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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

GEMA sends Augusta $3 million for debris cleanup

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency wrote the City of Augusta a $3 million check on Feb. 16 to go towards the debris removal project for last year's ice storm.
By Doug Stutsman

Library asks for public's help identifying historic photos

A snapshot of nearly all Columbia County's history - its fields of golden wheat, pastures of crimson clover and crops of valuable tobacco - can be seen in more than 150 photographs donated to the ...
By Wesley Brown

Soldier awarded Purple Heart

Army Sgt. Beth VanVleet received a Purple Heart Friday for injuries sustained during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.
By Meg Mirshak

Augusta coalition urges support of Paine College

Augusta's Interfaith Coalition is imploring the community to make a drastic financial show of support for Paine College as the school attempts to regain fiscal stability and resolve accreditation ...
By Tracey McManus

Bond denied for robbery suspect

A man involved in a fatal kidnapping nearly 13 years ago was denied bond Friday on new charges filed in a recent robbery attempt that left the victim with gunshot and knife wounds.
By Sandy Hodson

Annual Aiken Lobster Race to take year off

The annual Aiken Lobster Race has been postponed until 2016, according to a post Friday afternoon on its Facebook Page.
By Doug Stutsman

Warrenville man crashes car into building, charged with DUI

A Warrenville man has been charged with DUI after crashing into the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center early Friday.
By Doug Stutsman

Area students get hands-on learning

Students had to use three sheets of newspaper and 6 feet of tape to create a structure at least 11 inches tall that would support the weight of one science textbook during a hands-on ...
By Jon-Michael Sullivan

Three arrested in Aiken County EBT fraud

Three people were arrested Thursday when Aiken County authorities concluded a six-month investigation into EBT fraud at a Warrenville store.

Drug company ordered to pay South Carolina $126 million

COLUMBIA - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay South Carolina $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug, the state's highest court ruled this week.
By Meg Kinnard

Georgia National Guard forming cyber team

The Georgia National Gaurd was selected to establish a cyber protection team as part of the Army's efforts to boost its ranks protecting cyberspace.
By Meg Mirshak

Georgia Power's Vogtle expansion costs increase

Georgia Power Co. told state regulators Friday that its share of capital construction costs for the Plant Vogtle expansion has risen $246 million, and it asked for approval of completion dates 18 ...
By Meg Mirshak

Rants & Raves

The Georgia House of Representatives wants to let thousands of Geor­gians who failed graduation tests get diplomas anyway. As soon as that happens, it makes every legitimate diploma worthless.

Baseball bat attack leads to revoked probation, prison time

James Bush, 52, has been indicted on the new charge of aggravated assault for attacking John Morrison with a baseball bat on Oct. 6
By Sandy Hodson

Two Aiken County sheriff's K-9s die

Sampson, a 12-year-old bloodhound, was euthanized after battling cancer, and 5-year-old Nico was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
By Doug Stutsman

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Georgia House passes $44.6 billion state budget for Senate review

ATLANTA — A $44.6 billion state budget approved Thursday would narrow past cuts to education spending, cut funding for low-interest student loans and ask school districts to pay to keep insurance ...
By Kathleen Foody

Across the region

LEXINGTON, S.C. - Grand jury indictments accuse a Lexington County father of strangling four of his children and beating a fifth last summer at their home.

SC State trustees meet as senators want to fire them

South Carolina State University trustees said Thursday they are being unfairly blamed for the university's problems, but likely will leave quietly in the best interest of the school if lawmakers ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Officials tout "great year" for University

Despite "stress" all hospitals are facing from increasing financial pressures, University Hospital had a "great year," officials said.
By Tom Corwin

Tutt Middle explores cultures

Broadening cultural horizons was the goal of Tutt Middle School's multicultural heritage night, which brought students, teachers and neighborhood members together to explore the ancestral ...
By Sean Gruber

Rants & Raves

Raves to the citizens of Hephzibah who were adamant about the awful, run-down former school. You being vocal about this eyesore made them tear it down at last. To get anything done in this town you are going to have to stand up.

Kirby: Winter's worst week

We took a vote at my house and chose the past week as the worst in a long time. Weather was bad. Ice and cold without the beauty of snow. Rain without the beauty of stopping. Everybody looked sick or felt sick or was sick.
By Bill Kirby

Reading across Augusta

By Michael Holahan

Woman's execution postponed over issues with drug

JACKSON, Ga. – The scheduled execution of the only woman on Georgia’s death row Monday was postponed over concerns about the potency of the lethal injectio
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia may lower income tax

ATLANTA -- Georgia Republicans have introduced a bill that will lower the rate on income taxes for individuals and businesses that their economists estimate will result in 14,000 or so jobs.
By Walter C. Jones

Senator drafts stricter bill on cannabis oil

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.
By Bill Hendrick

Ex-superintendent in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA - Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Pub­lic Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that reverberated nationwide.
By Kathleen Foody

The Way We Were: Police

Believe it or not, we have very little information on this photo. It was taken by a Chronicle photographer in August 1978 on 15th Street just down from the Butt Memorial Bridge.
By Bill Kirby

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Roy Garrard  (pictured here.)
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Documents show state concerns about execution drug

ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug Monday, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or ...
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