1st phase awaits Masters traffic

The first phase of the project, which involved moving the northern portion of the road away from Augusta National Golf Club and realigning it to connect with Alexander Drive, is expected to open to traffic by Feb. 29.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

AU researchers find possible fat blocker for diabetic

Researchers at Au­gus­ta University have found a novel compound that, in an animal model, blocks the creation of the fats in the digestive system without harming the level of growth hormone.
By Tom Corwin

Vogtle construction continues despite setbacks, cost overrun

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Contruction of Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle is progressing despite numerous setbacks and cost increases.
By Travis Highfield

Officers reflect on beginnings at agency

Richmond County schools' safety chief, Al­fonzo Wil­­liams, got his start at the now-defunct city department. "APD was ahead of its time. It was far ahead of any other law enforcement agency in the area," he said.
By Travis Highfield

GOP hopefuls headed to Aiken forum

The number of Republican presidential candidates has thinned significantly, but at least three will make another pitch to area voters this week before the Feb. 20 South Carolina primary.
By Travis Highfield

City Ink: Official in hot water over muddy water issue

Love is in the air in Augusta, but not in the water. The local government has been focused on muddy water, hot water and fire trucks that leak water all week leading up to Valentine's Day.
By Sylvia Cooper

Palmetto Pipeline would benefit from 'sacrifice zones'

When it comes to pipeline operators, environmental proponents contend that the companies consider sacrifice zones as areas where they can skimp on everything that offer a lower risk of a potential lawsuit to the companies.
By Ron P. Whittington

Court talk gives way to personal attacks at debate

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and let his successor nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate.

Director's firing urged over raises

Commissioner Marion Williams has called for John­son's firing at Tuesday's commission meeting. Johnson has come under fire for pay raises he and others in his department received that weren't approved.
By Susan McCord

Union says it warned fire chief about trucks

The Augusta Professional Firefighters Association claims members warned Fire Chief Chris James years ago about the purchase of eight KME "prototype" fire trucks costing $6 million that now require frequent maintenance.
By Susan McCord

Rural mural celebrates Glascock County

GIBSON, Ga. - It is a symbol of all the things the people of Glascock County value about living in one of the smallest, least populated and most rural counties in Georgia.
By Parish Howard

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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

House backs bill protecting clergy who won't perform gay marriages

ATLANTA - Georgia House lawmakers on Thurs­day approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages.
By Kathleen Foody

Groups sue over Georgia voter list cuts

ATLANTA - The Georgia NAACP and Common Cause Geor­gia filed a lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, arguing that his office has illegally eliminated people from the state's ...
By Kathleen Foody

Kirby: Changing weather fools plants, people

Winter has fooled the forsythia. I noticed last week's warm spell had tricked the yellow blossoms to bloom early in the row near the front of my house.
By Bill Kirby

Richmond County schools to reopen Friday

The Richmond County School System will reopen tomorrow at regularly scheduled times.
By Doug Stutsman

Martinez man arrested on public indecency charge

A Martinez man was arrested Monday and charged with public indecency.
By Doug Stutsman

Masters event has no honoree

Organizers haven't been able to find a golf professional to honor at this year's Mayor's Masters Recep­tion, according to Wayne Hawkins, the chairman of the event committee.
By Susan McCord

Suspect in 12-hour standoff in custody

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were called to Wrights Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about a domestic dispute, which escalated with the deputies' arrival, Lt. Allan Rollins said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Sting arrests dozens of prison guards

A total of 46 current and former correctional officers, along with two civilians and one inmate, were arrested Thursday in the latest phase of an undercover federal investigation targeting ...
By Kate Brumback

Boil water advisory lifted

The final round of testing on water at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant came back clear Thursday morning.
By Bianca Johnson

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Rants & Raves

The GOP presidential candidates' ideas are downright terrifying. Let's get out to vote and make sure none of these clowns becomes our next president.

Advisory still in effect after first water samples test clean

The first samples of possibly contaminated water in Richmond County came back clean Wednesday evening, officials say. The second test results will be revealed Thursday.
By Doug Stutsman

Augusta man accused of rape

An Augusta man is accused of raping an Augusta woman who died less than an hour after the incident, authorities say.
By Doug Stutsman

Bill adds distance for boats passing docks

Boaters on the Savannah River might have to keep a greater distance from South Carolina docks. A bill working its way through the South Carolina House would increase from 50 feet to 100 feet the ...
By Sarita Chourey

Ashes for the faithful

St. Mary Principal Joe McBride applies ash in the shape of a cross to the forehead of pupil Katie Claire Rhodes, 5. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a period of personal sacrifice and ...
By Michael Holahan

Dating violence high among young, disabled

Advocates and providers gathered Wednesday for the Love Shouldn't Hurt 2016 conference in North Augusta, sponsored by Walton Options for Independent Living, to talk about recognizing the signs of ...
By Tom Corwin

Jurors hear ex-fire marshal's meeting with FBI agent

Beard has pleaded not guilty to six counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion. Defense wit­nesses began testifying Wednes­­day after federal prosecutors rested their case.
By Sandy Hodson

Day care safety bill filed in state House

House Bill 953 was filed Tuesday, with Rep. Billy Mitchell of Stone Mountain as lead sponsor. Three Augusta legislators - Reps. Gloria Frazier, Brian Prince and Wayne Howard - signed on as ...
By Mike Wynn

Utility ships water to Fort Gordon, offers wider help

In the midst of the boil water advisory in Richmond County, Columbia County Water Utility Director Billy Clay­ton said he was happy to help Fort Gor­don when called to assist Tuesday night.
By Valerie Rowell

Augusta University to hold classes Thursday

Danielle Harris, spokeswoman for Augusta University, confirmed that the university will have classes tomorrow.

Richmond County public schools to be closed again Thursday

Richmond County public schools will be closed again on Thursday.
By Doug Stutsman
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Rants & Raves

Cam Newton sat in the press conference after the game sulking, then got up and walked out before it was over. Isn't that setting a fine example for the young kids who follow him!

Kirby: Passion isn't what it was in Gable's time

If you grew up when I did, passion was either A: Something linked to expensive perfumes, or B: A way movie stars would express strong romantic interest. Well, our old word "passion" apparently means something new these days.
By Bill Kirby

Homecoming at Paine College 2016

Mister and Miss Paine College, Troy Egbe and Kai Chambers wave to parade goers at the Paine College Homecoming Parade.
By Mike Adams

Hopefuls misfire on nominees to Supreme Court, militants

WASHINGTON - The Republican presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria and more.
By Sam Hananel And Christopher S. Rugaber

Mom, daughter die in Georgia mobile home fire

State fire investigators have determined a house fire that claimed the lives of two women in northeast Georgia was accidental.

NC State student loses bet, spends 30 hours in Waffle House

A North Carolina State University student has spent 30 straight hours at a Raleigh Waffle House after losing a bet.

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including LaRue Mangelly  (pictured here.)
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