State to push Gracewood patients out

Georgia is under a 2010 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after the federal government sued over the conditions in the state hospitals, part of an effort to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. 
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

State denies records to grieving mother

Cornelius James had just turned 18 when he died, before his mother could establish formal legal guardianship, and the state is now using that to deny her a copy of its own investigation into his death.
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

Soldier transition battalion draws complaints

In the past five years, soldiers have filed 76 complaints against Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion - fifth-most among the 33 units that received at least one complaint.
By Wesley Brown

Stormwater fee to pay salaries

While the city has presented maps of work requests, it has no firm timeline or detailed list of how and where an estimated $15 million in new annual revenue will be spent.
By Susan McCord

City Ink: Concerns of lack of mayor lunch coverage merit reply

It came to my attention that several commenters had remarked that last Sunday's column lacked sufficient detail about what King Hardie Davis said during our recent lunch at Nacho Mama's. 
By Sylvia Cooper

BMX riders take inaugural lap at new track

Under blue, cloudless skies Saturday, the official opening of the Blanchard Woods BMX Track and Skate Park was grand.
By Scott Rouch

Group travels down Savannah River to raise awareness

The journey, is part adventure, part consciousness raising and part environmental activism by Bob Brooksher, his friend Joanne Steele and her son, Jesse Steele, called "Source to the Sea."
By Steve Crawford

Law enforcement agencies closing racial gap

Recent employment figures show the racial gap between area law enforcement agencies and the communities in which they serve continues to shrink.
By Travis Highfield

Jimmy Orr remembers his hole-in-one at Augusta National

Leaning on a bookshelf in Jimmy Orr's two-story townhouse is a shadowbox from the Augusta National Golf Club celebrating his hole-in-one on No. 12.
By Doug Stutsman

Pearl the obese dog gradually losing weight

After six months in the care of DNA rescue and through a careful rehabilitation program, Pearl has lost 15.7 pounds, down from the 76.5 she weighed when she was found as a stray on Kensington Drive in September.
By Tracey McManus

Best and Brightest 2015

The Chronicle is accepting nominations for its annual Best and Brightest Awards. Download the entry form for full details.

Rants & Raves

Thank goodness, most folks in Columbia County recognize the fact that the quality of life they enjoy is due to the wonderful school system they have.

Kirby: How well you do know Augusta history?

Take this local history quiz and test your knowledge and memory on local things that have happened in March.
By Bill Kirby

Triple Crown's final jewel

The final leg of the Triple Crown was held Saturday in Aiken.
By Mike Adams

3 Georgia brothers honored for WWII service

The Smallwood brothers sit in the back sunroom of the American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7 on Riverside Drive in Gainesville. The three brothers represent an increasing rarity today. All three are World War II veterans.

Deal orders states to prepare for marijuana bill enactment

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.
By Bill Hendrick

Kirby: Stay busy and avoid the work you dislike

I have long noticed that sometimes I will jump onto another job simply to give myself an excuse for not doing one I dislike more.
By Bill Kirby

Parents brace for move out

HEPHZIBAH — When Theresa Senior pulls into her driveway, Terral Senior hops out. Something Terral, 57, couldn’t do before she went to Gracewood. Her mother fears she will regress and might be harmed if she is ever forced to leave the facility.
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