Augusta's sales tax revenue rises

The city of Augusta reported Thursday that it collected more sales tax revenue in September than in the same month a year ago.

Sales tax revenue collections rose 0.23 percent from September 2009 to September 2010, and the city is 3.4 percent ahead of its budgeted revenue, according to a news release issued by the mayor's office.

"As today we have both announced that Augusta will be Costco's newest location and received word from the Georgia Department of Labor that our unemployment rate has dropped and remains below the state and national average, the fact that our sales tax revenues are up serves to underscore the overall strength of our local economy," Mayor Deke Copenhaver said in the release. "Although there is still much work to be done, this news should help to encourage local citizens as we continue to diligently work together towards a bright and prosperous future for our city."



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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