Supplies, haircuts given at event

Back 2 School Jamz Cutz, sponsored by Perry Broadcasting, provided free school supplies, haircuts and manicures to more than 2,000 children heading back to school.
By Lisa Kaylor

CDC warns of bad bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a "call to action" that the U.S. needs to address the increasing spread of C. diff and other deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
By Tom Corwin

EPA plan credits new nuclear reactors

Nuclear construction like that under way at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle got a boost this week in a proposal unveiled by the Obama administration.
By Meg Mirshak

Deputies to ride school buses to monitor traffic safety

Some Richmond County school buses will carry a deputy this year as the sheriff's office cracks down on motorists who fail to yield for stop signals.
By Travis Highfield

Board finds more property to tax

Since implementing in 2011 a new system of assessing property values using aerial images, the Richmond County Board of Assessors reports $2.35 million in discovered property tax and other revenue.
By Susan McCord

Sheriff, others back SPLOST

Voter approval of a Nov. 3 special purpose, local option sales tax referendum is "crucial" to continuing the mission of law enforcement, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a voter open house.
By Susan McCord

$80,000 severance for director who quit

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously to approve more than $80,000 in severance pay to former Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith.
By Steve Crawford

Hephzibah High teacher looks forward to cybersecurity classes

Lionel Harper summed up his feelings on being one of four Richmond County teachers selected to start a pilot of the district's new cybersecurity career pathway this year with one word: "privileged."
By Sean Gruber

Aiken superintendent plans first 100 days

AIKEN - Dr. Sean Alford delivered an aggressive plan Tuesday for his first 100 days as leader of the Aiken County Public School District.
By Mike Rosier

Environmental groups sue over pipeline

Five environmental groups are seeking to join the legal fight against the proposed Palmetto Pipeline.
By Mary Landers

Augusta Commission readies SPLOST 7 push

Battle lines are being drawn as Augusta Commission members start a last push to garner public input and support for the sales tax package going before voters Nov. 3.
By Susan McCord

'Augusta Chronicle' reaching out to breast cancer survivors

The Augusta Chronicle is reaching out to breast cancer survivors and their families to be part of our annual Faces of Survival portrait series to celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rants & Raves

If you want to protect your son, don't let him get near the new Boy Scouts.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office seeks comments

A national law enforcement accreditation group is seeking the public's opinions on the Richmond County sheriff's office during a public meeting next week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson
Bill Kirby

If you want to see change, check out parking lots

I cannot believe people will just leave money lying on the ground, but they do. At night, I guess, they figure it’s not worth getting a flashlight out and checking for it.

SC limits death certificates

COLUMBIA - The state of South Carolina has started limiting the number of death certificates that can be issued for each person to five.

Moore: We need a modern-day social contract

In the footsteps of Rousseau, we should draw up a social contract that includes such rules as no perfume at work and no blaming the waitress.
By Glynn Moore

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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