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Aquinas still clear No. 1 even after close win

49 min 7 sec ago

Aquinas doesn’t have to be dominant every week to be the runaway No. 1 choice.

After the Irish survived at home against Stratford Academy 28-27 by scoring the winning points with 10 seconds to play, Aquinas maintained a firm grip on the top spot in Class A in this week’s Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football poll. The defending Class A private state champions received 14 of 15 first-place votes. Mount Paran Christian, ranked third, had the other No. 1 vote.

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Rosh Hashanah starts Wednesday

54 min 7 sec ago

Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year and the beginning of the faith’s High Holy Days, starts Wednesday.

The holiday is the start of a 10-day period of prayer and reflection that celebrates the creation of Adam and Eve and the relationship between God and man. Prayer and a feast will begin the holiday. It will end Oct. 3 with Yom Kippur, a day of atonement. Here is a list of observances at some area synagogues.


Chabad of Augusta, 850 Broad St.

• Service: 6:15 p.m.

Congregation Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way

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Whole Foods has grand opening in Augusta

1 hour 37 min ago

Whole Foods, the new anchor to the Washington Crossing shopping center near Interstate 20, opened Tuesday.

See photos from the grand opening

The organic food grocery was busy in its first hours, reported shoppers.

The grocery store’s grand opening will show off 41,000 square feet of space and feature a nine-hole putting green and patio, a coffee bar and a large cheese selection.

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Ebola could reach 1.4 million in Africa

2 hours 53 min ago

If nothing were done, the number of cases of people infected with Ebola virus could reach 1.4 million in just two countries in West Africa by early next year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.

However, the modeling is based on month-old data and a rapid international response can stem that tide, CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

“A surge now can break the back of the epidemic,” he said.

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Augusta slaying suspect arrested

4 hours 6 min ago

A 25-year-old Augusta man has surrendered to police after the fatal Friday shooting of Anthony Walker on Second Avenue.

Walker, 34, was shot in the chest on the 1900 block of Second Avenue around 4:30 a.m. He later died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Police said Gregory Dartrell Patterson, of Haynie Drive, will face charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Patterson turned himself in to the sheriff’s office Monday.

Gander Mountain opens Augusta store

4 hours 30 min ago

The line waiting to get inside the new Augusta area Gander Mountain was just as interested in buying as taking a gander around the new outdoor store.

The retail chain opened its 52,000-square-foot store Tuesday in Martinez, on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway near the exit from Interstate 20, with hundreds of ammunition buyers being separated into small groups to not crowd that part of the store.

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Florida drops its charges against Columbia County murder suspect

6 hours 16 min ago

Florida authorities confirmed today that the extradition process has begun for Columbia County murder suspect Daniel Nelson Robinson.

Robinson, 21, is being held in a Jacksonville jail after he was caught by police after the fatal shooting of Bill DaVitte, of Martinez, on Aug. 14.

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Justices hear arguments in private probation cases

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:58pm


Georgia Supreme Court justices peppered both sides with questions Monday during the oral arguments in the legal battle over private probation. And they directed some of the toughest questions to attorneys representing Sentinel Offender Services.

Sentinel’s attorney James Ellington told the justices that the people who filed 13 civil lawsuits against the company were convicted criminals looking for a financial windfall.

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Movie Memphis Belle takes to Augusta skies

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:38pm


With steady rain falling, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress best known as “The Movie Memphis Belle” sputtered to life on the tarmac at Augusta Regional Airport on Monday.

This time, the mission was different.

One by one, the aircraft’s four 1,200-horsepower engines reached idling speed. The walls flexed and bowed as the craft taxied around the runway until it reached the end.

Then, without hesitation from the two pilots seated in the cramped cockpit, the plane nosed up and took to the skies over Georgia and South Carolina as it made one more victory lap.

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West Augusta group demands hearing on commissioner appointment

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:22pm

City leaders appeared to warm to a request Monday by the West Augusta Alliance to hold one or more public hearings before appointing an interim District 7 commissioner to serve until Donnie Smith’s replacement is elected in March.

Speaking on the neighborhood group’s behalf, Phil Williams said the alliance “received numerous communications that have caused us considerable concern” about “back-room deals to secure this appointment” in exchange for future favors or votes.

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Angela Pringle answers questions in community listening session

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:54pm

Richmond County school Superintendent Angela Pringle held the first in a series of community listening events at the Academy of Richmond County on Monday, answering questions offered by a small crowd about the school system and its future.

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Wrightboro Road reopens after construction causes gas leak

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:27pm

Wrightsboro Road from Flowing Wells to Belair roads was briefly closed Monday after a reported gas leak.

Richmond County firefighters and gas company crews responded to the scene. The leak was caused “by a construction company hitting a service line to a residence,” according to fire department spokesperson Dee Griffin.

The problem was repaired by 12:25 p.m. Monday and all roads were reopened.


Murder trial underway for Augusta man

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:05pm


The murder trial began Monday for an Augusta man accused of shooting his brother in the back and killing another man.

Ricky Grover Smith, 48, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations.

Smith was arrested in the Jan. 24 fatal shooting of 39-year-old Christopher Padgett and the wounding of his brother, Steve Smith.

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MCG students research during summer

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:58pm

Noah Koon got there early and stayed late most days and even on the weekends, but spending the summer in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Yu at Georgia Regents University was exactly what the first-year student at Medical College of Georgia wanted.

As he begins his second year, it is something he plans to do “every weekend I can,” he said.

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TV ads spark controversy in Barrow-Allen race

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:43pm

Six weeks from Election Day, the race for the 12th District’s seat in the House is heating up, with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for using dishonest television ads to attack the character of their nominees.

Cries by each party to remove deceitful campaign commercials started last week, when Rick Allen’s staff claimed U.S. Rep. John Barrow and his friends in Washington got “caught red-handed” telling lies about the Republican challenger trying to unseat the five-term Democrat.

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Bill Kirby: Fall is finally here

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:28pm

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.

– Old Farmer’s Almanac

Fall comes in like Carl Sandburg’s fog – on little cat feet. Rarely if barely noticeable.

Today is the first full day of that autumnal equinox, but I’m sure it will be weeks, maybe a month, before we see the need for rakes and sweaters. Fall’s just not much of a Southern season.

We’re summer folk, generally. But autumn, whenever it gets here, will be a welcomed break.

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U.S. Energy Department disputes South Carolina's refusal to extend tank closure deadline

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:27pm


A battle between the state of South Carolina and U.S. Energy Department escalated last week as the two sides continue to debate deadlines for cleaning up Cold War-era nuclear waste storage tanks at Savannah River Site.

The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control denied in late August a request to extend the closure date for two tanks. The Department of Energy said it is contesting the denial, saying the state did not provide sufficient reasoning or basis for its decision.

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Near fatal beating results in prison term

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:22pm


A homeless man accused of nearly beating another man to death under a bridge near the downtown Augusta Salvation Army pleaded guilty Monday.

Walter Lee Hopper, 45, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to aggravated assault. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Hopper to serve seven years in prison followed by 13 years probation.

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North Augusta man arrested in stabbing

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:22pm


Richmond County police said a North Augusta man stabbed another man several times Sunday at a Williams Drive home.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Williams Drive about 3:45 p.m. and discovered the suspect, Bain Marlon Broom, 56, lying facedown outside. When asked by police, he said he did not know what had happened.

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North Augusta-Strom Thurmond is Game of the Week

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:08pm


As October approaches, North Augusta finally hits the road.

The undefeated Yellow Jackets’ first away game this season is a date with another area power: Strom Thurmond.

The contest, The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week, was almost an unbeaten standoff. While North Augusta is 4-0, the Rebels fell to 3-1 with a 16-13 loss to South Aiken this past Friday. Strom Thurmond led 13-2 in the fourth quarter.

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