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WHEN WILL THE COUNTY get someone out to clean up south Augusta? Bobby Jones Expressway is a total disgrace and so is Highway 56. There is trash everywhere. How about getting our prisoners off their buttocks and putting them to work? We feed and clothe them, they can do a good day’s work for their keep.

I AM VERY PLEASED to hear the news that Harrisburg is now rid of the drug houses! Hoorah!

SO THE CITY WANTS Azziz and GRU to take on the mills and that chimney. I know there’s been a wish for a rowing team and maybe scuba lessons for ASU to talk on. Perhaps IF the state gives the monies to fund the mills for use, the stocking of fish in the canal, and a new name for that chimney, then GRU can take on rowing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving and other water sports in the canal. They could also work with the city to sponsor fishing tournaments, as well.

GLAD TO SEE THE former Golf and Garden’s property being cleaned up at least. Now, how fast can the state move to get the funding for buildings, etc. there?

TURNING OFF MY RADIO FOR GOOD. My kids love listening to pop songs. What 7-year-old doesn’t love “Call Me Maybe”? But there are so many new songs with inappropriate language. Fortunately, my children do not know these words. Unfortunately, I have to turn off Augusta pop stations so they are not exposed to that language. Note: there are versions of these songs without those words (or word parts) in them, but some local pop stations choose to (oftentimes) use the family un-friendly version). Advertisers who want to market to families should take their business elsewhere.

WHAT HAPPENED TO the law that bans clearing 50 feet from the rivers and wetlands? The banks have been cleaned and grass planted over the river banks. There have been insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers and all of the debris thrown in the rivers, both the Savannah and the Little River. I would gladly stop fishing on the Little River if the golf course owners would be required to replace the damage they have done on the river banks both the Little and the Savannah River.

IT IS AMAZING THAT Georgia’s and South Carolina’s part-time employees (the General Assemblies) can create so much havoc in such a short period of time.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/08/13 - 05:53 am
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RANT to the Unlicensed Used Car Lot

at the corner or Hwy 56 and Tobacco Rd.

Why have car dealers been allowed to Curb Stone used cars without a business license for over a year now?

It is clear a violation of the GA anti-curbstoning law that went into effect July 1st, 2007. Georgia Code Section O.C.G.A. §40-2-39.1

The following Warning is worth the read.
http://www.scamdex.com/ScamBlog/2012/03/dont-buy-a-vehicle-from-a-curbst...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 07:54 am
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Very good question....

WHEN WILL THE COUNTY get someone out to clean up south Augusta? Bobby Jones Expressway is a total disgrace and so is Highway 56. There is trash everywhere.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 08:00 am
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Country Music Awards

They need to change the name....that isn't what I call real country....some of it is nice & I do love Blake But....real country it is not....the twang has gone bye bye.....simple country music like Patsy Cline ....where did it go...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 08:19 am
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By the end of this week

I want to see Tiger & Bubba going at it neck to neck....playoff & the winner comes down to the last hole.....edge of my seat kinda thing....I want to see the ball sit on the edge of the cup & a wisp of wind makes it fall in the hole...♥

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/08/13 - 08:45 am
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Golf?

Bowling for yuppies.

(Good thing the National doesn't know where I live!)

Nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-NAH!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/08/13 - 08:50 am
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CMA

... tuned in just in time to see Miranda's dress struggling to pull off quite a feat of engineering; managing to just barely (pun intended) contain jello in a half-cup.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/08/13 - 08:53 am
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The General Assemblies

Perhaps The Founders took their own advice, "No man's life or property are safe while legislators sit." Course, they weren't smart enough; they didn't come up with terms limits.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/08/13 - 09:11 am
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"I have to turn off Augusta

"I have to turn off Augusta pop stations"

Did that 20 years ago when I realized there were only two components left to pop music, bass drums and foul mouths.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 09:21 am
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No Rules for Clearing Land by River

I'm curious what rules the ranter is talking about that prohibit clearing of 50 ft of private property by rivers? Those regulations apply to the lake, but not the river.

harley_52
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harley_52 04/08/13 - 09:29 am
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"In politics....

....if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman"

- Margaret Thatcher, 1965.

RIP

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 09:42 am
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River Through Private Land is Navigable Water

The golf course trying to block boat traffic from going around the Betty’s Branch side of the island surprised everyone. The DNR officer who agreed with the legality of the land owner who had property on both sides of the water apparently thought he was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The confusion comes from the definition of “navigable waters.” The term is an old one and goes back to the days of floating logs down rivers. Today, suffice it to say, any court in the land is going to allow boat traffic on rivers if a land owner attempts to stop it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/08/13 - 09:35 am
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Better Question

When will people in South Augusta stop throwing their trash out of the car thus eliminating the cost of cleaning up after their nasty behinds?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 09:40 am
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I wonder what Azziz will do

I wonder what Azziz will do with the Golf and Garden property while he seeks funding to build there? That could take many years.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/08/13 - 09:52 am
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^5 JTF

The rhetorical question no one would ask.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 09:54 am
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Ga. vs. S.C.

