Articles from the Government section archive

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Ga. gas-tax hike sees federal benefit

ATLANTA - Georgia should come out a winner in the federal transportation bill before Congress because of the state's willingness to boost taxes to build and fix roads, one of the bill's authors ...
By Walter C. Jones

Commissioner sells stake in newspaper

Augusta Commission member Ben Hasan says he's no longer an owner of Urban Pro Weekly, the newspaper he co-founded in 2011.
By Susan McCord

Another Ga. hospital set to close

A rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4.
By Andy Miller

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

Leaders recall start of consolidation

Merging the city and county governments meant a full plate for those elected to the first Augusta-Richmond County Commission 20 years ago, but members said a sense of cooperation and duty united them.
By Susan McCord

City Ink: Ex-mayor gets credit for sales tax approval

Former Mayor Deke Copenhaver was working overtime seeking votes for the tax package while Mayor Hardie Davis was in London, Wash­ing­ton and who knows where else.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Bernie Sanders talks 'real issues' during Aiken stop

Hundreds listened to Demo­cratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the USC Aiken Convocation Center on Saturday as he discussed his progressive policies on health care, income equality ...
By Sean Gruber

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Biden visits Clemson next week

CLEMSON, S.C. - Vice President Joe Biden is returning to South Carolina as part of an effort to mobilize students to take action to prevent sexual assault.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Georgia transportation chief says funding improving for road projects

After years of falling behind on transportation funding, Georgia is putting the revenue sources in place to fix neglected infrastructure and fund projects for future needs, the state's ...
By Steve Crawford

Public defender's office could move into former library

The former main library on Greene Street, under renovation since May as the new headquarters for Augusta's utilities department, now appears destined to house the Augusta Public Defender's Office.
By Susan McCord

Fort Gordon, SRS funds remain in revised defense spending bill

Lawmakers passed a revised spending bill Thursday that included $445 million to provide new Army cyber facilities at Fort Gordon and a one-year funding extension for a Savannah River Site facility.
By Wesley Brown

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Teamwork helped sales tax win

A collaborative effort and support from across Augusta-Richmond County is being credited with Tuesday's approval of the special sales tax by 61.5 percent of voters.
By Susan McCord

University system wants cybersecurity center in Atlanta

ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia asked Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday for funds to create a cybersecurity center to address employers' growing demand for graduates.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Osbon defeats Price in Aiken mayoral race

Osbon, a Republican businessman, handily defeated Democratic candidate and longtime city councilwoman Lessie B. Price by a 65 percent (4,840 votes) to 35 percent (2,624 votes) margin.
By Mike Rosier

SPLOST makes splash: Voters OK tax

Augusta voters swept the city's seventh sales tax to victory Tuesday with 61.5 percent of votes.
By Susan McCord

Richardson, Grzybowski in runoff for commission

Gary Richardson, a business owner and former member of the county Planning Commission, will face Greg Grzybowski, a recently retired Army lieutenant colonel.
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer

Lott to face Taylor in District 122 runoff

Jodi Lott, a politcal newcomer who is a registered nurse and co-owner of a rehabilitaion practice, will face Mack Taylor, a former assistant district attorney and county commissioner, in the runoff.
By Steve Crawford

Vote remains deadlocked on new commission director hire

Each of four Augusta Commission votes to fill the job failed Tuesday, with one or more members' abstention or absence each time preventing the mayor from breaking a tie.
By Susan McCord

North Augusta City Council hears debate on Project Jackson

North Augusta City Council passed first reading on the development agreement ordinance and two other ordinances related to Project Jackson on Oct. 26 but did not vote on the second reading Monday.
By Mike Rosier

Plant Vogtle lag over, Georgia Power says

ATLANTA - Further delays and cost overruns aren't expected for the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power executives said Tuesday.
By Walter C. Jones

Allen plans community forum

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen will hold a community forum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Columbia County Government Center.
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