Man shot at by GRU officer gets probation

A man convicted this week of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer - one who shot at him - wasn't in danger of going to prison, the judge reassured him Friday before sentencing him to probation.
By Sandy Hodson

Signal battalion leaving Fort Gordon

Fort Gordon is losing 450 soldiers this summer when a signal battalion moves to Fort Stewart outside of Savannah, the Army announced Friday.
By Meg Mirshak

Teen pregnancy rate declines in Richmond County

In 2009, girls aged 15 to 19 combined for 595 pregnancies in Richmond County, with more than 11 new pregnancies documented each week.  The number dipped to 410 in 2012.
By Doug Stutsman

Subcommittee finalizes plan for city septic tank fee

A city subcommittee on Friday finalized plans to impose a mandatory monthly fee of $14 for three years on approximately 3,500 landowners still using septic tanks when a city sewer line is located within 100 feet.
By Susan McCord

Pellet guns found at 2 Augusta schools this week

Three pellet guns were confiscated in separate incidents at two Richmond County elementary schools this week, officials said Friday.
By Travis Highfield

Program provides weekend meals

Bayvale students receive take-home meals every Friday, a program born from a partnership between the Richmond County school system and Golden Harvest Food Bank.
By Sean Gruber

Coroners training to recognize abuse of elderly, at-risk

By weekend's end, all of the Richmond County Coroner's Office will be trained to spot abuse of the elderly and at-risk, a task that officials say is not easy.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police warn against drinking and driving

Police are advising Super Bowl fans to plan for one of the country's most popular drinking days so they don't find themselves behind bars.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Vogtle reactors delayed 18 months

The contractor consortium building two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle has announced an 18-month delay to complete the expansion project, according to a document filed Thursday.
By Meg Mirshak

Singer clears 'American Idol' hurdle

On Thursday, Augusta singer and musician Miranda Pokrzywinski could officially say the four words her family and friends had waited to hear: "I'm going to Hollywood!"
By Wesley Brown

City's youth initiative gets underway

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis' effort to help the city's young people got under way Thursday with a brainstorming session at Richmond County TechnicalCareer Magnet School.
By Susan McCord

Rants & Raves

All correspondence from the Department of Family and Children Services gives you a toll-free number to call. Twice I have tried and was on hold over an hour each time.

Kirby: Flu season is the only season in town

There is an etiquette to having, and spreading, the flu during this time of year.
By Bill Kirby

House burns, dogs die, SC woman charged

UNION, S.C. - A Gaffney woman has now been charged with setting a home on fire that killed two dogs that were inside the house.

Judge orders journalist to tell how she obtained diary of Brown's widow

COLUMBIA - A journalist covering the fight over soul singer James Brown's estate was ordered Friday to tell a court how she obtained a diary from Brown's widow.
By Jeffrey Collins

2 teens charged in SC bank holdup

GEORGETOWN, S.C. - Two teens have been arrested in a bank robbery in Georgetown County last October.

Across Georgia

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police shot and wounded a man while responding to a 911 call Fri­day, authorities say.

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Harrell Tiller  (pictured here.)
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