Susan McCord

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Copenhaver avoided controversy for nine years

As he leaves office after nine years, Mayor Deke Copenhaver said his ability to stay out of controversy was an asset to Augusta, while critics called it his biggest weakness.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Hospitality deal cost Smith his commission seat

The other shoe has yet to drop in a scandal that led to the September resignation of Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

City utilities program could offer sewer service to thousands

Thousands of city water customers dependent upon septic tanks but living within 100 feet of a sewer line could get the opportunity to connect under a developing program by Augusta Utilities ...
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Mayor's race historic, controversial

Hardie Davis is still waiting to take office after winning a mayoral race that featured no white candidates and saw one of his opponents drop out the day before the election.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Mayor-elect website goes live, announces inaugural events

The site, OneAugustaGa.com, provides information about the events, which begin with a "Hands Across Augusta" day of community service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he's out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith's term.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Hyde Park residents get relocation funding

The Augusta Commission voted 10-0 to use $2.8 million in sales taxes specifically for the Hyde Park relocation effort.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Hyde Park project back on commission agenda

A decades-old issue won't evade Augusta's outgoing mayor and three commissioners at the final meeting of 2014. The agenda features several items related to the beleaguered Hyde Park relocation ...
By Susan McCord

Judge pushes legalization of tolling of misdemeanors

Richmond County State Court Chief Judge Richard Slaby pressed Augusta legislators Monday to support a bill that would legalize "tolling" of misdemeanor sentences, something the Georgia Supreme ...
By Susan McCord

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Commission abandons audit plans for Hyde Park project

City commissioners abandoned plans to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta's Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire department.
By Susan McCord

Qualifying set for District 7 special election

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested election to complete resigned Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith's term has been set for Jan. 12-14.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities plan pulled from committee agenda

A $225,230 engineering and master plan for Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities has been pulled from the Public Services committee agenda because it conflicts with a $100,000 assessment ...
By Susan McCord

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Broader audit, more terminations sought

Other Augusta department heads might soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

12-year-old has passion for politics

Engaged young people are the future of politics and an ambitious 12-year-old from Grovetown is leading that charge, with an eye for now on the state capitol.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Augusta passes city budget

Weighing commission support for pricey budget adds and new fees, new City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson secured seven supporting votes to pass the 2015 city budget.
By Susan McCord

Augusta housing, community development director resigns

Chester Wheeler, who oversaw pricey consulting contracts for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment effort and relocation of Hyde Park residents, has resigned.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Augusta Commission looks to adopt 2015 budget

The Augusta Commission will reconvene a Nov. 18 meeting Tuesday in an effort to approve a budget before the start of the 2015 fiscal year Jan. 1.
By Susan McCord

Augusta ranks low in treatment of LGBT

Augusta ranks in the bottom 5 percent among American cities for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents - a characteristic unlikely to assist the push to build the city's ...
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Storm sewer collapse closing Walton Way lanes

The failure of 100-year-old clay pipe beneath Walton Way is another reason Augusta needs to implement a stormwater utility fee, the city's Engineering director said.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Bond issues often costly

Issuing municipal bonds and later refunding and reissuing them makes it easier for local governments to afford large projects and lower their interest payments. But each transaction comes at a price.
By Susan McCord
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City Ink: New board means more work for me

First Mayor-elect Hardie Davis will be sworn in, and the very next day the work will begin. Commissioners will meet and the gavel will fall. It will be a brand new day at City Hall.
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