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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Across South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Authorities say an 18-year-old man was killed when a train hit him as he tried to cross railroad tracks in Greenville.

Expert concerned over community care for mentally ill, disabled in Georgia

Dr. Richard Elliott is now concerned that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that helped gain access to community treatment for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled is not working as well as ...
By Tom Corwin

7 accused of racing motorcycles on Broad Street

Seven people are accused of racing motorcycles on Broad Street early Saturday, authorities said.
By Travis Highfield

Across Georgia

DECATUR, Ga. - The retrial of a suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions is set to begin next week.

Rants & Raves

To the artist who  painted the traffic signal box at the intersection of Boy Scout and Skinner Mill roads: It is just beautiful. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place. 

Job news gives Millen hope

MILLEN, Ga. — Recent announcements of two new industries, which could create a combined 900 jobs over the next five to seven years, is an indicator that Millen’s economic doldrums could soon ...
By Jenna Martin

City Ink: Talk not looking good for stormwater fee

Let's see now. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with the proposed rain tax that's on Tuesday's agenda. There's the consultant's recommendation for a $6.
By Sylvia Cooper

Taxpayers foot bill for public safety crashes

An analysis of accident reports in which public safety employees were at fault show the city paid $236,400 to repair damages and settle injury claims over the past 1½ years.
By Travis Highfield

South Carolina income tax rates much lower than portrayed

Gov. Nikki Ha­ley is demanding that legislators cut personal income taxes to make South Caro­lina more competitive. However, South Carolina's effective rate - what people actually pay - ...
By Seanna Adcox

New public transit chief 'excited' about job

Three weeks into the job, Augusta Public Transit Director Pat Stephens spent two hours Friday taking popular Route 6 through downtown and south Augusta to the transfer stop by the Deans Bridge ...
By Susan McCord

Richmond County coroner seeks full office certification

Coroner Mark Bowen said his department will take another step this year by becoming the only coroner's office statewide with an entire staff certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death ...
By Travis Highfield

Man hospitalized after Graniteville shooting

A 30-year-old man was hospitalized early Saturday after a shooting on Laurel Avenue in Graniteville, authorities said.
By Travis Highfield

Kirby: Long hair isn't culture clash today like in 1960s

Half a century ago, nothing could get you kicked out of school faster than long hair that violated the dress code.
By Bill Kirby

Friday, May 29, 2015

SC legislators have full discretion over additional $300M

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s economic advisers officially certified Friday a windfall in tax collections, giving legislators an additional $300 million in discretionary spending.
By Seanna Adcox

GBI: Officer fatally shoots man who tried to draw gun

A police officer fatally shot a man who began to draw a gun during a confrontation in the west Georgia city, authorities said Friday.

3rd Navy sailor guilty in case of women recorded in showers

KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. - A submarine sailor was sentenced Friday to 15 days in a Navy brig after he pleaded guilty to failing to alert superiors when a fellow crew member showed him ...
By Russ Bynum

Father: Woman shot by Ga. sheriff told police it was an accident

ATLANTA - The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty ...
By Kate Brumback

Ceremony held for troops joining fight against Islamic State

Final hugs and tears were merely postponed during an early deployment ceremony Friday for Fort Gor­don soldiers who have one last weekend with loved ones before a nine-month stint to aid in ...
By Meg Mirshak

Columbia County official honored for aiding disabled

Columbia County’s emergency management director was recognized for providing people with disabilities “equal access to information and services” on Friday.
By Wesley Brown

Government, institutions face huge stormwater bills

While many homeowners are complaining about the prospect of paying $6.40 a month, many more industries and large institutions are set to pay hefty monthly fees under the new program.
By Susan McCord

Rants & Raves

Fellow south Augusta taxpayers, AKA front money for downtown Augusta. At this time, please reject the so called storm tax fee. The only storm you should worry about is the mess some of the commissioners will create with this spend as they please surplus.
By Special

Across the region

COLUMBIA - The director of South Carolina's Department of Transportation resigned Monday, just 13 months after Gov. Nikki Haley put her at the helm.

Where you live: Every step counts

Richard Buchannan exercises on the steps behind the Columbia County Library in Evans.
By Michael Holahan/Staff
Bill Kirby

California logs most time exercising

When it comes to physical fitness workouts, Cali­fornia leads the nation, Geor­gia leads the South and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., limps in last.
Glynn Moore

In a wreck, memory can also suffer injury

Ever since that Amtrak accident last month, I’ve heard any number of blowhards claim that the engineer lied when he said he can’t remember the crash.

Proposals ask for $220 million for streets, Volvo

The House's budget-writing committee advanced Monday plans to put $150 million of additional revenue toward fixing existing roads and $70 million toward meeting South Carolina's promises to Volvo.
By Seanna Adcox

Across Georgia

DECATUR, Ga. - The retrial of a suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions is set to begin next week.

Notable area deaths of 2015

A review of some from our area who have passed away this year including Coach Clayton Chriswell (pictured here.)
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