Susan McCord

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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Union says it warned fire chief about trucks

The Augusta Professional Firefighters Association claims members warned Fire Chief Chris James years ago about the purchase of eight KME "prototype" fire trucks costing $6 million that now require ...
By Susan McCord

Director's firing urged over raises

Commissioner Marion Williams has called for John­son's firing at Tuesday's commission meeting. Johnson has come under fire for pay raises he and others in his department received that weren't ...
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Utilities officials criticized for handling of boil-water advisory

Augusta's utilities director is taking heat for being slow to notify the public of a boil-water advisory that inconvenienced tens of thousands and shut the school system for two days.
By Susan McCord

Masters event has no honoree

Organizers haven't been able to find a golf professional to honor at this year's Mayor's Masters Recep­tion, according to Wayne Hawkins, the chairman of the event committee.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Water problems may not be resolved until midday Thursday

Many residents will not know until midday Thursday whether city water is safe to drink, after a problem at a water plant prompted the school system to close for at least two days and disrupted ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Documents claim authorization but lack signature for unexplained raise

Augusta commissioners viewed forms Tuesday submitted by Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson that got Johnson a large pay increase last year without their knowledge.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Officials set to extend contract with Sentinel

Despite a history of civil rights lawsuits and the back-end expense of jailing probationers for unpaid probation fees, the Augusta Commission is poised to extend a contract with Sentinel Offender ...
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Pardon our mess: Lot at 825 Fenwick St.

Deep ruts and puddles score a vacant lot many people use for parking near the judicial center.
By Susan McCord

Raises for some city employees still unexplained

Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson and nine other landfill staffers received hefty raises never presented to the commission.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Walker announces run for State Court

Announcing her first run for elected office, Monique Walker said she "could not be more excited or more prepared for this role" after a 20-year career in law and business.
By Susan McCord

Fire chief takes new job in South Carolina

Former Deputy City Ad­min­istrator Bill Shanahan, now York County’s manager, said Augusta Fire Chief Chris James will begin work next month as deputy manager in York, a suburb of ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Commission OKs animal ordinance

A $10 fee for owners who don't spay or neuter their pets will go into effect next year in Augusta, along with other changes.
By Susan McCord

Commission still struggling to revise animal ordinance

The Augusta Commission takes up the city's revised animal services ordinance at a Tuesday meeting.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Nurse joins race for Georgia House

Lori Swim Greenhill made a name for herself last year speaking out on behalf of homeowners affected by construction of the River Watch Parkway extension into Columbia County.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Talks not focused on city gift, Jackson says

Recent talks between city officials and cash-strapped Paine College aren't focused on assisting the school by handing over local tax money, City Administrator Jan­ice Allen Jackson said after ...
By Susan McCord

City inquiry into director's pay raise continues

Environmental Services Di­rector Mark Johnson has been under investigation for a week as city officials try to determine why his paycheck rose by $15,863 last year.
By Susan McCord

Boshears Fly-in faces changes

Boshears Skyfest is going back to its roots as a fly-in after the Federal Aviation Administration denied Daniel Field Airport a waiver to host aerobatics.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Augusta airports question cost, benefits of city's stormwater fee

Daniel Field is wondering how it will afford its monthly assessment of $2,176, and an airport official says the city hasn't guaranteed it will provide services worth that amount.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Longtime city employee sues to get job title back

Former assessors board member Bill Lockett said Chief Deputy Appraiser Donna Murray had become "untouchable."
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Augusta committee refers animal ordinance revisions to full commission

An Augusta committee divided over what to include in the city's new animal ordinance on Tuesday punted the document to the full commission instead.
By Susan McCord
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Hot water over muddy water issue

The local government has been focused on muddy water, hot water and fire trucks that leak water all week leading up to Valentine’s Day.
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