Elementary schools have most weapons incidents

There were more weapon-related incidents in Richmond County elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year than at middle or high schools, the weapons involved ranged from blunt objects to handguns.
By Sean Gruber

Vandalized church gets security cameras

The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer raised enough money through a Go Fund Me account to install security cameras after two incidents stemming from its support for gay marriage.
By Lisa Kaylor

Columbia County charter school bid denied

For the second consecutive year, the State Charter Schools Commission has denied a local group's petition to establish an arts-infused charter school in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford

GRU cop civil suit proceeds

In an order filed Aug. 21, U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall dismissed a number of claims against the school and police officers, but the claims on eight grounds survived the school's defense team's motion to dismiss.
By Sandy Hodson

Outsiders pay much of Augusta sales tax

A new study commissioned by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Com­merce estimates that noncounty residents pay up to 54 percent of sales tax revenue.
By Susan McCord

Pipeline case moves ahead in court

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams has approved a scheduling order that outlines deadlines leading up to a hearing on Nov. 13 or “as soon as practicable thereafter.”
By Mary Landers

Ex-energy secretary backs MOX project

Federal lawmakers should work with the U.S. Energy Department to restructure the mixed-oxide fuel project at Sa­vannah River Site, a former energy secretary recently told the Senate's top Democrat.
By Wesley Brown

Georgia Regents, University see need for partners

After his first health system board meeting, CEO and GRU President Brooks Keel said he met with University CEO Jim Davis about a week ago.
By Tom Corwin

Columbia County sheriff seeks pawn law change

Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said Thursday he will ask county commissioners to rescind and revise an ordinance meant to stem sales of stolen goods, which has been criticized as too broad.
By Steve Crawford

Retail development sought near Patriots Park

William Few Parkway could see more commercial development in the near future.
By Jenna Martin

Legal marijuana crop would be small

ATLANTA - Just 25 acres would be enough space to cultivate all of the marijuana needed to treat the patients in Georgia, a California grower told a state commission Wednesday.
By Walter C. Jones

Rants & Raves

What is up with the drivers at a stoplight leaving four or five car lengths between them and the car in front of them? This keeps the cars behind them unable to get into the left and right turn lanes, and is very rude to fellow drivers.

Lessons in leaping

Tootsie the Boston Terrier expresses her interest in a balloon being held by owner Gina Wood while playing Thursday at the Augusta Canal near Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
By Chris Thelen

Kirby: Headed up North?

Heading north for a later summer vacation? A reader shares a few insights.
By Bill Kirby

More charges expected in Georgia rampage

ATHENS, Ga. -- A man who went on a shooting rampage earlier this week near Athens is expected to be charged with murder as one of his victims was declared brain damaged and on life support.
By Joe Johnson

Drug-addled dog tips off cops

A north Georgia man has been arrested after a veterinarian determined that his pet dog had ingested the drug methamphetamine, authorities said.
By Wayne Ford

Ga. teen rests after plague scare

The first Georgia patient ever diagnosed with the plague is recovering at home after a week in a Thomasville hospital.
By Andy Miller

Georgia coast facing storm next week

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Emergency officials on the Georgia coast are urging residents to start preparing for possible trouble from Tropical Storm Erika.

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Percy Griffin Sr. (pictured here.)
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