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Laney runs past Hephzibah

1 hour 55 min ago

After losing consecutive games to Elbert County and Washington County to fall below .500 midway through the season, Laney is starting to get back into rhythm.

Levin Lackey scored three touchdowns Friday night as the Wildcats rushed for more 300 yards in a 49-7 win over Hephzibah.

Laney (5-3, 3-1) moved into a tie for second place in Region 3-AAA with Westside; the two teams play at 4 p.m. next Saturday.

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Greyhounds pounce on Knights' mistakes

1 hour 57 min ago

Too many mistakes across the board foiled Evans’ hopes of staying in the Region 2-AAAAA race Friday night.

Jones County entered on a two-game losing streak. Trailing 10-7, the Greyhounds scored 24 unanswered second-quarter points, breaking the game open en route to a 51-24 win.

The Knights had three bad snaps on punts leading to three Jones County (6-2, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAA) touchdowns, the offense turned the ball over deep in their own territiory twice and the defense couldn’t contain the Greyhounds’ balanced offensive attack.

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LBJ's unfortunate Augusta visit

2 hours 3 min ago

President Lyndon Johnson had every reason to feel confident about his campaign stop in Augusta 50 years ago this week.

He came with Gov. Carl Sanders, an Augusta native, as well as U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge, an influential state leader.

Johnson’s national election over Republican Barry Goldwater appeared certain, and a week later he would easily trounce the Arizona Republican.

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Patriots shut out Spartans in coach's return to the sideline

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:48pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: It was third and long, with Westside deep in its own territory. Joshua Reynolds took a right-side toss 80 yards up the field. The big gain set up an 11-yard scamper into the end zone by Darius Jones en route to the Patriots’ 48-0 victory.

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Richmond Academy blanks Cross Creek

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:44pm

PLAY OF THE GAME: On the opening kickoff, Richmond Academy’s Tony Daggett fielded the ball at the Musketeer 15 and pitched to Britto Tutt on a reverse. Tutt was able to race up the left sideline, untouched, to score a touchdown and give Richmond Academy an early lead it would not relinquish in a 35-0 rout of the Razorbacks.

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Rabun County shuts down Washington-Wilkes

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:42pm


WASHINGTON, Ga. — Washington-Wilkes’ region title defense came to a grinding halt along with its offense in a dominating 22-7 defeat to Rabun County on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Rabun County controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage, rolling up 409 total yards and scoring 22 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 in the second quarter. Quarterback Collin Grant rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown and threw for 101 yards and another score to lead the Wildcats to the brink of their first Region 8-AA title.

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Elections officials expect turnout to increase with weekend voting

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:34pm

Friday was the busiest day so far for early voting in the Nov. 4 general election but Augusta-Richmond County’s elections director expects things to pick up with seven straight days of voting opportunities starting Saturday.

“Ten days out from the election, we’re busy,” Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said Friday. “We will have Saturday voting and Sunday voting this weekend, and we’re busy setting up the sites that will come open tomorrow, and then Sunday of course down here.”

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1 injured in Parwood Road shooting

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:16pm

One person was injured in a shooting on Parwood Road Friday, deputies say.

About 6 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3800 block of Parwood Road in reference to the shooting, according to a statement from the department.

Upon arrival, deputies found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Deputies have not provided the name, age or gender of the victim. It’s unclear if the victim was taken to a hospital.


Batesburg-Leesville survives to beat Strom Thurmond, claim region title

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:01pm


JOHNSTON, S.C. — Strom Thurmond clawed its way to a last-minute chance Friday night, but missed opportunities put the region crown in a different team’s hands.

Batesburg-Leesville survived to beat Strom Thurmond 18-15, clinching the Region 2-AA championship for the Panthers.

Down 18-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Rebels drove downfield and scored on a 6-yard run by Deandre Ryan. A two-point conversion put them within three.

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Deputies advise residents of latest Green Dot scam

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:57pm


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam involving someone posing as a lieutenant and demanding money, according to a statement from the department.

