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Beetles spread redbay tree disease

COLUMBIA — South Carolina forestry officials say a disease that kills redbay trees has now spread northward and near North Carolina. Beetles that cause the disease called laurel wilt were introduced to the Southeast from Asia this decade and have since spread from Georgia south into Florida an...

10/20/09 - 6:47am

Ga. driver charged after sinking in hole

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old man whose car plunged into a sinkhole after a Gwinnett County road was washed out by heavy rains last month has been arrested. Officers in Duluth say Ira Strong drove his 1995 Chevrolet Caprice along a road that authorities had closed off with barrel...

10/20/09 - 6:37am

Advocates cry over spilled milk

ROYSTON, Ga. - About two dozen local food advocates gathered at a Royston farm Monday afternoon to rally around 110 gallons of spilled milk. State Department of Agriculture officials watched as Athens Locally Grown coordinator Eric Wagoner and his volunteers poured out gallon after gallon of unpast...

10/20/09 - 6:35am

Panel to meet on SC joblessness

COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford has put together a round-table meeting to discuss the state's unemployment agency and handle a shortfall of as much as $1 billion in covering jobless benefits. The panel meets Tuesday in Columbia. Meanwhile, the Legislature plans to return to Columbia for a on...

10/20/09 - 6:30am

Job fair set for BMW

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Those who want to work at the BMW plant in South Carolina have another shot at a job. The Greenville News reported that a placement company is holding a job fair in Greenville on Tuesday for the approximately 700 jobs BMW is adding. Tier One Solutions is holding the event a...

10/20/09 - 6:26am

Man aims car at deputies, is shot

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — The Douglas County sheriff says a deputy shot and killed a man who tried to hit an officer with a car. Sheriff Phil Miller says deputies responded Monday to a report of a man climbing a fence in a strip mall parking lot. Miller says two deputies found the man's car in ...

10/20/09 - 7:35am

Augusta 2010 budget has deficit; tax hike would help

Augusta's working 2010 budget has a total deficit of nearly $8.6 million, about $5.9 million of it in law enforcement. Collections from a sales tax meant to off set property taxes are down, as are ad valorem taxes and state and superior court fines. At a special-called meeting today, City Admi...

01/20/10 - 9:00pm

Judicial Center naming threatens to split commission along racial lines

Another rift is forming on the Augusta Commission, this time over a proposal to name the new courthouse after John H. “Jack” Ruffin Jr., a civil rights attorney who went on to be chief judge of the state Court of Appeals. Commissioner Corey Johnson, who put the idea forward at last week&#...

01/27/10 - 10:47pm

Tickets remain for Shinedown concert tonight at Bell Auditorium

There are still a few hundred tickets left for tonight’s concert featuring Shinedown, Sick Puppies and Adelitas Way at the Bell Auditorium. According to Kayla Ott, the marketing manager at the Augusta Entertainment complex, about 75 percent of the tickets have sold, leaving 500 to 600 tickets ...

10/19/09 - 4:33pm

Armed man robs Washington Road bank

An armed man robbed a Washington Road bank this afternoon, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. Richmond County sheriff's investigators say the man hit the Wachovia Bank at 2835 Washington Road about 3:30 p.m. The man walked into the bank, flashed a gun in the waistband of his pant...

10/19/09 - 3:49pm

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