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Motorcycle crash victim's condition improves

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:13pm

A motorcyclist injured in an accident early Friday in Aiken County has improved from serious to fair condition, hospital officials said Sunday.

Stephen Boles, 49, of Aiken, was airlifted to Geor­gia Regents Medical Center after he lost control of his 1997 Harley-Davidson on Gateway Drive, said South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. Boles was wearing a helmet.

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School systems work to develop cyber security curriculum

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:55pm

Staying abreast of global trends in the digital world, educators in Richmond and Co­lumbia counties are working to create new coursework that will train high school students to protect computer networks from security threats.

Leaders from school systems in each county collaborated with Fort Gordon, Geor­gia Regents University and Augusta Technical Col­lege to design a curriculum for cyber security, which has been submitted to the Georgia Board of Education for review and approval.

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Pardon Our Mess: Pendleton King Park tennis courts

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:42pm

WHERE: Pendleton King Park

WHAT: Trash and overgrown grass have taken over the tennis courts. Vines are also growing along the fence surrounding the courts.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta’s Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department.

ACTION PROMISED: Rental Coordinator Chrislynne Kuhlke said she has tried to address the issue but that the department doesn’t have the money needed to repair the courts. The courts, which do not have nets, have practically been abandoned as a result.

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Unsolved murders: Natalie Clark

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:30pm


Every Oct. 18, Louise Clark packs a present before making a 16-mile drive to Sardis Baptist Cemetery.

It’s been 11 years since Natalie Clark was found suffocated in the backyard of her Hephzibah home, but her 68-year-old mother continues to ask questions.

Natalie, 18, was a freshman at Augusta State Univer­sity and a recent graduate of Hephzibah High School.

“I’ve gone over it every day since Oct. 18, 2003,” Louise said. “Every single day. I know I probably won’t get an answer, but I’ll never stop trying.”

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2 dead, 1 arrested after Burke County shooting

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:59pm

Two men are dead and another has been arrested after a birthday party shooting in Burke County early Sunday, officials say.

Sometime after 3:30 a.m., Burke County sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the former site of Club Dynasty at 346 Lawson Road, according to a news release from Sgt. Dedric Smith.

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Photos give glimpse into Stevens Creek Dam's history

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:36pm

Joe McGill has spent most of his life enjoying a segment of the Savannah River that few people ever see.

“It’s a place you never get tired of,” said McGill, the manager at the Stevens Creek Hydroelectric Dam in Mar­tin­ez.

The project, completed in 1914 off Stevens Creek Road, is a hidden Columbia County landmark of sorts that has quietly produced electricity for 100 consecutive years while the rest of the world has changed around it.

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Suspect arrested in September slaying in Augusta

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:46pm

A man wanted in a Sept. 27 Augusta slaying was arrested late Friday and charged with murder, officials say.

Dameino Leon Roberts, 32, was taken into custody about 10:40 p.m. while deputies were responding to an unrelated call in the 2300 block of Wheeless Road, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

He is charged with killing Jhalil Quindarvis King, who was shot several times in the 1200 block of Steiner Avenue.

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Sharon Jones to headline benefit show

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:06pm

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will headline the Heart Song Concert in February at Bell Auditorium, the University Health Care Foundation said.

The Feb. 7 concert benefits University Hospital’s Smart Heart Fund and helps provide free screenings for student athletes and public safety personnel, such as firefighters, the foundation said in a news release. Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Friday.

Slaying with Edgefield links remains mystery

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:36pm

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.

Investigators in South Carolina and Georgia working the slaying have announced only that the person was shot to death. Two suspects have been charged with concealing a death in connection with the body, but no one has been charged in the actual killing, authorities said.

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Thousands walk for cancer 'miracle'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:24pm

Wearing a pink cowboy hat with a big pink “Breast Cancer Survivor” button pinned to its front, Ruth Stephens sat on a wall in the Augusta Common as thousands of people in pink flooded past her on their way to Broad Street.

Stephens had knee surgery in 2010 and couldn’t make the three-mile journey through downtown for the 14th Annual Miracle Mile Walk, but her daughter, Sheena Walker, and her adopted daughter, Zekia Brouson, walked for her.

