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Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Augusta tax increase hearing start today

Two of three required public hearings on Augusta's $7.9 million property tax increase are scheduled for today.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

City Ink: 'Get on Up' tickets stir trouble within commission

In honor of the release of Get on Up, the movie about James Brown, this week’s column will incorporate not only his lyrics but also his thoughts about Augusta politics.
By Sylvia Cooper

Georgia roads: Bad, getting worse

ATLANTA -- Most motorists can see that the grass along Georgia's highways stays pretty shaggy and rush-hour congestion is getting worse. Rough pavement and potholes are visible enough, too.
By Walter C. Jones

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

Child deaths rise in Georgia state report

ATLANTA — State figures released Friday show that 180 children died last year while under the supervision of the Division of Family and Children Services.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Augusta goat deployment delayed till Monday

Augusta's deployment of six goats to maintain vegetation at an area detention pond is on hold until Monday while the goats undergo veterinary care and the city builds a second shelter for them at ...

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Goats going to work Thursday

Augusta's pilot project using goats to maintain the city's hundreds of detention ponds gets under way Thursday with the deployment of a small herd to a Hephzibah-area pond.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County OKs SPLOST list

The commission OK'd a final project list for the 2017-22 special purpose local option sales tax at its regular meeting Tuesday. The vote places the list on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
By Steve Crawford

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Commission stalls bond refinance vote

A high-stakes contest between a minority-owned Atlanta bond underwriting firm and Augusta financial advisers shifted into high gear when a vote to refinance stalled.
By Susan McCord

'Get On Up' tickets cause stir on Augusta Commission

Tickets to the premiere of "Get On Up" caused a dust-up on the Augusta Commission after one official said he was denied the perk after refusing to support the mayor's choice for a new administrator.
By Susan McCord

Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds 15 others

An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman wounded about 15.
By Robert Burns

Fire department pay increases approved

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said the increase was necesarry to keep the department from losing firefighters to higher-paying agencies.
By Travis Highfield

Russell's name surfaces in Cincinnati search

Former City Administrator Fred Russell hasn't been sitting still since the Augusta Commission voted to fire him in December.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Outsourced HR services coming back to city

Four years after city leaders pushed to outsource the government's health and welfare benefits administration to global outsourcing, the service may be headed back.
By Susan McCord

Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

Former White House press secretary Jim Brady, wounded in the Reagan assassination attempt, dies.
By Douglass K. Daniel

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Judges wade into battle over probation companies

Thirteen civil lawsuits filed in Richmond and Co­lum­­­bia counties against local for-profit probation company Sen­tinel are before the Geor­gia Supreme Court on appeal.
By Sandy Hodson

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

City Ink: Commissioners take easy way out

Augusta Commission members voted to raise property taxes last week, refusing to look realistically at services the city provides or discuss cutting anything permanently.
By Sylvia Cooper

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Commissioner seeks to remove or lower Calhoun Expressway

Augusta Commission member Bill Lockett is reviving a push to explore removing or lowering all or part of John C. Calhoun Expressway.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Public hearings set on property tax hike

Homeowners with complaints about the commission's 7-0 vote to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills have the opportunity to air concerns at one of three public hearings.
By Susan McCord

CIA director apologizes for Senate computer searches

CIA officers acted improperly when searching Senate computers in torture probe, IG finds.
By Ken Dilanian

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apply for disaster training class

The Richmond County Emergency Management Agency is taking applications for their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class scheduled for August 21. 
By Doug Stutsman

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