain saws, trimmers and leaf blowers were missing when he returned to pick them up Sunday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The employee told police it didn't appear there was forced entry to the storage container in the 300 block of Heath Drive, which was surrounded by a barbed-wire fence.

Man sentenced for role in credit union robbery

Calvin Lee Stevenson Jr. was sentenced Monday in federal court to 42 years in prison after being convicted of armed robbery, carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Mr. Stevenson took part in the robbery of a credit union within the E-Z-Go facility on Marvin Griffin Road, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

Medical practices get business from stimulus

Two medical practices will benefit from stimulus money coming to Savannah River Site, officials announced Monday.

Family Medcenters in Aiken and the Center for Occupational Medicine in Augusta were recently awarded a contract to conduct pre-employment physicals for new workers at SRS being funded by the stimulus, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

The contracts are valued at $500,000.

The two practices will process 1,000 new hires each during the 30-month recovery program, the department said.

Nonprofit's president admits to taking cash

The former president of the Georgia Waterfowl Association received five years on probation Monday for taking money from the nonprofit.

Kenneth Patisaul, 61, must serve the first year on home detention, said U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

He must also pay $17,700 in restitution and perform 150 hours of community service.

Mr. Patisaul admitted using the association's bank accounts from January 2006 to July 2007 to take money for his own use.

Single-vehicle wreck kills Allendale woman

A single-vehicle crash Sunday night killed a 54-year-old Allendale, S.C., woman.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Vicki Gregory Welch died at the scene.

Ms. Welch was driving a 2003 Chevy S-10 Blazer east on Colbert Bridge Road near Aiken.

She left the road, struck a ditch, overturned several times and was ejected from the vehicle, which caught fire, Mr. Carlton said.

The crash happened at 8:20 p.m. There were no passengers.

The accident is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

It is the 19th fatal crash in Aiken County this year.

HD channels added to Aiken cable service

Atlantic Broadband added 14 high-definition channels to its Aiken-area lineup Monday and changed its pricing plan.

Fox News, CNN, The History Channel, National Geographic, ABC Family, Lifetime, Food Network, HGTV, F/X, Bravo, CNBC, Science Channel, The Weather Channel and Encore were added to the HD tier.

"With Nielsen research showing that more than one out of three homes now have at least one HDTV, the time is right to dramatically expand our HD lineup," said Sam McGill, Atlantic Broadband's vice president and general manager.

Atlantic Broadband serves 21,000 South Carolina customers in Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale counties.

The company also eliminated its $12 HD Extra Tier, instead making those channels available to more HD customers at no additional cost as part of the value and digital service tiers.

Traffic update

Fort Gordon

- Fort Gordon drivers should be prepared for detours, starting today, because of construction of Gate 2. D rivers will not be able to turn left from Gordon Highway into Gate 2 as a result of the construction, according to a news release from the post's Public Affairs Office, In addition, traffic at Gate 2 will be inbound only from 4:30-10 a.m. Monday through Friday until late August. After 10 a.m. on these days, traffic will be one lane inbound and one lane outbound. The gate construction is part of a $4.8 million project to install ID checkpoints with overhead covers at all of the gates. It is required in order to meet Department of Defense force protection standards.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/09 - 06:17 am
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It's nice to see the medical

It's nice to see the medical centers get money for doing government work. I guess that's what all that free government money is for. Thanks for saving us , messiah.

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pantherluvcik 06/23/09 - 06:44 am
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As long as you think he's a

As long as you think he's a messiah it's worth the comment. Another good ole boy getting a slap on the hand for sticking it in the cookie jar of a non-profit at that. Wow WHITE collar!!!

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jackfruitpaper833 06/23/09 - 06:45 am
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And God thank you for saving

And God thank you for saving patriciathomas, I yet believe he is a new creature is your son Christ Jesus. Amen.

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omnomnom 06/23/09 - 07:04 am
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fruitloop, save the preachin'

fruitloop, save the preachin' for the pulpit.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/09 - 07:11 am
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fruit, don't call your god

fruit, don't call your god down on me. He'll be out of here by 2012. I'm not sure Jesus would agree with your support of a man devoted to baby slaughter. You might want to review your perspective.

Townie
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Townie 06/23/09 - 07:33 am
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Hey PT, your buddy Rush

Hey PT, your buddy Rush called. He wants his pea brain back.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/09 - 07:34 am
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Very snappy, Townie, have you

Very snappy, Townie, have you met fruit?

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humbleopinion 06/23/09 - 08:45 am
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Obama can't say whether it is

Obama can't say whether it is "baby slaughter" or not. Remember, it's "above his pay grade". He WILL have to answer to the voters for his actions in 2012 and to the ultimate high authority one day.

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AAQueen 06/23/09 - 09:21 am
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OK you folks need to go easy

OK you folks need to go easy on PT. If it stops posting then I won't have anything to laugh at first thing in the morning but there's still Milton. LOL

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JohnnyYuma 06/23/09 - 09:58 am
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So this is what it has come

So this is what it has come to, we now have elected a man who is "devoted to baby slaughter"as president of the US. So when he's not playing with his kids or reading the newspaper he's killing babies. How foolish? All of this because a medical center is being paid to do pre-employment screens for the place(SRS) that creates a substance for killing everything.

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hurlyburly11 06/23/09 - 10:35 am
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and panther for you ...how

and panther for you ...how about the 2 arrested for murder....and the 2 arrested for crack distibution....LOL...I'll take the WHITE collar criminal anyday.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/23/09 - 11:02 am
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Hey Queenie, You ain't the

Hey Queenie, You ain't the sharpest tack on the block either nitwit.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/23/09 - 01:04 pm
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it's eidson drive! not

it's eidson drive! not edison!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/23/09 - 07:23 pm
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Larkspur Drive is off

Larkspur Drive is off Meadowbrook on the Southside of Augusta, and Sherman Street is in 30901, North of Gordon Hwy, off Old Savannah Road. Eidson Drive is off Barton Chapel Road not far from Augusta Mall.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 06/23/09 - 09:01 pm
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Why bring the Mall name in

Why bring the Mall name in this? It is not far from Kroger or Bobby Jones Ford.

Jonas
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Jonas 06/24/09 - 12:16 am
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Can I get on here at least

Can I get on here at least one day and there are no racists comments.

patriciathomas. panther,hurlyburly, justus you guys are all idiots and deserve each other.

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