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Woman is beaten after walking in on burglary

A Grovetown woman was beaten Wednesday after walking in on a burglary, police said.

Laverne Parsons, 41, returned to her home at 229 Hot Springs Drive in Orchard Hill subdivision about 9 a.m. after taking her children to school, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

"She was confronted by the suspect and was attacked and was seriously injured," Capt. Morris said.

Capt. Morris said Mrs. Parsons was initially taken to Doctors Hospital, then to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. MCG spokeswoman Denise Parrish said Wednesday that she had no information on Mrs. Parsons' condition.

Anyone with information about the attack or burglaries should call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-2800.

Man is convicted in '07 burglary, shooting

An Augusta man who took his son and a teenage nephew on a burglary that turned into a shootout was convicted Wednesday.

Clarence A. Tanksley, 48, faces a possible sentence of life in prison plus 45 years for armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and weapon charges. His son Jordash Tanksley received that sentence after his conviction. Derrell L. McNair, who was 15 at the time of the crime, was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The three committed the July 30, 2007, burglary and robbery of the F.A.M.E. clothing store on Wrightsboro Road. All three were convicted in Richmond County Superior Court.

Men sought in robbery of North Augusta bank

Police are seeking two men in the robbery of a Bank of America branch in North Augusta on Wednesday.

Police said a man wearing a dark jacket and camouflage shirt walked into the bank at 315 Edgefield Road about 11:30 a.m. He asked each of the tellers for money and left the bank with an undisclosed amount.

He was seen running across the street to a silver-colored car, which drove away.

Two men who were detained by police shortly after the robbery were later released.

Soldier is killed in an alcohol-related crash

An early-morning car crash killed a Fort Gordon soldier Wednesday.

The victim, identified as 1st Lt. George S. Dodgen, 27, of the 2700 block of Springwood Drive, was driving west on Bobby Jones Expressway about midnight when he tried to exit onto Scott Nixon Memorial Drive at a high rate of speed, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

The soldier lost control of his white Subaru and hit a concrete barrier, Mr. Bowen said.

The victim had to be extricated from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene about 12:50 a.m.

Alcohol was a factor in the wreck, authorities said.

Ex-employee arrested in theft at Wal-Mart

A former Wal-Mart worker was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of donning the outfit of an employee and walking out of the Deans Bridge Road store with five flat-screen TVs.

Tyrus Delaine Brown, 28, of Hephzibah, is charged with two counts of felony theft by taking, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Kendall Brown. The suspect was fired from Wal-Mart in 2008, Investigator Brown said.

House may vote today to rework arena board

ATLANTA --- The House could vote as soon as today on a bill that would replace the Coliseum Authority with a smaller board.

Rep. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood, said Wednesday he is supporting the bill introduced by Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta. Mr. Davis e-mailed colleagues Monday expressing reservations about the delegation appointing the board's chairman.

"I would rather we did not appoint that person," he said Wednesday. "It brings to question the credibility of the other appointees by us doing that. But in the spirit of cooperation, we will move forward at this point."

Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, and Sen. Ed Tarver, D-Augusta, said they too would support the bill, though they don't think the delegation should make any appointments to the board since it deals only with local matters.

Under the bill, the board's other six members would be appointed by Augusta's super district commissioners.

Paine team competes in academic contest

A team of students from Paine College will compete in the 20th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

The All-Star Challenge is the only annual academic competition held among the nation's historically black colleges and universities. Paine College is one of the "Strong 64" participating schools in the three-day tournament. The winning team's school will get $50,000.

Georgia tops nation for school technology

Georgia and West Virginia were recognized as the only states to score 100 in both use of technology and capacity to use technology in education, according to a report released Wednesday.

Education Week's annual Technology Counts gave Georgia an A in both categories. It gave South Carolina an A in use of technology and a C in its capacity to use technology.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/26/09 - 01:36 am
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You gotta love the Deans

You gotta love the Deans Bridge Road mentality. What kind of moron attempts a stunt at Wal-Mart like that? Stupid, just stupid.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/26/09 - 04:56 am
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Do historically white

Do historically white colleges and universities have an exclusive award competition?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/26/09 - 05:03 am
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Why does the coliseum need a

Why does the coliseum need a board? And why does the board need to be so large? Why can't a three man board, answerable to the county commissioners, oversee the running of the coliseum, with the help of a professional management company? Their primary job would be to act as liaison between management and politicians, to protect the taxpayers interests and help smooth any potential differences between politicians and management.

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pantherluvcik 03/26/09 - 06:35 am
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patriciathomas i'm sure they

patriciathomas i'm sure they do, but if not why don't you set one up. I'm sure you can afford the prize money.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/26/09 - 06:49 am
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pantherluvcik, you and I know

pantherluvcik, you and I know that if there were one, and not a black one, you'd be the first to cry racism. All I did was ask a question. If you've found information about a college competition that excludes black schools, let me know.

rufus
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rufus 03/26/09 - 08:03 am
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Ol' Tyrus is a genius

Ol' Tyrus is a genius

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 03/26/09 - 08:54 am
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I, personally, am glad to see

I, personally, am glad to see the Tanksley thugs get what they deserve - FINALLY. Let's just hope that Daddy gets the same sentence that his son did.

RU4Real
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RU4Real 03/26/09 - 08:55 am
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There is no need for a

There is no need for a Coliseum board at all. As REp. Sims and Sen. Tarver said this group only deals in local matters. The whole authority should be abolished and the arenas turned over to the ARC government to run. There is waste in the duplicity of the outdated ARCCA. The only people with interest in the arenas are the Citizens of Augusta/Richmond County. They already elect the commissioners, why do the need an appointed board to oversee what any ARC department could do? Eliminate the Coliseum Authority and cut the waste that it creates. Have this unnecessary board cost taxpayers money even when they are acting properly and working in the interest of taxpayers.

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js_ee 03/26/09 - 10:25 am
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PT, most HBCUs are private

PT, most HBCUs are private institutions with little to no state funding, but they are ALL open to any race. Maybe you should apply and learn a little about them before you try to find fault in anything involving them.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/26/09 - 11:28 am
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Isn't the guy that was robbed

Isn't the guy that was robbed at F.A.M.E. the same guy that was managing Cyrus Corners and was arrested for drug possession after he shot some bystander in the foot after he was shot at himself? That store is at Deans Bridge near Lumpkin Road. I heard the shots from where I live and my brother heard the shots from where he lives. He called it in to the police (he could see something was going on as well as hear the shots from where he was) and I called it in to WGAC since I was over a half mile away and couldn't see what was happening.

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lifelongresidient 03/26/09 - 02:53 pm
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pt there you go again, the

pt there you go again, the rise of the hbcu's were a result of various state and local statues designed to prohibit blacks from attending what were at the time 'ALL WHITE SCHOOLS", before spouting off on what you don't know or care to know why don't you do a little research. it is statements like those give rise to prejudice, based on making comments and/or statements based on little or no facts. hbcu's did not develop out of choice but out of necessity for blacks to obtain a higher education....or would you rather have us be your maids or butlers

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GSneed 03/26/09 - 04:16 pm
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As a proud graduate of

As a proud graduate of Tuskegee University (founded in 1881 because it was against the law for Blacks to learn to read and write), I am offended by PT's continuous efforts to find fault in everything Black. PT, whether you want to face the facts or not, we as Blacks are still playing "catch up" here in America thanks to your kind. Go find some Arabs or some Asians or some Russians to hate. We are sick and tired of it!

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jmwebb 03/26/09 - 07:41 pm
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pt wakes up with ignorance on

pt wakes up with ignorance on her mind. look at the time.

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