U.S. Rep. John Barrow requested Tuesday that a congressional hearing be held at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta to help federal officials determine why three cancer patients died needlessly because of a lack of care in the hospital’s botched gastrointestinal program.
Barrow, D-Ga., submitted the request in a letter to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, a day after two veteran advocacy groups sought justice for the three patient deaths.
It’s going to be a cold Thanksgiving.
After a band of lingering showers moves out of Augusta to the northeast Wednesday morning, a cold front is expected to settle in for the weekend, said Chris Liscinsky, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s regional headquarters in West Columbia, S.C.
Liscinski said the weather will remain dry but cold through Sunday, with morning temperatures in the mid-20s and highs only reaching the upper 40s.
“It’s going to be chilly,” Liscinsky said. “Be sure to wear a coat while out shopping.”
The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up for its busiest time of year, full of holiday cards and greetings, an increase in online shipping and presents packaged up and sent to loved ones.
This year, the postal service estimates it will process 545 million pieces of mail every day through the holiday season. In total, nearly 15 billion pieces of mail will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
The busiest mailing day is Dec. 16, when more than 600 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed.
If William Banks never plays another down of football in his life, he’ll never forget his last play.
Neither will any fans of Georgia Southern.
On a third-and-2 in the waning minutes in one of the Southeastern Conference’s most intimidating venues, Banks broke loose for 53 yards against the Florida Gators to set up the go-ahead touchdown in an upset that will resonate as much as any of the Eagles’ six national championship wins.
Even the wet, cold weather couldn’t deter shoppers Tuesday from getting their turkeys and all the fixings for their Thanksgiving feasts.
Shoppers in Augusta said they were surprised to see the stores still extremely busy, considering the weather.
“It’s a bad day for shopping, but Kroger is doing a good job of keeping the shelves stocked,” Andrea Scott said as she hurriedly loaded bulging sacks of groceries into her trunk at Augusta’s Washington Road Kroger.
A Grovetown teen charged with sex with underage girls turned 17 on Monday and was transferred from a juvenile facility to the Columbia County Detention Center.
Leo Vassar Tanguay was arrested on June 21 and was held in the Regional Youth Detention Center after a judge refused to grant Tanguay a bond.
Tanguay was indicted on July 31 with four counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten confirmed that a Barnwell, S.C., surgeon found dead in Spirit Creek died as a result of manual strangulation and blunt-force injuries.
Dr. Charles Mann III, 60, who worked in Barnwell during the week and returned home to Kathleen, Ga., on the weekends, was last seen in Barnwell on Thursday. Police said his blue 2006 Honda Civic was found in a wooded area on Old Louisville Road on Friday and his body was later recovered at Spirit Creek at Willis Foreman Road.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — If you haven’t gotten pecans for the holidays, you had best get cracking.
Heavy rains earlier this year have put a big dent in South Carolina’s pecan crop, and, as demand increases, including from China, prices for the prized holiday nuts are likely to rise.
Perry Arant, whose OMC Feeds company shells the sweetmeats for small growers, says his storeroom should be bursting this time of year.
“We’ve hardly seen any nuts yet,” said Arant during a recent tour of his “Nut House” in Orangeburg.
Curtis Baptist has climbed the football ladder at an accelerated pace in coach Nathan Duffie’s three years with the program, and the top rung is now within reach.
The Crusaders face Robert Toombs Christian in the GISA Class A state championship game Saturday in Macon, Ga.
Duffie’s first two years with the Crusaders resulted in a combined 10 wins. They have already surpassed that total at 11-2 this season after wins over Fullington and Frederica in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The team is riding a 10-game winning streak into the title game.
Authorities have identified a Graniteville man as the pilot killed in a plane crash Monday night in Edgefield County, S.C.
Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the pilot was 56-year-old Richard Showalter. An autopsy is being conducted today.
Authorities said he was the sole occupant of the twin-engine Piper Aztec plane in the crash on Rachel Avenue near Twin Lakes Airport at Trenton, S.C.
Several homes lining the airstrip were hit but none was damaged.
Lou Brissie, the decorated World War II hero who overcame terrible combat injuries to become a major league baseball all-star, died Monday at the Augusta VA hospital. He was 89.
Although Brissies’s heroic achievement inspired scores of media articles over the years, along with a biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter Ira Berkow, it was the gracious way the longtime North Augustan lived his life after baseball that continued to generate respect and admiration in the community.
A man was in serious condition Monday night after being shot on Cooney Circle.
About 7:22 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Jennings Homes in the 1800 block of Cooney Circle, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were told that two men wearing masks approached the victim, whose name was withheld, and one of the suspects shot him three times.
The victim was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.
A North Charleston, S.C., man was arrested Monday after he was found driving a stolen vehicle.
Tony Joe Costner, 41, was charged with misdemeanor driving without a license and felony theft by receiving after he was caught driving a stolen 2014 Ford truck in Richmond County, according to jail records.
About 1:35 p.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies stopped Costner for speeding on Interstate 20, according to an incident report.
The outrage surrounding the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s botched gastrointestinal program reached the national stage Monday, with representatives from two veteran advocacy groups demanding justice for the three cancer patients who died needlessly because of the clinic’s lack of care.
A man was killed when a small airplane crashed Monday night in Edgefield County, authorities said.
Edgefield County Emergency Management Director Mike Casey said the man, whose name was withheld pending notifying the next of kin, was the only person aboard the plane, which crashed on Rachel Avenue near Twin Lakes Airport near Trenton, S.C.
The plane, a twin-engine Piper Aztec, left no debris field, Casey said, which could indicate it flew directly into a wooded area near the landing strip, rather than hitting the ground and sliding in.
A yearlong legal dispute between Augusta Fire Department and Augusta Regional Airport aired some dirty laundry Monday after Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith raised the issue in a committee meeting.
Fire Chief Chris James said he first determined that fire response was an issue at the airport during a routine alarm test more than a year ago. The call never reached Augusta 911, and instead showed up as a voicemail on the airport fire chief’s cellphone, James told commissioners at a Monday committee meeting.
Two Milledgeville, Ga., men were arrested and charged with transporting marijuana through Harlem early Monday.
About 9:45 a.m., a Harlem Department of Public Safety officer tried to stop a 2002 Honda Accord on Milledgeville Road (U.S. Highway 78/278). The driver, later identified as Thaddius Hall, 21, fled for more than a mile before stopping near the McDuffie County line, according to Chief Gary Jones.
Corporate attorneys at Yellow Cab of Augusta are reviewing an exclusive transportation contract the company has with Fort Gordon to see whether it can stop the city from expanding bus service to the Army post, an official said Monday.
It is unclear whether the one-year deal – which began April 1 and has a four-year option that can be extended by Fort Gordon at the end of March – applies only to taxi services.
If you’re driving to grandma’s house this Thanksgiving, it will cost you more and the trip might be a wet one.
Prices at the gas pump have jumped in recent days, just in time for Thursday’s holiday. The highways, though wet, are not expected to be as busy.
“AAA projects a slight decrease in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year as a result of weakened consumer sentiment tied to economic uncertainty and the government shutdown,” said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for the auto club.
A 24-year-old cadet at Augusta State Medical Prison has been charged after authorities said they discovered she was trying to supply inmates with methamphetamine and marijuana. According to a news release, Lucretia Nicole Davis was in the control room with another cadet and an officer on Thursday when the officer noticed an item on the floor.
Davis picked up the item and threw it into the garbage, saying it was a roach. The officer became suspicious, however. Investigators were called in, the release stated, and a field test found evidence of methamphetamine.