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Washington County star A.J. Gray lives up to family name — Allen Gray, the school's principal, and his wife Anne sit in the brand new school's computer cafe with the North Carolina women's basketball season opener against Howard live-streaming on two projection screens. Their youngest daughter, 11-year-old Ashley, runs around playing tic-tac-toe with their 8-year-old grandson, M.J. East.

Curtis Baptist hopes for a different ending in championship game — Now it's about avoiding two title game losses. For the second year in a row, the Curtis Baptist football team will try to win a state championship. A season ago, the Crusaders lost in the Georgia Independent School Association Class A final, falling to Robert Toombs 26-14 at Mercer.
Nov 21, 2014

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Augusta lumber mill getting $25 million upgrade — An Augusta lumber mill is getting an equipment upgrade to make on-site operations more efficient. A $25 million commercial building permit filed this month by Canadian firm West Fraser Timber Co. has paved the way for two replacement dry kilns at its south Augusta mill on Mike Padgett Highway.
Nov 21, 2014

Augusta lumber mill getting $25 million upgrade | The Augusta Chronicle…

Animal health producer investing $100 million, adding jobs at Augusta plant — A global animal health products company announced Friday a $100 million investment at its Augusta plant that is expected to create 100 new jobs within the next three years. Elanco, the animal health division of global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., said the investment would be made in infrastructure and manufacturing enhancements at the Augusta Technology Center on Lovers Lane, according to a news release.
Nov 21, 2014

Animal health producer investing $100 million, adding jobs at Augusta plant | The Augusta Chronicle…

Memorabilia brokers could be fined if bill passes — The bill has the same number as Gurley's jersey at the request of House Speaker David Ralston, according to the sponsor, Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem. Fleming discussed his idea with the speaker who thought it important enough to be pre-filed as the first House bill but then figured the symbolism of matching the jersey was more appropriate.

As temperatures drop, outdoor pets need attention — A gray pit bull had a wooden dog house within reach on the other side of the yard off Georgia Highway 24, but it was also tied outside with two large padlocks hanging from the thick chain draped around its neck.
Nov 21, 2014

ICYMI-As temperatures drop, outdoor pets need attention | The Augusta Chronicle…

Tax payments by credit card cost more — "I don't get that when I use my credit card for anything else," said property owner and activist Lori Davis, shocked to see a $27 fee after using a low-interest-rate card to spread the pain of an $1,186 tax bill over the next few months. "Everybody says 'pay cash,' " Davis said.

Atlanta-based "FlexMex" restaurant chain opening next spring in Augusta — An Atlanta-based "FlexMex" restaurant chain is opening its first location outside metro Atlanta next spring in Augusta. Tin Lizzy's Cantina will open a restaurant in March in an existing building on Washington Road. Area director Brent McGhee didn't reveal the address because another restaurant will continue to occupy the building through the end of the year, and he didn't want to negatively affect the business.

Alexander Drive apartments to break ground in 2015 — An apartment development across from the Village at Riverwatch retail center is expected to break ground in the first half of 2015. Atlanta-based developer Arthur Lynn said that in January he is purchasing a nearly 21-acre plot at 1034 Alexander Drive that has been planned for apartments since mid-2013.

Federal nuclear safety board finds funding, staffing decreases for SRS emergency planning — The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board reviewed SRS budgets from fiscal years 2005 to 2014, determining that funding for the emergency preparedness program declined seven of the past nine years, including the past five in a row.
Nov 20, 2014

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Aquinas carries long winning streak into state playoffs — With another win this Friday, the Irish can remove that "almost." Top-ranked Aquinas, seeded second in the Class A private bracket, begins the state playoffs with a home game against No. 15 seed St. Francis on Friday. Aquinas (10-0) hasn't lost since a first-round playoff game Nov. 23, 2012.

Lights of the South adds to sparkle for 10th anniversary — "We will have at least 70 new characters," said Benjamin Bell, the owner and operator of the light display on Louisville Road in Grovetown, which opens on Thursday, Nov. 20. "We started working on it in July." More than 5 million lights will twinkle on the 100-plus parcel that holds the attraction.
Nov 20, 2014

Lights of the South adds to sparkle for 10th anniversary | The Augusta Chronicle…

Georgia Regents rolls to victory over Coastal Georgia — Wright-Nelson and Henry McCarthy each posted a double-double as the Jaguars coasted to a 79-59 win over Coastal Georgia at Christenberry Fieldhouse. "Yesterday, we started practice off bad," said Wright-Nelson, whose team scored the first nine points and never trailed. "We knew we had to play hard today."

Georgia Regents volleyball team to make NCAA Division II Tournament debut — The only volleyball player on the squad for all four years for Georgia Regents, Koch is getting her reward. The Jaguars are making their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in school history. Georgia Regents plays Anderson at 5 p.m. today in Wingate, N.C. At noon, USC Aiken will face Carson-Newman.

Georgia jobless rate declines — ATLANTA - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new October jobless figure. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.7 percent is down from 7.9 percent in September. It's also slightly below the 7.8 percent rate from a year ago.

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Augusta Municipal Building renovation on schedule — On Wednesday, no work on the building's nine floors was complete, in part because of ongoing construction of an elevator tower. Once complete, existing elevator shafts will become lobby space on each floor. "We'll be glad when the building is complete," said Doug Stacy, a Richmond County marshal.
Nov 19, 2014

Augusta Municipal Building renovation on schedule

Forecast calls for 2 percent job growth — That's according to the outlook released Wednesday by Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center. Metro Augusta added 3,140 jobs July thru September, with 1,230 of them in the leisure-and-hospitality sector and 70 in manufacturing. However, the retail sector lost 180 jobs.
Nov 19, 2014

Forecast calls for 2 percent job growth | The Augusta Chronicle…

Georgia's Todd Gurley still has to fulfill conditions of suspension — Gurley was lost for the season to a season-ending injury Saturday against Auburn in his first game back from a four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules for taking improper benefits. He was to repay a portion of the more than $3,000 he received for signing memorabilia and other items over two years and was required to complete 40 hours of community service.
Nov 19, 2014

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