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Wagener man killed in Graniteville nightclub shooting

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:03pm

A 20-year-old Wagener man was killed and three others were hurt early Saturday in a shooting at a Graniteville nightclub.

Stacy M. Johnson was killed in the shooting at Round Two Bar and Grill, 192 Breezy Hill Road, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

The shooting took place about 1:25 a.m. Johnson had gone to the nightclub with friends after attending a football game in Saluda, Carlton said. An autopsy was scheduled later Saturday.

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Laney routs Josey behind another strong defensive showing

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:20am

Laney’s recent dominance of an old Augusta rivalry continued behind another strong defensive showing Friday night.

Laney stuffed Josey at the line for much of the game as the Wildcats beat the Eagles 41-0 at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Following the trend of the past three meetings, Laney shut out Josey in a one-sided affair. Laney has won its past five games against Josey while allowing a total of six points.

“The defense has been playing well all year, and it was no different tonight,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “It was a good shutout for us.”

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21-year-old beaten, robbed

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:10pm

A 21-year-old woman was hospitalized Friday morning after being robbed and assaulted on Heard Avenue.

About 1:15 a.m., the victim, an Augusta resident, was walking along the 1500 block of Heard Avenue when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled behind her and three people got out, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

A black woman told two black men to take the victim’s purse. The victim began running but was caught and hit in the head with a small pipe at least four times, according to the report.

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Human rights group I Breathe I Rise hosts forum on sexual abuse in schools

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:46pm


It took 30 years for the world to find out what happened to Linda Martin.

But now that they know, she and other advocates are working to make sure no other child has to endure the sexual abuse she said she experienced at T.W. Josey High School in the 1980s.

“This is 30 years of waiting, this is 30 years of silence, this is 30 years of survival,” Martin said Friday.

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Daggett leads ARC to win over Evans

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:23pm


Richmond Academy has played well all season, but not well enough.

Against No. 5 Northside-Warner Robins, the Musketeers trailed by three in the fourth quarter before eventually falling. Richmond Academy led Houston County at halftime and was tied with Warner Robins at intermission, both games ending in defeat.

With his squad facing a similar situation Friday night, Musketeers coach Chris Hughes challenged his players at halftime. Richmond Academy responded in a big way.

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North Augusta homeowner appeals Project Jackson ruling

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:17pm


The North Augusta homeowner challenging the Project Jackson development has appealed a judge’s ruling, according to Aiken County online court records.

Plaintiff Stephen Donohue filed an appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Donohue, who opposes the site for a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets, sued the city in December claiming it violated the state’s Tax Increment Financing law when it created an ordinance to fund the project.

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Faces of Survival: Annette Moss

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:56pm

Annette Moss dreamed one night that she had breast cancer. A few days later she felt a lump in her left breast, but she put off seeing her doctor about it because she wasn’t sure.

“It felt like a lump, but it didn’t feel like a lump,” she said.

After three months it bothered her enough to have it checked out, and she learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer.

“I took a deep breath,” Moss said. “Where did this come from?”

She did not have a family history of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy and about 25 rounds of radiation.

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Officials: Property damage increases on Halloween

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:48pm

Local police and insurance agents say the real scare on Halloween is vandals targeting homes and vehicles for pumpkin smashing, toilet paper rolling, raw egg battering and theft.

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Aiken County motorcycle accident sends 1 to hospital

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:30pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a motorcycle collision in Aiken County that injured one person early Friday.

Troopers were called to Gateway Drive about 6:30 a.m., Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver, who was not identified, lost control of a 1997 Harley-Davidson while traveling south on Gateway Drive.

The driver, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in serious condition, Jones said.

Coroner's office investigating suspicious death

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:37pm

The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after a quadriplegic man was found dead in his Augusta home Wednesday morning.

Coroner Mark Bowen said Marty Fann, 43, of the 200 block of Fenwick Street, was found by authorities lying face down on his floor. Deputies responded to the scene about 9:50 a.m., according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Fann had been under the care of an in-home medical program, Bowen said.

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