Logan Collier started smoking when he turned 18, a habit he picked up bumming Marlboro Reds and Camel Filters from friends in Augusta.
He continued for about a year, but not long after his freshman year in college, he tried an electronic cigarette, or e-cig, in search of a less dirty way to satisfy his nicotine cravings during work.
Although the experience was somewhat unsatisfying at first and sent him scrambling for a pack of Marlboro Reds, he gave the look-alike cigarette product a second shot.
Collier said he hasn’t smoked a tobacco cigarette since.
WHERE: U.S. Highway 1 South (Gordon Highway) at Broad Street
WHAT: A blue sign reads “Hospital Next Right,” directing traffic to turn right onto Walton Way toward the hospital district. However, there are two streets on the right between the sign and Walton Way - Watkins Street and Fenwick Street - and the sign’s location may cause confusion.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The Georgia Department of Transportation
Two months after an early morning fire gutted a Broad Street building, officials say they are still determining what to do with the brick shell it left behind.
The building, at 1162 Broad St. and owned by the Julian W. Osbon Partnership, now faces three potential fates, Code Enforcement Manager Pam Costabile said.
The first two options involve supporting the brick facades of the building with scaffolding or pole braces to save the exterior while crews demolish the interior. The third option is to level the entire structure, Costabile said.
Six Millen, Ga., men arrived at Fort Gordon on Sunday, completing a 300-mile cross-state run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House.
The journey, which began Thursday at Fort Benning, Ga., was conducted in a relay format, organizer Ray Miller said. Each of the men alternated between running three miles and riding in an escort vehicle for nine.
Miller said inspiration for the run came about three years ago, when he and a few colleagues toyed with the idea of running a relay from Millen to nearby Statesboro.
Two men wanted for the armed robbery and shooting of a man at Richmond Villa apartments last month have turned themselves in, police said Sunday.
Marquese Demario Parrish, of Kennedy Drive, and Darrell Fitzgerald Hill Jr., of Richwood Road, turned themselves into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center about 2:44 p.m. with their attorneys by their sides, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Neither man provided statements to police.
You weren’t going find Rita Weis with anything less than a bowl full of cabbage soup at the Empty Bowl Luncheon on Sunday.
The Augusta resident arrived early with a table full of guests to beat the crowd.
“I’m on my third bowl,” she said, pushing a stray meatball around her half-empty bowl. “I think I’ve just about had it.”
Weis was just one of about 600 people who piled into the Augusta Jewish Community Center on Sunday for the 13th annual Empty Bowl Luncheon, which benefits the center and Golden Harvest Food Bank.
Vivian Johnson acknowledges she would not have considered herself a good candidate to promote vegetarian eating.
Raised on meat-rich “traditional soul food Southern cooking” in a family with a history of heart disease and diabetes, she began taking blood pressure medication at age 18 and watched as four of her siblings developed diabetes. Even after her blood pressure got shockingly high and she was introduced to eating a plant-based diet, it didn’t take right away.
“I came into it kicking and screaming,” Johnson said. “I didn’t volunteer.”
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Georgia’s Russell Henley, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were the stories Sunday in the Honda Classic, each for entirely different reasons.
Henley rallied for victory at PGA National in a four-man sudden-death playoff with a birdie to earn his coveted invitation to next month’s Masters Tournament.
McIlroy self-destructed on the course, and Woods walked off it.
Henley, from Macon, Ga., hadn’t qualified for next month’s Masters after making his debut at Augusta National Golf Club last year.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick had a nice send-off with Richard Childress Racing, winning his penultimate race with the team at Phoenix International Raceway.
Back at Phoenix four months later, he stamped his arrival at Stewart-Haas Racing by winning the second race with his new team – doing it on the same weekend he celebrated his 13th wedding anniversary, no less.
Disappointed at the Daytona 500 after a last-lap crash, Harvick bounced back by charging to the front Sunday and dominating the rest of the way to win consecutive races at Phoenix with different teams.
ATLANTA -- Fourteen people are facing child porn and exploitation charges after an undercover investigation involving more than three dozen law enforcement agencies.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said in a release Sunday that the investigation, called "Operation Broken Heart" was focused on arresting people who use the Internet to solicit children for sex. Lang says the suspects ranged from 21 to 64 years old, and traveled from across northern Georgia with the intent of meeting a child for sex.
Candidate qualifying for 13 Augusta-Richmond County elected offices and numerous other local, state and federal offices begins Monday.
In Augusta, the doors open at 9 a.m. for candidates for mayor, five Augusta Commission seats, five Richmond County school board members and two state court judgeships to swear they are qualified to hold the office and pay a fee to be on the ballot, Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.
A snowstorm, followed by a few sunny days and then another snow and ice storm – this is a summary of the weather conditions in Georgia since late January.
But a University of Georgia climatologist says don’t be surprised if the polar vortex sends another snowstorm and a late frost before spring officially arrives.
The polar vortex is a large pocket of low pressure and cold, strong, upper-level winds that normally sits over the polar region during the winter season.
SUMTER, S.C. — If Augusta Christian head coach John Harris was pressed to come up with a motto to describe this year’s squad, it might be, “You’ve just got to believe.”
Entering the SCISA Class AAA state tournament as the upper fourth seed, the Lions defeated Wilson Hall, upset top seed Hammond and No. 2 Northwood before completing their improbable run to a state championship with a 59-53 victory over defending state champion Cardinal Newman on Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Augusta man early Saturday after they say he threatened to kill President Obama.
Neil Franklin Wilson, 68, of Greene Street, faces a felony charge of terroristic threats and acts after he told a woman he was going to “shoot President Obama,” according to Richmond County jail records.