Augustans favor trails in recreation survey

In a recent survey of recreation needs for Augusta residents, respondents named the downtown riverwalk, Augusta Common and walking, hiking and biking trails - many of which are not city-run - as facilities most important to them.
By Susan McCord

City Ink: VIPs turn out to honor Strength

When former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength arrived for the dedication of the sheriff's office administration building in his honor Tuesday, he thought there were too many chairs under the tent. That's the kind of fellow he is. Humble and unassuming,
By Sylvia Cooper

Weather reporting more than just a hobby

Olin Berry and his wife Harriett are one of 23 families in the South Carolina midlands who are "cooperative observers" for the National Weather Service.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Missing persons cases frustrate families, law enforcement

Using data from local sheriff's offices and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, The Augusta Chronicle found 46 active cases in the Augusta area.
By Travis Highfield

Officials continue to remove illegal signs

Five months after the Richmond County Sheriff's Office organized a two-day cleanup, illegal signs are back on street corners, public rights of way and telephone poles.
By Doug Stutsman

Newly retired Aiken County superintendent proud of tenure

Dr. Elizabeth Eve­ritt, the superintendent of Aiken County schools since 2008, retired this week. She sat down to talk about her four decades in education.
By Mike Rosier

Alternative school to launch mentoring program

Kim Evans, of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA, said the program will help students learn about making good choices, choosing the right friends, coping with emotions and other issues that might have caused their disciplinary infractions in the first place.
By Tracey McManus

Back-to-school shoppers head out on tax holiday

The allure of free sales tax was enough to draw soon-to-be Georgia Regents University freshman Tanousha Augustin into Best Buy on Friday for a laptop purchase.
By Jenna Martin

C-SPAN's Augusta features airing this weekend

Augusta's historical sites and local authors will be in the television spotlight this weekend. C-SPAN's Cities Tour series showcases the Garden City's literary life on Saturday and history on Sunday.
By Meg Mirshak

Woman, 85, dies in Appling house fire

Alleen Brake was found on the second floor between the stairs and a bedroom door after firefighters put out the blaze.
By Scott Rouch Columbia County Bureau

Turnout light at SPLOST session

Turnout was light but enthusiastic for Augusta's first mall information session about the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
By Susan McCord

Articles from the Metro section archive

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Berthoud Pass death ruled suicide

The death of a man on Berthoud Pass was been ruled a suicide, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.
By Travis Highfield

Meeting will inform churches about active shooter situations

Local churches can learn how to prepare for an "active shooter scenario."
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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

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.
By Susan McCord

Suspicious package evacuates Television Park

Television Park was evacuated Tuesday after a suspicious package delivered to the building was found to contain a threat and an unknown substance.
By Travis Highfield

Santorum says American workers are key

AIKEN — Rick Santorum says the experience of running for president in 2012 has him more at ease on the campaign trail these days, but it hasn’t dampened his message.
By Mike Rosier

Affordable Care Act led to improved health care, study finds

Not only did the Affordable Care Act allow millions to gain insurance coverage, but it actually resulted in better access to care and in fewer people reporting poor health, a new study found.
By Tom Corwin

Augusta woman wanted for assault

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman wanted in connection with an aggravated assault.
By Doug Stutsman

Rants & Raves

A rant to everyone who wants Stone Mountain and all of the rest of the Confederate monuments in the South gone. Move!

Coroner investigating 'suspicious death'

The Richmond County Coroner's Office is investigating a suspicious death on Berthoud Pass, officials said Tuesday.
By Travis Highfield

County official quits

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
By Steve Crawford

Submissions sought for breast cancer awareness

The Augusta Chronicle is reaching out to breast cancer survivors and their families to be part of its annual Faces of Survival portrait series to celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

North Augustan accused of child exploitation

A North Augusta man is accused of disseminating child pornography after he was caught while using a file sharing service.
By Travis Highfield

Aiken teen wanted in shooting incident

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is requesting community assistance in locating an Aiken County teenager.
By Doug Stutsman

Second reading of stormwater fee passes

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 to approve the second reading of a revised stormwater ordinance creating the fee Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom ...
By Susan McCord

New frozen yogurt shop opening in Augusta on Saturday

A Menchie's Frozen Yogurt shop is opening Saturday in Washington Crossing.

Augustan sentenced for terrorist aid

An Augusta man intent on joining the terrorist Islamic State was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 15-year prison term for criminal attempt to provide assistance to a terrorist organization.
By Sandy Hodson

Woman found in river identified

NORTH AUGUSTA -- A woman was found dead Tuesday morning in the Savannah River.
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

Monday, July 27, 2015

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

'Augusta Chronicle' reaching out to breast cancer survivors

The Augusta Chronicle is reaching out to breast cancer survivors and their families to be part of our annual Faces of Survival portrait series to celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rants & Raves

I hope that when construction is over, Columbia County does something about that red light at the corner of Baston and Petersburg roads. It is ridiculous. The worst red light in Columbia County.

Notable area deaths of 2015

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

Time to play the Augusta alphabet game

I need your help. We’re trying to come up with a way to show off Augusta with an example from each letter of the alphabet.

Attorney disputes account that officer fatally shot teen in self-defense

SENECA, S.C. - A South Carolina police chief says he will not release the name of an officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old man in a Hardee's parking lot.

Rally Sunday in front of Planned Parenthood

An Evans woman has organized a prayer rally on the sidewalks in front of Augusta's Planned Parenthood clinic on Sunday.

Rail terminal north of Atlanta to link industry to Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Ports Authority is building a $24 million inland terminal that will move cargo by railroad between industries north of Atlanta and the Port of Savannah about 300 miles away.
By Russ Bynum
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