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Lane closings expected next week with continued work on Little River Bridge project

14 min 14 sec ago

Lincoln and Columbia county residents might experience lane closings next week as crews continue work on the Little River Bridge project.

The $24 million project will replace a structurally deficient bridge on State Route 47 over Thurmond Lake/Little River, 10.5 miles southeast of Lincolnton. The project is 10 percent complete and is expected to be completed in August 2016.

The closings will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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450 Ft. Gordon soldiers head south

1 hour 36 min ago

 

Fort Stewart will gain about 450 soldiers this summer when a signal battalion moves from Augusta to the installation near Savannah, Army officials announced Friday.

 

The soldiers of the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion will have a short move south in July from their current location at Fort Gordon.

Fort Gordon is the home of the Army’s Signal Corps, the branch responsible for establishing and maintaining communication capabilities.

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Romney says he won't run

5 hours 22 min ago

 

 

WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016.

 

The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that he was out of the race.

 

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House burns, dogs killed, SC woman charged

7 hours 33 min ago

 

 

UNION, S.C. — A Gaffney woman has now been charged with setting a home on fire that killed two dogs that were inside the house.

 

Multiple media outlets reported that Union County sheriff’s deputies have charged 41-year-old Kimbrelle Clary with third degree arson and mistreatment of animals.

 

The arrest warrant says Clary set three different fires in the home in Buffalo on Dec. 2.

2 teens charged in SC bank holdup

7 hours 35 min ago

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Two teens have been arrested in a bank robbery in Georgetown County last October.

Horry County school spokeswoman Teal Harding told local media outlets that the students were arrested Wednesday at James High School in Murrells Inlet.

Each teen is charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said the robbery happened Oct. 13 in Murrells Inlet. Police said a suspect left on foot with an undetermined amount of money. No one was hurt.

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Employee stole wedding gifts, police say

8 hours 20 min ago

 

 

MACON, Ga. — After their wedding last fall, Cheryl and Jay Malone opened what they assumed was a box of cards, well-wishes from guests.

 

They had told people not to buy them gifts.

 

And from the looks of what was in the box — four cards from a wedding and reception attended by about 75 — no one had.

 

“I said, ‘People really took us at our word,’ “ the bride recalled. “We were a little surprised, but again we told everyone, ‘Don’t give us anything.’ “

 

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Motorist, 50, killed in Aiken crash

9 hours 13 min ago

A single-vehicle crash killed a 50-year-old Aiken man who was fleeing police early Friday morning, authorities said.

Troy R. Kooy was pronounced dead at the scene on Willow Run Road near Rudy Mason Parkway in Aiken, according to a statement from Coroner Tim Carlton.

Kooy was the only occupant of a 2002 Dodge pickup.

Authorities say his vehicle left the road on the northbound side of Willow Run Road, went down an embankment and hit a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt. Kooy was driving the vehicle while his license was suspended.

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Pedestrian struck on Third Avenue

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:22pm

Richmond County officials confirmed that a pedestrian was injured Thursday after being struck on Third Avenue.

The victim, whose identity was not released, suffered only minor injuries, according to Richmond County dispatch.

The incident occurred at 8:14 p.m. in the 1900 block of Third Avenue.

 

Paine falls at Morehouse, long win streak ends

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:09pm

 

Paine’s long winning streak came to a halt in heart-breaking fashion Thursday night.

The Lions blew a double-digit lead in the second half and fell at Morehouse, 62-61.

Paine’s school-record 13-game winning streak came to an end.

The good news for the Lions? Paine (14-4, 10-1 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) still leads the Maroon Tigers by 1.5 games in the league standings with eight games to play.

The Lions, who travel Saturday to Benedict, play host to Morehouse on Feb. 26 to close the regular season.

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Augusta singer clears hurdle on 'American Idol'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:02pm

For four months, Miranda Pokrzywinski kept the outcome of her American Idol audition in San Francisco secret.

