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Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

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

New challenge for Ga. death penalty provision

ATLANTA - A Georgia death row inmate on Friday filed a new challenge to the state's requirement for defendants to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt to be spared execution on ...
By Kate Brumback

5 top teacher finalists honored

Ranging from a high school social studies teacher to an elementary school music director, the finalists were honored during a banquet held at the Central Office building,.
By Sean Gruber

Adverse care confirmed at Augusta VA

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center appears to be making strides toward erasing long wait times, but documents suggest the hospital still has a ways to go to improve quality of care.
By Wesley Brown

Wounded GRU student indicted

A Georgia Regents University student accused of attempting to hit a campus police officer with his car was indicted Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court.
By Travis Highfield and Sandy Hodson

Smith retired by state, investigation ongoing

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, under investigation while on paid leave with Georgia State Patrol since June, has been retired by the state employees' retirement system, but the investigation ...
By Susan McCord

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 ...
By John Gogick

Paine plans furloughs, salary cuts, layoffs

Paine College President George C. Bradley on Friday announced the college will implement furlough days, salary reductions and layoffs to save $2.4 million over the next fiscal year.
By Tracey McManus

Bond denied for drive-by suspect

Bond was denied Friday for one of three suspects accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting that left a man with six bullet wounds.
By Sandy Hodson

Rants & Raves

I would like to thank Stephen Blackwell for his random act of kindness. He paid for a total stranger's groceries. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me! Thank you, again!

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

Let's celebrate our paper's 229th Anniversary

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

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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