Stories by Ben Bussard

Friday, July 9, 2010

Census gives jobless temporary work

Not many jobs come along once every 10 years, but the employees at the U.S. Census Bureau managed to find one.
By Ben Bussard

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Local Sonic teams could enter bowl finals

More than 2,600 Sonic locations nationwide have been competing in a knowledge bowl and the crews from Evans and Thomson are among 48 remaining, and they will compete again Tuesday.
By Ben Bussard

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fiery pipeline blast kills man

THOMSON --- An explosion from a ruptured propane gas line injured a McDuffie County commissioner, killed his 23-year-old son and sparked a fire Monday.
By Ben Bussard and Bianca Cain

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fireworks sales soar for Fourth

Fireworks sales are starting to heat up as people head to South Carolina to find the best bang for their buck.
By Ben Bussard

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Carolina gas prices stay lower than Georgia's

South Carolina currently has the cheapest gas prices in the country, with an average regular fuel price of $2.52 a gallon, according to AAA's data Tuesday.
By Ben Bussard

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fifth Street Bridge links people, environment

Turnout for Saturday's Hands Across the Fifth Street Bridge awareness event was higher than expected, according to the Augusta Sierra Club.
By Ben Bussard

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sellers see homes getting little interest

Bob and Joyce Ross are trying to move to Tennessee, but their Aumond Road home has attracted few potential buyers.
By Ben Bussard

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Career fair draws 1,600 job seekers

More than 1,500 job seekers filed into Augusta State University's Christenberry Fieldhouse on Thursday afternoon.
By Ben Bussard

Job fair draws hundreds to ASU campus

Hundreds flocked to ASU today to find work.
By Ben Bussard

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Workers reinvent themselves

"If I can do it, anyone can," says Ernest Childers, who went back to school at 57 after becoming one of millions of unemployed Americans.
By Ben Bussard and LaTina Emerson

AT&T nudges data users to new plans

AT&T will no longer offer unlimited Internet data plans on its smartphones, leaving many customers to wonder what their new options will be.
By Ben Bussard
Gay Pride Parade

Gay pride festival attracted thousands

A gay pride event at Augusta Common today attracted a diverse crowd.
By Ben Bussard

Friday, June 18, 2010

Retired business leaders offer strategy

Mike Burke, 80, has been a SCORE volunteer for 12 years and knows sometimes people don't like what he has to say about all the hard work that goes into starting a business.
By Ben Bussard

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Family tries to raise money for funeral

Family and friends of Clementina Michelle Hagin organized a car wash to raise $6,000 for her funeral.
By Ben Bussard

Friday, June 11, 2010

Auto shop goes green

One local auto repair shop is doing its part to protect the environment and is hoping that others follow its lead.
By Ben Bussard

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eagle arrives in Augusta

Flight 2987 from Dallas was 10 minutes behind schedule, but the welcoming committee didn't mind. American Eagle had landed.
By Ben Bussard and Tim Rausch

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Donated device to help stroke patients

The electronic rehabilitation device, valued at $6,000 new, was donated to Walton Rehabilitation Hospital by a stroke survivor who no longer needed it.
By Ben Bussard

Sunday, June 6, 2010

High heat is heading our way

A high-pressure system that has caused blazing heat Texas is heading for Augusta and will push the heat index into triple digits by week's end.
By Ben Bussard

Saturday, June 5, 2010

High school graduates celebrate in Aiken County

Silver Bluff, Midland Valley and Wagener-Salley students were among those throwing their caps in the air Friday.
By Ben Bussard
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1988 Graniteville slaying still unsolved
Aiken County police were certain Wendell Kenneth Gilbert's 1988 death was drug-related, but they never found his killer, who fled in a red Ford Mustang.