The department has received two phone calls recently from individuals claiming they were contacted by a Lt. Paul Johnson. The phony officer would instruct victims that they failed to appear for jury duty and would be arrested if they failed to provide money via a Green Dot card.

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Georgia, South Carolina officials meet to discuss Interstate 20 bridge over Savannah River

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:35pm


Senior transportation officials from Georgia and South Carolina met Friday in Augusta to discuss the eventual widening of Interstate 20 over the Savannah River that forms the border between the two states.

Plans call for widening the bridge to three traffic lanes in each direction as well as adding a little elbow room to each of the lanes. There were 26 crashes with 23 injuries and a single fatality between 2011 and 2013.

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Aiken County sample ballot

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:27pm


Steve French-L

Tom J. Ervin-PET

Vincent Sheheen-D

Morgan Bruce Reaves-UC

Nikki Haley-R




Bakari Sellers-D

Henry McMaster-R




Ginny Deerin-D

Mark Hammond-R




Curtis Loftis-R




Parnell Diggs-D

Alan Wilson-R


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McDuffie County sample ballot

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:26pm

U.S. Senate

David A. Perdue-R

M. Michelle Nunn-D

Amanda C. Swafford-L



J. Nathan Deal-R*

Jason J. Carter-D

Andrew T. Hunt-L


Lieutenant Governor

L.S. “Casey” Cagle-R*

Connie J. Stokes-D


Secretary Of State

Brian P. Kemp-R*

Doreen Carter-D


Attorney General

Samuel S. Olens-R*

Gregory K. “Greg” Hecht-D


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Richmond County Sheriff's Office seeks GBI assistance in investigating steroid claims

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:43pm


The Georgia Bureau of Investi­gation has been called in to assist deputies in investigating claims of steroid abuse among members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the department announced Friday.

According to a news release, sheriff’s investigators re-interviewed 32-year-old Brandon Taylor Paquette, who was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of testosterone with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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Georgia Power reports outage in Augusta neighborhood

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:38pm


A outage in Augusta’s Hillcreek subdivision has left 186 customers without power, according to Georgia Power’s Web site.

The neighborhood is located off of Augusta West Parkway. The company hasn’t issued a time frame for repairs.


Speakers at anti-bullying rally say there's 'no room' for harassment in school system

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:11pm


As motivational speaker and youth mentor Sir Rod Patterson danced across the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School’s gym floor, teachers and students were ready to rock the house down.

Patterson dressed up as James Brown, Michael Jackson and other singers, lip-synching their greatest hits. Students screamed, teachers laughed and some members of the superintendent’s cabinet danced.

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Heart deaths decline but at different rates in area counties

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:03pm

Deaths from heart disease have declined substantially across the South since the early 1970s but at very different rates, with some counties improving remarkably while others have failed to make much progress, according to a new study published in a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Augusta area is a microcosm of that in Georgia, with Columbia County showing the second-largest decline while Burke County was among the least improved, according to data from the Preventing Chronic Disease study.

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New charges for Columbia County sex offender

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:29pm

A man previously convicted of sex charges in Columbia County, as well as a child molestation case in south Georgia, is back behind bars.

William Archer Stulb, 30, was arrested Sept. 22 on a parole violation. Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said those violations included visiting inappropriate Internet sites and creating a Facebook page, both of which are prohibited by his parole, and he contacted someone forbidden under his parole terms.

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Clerk's punch foils thief

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:42pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who attempted to steal cash from a gas station cash register early Thursday but was punched in the face by a clerk instead.

Police said the man entered Circle K, 3744 Wheeler Road about 5:30 a.m., got a large Polar Pop drink and gave the clerk a dollar bill to pay for the drink.

When the clerk opened the register to get change, the man threw the drink at the clerk and lunged across the counter. The 27-year-old clerk punched the man in the jaw. The robber ran from the store.

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Identity of Augusta thief sought

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:41pm

Police are asking for assistance in their search for a man who stole items from a Kissingbower Road store on Wednesday.

The incident occurred early that morning at Golden Pantry, 1759 Kissingbower Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Steve Fanning at (706) 821-1695 or the sheriff’s office at 821-1020 or 821-1080.