On Thursday, the Augusta singer and musician could officially say the four words her family and friends had waited to hear: “I’m going to Hollywood!”

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Augusta man arrested after drugs found hidden underneath man's boxers

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:59pm

A deputy found marijuana and crack cocaine hidden in an Augusta man’s boxers Wednesday during a traffic stop.

Shamar Antonio Rogers, 37, was arrested at a checkpoint on Old Savannah Road and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a suspended license, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy stopped Rogers and asked for his identification. After running his ID, the results came back as suspended.

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My Brother's Keeper initiative gets underway

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:50pm

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis’ effort to help the city’s young people got underway Thursday with a brainstorming session at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School.

The My Brother’s Keeper summit, Augusta’s start at meeting President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, included nearly 90 minutes of small group discussions among business leaders, social service providers and representatives of Richmond County schools.

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Augusta man acquitted of most serious charges in GRU police shooting case

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:44pm

Keith James was the one who needed protection the night Georgia Regents University Police Officer Wesley Martin stopped him, his attorney argued to the jury in closing Thursday.

A few hours later, the Richmond County Superior Court jury acquitted James of the two most serious charges he faced – aggravated assault on a police officer and theft.

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Plant Vogtle expansion delayed 18 months

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:42pm

 

The contractor consortium building two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle has announced an 18-month delay to complete the expansion project, according to a document filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by the utility.

Westinghouse Electric Co. and CB&I notified Georgia Power that Units 3 and 4 won’t be complete until the second quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020, respectively, according to the filing from Southern Co. and Georgia Power.

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Carl Jackson, caddie for Ben Crenshaw, to be honoree at Mayor's Masters Reception

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:04pm

Augusta native Carl Jackson, who has caddied in a record 53 Masters Tournaments and says he will “probably” work his final one in April, was selected Thursday to be the honoree of this year’s Mayor’s Masters Reception on April 6, the Monday of Masters Week.

Jackson, who now lives in Little Rock, Ark., confirmed his selection as did Vernon Puckett, a member of the Mayor’s Masters Reception Committee.

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Coroner identifies victim of house fire

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:26pm

 

The body found burned Wednesday in a Richmond County house fire has been identified as Charles Mitchell Keats, 61, of the 5200 block of Farmers Bridge Road.

According to a statement released by Coroner Mark Bowen, Keats died from smoke inhalation. The fire is still under investigation and no other details are available at this time, Bowen wrote in an e-mail.

Bill would allow ads on school buses

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:12pm

 

 

ATLANTA -- One idea to boost education funding is being offered by a senior House leader: ads on school buses.

While ads on school buses may be unusual, schools do sell ads on their high school scoreboards, yearbooks and programs for student productions.

House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, introduced House Bill 111 with bipartisan cosponsors. It removes any prohibition against leasing space on the inside or outside of buses to advertisers.

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Voters moving in Ga., could re-register at poll

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:08pm

ATLANTA -- Georgians could register to vote instantly on Election Day at their new polling place under legislation introduced Thursday as part of the Democrats’ legislative agenda.

Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, introduced House Bill 146 to streamline registration and boost turnout. It would apply to anyone who was already registered to vote before their move within the state. It also eliminates the paperwork required for a voter to make a name change on the registrar’s records after a marriage or divorce.

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Graham lines up presidential bid

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:52pm

 

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsey Graham has formed a political organization to assess the climate for a potential 2016 presidential bid.

 

The committee, Security Through Strength, will finance Graham’s travels across the country, aimed at “listening to Americans’ concerns, and gauging support for a potential presidential candidacy,” according to a press release.

 

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Slain couple stopped to ask directions, witness recalls

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:11pm

MCRAE-HELENA, Ga. -- The narrow lane through planted pines where a Marietta couple was found slain Tuesday lies less than a mile from their accused killer’s mobile home.

The bodies of Bud and June Runion, both shot in the head, were left beneath the trees just off County Road 145, a dirt stretch between Old Prison Camp Road and U.S. 441.

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