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Friday, May 6, 2016

Isakson absent as challengers debate

ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson was attacked by his Republican and Democratic challengers in debates Friday, but the GOP incumbent wasn't on the stage to defend himself.
By Walter C. Jones

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Department to look into 'white lies' tape

COLUMBIA - A House oversight committee looking into the South Carolina Depart­ment of Public Safety abruptly ended its meeting Thursday after playing a tape of the agency's human resources ...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Augusta parks plan calls for more parks

One finding in a new Augusta Recreation master plan released Wednesday might surprise Augusta residents familiar with the city’s 60-plus parks and recreation facilities.
By Susan McCord

City riverfront development deal advances

Kirby Glaze is no stranger to Augusta's pension property or to government development projects. He and DDA Director Margaret Woodard have twice met privately with Augusta commissioners in ...
By Susan McCord

Kasich drops out of Republican presidential contest

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is acknowledging that his message "wasn't a great sound byte" and he is suspending his campaign for president.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

No tax increase in Columbia County budget proposal

Columbia County commissioners commended staffers on Tuesday for presenting a proposed budget that is both balanced and avoids property tax increases for at least the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
By Travis Highfield

Deal vetoes drone bill

Lawmakers on a special committee, including Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta, spent last summer studying issues surrounding the privacy and safety of the pilotless airplanes.
By Walter C. Jones

Gov. Deal signs state budget with local benefits

Libraries, juvenile centers, a hospital and university research in the Augusta area will all benefit from provisions of the state budget Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday.
By Walter C. Jones

City-owned depot site subject of closed-door dealmaking

City officials remain tight-lipped about a deal to develop more than six acres of downtown riverfront real estate.
By Damon Cline and Susan McCord

Deal vetoes 'campus-carry' bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he will veto a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that was easily approved by a legislature controlled by his own ...
By Ryan Phillips

Private probation firms collect millions

The number of people on probation sentences in Georgia helped generate $10 million for private probation companies in a single quarter, with the one handling cases in Richmond County leading the way.
By Sandy Hodson

Newly hired city tennis pro quits

Augusta's new tennis pro has resigned after being offered a raise to remain as men's tennis coach at Southern Virginia University

Monday, May 2, 2016

Candidates discuss issues at forum

Candidates running for Geor­gia House District 123 and Senate District 24 took part in a panel discussion Mon­day that was preceded by a meet-and-greet and statements from four others ...
By Travis Highfield

New gyms cost more than city can spend

The North Augusta City Coun­cil found out Monday night that it has about half the money it needs to add two gyms to the Riverview Park Activities Center.
By James Folker

Columbia County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

The Columbia County Commis­sion will hold a public hearing on its 2016-17 fiscal year budget Tuesday, and Internal Services Director Leanne Reece said she expects little to change moving forward.
By Travis Highfield

Payroll error causes school system employees to be paid twice

A payroll error that caused all Richmond County School System employees to be paid twice last week is expected to be cleared up by Wednesday, a spokesman said.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Advance voting kicks off Monday

Most local contests on the May 24 ballot are either nonpartisan - such as the Augusta Com­mis­sion and judgeships - or are in districts where the primary winner prevails in November. ...
By Susan McCord

City Ink: Conspiracy theories arise over Mercy Ministries case

While Mercy Minis­tries' controversial rooming house in Harris­burg awaits a judge's decision about whether it should be shut down because of the city's accusations of fire, building and ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bills borrowing money for SC schools, roads meet key deadline

COLUMBIA - Bills to borrow money to repair South Carolina's crumbling roads and public schools are among those clearing Sun­day's crossover deadline, while measures not likely to make it ...
By Seanna Adcox

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Georgia legislative panel aims to keep military bases

ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ral­ston named a 15-member committee Friday to study ways to safeguard Fort Gor­don and the state's other military installations from federal budget-cutting ...
By Walter C. Jones
 
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