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Monday, March 9, 2015

Second Smith probe details sexual language

Former Augusta commissioner and retired state trooper Donnie Smith used sexually-charged language and sent inappropriate text messages to subordinates, according to an investigative report.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pardon Our Mess: Debris in yard

A chained dog, junk car, old tires, tree limbs and litter surround a house owned by Commissioner Marion Williams.
By Susan McCord

Friday, March 6, 2015

Panel OKs project oversight rules

A new action plan will help Augusta's Urban Redevelopment Agency take "a more active role" in its oversight of millions in bond-funded construction projects.
By Susan McCord

Dogs kill city goats

The dogs apparently got into Mitchell Place subdivision retention pond by digging under a fence.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mayor declines to break commission tie

Augusta commissioners won't have to justify out-of-state travel after Mayor Hardie Davis declined to break a tie and indicate his stance on the issue.
By Susan McCord

Monday, March 2, 2015

2 commissioners want to let administrator hire, fire

Two Augusta commissioners want to streamline government operations by giving more responsibility to the city administrator.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cosby delivers comedy with no drama

Bill Cosby's performance in Augusta on Saturday night went on without interruption, with only one person protesting outside.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Legislators won't back Davis' power play

A local bill that would change Augusta's charter that consolidated the city and county in 1995 requires three House members and all three senators who represent areas of Augusta to move forward. 
By Susan McCord

Davis not first to seek added mayor power

Hardie Davis isn't the first Augusta mayor to seek additional power for the office.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Country rapper to play Masters Week event

In 2008, Ford released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, which included the singles "No Trash in My Trailer" and "Cold Beer."
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Davis pitches 'strong mayor' plan

Mayor Hardie Davis continued discourse Tuesday promoting a change to a strong mayor form of government before a receptive south Augusta audience.
By Susan McCord

Committee backs public sessions on stormwater fee

An Augusta Commission committee agreed Monday to hold "informational sessions" with the public on a draft stormwater fee program, then "establish the fee concrete" afterward.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Council to hear pension increase petition

Lester Newsome argues that the city’s oldest plan is in sufficient shape – with $6.4 million in assets and 22 living, mostly elderly members – to handle a small monthly increase.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

District 7 commission candidates lack legal baggage

A search of civil and criminal court and other records found little to concern voters about the three men seeking to complete Don­nie Smith's District 7 Augusta Commission term.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Davis seeks additions to mayoral powers

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has announced plans to increase the authority of the mayor's office to include a veto, hiring and firing of city department heads, budgeting and more.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

West Augusta residents meet with mayor for 'office hours'

A handful of west Augusta residents dropped by Mayor Hardie Davis' Thursday "office hours" event held at a new Washington Road deli.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Rain charge held for more discussion

A new stormwater fee and a personal travel policy will get a little more thought after the Augusta Commission referred both back to commission committees Tuesday.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Rain fee needs more public input: commissioners

While it remains on Tuesday's meeting agenda, Augusta commissioners say they plan to delay implementation of a new stormwater fee.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Commissioners' travel expenses can reach outside budget

While most commis­sion members took fewer taxpayer-funded trips during 2014, and some took none, the commission still easily spent its education and training budget and reached into other ...
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Commission nears consensus on stormwater fee

Residents appear destined for a new monthly fee to manage rainwater runoff after a majority of Augusta Commission members voiced approval for it Wednesday.
By Susan McCord
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Stormwater fee will pay people

While the city has presented maps of work requests and detention ponds and lists of unfunded projects, it has no firm details on how an estimated $15 million in new annual revenue will be spent. ...
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