Stories by Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

New leaders step in as rebranding efforts underway

After losing much of its administration last year to a nationwide initiative on veteran care, the Augusta Warrior Project has recruited several community leaders to help rebrand its image and ...
By Wesley Brown

SRS board favors service projects over fines

Savannah River Site’s Citizens Advisory Board asked the U.S. Energy Department to consider enforcing environmental-service projects in lieu of civil fines and penalties for cleanup efforts that ...
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Heavy fines loom over MOX project

The U.S. Department of Energy could have to pay South Carolina $1 million a day if it fails to remove or convert one metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium by the end of the year.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Daily fantasy sports question 'pending' in Georgia

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said his office is investigating whether daily fantasy sports violate state law after New York ordered two of the industry's largest companies to stop accepting ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Thurmond water release felt near Augusta

A rainy, record-breaking month has prompted increased water releases from Thurmond Lake this week, causing Savannah River levels to rise and boat ramps near Augusta to close, the U.S. Army Corps ...
By Wesley Brown

MOX structural welds not up to code, report says

A new inspection report released this week shows that safety-related welds at a Savannah River Site factory being built to convert weapons-grade plutonium into mixed-oxide fuel failed to meet ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

County governments reap savings from low gas prices

A year of consistently lower gasoline prices is expected to save governments in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties nearly $2 million on their 2015 fuel budgets, according to the latest projections.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Utility fund heats homes of military families

Natural gas provider SCANA Energy is joining forces again this year with United Military Care to help Georgia service members, veterans and their families stay warm through a special fund they've ...
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Local veteran defends VA care at Veterans Day celebration

A retired Army major who served in Afghanistan as a Special Forces medic defended the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, saying that the hospital saved his life and is committed to its patients.
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Guardian ad litem appointments decline

Superior Court records show guardian ad litem appointments are down nearly 80 percent in the two counties so far this year, decreasing from 157 assignments in 2013 and 102 last year to 34 as of ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Backlog in claims dips at regional VA offices

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ regional offices in Atlanta and Columbia reduced their backlog by 71 percent in 2015 through cutting average waiting times by 92 days ...
By Wesley Brown

Fort Gordon tribute run honors fallen Marines, Navy sailors

After running nonstop for 10 days and more than 1,500 miles, hundreds of service members completed the 11th annual Tribute to the Fallen at Fort Gordon on Friday.
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Environmentalist group cites wood pellet threat

An environmentalist group reports up to 285,000 acres of wetland forest in the Augusta area is "vulnerable" to local wood-pellet manufacturers that mass cut timber to provide alternative fuel for ...
By Wesley Brown

Fort Gordon, SRS funds remain in revised defense spending bill

Lawmakers passed a revised spending bill Thursday that included $445 million to provide new Army cyber facilities at Fort Gordon and a one-year funding extension for a Savannah River Site facility.
By Wesley Brown

Wet October lifts lakes from drought

All three reservoir lakes in the Upper Savannah River basin left drought conditions this week after experiencing one of their wettest Octobers in recent history last month, the U.S. Army Corps of ...
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

'Concerts with a Cause' to celebrate WWII veterans

The event starts at 3 p.m. and will feature music of hope, love and peace as performed by the cause's 12-person choir from Augusta's St. John United Methodist Church. It will include firsthand ...
By Wesley Brown

South Carolina grants temporary stay on penalties at SRS salt-waste plant

In a statement issued Wednesday, SRS said South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control will refrain from enforcing civil penalties through Dec. 18 for the site's Salt Waste ...
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Roster obtained by WWII project stirs memories

Henry "Ed" Murray had not seen his unit's World War II roster in 40 years, but as he slowly moved his fingers down the list last week, he immediately recognized most of the names.
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Stand Down for Homelessness provides hope

An estimated 350 people attended Augusta's 16th annual Stand Down for Homelessness resource fair Friday to receive clothing, food and medical services - such as dental exams and flu shots - from ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Augusta Tech offers free driver's ed course

Thanks to Kia and a $17,836 grant from the Georgia Driver's Education Commission, Augusta Tech will begin offering 36 hours of free classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction to first-time drivers ...
By Wesley Brown
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