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Campbell named interim Paine basketball coach

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:00pm

 

Paine College hired Chase Campbell today to be its interim head men’s basketball coach for the 2015-16 season.

Campbell, who played for the Lions during the 2008-09 season, replaces Jimmy Link, who became the head coach at Clayton State earlier this month.

Campbell inherits a Paine team that went 23-7 last season and won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title.

“For me, it’s no better place than me to be at home at Paine College,” Campbell said. “I’m beyond thankful to everybody.”

 

New citizens ring in July 4

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:27pm

ATLANTA – Some Georgians decided the best way to observe the nation’s birthday would be to celebrate with some new citizens.

Plans have been shaping up for months for 25 immigrants to take their oath as new citizens of the United States as part of the Dunwoody, Ga., Fourth of July celebration. Organizers will also ask 18-year-olds in town to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the new citizens as a way to affirm their own citizenship now that they’ve reached adulthood.

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Freeman makes opening bid to be Falcons' starting RB

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:51pm

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons’ starting running back.

He has made an early statement that he won’t be outworked for the job.

The team released veteran Steven Jackson, the starter the last two years. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers signed with the Bears.

Freeman is the leading returning rusher with 248 yards and one touchdown as a rookie.

Following the Falcons’ first day of organized team activities, new coach Dan Quinn said “I love the competitive attitude that Devonta brings.”

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Chief deputy suspended after wreck

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:42pm

 

Richmond County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Pat Clayton has been suspended without pay after damaging his work vehicle.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree said the suspension comes after a recent accident, Clayton’s second in which he was found at fault.

According to a disciplinary report, Clayton was attempting to enter a car wash April 5 when he found that his debit card would not work at the touch pad. He struck a small pole while backing to drive around the entrance, causing about $800 in damage.

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Navy divers to explore sunken Savannah River boat

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:17pm

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.

 

Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864. Today, it’s considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.

 

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Search continues for man missing in Lake Thurmond

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:31am

Lake Thurmond authorities continued the search Tuesday for a man who went missing from a lake recreation area more than a week ago.

Christopher Lee Harper, 43, was riding his Yamaha WaveRunner just before 3 p.m. May 18 off the beach at West Dam recreation area next to the dam when some beach-goers saw him flung off, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Capt. Mark Padgett.

Three women on the beach said he surfaced once and went back under the water. They tried to reach him. Harper wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

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Palace Malice to skip Metropolitan Mile

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:18am

 

Palace Malice will not race in the Metropolitan Mile on June 6 and instead will be pointed toward the Whitney Handicap in August.

The Dogwood Stable colt is the defending champion at the Metropolitan, but a foot problem caused a delay in training and he ran third in a six-furlong prep race earlier this month.

It was the first race for Palace Malice, the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, since he finished sixth in the Whitney last summer. It was later discovered he suffered a deep bruise in the cannon bone of his left hind leg, and he wintered in Aiken.

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Georgia storms possible today

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:30am

 

 

ATLANTA — Forecasters say strong storms -- including some that could become severe -- will be possible as heavy rain moves into Georgia.

 

The National Weather Service says the main threats from today’s storms will be heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and frequent lightning.

 

The weather service projects that the highest chances for storms in Georgia will be this afternoon and evening.

 

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Grill mishap burns elderly SC man

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:56am

 

 

 

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Officials say an elderly Eutawville man was airlifted to a hospital after being severely burned while trying to light a grill.

 

WLTX-TV reports the 87-year-old man experienced second and third-degree burns Monday afternoon. The Orangeburg Fire Department says the man injured himself attempting to light a gas grill. The man was taken to the Augusta Burn Center and his status is unclear.

 

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Man linked to Ga. slaying kills self

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:54am

MACON, Ga. — Authorities say a man who was a person of interest in a Macon woman’s death has been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

WMAZ-TV reports 30-year-old LaSmockie Fountain was shot in the head Saturday at a home in Macon during an apparent domestic dispute. Coroner Leon Jones said 38-year-old Derrick Khunta Booze was found dead in the backyard of a house in south Macon Monday evening.

Fountain’s family says she and Booze dated in the past, but the relationship was violent.

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Phone thieves target Atlanta college students

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:52am

ATLANTA — Atlanta police are investigating a string of cellphone robberies near local college campuses.

WSB-TV reports investigators are looking into at least three incidents just outside the Atlanta University Center. In each case, victims report a group of young people who drove up and asked to borrow a cellphone before pulling a gun and taking it by force.

Another student told police a young woman drove up and asked to use his phone on Parsons Street. When he handed it over, a man in the back seat pulled a gun and the car took off.

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4 flat-screens stolen from south Augusta home

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:39pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a weekend burglary in which a south Augusta home was ransacked and about $3,000 worth of electronics was stolen, including four flat-screen televisions and a video game system, according to a police report filed Monday.

Deputies were called about 3:10 p.m. Sunday to a home on the 3700 block of Clanton Road. When they arrived, the inside appeared to be raided with drawers and closets opened.

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4 flat-screens stolen from south Augusta home

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:39pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a weekend burglary in which a south Augusta home was ransacked and about $3,000 worth of electronics was stolen, including four flat-screen televisions and a video game system, according to a police report filed Monday.

Deputies were called about 3:10 p.m. Sunday to a home on the 3700 block of Clanton Road. When they arrived, the inside appeared to be raided with drawers and closets opened.

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ATV stolen near airport

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:36pm

 

An all-terrain vehicle valued at $8,000 was stolen from property near the Savannah River and Augusta Regional Airport, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called about noon Sunday to the 2000 block of Lock and Dam Road, where a 26-year-old Augusta man said his 2010 Polaris four-wheeler was stolen.

The man told police he left the vehicle on the property about 9 p.m. May 14.

Deputies issued the man a case number and gave the owner a victim’s assistance card.

ATV stolen near airport

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:36pm

 

An all-terrain vehicle valued at $8,000 was stolen from property near the Savannah River and Augusta Regional Airport, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called about noon Sunday to the 2000 block of Lock and Dam Road, where a 26-year-old Augusta man said his 2010 Polaris four-wheeler was stolen.

The man told police he left the vehicle on the property about 9 p.m. May 14.

Deputies issued the man a case number and gave the owner a victim’s assistance card.

Park Service now looks at Civil War Reconstruction sites

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:11pm

 

 

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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Park Service now looks at Civil War Reconstruction sites

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:11pm

 

 

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

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:58pm

 

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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Memorial Day observed in Augusta

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:58pm

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 Nixon negotiated for their release.

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SC plane crash kills real estate exec

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:43pm

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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