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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Banks buy land near Evans center

One of the largest planned community developments in the metro area has attracted the attention of Security Federal Bank and Georgia Bank & Trust.
By Tim Rausch

Charles Walker looks ahead

After eight years in federal prison, a near-fatal car wreck and months of keeping a low profile, Charles Walker is back in the public eye and telling his story.
By Sylvia Cooper

Homicide rate declining in Richmond County

After one January homicide, Augusta matched that total in February, marking Richmond County's lowest first-two month total in six years.
By Doug Stutsman

Man tries to convince judge to reduce sentence after 49th arrest

In Richmond County Superior Court, Teddie Scarborough pleaded guilty again, this time to entering an automobile with the intent to commit a crime.
By Sandy Hodson

Tag offices closed on Saturdays in March

All three of the Richmond County Tax Commissioner tag offices will be closed every Saturday in March for employee training, according to a press release.

Rants & Raves

Paine College leaders are working hard to keep its needed accreditation. Why do the folks who have never given to Paine think that everything that Paine is doing needs to be reported to them?

Man gets 5 years probation for having gun to shoot deer

An Augusta man who killed a deer at night from a public road - while on probation for a felony offense - pleaded guilty.

Woman reports valuable dog taken

A Hephzibah woman called police after she discovered someone had stolen her show dog, a brindle-colored American Bully, from its kennel.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Small fire put out in bank bathroom

Firefighters and police are investigating after someone set a fire in an Augusta bank over the weekend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Monday, March 2, 2015

Grisham tells Augusta lawyers to keep up probation fight

The writer known for such books on courtroom drama as "A Time to Kill" and "Runaway Jury", offered attorneys John Bell and Jack Long encouragement in a letter.
By Sandy Hodson

Senator drafts stricter bill on cannabis oil

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed ...
By Bill Hendrick

Ex-superintendent in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA - Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Pub­lic Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the ...
By Kathleen Foody

Trial begins for man accused of trying to kill his brother-in-law

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet began hearing evidence Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the case of Hussein McKenny, 28.

Report outlines water park proposal issues

Columbia County officials are recommending commissioners reject a $20 million plan to build a water park in Grovetown near Inter­state 20 because of infrastructure and other concerns.
By Wesley Brown

Reading across Augusta

By Michael Holahan

Trial continues for man accused in stabbing

A bench trial will continue Tuesday for a man who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing of his brother-in-law.

2 commissioners want to let administrator hire, fire

Two Augusta commissioners want to streamline government operations by giving more responsibility to the city administrator.
By Susan McCord

Man fights with cops before arrest

Police said an armed Augusta man in possession of multiple drugs fled and fought with officers before being taken into custody on Sunday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Supreme Court to hear Project Jackson appeal

The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of North Augusta's Project Jackson development that includes a new ballpark for the Augusta GreenJackets.
By Meg Mirshak

Kirby: Winter's worst week

We took a vote at my house and chose the past week as the worst in a long time. Weather was bad. Ice and cold without the beauty of snow. Rain without the beauty of stopping. Everybody looked sick ...
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

Wonderful story on Clymonteen Jones! I just wish you had taken more photos of some of those awards so that we could see what all they are. But the article's great.

Kirby: Squirrels are at it again

Squirrels are pests. I've been saying it for years, and many of you agree.
By Bill Kirby

Poll: Most don't favor road-funding plan

ATLANTA - More Georgia voters oppose the House's transportation-funding plan than favor it, according to a poll released Thursday.
By Walter C. Jones

S.C. gun 'reciprocity' bill proposal moves forward

Lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders from Georgia and other states with lower safety standards to come into South Carolina and enjoy the same gun freedoms.
By Sarita Chourey

Where you live: A Jewish celebration

Lilly Kuschner (left), and Leah Fischer hold groggers, or noise makers, as Rabbi Zalman Fischer reads the story of Purim from a scroll taken from the Book of Esther at the Chabad of Augusta. 
By Todd Bennett

No felony charge sought for police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA — A prosecutor said Thursday that he plans to seek a misdemeanor charge – but no felony – against a suburban Atlanta police chief who told investigators he accidentally shot his wife.
By Russ Bynum

Georgia Senate OK's religious freedom bill feared by LGBT groups

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate gave decisive approval Thursday to a contentious “religious freedom” bill – one of a wave of measures that critics say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people.
By Kathleen Foody

House panel asked to ban more abusers from possessing guns

COLUMBIA - A House panel opened debate Thursday on a bill intended to curb domestic violence in South Carolina, a week after the Senate passed its version.
By Seanna Adcox

SC panel advances bill to drop wait for vet in-state tuition

COLUMBIA - Out-of-state military veterans could come to South Carolina and immediately pay instate tuition at its colleges and universities, under legislation endorsed Thursday by a state Senate panel.
By Susanne M. Schafer
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