Georgia has a law that requires a 25-foot "buffer" of vegetation (including a tree canopy) along riverbanks, even if private property. Of course, there is a variance procedure to go through if you can demonstrate a worthy exception to the EPD. South Carolina, on the other hand, has no buffer requirement. You can clear all the way to the waterline.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/08/13 - 09:55 am
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RM

I was shocked too to read that article about blocking the waterway. I think the golf course relented when they found out they didn't have a leg to stand on. It is a gift that the boaters will be held up for play.
They best let that sleeping dog lie and be grateful the boat sponsors are willing to accomodate them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 10:03 am
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Triumvirate

Today's death of former Prime Minister of England marked the last of the great triumvirate of the last half of the twentieth century. The three greatest leaders of that span were Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher.

So far, there has been no leader of the twenty-first century able to tie any of their shoes.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 10:13 am
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welll now

Llamb says..

So far, there has been no leader of the twenty-first century able to tie any of their shoes.

Only because the Duck Dynasty guys won't run for office.....now we could clean up this mess if one would run for President.....btw they were at the Country Award show.....they seem to belong with that group..:)

The more I think about it...they have as much experience as Obama has.....& they don't need a teleprompter.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/08/13 - 10:27 am
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Lake v. River

Understand the lake and the river have much different rules. The rules for the lake are basically wild vegetation next to the water. They want to prevent a fishbowl effect with the lake. That Corps keeps control of the land next to the water. That also gives rise to "squatters." Those who don't live on the lot could build a floating dock in front of the home.

On the river there is no requirement to leave wild growth on your land next to the water. Manicured lawns and trees are perfectly legitimate for the intended conservation purposes. It's the run-off into the river that they want to prohibit and a well kept lawn does that well. Something much different than the intent of the Corp at the Lake.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/08/13 - 11:07 am
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JTF and IAD, Hwy 56 in South

JTF and IAD, Hwy 56 in South Augusta is traveled by many whom do not even live in South Augusta so I would wager that a majority of the trash accumulating along this stretch of highway isn't from residence in SA but those who travel this route to work and back.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/08/13 - 11:23 am
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Class Acts

Bubba Watson has more class in his little toe than Tiger could every dream to have. Talk about a class act walking the hallowed grounds, Condaleeza Rice. Wish she'd run for President.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/08/13 - 11:43 am
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ICL

No doubt that is a contributing factor. Not sure you would win your wager though.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/08/13 - 12:38 pm
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LUNCH TIME HUMOR

PREGNANCY Q & A & more!

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q : I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?

Q?: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.?

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.

Q?: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word "alimony" means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.

Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/08/13 - 01:06 pm
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ICL

It was intended as a kind of tongue-in-cheek-humorous jab; because we all have friends and/or family in S.A. that are ordinary folks who wouldn't mess up their own neighborhood.

In all honesty, I don't know that the S.A. roads are any worse off than others. I've never taken note one way or the other.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/08/13 - 01:55 pm
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I think...

Most well traveled roads are trashier because....well let's face it...they are more well traveled...Probably the amount of tractor trailer traffic and the amount of pick up trucks that always seem to have something flying out of the back. Of course Augusta has gotten into the habit of not cutting grass or cleaning much til the week before Masters too.

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Jane18 04/08/13 - 02:19 pm
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Trashy Roads

We have a highway that is traveled by so many boaters, campers, general public, etc., and the grass is cut approximately 2 times a year as is the trash picked up. It's really embarrassing for us that live on and off this much traveled road, because of the out-of-town people coming this way to get to the Lake and the camp sites. I was told my county does not keep up this road(and others), they, for whatever reason, have Jefferson County do the work. It is Hwy.43 going to Lincolnton. I have to say, Lincoln County does a good job from their side of the bridge on, but my county, McDuffie, is slack on our side of Little River Bridge.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 02:23 pm
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25 Feet

Okay, RM, it's time to play armchair lawyer. Here are some relevant provisions from Georgia law:

O.C.G.A. § 12-7-6 (2012)

§ 12-7-6. Best management practices; minimum requirements for rules, regulations, ordinances, or resolutions

(15) (A) There is established a 25 foot buffer along the banks of all state waters, as measured horizontally from the point where vegetation has been wrested by normal stream flow or wave action, except:

(i) As provided by paragraph (16) of this subsection;

(ii) Where the director determines to allow a variance that is at least as protective of natural resources and the environment;

(iii) Where otherwise allowed by the director pursuant to Code Section 12-2-8;

(iv) Where a drainage structure or a roadway drainage structure must be constructed, provided that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated in the project plans and specifications and are implemented;

(v) Along any ephemeral stream. As used in this division, the term "ephemeral stream" means a stream:

(I) That under normal circumstances has water flowing only during and for a short duration after precipitation events;

(II) That has the channel located above the ground-water table year round;

(III) For which ground water is not a source of water; and

(IV) For which runoff from precipitation is the primary source of water flow; or

(vi) Where shoreline stabilization is installed; provided, however, that this exception shall be limited to the construction of bulkheads and sea walls only to the extent required to prevent the erosion of the shoreline. This exception shall be limited to Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair and shall be limited to the duration of such construction.

