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Mail carriers will take food donations today

Gas prices topped $2 on Friday in Augusta.  John Curry/Staff
John Curry/Staff
Gas prices topped $2 on Friday in Augusta.

Letter carriers will participate in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger food drive today.

People are asked to leave nonperishable foods in a sturdy bag next to their mailbox before their regular mail delivery time.

Deadline is Monday for plane pull fundraiser

There is still time to sign up for the May 30 plane pull fundraiser sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.

Teams of 20 will compete to see which team can pull a Boeing 727 plane 12 feet in the shortest time. The plane weighs 155,000 pounds without fuel.

Monday is the deadline to register a team. To compete, businesses must pay a $1,000 fee. Nonprofits, schools, churches and community clubs must pay a $500 fee. Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. For more information or to register, call (706) 724-5901.

Early voting will begin Monday on tax package

Early voting begins Monday in Richmond County for the June 16 special election, which is a referendum on the proposed $184.7 million special-purpose sales tax package.

Polls will be open at the Board of Elections office at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., room 104, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 12.

Advance voting will be from June 8-12 at the Henry Brigham Recreation Center at 2463 Golden Camp Road and Warren Road Recreation Center at 300 Warren Road. Polls will be open at those locations from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The voter registration deadline is May 18.

Murder-suicide victims had lived in Augusta

Two women who died Wednesday in a Statesboro murder-suicide appear to be former Augusta residents.

Office personnel at Glenn Hills High School confirmed that Naumbyia German, 26, attended the Augusta school.

Investigators say Ms. German was killed by roommate Kiona Thais Lively, who then took her own life.

Augusta Chronicle archives indicate Ms. Lively gave Augusta as her hometown in a 2006 listing of Georgia Southern University graduates.

Gas prices start climbing

An increase in gas prices has already started before the summer driving season , according to officials with AAA South.

In Augusta, the average for regular Friday was $1.99, according to AAA's fuel gauge report Friday morning. That's up from $1.95 on Thursday. A month ago, Augustans were paying an average of $1.82.

"This is pretty typical to see slight upticks in retail gasoline prices, especially as we get closer to Memorial Day weekend," said AAA South spokeswoman Jessica Brady.

What's behind the increase is the change to summer blends, which have more additives and, therefore, are more expensive, Ms. Brady explained.

The price of gas is still a bargain compared with last year. On May 8, 2008, the average price in Augusta was $3.53 for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA.

Elmore's mother criticizes media

Two days after a grand jury cleared two Richmond County sheriff's deputies in December's fatal shooting of Justin Elmore in the Cherry Tree Crossing complex, his family issued a statement criticizing police actions and the news media.

In a letter delivered Friday to The Chronicle, Mr. Elmore's mother, Dora Ward, said the sheriff's office "abused their authority, and the media portrayed false information to justify the murder of my son."

Read Dora Ward's statement here. (PDF format)

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Doctor j. Dudleydoright
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Doctor j. Dudleydoright 05/09/09 - 05:51 am
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Rule1: Do Not Be A Habitual

Rule1: Do Not Be A Habitual Offender
Rule2: When Stopped BY Police Stop
Rule3: NoWeapons
Rule4: No Drugs
Rule5: Respect

Mrs Ward I would think that about 90% of these problems are your own fault

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/09/09 - 05:56 am
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Dear Mrs Ward. I offer you

Dear Mrs Ward. I offer you condolences on the death of your son. I also offer your son condolences for the fact that you did not rear him to be a productive citizen of our city and country. You say he was non-violent and committed misdemeanors. I say differently, because I have, first hand, seen the ravages of crack addiction. I offer my condolences to the city and the victims of your son's "non-violent" misdemeanors. Your son preyed on the weaknesses of others, making a tidy profit while doing so. He stole, the beat people, he was a non-productive citizen. My son also committed a misdemeanor, but it didn't get covered up. It was in the newspaper, and he paid his debt, an changed his life. Your son had countless opportunities to change, and you had the same opportunities to save his life. This sad incident is NOT about race, it's about PARENTING and social responsibility. You and your son failed at both. Hopefully, you will learn from this, and teach your other children to NOT follow the path of their brother.

wallerstein
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wallerstein 05/09/09 - 06:02 am
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If I had a grown child with a

If I had a grown child with a criminal record as long as Ms. Dora Ward's I wouldn't continue making excuses for him. Disown him and treat him like the dangerous stranger he had become.

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thecraftman 05/09/09 - 06:09 am
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i read where a man shop

i read where a man shop lifted a cd in a walmart, then tried to run over two police officers, but he was not shot at. But later on they took out his VEHICLE!!

wise
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wise 05/09/09 - 06:29 am
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thecraftman good point!!!

thecraftman good point!!! Everyone else how can you blame the mother for having unconditional love for her child. No matter how someone is raised they are going to have negative influences from their enviorment. I do not know how many of you all were actually raise in this area but I was. Mr Elmore was doing nothing less than your private school rich kids from columbia county.

rufus
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rufus 05/09/09 - 06:44 am
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wise, you are so full of shat

wise, you are so full of shat your eyes are brown

1941
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1941 05/09/09 - 06:54 am
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wise' the rich kids are not

wise' the rich kids are not dead!

