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The annual winter fish kill is underway at Thurmond Lake

...Those new to birding can take advantage of mentoring opportunities offered through the competition.Contestants spotted some 200 bird species and raised more than $2,600 for conservation last year. Fundraising by this year's teams could push the total...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/outdoors/rob-pavey/2015-01-31/annual-winter-
Italians' Fabio Fognini, Simone Bolelli break through in men's doubles Down Under

...announced she was increasing her donation for the cause from 100 Australian dollars for every ace she hit in the tournament to $200.The American led the women at the Australian Open with 88 aces. That's good for A$17,600, or US$13,675. OUT IN...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2015-01-31/italians-fabio-fognini-simone-bol
Martin Laird leads Phoenix Open by three shots

...to the tour life or used to the golf courses. I don't think they get intimidated at all anymore."Laird was at 13-under 200 as he goes for his fourth PGA Tour victory.Matsuyama, already with seven wins worldwide, birdied his last four holes to surge...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/golf/2015-01-31/martin-laird-leads-phoenix-o
2015 Toyota Yaris is revamped, gets more safety features

...accelerate.Despite the racket, though, the car could be a bit slow in merging situations. Peak torque is 103 foot-pounds at 4,200 rpm.The test car, driven aggressively at times, averaged nearly 30 mpg in mostly city travel. With a gas tank holding 11...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-01-29/2015-toyota-yaris-revamped-ge
What Is It?

...for. Alas! They both were gone."KEYSVILLE, GA.: Glenn Widner identified the 1957 Premiere and said: "It was over 4,200-pound car that had a 368-cubic-inch Y-block engine of 300 horsepower. It made over 400 foot-pounds of torque, and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/autos/2015-01-29/what-it
Cheaper gas gives small businesses big savings each month, creates expansion opportunities

...robbed when it's $4 a gallon. When it's $2, you feel like you're stealing it," he says.Lisa Hennessy saves between $200 and $300 a month because it costs less to deliver her pet foods in the Chicago area. She's using that money to conduct classes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-30/cheaper-gas-gives-small-bu
Production winding down at NutraSweet

...lower-calorie sweeteners, like neotame and Twinsweet, to meet changing consumer tastes, DeFer said.Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than table sugar and is used in diet sodas, gum, yogurt and other sugar-free or low-calorie foods. Neotame...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-01-30/production-
Divers begin work to raise Confederate warship sunk in Savannah River

...build such a ship to protect the city. But the 120-foot-long CSS Georgia had engines that proved too weak to propel its 1,200-ton frame against river currents. The ship was anchored off Fort Jackson as a floating gun battery.The federal government...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-29/divers-begin-work-raise-confe
Job figures vary, but all point to upswing

...jobs in the metro area in December. (The CES doesn't count self-employed like the household survey does.) That's 7,200 more than December 2013. Average the jobs for the year and you could say Augusta had 221,400. Then your job creation figure...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/tim-rausch/2015-01-30/job-figures
Columbia County School Board trustees approve massive rezoning plan, grant waivers

...than 600. "But at the end of the day, we want to do what's best for the students."The approved plan could affect up to 200 Greenbrier High School students who will be moved to the Lakeside High School zone.It also impacts 47 current Gro ve town High...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2015-01-27/columbia-county-school-bo