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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Jackson discusses first months as administrator

Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson sat down with The Augusta Chronicle last week to discuss her first four months on the job.
By Susan McCord

Friday, April 3, 2015

Old chamber building reopens as incubator

It doesn't have a coffee bar or too many tenants yet, but city leaders heralded the formal reopening Friday of "600 Broad" as a vehicle for change in downtown Augusta.
By Susan McCord

State reviewing Richmond voter purges

ATHENS, Ga. -- Linda Ford has resigned as director of the elections division of the Georgia Secretary of State's office after a breach of a federal rule regarding the maintenance of voter ...
By Jim Thompson

Ga. lawmakers approve motorcycle change

ATLANTA - Motorcycle riders won a long-sought victory Thursday when the General Assembly passed a bill allowing them to ease through red lights when their bikes don't weigh enough to trigger ...

'Hidden predator' act sponsor feels vindicated

ATLANTA -- As the House and Senate worked out differences on the Hidden Predator Act, its author, Rep. Jason Spencer, was feeling justified Thursday about criticism he received from Catholics and ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Proposed animal ordinance may see April vote

With a week-long break approaching for the Masters Tournament and several loose ends still lingering in the ordinance details, some members say they foresee more delays.
By Tracey McManus

Poll favors Ga. governor, lawmakers

ATLANTA - The final day of the legislative session ended on a high note for Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers Thursday as a poll showed support for their efforts.
By Walter C. Jones

Augusta plans first 'Easter Egg Drop'

Mayor Hardie Davis has invited the public to attend the first annual Augusta Easter Egg Drop on Friday at the Augusta Common downtown.

Owner of dogs that killed city goats ordered to pay restitution

The south Richmond County man whose dogs killed eight goats has been ordered to pay more than $2,830 in fines, fees and restitution. 
By Susan McCord

Feds unlikely to help Ga. road woes

ATLANTA -- As Gov. Nathan Deal prepares to sign a nearly $1 billion road-funding bill, Congress is likely to do little to alleviate the state's money challenges, but it could spur the feds to ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Georgia Legislature heads for closing day

ATLANTA - The Georgia Legis­lature convenes Thursday for the final day of the 2015 session, with all eyes on a "religious freedom" bill stalled in a House committee.
By Kathleen Foody and Bill Hendrick

State trooper suspended for 'sex talk'

A state trooper who admitted he engaged in "phone sex" with a Georgia State Patrol dispatcher has been suspended for three days without pay.
By Susan McCord

Public hearing on pipeline planned

After sending Georgians to "open houses" that fell short of the legal requirement of a hearing, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled a true public hearing regarding the proposed ...
By Mary Landers

Forfeiture bill passes with jury amendment

ATLANTA - A bill that standardizes procedures for the seizure of private assets by police passed the Senate easily Tuesday along with an amendment keeping felony offenders off juries.

Savannah may get training center

ATLANTA - The conference-committee version of the $22 billion budget passed Tuesday night includes $17.7 million to build a training center for workers of a large factory planned for Pooler ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Residents offer suggestions for recreation and parks

Turnout was slightly higher at the second and last public meeting to gather input for Augusta's new $250,000 master plan for recreation and parks.
By Susan McCord

Autism bill passes Ga. Senate; House backs trafficking fines

The Senate had a packed calendar, and so did the House, which added a handful of bills to its agenda for the day. Here's a look at some of Tuesday's action.
By Bill Hendrick and Kathleen Foody

Official considering expanding stormwater penalties

Columbia County proposed stormater policy would allow officials to file tax liens and suspend business licenses or building permits against delinquent property owners.
By Wesley Brown

Aiken County pastor honored by House

The South Carolina House of Representatives is honoring Augusta native and Savannah River Site worker Clinton Edwards on his 10th anniversary as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Aiken.
By Sarita Chourey

Mayor joins in opening of ARC Project

600 Broad, a partnership between the city and the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project, now houses a few small arts-oriented businesses and nonprofits.
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Kinhult wins Junior Invitational at Sage Valley

Marcus Kinhult of Sweden secured a one-shot victory in the fifth annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Kinhult shot 3-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 7-under 209, one shot better ...
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