Anna Virella

A proud native of Caddo Parish, La., Anna was then raised in New Orleans, where she acquired her love of music, and in Marietta, Ga., where she graduated high school with honors and distinction in history and a double distinction in English. She credits her excitement for joining The Augusta Press to her lifelong love of language and storytelling, several years working on the staff of two student literary magazines, a childhood spent with two parents who devour news, and war stories told by her dad about his years as a print journalist with newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. When she is not chasing a story, she is apt to be chasing her “barbarian horde," made up of two sons, two bonus-daughters, and their four beloved “hellhounds”. Her favorite season is football season, when she reverts to her earliest allegiances by rooting loudly and unapologetically for the New Orleans Saints.
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Murders Unsolved in Augusta: The slaying of Leon Ellison, Part II

An Augusta mother still hopes for her son's murder to be solved after 28 years.

Augusta University hosts fourth annual STEAMify competition

Augusta University held the fourth annual STEAMify competition Saturday, March 26.

Teen bystander in serious condition after being struck by vehicle

Richmond County deputies are investigating a car accident that sent a 15-year-old pedestrian to the hospital in serious condition.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation called to investigate Thomson shooting

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting Thomson Police Department in the investigation of a shooting that occurred Jan. 5.

Man shoots drug rival then gives first aid

Bartolo Aguilar, 32, was hospitalized and later released after being shot in the pelvis by John Gilstrap, 43, of Grovetown after an argument over drugs occurred.

Two suspects sought in Richmond County shoplifting case

Richmond County deputies are searching for two individuals in reference to a shoplifting incident that occurred Dec. 11.

78-year-old Martinez woman in sepsis after possible neglect

A 78-year-old Martinez woman was transported to Doctor's Hospital after concern was raised that she was not being properly cared for.

Local restaurant robbed; community rallies support

On Dec. 16, this wave of theft hit neighborhood favorite, Sheehan's Irish Pub, located at 2571 Central Ave.

70-year-old threatens housekeeper with .45 caliber handgun

A senior citizen is in custody after he allegedly assaulted the woman cleaning his home.

North Augusta Public Safety names officer injured in Georgia Avenue shootout

North Augusta held a press conference Friday morning to address the shootout that occurred on Georgia Avenue Thursday afternoon.

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