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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Road funding plan sent to SC House floor

The plan passed Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee would lower the state gas tax by 6 cents and raise the sales tax on fuel by 6 percent. It moves around other money to raise an ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Senate committee kills bill to hide execution drug sellers

A bill that would keep secret the names of companies that sell execution drugs to South Carolina died Thursday in a Senate committee, but the idea remains alive in the Legislature.
By Jeffrey Collins

Tip leads to arrest in Monday fire

An anonymous tip led Aiken County police to a man who they believe set fire to an Augusta Road home on Monday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Woman tells police of scam call

An Augusta woman contacted police after a Jamaican man claiming to be a UPS employee continued to call and harass her about "a package."
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Police: Man shot driver, fled to Florida for spring break

A South Carolina man fatally shot another man in the head, stole his car and then drove to Florida for spring break, Daytona Beach police said.

State not meeting support goals for disabled

While the state is doing better to meet recommendations on improving care for mental health patients in community settings, it is unlikely to meet its July 1 deadline to achieve all of its ...
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

Haley's comments anger legislators

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley has incensed South Carolina legislators by suggesting people need to take a shower after talking to them.

Augusta deputy administrator picks named

Two career government managers who left for a few years with the private sector are rejoining local government to serve at the side of Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson.
By Susan McCord

Business news

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

Richmond County population up slightly in 2014

Augusta's population grew slightly last year, but not as fast as Columbia and Aiken counties, which continue to attract a majority of the area's incoming residents, according to new Census ...
By Wesley Brown

Two women pepper sprayed after attacking school safety officer

Two women were pepper sprayed Tuesday after officials say they attacked a school safety officer at Glenn Hills Middle School.
By Doug Stutsman

First of many trials against private probation firm begins

One of the original legal actions against Sentinel Offender Services is set for trial May 11. Hills McGee is seeking damages against the private, for-profit probation company for false arrest and ...
By Sandy Hodson

Georgia DOT asks motorists for caution near work zones

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants motorists to prepare for the unexpected in work zones for their safety and the safety of workers.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Masters traffic plan unveiled

This year’s Masters traffic plan will look familiar to Augustans and many tournament visitors. “We found a successful plan in the last few years and we’re sticking with it,” Traffic Engineer ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Local leaders talk growth

The elected leaders of Augusta-Richmond County, Columbia County and North Augusta reflected on growth Wednesday during Leadership Augusta's "State of the Region" luncheon.
By Jenna Martin

Voters to decide fate of school takeover amendment

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" won Georgia House approval Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.
By Kathleen Foody

House OKs medical marijuana; Deal to sign bill into law

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a sweeping medical marijuana bill into law April 2.
By Bill Hendrick

Rants & Raves

One of my neighbors still keeps most of the Christmas lights on at night. No other items, just the lights for a cheery glow in the dark. No harm in my book.

Labor commissioner: Job growth rate more important than unemployment

Georgia’s labor commissioner, Mark Butler, told Augusta manufacturing representatives Wednesday that an able workforce is the message more common from prospects than location and incentive packages.
By Tim Rausch

Life sentence in Augusta slaying

An Augustan convicted of murder late Tuesday afternoon has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
By Sandy Hodson

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

I am not Jewish; however I am thrilled that Benjamin Netanyahu is still in power. This is a man of integrity and has done a wonderful job.

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

Girl's death among 500 in one year in community care

WRENS, Ga. — Christen Shermaine Hope Gordon was one of 500 patients in 2013 who died in community care while under the watch of the state of Georgia. 

Road funding plan sent to SC House floor

The plan passed Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee would lower the state gas tax by 6 cents and raise the sales tax on fuel by 6 percent. It moves around other money to raise an additional $400 million a year for roads.
By Jeffrey Collins

Auto dealers attract scrutiny

That great automobile price in bold, red ink? It could be a ruse. False advertising, hidden fees and predatory payment plans are all ways shoppers can be tricked when buying a car.
By Sarita Chourey

Family of man killed by Georgia police wants investigation

The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers before he was fatally shot announced Thursday that they are seeking an independent investigation of the incident.
By Jeff Martin

Georgia 'religious freedom' bill stalls in committee

A divisive "religious freedom" bill stalled Thursday in a Geor­gia House committee after a Re­pub­lican member successfully added anti-discrimination language.
By Kathleen Foody
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