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Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Family stumped by violent death of 13-year-old

CARROLLTON, Ga. - Alice Stout-Osorio says she can't fathom why anyone would have wanted to kill her 13-year-old grandson, who was shot in the head while he slept at her west Georgia home a week ago.

Car catches fire in Aiken County crash

Aiken County sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Beaver Dam Road that caused one vehicle to catch fire, dispatch said.
By Travis Highfield

City Ink: Millage increase was a sweet decision for commission

Raising the property tax rate last week was a cakewalk for the Augusta Com­mis­sion.
By Sylvia Cooper

Labor Day holiday closings

The following offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

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

Officers tell of trauma from taking life

Although every experience is different, officers who take a life often experience severe bouts of depression, alcoholism, marital problems, sleepless nights and feelings of being alone in the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

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

Millage rates don't tell entire tax story

Newcomers who consider Augusta-Richmond County property tax rates in relocation decisions should rest assured county tax rates remain among the area's lowest, despite a Monday commission vote to ...
By Susan McCord

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

Rants & Raves

The ice storm has been over six months. It's time to clean up your yard. I'm tired of looking at a bomb site.

Across the region

GREENVILLE, S.C. - A suspect was killed and a Greenville officer was hurt in a shooting outside police headquarters.

Where you live

Paine College freshman Jaleel Filmore videotapes the football team's practice.
By Todd Bennett

Ready for the big league

Mondrial Whitfield, 7, relaxes on a tackling dummy as he watches the Burke County High School football team practice at Burke County High School in Waynesboro. 
By Michael Holahan

Whole Foods sets opening date

Whole Foods Market will open its first Augusta store Sept. 23.

Georgia tourism conference opens at Augusta Convention Center

Participants will learn about tools, tips and information to help better market destinations, hotels and attractions from an array of expert speakers.

Karin Calloway: Thai-inspired soup packed with good-for-you ingredients

A bowl of homemade soup is a welcome lunch or supper and doesn’t have to take a lot of prep work or long simmering on the stove top.

Kirby: Old Farmer's 2015 Almanac predicting another icy winter for Augusta

If you missed last winter, don’t worry. We’re getting a sequel. Winter 2015 sounds a lot like winter 2014 – colder than normal with the tree-snapping iciness.

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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