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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Home building permits up in Columbia County; Augusta drops

Columbia County records show it issued more than three times as many home-construction permits than the industry-heavy Augusta-Richmond County.
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Columbia County growth spawns new traffic solutions

Columbia County officials hope new stop-light technology, wider highways and an interchange design that requires traffic to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road will help its communities ...
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

OSHA clears Kellogg's in worker death

The U.S. Department of Labor found this week that south Augusta's Kellogg's bakery committed no violations in the June death of a longtime employee.
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Georgia Bar's young lawyers to aid veterans

The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia has announced the Augusta Warrior Project will receive the proceeds from its Signature Fundraiser.
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Thrift stores see surge in year-end donations

Between Christmas and New Year's, nonprofit organizations in Augusta say they typically see about a 20 to 25 percent increase in donations to its thrift stores.
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

City inspectors look to demolish Goodale House

Rob Sherman, director of Augusta's License and Inspection Department, said his staff plans to ask a State Court judge in early 2015 to order the endangered property, which was built in 1799 and is ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Operation Hand-Warmer celebrates successful year

In its first two years, the effort provided more than 53,000 supplies for American troops, specifically those who faced temperatures of 20 degrees below zero while flying unheated helicopters at ...
By Wesley Brown

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Stormwater fee to fund Columbia County repairs

Columbia County is set to invest an additional $600,000 in its aging stormwater system next year, with the hope that more money and manpower will result in half as many repair orders and fewer ...
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Chief of staff introduction 'fast tracked' at Augusta VA

After a year that saw upheavals in top management, Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center heads into 2015 with plans to have a new chief of staff by next month.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Census: Augusta young adults struggling

A new report shows that young adults in the area today are better educated and on average, earn more money than 30 years ago, but are far more likely to be unemployed, unmarried and living with ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Grovetown chief to name advisory board

GROVETOWN — Three weeks into his new job as Grovetown’s Public Safety director, Gary Jones is wasting little time putting policies and programs in place to address growing pains the Columbia ...
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Stroke survivor is cooking again

After more than a year of rehabilitation, Augusta stroke survivor Melisa Bain is on the verge of starting her own catering business and possibly returning to work with the help of Walton ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

VA takes steps to meet increase in demand for appointments

As of Nov. 1, the latest data available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA had 35,973 pending appointments at its two Augusta hospitals and outpatient clinics in Aiken and Athens.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Beanie Baby donation lifts spirits of fire victims

Using 747 Beanie Babies donated from Jimmy and Janet Jennings, longtime collectors who live in Appling, the Augusta Red Cross is taking disaster relief to a new level.
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom's Path $790,000 in federal tax credits.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Insurance companies warn residents to remain alert

Insurance companies are warning residents to beware of burglars and fires during the holidays to avoid costly property claims that average $1,500 for missing jewelry and $18,000 for hazards ...
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

City's low disability standards spur fears of litigation, fines

A community activist and a member of the Commission fear the city could be hit hard with fines and penalties if the Department of Justice were to inspect the county for compliance with the ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

More parents complain of guardian ad litem billing

Two more people are alleging that a guardian ad litem in Augusta's Judicial Circuit has charged "unreasonable and unjustified" fees.
By Wesley Brown

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Nursing chief named interim director

Michelle Cox-Henley, the chief of nursing and patient services at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been named acting director of the Augusta hospital.
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Guardian ad litem program faces scrutiny

A review of 5,460 domestic-relations cases found guardian ad litems, some of whom are appointed twice as often as their peers, face few restrictions and virtually no oversight in their billing.
By Wesley Brown
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