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Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Tax hikes looms to fix Georgia roads

ATHENS, Ga. -- State leaders hinted at a tax increase to find funding for Georgia Highway repairs.
By Walter Jones

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Commission abandons audit plans for Hyde Park project

City commissioners abandoned plans to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta's Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire department.
By Susan McCord

Qualifying set for District 7 special election

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested election to complete resigned Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith's term has been set for Jan. 12-14.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities plan pulled from committee agenda

A $225,230 engineering and master plan for Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities has been pulled from the Public Services committee agenda because it conflicts with a $100,000 assessment ...
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

City Ink: Department heads hope to reach new year

If city department heads in the crosshairs of Augusta Commission members make it through December, everything's gonna be all right. Otherwise it will be pink slips in Christmas cards. 
By Sylvia Cooper

City's low disability standards spur fears of litigation, fines

A community activist and a member of the Commission fear the city could be hit hard with fines and penalties if the Department of Justice were to inspect the county for compliance with the ...
By Wesley Brown

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Broader audit, more terminations sought

Other Augusta department heads might soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County proposes stormwater utility rate increase

Facing mounting maintenance problems and dwindling funds, Columbia County's Board of Commissioners might raise the county's stormwater utility fee for the first time in its history.
By Steve Crawford

Georgia pushing day-care ratings

ATLANTA -- Georgia officials are trying to convince more of the state's 5,500 day-care centers to submit to quality rating.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Lawmakers to look at marijuana, cellphones

ATLANTA -- Marijuana, horse racing, driving with cellphones, child sexual abuse, the minimum wage and college athletics are some of the topics of pre-filed legislation so far.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Latest road bill would add interstate lanes

COLUMBIA - With as many as a dozen bills to put more money into South Carolina roads expected next session, state Sen. Nikki Setzler wants to make sure the interstates aren't forgotten.
By Jeffrey Collins

12-year-old has passion for politics

Engaged young people are the future of politics and an ambitious 12-year-old from Grovetown is leading that charge, with an eye for now on the state capitol.
By Susan McCord

Georgia lawmakers offer medical marijuana proposals

ATLANTA - Members of a legislative study committee on medical marijuana met for the final time Wednesday in Atlanta, with some lining up behind different proposals that will arise in the 2015 ...
By Kathleen Foody

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Augusta passes city budget

Weighing commission support for pricey budget adds and new fees, new City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson secured seven supporting votes to pass the 2015 city budget.
By Susan McCord

Taylor defeats Derryberry for Columbia County seat

Mack Taylor, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, defeated Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry to claim the Columbia County Commission District 3 seat.
By Steve Crawford

Augusta housing, community development director resigns

Chester Wheeler, who oversaw pricey consulting contracts for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment effort and relocation of Hyde Park residents, has resigned.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Columbia County Commission race to be decided in Tuesday runoff

Trip Derryberry and Mack Taylor are the only candidates in the only race for the runoff election to fill a seat that has been vacant since Charles Allen resigned.
By Steve Crawford

Augusta Commission looks to adopt 2015 budget

The Augusta Commission will reconvene a Nov. 18 meeting Tuesday in an effort to approve a budget before the start of the 2015 fiscal year Jan. 1.
By Susan McCord

University weighs appeal for Columbia County hospital

University Hospital officials are strongly considering an appeal of last week's decision to award a Certificate of Need to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build Columbia County's first hospital.
By Steve Crawford

Augusta ranks low in treatment of LGBT

Augusta ranks in the bottom 5 percent among American cities for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents - a characteristic unlikely to assist the push to build the city's ...
By Susan McCord

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William Fennoy

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 726-4014 (c)

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District 2

Corey Johnson

Term: 2011-2014

Phone: (706) 736-4435 (h)

Phone: (706) 993-0224 (c)

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District 3

Mary Davis

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 910-2574 (c)

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District 4

Alvin Davis

Term: 2011-2014

Phone: (706) 955-6130

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District 5

Bill Lockett

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 825-1847 (c)

Phone: (706) 798-7175 (h)

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Ben Hasan

Term: 2015-2018

District 7

Donnie Smith

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 910-2606 (c)

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Wayne Guilfoyle

Term: 2011-2014

Phone: (706) 592-2385 (h)

Phone: (706) 796-3444 (w)

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Marion Williams

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 910-2582 (c)

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Grady Smith

Term: 2011-2014

Phone: (706) 825-9473 (c)

Phone: (706) 733-9473 (w)

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