Augusta mayor candidate Alvin Mason said he is against the special purpose local option sales tax because it goes against what the state law recommends for the package.

Mason says commission experience would be asset 

Two-term Commissioner Alvin Mason touts his experience on the sometimes-fractured Augusta Commission as an asset, not a liability, that he'll bring into the mayor's office if elected May 20.
By Susan McCord

Expensive Columbia County homes for sale

Here are homes for sale, gleaned from AugustaRealEstate.com on April 18, that are in Columbia County neighborhoods.

Unity preached by candidates

Everybody who’s ever run for mayor in Au­gusta has promised to unite the city, and this year’s candidates are no exception.

Pardon our mess

Help us make our area a better place to live by pointing out the things you see that need to be fixed in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties. 

The Ranch Davidians

We don’t know who’s right in the case of the Nevada rancher vs. the government. But we do know that the government is losing the public relations battle.

Slideshow: Columbia County bookings April 7-14

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center April 7-14.

Kirby's Augusta

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Latest crime data map

A total of 156 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office during the past week.  

Meth use on rise in Richmond County

Production of meth, a highly addictive drug made from household cold medicine, batteries, drain cleaner, brake fluid and other harmful chemicals, increased in recent years when the shake-and-bake or one-pot methods became popular.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Murder case shows domestic violence danger

In a very tragic sense, 22-year-old Tiffany Salter became a classic example of domestic violence.
By Sandy Hodson

Editorial: A bridge to our past

City officials are moving smartly to use $1.5 million in new "T-SPLOST" monies to give the bridge an extreme makeover.

Unions back drilling boom

PITTSBURGH - After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some trade workers and union members say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil ...