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ACC moves championship game to Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its 2016 football championship to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The conference made the announcement about the Dec. 3 game Thursday.

Orlando emerged as a possible location after the ACC joined other sports leagues in pulling out of North Carolina amid backlash over controversial state House Bill 2.

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Graves Mountain plans mineral dig

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Graves Mountain plans mineral dig

Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare minerals, will be open to the public Oct. 7-9 for the semiannual Rock, Swap & Dig event, in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of minerals.

The mine will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Although admission is free, donations to offset the cost of the event are accepted, said Clarence “Junior” Norman, the caretaker of the Lincoln County, Ga., site.

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Augusta document storage a growing problem

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:53pm


Augusta has a document problem – currently about 9,600 boxes of them.

The city’s aging, landlocked Records Retention building on Fifth Street is currently “at capacity,” its 8,700 square feet packed from floor to ceiling with approximately 26,000 boxes of records, Central Services Director Takiyah Douse told Augusta Commission members.

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AU paycheck changes ease and add to employee burden

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:29pm

Because they deal with residents who work crazy hours at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Debbie Langston and Laurel Jones also must work crazy hours. That could become a problem because they will soon have to clock in, even though they should be exempt from new federal rules.

And they could end up losing vacation time they can’t take because of it.

“It’s just going to be a nightmare,” Langston said.

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Augusta homicide suspect's statement admissible as evidence

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:02pm


If the case against a suspect in the killing of a South Carolina surgeon in Augusta in 2013 goes to trial, the jury will be able to listen and watch the video recording of his police statement.

At the conclusion of a hearing Wednesday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ruled the videotaped statement was legally obtained, freely given and is admissible as evidence during Glenn V. Riggs II’ trial.

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Giants, GreenJackets announce two-year contract extension

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:17pm

The San Francisco Giants and Augusta GreenJackets announced Wednesday a two-year extension to the current player development contract.

The contract keeps Augusta as the Giants’ Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League through the 2018 season. The partnership dates back to 2005 and the 2017 season will mark the 13th year between the two.

The Giants-GreenJackets agreement was the final contract inked this off-season in the South Atlantic League.

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Local students join peers nationwide in prayer

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:42pm


About 40 high schools students stood on the dewey football field at Westminster Schools of Augusta on Wednesday morning, joining their peers from across the area and country for the 26th annual See You at the Pole.

Accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, the students sang a couple of worship songs before splintering off into smaller groups to pray for their school, community, families and country.

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Augusta road lighting project gets shorter and more frequent

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:29am


The number of light poles in a Walton Way street lighting project is increasing.

The decorative poles, a Trans­portation Investment Act-funded project, are being installed along the Augusta road between Bransford Road and 15th Street.

After the project was designed and started, however, Engineering Director Abie Ladson said contractors encountered obstacles – existing utility lines and trees.

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City offers workshop Wednesday on doing business with it

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:31pm

Those seeking certification to do business with the city of Augusta can learn about the process at the “Fast Track Certification Workshop” Wednesday afternoon at the city municipal building at 535 Telfair St., from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The workshop, scheduled in the Compliance Department on the seventh floor, is free and open to the public. City Compliance Director Kellie Irving said nearly $25 million is earmarked for purchases and contract services each year.

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Plant Vogtle employees sue over overtime wages

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:21pm


Employees working on the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle have filed lawsuits alleging they are forced to work overtime without compensation.

Two lawsuits against WECTEC Contractors and Fluor Enterprises were originally filed in August in Burke County Superior Court. They were transferred to U.S. District Court on Monday.

The lawsuits seek class action status for all other similarly situated employees.

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Cyber command officer waives preliminary hearing in child pornography case

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:19pm

An officer assigned to the Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon who is suspected of downloading child pornography waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Morris Hurwitz, 48, of Evans, also waived his right to a speedy trial. He was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of receipt, transport or distributing child pornography. Hurwitz is being held in custody without bond.

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Man who stole quarters wanted for questioning

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:09pm


Police are seeking a man for questioning in the theft of hundreds of dollars in quarters.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the man was captured on surveillance video Sept. 19 prying open the coin vault at 25 Cent Car Wash, 3743 Peach Orchard Road, about 7 a.m. and removing $300 in quarters. Anyone with information on the man is asked to contact Deputy James Price at (706) 821-1056 or 821-1080.


Thomson leads area teams in latest prep football poll

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:48pm


The three state-ranked area teams held firm in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.

Thomson remained No. 2 in Class AAAA after a second consecutive bye week. The 4-0 Bulldogs will play host to Clarkston, a winless team from Class AAAAA, on Friday.

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Man flees traffic stop with child in car

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:39pm


A man is facing charges stemming from an incident Saturday in which he fled from a traffic stop while a child was in the vehicle.

Michael Donnell Jones, 25, of James Drive, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on charges of producing marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, fleeing and cruelty to children first degree, in addition to citations for failing to signal, expired license and reckless driving. Jones also had three outstanding warrants.

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Groups oppose plan to store nuclear fuel near SRS

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:59am

Three public interest groups in South Carolina are opposed to a new plan to store spent nuclear fuel near Savannah River Site.

SRS Watch, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club have joined together to fight Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Group’s bid for a license to store spent fuel at the S.C. Advanced Technology Park on the eastern boundary ofSRS, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.

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Voter rolls growing ahead of November presidential election

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 2:38am


Area voter registration numbers are surging ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Columbia County has 99,214 registered voters as of Sept. 19, while Richmond County has 98,484, according to elections officials in both counties.

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South Aiken-Aiken rivalry is Game of the Week

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 5:06pm

One of the most intriguing rivalries in the area returns to region play Friday night as both programs are off to positive starts.

When South Aiken visits Aiken at Hagood Stadium at 7:30 p.m., The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week will have region implications for the first time since 2013. The matchup kicks off the Region 4-AAAA slate for both teams.

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Shoplifting theft suspect sought

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:01pm


Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in a shoplifting incident.

According to a bulletin from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a young man entered Hobbytown USA, 266 Bobby Jones Expressway, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 16, placed an undisclosed item worth $1,300 in a bag and left without paying.

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Columbia County man charged with exposing himself

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:51pm

A 44-year-old man is facing charges after exposing himself to another driver Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Steven Stallings was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center Sunday morning on a charge of public indecency - third or subsequent conviction.

According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, police initiated a traffic stop on Stallings’ vehicle on Belair Road at Interstate 20 after the 32-year-old woman reported the incident.

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Portion of Broad Street to close for work

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:33pm

A portion of Broad Street will be closed for the next month while crews make repairs to a bridge near King Mill.

The bridge, which is expected to be closed to traffic Tuesday, is one of several undergoing upgrades in the downtown area. The Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge on 15th Street closed last month for crews to begin an upgrade project, which will include a complete deck repair, the addition of bike lanes and the restoration of some of its historical elements.

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