Augusta gets grant for beautification

The city of Augusta will receive a $50,000 GATEway Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation that will be used to beautify the right-of-way at Doug Barnard Parkway and Lock and Dam Road in front of the city's Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said the grant-funded improvements will be coupled with a similar project in front the the plant, but outside the right-of-way, to give the area an improved appearance.

The Transportation Department's GATEway program uses revenue collected from vegetation removal in front of outdoor advertising signs to improve roadside landscapes. During 2009, such grants to local governments totaled $1,324,942.





Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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