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Officials urge motorcyclists to take safety precautions during rise in crashes

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:21pm


Motorcycle season has begun, meaning injuries and fatalities will climb without proper preparedness and safety, officials say.

According to the Insur­ance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle fatalities begin to rise in March and double by June. The numbers continue to creep upward through August before seeing a gradual decline.

Already this spring one person has died on a motorcycle in the area. Rodricqus Scott, 38, died after losing control and striking a curb on Circular Drive.

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Wrens man shot during robbery

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:53pm

A 46-year-old Wrens man was shot during a robbery early Saturday, and Richmond County police are searching for two suspects.

Deputies were called to the 2400 block of Amsterdam Drive about 3:20 a.m., Sgt. Shane McDaniel said in an e-mail.

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Regret victory was important to Kentucky Derby

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:14pm

Events of long duration almost invariably have milestones along the way – points in time that, retrospectively, can be observed to have had a major influence on the event’s development and ultimate significance. The Kentucky Derby is no exception and, though distant in time, there is no better example of such a milestone than the race 100 years ago.

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Kinhult wins Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 3:32pm

GRANITEVILLE — When Marcus Kinhult arrived Saturday morning at Sage Valley Golf Club, he told his caddie he wanted it to rain.

He got his wish, and the Swede secured a one-shot victory in the fifth annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Kinhult shot 3-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 7-under 209, one shot better than Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tenn.

Heavy rains saturated Sage Valley for the third and final round of the tournament, which was presented by Electrolux.

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World's top golfer takes out time for juniors competing at Sage Valley

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:26pm


GRANITEVILLE — One by one, the young hotshots tried their hand at outdriving the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world.

But Rory McIlroy withstood the challenges from Davis Riley and Norman Xiong, and he laughed along with the crowd as their attempts failed to reach his 300-yard blasts.

McIlroy was a surprise guest at Nike Night on Friday evening at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. The top junior golfers in the world were treated to a 45-minute clinic and question-and-answer session with the Nike ambassador and four-time major champion.

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North Augusta teen and former 'America's Got Talent' contestant reported missing, then found safe

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:29pm

A North Augusta teenager was reported missing Friday afternoon and later found after a post by the teen’s mom pleading for information on the girl’s whereabouts was shared more than 3,300 times on social media.

Skilyr Hicks, who competed on America’s Got Talent, was reported missing by her mother, Jodi Simak Cronk, around 8 p.m. on Facebook. She posted on Facebook again around 10 p.m. saying Skilyr had been found safe and thanking everyone who had shared the earlier information.

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RCSO connects recent string of armed robberies

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:40pm

Richmond County investigators have connected a recent string of armed robberies of area businesses.

Three suspects are in custody for the crimes, while one remains at large.

Danielle Martina Harper, 23, of Acapulco Drive, Kelvin Darrell Jones, 27, of Pearl Ave., and Brandi Tierra Jones, 18, of Cascade Drive, have each been charged with attempted armed robbery of Dragon Express on the 2100 block of Gordon Highway, according to a statement from Lt. Allan Rollins.

Killeon Cooper, 21, is being sought for the attempted armed robbery of Dragon Express.

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Augusta suspect, 21, wanted on armed robbery charges

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:07pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an armed robbery suspect.

Killeon Shanard Cooper, 21, is wanted on charges of first-degree home invasion and armed robbery, and is believed to be in the Providence Place Apartment Complex area, according to a statement from Lt. Allan Rollins.

Cooper is considered armed and dangerous. According to The Augusta Chronicle archives, Cooper was acquitted of murder on Aug. 20 in the 2013 shooting death of Augusta resident Charlie David Davis.

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Child molestation case against child psychologist in limbo

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:49pm


An order granting a request to shelve the child molestation case against an Augusta child psychologist surfaced this week, along with a prosecutor’s new request to allow the case to go forward.

Psychologist Kenneth McPherson, 58, was named in two indictments that accuse him of committing acts of child molestation in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. McPherson has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

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Severe weather may hit Augusta area today

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:11pm


The Augusta area may get hit with damaging hail, high-powered winds and tornadoes today.

“The winds could reach as high as 60 miles per hour,” said National Weather Service forecaster Jeff Linton said, adding that Richmond County could also get up to 1½ inches of rain. “There’s a warm front moving up toward Augusta and it has the potential to bring a lot of instability.”

