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Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Property tax bills mailed Tuesday

Property owners who pay by Oct. 3 get a 1 percent discount on school and local government taxes, according to Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

City Ink: Stormwater fee foes seek more petition signatures

The Richmond County Property Owners Asso­ciation is asking folks to sign a petition to have the stormwater ordinance placed on a special-election ballot for a public vote.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Downtown plan update called starting point

A sweeping update to Augusta’s redevelopment plan for downtown appeared on the scene last week.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Jones Creek residents upset about flooding issues

Jones Creek residents attended the Columbia County Commission meeting Tuesday in search of answers to a flooding problem that continues to wreak havoc on property values in the neighborhood. Many ...
By Abbigail Lennon

Consultant proposes replacing Augusta personnel board

A proposal to eliminate Augusta's personnel board and replace it with a multilevel dispute resolution system to handle most employee complaints is raising questions among Augusta Commission members.
By Susan McCord

Hearing set in Grovetown water bill suit

A Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments Friday over a motion that could keep the city from assessing late fees on water utility bills and terminating services to residents.
By Abbigail Lennon

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Hermine triggers major sewage spill

Rainfall amounts Friday triggered a major 1.6 million gallon wastewater spill into Augusta's Butler Creek. With the area receiving between four and five inches of rain Friday from Tropical Storm ...

Commission nixes private dancing license request

A Hephzibah woman's plans to perform as an exotic dancer for private parties and other places besides Augusta's three adult entertainment venues were stopped cold Tuesday by an Augusta Commission ...
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

SC lawmakers tackle growing pension problems

COLUMBIA - Four years after South Carolina lawmakers passed a law they hailed as keeping the state's public pension system solvent for generations, they are scrambling to fill a deepening deficit ...
By Seanna Adcox

All those preparations, just for a rainy day

After listening to the news reports about Hurri­cane Hermine, Ernie and I battened down the hatches as we prepared for the most significant weather event to hit the Au­gusta area since the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

Augusta recreation master plan heads to full commission

An Augusta committee sent a $75 million recreation master plan to the full commission Tuesday without a recommendation after several commissioners had questions about the plan.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

$75 million park plan going to committee

Augusta's public services com­mit­tee has a big - and pricey - decision Tuesday on whether to commit as much as $75 million to enhancing recreation and parks.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

City Ink: Charts on administrator's review need details

Augusta Commission members were asked to rank City Ad­min­istrator Janice Allen Jack­son in various categories on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Hyde Park activist not pleased with city buyout offer

Charles Utley, who fought to get Augusta to address contamination concerns in the Hyde Park community, now is questioning the city's offer of $90,500 for his four rental properties there.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

Petition seeks recall of Grovetown councilman

A Grovetown resident filed a petition for an application to begin the formal recall process to remove city Councilman Dennis Trudeau, a former longtime mayor, from office.
By Abbigail Lennon

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

Trial on Mercy Ministries rooming house delayed

Chief Magistrate Judge Wil­liam D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at ...
By Susan McCord

Trinity CME Church demolition on hold

The future of historic Trinity CME Church in Augusta remains uncertain as Atlanta Gas Light has again delayed plans to demolish the church to receive more input from stakeholders.
By Susan McCord

Haley offers Trump support in North Augusta stop

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, in town Wednesday for a ceremonial bill signing, said Donald Trump isn't her first choice, but she'll vote for him and South Carolinians should, too.
By James Folker

Tag office open Saturday

The Richmond County Tax Commissioner's Office is launching a Saturday office hours program at the South Augusta Tag Office from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

City classes can reduce stormwater fees

Private citizens can take a stormwater education class to reduce a business' monthly stormwater fee.
By Susan McCord
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