Welcome back, football. You were missed.
The 2014 high school football season starts tonight for many area teams.
Not every preseason question will be answered in the first week, but here are five storylines to watch for this season:
Richmond County Board of Education Superintendent Frank Roberson spent the next-to-last day of his term at a surprise party, surrounded by the cabinet members he had worked with during his four-year term.
Searching for the right word, Capt. Theodore Brown attempted Tuesday afternoon to clarify common opinion.
“Perception – it’s a perception,” the assistant director of Richmond County School System said. “People from inside and outside Richmond County believe it’s unsafe to attend high school football games in this county. That perception couldn’t be further from the truth.”
After hundreds of family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to the life of William R. DaVitte, his family released a statement to The Augusta Chronicle thanking the community for its continued support.
DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.
Burke County officials confirmed that a man’s body was found Thursday afternoon in Keysville.
According to Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi, the man has been identified as 68-year-old Forrest Lamar Dowdy. Deputies located his body around 2 p.m. According to the coroner, Mr. Dowdy left his home around 2 a.m. while his wife was sleeping.
“The well outside Mr. Dowdy’s house wasn’t working, and when he went outside to check on it his wife believes he got confused and never made it back,” Salemi said. “Mr. Dowdy had a lot of medical history.”
Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson said Thursday he expects the Augusta Commission to nominate District 6 Commissioner-elect Ben Hasan to replace his predecessor, Joe Jackson, who resigned his seat Wednesday four months before the completion of his final term.
Johnson requested the issue be addressed at Monday’s called commission meeting at 11:30 a.m., according to clerk Lena Bonner. The group also will adopt and approve the millage at that meeting.
A 29-year-old man who attacked a female taxi driver and fought with a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy after a night of drinking pleaded guilty Thursday.
Joshua V. Peninger entered pleas in Richmond County Superior Court to felony obstruction of an officer, theft of services and simple battery. Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Peninger, who had a previous felony conviction for forgery and three misdemeanor convictions, to serve two years in prison, followed by four years on probation.
In just over a week since nine goats were assigned to eat overgrown vegetation at an Augusta detention pond, officials and area residents are already noticing a difference.
Zachary Bell, whose Sanderling Drive house sits in front of the pond, says he’s had no issue with the neighborhood’s additions.
“You can really tell where they’ve been eating,” Bell said. “They haven’t made it all the way up to my house yet, but so far what the goats have done looks great. It’s going better than I expected.”
Loud noises could be heard in areas near Fort Gordon on today and Saturday.
Explosives training will be held at the installation’s artillery impact area today and Saturday from 8 a.m. until dusk, according to a news release. The 202nd Explosive Ordnance and Disposal unit is conducting routine demolition training.
A Jefferson County man was sentenced to four months in jail and banned from working in Columbia County for six months this week after being found guilty of performing roofing work without a permit and operating a business without a license.
Sean Patrick Hughes also pleaded to similar charges Thursday in Richmond County.
After rainwater seeped inside a nuclear waste vault at Savannah River Site, liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation has made improvements to a stormwater drainage basin in an effort to prevent future discharges of low-level contaminated water.
By Walter C. Jones
ATLANTA — Michelle Nunn was less than halfway through her opening remarks in Thursday’s Senate debate when she began attacking David Perdue.
A Gordon Highway car dealer told police that thieves stole tires from three vehicles on the lot.
An employee at Auto Liquidators, 1546 Gordon Highway, noticed the tires missing when he arrived at work Wednesday, according to an incident report.
He told police that weeds around the perimeter fence had been matted down, making it appear the thief drove a vehicle up to the fence to gain access. A deputy also noticed the barbed wire fencing that surrounds the lot had not been damaged.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A high school student in Spartanburg County has died after collapsing on the track at the school.
Coroner Rusty Clevenger says officials were called to Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, where 14-year-old Chaquantei Qualiq Fowler of Cowpens was pronounced dead.
Clevenger said the ninth-grader collapsed on the track at Broome High School.
With Bonnie Ruben a no-show in court Thursday, Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen gave the Augusta businesswoman one last chance to repair a former department store and burned-out nightclub that she owns in the city’s downtown historic district.
Allen approved an agreement the two sides reached this week to obtain a boarding permit in the next 30 days to “mothball” two buildings Ruben owns on the 700 and 900 blocks of Broad Street that once housed a J.C. Penney and The Bayou restaurant, which was gutted by fire in June 2001.
ATLANTA — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.
Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.
ATLANTA -- Faculty, staff and retirees of the University System of Georgia are likely to wind up with an increase in their health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles after the Board of Regents votes next month.
The premium changes range from a 6 percent decrease in the comprehensive plan to as much as a 33 percent jump in the high-deductible option. Co-pays will rise 20 percent from $25 to $30, and deductibles will rise to $500 in the comprehensive plan and $1,500 in the high-deductible option.
FERGUSON, Mo. — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.
Metro Augusta’s unemployment rate increased to 8 percent in July, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.
The rate in June was 7.4 percent. The rate was 8.8 percent in July a year ago.
Like June, the rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.
All six counties that make up the metro area had higher jobless rates in July. Aiken County was the lowest at 6.3 percent and Burke County was the highest at 11.9 percent.
Richmond and Aiken County residents are paying the lowest prices in months for fueling up their vehicles, a trend that could continue the remainder of the year, according to industry analysts.
Average prices for a gallon of regular gas in South Carolina and Georgia are $3.127 and $3.33, respectively, according to Gasbuddy.com. Both prices are under the national average of $3.427, and the lowest each state has seen since March.