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State prison system cut 1,550 positions without layoffs

ATLANTA -- Shedding jobs in the state’s prison system was done without layoffs because a 12-percent turnover rate made cutting 1,550 positions less painful, Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens told legislators today. “We sent nobody home,” he said during testimony before a joint hea...

01/20/10 - 4:46pm

December robbery suspect arrested

NORTH AUGUSTA – Authorities have arrested a North Augusta teen wanted in a December armed robbery. North Augusta Department of Public Safety charged David Leeshawn Smith, 17, of Conifer Court, with grand larceny and armed robbery Tuesday, according to jail records....

01/20/10 - 4:44pm

Teen holdup suspect arrested

NORTH AUGUSTA – Authorities have arrested a North Augusta teen wanted in a December armed robbery. North Augusta Department of Public Safety charged David Leeshawn Smith, 17, of Conifer Court, with grand larceny and armed robbery Tuesday, according to jail records....

01/20/10 - 4:34pm

Hyatt developer moving on downtown hotel plans again

A 139-room hotel bordering the Augusta Common is back on track now that the city is moving on its plans to construct a new convention center on Reynolds Street. Courtland Dusseau, managing partner for Alabama-based Legacy Hospitality LLC, is in Augusta today to work on construction and financing pl...

01/27/10 - 11:49pm

Insurance commissioner's hunting party hit by shot

ATLANTA — A spokesman for John Oxendine's gubernatorial campaign says a member of the state insurance commissioner's hunting party was sprayed by shot when a shotgun accidentally discharged. Campaign spokesman David Crim says Oxendine was hunting with his sons on Sunday at a quail hunt...

01/20/10 - 12:46pm

Haiti relief effort being organized by city and school officials

The Richmond County School System and Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver are working together to establish a relief effort for Haitian children following last week's devastating earthquake. The effort is a monetary fundraiser focused on helping Haitian children with everything from medical care to e...

01/20/10 - 3:14pm

Airline waives fee for church in Evans to send supplies to Haiti

West Acres Baptist Church scored a small victory as aid workers struggle to get help where it’s needed in Haiti. Today, a medical mission team from the Evans church is making its way to the earthquake-stricken country, carrying trunks full of medical supplies. Their airline, Delta, originally...

01/20/10 - 12:04pm

Open safe door reported earlier, police say

The case of a weekend break-in and $25,000 theft at the Richmond County Tax Office added a new twist this morning when sheriff's investigators said a Municipal Building employee reported to Marshal's Office security personnel the safe had been left open on Friday. No one appeared to act on ...

01/20/10 - 12:02pm

A seismic correction

As we just saw in Haiti, most earthquakes can't be predicted.

01/20/10 - 4:03pm

Authority meets with downtown merchants on parking proposal

Proponents for a new downtown parking management plan sat down with downtown merchants this morning. The merchants’ message was enforcement before meters. The Downtown Development Authority of Augusta is continuing its outreach about a plan to manage Broad Street parking, which has a controve...

01/20/10 - 11:25am
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