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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Davis not first to seek added mayor power

Hardie Davis isn't the first Augusta mayor to seek additional power for the office.
By Susan McCord

City Ink: Walker sheds light on city government

Former state Senate Major­ity Leader Charles Walker talks about why the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government was set up the way it was.
By Sylvia Cooper

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

GEMA sends Augusta $3 million for debris cleanup

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency wrote the City of Augusta a $3 million check on Feb. 16 to go towards the debris removal project for last year's ice storm.
By Doug Stutsman

Atlanta area college students travel to Missouri for break

Atlanta college students planning spring break voter registration drive in Ferguson.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Georgia House passes $44.6 billion state budget for Senate review

ATLANTA — A $44.6 billion state budget approved Thursday would narrow past cuts to education spending, cut funding for low-interest student loans and ask school districts to pay to keep insurance ...
By Kathleen Foody

Country rapper to play Masters Week event

In 2008, Ford released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, which included the singles "No Trash in My Trailer" and "Cold Beer."
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

SC Senate passes tougher domestic violence penalties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a state where gun rights tend to be fiercely guarded, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday agreed to take firearms away from many people convicted of criminal domestic violence.
By Jeffrey Collins

Haley opposes $500 million borrowing bill

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley accused the leader of a powerful House committee Wednesday of running up South Carolina's credit card with a proposal that borrows $500 million for building projects ...
By Seanna Adcox

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Davis pitches 'strong mayor' plan

Mayor Hardie Davis continued discourse Tuesday promoting a change to a strong mayor form of government before a receptive south Augusta audience.
By Susan McCord

Walker publishes autobiography

Former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has published an autobiography.

Savannah selling St. Patrick's parking spaces in advance

Savannah selling reserved parking for St. Patrick's Day celebration weeks in advance.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Committee backs public sessions on stormwater fee

An Augusta Commission committee agreed Monday to hold "informational sessions" with the public on a draft stormwater fee program, then "establish the fee concrete" afterward.
By Susan McCord

Cannabis oil bill clears hurdle in Georgia House

A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the ...
By Bill Hendrick

District 7 candidate forums planned

Three Augusta groups are holding forums for the three candidates seeking the District 7 Augusta Commission post.

After damage, feds inspect construction at SC nuke plant

Feds conduct special inspection after damage during construction at V.C. Summer nuclear plant.
By Meg Kinnard

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Council to hear pension increase petition

Lester Newsome argues that the city’s oldest plan is in sufficient shape – with $6.4 million in assets and 22 living, mostly elderly members – to handle a small monthly increase.
By Susan McCord

Early voting starts today in commission race

Three weeks of advance voting in the March 17 special election for Augusta Commission District 7 start Monday at the Richmond County Board of Elections office.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Private probation legislation returns

House Bill 310 contains some measures that could stop practices that critics - including a scathing state audit - have denounced.
By Sandy Hodson

District 7 commission candidates lack legal baggage

A search of civil and criminal court and other records found little to concern voters about the three men seeking to complete Don­nie Smith's District 7 Augusta Commission term.
By Susan McCord

City Ink: Davis' power play unites commission against him

All the conversation around Mayor Hardie Davis' attempt to overthrow the commission has created enough hot air to unfreeze frozen pipes and usher in a warming trend.
By Sylvia Cooper
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