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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he's out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith's term.
By Susan McCord

Probation advisory council investigates company

The state council overseeing private probation companies voted unanimously Wednesday to launch a criminal investigation against a Darien-based firm.
By Walter C. Jones

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $77,795.

Canal authority elects members

The Augusta Canal Authority reelected Richard Isdell as chairman.

Deadly drag race leads to prison term

Rodney Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by a vehicle for the July 28, 2013, death of 23-year-old Marcus Kelly and the broken leg suffered by 17-year-old Jerome ...
By Sandy Hodson

Man acquitted in shooting

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Kenneth L. Anderson, 23, not guilty at the conclusion of a trial that stretched over two weeks.

Theft closes Optimist Club's tree sale early

Between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28, 48 Christmas trees - valued at $2,500 - were stolen from the North Augusta Optimist Club, according to an incident report from the North Augusta Department of Public ...
By Doug Stutsman

Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary school because of excessive absences caused by illness, the McDuffie County School System has decided to close all seven of its schools, according to its ...
By Sean Gruber

Movie theater still coming to Village at Riverwatch

Though behind schedule, the curtain has not dropped on plans for a new movie theater in the Village at Riverwatch.
By Jenna Martin

Krispy Kreme opens in south Augusta

Krispy Kreme opened Tuesday on Peach Orchard Road in south Augusta.

Narcotics investigation leads to two arrests

Two men were arrested Tuesday following a narcotics investigation in the parking lot of Taco Bell on Washington Road.
By Doug Stutsman

Columbia County commission votes to raise stormwater utilty fees

Columbia County commissioners voted to implement a series of increases to the county's stormwater utility fee, more than doubling the current fee by 2017.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Festival marks start of Hanukkah

Ice carvings marked the finale of the 18th annual menorah lighting and Hanukkah festival, presented by Chabad of Augusta.
By Lisa Kaylor

School board members take service oaths

Augusta resident Charlie Hannah and incumbent Board Chairwoman Venus Cain were among those sworn in as Richmond County Board of Education members.
By Sean Gruber

Hyde Park residents get relocation funding

The Augusta Commission voted 10-0 to use $2.8 million in sales taxes specifically for the Hyde Park relocation effort.
By Susan McCord

Suspect at large after high-speed chase

A suspect remains at large following a high-speed chase Monday night through parts of Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman

Some schools make gains on report card, but system still struggles

A number of Richmond County schools showed improvements on Georgia's 2014 accountability report card measuring student achievement and progress levels, but the system itself still performed below ...
By Sean Gruber

Darius Rucker records song inspired by local family

The Simkins family inspired a song recorded by singer Darius Rucker. The song was released online as a holiday promotion for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
By Meg Mirshak

Sanford got payout from lender after taking office

After taking office, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused of deceiving customers.
By Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss

Flu is here with unusual symptoms

Flu is definitely widespread in Georgia, which means it has appeared in more than half the counties in the state. On the scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest level of intensity for ...
By Tom Corwin

Rants & Raves

After three years we finally sold our home in south Augusta and have now moved to a wonderful community called Canterbury Farms in growing Grovetown. I have paid my last property tax bill to that dysfunctional government in the Marble Palace on Greene Street.

Empty Stocking Fund: Single mother seeks help

An Augusta single mom with a very small income is asking for help this holiday.

Empty Stocking Fund donations

Previously acknowledged: $83,390.

Kirby: Expensive meds have furry friend covered (again)

December chill has both my little dogs glad they can wear their colorful doggie sweaters.
By Bill Kirby

Troops return from deployment in time for holidays

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Duane Sandbothe returned from a deployment to Afghanistan on Thursday with plans to keep his holiday homecoming a secret from his 8-year-old son for a full week.
By Russ Bynum

Legislators weigh debt forgiveness to retain teachers

COLUMBIA - South Carolina could recruit and keep more good teachers by forgiving student loans, paying teacher mentors a stipend and boosting some teachers' salaries, a Senate study panel says.

Haley names director of state's newest agency

Gov. Nikki Haley announced Thursday that Marcia Adams, of the Budget and Control Board, will head up the new Department of Administration when the agency officially opens for business July 1.
By Seanna Adcox

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including former Gov. Carl Sanders (pictured here.)
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