GRU urges smokers to quit

Georgia Regents University observed the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke­out campaign Thursday with "commit to quit" stations to encourage students, staff and community members to kick the tobacco habit.
By Sean Gruber

High School students test trade skills

The Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds smelled like sawdust and sounded like a construction site Thursday as high school students participated in the first East Georgia Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge.
By Sean Gruber

Tax payments by credit card cost more

Property owners paying their tax bill for the first time using a credit card might be surprised to find a fee of $20 or more, depending on the amount of their bill.
By Susan McCord

New SafeHomes facility breaks ground

SafeHomes of Augusta broke ground Thursday on a larger facility that will allow the nonprofit agency to house more than twice the number of clients than its current shelter can hold.
By Meg Mirshak

Brown turkey giveaway set

For the past four Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25, families registered for the turkeys they will receive Monday at Dyess Park, 903 James Brown Blvd., beginning at 8 a.m.
By Lisa Kaylor

Stallings Island Middle earns award, ice cream

Stallings Island Middle School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.
By Valerie Rowell

Salvation Army is ringing bells

Bells will be ringing around Augusta through Christmas Eve as the Salvation Army holds its annual Red Kettle campaign.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Extension cord cited in fatal fire

NORTH AUGUSTA -- A fire on Womrath Road in North Augusta late Wednesday killed two people.
By Bianca Cain Johnson and Doug Stutsman

SRS emergency planning deductions found

After discovering a spike in safety lapses and inadequate emergency response procedures at Savannah River Site, a federal nuclear safety oversight panel says the site's funding and personnel for emergency preparedness have decreased in recent years.
By Meg Mirshak

Augustans prepare for winter

Wintery weather came early this year as a large cold front pushed across the area bringing record-breaking temperatures Wednesday and nearly the same Tuesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Fund helps military families with heat

The fund is available for families of active-duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and veterans fewer than 10 years removed from the military.
By Wesley Brown

Rants & Raves

Why does it take two hours to see a doctor? I guess they don't think you have anything better to do.

It's colder outside - my body is living proof

Until this week I'd forgotten how unpleasant temps in the 20s can be. I'd forgotten how unpleasant dry, itchy skin is. Or cracked fingers. Or a scratchy throat. Or a runny nose.
By Bill Kirby

Across the region

ATLANTA - A Georgia inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy after a convenience store robbery is set to be executed next month. Robert Wayne Holsey will be put to death at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Attorney Ge­neral Sam Olens' office said Thursday.

Thanksgiving closings

County closings announced for the Thanksgiving holiday.

US high court won't block SC gay marriages

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled.
By Bruce Smith

Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA - Leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri weighs whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.
By Ray Henry

Sanders is only UGA letterman elected governor

Carl Sanders, the only University of Georgia letterman ever elected governor, was proud of his days as a Bulldog quarterback.
By Loran Smith

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.)

2 injured burning dynamite in SC

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - State and federal authorities are investigating after two people were injured following a dynamite explosion in Leesville.
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