Travis Highfield

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Area millennials talk about their role in nation's future

The Augusta Chronicle asked some millennials in the Augusta area what role their generation should play in shaping America. The consensus was that they should embrace their responsibility in ...
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Candidates for District 24 tout different backgrounds, similar views

The candidates for the Georgia Senate District 24, the Augusta area's most contested, say they each bring something unique to the table.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stone takes on challenger in Senate District 23 race

State Sen. Jesse Stone says how the state funds education would be among the first issues he'd tackle in Atlanta, while challenger Stephen Hammond said his focus would be on religious freedom.
By Travis Highfield

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Columbia Industrial Boulevard to close for construction

For the first time on Thursday, motorists will be able to use a newly constructed portion of River Watch Parkway from Washington Road to Connor Drive.
By Travis Highfield

Driver found at fault for hitting child on bicycle

A woman whose vehicle hit a child riding a bicycle Monday was found to be at fault for driving while distracted, deputies say.
By Travis Highfield

Authorities not sure whether Cooney Circle shootings are related

A shooting was reported on Cooney Circle nearly 12 hours before a 29-year-old man was found dead of a gunshot wound behind an apartment complex Sunday.
By Travis Highfield

Shooting reported on Massoit Court

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is seeking two men who they say wounded an Augusta man in a drive-by shooting Monday.
By Travis Highfield

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Area's many road projects will pay off, officials say

There are 30 road construction projects underway in Richmond and Columbia counties, with an additional 28 projects considered to be in the design phase.
By Travis Highfield

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pay raise requested for some Columbia County positions

Commissioners on Tuesday learned that some county positions currently pay slightly less than their counterparts in benchmark counties throughout the Southeast.
By Travis Highfield

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Woman's 1991 suffocation, stabbing remains unsolved

Juanita Johnson, 80, was found dead in her home Sept. 17, 1991 - two days after her birthday - after her family told police they hadn't heard from her.
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, May 7, 2016

County commission chairman alone in seeking reimbursements

An analysis of expenses claimed by Columbia County commissioners so far this year found that Chairman Ron Cross was the only one to have filed for reimbursement for costs incurred while serving in ...
By Travis Highfield

Friday, May 6, 2016

Residential building permits slow in Columbia County

New commercial construction permits issued in Columbia County are up through the first four months of the year while new residential permits have lagged compared to the same period last year.
By Travis Highfield

Complaints of brown water in Hephzibah area

The Augusta Utilities Department is investigating complaints of brown water on Davis Mill Road off Willis Foreman Road after receiving two complaints, Director Tom Wiedmeier said Friday.
By Travis Highfield

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

No tax increase in Columbia County budget proposal

Columbia County commissioners commended staffers on Tuesday for presenting a proposed budget that is both balanced and avoids property tax increases for at least the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
By Travis Highfield

Monday, May 2, 2016

Candidates discuss issues at forum

Candidates running for Geor­gia House District 123 and Senate District 24 took part in a panel discussion Mon­day that was preceded by a meet-and-greet and statements from four others ...
By Travis Highfield

Columbia County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

The Columbia County Commis­sion will hold a public hearing on its 2016-17 fiscal year budget Tuesday, and Internal Services Director Leanne Reece said she expects little to change moving forward.
By Travis Highfield

Friday, April 29, 2016

Stop work order lifted at Columbia County development

Officials lifted a stop work order at the Magnolia Valley Plantation development after a site inspection found that proper erosion control measures were in place.
By Travis Highfield

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sheriff's office releases Appling shooting tapes

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week's shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.
By Travis Highfield

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Couple's 1977 deaths unsolved

More than 38 years ago, Grover Cleveland and Gwendolyn Sailors were found slain in their Tamarack Drive home near Interstate 20. Both had been shot four times.
By Travis Highfield

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Grovetown aspires to build downtown

Grovetown aspires to create the "downtown" look and feel through its 2012 urban redevelopment plan and a 2014 building ordinance. It has also become more aggressive in cleaning up its image ...
By Travis Highfield
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Crash kills Augusta man, 57
The coroner says an autopsy is planned, possibly Friday, into the death of an Augusta man killed Wednesday night in a single-car accident.