Building dedication held for former sheriff

The new sheriff's office administration building, erected during Ronnie Strength's administration, was named in his honor on Tuesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Final stormwater fee vote today

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

Keel pledges to have university work with Augusta

Georgia Regents University and Augusta are on a “two-way street” where they should work together to become great, new GRU President Brooks Keel said.
By Tom Corwin

Wide, heavy load ties up local traffic

Two giant freight shipments called "mega loads" passing through the area had transportation officials issuing warnings about traffic stoppages and slowdowns across a six-county stretch of I-20.
By Steve Crawford

Augusta VA manager jailed after violating bond

A manager at the Charlie Nor­wood VA Medical Center in Augusta who faces federal charges in connection with veterans' medical care was jailed Monday for violating bond.
By Sandy Hodson

Officers clear up 13 South Carolina road laws

Highway laws can vary from state to state, but that's no excuse to break them. South Carolina law enforcement officials have seen plenty of misconception and oversights.
By Sarita Chourey

Push to test old rape kits creates GBI backlog

ATLANTA — Georgia law enforcement agencies have swamped the state crime lab with requests to provide DNA analysis on “rape kits,” the gear used to gather evidence in sexual assault cases.
By Lauren McDonald and Walter Jones

Arguments made in suit against private probation firm

Whether a pending federal lawsuit against a for-profit private probation company survives the first major legal hurdle is now up to a judge. Sitting in U.S. District Court in Augusta, Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. heard arguments Monday in the suit filed by Philip Keen against Judicial Alternatives of Georgia.
By Sandy Hodson

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 misclassification.
By Walter C. Jones

Armed man guards military recruiting offices

The Pentagon's plea for Americans not to take up arms to guard military recruitment centers did not stop Martinez resident Jim Stachowiak from doing just that Monday.
By Meg Mirshak

Georgia easing teacher testing rules

Georgia public school students won't have to take as many tests in the upcoming school year, the state Department of Education announced Monday.
By Lee Shearer

Articles from the Metro section archive

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Way We Were

Do you remember the old Boys Club? There were several, I believe, but this one was on D'Antignac Street at the old school and seemed to have no trouble in the 1930s finding boys to fill it.
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

There is a rash of black churches being burned. The first blame to come to mind is white racists. How come it can't be ISIS sympathizers who have been instructed to conduct stuff in the United ...

Moore: Tape deck saves Bob from auto hackings

Hackers have now started taking over cars, but mine is too old and simple to be affected.
By Glynn Moore

Home intruder demands money, strikes man

A 62-year-old man was hit on the head by a burglar at his home early Saturday.
By Doug Stutsman

Confederate flags ripped up at Hephzibah home

A pair of Confederate flags were ripped up outside a Hephzibah home, police say.
By Doug Stutsman

Man beaten by group wanting to use vehicle

An Augusta man was hospitalized Sunday after refusing to let four strangers borrow his vehicle.
By Doug Stutsman

Family searches for parents to adopt Chinese boy

Six-year-old Noah's vacation from a Chinese orphanage is much more than a foreign exchange trip or a sightseeing tour of the United States. It's his chance to find a new family.
By Meg Mirshak

Saturday, July 25, 2015

88-year-old missing from Graniteville home

The Aiken County Sher­iff's Office is looking for an 88-year-old Graniteville man who went missing from his home Saturday afternoon.
By Sean Gruber

Look for I-20 slowdown tonight

A 385,000-pound machine press could cause delays on westbound Interstate 20 as it leaves Columbia County on Monday night.

City Ink: Rain tax has always been a done deal

Of course the rain tax passed. It was just the first reading of the ordinance, but no matter, it's a done deal. Always has been.
By Sylvia Cooper

Across the region

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Some Charleston residents and advocacy groups say they need more time to review 40,000 pages of material that the State Ports Authority submitted with its application for a ...

Computer equipment stolen from elementary school

A burglar stole a Dell computer and monitor from Rol­lins Elementary School after smashing their way into a classroom, a police report states.
By Sean Gruber

Pringle looks to build resources, trust during school year

As she looks toward her first full year at the helm of district, Superintendent Angela Pringle said she is focused on putting her own stamp on Richmond County's schools.
By Sean Gruber

SC Democrats vow to renew push for Medicaid expansion

COLUMBIA - Democrats plan to renew efforts next year to expand Medicaid eligibility in South Carolina, saying that's the most important way to continue the work of their slain colleague, Sen. ...
By Seanna Adcox

GRU Literacy Center improving its tutoring curriculum

The GRU Literacy Center has been helping children and adults improve their reading skills since 1990, but it is now updating its curriculum with a partially online-based program.
By Tracey McManus

Man's life changed by Americans with Disabilities Act

Sam Creech remembers special education classes that were little more than "a step up from day care." Now he credits the Americans with Disa­bil­ities Act with making his three degrees ...
By Tom Corwin

Rants & Raves

Bob Young, please don't listen to the politically correct people who are telling you that you have to get a haircut to win. Hair is not important.

Student teachers must prove classroom skills

Georgia has become one of 12 states to require aspiring teachers to pass a performance-based assessment called edTPA, where candidates must demonstrate their effectiveness in the classroom.
By Tracey McManus

Seminar for church leaders will discuss safety measures

In the wake of a shooting that killed nine Charleston churchgoers, the FBI and the Aiken De­part­ment of Public Safety will conduct a briefing to help local church leaders protect against ...
By Travis Highfield

Citations up; fatalities down

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office should pass last year's speeding ticket total, but it's also on track to see fewer traffic fatalities.
By Travis Highfield

Rants & Raves

Shall we take George off the dollar or Jefferson off the five? By taking the Confederate flag down we've opened the door.

Kirby: Selective hearing strikes at any age

The other night at supper, my son stopped the dinner-table conversation to ask: "What's that?"
By Bill Kirby

Moore: Tape deck saves Bob from auto hackings

Hackers have now started taking over cars, but mine is too old and simple to be affected.
By Glynn Moore

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 misclassification.
By Walter C. Jones

Mega-merger would bolster Blue Cross in Georgia

ATLANTA — Anthem’s agreement to buy Cigna for $48 billion, if consummated, would cement the dominant position of Georgia’s leading health insurer.
By Andy Miller

West Coast trouble helps Georgia ports break records

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The two coastal ports handled 31.69 million tons of cargo during the 2015 fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s their greatest tonnage ever and an increase of nearly 8 percent from a year ago.
By Russ Bynum

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Silas Norman  (pictured here.)
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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.
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