Wesley Brown

Stories by Wesley Brown

Monday, March 2, 2015

Report outlines water park proposal issues

Columbia County officials are recommending commissioners reject a $20 million plan to build a water park in Grovetown near Inter­state 20 because of infrastructure and other concerns.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pardon our mess: Richmond Hill Road

A repair patch installed to fix a sinking portion of Richmond Hill Road is crumbling, which residents say is causing drivers to abruptly slow down into the sharp downhill turn and possibly ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Library asks for public's help identifying historic photos

A snapshot of nearly all Columbia County's history - its fields of golden wheat, pastures of crimson clover and crops of valuable tobacco - can be seen in more than 150 photographs donated to the ...
By Wesley Brown

Cavs soccer star signs with Mercer

Augusta Prep soccer standout Caroline Smith signed on to play for Mercer.
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Parkway's extension to bring address changes

About 100 homes, 65 apartments, 25 businesses and six churches along Old Petersburg and Old Evans roads could be forced to take new addresses when the Georgia Department of Transportation ...
By Wesley Brown

Poetry is writer's way of coping with life's most anguishing moments

"Black Rose Wilted" a book of 108 poems by Augustan Frederick Jones, uses creative metaphors to turn negative life experiences into positive energy.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Lawmakers fight tax on payback program

Dr. Stephen Everett graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a degree in veterinary medicine and $128,000 in student loan debt – slightly less than the $135,000 national average for ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Columbia County opens transfer opportunities

Columbia County parents interested in requesting a permissive transfer next year for their children have until March 6 to apply for one of 329 spots at five public schools.
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Rezoning hold concerns property owners, developers

The sudden pause in rezoning has left residents and industry leaders questioning whether a ban is a way to keep pace with developers and preserve the community’s high quality of life.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Activist to speak on parking concerns

A community activist said he will challenge the sheriff's office's lax enforcement of handicapped parking violations before commission members next week to ensure people with disabilities are ...
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Court case affects Aiken murder pleas

During jury selection for the murder trial of Aiken Public Safety officer Scotty Richardson, prosecutors say it became clear what strategy defense attorneys planned to use to avoid the death ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Patient-support staff must reapply for upgraded position

Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center patient-support staff will receive an 11 percent pay raise and an expanded role in the hospital's health care operations after successfully reducing ...
By Wesley Brown

Soldier sends Augusta family Valentines greetings from Kuwait

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Maurice Woods is one of 30 service members from 13 states to send their loved ones video greetings for Valentine's Day through the U.S. Defense Video and Imagery ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Augusta VA's new director takes helm

Maria Andrews assumed her duties Thursday as the next director of Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

City learned lessons from ice storm

One year after the ice storm, Fire Chief Chris James says Augusta’s Emer­gen­cy Management Agen­cy has overhauled its operations to address the problems it encountered.
By Wesley Brown

Mayor urges Augusta youth to dream big

Mayor Hardie Davis challenged more than 150 students considered at risk of failing academically to remember the rich legacy of innovators, educators and advocates who fought to protect their dreams.
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Whistleblowers mixed on new VA bill

Former employees who have accused the federal health care system of using retaliation to cover up delays have mixed feelings about new legislation to better protect whistleblowers.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Augusta American Idol hopeful eliminated

Augusta's dreams of producing an American Idol winner fell short Wednesday evening, as local singer and musician Miranda Pokrzywinski was eliminated from finalist competition during the show's ...
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Honored for First Special Service Force

William P. Caskey and James Pierce Loflin were among 1,800 Canadian and U.S. troops recognized by the U.S. House and Senate for their service with America's legendary First Special Service Force.
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Supreme Court protects Brown diary source

The South Carolina Supreme Court sided with a freelance journalist, saying state law protected the reporter from revealing how she obtained a copy of the diary.
By Wesley Brown
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