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Memorial Day observed in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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SC plane crash kills real estate exec

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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Man shoots car passenger on SC interstate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:39pm

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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Man shoots car passenger on SC interstate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 2:39pm

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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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Clutch final par gives Chris Kirk win at Colonial, denies Jordan Spieth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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Juan's World! Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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Montoya wins Indy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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.

1 dead in single-vehicle accident

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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November death due to drug use, coroner says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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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Second person charged in 2012 slaying of Wackenhut guard

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - 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.

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