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Foundation to honor slain SC senator

1 hour 37 min ago

COLUMBIA — The legacy of Jasper County’s slain state senator continues to grow.

To commemorate what would have been his 42nd birthday, the family of Clementa C. Pinckney has established a foundation in honor of the late pastor and South Carolina state senator.

Pinckney was one of the nine people killed last month at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. A professed white supremacist who sat among the worshippers for an hour before allegedly gunning them down could face the death penalty for the massacre.

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Toddler, dead animals found in SC house

5 hours 2 min ago

GRAY COURT, S.C. — A 2-year-old boy remained in the hospital in critical condition Wednesday after he was found unconscious and bruised in a Gray Court home filled with dozens of dead and dying animals.

Multiple media outlets report that Laurens County deputies were called to the home Tuesday evening after the boy’s mother, Savannah V. Morgan, said the boy had choked. She later said she dropped the child.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Morgan physically abused the boy, causing him to suffer bleeding in the brain.

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Bodies found after mid-Georgia fire

5 hours 6 min ago

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The bodies of two men have been discovered inside a vacant Warner Robins home that was destroyed by a fire.

Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton tells The Macon Telegraph he does not know if the men perished in the Wednesday fire or were already dead inside the home when it caught fire.

Talton says no positive identifications have been made, but investigators think one of the victims may have lived at the residence at one time.

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200 rabbits removed from Ga. property

5 hours 8 min ago

BUFORD, Ga. — Authorities say more than 200 rabbits are being removed from a property in Gwinnett County.

Georgia House Rabbit Society Jacob Lisy told WSB-TV Wednesday that authorities were told of a rabbit overcrowding situation at a business and found one in a kennel that was nearly unresponsive.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Deon Washington says the rabbits will have to be removed in several trips because local authorities don’t have the resources to remove them all at once.

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School systems use past experience to ready for next wave of Georgia Milestones testing

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:07pm


Though the next round of the Georgia Milestones isn’t until April, school officials in Richmond and Columbia counties are already preparing for the student skills assessment.

They will encourage teachers to incorporate the Milestones’ focus on “rigorous” question styles into their daily lessons when school starts next week.

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Public has chance to weigh in on Augusta's next SPLOST package

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:12pm

The public will have a say beginning Thursday on which projects to include in the new sales tax referendum going before voters Nov. 3.

Augusta department heads and nongovernment agencies were encouraged to develop lists of projects that can be funded and accomplished during the 5½-year lifespan of the next special purpose local option sales tax and presented requests for more than $408 million in projects.

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Accident closes intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Brown Road

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:50pm


Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes while the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office works a collision at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Brown Road.

The intersection is closed in all directions, and the Augusta Fire Department and emergency medical workers are on scene.

Authorities gave no time frame for when the roads would reopen.

Richmond County deputies begin body camera training

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:04pm

Richmond County police officers have begun training for new body cameras, which will begin arriving in the next week.

In addition to learning policy details, deputies in a class Wednesday were able to ask questions on how their activities will play out while wearing the cameras.

“Do not let this camera replace what you do as an officer,” said Cpl. Michelle Thomas, who led the class. She advised officers that even though the camera added a visual element to police work, it should not replace good policing or report writing.

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In different jobs, Jerry Tinney delivered

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:02pm

Jerry Tinney always saw the big picture.

He saw it in the 1960s with the Army during the Vietnam War. He saw it as a longtime Augusta movie theater manager in the 1960s and ’70s. And he saw it as a 30-year newspaper circulation district manager for The Augusta Chronicle. He died Sunday at age 72.

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Public invited to have burgers and shakes with the sheriff's office

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:43pm

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to hamburgers and shakes at the annual community outreach effort Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road.

In addition to having burgers and shakes, the public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Sheriff Richard Roundtree and his staff.

Augusta-area prosecutor earns state award

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:54pm

Local prosecutor Hank Syms was selected by his peers to be the 2015 Assistant District Attorney of the Year for Division 1.

Syms, 39, serves as the chief assistant for Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright. A career prosecutor, Syms has worked in the district attorney’s office since 2001.

During his career Syms has prosecuted more than 20 murder cases in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties. He specializes in serious, violent felonies and helped convict the man responsible for an Augusta triple homicide, a man whom a jury sentenced to death.

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Man wanted for sexual assault on Fort Gordon

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:40pm


The Army Criminal Investigation Command is seeking a man they say was responsible for a sexual assault at Fort Gordon in November.

The incident happened sometime during the evening of Nov. 16 in the parking lot of Freedom Park, according to a CID news release.

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Microsoft debuts Windows 10: Why it's being given away free

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:33pm

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king.

The first people to get the new software Wednesday included about 5 million "insiders," or tech enthusiasts who previously enrolled in an early preview program. Microsoft is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions more to download its latest release for free in coming months.

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Death on Berthoud Pass ruled suicide

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:07pm


The death of a man on Berthoud Pass was been ruled a suicide, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

An autopsy conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta on Wednesday confirmed that the death, first reported about 10:25 p.m. Monday, was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The death had been label suspicious by the coroner’s office pending the results of the autopsy.

The victim, who has not been named pending next of kin notification, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m.


Language guide offends college president

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:22pm



CONCORD, N.H. — The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled and offended by many parts of a “bias-free language guide” developed by students and staff, particularly a suggestion that using the word “American” is problematic because it fails to recognize South America.


The guide was developed two years ago. It attracted little attention until this week, when it was featured the conservative news site Campus Reform.


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Street named for Ray Guy

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:11pm



HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A street on the University of Southern Mississippi campus has been renamed in honor of Thomson’s Ray Guy, a USM football legend and NFL Hall of Fame punter.


“Ray Guy Way” runs outside the Duff Athletic Center on the Hattiesburg campus. It was previously called Black and Gold Boulevard.


Guy installed one of the new street signs himself Tuesday.


Guy is retiring this week after five years as director of the “M’’ Club at USM.


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Sheriff's office sets community event

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:31am


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to share hamburgers and shakes with them at the annual community outreach effort Aug. 8.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alleluia Community School, 2819 Peach Orchard Road.

In addition to having burgers and shakes, the public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Sheriff Richard Roundtree and his staff.

North Augusta conference to inform churches about active shooter situations

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:26am

Local churches can learn Monday how to prepare themselves for an “active shooter scenario.”.

The Church Security Conference will be conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Security companies, gun safety trainers and self-defense trainers will be present.

The presenters will discuss topics including site vulnerability, developing a response plan, weapon laws in Georgia and South Carolina, self-defense training, effective security systems and ways to make the congregation feel safe.

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Thieves target Atlanta firefighters

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:24am

ATLANTA — Atlanta firefighters have been warned to keep their vehicles free of valuables after authorities say thieves are targeting the vehicles while the firefighters are working.

Multiple media outlets report that four pickup trucks at Fire Station No. 11 in the Atlantic Station area were broken into Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the firefighters believe items, including a laptop and a pistol, were stolen while the crew responded to a false call about a downed tree.

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In Aiken, Rick Santorum says GOP needs skilled communicator to win 2016 election

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:11pm

AIKEN — Rick Santorum says the experience of running for president in 2012 has him more at ease on the campaign trail these days, but it hasn’t dampened his message.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania whose particular brand of no-nonsense conservatism led to GOP primary wins in 11 states, showed that side as he spoke Tuesday to members of the Aiken Republican Club at Newberry Hall.

He challenged them to choose the candidate whom they feel will do their bidding while not relying on television pundits to say who is most “electable.”

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