Pedestrian killed on Mike Padgett Highway

A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday night on Mike Padgett Highway. The victim is the fifth pedestrian to be hit - and fourth to die - on Richmond County roads since April 10.
By Doug Stutsman

Sheriff announces downtown policing unit

Business owners are hopeful a plan unveiled Thursday by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree will change the perception of a dangerous downtown.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Georgia dealers top 5 in nation in lost, stolen firearms

Nearly 900 firearms were lost or stolen from Georgia gun dealers last year, which ranks the state among the Top 5, according to federal data released this month.
By Wesley Brown

Officials say errors made in meeting

Officials with the Richmond County Health Department acknowledged Thursday that public health employees improperly denied requests for information and attempted to bar photographs during a public meeting.
By Sean Gruber

Investigator glad he changed careers

WAYNESBORO — The first time Dan­iel Rodriguez considered a career in law enforcement in the late 1980s, he turned it down because of the low pay. The second time, he was the victim of an armed robbery.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

School board addresses cursive writing concerns

The Richmond County Board of Education approved adjusting school curriculums to add 30 to 40 minutes of practicing cursive writing to classroom sessions during Thursday night's regular board meeting.
By Sean Gruber

Furloughs may be reduced in budget

With a softer blow expected to hit Georgia's education funding next fiscal year, the Richmond County Board of Education is planning to eliminate five furlough days in the 2014-15 budget.
By Tracey McManus

Senate, mayoral candidates make stop in east Augusta

Augusta candidates for mayor and state Senate faced a skeptical crowd at a Thursday forum in east Augusta.
By Susan McCord

James Gloster respected for farming, faith

BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- James Gloster, who died last week at 83, was a Barnwell County farmer loved and respected by all who knew him.
By Laura McKenzie

Man hit, killed by train

A Warrenville man has died Thursday after being struck by Norfolk Southern train in Aiken County.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Preetorius gets 24-year prison sentence for fraud scheme

The former Augusta area businesswoman who turned the American dream into a nightmare that has yet to end for many people was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Rants & Raves

Highway crews, please fix the bumps on River Watch Parkway headed out of town. There are a couple of places on a bridge that practically throw your car airborne if you are going the allowed 55 mph. That's dangerous. Please smooth things out.

Spring has arrived

Brick Pond Park is a restored wetland and public nature park with trails and many types of wildlife, including more than 126 species of birds that visit throughout the year.
By Jon-Michael Sullivan

Now hear this, or maybe not

Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier I am practicing for old age. Pollen, allergies, or some seasonal combination has left me with a stopped-up head and a stuffed left ear for the past few weeks.
By Bill Kirby

Cameras may catch SC bus passers

COLUMBIA -- Parents asked lawmakers to approve a bill that would permit outward-facing video cameras on school buses to capture evidence of rogue motorists for use in arrests.
By Sarita Chourey

Athens cops seek 'cross-eyed' peeping Tom

ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for a man who spied on a woman while she was in a restroom stall at Athens Technical College.
By Joe Johnson

Poll shows Perdue, Deal still leading

David Perdue and Nathan Deal continue to lead in their GOP primaries in a voter survey released Thursday.
By Walter C. Jones

Attempts to stop gay plays and books stirs backlash on campuses

COLUMBIA - Attempts by state legislators to cut university funding over plays and books which they believe promote homosexuality are causing a backlash on South Carolina campuses.
By Andrew Coffman Smith

Pardon our mess

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Bill to block state implementation of Obamacare clears Georgia legislature

Georgia's Senate passes a watered-down version of a bill to block state employees from helping Georgians sign up for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.
By Walter C. Jones