Command sergeant major relinquishes command at ceremony

In a change of command ceremony Friday morning at Fort Gordon, Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Brooks, of the Seventh Signal Command (Theater), relinquished command to Command Sgt. Maj. Kristine Purnell.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Plant Vogtle on track after schedule revised

Georgia Power Co. reported Fri­day that Plant Vogtle's expansion is progressing as planned after the Waynesboro, Ga., facility's budget and schedule were revised earlier this year to reflect an 18-month delay and a $246 million increase in costs.
By Wesley Brown

Perry invokes Alamo in Aiken appearance

Dogged by staff defections, lagging poll numbers and financial shortfalls, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry showed he has plenty of fight left Friday at Newberry Hall in front of a modest gathering of Aiken County Republicans.
By Mike Rosier

Bond granted in gang rape case

Jahmal Hamm, 18, Curtis D. Jordan, 19, Devonta L. Kitchens, 17, and Maxene Saintal Jr., 16, each faces charges of two counts rape, two counts aggravated sodomy, and armed robbery.
By Sandy Hodson

Police investigate miscarriage after assault arrest

Police are investigating a woman's miscarriage that occurred shortly after she reported an assault by the unborn child's father, authorities said.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Eye doctor agrees to pay additional civil payment

Jeffrey Sponseller who operated Sponseller Eye Care One will pay $275,000 to settled a civil action filed over his violation of the False Claims Act.
By Sandy Hodson

Columbia County school construction continues

Construction on Columbia County school campuses is expected to continue for a few years.
By Valerie Rowell

Vandalized church gets security cameras

The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer raised enough money through a Go Fund Me account to install security cameras after two incidents stemming from its support for gay marriage.
By Lisa Kaylor

Columbia County charter school bid denied

For the second consecutive year, the State Charter Schools Commission has denied a local group's petition to establish an arts-infused charter school in Columbia County.
By Steve Crawford

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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Helms College open house today

Helms College will hold an open house today for prospective students and parents.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

More charges expected in Georgia rampage

ATHENS, Ga. -- A man who went on a shooting rampage earlier this week near Athens is expected to be charged with murder as one of his victims was declared brain damaged and on life support.
By Joe Johnson

Pipeline case moves ahead in court

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams has approved a scheduling order that outlines deadlines leading up to a hearing on Nov. 13 or “as soon as practicable thereafter.”
By Mary Landers

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Bus issue slows Medical district gateway project

The centerpiece of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation's plans to redevelop a 15th Street gateway into the city's medical district still has one significant problem: It has city buses on it.
By Susan McCord

Students begin dual-enrollment under new state program

Unlike in years past, state law now allows high school freshmen and sophomores to enroll in more than 125 college courses at Augusta Tech - with most expenses paid by the Georgia Student Finance ...
By Wesley Brown

No kills yet in Augusta shelter distemper probe

No dog had been euthanized as of Tuesday for canine distemper at Augusta Animal Services after a puppy with the virus prompted the facility to stop all dog intakes and adoptions.
By Susan McCord

Cyber Center of Excellence making strides; Work still to do

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence is progressing as planned a little more a year after transitioning from the branch's Signal Center, but it still has a way to go, Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty ...
By Travis Highfield

Rants & Raves

I will be so glad when roadwork is complete on Windsor Spring Road. They have knocked off my power several times. My water's has been off, and just last week dirt and mud were coming through the ...

Pedestrian injured near GRU

A pedestrian was injured after being struck in the crosswalk on Harper Street near Georgia Regents Medical Center emergency room.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Hornsby third-grade shooter found gun in family kitchen

The third-grade pupil who accidently discharged a handgun in his classroom Tuesday found the weapon while exploring his family kitchen, police say.
By Sean Gruber

Officials search for man accused of robbery, firing shots at bar

Richmond County sheriff's officials said a Finish Line Cafe employee and several customers were walking to their vehicles around 2:50 a.m. when an unknown man in a ski mask approached and demanded ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Two men arrested in separate crimes at Family Dollar store

Two men are facing charges after two unrelated crimes at an Family Dollar on Broad Street in the past week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Pet microchipping offered Saturday

A low-cost rabies and microchipping clinic will be held this Saturday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Police continue search for Gloverville suspect

GLOVERVILLE — Aiken County authorities are searching for a suspect in a pair of car break-ins Tuesday after a man matching the description of the suspect surrendered to police but was later released.
By Mike Rosier

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

DFCS chief shares "blueprint" for future of child welfare

In what became biggest turnout so far on his statewide tour, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Director Bobby Cagle shared his vision for the future of child welfare.
By Travis Highfield

Suspects sought after ransacking Augusta home

An 82-year-old man arrived at his home in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and found his back door had been kicked in.
By Doug Stutsman

Ambulance issue to return to commission

Terminating Gold Cross' EMS contract will be back next week for a vote by the full commission.
By Susan McCord

Hunting, fishing licenses to rise first time in 23 years

ATLANTA - Anglers and hunters should expect to pay more for their licenses if the Department of Natural Resources can convince the legislature to impose the first increase in 23 years.
By Walter C. Jones

Governors aim to block detainee transfers

COLUMBIA - The governors of South Carolina and Kansas wrote to the Obama administration, threatening to sue if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are brought to military installations in either ...
By Meg Kinnard

Army cyber general proposes mission to fight global hacks

Speaking at TechNet Augusta's third annual military conference, Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon laid the groundwork for a new Army that's concentrated on stopping "hybrid warfare."
By Wesley Brown

Rants & Raves

About the school bus schedule, why not just go back to the last schedule method that worked?

Where you live

North Augusta fans cheer on their team Friday during North Augusta's 35-27 victory over Midland Valley in Aiken.
By Todd Bennett

Storm plan underway, Deal says

ATLANTA - The lessons of "Snowpocalypse" convinced Gov. Nathan Deal that there's no such thing as being prepared too early, he said Friday as Tropical Storm Erika threatened to visit Georgia.

Pre-K expansion, pay raises coming, governor hints

ATLANTA - "Signifi­cant," expensive changes to the state's pre-kindergarten program are likely, Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday.
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia 'rampage' victim dies

ATHENS, Ga. -- One of the victims of a man's rampage this week in Oglethorpe County has died, while her killer was released from an Athens hospital.
By Joe Johnson

Confederate monument protected by Plexiglas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mecklenburg County officials have encased a Confederate monument in a Plexiglas barrier to prevent it from being vandalized again.

Southeast watching storm

All of Florida is carefully watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola.

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Percy Griffin Sr. (pictured here.)
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Richmond County elementary schools lead in weapons cases

There were more weapons-related incidents in Richmond County elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year than at middle or high schools, with the weapons ranging from blunt objects to handguns.
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