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Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Racial gap between police, community closing, officials say

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree envisions a police force that is “reflective of the community that it serves.” Local forces are getting closer to that goal, but still have a ways to go.
By Travis Highfield

Ga. juvenile changes praised

ATLANTA -- Sweeping changes in how misbehaving youths are treated have reduced the number of teens requiring lock-up, saved taxpayers money and show signs of helping produce productive adults, ...
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia Power price plan rattles solar companies

ATLANTA - A plan by Georgia Power to change the way it pays for solar electricity from small- and medium-sized projects is worrying developers just a year after they pushed the monopoly to use ...
By Ray Henry

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Augusta women scammed out of $9,500

Richmond County deputies are searching for a man accused of deceiving two Augusta women out of $9,500.
By Doug Stutsman

Border Bash brings out family rivalries

Before leaving for the 21st annual Border Bash, Belvedere, S.C., residents Wayne and Marilyn Braddy received a sarcastic phone call from their daughter. "What's daddy wearing?" 
By Doug Stutsman

Across Georgia

ATLANTA - Federal prosecutors have accused a former Georgia Democratic Party chairman of defrauding his legal clients out of more than $1.8 million.

School board discusses projects at retreat

Richmond County Board of Education members received an update on rightsizing and construction projects during their board retreat Friday.
By Sean Gruber

Officers take leadership training

About 20 police officers began a year-long training program Friday geared toward making them future leaders in their departments.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Salmonella-tainted peanuts case in hands of jury

ALBANY, Ga. - Jurors started deciding Friday whether the owner of a peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak recklessly sent known tainted products or was simply a scapegoat for large ...
By Russ Bynum

Man gets 30 years for abuse, child porn

A Hephzibah man who posted pictures on the Internet of his sexual abuse of a child was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 
By Sandy Hodson

Fifth Jersey Mike's to open in west Augusta

Demolition of an old Church's Chicken fast-food restaurant was completed this week at 2823 Washington Road for development of a Jersey Mike's sandwich shop, the fifth in the area.
By Jenna Martin

Judge rules sentence will stand, child abuser has 80 more years in prison

Mark Pistorious said he was convinced the judge intended to sentence him to concurrent time in prison, meaning he should be free now.
By Sandy Hodson

Man accused of setting wife on fire denied bond

During a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court for Ronnie Lee Jones, Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb told the judge that Jones became angry with his wife on Aug. 22 because she was ...
By Sandy Hodson

Gogick: 'Chronicle' pressroom takes pride in each run

'Stop the presses." That clichéd movie scene depicting halting the printing press as a big story breaks is a rare occurrence in real life.
By John Gogick

Aiken couple carry on tradition of Sir Big Spur

AIKEN - On a quiet 28-acre farm in Aiken County, at the end of a dirt road lined with pecan and crepe myrtle trees lives the University of South Carolina's biggest, and perhaps most famous fan.
By Travis Highfield

Sanford calls off engagement

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford says he and his fiancee are calling off their engagement because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, four years after their divorce.

Where you live

A kayaker escorts a swimmer on the Savannah River in Augusta Friday morning. The River will be full of swimmers when the IRONMAN 70.3 gets underway in Augusta on Sept. 28.
By Michael Holahan

Project Jackson judge asked to reconsider

A South Carolina judge has been asked to reconsider his ruling in favor of North Augusta's Project Jackson development, which includes a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets.
By Meg Mirshak

Man gets 15 years for molestation

Sylvester Harris, 40, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to child molestation. Judge Daniel J. Craig imposed the prison term with an additional five years on probation.

Rejected administrator candidate says he was wrong color

Former administrator candidate Oscar Rodriguez, now a finalist for city manager in Worchester, Mass., cited racial politics and his being the wrong color as the reason he wasn't hired as city ...
By Susan McCord

Rants & Raves

Chronicle, please lead by example by printing only constructive rants.

Small earthquake reported in Evans

The 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about 10 miles northwest of Evans about 3:30 a.m.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Heavy traffic expected near Vogtle

The operator of Plant Vogtle has warned that heavy traffic is possible on roads near the facility as additional workers perform a scheduled refueling outage.
By Meg Mirshak

Bill Kirby: Girls have been hard to fathom for centuries

Does birth month determine a woman’s lot in life? They used to think so; at least, that was the somewhat questionable speculation in a century-old newspaper article shared last week.

Moore: Who's your favorite concert?

I've seen a lot of good musical concerts over the years, but there are a few I'd still like to see.
By Glynn Moore

Kirby: Senior moment might be sign of things to come

And there was me. A slightly groggy, not-yet caffeinated man in the early years of Social Security eligibility staring at the house alarm security keypad and realizing that I had no idea what the code was.
By Bill Kirby

Residents share memories of Savannah River, Miller Theater

In previous weeks, we have asked for your memories of the Savannah River and the Miller Theater. Here are some of those reminiscences.

Gogick: 'Chronicle' pressroom takes pride in each run

'Stop the presses." That clichéd movie scene depicting halting the printing press as a big story breaks is a rare occurrence in real life.
By John Gogick

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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