Myles wants a more 'transparent' government

Lori Myles says she'll bring the classroom experience she has gained as a longtime - and sometimes controversial - Richmond County educator and much more into the Augusta mayor's office if elected May 20.
By Susan McCord

Ex-prison guard guilty of smuggling drugs

A former guard at Augusta State Medical Prison pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling drugs to inmates.
By Sandy Hodson

Qualifying dates set for tax commissioner, commission posts

The Columbia County Board of Elections has set qualifying dates for candidates seeking to fill posts vacated by Kay and Charles Allen.
By Steve Crawford

Family, friends of teen hit by car seek answers

While staring at her nephew in his hospital bed, his head covered in stitches and his body a jigsaw of broken bones, Arlene Lewis is convinced someone out there is unable to sleep at night.
By Tracey McManus

Teen killed by vehicle remembered by family, friends

De'Monta Collins had no shortage of quirks, but the oddities were exactly what made him so special, said his mother.
By Tracey McManus

Post exchange construction loses 40 days to winter

The $22 million expansion of Fort Gordon's Post Exchange lost nearly 40 construction days this winter, but the project's manager said Wednesday that the new facility should be ready well ahead of significant job growth on post.
By Wesley Brown

Sand Hills residents implore candidates to remember them

Augusta's Sand Hills, like many of the city's older neighborhoods, suffers from being a bit forgotten, despite being in the center of town.
By Susan McCord

Research lab focuses on partnerships

Savannah River National Laboratory is seeking to boost partnerships with research universities in an effort to lead the world in scientific innovations to protect national security.
By Meg Mirshak

Waynesboro gun dealer pleads not guilty

William Debow is named in a 38-count criminal indictment that accuses him of knowingly selling weapons to a convicted felon and to people who do not reside in Georgia.
By Sandy Hodson

Josey principal takes Muscogee County regional chief job

Wiggins would oversee 16 schools and be responsible for supervising principals and staff, implementing academic programs and recommending policies to the superintendent.
By Tracey McManus

Judge expedites election suit

Attorneys representing Augusta's mayor and commission have until 5 p.m. April 30 to respond to the complaint which seeks an injunction and to the plaintiff's request for a three-judge panel to hear their challenge to the election date.
By Sandy Hodson

Rants & Raves

I watched the mayoral debate on TV last night. Augusta is in trouble.

Taking in the sights

Brenda and Donnie Arnold take a walk near Thurmond Dam in Clarks Hill, S.C. Today's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 80.
By Michael Holahan

Citizens can lobby legislators successfully

A dozen or so women will huddle around the governor's desk Thursday as he signs into law a bill they lobbied the legislature to pass so other mothers might not lose their sons to drug overdoses.
By Walter C. Jones

Gun carry rights expanded in Georgia under new law

ELLIJAY, Ga. - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons.
By Christina A. Cassidy

Allen ad calls Obama 'immoral'

An Augusta Republican running for Congress cites the Bible in his first campaign commercial accusing President Obama of "immoral" spending.

Veterans rally at SC Statehouse to seek benefits

COLUMBIA - Dozens of South Carolina veterans gathered at the Statehouse on Wednesday to press lawmakers to boost benefits for those who served in the military and their families.
By Susanne M. Schafer

SC Bar Association fights back against attack ad

COLUMBIA - An ad attacking Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen's work as a defense attorney has prompted the South Carolina Bar to fight back against what it calls an unfair smear of the legal profession.
By Seanna Adcox

Pardon our mess

Help us make our area a better place to live by pointing out the things you see that need to be fixed in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties. 

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away in the new year, including Terry Sams (shown here).
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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