Markets close higher after rough week; oil price surges

A sharp rebound in oil prices and an encouraging report on retail sales helped lift the stock market to its first gain since late last week.
By Alex Veiga

Simpler licensing for military spouses

ATLANTA - The husbands and wives of service members transferred to Georgia could have an easier time getting a job under legislation passed unanimously Thursday by the House of Representatives.

Augusta tourism officials to focus on millennials

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau is going all-in to attract the younger generation through a new marketing initiative unveiled at the organization's annual State of Tourism luncheon Thursday.
By Damon Cline

Water shutdown impact on business could be $1.6 million

The one-day impact of Augusta's boil water advisory could easily be in the seven-figure range.
By Damon Cline

Yellen won't gauge effect of overseas turmoil yet

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair­wo­man Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.
By Martin Crutsinger

Open-source textbooks pushed as way to cut college costs

STORRS, Conn. - The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.
By Michael Melia

Water warning hits businesses

Some establishments, particularly in the food business, chose to close rather than deal with the inconvenience of operating under special water protocols and the prospect that many customers would eat elsewhere.
By Damon Cline

Water problems affect up to 500 bars and restaurants

As many as 500 bars and restaurants were in the boil water advisory area, but those with emergency plans to work around it could stay open, an official with the Richmond County Health Department said.
By Tom Corwin

Local entrepreneur sweeping trash-hauling market

In just five years, Robert Wilson's nose for business has helped him transform a small trash-hauling company into the metro area’s largest locally owned disposal and recycling firm: Precision Waste Services Inc.
By Damon Cline

Scuttlebiz: Is growth at fort taken for granted?

I have to wonder: Is the story of Augusta becoming ground zero for America’s burgeoning cyber-defense industry already passe?
By Damon Cline

Licensing delays opening of brewery

A pile of empty kegs is growing at Riverwatch Brewery, and so is the excitement surrounding what could be the city's first brewery in more than a century.
By Travis Highfield
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Augusta Commission member Bill Lockett says Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson "deliberately circumented" the system to obtain raises for himself and nine subordinates.
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