FBI talks to churches about active shooter situations

AIKEN -- Churchgoers might not be able to prevent a shooting at a house of worship, but the FBI says there are ways to survive until help arrives.
By Travis Highfield

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

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Hospitals see more heat-related illnesses

The high was more than 100 degrees for four consecutive days this week, from Sunday to Wednesday, with a heat index much higher.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Heat boosts air-conditioning repair business

Joe Savage, who owns Doc Savage Heat­ing & Air Conditioning, said a recent review of last month's sales report showed revenues had risen by 45 percent compared with last June.
By Jenna Martin

Rants & Raves

Big rant for WRDW. On July 3, I watched 56 minutes of Let's Make a Deal to have a weatherman come on and interrupt the final deal, the climax of the show, to give a weather forecast.

Man accused of rape denied bond

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of beating and raping an ex-girlfriend.

Sheriff's office body cam policy now in effect

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has finalized its body camera policy, which lays out when officers are required to record interactions with the public.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Water main break sends BOE employees home

Board of Education spokesman Israel Butler said the water main break occurred in the basement.

Area teachers benefit from giveaway

About 1,500 educators received $20,000 of instructional materials during Kroger's annual Teacher Supply Giveaway at Westside Comprehensive High School in Augusta.
By Wesley Brown

August visitors expected to generate $2.9 million

August events across metro Augusta are expected to generate nearly $3 million in direct visitor spending.

Children left alone escape fire; mother charged

An Augusta woman has been charged after her home caught fire while her three young children were home alone.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Warren Road Bridge reopens to limited traffic

The Warren Road Bridge over Interstate 20 is now open for lightweight vehicle traffic, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
By Doug Stutsman

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SC treasurer accused of violating ethics law

South Carolina's ethics panel has decided to take a closer look at a retiree's allegation that State Treasurer Curtis Loftis violated ethics law by hiring a long-time friend in 2011 to join a ...
By Seanna Adcox

More seek to join case against Palmetto Pipeline

The legal team fighting a proposed gasoline pipeline along the coast could be growing if a judge accepts requests from a Savannah oil company and nine south Georgia property owners.
By Walter C. Jones

Life sentence recommended for peanut executive in salmonella outbreak

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Fede­ral court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both ...
By Russ Bynum

Slain caregiver's family files suit against woman

The children of an Au­gus­ta man fatally shot by an 86-year-old dementia patient have filed suit against the woman who lived with the patient.
By Sandy Hodson

Another probation company hit with civil rights suit

The sixth federal lawsuit against a for-profit company overseeing misdemeanor probationers was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick against Providence Commu­nity Corrections.
By Sandy Hodson

Butler High School shows off renovations

As Butler High School Assistant Prin­cipal Kimberly Mathews inspected her school's new look Thursday alongside alumni and the Richmond County Board of Education, she said her only thought was ...
By Sean Gruber

Kroger to give away more than $20,000 in classroom supplies

Kroger's Atlanta Division will show its support for Augusta-area educators on Friday by giving away classroom supplies valued at more than $20,000 at Westside Comprehensive High School on Patriots ...
By Wesley Brown

Code enforcement moves downtown

On Thursday, Augusta's Code Enforcement division moved out of a converted scale company building in south Augusta to the remodeled Mu­nici­pal Building. They join planning and development ...
By Susan McCord

Vandalized pro-LGBT church seeks money to boost security

The Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to pay for security cameras and to print informational materials in the wake of vandals ...
By Lisa Kaylor

Local businesses watch dropping gold prices

As gold prices spiraled downward this week, Martinez coin dealer Steve Damron watched with a sense of dread.
By Jenna Martin

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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