Be happy with your life, Lattimore says at prayer lunch

Former University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore talked about his faith and how it helped him overcome obstacles on the football field and in life at the North Augusta Mayor's Prayer Luncheon.
By James Folker

Obama commutes Augusta man's sentence

An Augusta man who has served 18 years in federal prison on drug charges had his sentence commuted by President Obama on Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson

Electronic cigarettes must pass FDA check

The rules ban all sales to those younger than 18 and require manufacturers to submit applications within the next two years. Retailers who mix the "e-liquid" used in the devices or alter the devices could be required to apply as manufacturers, according to FDA guidance.
By Tom Corwin

Judge lets stalking suspect remain free on bond

Assistant District Attor­ney McKenzie Gray asked Judge J. David Roper to revoke Raymond Wright's bonds, arguing that he is a danger to the community and to women in particular.
By Sandy Hodson

Three Burke County students, driver sent to hospital after bus tips over

According to the district's Facebook page, the incident happened on tracks at Hadden Pond Road in Waynesboro.

Teen blogger C.J. Pearson suspended for cyberbullying

In a YouTube video viewed more than 70,000 times, the teen claims the Columbia County school system is retaliating against him.
By Susan McCord

Augusta paper plant will lay off up to 95

Resolute Forest Products said Thursday that it will shut down one of the two paper machines at its manufacturing plant in south Richmond County, resulting in up to 95 layoffs and reducing the plant's capacity by nearly half.

Data center plans announced for historic Sibley Mill

After 18 months of discussion and due diligence, backers of a proposed data center at Sibley Mill on Wednesday announced they have entered into a long-term lease at the historic property alongside the Augusta Canal.
By Damon Cline

Sheriff's office begins gun initiative

Starting Thursday the Richmond County Sheriff's Office begins an initiative to remove 500 illegal guns from the streets of Augusta.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Augusta parks plan calls for more parks

One finding in a new Augusta Recreation master plan released Wednesday might surprise Augusta residents familiar with the city’s 60-plus parks and recreation facilities.
By Susan McCord

Fort Gordon alliance gets new director

The CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, the region's military advocacy organization, announced Friday that retiring Executive Director Thom Tuckey will be replaced by a 32-year Army veteran whose last assignment was serving as senior enlisted adviser to Fort Gordon's commanding general.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Deal vetoes drone bill

Lawmakers on a special committee, including Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta, spent last summer studying issues surrounding the privacy and safety of the pilotless airplanes.
By Walter C. Jones

Gov. Deal signs state budget with local benefits

Libraries, juvenile centers, a hospital and university research in the Augusta area will all benefit from provisions of the state budget Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday.
By Walter C. Jones

Rants & Raves

For all you people who own cats and let them wander all over the neighborhood smelling up other people's yards: Be aware that there are going to be traps set, cats caught and taken to the animal ...

Study finds antibiotics overused, ADHD kids don't get therapy first

In unrelated studies released Tuesday, the CDC found that nearly a third of antibiotics were prescribed needlessly, potentially feeding resistance to those drugs, and that very young children with ...
By Tom Corwin

Augusta woman died in Richmond County jail of infection

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen reported Debra Leverette, 50, died of peritonitis.
By Sandy Hodson

Second man suspected in club shooting

A second man has been charged in connection with a shooting at a downtown club last month. Niatavius Diquyll Green, 23, was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on two counts of aggravated ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Private probation firms collect millions

The number of people on probation sentences in Georgia helped generate $10 million for private probation companies in a single quarter, with the one handling cases in Richmond County leading the way.
By Sandy Hodson

Crash kills Augusta man

An Augusta area man died Monday evening after being partly ejected during a rollover crash on Old Waynesboro Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Monday, May 2, 2016

Candidates discuss issues at forum

Candidates running for Geor­gia House District 123 and Senate District 24 took part in a panel discussion Mon­day that was preceded by a meet-and-greet and statements from four others ...
By Travis Highfield

New gyms cost more than city can spend

The North Augusta City Coun­cil found out Monday night that it has about half the money it needs to add two gyms to the Riverview Park Activities Center.
By James Folker

Columbia County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

The Columbia County Commis­sion will hold a public hearing on its 2016-17 fiscal year budget Tuesday, and Internal Services Director Leanne Reece said she expects little to change moving forward.
By Travis Highfield

Kirby: Prehistoric items, football legend part of weekend

Did you have a good weekend? I did. I got a chance to chat with Archie Manning and throw prehistoric spears.
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

When you mention dogs not being allowed in back of pickups, does that mean that humans are not permitted in the back?

Repeat offender pleads guilty to stalking

A Columbia County man with a history of harassing and stalking women pleaded guilty Monday to a third offense of stalking and was given six months in jail.
By Sandy Hodson

Man, 45, arrested on child sex charges

Jeffery Lynn Haithrox, of Mallard Creek Drive, in Graham, N.C., was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies working with the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
By Doug Stutsman

Payroll error causes school system employees to be paid twice

A payroll error that caused all Richmond County School System employees to be paid twice last week is expected to be cleared up by Wednesday, a spokesman said.
By Susan McCord

Paine announces changes

Paine College announced a number of changes coming out of its spring meeting, including restructuring the membership of the board of trustees and this governing body accepting "ultimate ...

Augusta company makes acquisition

The Augusta-based vehicle maker said it will fold Premier Engineering & Manu­facturing Inc. of Mari­nette, Wis., into its TUG Tech­nologies Corp. subsidiary, which produces ground support ...

Police collect 200 lbs. of drugs

About 200 pounds of drugs were collected by Richmond County sheriff's deputies during a drug take back event on Saturday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Authorities finish investigation on Appling shootings

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Monday it is confident the man who committed suicide afterward was the killer.
By Bianca Cain Johnson


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Rants & Raves

Let's for once put our differences aside and just reach out and give somebody a hug and tell 'em you love them. Let's enjoy ourselves. Smile at somebody. Tell somebody you love them. 

Kirby: Get view of planets, stars in pre-dawn sky

If you want to see the planet Mars at its best, look up in the Southern sky before dawn.
By Bill Kirby

Where you live: Cinco de Mayo celebration

Bartenders wait on customers at Vallarta's on Washington Road during a busy Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday.

Georgia deputy killed in crash

Authorities say a Georgia sheriff's deputy has been killed while pursuing a suspicious vehicle.

Ex-Savannah pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from his church

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The former pastor of a historic Savannah church stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade.
By Russ Bynum

Department to look into 'white lies' tape

COLUMBIA - A House oversight committee looking into the South Carolina Depart­ment of Public Safety abruptly ended its meeting Thursday after playing a tape of the agency's human resources director saying there were times when it was OK to lie.

Feds seek DNA samples to investigate gun thefts

ATLANTA - Federal authorities are seeking a DNA sample - along with hair samples and fingerprints - from at least one suspect as they continue investigating the theft of 130 guns from firearms dealers in several Georgia cities.
By Jeff Martin
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The following students were named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the Fall 2015 semester:

Athens pharmacy holdups worry police

ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a group of people they believe might be responsible for two drugstore robberies.
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