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Lakeside grad died last May of 'natural causes,' coroner rules

A Columbia County coroner determined Wednesday the cause of death for a Martinez teen who died the day after her high school graduation in May. Melanie Anne Elizabeth Garrison, 18, was found unresponsive in her bed by her parents on May 24, the day after she graduated from Lakeside High School. &#...

10/15/09 - 3:48pm

Monday's Shinedown concert moved to Bell Auditorium

There will be no Shinedown at the James Brown. Monday night’s concert featuring radio rock acts Shinedown, Sick Puppies and Adelitas Way has been moved from the James Brown Arena to the smaller Bell Auditorium. Kayla Ott, director of marketing for venues, said the decision to move the show wa...

10/15/09 - 3:57pm

Gordon Highway litter cleanup scheduled for Oct. 24

The next Gordon Highway litter cleanup has been rescheduled for Oct. 24, Greater Augusta Progress Chairman and Empire Truck & Tractor owner Henry Frischknecht said today. Volunteers will meet at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. A previously announced November date won...

10/15/09 - 3:20pm

6-year-old hid in attic, wasn't in balloon

Sheriff Jim Alderman turned to reporters during a news conference and held thumbs up and said, "He's at the house."

10/15/09 - 5:45pm

Colclough, Blocker-Adams fined for campaign-filing violations

ATLANTA -- Onetime Augusta politicians Richard Colclough and Helen Blocker-Adams must pay fines for failing to file campaign forms now that the State Ethics Commission accepted their plea agreements today. Mr. Colclough agreed to a $1,500 civil penalty and $375 in late fees for failing to submit ca...

10/15/09 - 1:07pm

Columbia County teen takes own life, sets house afire, officials say

Columbia County authorities said today it appears an 18-year-old Evans man took his own life after setting his parents' home on fire. “Evidence suggests arson/suicide,” said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. “It remains an open death investigation. It is pre...

01/08/10 - 3:04pm

Assessors board denies trying to force ex-Regency Mall site sale

Augusta Board of Assessors Chairman Charles F. Smith insisted today that raising the taxable value of the shuttered Regency Mall property was not done to force its owners to sell or redevelop it. Board member Bill Lockett, currently running for the Augusta Commission District 5 seat, said as much i...

01/20/10 - 11:41pm

Airport's Buster Boshears is planning to retire in January

Said he plans to step down after serving the airport since March 1997.

01/11/10 - 10:04am

Clayton County wants state of Georgia to save bus system

JONESBORO, Ga. — Clayton County officials say the only way to save the county's struggling bus system is to secure state or federal funding. County Commissioner Wole Ralph said Wednesday the future of the county's cash-strapped C-Tran bus system is "in the hands of the Legislature" af...

10/15/09 - 12:16pm

Clayton County wants state of Georgia to save bus system

JONESBORO, Ga. — Clayton County officials say the only way to save the county's struggling bus system is to secure state or federal funding. County Commissioner Wole Ralph said Wednesday the future of the county's cash-strapped C-Tran bus system is "in the hands of the Legislature" af...

10/15/09 - 12:15pm

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