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Savannah pedestrian killed by car

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 8:17am

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Police in Savannah are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a car.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say 59-year-old Cynthia Denise Bridges was hit by the car on Abercorn Street late Saturday night. She was later pronounced dead at Memorial University Medical Center.

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Dock crash kills SC man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 8:15am

INMAN, S.C. — A Spartanburg man has died after the personal watercraft he was operating crashed into a dock on Lake Bowen.

The Spartanburg County coroner’s office said 43-year-old James Prescott Hartell died at the scene around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Department of Natural Resources and the coroner’s office are investigating the crash near Interstate 26.

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Schaeffner, Coastal Carolina win Jaguar Intercollegiate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:47pm


Lena Schaeffner used a “wake-up call” early in the final round to bounce back in a big way.

The Coastal Carolina junior posted four birdies on the final seven holes for 3-under-par 68 on Sunday to win the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate by one shot at Forest Hills Golf Club.

With Schaeffner and Malene Krolboll Hansen finishing first and second, the Chanticleers claimed the team title by six shots over Kennesaw State and Furman. Coastal Carolina, the 36-hole leader, closed with 4-over-par 288 to finish with an 867 total.

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Runners complete journey to raise money, awareness for Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion, Fisher House

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:55pm

Four days of discomfort is well worth the effort when it comes to raising money for the Fort Gordon Warrior Tran­sition Battalion and the post’s Fisher House, Ray Miller said.

Without the money, wounded soldiers might endure a lifetime of pain.

On Sunday, Miller and a team of six other runners from Jenkins and Screven counties completed a 270-mile relay-style run from Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga., to Fort Gordon. The run, held for a third year, raised money to help both organizations continue their missions.

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Augusta VA program helps reduce travel reimbursements

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:56pm

When Andrew Mumford moved back to Grovetown from California last year, he had trouble keeping doctors’ appointments, attending mental-health sessions and filling prescriptions at Augusta’s Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He and his wife had no car and their daughter moved to the Washington area after their son-in-law, who is in the Navy, was reassigned.

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Georgia lands NCAA tournament spot, will play Michigan State in Charlotte

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:46pm

A year ago Mark Fox couldn’t have envisioned exactly what his Georgia men’s basketball team would have to go through to get there, but he saw a seasoned roster that had the makeup to reach the NCAA tournament.

That became reality on Sunday night when the Bulldogs earned an at-large bid as a No. 10 seed.

Georgia will play No. 7 seed Michigan State Friday in Charlotte as part of the East Region.

The winner will get a Sunday matchup against No. 2 Virginia or No. 15 Belmont.

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Man dies in motorcycle crash on Peach Orchard Road

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:32pm


A 38-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon after losing control of his motorcycle on Peach Orchard Road, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Rodricqus Antonio Scott, of Augusta, was traveling south near Cir­cular Drive at 3:07 p.m. when he lost control, striking a curb on the southbound side, according to a statement from the coroner’s office. He was taken to Georgia Re­gents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m. from multiple blunt force trauma.

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Jordan Spieth beats Patrick Reed, Sean O'Hair in playoff

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:22pm


PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Some of the best short-game shots Jordan Spieth has hit in his young career have been on the final two holes on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.

Two years ago, it paved the way for him to get his PGA Tour card as a teenager.

He came full circle Sun­day by making two improbable par saves to get into a playoff, and then winning the Valspar Championship on the third extra hole by making a 30-foot birdie putt to beat Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair.

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Pardon Our Mess: Fallen tree blocks fairway on North Augusta disc golf course

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:21pm

WHERE: The No. 6 fairway at the Riverview Park Disc Golf Course in North Augusta

WHAT: A fallen tree near the construction site of a new raw water reservoir blocks the fairway and a path leading to the next hole.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department

ACTION PROMISED: Department Director Rick Meyer said he will send a crew to examine the site today to determine a plan of action.

Kentucky leads the way with top spot in March Madness

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:20pm


Kentucky’s chasing history, trying to become the first undefeated champion in March Madness since Indiana in 1976.

The Wildcats are seeded first overall in the tournament and tops in the Midwest Region, in search of six more wins for a perfect season.

The other No. 1 seeds are Villanova in the East, Duke in the South and Wisconsin in the West. The Badgers (31-3) secured the first top seed in program history after overcoming an 11-point deficit Sunday against Michigan State to win 80-69 in overtime.

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Harvick makes it four wins in a row at Phoenix

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:04pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR’s highest level.

The defending NASCAR champion won his fourth consecutive race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday with yet another rout of the field. His 42 other competitors knew this was Harvick’s race to win, and he made it look easy.

Harvick has won five of the past six races at Phoenix and a record seven overall.

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Sister wants answers in fatal 2012 hit-and-run

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 5:23pm


As each year passes, Glennis Davis feels the death of her brother continues to be overlooked.

Adrian L. Gardenhire, 53, of Hephzibah, died July 14, 2012, after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in the 4300 block of Deans Bridge Road.

The vehicle left the scene, and a suspect has yet to be found.

“All I want is closure,” Davis said. “I want answers and I feel like I’m the only one who’s been looking for them. It’s frustrating because I know this wasn’t a normal hit-and-run.”

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Buster Boshears Jr. will be third member of aviation family inducted into hall of fame

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 3:48pm

The third member of the Boshears family – early champions of aviation in Augusta – will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in April.

Willis M. “Buster” Boshears Jr. was selected for the hall of fame at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. He will be inducted on April 18, joining his father, Willis “Buster” Boshears, and uncle, Forrest E. Boshears who were installed in 2000.

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Man, 20, charged in Ferguson cop shootings

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 3:04pm

CLAYTON, Mo. — Authorities say a 20-year-old man who had been out at Thursday’s protest is charged in the shootings of two St. Louis area officers.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, among other things.

McCulloch also said Williams told police he fired the shots at someone other than the police officers.

He said Williams used a 40mm handgun, which matches the shell casings at the scene.

Williams is being held at St. Louis County Jail.

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