Stories by Johnny Edwards

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010

History shows focus on paperwork, not price

While strict adherence to paperwork requirements has often been a priority for the city's Procurement Department, price hasn't.
By Johnny Edwards and Sandy Hodson

Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

Wheeler says plan won't hurt Augusta charities

The head of Augusta's Housing and Community Development Department says charities won't suffer under his plan to make up for a federal regulatory violation by slashing into a pot of grant money ...
By Johnny Edwards

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

Brothers ordered out of 223 Eve St.

Two men still living in the condemned house at 223 Eve St. in Harrisburg must leave by Tuesday or face incarceration.
By Johnny Edwards

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010

Charities may lose $300,000

The federal government again wants money back from Augusta because an agency involved in inner-city revitalization overstepped U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.
By Johnny Edwards and Sandy Hodson

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Landlord says family must leave

A Harrisburg family found living in squalor last week is being ordered out of their house not only by the city but also by their landlord, who says they owe a partial month's rent.
By Johnny Edwards

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Family remains in 'unfit' Harrisburg house

A week ago, code enforcement found a family living in filth in the rental house at 223 Eve St. and condemned it for occupancy, but it was hard to tell that on Monday.
By Johnny Edwards

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Inspectors find squalor in home

City inspectors find Harrisburg family living without power or water service in Eve Street home and say it must be vacated this week.
By Johnny Edwards

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

No Commission action on 'Patch'

The fate of "The Patch" hinges on a Scottish businessman's bid protest pending with the city's Procurement Department, as commissioners couldn't muster the votes to take any action Tuesday.
By Johnny Edwards

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010

'Patch' bidders call rejection 'ridiculous'

Questions are being raised again about the fairness of Augusta's procurement process after the city rejected its only offer to privately operate the municipal golf course because the company lacks ...
By Johnny Edwards

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Program helps find homes for dogs

13-week-old Catahoula leopard dog Mia can't hear, but she can fly, thanks to an online community that links rescued dogs to dog lovers by way of the friendly skies.
By Johnny Edwards

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

War toll is heaviest in poor, rural areas

Rodricka Youmans got tired of borrowing money from his father. It hurt his pride. He faced the harsh reality that in this rural community, career opportunities are limited. So he joined the Marine ...
By Johnny Edwards

Saturday, Aug 21, 2010

Liens aim to collect back taxes

It's almost time for Augusta's 2010 bills to go out, and a state legislator and a school board member are just now settling last year's balances due.
By Johnny Edwards

Friday, Aug 20, 2010

Sadness, anger linger years after death

ALLENDALE, S.C. --- Manderlene Youmans used to go to her son's grave every few days and sit in silence. She wouldn't say anything. She would just stare at the tombstone, said her husband, Johnnie.
By Johnny Edwards

22-year-old's 'journey' was cut short

ALLENDALE, S.C. -- There's a framed photo that sits on a coffee table in the Youmans home on Mill Street. It's not the best picture the family has of Marine Lance Cpl. Rodricka A. Youmans, but it ...
By Johnny Edwards

DeFrenn Profile

BARNWELL, S.C. -- The theme of self-sacrifice played heavily in Chief Warrant Officer Jason DeFrenn's eulogy.
By Johnny Edwards

Soldier's death haunts father

Something that haunts Garth DeFrenn about his son's death is how close he came to talking him out of going back to Iraq.
By Johnny Edwards

First area man to die in Iraq loved military

BARNWELL, S.C. --- When Staff Sgt. George E. Buggs III became the first South Carolinian to die in the Iraq war, the picture of him seen across the country showed him at graduation. But Buggs ...
By Johnny Edwards

Widow, son wonder why soldier died

BARNWELL, S.C. --- As a child, Guy Buggs had a father who doted on him, coming home from Fort Stewart every Thursday and spending four straight days with him. Then, when he was 12, his father was ...
By Johnny Edwards

Smith chose Army, worried about Iraq

MARTIN, S.C. -- Orenthial Smith had a bad feeling about Iraq. He didn't let on to his mother, but he confessed it to his friend and mentor, McKinley Neal.
By Johnny Edwards

Family not convinced war was justified

MARTIN, S.C. --- When the people in Army uniforms came to tell her, Iratean Smith screamed before they could say anything.
By Johnny Edwards

Top headlines

Commission rejects tax jump

Seven commissioners nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
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