Columbia County Emergency Operations director Pam Tucker advised caution.

According to Tucker, 11 out of 15 similar weather patterns had severe weather, while five out of 15 had tornadoes.

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Grady Hospital unit settles overbilling case

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:22pm



ATLANTA -- Grady Health System has agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle charges that it improperly billed Medicaid for treatment to neonatal intensive care patients, the Georgia attorney general announced.

The state of Georgia alleged that Grady inflated billings for certain services provided to these NICU patients, resulting in either unjustified or inflated payments from Medicaid.

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Georgia Bank & Trust owner reports $4.2 million quarterly profit

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:21pm


The parent company of Georgia Bank & Trust reported Friday an increase in first-quarter profit compared with last year.

Augusta-based Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. reported first-quarter net income of $4.2 million, or 63 cents per share, up from $3.8 million, or 57 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2014.

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Reward offered in 2 slayings

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:41am


The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering rewards in two unsolved Aiken County homicides this year.

Gail McFadgen, 16, died April 16 after being shot near Diamond Street in Clearwater.

On Jan. 11, Donnie Lee Brooks Jr. died after being shot at Ridgeview Manor apartments in North Augusta.

Both shooters have not been identified.

The agency is offering up to a $5,000 reward in each case for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shootings.

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Vigil honors Ga. Southern victims

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:58am

STATESBORO, Ga.  — The long line of Georgia Southern nursing students clad in the white coats that symbolized their career path moved slowly toward the center of campus.

Joining more than 1,000 fellow mourners, the students gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday night, to pray, honor and remember the five young classmates taken suddenly from them in a tragic wreck Wednesday morning just west of Savannah. Two other students were also injured in the crash.

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Horsfield, Kinhult tied for Junior Invitational lead

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:07pm

GRANITEVILLE — Many of the players in the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley field are planning to play college golf.

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult has other thoughts.

“I’m thinking of turning pro maybe in a year,” he said. “I made the decision last summer.”

If his play Thursday is any indication, Kinhult might be making a wise choice. In windy conditions at Sage Valley Golf Club, Kinhult posted 3-under-par 69 and is tied atop the Junior Invitational leaderboard with Sam Horsfield.

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Decision on charges in 5 Ga. crash deaths could take months

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:51pm


SAVANNAH, Ga.  — A decision on whether to bring criminal charges in a fiery interstate crash that killed five   Georgia   nursing students could take months as investigators work to piece together details of the collision, authorities said Thursday.

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Audit finds records lag for foster-children social workers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:19pm

ATLANTA – Georgia social workers charged with overseeing the safety of foster children are getting increasingly behind in their paperwork, making it difficult for managers and the public to ensure they are doing the job, according to a state audit.

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Michaux: Former Laney star Rod Hall might have future in NFL

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:16pm

Of all the post-graduate career options Clemson point guard Rod Hall Jr. was considering applying his basketball skills or degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, one possibility never came up until last week.

The NFL.

Among all the phone calls from agents campaigning to extend his basketball career, Hall suddenly started getting rung up by NFL scouts.

“Man, it’s pretty crazy,” Hall said with a chuckle. “A couple of teams started calling me Friday morning. Ever since they’ve been calling and wanting to see me work out. A few teams invited me to mini-camp.

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McDuffie teen charged in slaying

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:19pm

A McDuffie County teen has been charged as an adult following a fatal stabbing in Thomson.

Travtavious Moss, 15, of the 1500 block of Autumn Ridge Drive, Thomson, was arrested by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and charged with murder and the possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

According to Thomson Police Chief John Seay, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to 208 Watson St. where the attack had been reported.

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McKee wins Louis Harris Award

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:11pm


The Augusta West Rotary Club awarded on Thursday its 2015 Louis Harris Award to Rick McKee, editorial page cartoonist of The Augusta Chronicle.

The club has presented the award annually since 1979 to honor the memory of Harris, a community leader who was a longtime editor of The Chronicle and Augusta Herald.

In accepting the award, McKee thanked the club, his colleagues and mentors who supported him through the years.

“This a great honor for me,” he said. “I am so proud to have my name included on this trophy.”

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