Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mayor-elect Davis shares plans for Augusta

Mayor-elect Hardie Davis on Tuesday gave south Augusta residents a taste of his mayoral term that begins in January.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Voters reject SPLOST package

Augusta voters narrowly rejected a $194.3 million sales tax package, just the second of its kind to fail since the city's first special purpose local option sales tax in 1988.
By Meg Mirshak

Sleeper, Baker retain school board seats

Two Columbia County School Board incumbents retained their seats for another term.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SPLOST question

A: If a sales tax referendum doesn't pass, Georgia counties must wait one year before returning a tax package to a ballot.
By Susan McCord

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sales Tax Question: Why are sales tax funds allocated for project administration?

A: Georgia laws governing the imposition of sales taxes allow the local government to reimburse itself for actual costs associated with the sales-tax-funded projects.
By Susan McCord

Prayer continues at Augusta Commission meetings

The Augusta Commission opens its meetings with a mostly Christian religious invocation, although the city adjusted for the mayor's prayer breakfast after a 2012 legal challenge.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, May 4, 2014

SPLOST question: What will Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities do with its $19 million allocation of sales tax funds?

The Recreation, Parks and Facilities plans to adhere to the 28 sales-tax-funded projects included in the package Augusta commissioners approved in February as collections allow.
By Susan McCord

Moore: Quiet needed on campaign trail

Candidates are losing my vote with their abuse of the English languge.
By Glynn Moore

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chronicle poll shows Davis leading mayor's race

Thirty-six percent of voters polled by the Atlanta polling firm InsiderAdvantage said they plan to vote for the state senator in the May 20 election.
By Susan McCord

SPLOST question: Can 1 percent sales tax funds be used to pay people's salaries?

Yes. While Georgia law prohibits using sales taxes to pay for maintenance and operations of government facilities, it makes an exception for roads, streets, bridges and drainage work.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

City files motion to dismiss ACLU suit

Attorneys for Augusta filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit seeking to move May 20 mayor and commission elections to a later date.
By Susan McCord

536 have voted early, but more chances exist ahead of May 20 elections

A predictor of election day turnout, 360 people have voted early and 176 have mailed absentee ballots so far in the May 20 general primary and local nonpartisan election.
By Susan McCord

Monday, April 28, 2014

SPLOST question: What sales tax 7 projects will be funded first?

The Augusta Chronicle addresses the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sand Hills residents implore candidates to remember them

Augusta's Sand Hills, like many of the city's older neighborhoods, suffers from being a bit forgotten, despite being in the center of town.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Attorney announces candidacy for Super District 10 seat

Augusta attorney Brandon Dial on Wednesday became the first candidate to challenge incumbent Grady Smith for the Super District 10 seat on the Augusta Commission.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Third candidate announces run for District 4 seat

Willie Peoples, a native of Slocumb, Ala., served 32 years in the Army, including as a combat parachutist in the Iraq war before retiring to Hephzibah about seven years ago, he said.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Roundtree makes history with victory

When Ronnie Strength announced he would not seek another term as sheriff, a flurry of hats was tossed into the ring. Few predicted the election’s outcome eight months later.
By Steve Crawford

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Officials to look at vacant lot voters

Board of Elections members have given Executive Director Lynn Bailey a green light to scrutinize a list of voters whose addresses appear to be vacant lots or abandoned houses.
By Steve Crawford

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

Voters registered at empty lots?

A sample analysis of registered voters in Richmond County found more that two dozen individuals whose home of record was an empty lot or an uninhabitable structure.
By Steve Crawford

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Early vote turnout low in Augusta District 1

Augustans who live in commission District 1 are showing little interest in voting early in the runoff between incumbent Matt Aitken and challenger Bill Fennoy.
By Susan McCord

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