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Community assists North Augusta Optimist Club after Christmas tree theft

chronicle.augusta.com — The North Augusta Optimist Club's annual Christmas tree sale ended early this year, not because of excess demand, but due to thieves who dampened the holiday season. "As sad as it is for someone to steal Christmas trees, we're trying to keep our heads up about the situation," said John Harris, president of the Optimist Club.
Dec 18, 2014

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Georgia's Mike Bobo interviews for head coaching job at Colorado State

chronicle.augusta.com — How much longer Bobo might remain in his familiar role remains to be seen. Georgia confirmed earlier in the day that Bobo is among those who interviewed to become Colorado State's head coach. Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt informed athletic director Greg McGarity on Tuesday night that Bobo was a candidate.
Dec 18, 2014

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Darius Rucker records song written by father of Augusta childhood cancer patient

chronicle.augusta.com — They faithfully prayed. Family, friends and strangers surrounded them with love. And their son, Brennan, never gave up hope. Their story - one met with highs and lows - inspired a song recently recorded by country music singer Darius Rucker. The song - Possibilities - is being released online today as a holiday promotion for St.
Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

chronicle.augusta.com — Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he's out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith's term. Echols, who lost the 2012 District 7 commission election to Smith, said he's looking forward to spending time with his wife after she retires next year at their second home in St.
Dec 17, 2014

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Mike Minor: Braves bounceback candidate

chronicle.augusta.com — It was obvious something had to be done about Mike Minor when he gave up five runs, including two home runs, to the Padres in San Diego on Aug. 1. Suggestions ranged from skipping his rotation start to demoting him. In the end, the Braves skipped his spot, and he came back Aug.

Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits record $10

chronicle.augusta.com — Georgia Department of Transportation officials tell WSB-TV that the toll recently hit the double-digit figure. The toll's cost is set on a sliding scale depending on the level of congestion on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta. DOT spokesman Bert Brantley said the price is dependent on what people are willing to pay.
Dec 17, 2014

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Columbia County commission passes vote to stormwater utilty fees by 2017

chronicle.augusta.com — The measure passed 3-2, with Chairman Ron Cross and newly seated District 3 Com­mis­sioner Mack Taylor voting against the fee increase. The other commissioners voted in favor of the increases with reluctance, they said, seeing no alternative to stanching losses in the stormwater utility budget, which dipped into $4 million in reserves this past year to address infrastructure repairs.
Dec 17, 2014

Columbia County stormwater fees will more than double by 2017: bit.ly/1sG746M

Georgia's economic growth expected to outpace rest of country

chronicle.augusta.com — Georgia's economy will expand by 3.2 percent in 2015 while the rest of the country will do so at a 2.8 percent rate, according to forecasters at the Selig Center for Economic Growth. The Peach State will also add jobs faster: 2.3 percent compared to 1.8 percent for the rest of the country.
Dec 17, 2014

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Animal Services subcommittee debates ordinance revisions

chronicle.augusta.com — And there were many. In the two-hour meeting Monday, those opinions varied on the weaknesses of the current ordinance draft, what is considered a dangerous animal, how humane animal care affects public safety, discrimination against certain breeds and other issues.
Dec 17, 2014

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Krispy Kreme opens in south Augusta

chronicle.augusta.com — The 3,000-square-foot franchise doughnut shop opened in the Windsor Square shopping center on the 3100 block of Peach Orchard Road and employs about 70 part-time and full-time workers, according to a corporate spokesperson. Augusta-based Hull Property Group, which owns Windsor Square, has been redesigning the shopping center since late 2013.

City approves $2.8 million for Hyde Park relocations

chronicle.augusta.com — Commissioners voted 10-0 to reprogram $2.8 million in sales taxes, which had been dedicated to Engineering projects but is now covered by Transportation Investment Act funds, specifically for the relocation effort. Approximately 70 homeowners and renters remain in the south Augusta neighborhood which will be leveled for a city detention pond.
Dec 16, 2014

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Aquinas' Garnett picks Middle Tennessee State

chronicle.augusta.com — The Irish senior rushed for 2,033 yards and 27 touchdowns this season while also getting 377 receiving yards and 68 total tackles as Aquinas won a region championship and reached the state semifinals. During his junior year, Garnett ran for more than 1,900 yards as Aquinas went 14-0 and won the Class A private state championship.

Airport director resigns

chronicle.augusta.com — Gary LeTellier, executive director of Augusta Regional Airport since 2010, resigned his position effective Feb. 1. The Augusta Commission agreed after a closed-door legal session to accept LeTellier's resignation and pay him the 90 days severance pay allowed under the city's personnel policies and procedures manual.

Hanukkah celebration begins with parade, menorah lightings

chronicle.augusta.com — Jews in Augusta will begin celebrating Hanukkah at sundown today with a celebration on the Augusta Common. It starts with a parade of menorahs that will make its way from Chabad of Augusta's offices on Furys Ferry Road to the Augusta Common, where a 7-foot-tall menorah will be lit.

Hyde Park relocations, audit questions return to Commission agenda

chronicle.augusta.com — The agenda features several items related to the beleaguered Hyde Park relocation project, where residents are slowly being moved to create a city detention pond. Leona Street resident Valarie Brown said her elderly mother has given up she'll be relocated as she's watched several elderly friends die before the process was completed, nearly 20 years after the area was first reported to be contaminated.
Dec 15, 2014

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Moore: End of chemotherapy for leukemia rang my bell

chronicle.augusta.com — The nurses hugged me and wished me continued luck. In easy chairs around the room, patients were still hooked up to their IV bags. Over half a year, I had seen them come and go, and my comrades had shared good times and bad with me.

Santa Claus taken from Walker Street home

chronicle.augusta.com — An Augusta woman suspects children stole Christmas decorations off her lawn. The 58-year-old victim called police to her Walker Street home about 7 a.m. Sunday after discovering her blow-up Santa Claus and snowman were missing. She said they were last seen around 1:30 a.m.

State court judge urges support to restore 'tolling' on misdemeanor sentences

chronicle.augusta.com — Since Georgia allowed counties to outsource misdemeanor probation services nearly 15 years ago, companies such as Sentinel Offender Services have secured lucrative arrangements allowing them to collect fees from probationers in exchange for monitoring them and collecting court-imposed fines.
Dec 15, 2014

State court judge urges support to restore 'tolling' on misdemeanor sentences bit.ly/13rVgte