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Coach charged with stabbing during Ga. youth football game

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EASTMAN, Ga. ---  Authorities say a dispute between two coaches resulted in a stabbing during a youth football game.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that 7- and 8-year-olds from Telfair and Wheeler counties were playing their annual Turkey Bowl in Eastman when the violence occurred.

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No. 20 Georgia Regents breezes past Valdosta State

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 6:56pm


In a brief stretch midway through the first half, Devonte Thomas backed up his talk about Georgia Regents’ defense.

Thomas sparked a key run with a pair of defensive plays, Keshun Sherrill scored a game-high 20 points and the 20th-ranked Jaguars breezed to a 92-61 men’s basketball win over Valdosta State on Wednesday afternoon at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

After scoring the game’s first five points, the Blazers (4-1) were kept in check. Valdosta State shot 36 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

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Lackluster consumer, business spending may slow US growth in final months of 2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:57pm


WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer might decelerate in the final three months of the year.

The figures released Wednesday were a mild disappointment after data the previous day showed the economy had expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade in the second and third quarters.

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Georgia communities tout veterans in workforce sales pitch

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:24pm

ATLANTA — Georgia’s population of working-age military veterans give the state an often unrecognized quality work force, experts say, an asset communities such as Augusta are trying to promote.

“Even though the unemployment rate is high, a lot of those companies I talk to can’t find the qualified workers they need. So we’ve been a big advocate of getting those qualified workers out of the military and into the workforce,” said Chris Carr, president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

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GRU issues statement after getting Columbia County hospital designation

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:16pm

A statement on the Columbia County Hospital decision was issued this afternoon by Shawn P. Vincent, vice president of Partnerships, International Healthcare and Strategic Affiliations Georgia Regents University & Health System


“We are pleased with the Department of Community Health’s decision to embrace our plan, and we are confident that this is a major win for the communities in and around Columbia County.

“We commend the team at DCH for the time, effort, and care put into evaluating the need and considering each hospital’s proposal.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office receives second shipment of Dodge Chargers

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:45pm


Thirty-six Richmond County sheriff’s deputies can look forward to a new set of wheels in coming weeks. The city’s fleet management office is cycling out aging Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers for newer, more agile Dodge Chargers.

The vehicles began arriving in August and continued through the middle of October, Fleet Manager Ron Crowden said.

The vehicles were purchased for $1,053,738 and come in two packages, he added.

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Atlanta repairs protest damage

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:20am

ATLANTA — Crews were repairing damage to some businesses in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, a day after protesters filled the streets in mostly peaceful opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed planned a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the protests.

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Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:37am


WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 6,250 to 294,000.

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Fire damages Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:13am


An Augusta restaurant was damaged this morning in a fire.

Firefighters were called to Buffalo Wild Wings, 120 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway around 3:47 a.m. where they discovered a fire had started in the service station and continued along the wall to the ceiling.

The building’s sprinkler system was able to extinguish the flames but it resulted in heavy water damage, according to the Augusta Fire Department.

No one was injured in the fire.


2 face illegal hunting charges

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:04am


An Augusta couple has been charged after being caught hunting without permission in the Hephzibah area on Monday, authorities say.

The landowner contacted state Department of Natural Resources law enforcement after seeing the two, identified as William Shores, 24, and Jessica Tice, no age given, hunting on his property on McCombs Road about 11 a.m. The landowner told officers they were attempting to steal his feeder and deer camera when he approached them.

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Augusta VA facing similar struggles a year after cancer-related deaths

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:05pm

A year after thousands of delayed gastrointestinal procedures at the Charlie Norwoood Veterans Affairs Medical Center led to three cancer-related deaths, the Augusta hospital still lacks permanent leadership and a former whistleblower continues to lobby for accountability at the facility.

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Recycling events will take place for Thanksgiving cooking oils

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:39pm

Richmond and Columbia counties are holding recycling events for Thanksgiving cooking oil, according to Pam Tucker, Columbia County director of emergency and operations division.

Recycling will be offered Friday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Drop-off locations are the Augusta Utilities Department and Columbia County Water Utility.

The following types of cooking oil will be accepted: animal fat grease, canola oil, corn oil, lard, olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and vegetable oil.

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Suspect robs Family Dollar, flees on foot

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:42pm

Deputies are searching for a male suspect accused of armed robbery Tuesday evening.

Approximately 9:29 p.m., officers responded to 1991 Broad Street where a black man allegedly robbed a Family Dollar at gunpoint before leaving on foot, according to Richmond County dispatch.

The suspect is described as 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds with dreadlocked hair and last seen wearing all black clothing and a blue ski mask.

Georgia High School Writing Test scores increase

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:11pm

The Georgia Department of Education released statewide results for the High School Writing Test on Tuesday, with data showing more special education and English learners meeting or exceeding testing standards.

Ninety-six percent of Georgia 11th-graders met or exceeded test standards this year, a two-point improvement over 2013 scores. All individual student demographics showed gains, some with significant improvements.

The test is designed to test students’ ability to persuade through written essays.

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Vietnam veteran writes book on 319th Transportation Co.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:49pm

William “Bill” Patterson always feared driving to and from Tay Ninh.

The Vietnam War veteran said the trip to the southwestern Vietnamese city was a full-day outing at best, and often lasted overnight because of the long distance, enemy fire and poorly maintained roads he and other military truck drivers had to navigate to deliver ammunition and supplies to American combat troops.

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Funds for home heating assistance depleted for year

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:34pm


Funds that assist low-income residents with home heating costs during winter months have run out for the year.

The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority depleted its initial funds fulfilling requests from elderly residents, said Patricia Johnson, coordinator of the Energy Assistance Program. The agency will not know if additional funds will be made available by the state until at least the end of December.

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Plant Vogtle expansion falling further behind schedule, construction monitor reports

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:25pm


Scheduling delays for two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle are worsening, according to a report from a state-hired construction monitor.

William Jacobs, who monitors the Vogtle project for the Georgia Public Service Commission, wrote in a report released Monday that he thinks the new units will be delayed past their current forecasted completions of late 2017 and 2018. Based on current activities, “it is impossible to determine” when the units will be begin producing commercial power.

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Palace Malice returns to training

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:49am


AIKEN — Palace Malice is back in training, and he’s rarin’ to go.

The 4-year-old colt, jointly owned by Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys Farm, expended some pent-up energy Tuesday morning at the Aiken Training Track when he got loose for a few anxious moments.

Palace Malice reared up and exercise rider Gene Tucker fell off the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner as a planned one-mile jog around the track was coming to an end. The colt headed for the barn area, but Dogwood vice president Jack Sadler acted quickly and helped corral him.

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Mike Padgett wreck kills woman, 20

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:27am

A woman died Tuesday morning after her northbound Jeep Cherokee crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a tractor trailer truck on Mike Padgett Highway.

She was identified as Kimberley Ivey Kitchens, 20, according to the coroner.

Police were called the 4500 block of Mike Padgett Highway just before 7 a.m. for the crash.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s news release, she lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve.

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Holiday drinkers offered free tow

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:58am

Don’t get caught behind bars this Thanksgiving.

Bud Light and AAA are teaming up again to prevent accidents, deaths and unsightly police mug shots by offering free tow for intoxicated drivers.

Since the Tow to Go program began in 1998, it had resulted in the safe removal of more than 23,000 impaired drivers from the roads. The service is designed to use as a last resort and is offered based on availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

Anyone planning on drinking is advised to arrange for a designated driver ahead of time.

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