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Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Area lawmakers split on ISIS response

Reps. John Barrow, D-Ga., and Joe Wilson, R-S.C., were among 273 House lawmakers to vote in favor of funding the training operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Rep. Paul Broun, ...
By Wesley Brown

Arts in the Heart opens

The 34th annual event kicked off Friday, beginning a three-day celebration spotlighting arts, music and global cuisine.
By Doug Stutsman

Campers wait for Guitar Pull tickets

In what has become an annual tradition, eager music fans got in line early to score tickets to the Guitar Pull country music concert.
By Meg Mirshak

Reporters show determination

Newspaper reporters are sometimes known for their determination. Sometimes that means asking one more question. Or calling one more source. Or writing just a little past deadline to get the story.
By John Gogick

CSRA one of 10 Clubs selected for program

Although SMART Girls has been a Boys & Girls Club program for years, the 2014 version is more results-oriented, grounded in research by health, wellness and education professionals.
By Doug Stutsman

Rants & Raves

Richmond County has a Dignitary Protection Team. So, where are the dignitaries?

Where you live

Alex Santos, 5, walks by a mural at North Augusta Elementary School as he and other kindergartners march in the Teddy bear parade. The children spent the past week learning about bears and ...
By Michael Holahan

Minor earthquake felt in New Ellenton

For the second time in less than a week, a small earthquake rattled the Augusta area, this time in Aiken County.
By Travis Highfield

Teen charged with having survival knife on campus

A 19-year-old Augusta Tech student was arrested Wednesday after police discovered he had a "large survival knife" on campus.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Water park to be built near Grovetown

The owner of the popular Lights of the South holiday attraction plans to build a $20 million water and amusement park on the property near Grovetown.
By Steve Crawford and Valerie Rowell

Compass Academy founder gets 14 years

Jonathan "Jay" Brooks, the founder of Aiken's failed Compass Academy, is expected to begin a 14-year prison sentence Saturday in South Carolina after pleading guilty this week.
By Wesley Brown

Aiken police get narcotics dog from NFL quarterback grant

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced Thursday his foundation will be distributing the grant to Aiken Public Safety when the Steelers play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Across the region

ATLANTA -- Republican Senate nominee David Perdue criticized President Barack Obama for exhibiting weak leadership and not clearly defining a foreign policy Thursday.

Rants & Raves

The person ranting that Rick Allen has closed plants and moved jobs to Mexico shows the individual's ignorance. Rick Allen was in the construction business and never closed any plants or moved ...

Candidates for Ga. governor spar over jobless rate

ATLANTA - An uptick in Georgia's unemployment rate overtook education as the top issue in the governor's race Thursday.
By Kathleen Foody

GBI probing fatal shooting by police in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A handcuffed man was shot and killed by police Thursday in west Savannah, authorities said, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into it.

Jury won't consider deaths in Georgia salmonella trial

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others.
By Russ Bynum

Arts in the Heart begins today

Augusta's annual arts festival returns with new additions expected to add a fresh twist on the three-day celebration.
By Meg Mirshak

Former Fort Gordon soldier killed in Afghanistan

Maj. Michael J. Donahue, who served at Fort Gordon from September 2010 to July 2012, died Tuesday in Kabul of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.

Man faces possible indictment on murder, assault charges

Richmond County Civil Court Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen found probable cause existed to send the case against Robert Anderson Jr., 49, to the grand jury.
By Sandy Hodson

Rants & Raves

Rant to the Canal Authority. Established in 1989, members were to be replaced by March 31, 2002. Some must be glued to their chairs and mummified; they are still there.

Where you live

People participate in a Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa Yoga class led by instructors from Dancing Dogs Yoga at Yoga in the Park, a free event featuring six classes at Pendleton King Park. 
By Jon-Michael Sullivan

Moore: Wash your hands!

Don't forget your hygiene in the bathroom, because you're putting the touch on us and our food later on.
By Glynn Moore

'Sea serpent' puzzled Augustans in 1820

On a mild September day in 1820 an Augusta laborer, anonymous to history, was cutting wood on the banks of the Savannah River. That was when he glanced toward the water and saw something remarkable. 
By Bill Kirby

Reporters show determination

Newspaper reporters are sometimes known for their determination. Sometimes that means asking one more question. Or calling one more source. Or writing just a little past deadline to get the story.
By John Gogick

Georgia agency says photo IDs will cost $7.7 million

ATLANTA - State officials expect adding photos to food stamp cards will cost Georgia more than $7.7 million next year.
By Kathleen Foody

Crowdfunding backers hope to raise interest

ATLANTA - If Georgia is any measure, it will take years for Americans and companies vying for investment through crowdfunding to get comfortable with the practice.
By Kathleen Foody

Hurricane Hugo changed Charleston and its longtime mayor

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Category 4 hurricane struck 25 years ago Sunday, claiming 13 lives in South Carolina – out of 49 total killed – and causing $7 billion damage on the U.S. mainland, most of it in the state. 
By Bruce Smith

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Columbia County historian Bill Blackard  (pictured here.)
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