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Park Service now looks at Civil War Reconstruction sites

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — With its four-year observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War now past, the National Park Service is turning its attention to a lesser-known period of American history: the era of Reconstruction after the war.


The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the sometimes-bloody story of Reconstruction — a time when 4 million blacks, freed from slavery, worked to build lives as a free people.


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Memorial Day observed in Augusta

5 hours 23 min ago


Memorial Day is very personal for Vietnam War veteran Quin Herlik.

Herlik, a retired Army colonel with 30 years of service, served two tours in southeast Asia during the mid- and late-1960s as a pilot and later, as commander of his aviation unit.

In 1969, Herlik became a prisoner of war after his aircraft was shot down over the Cambodian border. He and two other soldiers spent a month captive undergoing extensive interrogations before then-President Richard Nixon negotiated for their release.

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SC plane crash kills real estate exec

5 hours 38 min ago

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Authorities say an 85-year-old pilot reported engine trouble just before his fatal crash into a lake near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Saturday’s crash killed Robert “Bob” Russell Jr. who helped start the giant Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate company in Columbia.

The Lexington County Coroner’s Office says Russell died from the impact of the crash and didn’t suffer any medical problems before his beloved Experimental BR Legend hit the water and sank into the lake.

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Man shoots car passenger on SC interstate

5 hours 42 min ago

CAMPOBELLO, S.C. — Authorities say a man in the back seat who shot the front seat passenger of a car while it was on Interstate 26 has been charged with attempted murder.

Campobello Police Chief William McNeil told media outlets that 22-year-old Oshea Stoudemire ran from the car after it stopped following the shooting around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He was arrested Monday morning.

McNeil says Stoudemire and others in the car said the shooting was an accident, but the investigation indicates otherwise.

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Clutch final par gives Chris Kirk win at Colonial, denies Jordan Spieth

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 6:36pm

FORT WORTH, Texas — Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational by a stroke Sunday for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

With a closing 4-under-par 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Masters Tournament champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

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Juan's World! Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:41pm


INDIANAPOLIS — His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain.

Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons in NASCAR that had turned one of the baddest drivers on the planet into a struggling also-ran.

The catch? Penske’s offer was a return to Indy cars, which Montoya had left behind years ago. He jumped at the opportunity and cashed in on it Sunday with his second
Indianapolis 500 victory.

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Montoya wins Indy

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:16pm


INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable — even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500.

With the same confidence he showed 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way through the field twice and won his second   Indianapolis   500 on Sunday.

"This is too much," he said in victory lane, the winner's wreath around his neck and the traditional bottle of milk in his hand. Flanked by his children, he looked everywhere for his wife.

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1 dead in single-vehicle accident

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 3:33pm

A single-vehicle accident on Clark Road claimed the life of an Augusta man early Sunday.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose pronounced John Anthony Pates dead at 6:21 a.m. following the accident in the 1400 block of Clark Road.

Pates was on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle, slamming into a nearby post, Boose said. He died due to blunt force trauma.

No autopsy will be scheduled.

November death due to drug use, coroner says

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 3:23pm


The death of a 46-year-old Hephzibah man found in a field in November was due to drug use, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Troy Whitson Shiflett, who had been missing for several days before he was discovered near the intersection of Old Waynesboro Road and Liberty Church roads on Nov. 3, died as the result of the “toxic effect of methamphetamines compounded by hypothermia,” according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation report received Feb. 12.

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Georgia smoking rate drops

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 1:43pm

ATLANTA -- Georgia’s smoking rate is showing a steady decline, a new CDC report says.

The state’s rate of adult cigarette smoking fell from 21.2 percent in 2011 to 20.4 in 2012, then fell to 18.8 percent in 2013.

Georgia’s smoking percentage is lower than other Southern states except for Florida, at 16.8 percent, and Texas, at 15.9 percent.

Overall, 26 states had a drop in cigarette smoking prevalence over that period, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said.

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Second person charged in 2012 slaying of Wackenhut guard

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:35pm

Another man wanted in connection with the 2012 slaying of a Wackenhut guard who worked at Savannah River Site has turned himself in, officials said.

Ojore Adams, 22, of Louisville, Ga., was booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on Friday on charges of murder, burglary in the first degree and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the death of Hester Jackson, according to jail records.

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Grantham to speak to Pride and Progress

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:26pm

Don Grantham, chairman of the State Transportation Board, the policy-making and governing authority of the Georgia Department of Transportation, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pride and Progress monthly meeting at the University Medical Center South, 3121 Peach Orchard Road, Room 201.

Pride and Progress is a nonpartisan community organization.

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 4:42pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale on Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top, about 100 feet up.

The man said he had been swimming in the New River, which flows under the bridge.

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Ky. crash kills Grovetown pilot

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 2:26pm

A Columbia County man has been identified as the pilot killed when his small plane crashed Thursday in rural Kentucky.

Robert Bookman, 59, of Grovetown, died in the accident, Perry County Deputy Coroner Brianna Rutherford said Saturday.

The Associated Press reported the single-engine Grumman AA5’s destination was Hazard, Ky. It crashed into trees near a rural road outside the small town about 7 p.m. Thursday, two miles from Hazard’s airport.

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Augustans study Ray Charles tribute in Albany

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:30pm

They came to see Ray Charles, but took in much more.

A small Augusta contingent visited downtown Albany, Ga., Friday to examine the city’s effort to capitalize on its most famous native son, but learned the $2.2 million Ray Charles Plaza was just a piece of the effort to make the Flint River’s banks a tourist draw.

“This is just one feature” in the city’s larger Riverfront Revitalization Project, said Assistant Albany City Manager Wes Smith, who led the group of four on a tour of its various elements.

“You can make a day of going to all these different features.”

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Bartram Trail Petersburg Trailhead to receive $100,000 for improvements

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:12pm

The Bartram Trail’s Petersburg Trailhead is receiving more than $100,000 worth of improvements, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The funds are coming from a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, Southern Off-road Bicycle Association’s CRSA Chapter and five businesses near J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake.

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TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:55pm


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — TLC pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.

In a statement, the channel said it was “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The statement didn’t elaborate.

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VA announces collaboration with Augusta-based America's Warrior Partnership to improve veteran care

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:55pm

The deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Af­fairs announced Friday a collaboration with the Augusta-based veteran care organization America’s War­rior Partnership that he said will help advance the agency’s new strategy for improving patient care.

During a visit to Augusta, Sloan Gibson said the VA must improve its partnerships with nonprofit community-based groups and more effectively collaborate
with agencies that can address veterans’ health care, housing and employment needs.

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Georgia man with gun turns tables on carjacking suspect

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:06pm

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say a would-be carjacker ended up getting held at gunpoint by his intended victim.

WSB-TV reports ( ) Hashim Fannin was parking outside a Family Dollar store earlier this month when a man slid into the passenger seat and said, “You know what this is.”

Fannin says he drew his gun and made the man lie face-down in the parking lot. Cellphone video of the encounter shows Fannin holding his handgun and saying, “Just stay there and wait for the police. It’s that simple.”

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Wheelchair activist/musician headed for Savannah killed in deadly crash

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 3:50pm

Musician Frank Barham, who was traveling to Savannah, Ga., from Atlanta via wheelchair for a benefit concert, was killed Wednesday in an accident on Ga. 21 in Screven County at the Effingham-Screven county line.

The crash also killed Barham’s support team member Margaret Kargbo, 36, of Atlanta and sent another support team member, Carrie Johnson, 34, of Villa Rica, Ga., to the burn center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Barham, 59, of Atlanta died from his injuries at the scene.

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