Stories by Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Monday, March 16, 2015

Candidates' voting records analyzed

Three candidates seeking the District 7 commission post don't always go to the polls themselves.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Stone vows to halt judge bid if re-elected

In response to his opponent's demand he withdraw his bid to be appointed for Burke County State Court, Sen. Jesse Stone stated he will withdraw if re-elected to his senate seat.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013

Downtown ranks third in violent crime reports

An analysis of incident reports over a two-year-period showed that within the Central Business District, incidents of violent crime ranked third-highest among the sheriff's 48 response areas.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Heery's record under review

The Augusta Commission is set to sign off on another contract extension with Heery International, which has garnered $9.5 million in fees for its work involving tax-funded projects.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Southside leads club crime

During the past five years, while sheriff's deputies were summoned to 27 downtown clubs 227 times, officers responded to 312 other incidents - including three homicides - at 26 clubs in south Augusta.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hundreds of city workers received pay increases

Augusta department heads and elected officials, with the blessing of the city administrator, delivered about $2.67 million in pay raises to 816 city employees over the past 12 months.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012

City's top landlord behind on taxes

As Augusta continues to rent office space for city departments, it pays the highest amount per square foot for a building owned by a group that is behind on its taxes.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

City spends thousands in rent

An Augusta Chronicle analysis of city Finance Department records shows that Augusta will spend $660,470 on rented office space this year, with the majority going to three landlords.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012

Voting records of Augusta Commission, school board candidates examined

They want your vote in November, but 90 percent of the people seeking seats on the Augusta Commission and Richmond County Board of Education skipped voting at least once over the past decade.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Analysis: Many candidates skip voting

Most area politicians seeking office this year skipped voting in elections several times over the past 10 years, and a handful cast ballots on fewer than half the opportunities they had.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson

Sunday, April 15, 2012

HUD wants another refund from city

Once again, the federal government wants money back from Augusta because groups involved in neighborhood revitalization failed to meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson
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Heavy rain floods roads

Parts of Columbia County and Richmond County fell victim to flash floods Sunday after heavy rain hit the area.
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