Deputy superintendent retiring

Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey took an unconventional route to becoming one of the most influential officials in the Richmond County school system.
By Sean Gruber

Search of alleged dealer's home found drugs, firearms

An Augusta man who alleged sheriff's officers have used illegal steroids, some for years, came to the attention of a Richmond County Sheriff's narcotics officer twice, according to an investigator's affidavit.
By Sandy Hodson

Event aims to shine light on bullying

There were about 50 parents and children of different races, ages and educational backgrounds in the auditorium Thursday, but all fit into one of two groups, said Richmond County Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig.
By Wesley Brown

Grad rates show improvement by local school systems

Graduation rates in both Richmond and Columbia counties followed the statewide trend of slow and steady increases in 2014, although progress in individual schools varied greatly.
By Tracey McManus

Georgia law gives power to quarantine

In Georgia, the law allows the health department to "isolate and treat persons afflicted with a communicable disease who are either unable or unwilling to observe the department's rules and regulations" and to quarantine them as necessary.
By Tom Corwin

Evans woman charged with carrying gun at airport

An Evans woman was arrested Thursday morning for carrying a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag at an Augusta Regional Airport checkpoint. Cheryl Arrington, 53, has been charged with carrying a weapon in a commercial airport.
By Doug Stutsman

Georgia, S.C., announce rules for sex offenders on Halloween

Sex offenders currently on parole will be subjected to increased supervision this Halloween and won't be allowed to participate in holiday events.
By Doug Stutsman

Players taking domestic violence pledge

Before facing off on the field, Greenbrier and Lakeside high schools players, cheerleaders and other students are invited to sign a pledge saying they won't tolerate abusive relationships.
By Meg Mirshak

Retired teacher challenges Jackson for state Senate seat

Retired Hart County educator Brenda Jor­dan isn't afraid to take on seasoned Columbia County legislator Bill Jackson Sr. for the Georgia Senate District 24 post.
By Susan McCord

Med school needs black males

Alex Gilmore is one of nine in his class of 230 at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, which is a decline from 13 the year before, and blacks decreased overall from last year from 27 to 24.
By Tom Corwin

Symphony exec director leaves

Mieko Hatano has stepped down as executive director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
By Meg Mirshak

Rants & Raves

A huge rave that the Mini Pages are back. I'm 35 years old and I love it.

Kirby: Giant got start in Augusta

Wasn’t that a great World Series? And wasn’t former Augusta Green­Jacket Madison Bum­garner, now of the San Fran­cisco Giants, outstanding with one of the best pitching performances ever?
By Bill Kirby

Ga. watches sex offenders on Halloween

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say sex offenders on parole will be subject to increased supervision on Halloween.

2 women raped at fraternity, lawsuits say

ATLANTA - Two women, who filed the lawsuits as "Jane Doe" and "June Doe," claim they were raped by the same unnamed Phi Kappa Tau fraternity member, one in November 2012 and the other in January 2014.
By Kate Brumback

Graham says his remark about helping white men was joke

COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's remark at a private, all-male dinner about mainly helping white men if he became president was a joke taken out of context, his campaign said Thursday.
By Jeffrey Collins

Deal, Carter, Nunn, Perdue make closing pitches

ATLANTA - Georgia's rough-and-tumble campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate are nearing the end - or at least the next round.
By Bill Barrow
Augusta To Africa

Augusta-Liberia ties date back to 1836

Richmond County’s ties to West Africa date back to the 1830s, when plantation owner Richard Tubman wrote in his will that his slaves were to be offered freedom. More recently, Augustans have served in Liberia and are preparing to do so.

LBJ's unfortunate Augusta visit

President Lyndon Johnson had every reason to feel confident about his campaign stop in Augusta 50 years ago this week. Then he was heckled. 

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Edgefield County car dealer Butch Pendarvis (pictured here.)
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