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Flags half-staff for UGA victims

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ATHENS, Ga. — Flags across Georgia are at half-staff in remembrance of four University of Georgia students killed and another critically injured in a high-speed car crash a few miles south of the Athens campus.

 

The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the cause of Wednesday night’s wreck on Georgia State Route 15. State troopers say a white Toyota Camry carrying all five students was heading north when it veered across the centerline and was struck by an oncoming car.

 

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Augusta Regional Airport director's contract approved

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:25pm

 

Though the area of Char­lotte Douglas Inter­national Airport he oversaw is larger than all of Augusta Regional Airport, Herbert Judon said it is “humbling and exciting” to take the helm as new executive director of Augusta’s airport.

His official start date is May 7, but the former Marine and active Army reservist got a feel for airport governance Thursday at an Augusta Avia­tion Commission meeting, where board members unanimously approved his contract.

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Four calls about copperhead snakes reported in Columbia County

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:19pm

Snake calls are coming in a little earlier than normal to Columbia County Animal Services.

According to manager Linda Glasscock, four calls regarding copperheads in residential areas have been reported in the county already this year. The most recent call was from a Martinez homeowner in the Maple Creek subdivision off Columbia Road.

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Meteorologist Jay Jefferies wins Louis Harris Award

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:22pm

 

The Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday awarded its 2016 Louis Harris Award to longtime Augusta TV meteorologist Jay Jefferies.

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 Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald.

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3 arrested after carjacking in Augusta

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:38pm

Three men have been charged with a carjacking early Wednesday morning on McNutt Road.

Steven Mark McDowell, 26; Andrew Tyler Putnam, 30; and Anthony Paul Gormley, 28, have all been charged with carjacking and robbery by force in the incident.

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Thefts reported at police department in Aiken County

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:34pm

A police car, weapons and other property were stolen during a break-in at a small Aiken County police department overnight.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the break-in at the Perry Police Department and Town Hall, 1075 E. Railroad Ave. in Perry.

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Augusta library to sell books this weekend

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:47pm

The downtown Augusta library will be discounting books this weekend.

The Mega Book Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Headquarters Library, 823 Telfair St. The sale is put on by the Friends of the Augusta Library.

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Comcast buying DreamWorks for $3.5 billion

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 9:50am

NEW YORK — Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion.

DreamWorks stockholders will receive $41 for each share they own. That’s a 24 percent premium to the company’s Wednesday closing price of $32.20. The companies put the deal’s value at about $3.8 billion.

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Wreck claims UGA victims

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:41am

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Jere Morehead asked for thoughts and prayers for the families of four UGA students killed in a horrific traffic accident Wednesday night in a somber Thursday morning press conference.

 

”Let us draw together as a UGA family and care for each other,” said Morehead, who added he’d “not really” slept since learning of the accident on Georgia Highway 15 in Oconee County shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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Civil rights attorney, federal judge Horace Ward dead at 88

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:11am

ATLANTA — A civil rights lawyer who became Georgia's first black federal court judge has died.

Retired U.S. District Judge Horace Ward died Saturday at age 88. Funeral arrangements are pending, said Alfonso Dawson Mortuary funeral director Andre Hannah in Atlanta.

Ward challenged segregationist practices at the University of Georgia in the early 1950s.

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Georgia executes man convicted in triple killing

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:52pm

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia executed a man Wednesday who was convicted in the 1998 killings of a central Georgia trucking company owner and his two children during a home burglary.

Daniel Anthony Lucas became the fifth person the state has executed this year. He was put to death by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. Warden Bruce Chatman told witnesses the time of death was 9:54 p.m.

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Augusta baseball clinic for kids part of My Brother's Keeper initiative

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 7:30pm

 

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is taking the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to Jaguar Field.

Davis and the Augusta University Jaguars are holding a free baseball clinic and game day activities for boys and girls Saturday as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball Summer,” according to a news release.

“This is a great opportunity for our children to get involved with role models who enjoy and love the game, while being active and doing something positive,” Davis said.

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Sheriff's office releases 911 calls in Appling shooting

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:15pm

 

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week’s shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.

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Cops 'going to have to kill me,' priest slaying suspect Steven James Murray told dad

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 5:09pm

 

The father of Steven James Murray, who is accused of killing a Florida priest, told police his son called him during a high-speed chase to say police would have to kill him because he wasn’t going to prison.

Murray, 28, now sits in the Burke County jail on a charge of murder while two other states rack up more charges against him. Bond for the murder charge was denied last week.

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Pedestrian struck on Gordon Highway

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:32pm

A 40-year-old Augusta man was struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening after he attempted to cross Gordon Highway on foot.

According to Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins, deputies were called to the 2100 block of Gordon Highway near the Hampton Inn about 10:30 p.m. after Robert Turner was struck by a vehicle. Turner, who was wearing dark clothing and crossing in a non-lit area, was found at fault in the crash for not crossing in a crosswalk.

Turner is being treated for a broken leg and head trauma.

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River Watch Parkway lights going up, will be turned on later

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 2:50pm

Lights have started going up on River Watch Parkway, but it still might be a few weeks before your nightly drive gets any brighter.

This week, construction crews began installing about 200 lights to the median in the four-mile stretch of River Watch between 15th Street and River Shoals Parkway. Kyle Collins, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said it will take about four weeks to complete the lighting portion of the project, and lights will not be turned on until the installation is complete.

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Skull is missing SC woman

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:10pm

MONCKS CORNR, S.C. — A skull found in Berkeley County last November has been identified as that of a Spartanburg woman reported missing more than two years ago.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said in a news release Tuesday that the skull has been identified as that of 28-year-old Nicole Goodlett. She was the mother of three and was reported missing by her family March 12, 2014.

She was last seen in Simpsonville around Christmas the previous year.

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Georgia attorney general plugs campaign to "unmask" child sex abusers

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:11am

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens continued his campaign to “unmask” those who seek children for sex, a regular occurrence in Augusta, at a Metro Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday.

“Clearly this occurs in your area,” he said. “It is a regular activity that kids are sold for sex, as bad as that sounds.”

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38 cats living in Georgia minivan

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 8:03am

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Two women have been arrested after 38 cats were found living inside their minivan.

Sandy Springs police tell local media that a concerned citizen recently flagged down officers and informed them of a van filled with many cats.

Tom Poorman of Fulton County Animal Control says officers ended up finding 38 cats living inside the vehicle, including tiny, days-old kittens inside a cup holder. He says conditions in the minivan were filthy.

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Trump, Clinton close in on nominations

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:13pm

 

PHILADELPHIA — In a front-runner’s rout, Republican Donald Trump roared to victory Tuesday in five contests across the Northeast and confidently declared himself the GOP’s “presumptive nominee.” Hillary Clinton was dominant in four Democratic races and now is 90 percent of the way to the number she needs to claim her own nomination.

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