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Harold Jones tallies 61 percent of vote, beats Corey Johnson for state Senate District 22 seat

32 min 28 sec ago

Crediting his win to the community’s desire for change in politics, attorney Harold Jones swept the state Senate District 22 runoff Tuesday, edging out two-term Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson for a seat in the Georgia Legislature.

Jones garnered 61 percent of the votes in a race with 12 percent turnout, and said voters gravitated toward his message of “representation for all.”

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Jones, Hasan take wins in Richmond County

1 hour 31 min ago

NAME: Harold V. Jones

AGE: 44

BIRTHPLACE: Honolulu, Hawaii

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, South Carolina State University; Juris Doctor, North Carolina Central University


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Kroger gives $20,000 in school supplies to Augusta teachers

2 hours 16 min ago

As cars flooded parking areas and cluttered the roads surrounding Westside High School and packs of people began entering the building, it seemed like the beginning of the school year had occurred several weeks early.

But the teachers crowding into the school’s gym hadn’t come to do their jobs. They were just there to get their equipment.

The Kroger grocery store’s Atlanta division held its third annual school supply giveaway at Westside on Tues­day, distributing $20,000 in supplies to almost 700 Augusta teachers.

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Green tea lozenge helps dry mouth

2 hours 40 min ago

A lozenge using green tea extract developed at Georgia Regents University appears to work surprisingly well in patients with chronic dry mouth, GRU researchers said.
In a randomized control trial of the MighTeaFlow lozenge versus a placebo with just the sugar substitute xylitol, the green-tea extract lozenge increased saliva flow nearly fourfold, the study found.

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Augusta might be close to naming city administrator

3 hours 19 min ago

Augusta could be closer to having a permanent head of city government, with Mayor Deke Copenhaver calling a meeting Wednesday to “discuss and approve” his recommendation for the top post.

Today marks two weeks since Copenhaver revealed to fellow commissioners and the public his choice of three finalists for the top city job, which has been held on an interim basis since January by Deputy Administrator Tameka Allen. Allen did not apply for the job.

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NRC names new inspector at Plant Vogtle site

3 hours 37 min ago

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a fourth inspector for the Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site, according to a news release.

Resident inspector Sarah Temple joins senior resident inspector Justin Fuller and resident inspectors Coleman Abbott and Chad Huffman at the nuclear site near Waynesboro, Ga., about 30 miles south of Augusta.

Temple began her NRC career in 2010 as a civil engineer at the regional office in Atlanta. She also served as a resident inspector at the Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee.

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Election Updates

3 hours 39 min ago

-- 10:52 p.m

Perdue beats Kingston

ATLANTA  — Former CEO David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston to win Georgia's Republican US Senate nomination.

-- Associated Press

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Work progresses on safety concerns at empty Savannah River Site building

3 hours 47 min ago


Significant progress has been made addressing ongoing concerns over plutonium hazards in an empty building at Savannah River Site, according to an official at the site.

Work to install an upgraded fire protection and alarm system for Building 235-F, de-energizing unnecessary electrical circuits and removing fixed combustibles such as carpet and walls, will be complete by October, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions project manager Dewitt Beeler said at a meeting Tuesday of the Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board.

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Police looking for man using stolen credit card

5 hours 17 min ago


Police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card to purchase items at a gas station.

An unidentified white male was captured on surveillance video using the card at Circle K, 2916 Washington Road, around 11 a.m. July 12.

Anyone with information on the man can contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020 or Investigator Bert Gates at 821-1059.

Suspect in home invasion arrested

6 hours 12 min ago


A man shot during a home invasion at Butler Creek mobile home park last week was arrested Monday, police say.

Eric James Harlan, 26, was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and burglary in the first degree, according to Richmond County jail records.

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More shots for the elderly at GRU

8 hours 11 min ago


More elderly patients will get a shot in the arm and perhaps avoid flu and pneumonia through a grant to the Family Medicine residency program at Georgia Regents University.

The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation chose GRU’s residency program as one of 16 to receive a $10,000 grant to help it provide more flu and pneumococcal vaccines to the elderly, who account for 90 percent of all flu deaths and 60 percent of hospitalizations, the foundation said.

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Defense contractor plans new Augusta office

8 hours 46 min ago


A Pennsylvania-based information technology and software development firm will be setting up shop in Augusta.

The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday that Sabre Systems Inc. will be opening an office in Enterprise Mill, prompted by the upcoming move of Cyber Command to Fort Gordon.

Sabre Systems, headquartered in Warrington, Penn., has five other offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition to being a defense contractor, the company has commercial clients, such as ArcelorMittal and Asplundh.

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Goodale House owner gets 60-day extension before trial

9 hours 36 min ago

The clock is ticking on Augusta’s historic Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes.

Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen gave the owner, Wes Sims, 60 days to begin restorations on the 215-year-old Federal-style building Tuesday, nine months after the court declared the property a nuisance.

Sims could have faced a maximum of 60 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, possible demolition of the house and loss of ownership to a private organization, such as Historic Augusta, which deemed the property endangered in 2012 for it to restore the home.

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Former South Carolina State trustee wants racketeering conviction, other charges dropped

9 hours 36 min ago



COLUMBIA— A former South Carolina State University trustee has asked a federal judge to drop his convictions on more than two dozen charges, including racketeering.


In court documents filed last week, Jonathan Pinson said that prosecutors failed to prove the allegations against him and that U.S. District Judge David Norton made mistakes at trial.


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Fairfield, South Carolina sheriff resigns due to health reasons

9 hours 38 min ago


WINNSBORO, S.C. — Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young says he is stepping down after more than 20 years in office because of health reasons.


Young announced his resignation in a news release Tuesday. Chief Deputy Keith Lewis will run the sheriff’s office until an interim sheriff is appointed by the governor.


Young says being sheriff is a stressful job and he thinks it is time to take care of his health and spend more time with his family. He thanked Fairfield County for its support over the years.


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Martinez-Evans Little League team advances in state tournament

11 hours 6 min ago


The Martinez-Evans Little League 11-12 year-old Americans hopped into the driver’s seat with a 9-1 win over host Warner Robins on Monday night.

The MELL Americans (3-0) earned the top seed out of Pool B in the 2014 Little League State Baseball Championship in Warner Robins, Ga., with the win.

The Americans will face Pool A’s No. 2 seed, Northern Little League, in single-elimination play on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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Child's mouth taped shut; mom arrested

12 hours 13 min ago


An Augusta mother has been charged after nurses said she had taped her 2-year-old son’s mouth shut to keep him quiet.

Georgia Regents University police were called to the hospital Sunday after a nurse entered a room where the boy was being treated and discovered his mouth “disfigured,” an incident report states.

The nurse told police the mother, Stephanie Nicole Harris, 21, of Second Avenue, admitted to putting tape over his mouth because he was making too much noise.

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Setback for health care law

12 hours 29 min ago


WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.


If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.


It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace — or exchange— that serves 36 states.


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Giants sign ex-Brave Uggla

13 hours 30 min ago


PHILADELPHIA — The San Francisco Giants have signed former All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract.


Uggla was released last Friday by the Braves after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job. The move was announced during Monday night’s game against the Phillies.


The Giants haven’t had much production from their second basemen this season. They’re hoping a change in scenery helps Uggla.


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UGA line star arrested

14 hours 18 min ago

ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

It was his second arrest this offseason, putting his status on the Bulldogs football team in jeopardy.

Police determined that Taylor was the “primary aggressor” in a domestic violence incident at McWhorter Hall, according to university Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

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