New firefighting equipment offers more protection

Augusta firefighters are enjoying a pleasant adjustment to new uniforms and turnout gear, correcting what many felt was a wardrobe malfunction.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Meth lab cleanup at Georgia motels lacks firm rules

Cleaning up abandoned meth labs is a common occurrence in Augusta motels, although there is no Georgia law requiring remediation.
By Wesley Brown

Obstructed views a danger for drivers

Sometimes the biggest threat to a motorist isn't what's on the roadway, but what's off of it. From trees to bushes to signs to fences, it's whatever obstructs the view of oncoming traffic.
By Travis Highfield

Three-plus decades have passed in cold case

Columbia County sheriff’s investigators might never know what happened to Craig Fallaw outside a West Lake security booth Oct. 6, 1978.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

The Way We Were: Columbia, Washington Road

We asked for your memories of growing up on Columbia County's Columbia Road. Here are a few.

Pardon Our Mess: Construction on Old Waynesboro Road

Confusing intersection and pavement markings along the Highway 56 construction zone on Old Waynesboro Road.
By Doug Stutsman

Officers tell of trauma from taking life

Although every experience is different, officers who take a life often experience severe bouts of depression, alcoholism, marital problems, sleepless nights and feelings of being alone in the aftermath.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Millage rates don't tell entire tax story

Newcomers who consider Augusta-Richmond County property tax rates in relocation decisions should rest assured county tax rates remain among the area's lowest, despite a Monday commission vote to raise taxes.
By Susan McCord

Fatality highlights golf cart safety

Erin Hutchison, whose mother has driven a golf cart for a decade, described the vehicles as “relaxing,” but the recent death of a young girl in Aiken has raised awareness of the danger they can pose.
By Doug Stutsman and Wesley Brown

Most stolen car is a what?

The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual report on the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country earlier this month, and some residents say they aren't surprised with what they saw.
By Travis Highfield

City Ink: Millage increase was a sweet decision for commission

Raising the property tax rate last week was a cakewalk for the Augusta Com­mis­sion.
By Sylvia Cooper

Rants & Raves

I would like to thank Stephen Blackwell for his random act of kindness. He paid for a total stranger's groceries. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me! Thank you, again!

Labor Day holiday closings

The following offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Moore: Good behavior is not TV's strong suit

Audie Murphy, Alvin York, George Custer -- those were heroes; the Kardashians, not so much.
By Glynn Moore

Let's celebrate our paper's 229th Anniversary

Saturday was The Augusta Chronicle's 229th birthday, so let's celebrate.
By Bill Kirby

Gogick: Colleagues receive front page as going-away present

When longtime colleagues either retire or seek out greener pastures, their colleagues conspire to make them a page – a front page. Think of it as part parting gift, part parting shot. A hybrid of remembrance and roast.
By John Gogick

Company plans entertainment resort near Ga. coast

KINGSLAND, Ga. - The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that could lead to the groundbreaking of a $350 million, 495-acre amusement resort on Interstate 95 in the spring of 2015.
By Gordon Jackson

Report: Ga. governments have weak nepotism rules

ATLANTA - Local governments in metro Atlanta have hired at least 770 relatives of current employees during the last three years, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Across Georgia

ATLANTA - Authorities are investigating how a Marietta man died skydiving in Polk County.

Notable area deaths of 2014

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Columbia County historian Bill Blackard  (pictured here.)
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