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Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Tax exemption sought for military pensions

ATLANTA - Military pensions would be exempt from state income tax under a proposal announced Thursday by a freshman legislator.
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia pleased with Ebola response

ATLANTA - Georgia's response to the Ebola epidemic last year left the state with a stronger network of hospitals, practitioners and other medical infrastructure that will serve as preparation for ...
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Interviews start for Augusta recreation director

Former Aiken parks Director Glenn Par­ker and interim Au­gusta recreation Di­rec­tor Ron Houck interviewed with Au­gusta Com­mis­sion members on Thursday for the post, ...
By Susan McCord

State 'watchdog' ready to bark

ATLANTA -- The ousted head of the Common Cause of Georgia, William Perry, rolled out his one-man effort to police government ethics Wednesday during a Capitol press conference.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Tax commissioner prevails in state's highest court

A 26-year tag office employee who claimed she was laid off due to the color of her skin lost her appeal this week before the Georgia Supreme Court.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

New commission chamber dedicated to Beard

An Augusta city councilman elected in 1995 to represent the consolidated government, Lee Beard died in office in 2003.
By Susan McCord

Third Republican joins race for state House seat

Physician and businessman Mark Newton became the third Republican Tuesday to seek the District 123 House seat in the Georgia General Assembly.
By Susan McCord

Lawmakers question lotto share

ATLANTA - Legislators seeking more revenue for the HOPE Scholarship probed Lottery Corporation executives Monday about cutting costs or reducing prizes.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Retreat focus on meetings, consolidation

A day of facilitated Au­gus­ta Commission dialogue gave rise to a new subcommittee that will re-examine meeting rules, and a renewed push to revise the Consolidation Act.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County eyes unlicensed contractors

Last month, building inspectors and code enforcement officers randomly visited 16 construction sites to ensure professionals are licensed and operating as permitted under Georgia law.
By Wesley Brown

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Pardon our mess: Work along Reynolds Street

Georgia Power maintenance of underground utilities is causing lane closures along Reynolds Street
By Lisa Kaylor

City Ink: Another retreat in store for commission

Augusta Mayor King Hardie Davis has summoned his court of 10 commissioners to a retreat Monday where they will have an opportunity to chart a new course and develop a strategic plan for One Augusta.
By Sylvia Cooper

20 years later, consolidation still gets mixed reviews

Twenty years since the Department of Justice signed off on the consolidation of Augusta-Richmond County, the man considered most responsible for the effort said officeholders haven't lived up to ...
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

GOP candidate Carson speaks in Aiken

AIKEN -- Dr. Ben Carson addressed Aiken Re­publicans at Newberry Hall, sharing some of his experiences with poverty while growing up poor in De­troit and later privilege as a celebrated ...
By Mike Rosier

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Taxpayer funding for work at Deal's private home criticized

ATLANTA - Records show taxpayers spent about $92,000 to pave a road leading to Gov. Nathan Deal's personal home in Habersham Coun­ty, a decision that has brought criticism from government ...

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

White House: Obama wants to admit more Syrian refugees

The United States is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase.
By Darlene Superville

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Mayor sees benefits as communities vie for jobs

ATLANTA - Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis told a group of journalists and government officials from across the state Wednesday that he considers his city in competition with surrounding communities for ...
By Walter C. Jones

Board authorizes $15.5 million in Laney-Walker bonds

Augusta's Urban Redevelopment Agency has agreed to issue up to $15.5 million in bonds to refinance earlier debt associated with the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment project and borrow up ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Laney-Walker, Bethlehem work still short on funds

The project was guaranteed $37.5 million over 50 years, but funding for redevelopment in Laney-Walker and Bethlehem remains limited to just $100,000 a year because of debt payments.
By Susan McCord

Allen's staffers to hold office hours in Columbia County

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen said he made stops in each of the district's 19 counties to talk to constituents and provide updates on the roughly 500 votes he made so far in his first term.
By Wesley Brown
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