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Animal services director demoted

The Augusta City Commission has voted 7-2, Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason and Joe Bowles dissenting, to demote Animal Services Director Diane Downs. Effective today, she will become an administrative assistant in Animal Services, her salary reduced from $57,728 to $49,069. Mason said he voted no becaus...

01/19/10 - 6:29pm

Brush fire in Edgefield County

EDGEFIELD – Emergency crews are attempting to put out a brush fire off of U.S. Highway 25 this afternoon. The fire started about 3:30 p.m. at 1500 block of Stephens Road, which intersects with U.S. Highway 25, said an Edgefield County 911 dispatcher. Countyline and Merriwether Fire department...

01/19/10 - 5:29pm

Lost in Augusta?

Does your GPS unit tell you to turn right when you should turn left? Is there a spot in the Augusta area that online maps leave off? We’re looking for your encounters with GPS black holes and online directions frustration. Leave your comment here, or contact Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or...

01/19/10 - 5:23pm

Perdue calls for tax on medical providers

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue renewed his call from last year for a 1.6 percent tax on medical providers and insurance companies today in testimony before a joint meeting of the legislative budget committees. He said he faced the choice of either imposing the tax or cutting by 16 percent what medica...

01/19/10 - 2:53pm

Accident between train and truck snarls traffic in Thomson

A crash between a train and a dump truck has traffic snarled for an indefinite period of time in downtown Thomson Tuesday afternoon.

01/19/10 - 2:36pm

SC considers fewer school days

COLUMBIA — A shorter school year, less end-of-year testing and requiring fewer credits to graduate are among ways South Carolina legislators could further cut education. Members of a House Ways and Means subcommittee crafting the education budget said today legislators should seriously conside...

01/19/10 - 2:39pm

Definition of 'murder' before Georgia's Supreme Court

ATLANTA — Georgia prosecutors are challenging a 29-year-old decision that bans the state from pursuing murder charges against some crime suspects. Cobb County prosecutors asked the Georgia Supreme Court today to overturn a ruling that barred authorities from pressing murder charges against a c...

01/19/10 - 2:05pm

Augusta man arrested after infant son shaken

An Augusta man was arrested Monday after deputies said he violently shook his 3-month-old son. Corduray Keith Scott, 22, of 1814 Fayetteville Drive, is charged with first-degree cruelty to children, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles. An ambulance brought the baby to Uni...

01/19/10 - 5:48pm

Thieves get $25,000 from Richmond tax office break-in

The amount keeps rising as officials at the office continue to count receipts, Richmond County Sheriff Lt. Tony Walden said this afternoon.

01/29/10 - 8:34am

Heart attack killed man in morning wreck near Evans High

An autopsy this afternoon determined that a heart attack killed an Evans man whose vehicle crashed into a utility pole. Blair LeBlanc, 74, of 4560 Mulberry Creek Drive, was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Doctors Hospital about 6:30 a.m., said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Ga...

01/19/10 - 7:18pm
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