Articles from the Government section archive

Sunday, Aug 9, 2015

Pardon Our Mess: Trees threaten houses

Large, diseased, ivy-covered trees in the backyard of rental properties in the 200 block of Broad Street drop limbs and threaten to fall on neighboring homes.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

Budgets show commissioners' love of travel

If Augusta Commission member Mary Davis attends the Association County Commissioners of Georgia fall meetings, she'll have to pay her own way. Because there is no travel money left.
By Sylvia Cooper

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Board finds more property to tax

Since implementing in 2011 a new system of assessing property values using aerial images, the Richmond County Board of Assessors reports $2.35 million in discovered property tax and other revenue.
By Susan McCord

Sheriff, others back SPLOST

Voter approval of a Nov. 3 special purpose, local option sales tax referendum is "crucial" to continuing the mission of law enforcement, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a voter ...
By Susan McCord

$80,000 severance for director who quit

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously to approve more than $80,000 in severance pay to former Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, Aug 3, 2015

Augusta Commission readies SPLOST 7 push

Battle lines are being drawn as Augusta Commission members start a last push to garner public input and support for the sales tax package going before voters Nov. 3.
By Susan McCord

Hammond's Ferry ordinance gets final OK

North Augusta officials gave final approval to the revised plan for Ham­mond's Ferry and OK'd a $110,000 settlement ending two longtime lawsuits against the city.
By Mike Rosier

VA addresses wait times

Administrators at Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center said a steady increase in patient enrollment and a loss of physicians to retirement and relocation is to blame.
By Wesley Brown

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015

City Ink: VIPs turn out to honor Strength

When former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength arrived for the dedication of the sheriff's office administration building in his honor Tuesday, he thought there were too many chairs under the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Augustans favor trails in recreation survey

In a recent survey of recreation needs for Augusta residents, respondents named the downtown riverwalk, Augusta Common and walking, hiking and biking trails - many of which are not city-run - as ...
By Susan McCord

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ex-public safety chief running for mayor

Gary Jones, who was fired from his public safety job in April, said Friday that he would run against Mayor George James in the Nov. 3 election.
By Steve Crawford

Authorities address concerns over domestic violence policy

South Carolina authorities say a sheriff's captain misspoke when he suggested that no arrests would be made in domestic violence cases in which the victim is unwilling to press charges.
By Travis Highfield

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Turnout light at SPLOST session

Turnout was light but enthusiastic for Augusta's first mall information session about the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
By Susan McCord

Foundation to honor slain SC senator

COLUMBIA - The family of Clementa C. Pinckney has established a foundation in honor of the late pastor and South Carolina state senator
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chance to weigh in on next SPLOST package

Thursday is the first of two "public information open houses" that will give the public a chance to speak to city department heads, other prospective SPLOST recipients and elected officials about ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Commissioners leaning toward not funding groups

Commissioners have stressed needs over wants in the new package after the first SPLOST 7 referendum failed last year, and despite impassioned presentations Tuesday, leaders did not change their minds.
By Susan McCord

County official quits

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
By Steve Crawford

Second reading of stormwater fee passes

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 to approve the second reading of a revised stormwater ordinance creating the fee Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom ...
By Susan McCord

Final stormwater fee vote today

Augusta's controversial stormwater utility fee goes for a second and final Augusta Commission vote Tuesday.
By Susan McCord

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lawmakers claims construction tax fraud

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Democratic legislator says construction and movie-production companies are tax frauds and insists that the Department of Labor needs more inspectors to police worker ...
By Walter C. Jones
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