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Augusta Commission searches for consensus on candidates for city administrator

...of Taos, N.M., who has held many local government titles over a 30-year career; and Steve Layson, a former Putnam County, Ga., commissioner and private developer who is now assistant county manager for infrastructure in the newly consolidated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-07-19/augusta-commission-searc
3 top picks to replace City Administrator Fred Russell named

...variety of positions, including vertical projects manager for Reynolds Plantation, a federal projects coordinator for a Putnam County boot camp and a small business owner in Eatonton.Layson has a bachelor's degree from Georgia College & State University...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-07-09/3-top-picks-replace-city
Ga. couple's killing leaves authorities baffled

...all happened in a seemingly secure community that has a manned guardhouse has left neighbors rattled, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills."It is the prime topic of conversation around," said Ron Bridgeman, senior editor of The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-13/ga-couples-killing-leaves-au
Body found in lake likely that of elderly woman

...a missing 87-year-old Georgia woman whose husband was discovered decapitated in their home earlier this month, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.A crime lab will definitively determine whether the remains are those of Shirley Dermond...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-16/body-found-lake-likely-elderl
Decapitation mystery: Security camera wasn't on, son tells AJC

...maintenance workers with access inside the gated community about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, but nothing came of them, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said. "I'm still interviewing friends" of the couple, Sills told The AJC. Many of them...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-05-16/decapitation-mystery-s
Decapitation mystery: Sheriff rules out mob hit

Putnam County's sheriff said investigators are no closer to finding a missing Eatonton woman or capturing those responsible for her husband's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-05-14/decapitation-mystery-sheriff
Billboards to aid hunt for woman after beheading

...at their home in a gated community on Lake Oconee.Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the billboard messages are...is and hope that she's still alive," Sills said.Putnam County Deputy Cor o ner Marcus Turner said an autopsy showed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-10/billboards-aid-hunt-woman-aft
Lake Oconee man, 88, beheaded; wife, 87, possibly kidnapped

...WMAZ-TV that the man had been decapitated. Police believe the attack happened sometime between Friday and Sunday. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills tells WSB-TV that he doesn't believe the attack was random, partly because there was no evidence...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-05-08/lake-oconee-man-88-beheaded-
Across the region

...Thursday ? and the man's head hasn't been found.Putnam County Deputy Coroner Marcus Turner said an autopsy showed...They were searching for her with the help of the FBI.Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said the couple's lakefront...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-08/across-region
Lake Oconee man killed, wife missing

...the couple's lakeside home. Putnam County authorities say they went to the...88-year-old Russell Dermond, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said. The...We haven't had a murder in Putnam County I know in, oh my, probably eight...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-05-07/lake-oconee-man-killed-wife-