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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Forum focuses on clean, green energy

Augusta citizens and commissioners can spend Thursday morning learning about solar and green energy opportunities from area utilities and providers in a new program organized by city officials.
By Susan McCord

City settles with former deputy coroner for $200,000

Augusta commissioners have agreed to pay former deputy coroner Johnny McDonald $200,000 in a suit McDonald filed last year under the Georgia Whistleblower Act and Fair Labor Standards Act.
By Susan McCord

Vast network of water, sewer lines runs beneath Augusta

Unseen and rarely noticed beneath the streets of Augusta, more than 2,320 miles of pipes transport 80 million gallons of water each day to and from households.
By Wesley Brown

Lawmakers may look at Masters rentals

ATLANTA - House Speaker David Ralston announced Tuesday the appointment of legislators to serve on committees studying a handful of complex issues, including welfare fraud and event house rentals ...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Huckabee says he can win this time

AIKEN - Former Arkansas governor and Fox News personality Mike Huckabee says he is in a better position now to win the Republican nomination for president than he was when he last ran in 2008, and ...
By Mike Rosier

Georgia gas hike not yet a factor

ATLANTA - Georgia motorists braced for higher gasoline prices after a higher state tax took effect, but so far the numbers on the pump don't show it.
By Walter C. Jones

Insurance coverage for autistic children now law

ATLANTA -- As of July 1, private insurance companies will provide coverage for the best therapeutic treatment for children with autism ages six and under, as a result of a new law.
By Lauren McDonald

Monday, July 6, 2015

Area employers voice concern about federal overtime proposal

Many in the local business community fearsa federal proposal extending overtime pay for salaried employees could drive up costs and possibly hurt future growth.
By Jenna Martin and Wesley Brown

Council modifies parking for Hammond's Ferry

The amendments require additional parking for homes with more than two bedrooms, and require garages be placed in the rear of homes built on front-loaded lots.
By Mike Rosier

SC House overturns many of Haley's vetoes on funding

The South Carolina House voted to override most of the vetoes by Gov. Nikki Haley it's considered thus far, including more than $2.1 million for her own alma mater, Clemson University.
By Meg Kinnard

Stormwater issue rises again

A divided Augusta Commission will again take up implementing a stormwater utility fee at its Tuesday regular meeting.
By Susan McCord

Georgia official can set Vidalia onion packing date, court rules

Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled.
By Kate Brumback

SC Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Con­federate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades ...
By Jeffrey Collins

Sunday, July 5, 2015

City wants more goats for detention pond program

Almost four months since dogs massacred eight of Augusta's grass-eating goats, the herd is back up to 10 with plans to expand.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, July 4, 2015

City Ink: Young's bid starts week of political moves

Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young's announcement in last Sun­day's City Ink that he would run for the Dis­trict 123 Georgia House seat held by Rep. Barbara Sims started the ball rolling in ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Baby taken to hospital after fall into Martinez pool

An 11-month-old child has been taken to the hospital by emergency medical personnel after falling in a swimming pool on Morehead Drive in Martinez, Columbia County dispatch confirmed.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Finalists for Augusta housing director interviewed

Augusta is nearing the end of a search to replace former Housing and Community Development Direc­tor Chester Wheeler, who resigned in December.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rename Confederate Memorial Day, Augusta lawmaker says

State Sen. Harold Jones, of Augusta, is proposing to rename Confederate Memorial Day, which Georgia traditionally celebrates April 26.

County Commissioner Dun­can won't seek Harbin's seat

Columbia County District 1 Commissioner Doug Dun­can said Thursday that he had decided against pursuing the seat being vacated by longtime state Rep. Ben Harbin.
By Steve Crawford

Animal ordinance still being reviewed

Augusta-Richmond County's long-debated animal ordinance package is under review by the city law department, but there is no timeline for when it could go to the Augusta Commission for a vote.
By Tracey McManus
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