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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Deal calls for reforms to schools, probation, child welfare

ATLANTA — Schools, probation and child-welfare protections would all undergo procedural changes under a plan Gov. Nathan Deal outlined Wednesday for legislators.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Families show support for medical marijuana bill at Capitol

Many parents who rallied at the Georgia State Capitol said they were disappointed in Gov. Deal's lack of support for growing and creating the marijuana-derived oil in Georgia.
By Tom Corwin

Allen lays groundwork for campaign goals

Rep. Rick Allen said his first week in Congress has laid the groundwork for a "strong foundation of growth" that will support several key campaign promises.
By Wesley Brown

Frantom says he'll seek District 7 commission post

Sean Frantom told The Augusta Chronicle he is entering the race to replace resigned District 7 Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith.

New wrinkle in Ga. marijuana law

ATLANTA -- This year's version of legislation to permit the use of marijuana-based medicine no longer has a provision to allow production of the crop in Georgia.
By Walter C. Jones

Georgia needs roadwork, but how to pay?

ATLANTA - Senior state officials endorsed the organization's call for increased funding on transportation, but none would say how to go about it.

Augustan part of Deal inaugural

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal illustrated the accomplishments of his initial term with personal stories of individuals who benefited, including one local.
By Walter C. Jones

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Haley ally named to lead DHEC

COLUMBIA - A longtime ally of Gov. Nikki Haley was named as the new director of South Carolina's public health and environmental control agency.

Haley's budget proposal includes teacher recruitment

COLUMBIA - Gov. Nikki Haley's $6.9 billion proposal would establish a teacher recruitment that aims to get high-quality teachers in rural schools.
By Seanna Adcox

Legislation supports local teen's push for younger politicians

ATLANTA - A Grovetown middle-schooler's proposal to change the state constitution to lower the age for serving in the Georgia Legis­lature will be introduced by lawmakers.
By Walter C. Jones

Harris, Pittman qualify for District 7 special election

Louis "Hap" Harris and Sonny Pittman qualified for the March 17 special election for the Augusta Commission's District 7 seat.
By Susan McCord

Parking ordinance update gets lukewarm reception

A request by Augusta's Downtown Development Authority to update the city's parking ordinance met a lukewarm reception Monday.
By Susan McCord

Ga. lawmakers work to lower age for politicians

ATLANTA - A Georgia lawmaker believes people legally able to drink, vote and serve in the military should be allowed to run for a seat in the state Senate.

Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid?

ATLANTA -- Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.
By Andy Miller

Gov. Deal inauguration today

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to begin his second term in office today with an inaugural ceremony in Atlanta.

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Housing department wants commission out of decision making

Housing and Community Development's interim director says skipping Augusta Commission approval on spending and contracting for the city's Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment initiative should ...
By Susan McCord

Sheriff's major graduates from FBI program

In the mid-1990s, Steve Strickland read about the FBI National Academy, and for two decades it remained on his professional bucket list. On Dec. 19, after 11 weeks of training in Quantico, Va., ...
By Doug Stutsman

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Reforms, funding ahead for SC lawmakers in new session

COLUMBIA - South Carolina legislators will face the familiar demons of ethics reform and roadway funding when they begin the new session.
By Sarita Chourey

Busy session for Georgia Legislature begins Monday

At the first year of the two-year legislative term and the start of the 40-day 2015 session, lawmakers are eager to deliver on the promises made in last year's campaign.
By Walter C. Jones

City Ink: Mayor brings formal attitude

Augusta's Boy King Mayor Deke Copenhaver has passed his scepter over to Augusta's King Hardie Davis. I would say Boy King Hardie Davis, but it might be taken the wrong way. Political correctness ...
By Sylvia Cooper

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William Fennoy

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Corey Johnson

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Mary Davis

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Alvin Davis

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Bill Lockett

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 825-1847 (c)

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Ben Hasan

Term: 2015-2018

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Donnie Smith

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 910-2606 (c)

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Wayne Guilfoyle

Term: 2011-2014

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Marion Williams

Term: 2013-2016

Phone: (706) 910-2582 (c)

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Grady Smith

Term: 2011-2014

Phone: (706) 825-9473 (c)

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