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Thursday, Feb. 12, 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

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

New Augusta VA director brings wealth of experience

Many applauded the hiring of Maria Andrews as the next director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, saying her of experience in government health care could give the troubled hospital a ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Singer clears 'American Idol' hurdle

On Thursday, Augusta singer and musician Miranda Pokrzywinski could officially say the four words her family and friends had waited to hear: "I'm going to Hollywood!"
By Wesley Brown

Allen has hometown swearing-in

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen returned home to Augusta on Thursday for a ceremonial swearing-in, a platform he used to update his top priorities for his first term in Congress.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

New Augusta VA director named

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a new director for Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, with the hope that stable leadership can restore credibility to the hospital.
By Wesley Brown

Funding for homeless down slightly

Federal funding for local homeless programs decreased by $552 this year compared to 2014, which community leaders hope to offset in the future by expanding the city's homeless count into south ...
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Legislation gives VA Secretary more authority

The bill, known as the "Increasing VA Accounta­bil­ity to Veterans Act," would reclaim pensions, limit paid administrative leave and reduce bonuses to VA's executives.
By Wesley Brown

Columbia County's 225th birthday an extension of recent growth

As Columbia County celebrates its 225th anniversary, community leaders praise their ancestors for laying the groundwork for the strong educational system and vast infrastructure network that have ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Teacher creates children's show to make change

T.W. Josey teacher Benjamin Isaac was named a "Scholar of Change" by Walden University for producing an inspirational video focusing on the future of education and transforming the way children ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Dangerous Augusta roads lack pedestrian safety measures

Highway accidents involving pedestrian deaths and injuries more than doubled last year from what records show is a combination of people not paying attention while crossing streets, and lingering ...
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

City expands homeless count to south Augusta

Volunteers and community outreach groups will expand the area's homeless count into south Augusta this year to account for a segment of the city's population many feel has been widely overlooked ...
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Residents use fuel rewards, club perks for savings at the pump

With the average price of gas expected to fall under $2, residents are combining grocery rewards with wholesale food club memberships for huge savings at the pump.
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Reports pan Southeast VA hospitals

Two inspector general reports reinforce views that the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southeast Network of hospitals lacks the personnel, resources and training to provide quality patient care.
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

More old houses demolished

In the past two years, buildings on 66 vacant properties have been destroyed - but the city's Planning and Development Department has determined that another 292 structures must go, because ...
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

House targets VA bonuses in new bill

The bill, which would affect past and future payments, could result in at least six executives at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center returning more than $30,000 in performance awards and ...
By Wesley Brown
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