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School board curbs appliance use

The Richmond County school board has approved tonight a policy that bans personal appliances, including mini-fridges, in most classrooms. The board voted 6-1, with member Barbara Pulliam dissenting. The purpose of the policy is to help the school system save on energy costs amid tough budgetary ti...

12/15/09 - 9:19pm

Commission rebuffs media curb, law department change

The Augusta Commission rejected two requests today by General Counsel Chiquita Johnson - one involving restrictions on the news media at public meetings, another involving a charter change, which some feared would give too much power to the Law Department....

01/21/10 - 12:38am

Police chase leads to wreck, traffic jam on Wrightsboro Road

A police chase ended this afternoon with a crash at the corner of Wrightsboro and Hickman Roads that knocked out power and caused traffic jams along the busy roadway. Hundreds of plastic bottles were scattered about the road after the driver of a green Honda Accord smashed the into a flat-bed truc...

12/15/09 - 8:22pm

Ga. economy expected to lag

ATLANTA — A Georgia forecaster predicts the state economy will lag behind the nation's until 2011, depressed in part by weak commercial real estate activity and sluggish consumer spending. Robert T. Sumichrast — who heads the University of Georgia's business school — offered ...

12/15/09 - 4:37pm

Burned man still hospitalized after electric shock

A Hephzibah man burned while trying to restore his disconnected electrical service remained hospitalized today as utility officials continue to investigate the unusual accident. Shortly after Berry M. “Monty” Arrington’s service was disconnected from his residence at 2019 Liberty Chu...

12/15/09 - 5:02pm

Bake a holiday treat with our Christmas cookie recipes

Christmas is the time for home-baked goodness. If you want to try something a bit different this year, you can check out a baker's dozen of recipes for Christmas cookies from readers that we'll share Wednesday on the Food page in The Augusta Chronicle. Food columnist Karin Calloway will als...

12/15/09 - 3:58pm

Beard, Holland honored at last commission meeting

Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason recognized outgoing commissioners Betty Beard and Calvin Holland for their "outstanding dedication and service" at the start of today's meeting, and both said their farewells. Mr. Holland called his term "rewarding, enlightening and enriching,...

01/20/10 - 9:59pm

Ga. convicts say state fails to assign attorneys

ATLANTA — Georgia has failed to provide lawyers for nearly 200 convicted criminals who can't afford attorneys but claim they're innocent and want to appeal, according to a lawsuit filed today against a host of state officials. Two of the lawsuit's six plaintiffs said they've wa...

12/15/09 - 2:26pm

Laney High accepting applications for magnet program

Officials announced today that they are now taking applications for the AP Academy Magnet Program at Lucy Craft Laney Comprehensive High School. It’s the first year the Richmond County school system has taken applications for the program. An application packet must be returned to Laney no late...

12/15/09 - 2:18pm

Ohio firm confirms its moving to Graniteville

GRANITEVILLE – The chief financial officer for an Ohio signage company confirmed today that it would be moving to Graniteville. Gil Greytak said MCA Industries, a graphics and signage company based out of Massillon, Ohio, has already placed equipment at the Horsecreek Plant at Sage Mill Indust...

01/20/10 - 10:53pm

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