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Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Commission considers tax district for Gordon Highway area

A tax allocation district funnels new taxes back into development in a blighted area.
By Susan McCord

SRS board favors service projects over fines

Savannah River Site’s Citizens Advisory Board asked the U.S. Energy Department to consider enforcing environmental-service projects in lieu of civil fines and penalties for cleanup efforts that ...
By Wesley Brown

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Documentary to focus on artist's "Happy" campaign

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, two blocks of 10th Street - between Broad and Greene streets - will be used for filming a parade scene for a documentary called Happy: A Small Film with A Big Smile.
By Doug Stutsman

Work session yields no changes to 2016 budget

A new Central Services department to oversee facilities, fleet and 311 is included in City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson's 2016 budget proposal.
By Susan McCord

Heavy fines loom over MOX project

The U.S. Department of Energy could have to pay South Carolina $1 million a day if it fails to remove or convert one metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium by the end of the year.
By Wesley Brown

Early voting begins in 2 Columbia County runoff races

The early voting in the Dec. 1 runoff for House District 122 and County Commission District 3 will be open through Nov. 25.

Georgia says no to refugees

ATLANTA - Georgia yanked back the welcome mat Monday as Gov. Nathan Deal announced the state will not accept Syrian refugees following Paris' deadly terrorist attacks Friday.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Daily fantasy sports question 'pending' in Georgia

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said his office is investigating whether daily fantasy sports violate state law after New York ordered two of the industry's largest companies to stop accepting ...
By Wesley Brown

Property owners face Monday deadline to pay tax bills

Sunday is the official deadline for Richmond County property owners to pay taxes, but Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick said taxpayers have through close of business Monday to pay without penalty.

City Ink: Budget proposal late despite law

Augus­ta’s 2016 budget represents a whole different theory on how to do things. Previous commissions demanded that a few people do a lot and kept taxes low. The current ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Kinder Morgan official says pipeline will get built

The Houston-based company is moving forward despite a legal battle that's left many Georgians believing the 360-mile petroleum project was buried before a single pipe could be put into the ground.
By Mary Landers

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Administrator looks back on busy first year

A "whirlwind" first year saw City Ad­min­istrator Janice Allen Jackson taking on two city budgets and a sales tax referendum, implementing a stormwater utility fee and completing massive ...
By Susan McCord

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

New library planned for Harlem

Harlem and Columbia County officials hope the proposed Harlem Library will foster economic growth in the city's downtown area.
By Valerie Rowell

Allen receives Dodd award

The Bobby Dodd Institute presented U.S. Rep. Rick Allen with a Congressional Champion Award on Friday during a ceremony at his Augusta district office.

Kinder Morgan says DOT changed process midway in pipeline review

ATLANTA – A judge said Friday that she won’t make her decision until sometime next year on whether the state wrongly denied a company permission to take land from property owners to build a ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Wilson announces bill to alter national labor board

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., announced a new piece of legislation Thursday that he says will provide much needed protections for all South Carolina businesses, from individually franchised hotels ...
By Mike Rosier

As grad rates climb, school officials cite 'personalized learning'

High school graduation rates are climbing, and school officials said they hope to continue the trend with a mix of "personalized learning" and a focus on intervening with struggling students as ...
By Sean Gruber

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

October event good indicator of Project Jackson expectations, officials say

More than 20,000 people attended the 31st annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee Oct. 30-31, City Administrator Todd Glover said, giving officials an opportunity to test some concepts that have been kicked ...
By Travis Highfield

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

New department, positions in city budget

The changes were part of City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson's presentation Tuesday of the 2016 budget to the mayor and commission.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Raises part of city administrator's budget proposal

The $745.8 million budget proposal includes a 2 percent pay increase for all staff, along with increased general fund and law enforcement spending, but calls for no increase in ad valorem taxes.
By Susan McCord
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