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Thursday, July 28, 2016

City holds talks on housing violation 'disconnect'

Augusta officials are narrowing in on a fix for the city's problem with unkempt residential properties - only some of which is tied to heavy use of Section 8 vouchers.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Grovetown council meeting gets heated

Tempers flared during a special called meeting of the Grovetown City Council in which longtime councilman and former mayor Dennis Trudeau proposed the council hire an outside attorney to ...
By Abbigail Lennon

Housing Choice program driving discussion about property upkeep

Augusta Housing Authority administers 3,702 Housing Choice units in Augusta-Richmond County, about 10.5 percent of the rental housing stock.
By Susan McCord

Runoffs are held across Georgia

A former mayor in west Georgia won the Republican nomination to replace a retiring GOP congressman as runoff elections were held across the state Tuesday.
By Russ Bynum

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Republican looks ahead to November

Former state representative and local farmer Lee Anderson won the GOP nomination for the state Senate District 24 seat over Army veteran Greg Grzybowski in a runoff Tuesday.
By Abbigail Lennon

Augusta storm fee collections, work on rise

Augusta's collection rate for the new stormwater utility fee continued to rise in the second quarter, with the city collecting almost 85 percent or $3 million of the $3.5 million it billed, City ...
By Susan McCord

McIntyre wins Richmond County State Court judgeship

With all precincts reporting, Kellie Kenner McIntyre handily beats Robert "Bo" Hunter on Tuesday
By Sandy Hodson and Todd Bennett

Assessors concede to commission demands in appraiser's contract

The Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors agreed to modify Chief Appraiser Alveno Ross' new contract Tuesday to eliminate a raise and require the office to move forward with converting ineligible ...
By Susan McCord

SRS board votes to officially oppose accepting German spent nuclear fuel

The spent fuel, which comes from two German reactors that have ceased operations, originated in the U.S.
By John Boyette

Monday, July 25, 2016

SRS advisory board to decide stance on accepting new waste

In a subcommittee meeting Mon­day, the nuclear materials committee discussed a draft recommendation to accept the spent fuel, which comes from two German reactors that have ceased operations.
By John Boyette

Stormwater fee to pay for maintenance work

Augusta is about to hire a dozen area companies to maintain drainage systems, cut ponds and clear rights of way, to be paid with the stormwater utility fee.
By Susan McCord

Commission votes to withhold appraiser's raise

The Augusta Commission removed a proposed raise for Chief Appraiser Alveno Ross on Monday and wants him to demonstrate progress on exempt property and personnel issues to stay under contract.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fingers pointed as properties avoid taxation

Five church-affiliated properties worth more than $13 million but paying no property taxes are at the center of an ongoing Augusta Commission shake-up of the Richmond County Board of Assessors.
By Susan McCord

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bus tours south Augusta

South Augusta was the singular focus of a packed bus of city officials, staff and residents during a nearly four-hour, 48-mile tour Thursday.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Augusta mayor to hold fishing event for children

The event for summer camp students will include fishing lessons, water safety, games and lunch.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Board upholds Augusta firefighters' terminations

Augusta’s personnel board has upheld the terminations of two firefighters who admitted picking up items from a Columbia County wreck scene.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Riverwalk police substation approved

Augusta is on its way to opening a riverfront substation for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
By Susan McCord

Storm causes major sewage spill

Heavy rainfall Saturday overwhelmed Au­gusta's Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, pushing 2.8 million gallons of untreated sewage into Butler Creek and the Savannah River. "The rain was kind ...

No relief ahead soon for Greene Street floods

Joe Holley, a third-generation member of Au­gusta's Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, wasn't surprised to find barricades blocking traffic Sunday morning as a lake of water standing in the ...
By Susan McCord

Monday, July 18, 2016

Riverfront police substation nears approval

Plans to build a police substation inside Port Royal at Riverwalk Augusta will go before the Augusta Commission for final approval Tuesday.
By Susan McCord
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Hyde Park activist not pleased with city buyout offer
Charles Utley, who fought to get Augusta to address contamination concerns in the Hyde Park community, now is questioning the city's offer of $90,500 for his four rental properties there.