Many shoppers looking to save

Local consignment and thrift stores are continuing to see a boom in business in the recession's aftermath.
By Jenna Martin

Rehab center planned for Augusta

Property at 511 Plesant Home Road in Augusta has been cleared to make way for a state-of-the-art health and rehabilitation center.
By Jenna Martin

First Community Bank owner posts $862,000 profit

First Community Bank, which entered the Augusta market in February through the acquisition of Savannah River Banking Co., reported first quarter net income of $862,000.

Zelnak to retire from Martin Marietta board

Aiken native Stephen Zelnak Jr. announced Thursday that he will be retiring as chairman of the board of Martin Marietta Materials Inc. in May.
By Tim Rausch

Augusta gained 700 jobs in March

The Augusta metro area gained 700 jobs in March and saw a reduction in intial claims for unemployment.
By Tim Rausch

Secret Service: It could take years to nab Target hackers

WASHINGTON - Secret Service investigators say it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people.
By Bree Fowler

Judge won't order cars to be parked

DETROIT - A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced.

Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth

NEW YORK - Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn't have mentors to guide it.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Mid-cap stocks are mistakenly overlooked

NEW YORK - Maybe the middle child really should be the favorite. Just like families sometimes overlook the middle kid, investors all too often pay attention to just the smallest and largest stocks.
By Stan Choe

Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.
By Sam Hananel

Restaurant inspections

Search databases of the latest restaurant inspection reports for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Biz Bits

NEW YORK - Citi­group's first-quarter earnings rose, helped by declines in expenses and provisions for bad loans. The earnings improved even as revenue from mortgage refinancing and bond trading fell.

Construction roundup

Commercial building permits across the Augusta area. 

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Meth use on rise in Richmond County

Production of meth, a highly addictive drug made from household cold medicine, batteries, drain cleaner, brake fluid and other harmful chemicals, increased in recent years when the shake-and-bake ...