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NASCAR's Tony Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:59am

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Authorities say NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York.

A video of the crash Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park showed driver Kevin Ward Jr. stepping toward Stewart's car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Department would not identify the driver but said he was pronounced dead on arrival Saturday night at a hospital in Canandaigua.

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Witness: Tony Stewart hits driver at NY dirt track

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:59am

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Witnesses say NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck another driver at a New York dirt track Saturday, a year after he was involved in another crash that left a young woman dead.

Authorities say they are investigating the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park but gave no details early Sunday. A spokeswoman for Thompson Health said the hospital was treating one patient involved in the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, but would not identify the patient or give a condition or injury details.

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Nationals score 3 runs in 11th, beat Braves 4-1

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 2:41am

ATLANTA — Wilson Ramos' bases-loaded single sparked Washington's three-run 11th inning, and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.

The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn't recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.

Anthony Rendon and Adam LaRoche led off the 11th with singles against David Carpenter (4-2). After Bravesleft fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch of Ian Desmond's liner, James Russell walked Bryce Harper to load the bases.

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Family reunion brings together centenarians, siblings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:18am


For Eddie Williams, family reunions are a time for relatives near and far to come together, kick back and share memories of the “good old days.” Few other families can claim to have four members with nearly 400 years of memories at such gatherings.

On Saturday, family from as far north as New York and as far south as Florida gathered at Williams’ humble Heph­zibah home for this year’s celebration.

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Kroc Center hasn't spurred hoped for Harrisburg revitalization, some say

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:28pm


When the sprawling, $100 million Kroc Center opened in Harrisburg three years ago just blocks from Chris Howard’s appliance store, he braced for the drastic change widely predicted for the struggling neighborhood.

The thought was the 100,000-square-foot recreational facility would prompt crime to drop, new residents to move in and businesses to open shop as thousands of members flocked to use the amenities.

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Event organizer upset forfeited guns aren't destroyed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:18pm

Niki Watson collected 40 guns at last year’s Gun Buyback Day thinking she would never see them again.

A little more than two months later, those guns were put on the auction block.

For the first two years that Watson held the buyback, the unwanted firearms were turned over to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. She said the goal was to rid the streets of those guns forever by having them destroyed.

But they weren’t.

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Honoring surivors of breast cancer

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:50pm


Breast cancer has touched thousands of families across the Augusta area. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, The Au­gus­ta Chronicle will be featuring portraits of local survivors of breast cancer.

If you would like to become one of the Chronicle’s “Faces of Survival” for 2014, go to or mail your story, with your contact information, to Tom Corwin, The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

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Fire shuts down Peach Orchard Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:49pm

A blaze at a Peach Or­chard Road auto shop shut down traffic for more than an hour Saturday as firefighters worked to douse the flames.

The Au­gus­ta Fire Depart­ment was called to the fire at Estil’s Foreign Car Service at 3744 Peach Orchard Road about 4:30 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Firefighters were able to control the burn immediately.

The building’s charred interior was visible from the road, as were three vehicles on the shop floor, and bits of metal siding shriveled loose while firefighters rolled their hoses back into the fire trucks.

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Superintendent finalist comes from troubled system

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:49pm

Angela Pringle, the finalist for Richmond County superintendent, says her experience will transfer well to Au­gusta’s schools but won’t say how or what skills she has that will change the system for the better.

Richmond County Board of Education members picked her as the sole finalist but won’t discuss why they feel she’s the best candidate, citing legal complications.

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Fort Gordon soldier found dead

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:47pm


A Fort Gordon soldier was found dead Friday night after going missing during land navigation training in the post’s training area.

According to a statement released Saturday by the post, the cause of the death is under investigation.

More than 90 soldiers and the post’s Directorate of Emergency Services were involved in a search for the soldier after he didn’t arrive at a designated location Friday afternoon. His body was located at about 10 p.m., the statement said.

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Feds sue Savannah hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:02pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The federal government on Friday sued Memorial Health Inc. and others for what it said were false and fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement based on prohibited referrals by physicians whose financial relationships violated the law.

The action filed in U.S. District Court at Savannah, cites the False Claims Act and laws designed to curb overbilling for Medicare services by physicians who refer patients to facilities in which they have a financial interest.

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USC president gets raise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:54am

COLUMBIA — The president of the University of South Carolina is getting a raise and his total compensation could top $1 million in three years.

The State newspaper reports the university trustees recommended on Friday that the USC Foundation increase the portion of Harris Pastides’ compensation that comes from private foundation funds to about $504,000 a year. That’s an almost $109,000 increase.

His state base salary of almost $290,000 remains the same.

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Georgia roads: Bad, getting worse

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:42am

ATLANTA -- Most motorists can see that the grass along Georgia’s highways stays pretty shaggy and rush-hour congestion is getting worse. Rough pavement and potholes are visible enough, too.

So when state transportation officials and business groups say there is a need for road improvements, it isn’t hard to be convincing. And that’s even with the less obvious needs like the 16 percent of Interstates falling below state maintenance standards or the 11 percent of state-owned bridges due for major rehabilitation.

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