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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Brush fires reported on Hwy. 520 in North Augusta

Crews are battling three separate brush fires on Highway 520 in North Augusta. Approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies were called to the exit ramp of Highway 1 on Hwy. 520.
By Doug Stutsman

Kirby: Expensive meds have furry friend covered (again)

December chill has both my little dogs glad they can wear their colorful doggie sweaters.
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

After three years we finally sold our home in south Augusta and have now moved to a wonderful community called Canterbury Farms in growing Grovetown. I have paid my last property tax bill to that ...

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $83,390.

University Hospital to appeal Columbia County denial

University's board voted Thursday to proceed with the appeal, which will probably be filed next week, said Ed Burr, senior vice president for legal affairs.
By Tom Corwin

Grants available for teachers

Elementary and middle school educators can apply for small grants to use for science, math and technology curriculum.
By Meg Mirshak

Woman charged for driving drunk with kids in car

A Hephzibah woman has been charged after driving under the influence with three children in the car.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Mayor-elect website goes live, announces inaugural events

The site,, provides information about the events, which begin with a "Hands Across Augusta" day of community service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3.
By Susan McCord

One dead in Aiken County crash

One person is dead after a crash on Whiskey Road in Aiken County Wednesday evening.

Rants & Raves

Anyone who has studied and understands the facts about what happened in Ferguson, Mo., knows that no jury in the world would convict the officer for doing the job he was trained for.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Across the region

COLUMBIA - A former drug analyst at the Columbia Police Department's crime lab says that she lost her job because of her race and that the agency unfairly blamed her for its shortcomings.

Decorating downtown

Ann Porterfield paints a Christmas on the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on the corner of 13th and Broad streets.
By Michael Holahan

Empty Stocking Fund: Grandparents caring for ailing baby

Two Augusta grandparents hope they can get some assistance to brighten the holiday for their ailing granddaughter.

Judge says execution of black teen in 1944 "injustice"

COLUMBIA - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he's out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith's term.
By Susan McCord

Probation advisory council investigates company

The state council overseeing private probation companies voted unanimously Wednesday to launch a criminal investigation against a Darien-based firm.
By Walter C. Jones

MCG student, class buy kids' books for Ferguson library

Three weeks after the Missouri grand jury indictment verdict, Ashee Nicole Sharer created a Ferguson wish list on, urging classmates to purchase a book for the Ferguson ...
By Doug Stutsman

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $77,795.

Stroke survivor is cooking again

After more than a year of rehabilitation, Augusta stroke survivor Melisa Bain is on the verge of starting her own catering business and possibly returning to work with the help of Walton ...
By Wesley Brown

Rants & Raves

I thought an EBT card was to help the needy with their food needs. I learned today while making my $2 purchase with cash that you can have an EBT card and ask for cash back.

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $91,044.94

Empty Stocking Fund: Ailing parents in need

An Augusta mother who has been helping care for an ailing husband and their children is now suffering neck pains herself, and looking at surgery in the weeks ahead.

Kirby: Counties mushroomed to fight cities

Georgia's 159 counties, a lot in anybody's book, developed as a way for rural-minded politicians to fight urban growth.
By Bill Kirby

Where you live

The Georgia Regents University Dance Team performs Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse during halftime of the Jaguars' game against Montevallo.
By Chris Thelen

St. Teresa dedicates its new church

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Columbia Road holds rite of dedication and first Mass at its much-larger facility.
By Jim Blaylock

Gogick: Chronicle continues holiday traditions

When you work in the news media, a regular rotation on the holiday schedule is what you sign up for.
By John Gogick

Museum remembers controversial SC Red Shirts

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The home of a Confederate officer who helped take power away from blacks and drive Republicans out of South Carolina's government after the Civil War is now a museum.
By Jeffrey Collins

No struggling Georgia hospitals create stand-alone ERs

ATLANTA - Months after Georgia allowed struggling rural hospitals to scale back their operations to save money, not a single facility has signed on.
By Ray Henry
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