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/09/09 - 07:07 am
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You have to remember that NA

You have to remember that NA Public Safety "officers" make Barney Fife look like Charles Bronson. They are nothing more than crossing guards that have the authority to write speeding tickets. Kudos to the Richmond County officers who know how to stop crime.

sgachief
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sgachief 05/09/09 - 07:24 am
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csra gasoline retailers and

csra gasoline retailers and wholesalers are greedy crooks and criminals.

peonynut
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peonynut 05/09/09 - 07:27 am
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It is amusing that you would

It is amusing that you would compare NADPS to Barney Fife when we have so much less crime than Richmond Co. and surrounding areas. Most of the crime that takes place over here comes from your side of the river. We are not trigger happy and besides who wants your ilk coming over to riot because we blew away one of your citizens. I wish we could build a fence and keep you all out of our city.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/09/09 - 07:53 am
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I bet someone else wrote this

I bet someone else wrote this letter for Elmore's mother. I see a lawsuit on the horizon. He isn't bringing anymore money in from selling drugs so now they have to generate some other income without having to work for it.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/09/09 - 07:58 am
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wise, it's not unconditional

wise, it's not unconditional love to defend someone who makes their living by selling crack and having guns. It is no different than intentionally participating, not to mention condoning the crime. That is criminal in itself, and she will have to live with the fact that she actively participated in, by not turning him in, his death. She taught him to be what he was, and is more responsible than the police for his demise. To lose a child must be the most horrible punishment a mother could receive, but it must be even worse to know that she could have avoided it by teaching him better and speaking out against it or turning him in.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/09/09 - 08:06 am
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Good post, GAC

Good post, GAC

mad_max
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mad_max 05/09/09 - 08:14 am
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This mother should be

This mother should be apologizing for her help in creating this little heathen. She apparently did nothing to intervene when he started having issues with breaking the law when he was 13 years old. The judges in this town should be apologizing to us and to the mother for not doing their job. They continued to give this kid non-punishment over a 10 years periond with numerous appearances in our court system. This kid was coddled, excused, and probationed.....to death, literally. When the parent(s) did not do their job, and the judges did not do their job, from the age of 13 this kid was destined to die early either during a drug deal or at the hands of a cop. It was only a matter of time and the luck of the draw as to who would kill him. For those of you who argue that we should coddle these future killers because they come from a bad neighborhood, well you are part of the problem. The only people who could have prevented this kid's death were the parent(s) and the judges. The all failed. The cop that pulled the trigger was just fulfilling this kid's destiny. He wanted to be a gansta. His mother let him. The judges allowed him. He got his wish.

wise
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wise 05/09/09 - 09:11 am
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rufus actually they are hazel

rufus actually they are hazel and I speak the truth.

wise
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wise 05/09/09 - 09:12 am
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1941 thats because their

1941 thats because their mommie and daddy protects them well with their money.

wise
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wise 05/09/09 - 09:16 am
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I will pray for you all. You

I will pray for you all. You should not cast judgement upon anyone but yourself. Its not up to you to determine who Mr. Elmore was.

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WAG 05/09/09 - 09:31 am
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Mr Elmore was a thug... He

Mr Elmore was a thug... He got whet he deserved. And his mother should stop whining... She got what she deserved. Should have turned him in. At least he would be alive..

Good Times
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Good Times 05/09/09 - 09:47 am
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Wag, you and the rest of

Wag, you and the rest of these posters who says he got what he deserved are purely evil individuals. Who are you to judge ANYONE??

Nammy3
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Nammy3 05/09/09 - 10:14 am
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wise--hazel? You're just down

wise--hazel? You're just down a quart......lol. (':

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/09/09 - 10:28 am
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wise, Goodtimes, the Bible

wise, Goodtimes, the Bible says "The wages of sin is death." I don't judge, God does.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/09/09 - 01:55 pm
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Copperhead, EXCELLENT POST,

Copperhead, EXCELLENT POST, on 6:56. I just read it. You hit every base.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/09/09 - 01:58 pm
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Copperhead, another "true

Copperhead, another "true that" for your 8:58. We really do have more in common than not.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 05/09/09 - 02:43 pm
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Terrifying thought, eh, PT?

Terrifying thought, eh, PT?

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corgimom 05/09/09 - 09:04 pm
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I didn't say he deserved it.

I didn't say he deserved it. I said he brought it upon himself. There's a difference. He had choices that night, and he made terrible ones.

richie24
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richie24 05/09/09 - 11:27 pm
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A young man drives to Cherry

A young man drives to Cherry Tree to see some friends, He is now leaving. A cop has passes him and turns around as another officer pulls up in front of him and stops. He waits for a second trying to see what is up. He now attempts to back up not knowing the cop wants him. They have yet to wave him down just have lights on which means there is a problem in that neighborhood. He does not think that this officer wants him, so he backs up bumping into another officer that he did not see pull up behind him in the mirror, started he quickly turns while trying to pull up. However,the officer runs and positions himself in front of the vehicle as he turns he sees an officer pointing a gun at him and panics, mashing the gas to avoid the cop and the shots. Shots are fired as he jumps the curve, he passes the officer and the officer continues shooting striking him in the head as he passes. His car rolls to a stop, they break the window and pull him out on the ground, his bloody brain hanging out dead body, can you see him, can you see him ,now picture he is white ,he’s a 23 year old white male. Can you see him, bloody brains hanging out, dead body? Can you see him? He is white.

richie24
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richie24 05/15/09 - 09:48 am
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Her love is no different from

Her love is no different from the love that Caucasian kid’s parents have, however; she does not have the finances or know the people in the right places to make her kids legal issues go away. I tell you the truth, I saw more Drugs sold and used by Caucasian kids while attending a predominantly white college than all 17 of my years living in public housing! These kids use and sold all types of drugs. Their frat parties were one big drug, alcohol and sex any thing goes deal. No one ever bothered them or busted them.

richie24
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richie24 05/15/09 - 09:51 am
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Copperhead, some thimes God

Copperhead, some thimes God uses the person that we consider the lesser, to show that he is God. Do you know what God has cooking. He allows injustices to happen for the greater good.

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