Building dedication held for former sheriff

The new sheriff's office administration building, erected during Ronnie Strength's administration, was named in his honor on Tuesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Aid to terrorist ends with maximum penalty for Augusta man

An Augusta man intent on joining the terrorist Islamic State was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 15-year prison term for criminal attempt to provide assistance to a terrorist organization.
By Sandy Hodson

Second reading of stormwater fee passes

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 to approve the second reading of a revised stormwater ordinance creating the fee Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom and Wayne Guilfoyle opposed.
By Susan McCord

Commissioners leaning toward not funding groups

Commissioners have stressed needs over wants in the new package after the first SPLOST 7 referendum failed last year, and despite impassioned presentations Tuesday, leaders did not change their minds.
By Susan McCord

Santorum says Republican efforts to reach American workers is key

AIKEN — Rick Santorum says the experience of running for president in 2012 has him more at ease on the campaign trail these days, but it hasn’t dampened his message.
By Mike Rosier

Columbia County's Community and Leisure Services director resigns

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
By Steve Crawford

Affordable Care Act led to improved health care, study finds

Not only did the Affordable Care Act allow millions to gain insurance coverage, but it actually resulted in better access to care and in fewer people reporting poor health, a new study found.
By Tom Corwin

Georgia easing teacher testing rules

Georgia public school students won't have to take as many tests in the upcoming school year, the state Department of Education announced Monday.
By Lee Shearer

Keel pledges to have university work with Augusta

Georgia Regents University and Augusta are on a “two-way street” where they should work together to become great, new GRU President Brooks Keel said.
By Tom Corwin

Armed man guards military recruiting offices

The Pentagon's plea for Americans not to take up arms to guard military recruitment centers did not stop Martinez resident Jim Stachowiak from doing just that Monday.
By Meg Mirshak

Rants & Raves

A rant to everyone who wants Stone Mountain and all of the rest of the Confederate monuments in the South gone. Move!

Kirby: Selective hearing strikes at any age

The other night at supper, my son stopped the dinner-table conversation to ask: "What's that?"
By Bill Kirby

Data breach affects thousands

ATLANTA -- About 3,000 Georgians have been told that some of their health information was inadvertently disclosed.
By Andy Miller

Mountain truck terminal coming

CHATSWORTH, Ga. -Officials signed an agreement Tuesday to develop a rail-truck terminal to serve shippers in north Georgia and neighboring states with a more convenient route to the port of Savannah 350 miles away.
By Walter C. Jones

Group starts process to sue federal agency over pipeline plans

DETROIT — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish response plans for worst-case oil spills.
By Corey Williams

Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death

DETROIT - A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.
By Tom Krisher

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Silas Norman  (pictured here.)
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Commissioners leaning toward not funding groups

Commissioners have stressed needs over wants in the new package after the first SPLOST 7 referendum failed last year, and despite impassioned presentations Tuesday, leaders did not change their minds.
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