Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

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 ...
By Susan McCord

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 ...
By Susan McCord

Simpler licensing for military spouses

ATLANTA - The husbands and wives of service members transferred to Georgia could have an easier time getting a job under legislation passed unanimously Thursday by the House of Representatives.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Utilities officials criticized for handling of boil-water advisory

Augusta's utilities director is taking heat for being slow to notify the public of a boil-water advisory that inconvenienced tens of thousands and shut the school system for two days.
By Susan McCord

Augusta University group visits state Capitol

Showing off a new name, about 100 Augusta University students and administrators pitched booths in statehouse corridors Thursday and buttonholed lawmakers.
By Walter C. Jones

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

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

SC mayor ejects councilwoman from meeting

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. - The mayor of Simpsonville ordered a security officer to remove a councilwoman from a city council meeting after an argument began while officials discussed installing a street ...

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Bill provides $40 million in flood grants to farmers

The legislation approved 21-0 by the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee allows farmers in disaster-declared counties to apply for grants of up to $100,000 each. The grants could equal 20 percent ...
By Seanna Adcox

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

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

Water problems may not be resolved until midday Thursday

Many residents will not know until midday Thursday whether city water is safe to drink, after a problem at a water plant prompted the school system to close for at least two days and disrupted ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Ethics panel orders Harrell to pay $113,500

COLUMBIA - A legislative panel ordered former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell on Tuesday to pay nearly $113,500 within six months.
By Seanna Adcox

Forum discusses possibility of library reopening on Sundays

More than two dozen people attended a public forum at library headquarters at 823 Telfair Street and applauded the idea of reopening it on Sundays.
By Doug Stutsman

SC takes step on limiting eminent domain

Concerns about eliminating Kinder Morgan's ability to use eminent domain are surfacing, even as South Carolina moves closer to preventing the company from forcibly purchasing land from property ...
By Sarita Chourey

Documents claim authorization but lack signature for unexplained raise

Augusta commissioners viewed forms Tuesday submitted by Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson that got Johnson a large pay increase last year without their knowledge.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County leadership class visits Capitol

The members of Leadership Columbia County took a tour of the Statehouse to learn more about history, politics and protocol.
By Walter C. Jones

Trump, Sanders victorious in New Hampshire primaries

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and ...
By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne
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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 ...
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