Stories by Walter Jones

Monday, April 4, 2016

First Lady to visit Burke County Middle School

Michelle Obama brings her American Garden Tour to Waynesboro on Thursday morning where she will join students who are planting a garden at Burke County Middle School.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

State panel to review Vogtle costs

ATLANTA - Electricity customers and the public will get a detailed look at what's to blame for cost overruns in the construction of two nuclear reactors.
By Walter Jones

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Georgia road-funding bill signed

Gasoline tax will rise 6 cents, and hotel tax will jump $5 a night.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Benefits of Ga. factory jobs touted

ATHENS, Ga. -- The manager of one of Georgia's newest, large manufacturers told state lawmakers there is a need to convince students that factory jobs are attractive.
By Walter Jones

Tax hikes looms to fix Georgia roads

ATHENS, Ga. -- State leaders hinted at a tax increase to find funding for Georgia Highway repairs.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Perdue bests Nunn in Senate contest

ATLANTA --David Perdue captured a majority to win Georgia's Senate seat Tuesday, keeping it in Republican hands and adding to his party's power in the U.S. Senate.
By Walter Jones

Deal coasts to election victory

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan soundly defeated Democratic challenger Jason Carter who was considered a rising star on a path to follow his grandfather to national office.
By Walter Jones

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Wider I-20 bridge planned over river

Plans call for widening the bridge to three traffic lanes in each direction as well as adding a little elbow room to each of the lanes. There were 26 crashes with 23 injuries and a single fatality ...
By Walter Jones

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Editorial: State commission in crisis

Most ethics reforms come as a political response to scandal. By that measure, there may have been ample scandal to bring significant reforms.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First Bank in Augusta part of Atlanta Bank merger deal

ATLANTA  -- One of Augusta's largest local banks announced this morning it has agreed to be acquired by a bigger, Atlanta bank.
By Walter Jones

Friday, April 18, 2014

Column: Gov. Deal's self-inflicted wounds in ethics case may affect reelection bid

Deal has handed his critics a big club that they can use constantly between now and election day.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Steam problem triggers Vogtle shutdown

ATLANTA - Plant Vogtle's Unit 2 nuclear reactor shut down automatically Tuesday morning as a result of a loss of steam pressure, Southern Nuclear announced Wednesday.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Single complaint prompted Augusta history plaque removal

A part of the mystery of the missing historic plaque on Broad Street has been solved by a spokeswoman who acknowledged Wednesday that the agency removed it in summer after a single complaint.
By Walter Jones

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

Failures prompt Georgia prison lawsuit

ATLANTA -- Georgia taxpayers could be on the hook for a federal lawsuit alleging state officials' failure to repair prison locks resulted in an inmate's murder.
By Walter Jones

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Democrats plan to take back Georgia

ATLANTA – Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon is betting on picking up statewide races next year, but some other prominent Democrats aren’t confident about his strategy.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Regents OK renovation at GRU

The Board of Regents gave the green light Tuesday to a $50 million renovation of the former dental building at Georgia Regents University.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Perdue won't seek Senate seat

ATLANTA - Former Gov. Sonny Perdue released a statement early today that he has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by fellow Republican Saxby Chambliss.
By Walter Jones

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Senate still argues power shift

ATLANTA -- A day after the Senate voted 42-12 to give Casey Cagle, the Republican lieutenant governor, power to control committees, senators were still fighting the battle Tuesday.
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012

Election shows voters dissatisfied

Tuesday's Georgia primaries offered a theme of voter dissatisfaction with a rejection of a transportation tax and several incumbents.
By Walter Jones
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