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Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Former DA responds to criticism after NAACP bans Smith

In his letter to the state NAACP president, Danny Craig did not explain why charges were never pursued against former Josey band director Charles Smith, but said the ivestigator was diligent in ...
By Tracey McManus

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

NAACP removes Augusta chapter president

The Georgia NAACP removed Charles Smith as president of the Augusta NAACP branch Sunday evening, according to state president Francys Johnson.
By Tracey McManus

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Educator misconduct an unwanted reality

Since 2000, more than 240 teachers in Georgia have had their certifications revoked due to inappropriate relationships, sexual harassment or committing a sexual act with students, including two ...
By Tracey McManus

Smith's accusers say trauma from school days lingers

Ebony Harvey said the harassment she faced shaped her into an adult who rarely trusts others. Linda Martin said she suffered years of post-traumatic stress disorder. Both accused their band ...
By Tracey McManus

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Group reviews past allegations against NAACP chapter's leader

With testimony from more than 20 students, and after two girls took and passed polygraph tests, Charles Smith was never criminally charged. He was allowed to retire quietly, avoid prosecution, and ...
By Tracey McManus

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Cain seeks new term on Board of Education

After eight years on the Board of Education, Venus Cain said her work serving students and educators is not over yet.
By Tracey McManus

Animal services board members resign

Five of the 10 Augusta Animal Services advisory board members resigned in the last two days after months of frustration over a high euthanasia rate and what they call the shelter director?s lack ...
By Tracey McManus

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Swanagan says he will enact changes if elected to BOE

James Swanagan is challenging three-term incumbent Venus Cain for the Board of Education District 9 seat in the Nov. 4 election.
By Tracey McManus

Top school administrators leaving

Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey said he is retiring Oct. 31 after a 33-year career in Richmond County. Chief Human Resources Officer Norman Hill also submitted his resignation effective Nov. 5.
By Tracey McManus

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Animal shelter to host event Saturday

Augusta Animal Services will host its second annual Family Fun Day Saturday to help get dogs and cats out of the shelter and into homes.
By Tracey McManus

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Animal shelter director nixes adoption coordinator

The first time the issue went before the commission, Sharon Broady said she was withdrawing the request because she restructured her current staff's duties and pay instead.
By Tracey McManus

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Animal rescuers trying to save obese dog

At 76.5 pounds the jack russell mix is not just overweight but morbidly obese, nearly three times her ideal body weight. She can't walk more than five steps without lying down, and rolling on her ...
By Tracey McManus

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Augusta Animal Services policy changes deferred

The Augusta Commission's public safety committee on Monday deferred four policy changes for Augusta Animal Services to be decided by the full commission Oct. 7.
By Tracey McManus

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Teacher evaluations to have consequences

For years growing up, Lee Benedict hated the best teacher he’d ever have. His high school teacher and principal, Michael J. Spear, was demanding and never let his students settle for mediocrity.
By Tracey McManus

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Many black colleges struggling

Although Paine has struggled with its own failures over the past several years, HBCUs across the nation are dealing with some of the same troubles that are threatening their missions and existence.
By Tracey McManus

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Proposed ordinances could help disrupt dogfighting

Augusta Animal Services board members hope proposed ordinances going before the commission this month not only promote animal welfare but work to curb the brutality of dogfighting.
By Tracey McManus

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Paine president resigns

George C. Bradley resigned as president of the embattled Paine College as the institution continues efforts to maintain its accreditation after years of fiscal instability.
By Tracey McManus

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Atlanta Gas Light to address lingering contamination

More than 20 years after a major environmental cleanup was launched to clean up the ground surrounding a former manufactured gas plant, Atlanta Gas Light is preparing to address lingering ...
By Tracey McManus

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Paine committee talks about plans to address school's problems

Committee Chairman Michael Thurmond, a former Georgia Labor Secretary, said policies are being strengthened and finances are being scrutinized in order to remove Paine from probation from its ...
By Tracey McManus

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Georgia schools still in funding squeeze

School districts across Georgia are in the midst of another bleak year of furlough days, high class sizes and underfunded classrooms despite a slight restoration.
By Tracey McManus

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Smith case referred to Attorney General's office

A state probe into allegations former Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith moonlighted for a hospitality company while drawing his Georgia State Patrol salary will be reviewed by the state attorney ...
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