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Hall of Fame running back considering Columbia County for online staffing agency

1 hour 36 min ago

National Football League hall-of-famer Jerome Bettis visited metro Augusta area Monday and announced intentions of bringing his staffing agency to Columbia County.

Bettis, who earlier in the day toured three hospitals in Augusta, said he came to the area to view possible sites for his new online employee sharing company called Job Pool. The business allows employers to “share” their part-time employees with other companies from a virtual database.

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Five qualify for Columbia County commission race

2 hours 35 min ago

Five men vying for Columbia County’s open commission seat wasted no time making their candidacies official Monday.

The five – Jim Bartley, Greg Grzybowski, Gary Richardson, Frank Spears and Russell Wilder – had previously announced their intentions to run in the Nov. 3 special election to fill the seat vacated by Mack Taylor in July.

Each submitted qualifying paperwork and paid the $195 fee Monday at the Columbia County Board of Elec­tions Office in Evans.

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Georgia names Greyson Lambert starting QB

3 hours 34 min ago

ATHENS, Ga. — Seven weeks after arriving on campus, Greyson Lambert is Georgia’s starting quarterback.

Coach Mark Richt made the surprising announcement that the Virginia graduate transfer will start Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana Monroe at Sanford Stadium.

Ramsey was the top backup to Hutson Mason last year and had the strongest arm on the team, but Lambert passed him on the depth chart.

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Augusta VA opens downtown parking deck

3 hours 53 min ago

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Monday celebrated the opening of a new $8.2 million parking deck at its downtown Augusta hospital on 15th Street.

The deck will add approximately 200 more dedicated parking spaces closer to the hospital for Spinal Cord Injury Unit Patients, handicapped parking and staff.

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Bond denied suspect in brutal holdup spree

4 hours 42 min ago

An Augusta man facing multiple charges in four robberies, including the home invasion of an elderly woman, was denied bond Monday.

Killeon Cooper, 21, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 26 criminal charges.

Assistant District Attorney Pierce Blitch asked the judge to deny Cooper’s release on bond. Cooper and Kelvin D. Jones, 27, allegedly went on a crime spree in April that grew increasingly violent.

On April 18, the Waffle House on Dean Bridge Road and three customers were robbed of cash and watches by two men, Blitch said.

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S.C. lawmakers request documents related to MOX project studies

5 hours 6 min ago


Members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation have asked the U.S. Energy Department to turn over all notes related to an independent cost analysis of Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility to determine whether the federal agency interfered with the study.

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State superintendent Woods misses school tour due to fog

5 hours 11 min ago


A tour of two Richmond County schools went on without its main guest Monday morning, after Georgia Department of Education State Superintendent Richard Woods couldn’t make the event due to inclement weather.

Woods was scheduled to tour Butler High School and John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School to examine Richmond County’s efforts to improve school performances, and to also discuss what the GDOE could do to further assist Augusta schools.

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Doctors teams up with Georgia Southern

5 hours 15 min ago

Doctors Hospital of Augusta is apparently joining Eagle Nation.

The hospital announced Monday it is creating a marketing partnership with the Georgia Southern University Athletic Department to be its Official Healthcare Partner for the Augusta area. GSU Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein said the hospital will not be treating its teams, which is done by other providers, but it will involve in-game advertising and promotions.

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Man breaks into Wheeler Road package store

6 hours 2 min ago

Police said a man in a mask broke into a Wheeler Road liquor store Sunday morning and took a gallon of vodka.

Police responded to Wheeler Package, 3668 Wheeler Road, around 3 a.m. for an alarm activation.

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Ga. lawmaker admits Ashely Madison link

6 hours 24 min ago

MACON, Ga. — A state lawmaker from Macon says he had an account on the cheating Web site Ashley Madison.

State Rep. Allen Peake told the Telegraph of Macon : “I was a complete idiot to go there in the first place.”

The newspaper reported Monday that Peake said he has no plans to resign his House seat but would be deciding whether to seek re-election next year. The Republican lawmaker said he joined the Web site during a “dark period” in his marriage several years ago. He said he had told his wife and she forgave him.

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Thomson tops latest edition of high school football Power Poll

6 hours 32 min ago


The area’s top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WJBF-TV, WRDW-TV, WGAC and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th-place vote is worth one point. First-place votes are in parentheses.