Unless exempted under division (v) of this subparagraph, buffers of at least 25 feet established pursuant to Part 6 of Article 5 of Chapter 5 of this title shall remain in force unless a variance is granted by the director as provided in this paragraph.

(B) No land-disturbing activities shall be conducted within any such buffer; and a buffer shall remain in its natural, undisturbed state of vegetation until all land-disturbing activities on the construction site are completed, except as otherwise provided by this paragraph. Once the final stabilization of the site is achieved, a buffer may be thinned or trimmed of vegetation as long as a protective vegetative cover remains to protect water quality and aquatic habitat and a natural canopy is left in sufficient quantity to keep shade on the stream bed; provided, however, that any person constructing a single-family residence, when such residence is constructed by or under contract with the owner for his or her own occupancy, may thin or trim vegetation in a buffer at any time as long as protective vegetative cover remains to protect water quality and aquatic habitat and a natural canopy is left in sufficient quantity to keep shade on the stream bed.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/13 - 02:25 pm
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Paragraph 16

(16) There is established a 50 foot buffer, as measured horizontally from the point where vegetation has been wrested by normal stream flow or wave action, along the banks of any state waters classified as "trout streams" pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 5 of this title except where a roadway drainage structure must be constructed; provided, however, that small springs and streams classified as trout streams which discharge an average annual flow of 25 gallons per minute or less shall have a 25 foot buffer or they may be piped, at the discretion of the landowner, pursuant to the terms of a rule providing for a general variance promulgated by the board providing for notice to the division or local issuing authority of the location and extent of the piping and prescribed methodology for minimizing the impact of such piping and for measuring the volume of water discharged by the stream. Any such pipe must stop short of the downstream landowner's property, and the landowner must comply with the buffer requirement for any adjacent trout streams. The director may grant a variance from such buffer to allow land-disturbing activity, provided that adequate erosion control measures are incorporated in the project plans and specifications and are implemented. The following requirements shall apply to any such buffer:

(A) No land-disturbing activities shall be conducted within a buffer and a buffer shall remain in its natural, undisturbed, state of vegetation until all land-disturbing activities on the construction site are completed. Once the final stabilization of the site is achieved, a buffer may be thinned or trimmed of vegetation as long as a protective vegetative cover remains to protect water quality and aquatic habitat and a natural canopy is left in sufficient quantity to keep shade on the stream bed; provided, however, that any person constructing a single-family residence, when such residence is constructed by or under contract with the owner for his or her own occupancy, may thin or trim vegetation in a buffer at any time as long as protective vegetative cover remains to protect water quality and aquatic habitat and a natural canopy is left in sufficient quantity to keep shade on the stream bed;

(B) On or before December 31, 2000, the board shall adopt rules which contain specific criteria for the grant or denial by the director of requests for variances. After such date, no variance shall be granted by the director which is not consistent with the criteria contained in such rules; provided, however, that, should the board fail to adopt rules which contain specific criteria for the grant or denial of requests for variances by the director on or before December 31, 2000, the authority of the director to issue such variances shall be suspended until the board adopts such rules; and

(C) The buffer shall not apply to the following land-disturbing activities, provided that they occur at an angle, as measured from the point of crossing, within 25 degrees of perpendicular to the stream; cause a width of disturbance of not more than 50 feet within the buffer; and adequate erosion control measures are incorporated into the project plans and specifications and are implemented:

(i) Stream crossings for water lines; or

(ii) Stream crossings for sewer lines.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/08/13 - 02:53 pm
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JTF, your comment "Better

JTF, your comment "Better Question .... When will people in South Augusta stop throwing their trash out of the car thus eliminating the cost of cleaning up after their nasty behinds?" sure didn't seem like a tongue in cheek statement but I'll take your word for it.

You are probably right, our area isn't much better than some of the other well traveled roads in Richmond Country and to be honest it's really sad. Just got back off a week vacation in Tenn and could not help but noticed the difference in how clean their roadways are and how trashy our area looks in comparison. One could gather a group and clean it up but sad to say it probably wouldn't last a week and it would look trashy again.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/08/13 - 03:21 pm
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ICL

It wasn't me who claimed "tongue in cheek". I wasn't trying to hurt anyone's feelings. If the question had referenced West Augusta or Atlanta, I would have made the same comment. Let's face it, the trash is there because someone put it there.

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