Five local Girl Scouts earn Gold Award

Five local teenagers were honored Sunday as recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award. 
By Doug Stutsman

Wildness of Ogeechee attracts adventurer

LOUISVILLE, Ga. — There is a call that some men feel in their marrow, an aching pull that lures them away from other men and into the unknown. Bill Allen has been following it off-trail most of his life.
By Parish Howard

Teacher's 2008 slaying unsolved

Ann Fox Smith, 47, was found in her home on Whitney Drive on April 25, 2008, after she failed to show up for work at Kennedy Middle School, where she had taught special needs students for 18 years.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

The Way We Were: Girls at ARC

In 1950, young women began to attend the Academy of Richmond County for the first time.
By Bill Kirby

Pardon Our Mess: Crosswalk pole knocked over on 13th Street

A crosswalk pole has been knocked over, leaving pedestrians unsure of when it's safe to cross 13th Street. Wires are exposed at the base.
By Doug Stutsman

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. Several incumbents have primary opposition this year.
By Susan McCord

Who will pay for Vogtle construction costs?

ATLANTA - Construc­tion work at Plant Vogtle is coming under the microscope to see who pays for going over budget: electricity customers or utility investors.
By Walter C. Jones

University Hospital retains top safety rating

For the third year in a row, Uni­versity Hospital earned a top grade for safety, but this time it was the only Augusta hospital to do so.
By Tom Corwin

Aiken County's top teacher passes on love of literature

It's not easy to get high school students to read "Beowulf" - unless maybe the teacher plays a rap song to show how it corresponds with the boasts in the classic tale. That is one of the ways North Augusta High's Elisabeth Hardy tries to spark an interest in literature.
By James Folker

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 zoning code violations, conspiracy theories abound.
By Sylvia Cooper

May 2016 Election candidate profiles

Profiles on 42 candidates running for elected office in Richmond and Columbia counties. 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Rants & Raves

If you use tobacco, you are an idiot.

Motorcycle thefts high in Georgia, SC

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said 53 motorcycles were reported stolen last year. This year there have been 12, with two of them taken this week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Judge splits bond decision in murder case

Bond was granted to one Augusta homicide suspect Friday but was denied for a second man also charged with murder in the same April 13 slaying over $10 worth of marijuana.
By Sandy Hodson

Laney senior earns Gates Millennium Scholarship

Joshua Toran III is the first Laney student to receive the coveted honor, which is given to 1,000 high school seniors across the country.
By Doug Stutsman

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

Bond granted in burglary of Goodwill Industries

Bond was granted Friday for a man suspected of twice breaking into Goodwill Industries last fall.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Candidates attend public forum in Columbia County

Three candidates vying for the Georgia state House seat being vacated by longtime lawmaker Barbara Sims fielded questions Thursday during a public forum sponsored by the Islamic Society of Augusta.
By Abbigail Lennon

North Augusta boards parse details of downtown rules

North Augusta city council members and planning commissioners got down to the brass tacks of starting to rewrite their rules for downtown development Thursday night, identifying areas that needed ...
By James Folker

Contract of airport's new chief approved

Though the area of Char­lotte Douglas Inter­national Airport he oversaw is larger than all of Augusta Regional Airport, Herbert Judon said it is "humbling and exciting" to take the helm as ...
By Susan McCord

13-year-old killed in Grovetown wreck

A 13-year-old died Thursday afternoon after a truck she was riding in flipped and pinned her.

Speaker urges doctors to reach out on social media

Physicians should use social media more often because patients are already on it gathering medical information, a cardiologist and social media expert said Thursday at Augusta University.
By Tom Corwin

Kirby: Almanac was right about Masters weather

Before the month ends, I really need to congratulate "The Old Farmer's Almanac" on its April weather forecast.
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

Peaceful protesters are arrested while the KKK white-hooded mob preaches hatred in Stone Mountain, Ga. No justice here.

Convicted felon gets 6 years in prison for firearm

A convicted felon caught trying to sell an assault weapon after shooting a hole in a window at Goodwill Indus­tries was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Four calls about copperhead snakes reported in Columbia County

A copperhead was found hidden inside a dog toy in a Columbia County backyard. The dog's owner noticed the dog stopped playing with the toy and began barking.
By Abbigail Lennon

Jay Jefferies wins Louis Harris Award

The Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday awarded its 2016 Louis Harris Award to longtime Augusta TV meteorologist Jay Jefferies.

3 arrested after carjacking

Three men have been charged with a carjacking early Wednesday morning on McNutt Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Car, guns stolen from Aiken town's police department

A police car, weapons and other property were stolen during a break-in at a small Aiken County police department.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Library to sell books this weekend

The downtown Augusta library will be discounting books this weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebration of life held for Appling victims

Car after car, hundreds of Columbia County citizens joined in unison Wednesday on Johnson Drive. All gathered on the two-lane road for one reason: to honor five victims of Friday's shooting rampage.
By Doug Stutsman


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Rants & Raves

When you mention dogs not being allowed in back of pickups, does that mean that humans are not permitted in the back?

Moore: TV dinners too heavy on carbs, fine print

Eating a frozen dinner is worse if you read the fine print on the label for everything inside.
By Glynn Moore

Kirby: Events missing from millennium list

LIFE Millennium list includes top events from the years 1000 to 2000, but some important events were left off.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: Prehistoric items, football legend part of weekend

Did you have a good weekend? I did. I got a chance to chat with Archie Manning and throw prehistoric spears.
By Bill Kirby
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The following students were named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the Fall 2015 semester:

Athens pharmacy holdups worry police

ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a group of people they believe might be responsible for two drugstore robberies.
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