1. Thomson (5) 96 2-0 3

2. North Augusta (5) 93 2-0 1

3. Burke County 75 2-0 4

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Westside gets visit from Screven County in the Game of the Week

6 hours 37 min ago

An area top-10 team makes the trip to Augusta for the latest edition of Game of the Week.

Screven County, ranked No. 8 in Class AA going into this past week, visits Class AAA Westside this Friday for

The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week. The Gamecocks beat the Patriots, 28-12, last season and went on to reach the second round of the playoffs.

As for Westside, it seemed to quickly move on from the blowout loss to Evans to begin the season by beating Richmond Academy, 27-20. Josh Reynolds and Aaron Commings combined for 187 yards.

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Man arrested in connection to Barton Chapel shooting

6 hours 52 min ago


An Augusta man has been arrested after a shooting outside a Barton Chapel Road shopping center Saturday.

Robert Lewis Monroe, 38, was booked into the Richmond County jail soon after the Saturday shooting on charges of criminal damage to property in the first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has not been charged with aggravated assault for the shooting of the 24-year-old victim, police said.

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Elderly woman dies from wreck injuries

7 hours 5 min ago

An elderly Augusta woman died Saturday as a result of an wreck last week.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Sarah Brown, 89, was pronounced dead about 11 p.m. Saturday at Georgia Regents Medical Center as a result of blunt force injuries sustained in the Aug. 24 wreck.

Police said Brown, who lived on Wrightsboro Road, pulled out in front of a vehicle on Wrightsboro at Flowing Wells roads. Brown’s vehicle was struck in the side.

Ironman to create $4 million in direct visitor spending

8 hours 28 min ago

The Ironman triathlon is expected to generate more than $4 million in direct visitor spending, the most of any September event held in Augusta.

In its monthly visitor spending report, the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council said that nearly $7.7 million will come from visitors attending Augusta sporting events, conventions and meetings in September.

The seventh annual Intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta will bring about 8,000 athletes, family members and spectators, who are slated to spend about $4.1 million Sept. 27-29.

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Lane closures this week on I-20

8 hours 54 min ago

Lane closures on Interstate 20 near the state line will return this week as Georgia Department of Transportation crews continue to replace slabs.

The lane closure will affect the westbound side of I-20 between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal. Construction is expected to run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Thursday.

Lane closures will start on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River to shift traffic to the opposite lane of work being performed.

I-20 work to close some lanes

11 hours 29 min ago

Lane closures on Interstate 20 near the state line will return this week as Georgia Department of Transportation crews continue to replace slabs.

The lane closure will affect the westbound side of Interstate 20 between the Savannah Rive and the Augusta Canal. Construction is expected to run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday.

Lane closures will start on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River to shift traffic to the opposite lane of work being performed.

Orange buildings focus on hunger

11 hours 42 min ago

Buildings across Augusta will glow orange this week to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month in September.

Starting Tuesday, Golden Harvest Food Bank will use orange lights to light up four buildings – Meybohm on Wheeler Road, the North Augusta Municipal Building, Wells Fargo on Broad Street and the steeple of First Baptist Church.

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Georgia budget focus includes Medicaid growth

12 hours 1 min ago



ATLANTA -- The state’s Department of Community Health is asking for additional state funds to cover projected Georgia enrollment for Medicaid and PeachCare, which for the first time will exceed 2 million.

The budget proposal also requests $23 million to cover the high cost of drugs to treat hepatitis C patients in both the midyear fiscal 2016 budget and in the 2017 plan.

The budget plans, approved by Community Health’s board Thursday, now go to Gov. Nathan Deal and then to the Georgia General Assembly for approval.

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Columbia County rain totals

12 hours 47 min ago


Columbia County emergency services authorities are reporting heavy rainfall levels for Sunday including more than 5 inches of rain recorded at the Clarks Hill Water Plant in Appling.

All of this rain fell with two hours and did cause some flooding in low lying areas and caused streams to come out of their banks. The drainage systems worked well and the flooded areas drained off quickly when the heavy rainfall stopped, according to a news release,

Among the 24-hour rainfall totals – 7am Sunday to 7am Monday -- are:

Evans Government Center – 4.72 inches

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