Junior hunter trial held in Thomson

A junior field hunter trial, a qualifier for the national championship, was held in the Southeast for the first time Monday at Belle Meade Hunt in Thomson.
By David Lee

Storm fee funds eyed for beautification

A gateway beautification effort seeks part of the $14 million to be generated when Augusta imposes a stormwater utility fee next year.
By Susan McCord

Record rains not enough to lift drought

The low-pressure rain system that produced record flooding in South Carolina this month was nearly enough to lift all three reservoir lakes in the Upper Savannah River basin from drought conditions.
By Wesley Brown

Pigskin surprise injures man, lawsuit claims

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for injuries an Augusta man says he sustained when he snacked on a bag of Papa Tubs Old Fashioned Wash Pot Style Pork Skins that he claims contained a hoof.
By Sandy Hodson

SRS contractor installs cost-saving pump

Two new commercial mixing pumps have been installed in radioactive waste tanks at Savannah River Site as part of a cost-saving initiative for the U.S. De­partment of Energy, according to a federal contractor.
By Wesley Brown

4 Olde Town houses targeted for demolition

Rick Keuroglian, the director of City Hope Alliance, the Christian-based nonprofit overseeing a collaborative effort to raze dilapidated properties, said his team is finalizing plans and raising money to fund its next demolition at 609 Sibley St.
By Wesley Brown

Fire prevention bureau gets new leader

Capt. John Caran, a fire employee since 1990, is overseeing Augusta's fire prevention bureau after Fire Marshal Jason Beard's indictment on extortion charges last week.
By Susan McCord

If tax referendum fails, will property taxes go up?

It's possible, but the resulting revenue wouldn't come close to the funds generated by the penny tax.
By Susan McCord

Cyber summit draws officials from CIA, FBI

Some of the government's top minds in cyber security will be in Augusta this week for the Cyber Education Summit at Augusta University.

Legal lines drawn over judges' filing in probation suit

The state’s private probation controversy has sparked a secondary battle before the Georgia Supreme Court.
By Sandy Hodson

Senator pushes bill to shorten session

COLUMBIA - Aiken Sen. Tom Young has repeatedly tried to convince his colleagues to shorten the legislative session, but this time, the Republican believes support is building.
By Sarita Chourey

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Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Fire marshal indicted on extortion charges

Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard is accused of extorting money from nightclub owners and managers with threats of economic harm.
By Sandy Hodson and Susan McCord

Weekend events promise something for everyone

Whether you're in the mood for baklava, authentic Mexican food or any variety of chocolate, you'll find it somewhere in the Augusta area, and with it games, live music and entertainment.
By Lisa Kaylor

Trenton man dies when vehicle falls on him

A 41-year-old Trenton man died Tuesday when the vehicle he was working under fell from a hydraulic jack.

Peach Orchard Bojangles' opening Wednesday

South Augusta's newest Bojangles' will open Wednesday morning.

Fire destroys car outside Martinez business

A Friday morning fire destroyed a new vehicle belonging to a Martinez business owner.
By Valerie Rowell

Two schools on lockdown after reported online threat

Hephzibah Middle School and Hephzibah High School are on soft lockdown after a group of students reported seeing a school shooting threat online.

Augusta named site for sci-fi film production

The Augusta Film Office announced Friday Augusta has been selected as the primary location for shooting a full-length sci-fi horror feature film.
By Susan McCord

Columbus Day schedules

Monday's Columbus Day will alter some schedules around the community.

Ex-McDuffie County official pleads guilty to child porn

Officials with the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office say that a plea agreement was filed in federal court Thursday in the case of former McDuffie County EMS Director Tim Edwards.
By Donna Stillinger

1 killed, 1 wounded in 13th Street shooting

One young man was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Friday off 13th Street.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Civic boosters speak out for seventh sales tax

A handful of Augusta community boosters showed their support on the courthouse steps Thursday in favor of special purpose local option sales tax 7.
By Susan McCord

Westmont teacher is tops in Columbia County

Jennifer Gurley, who is in her fourth year teaching at Westmont Elementary, said teaching had always been her calling as long as she can remember.
By Steve Crawford

Pair plead guilty in Cabela's weapon thefts

Two men accused of breaking into Cabela's Wholesale last spring and taking handguns pleaded guilty Thursday to federal firearm charges.
By Sandy Hodson

Supplies stolen from Savannah Riverkeeper

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a recent burglary of the Savannah Riverkeeper's warehouse.
By Doug Stutsman

Aiken candidates tout experience, leadership

Rick Osbon, a Republican, and City Councilwoman Lessie Price, a Democrat, debated during a mayor forum Thursday night.
By Mike Rosier

Retired Army major general speaks about cybersecurity

The "human element" has caused more security breaches and computer network damages than any technology failure, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Davis said Thursday night.
By Sean Gruber

Reading program pairs pupils, mentors

As soon as Sabrina Paige heard about the Power Lunch Reading Initiative that launched at Richmond County elementary schools this week, she said she “jumped at the chance to participate.”
By Sean Gruber

Waynesboro Amber Alert canceled

An Amber Alert was canceled late Thursday and both a 2-week-old child and 32-year-old woman were found unharmed, according to an official with the Waynesboro Police Department.
By Doug Stutsman

Loss of state name concerns dental school

Soon after the name change to Augusta University, College of Dental Medicine Dean Carol Lefebvre said she heard from students concerned that the name Georgia no longer graces the state's only ...
By Tom Corwin

Bill Kirby: Best weather week ahead

I know, it might rain again this weekend, but if we make it to next week, most forecasts show what might be the best week of the year - six days of sunny, dry weather with highs in the low 70s. It ...
By Bill Kirby
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Rants & Raves

One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all have to take off our shoes at airports. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and we've passed no laws to regulate firearms. That is outrageous.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

Listing of events associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The perfect pumpkin

Kayla Danko, 4, picks out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.
By Michael Holahan

Ga. college student arrested after threat

OXFORD, Ga. - A student from Emory University's Oxford College is facing charges after allegedly posting a threat on social media to shoot up the school.

SC boy, 2, finds gun, shoots grandma

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police say a 2-year-old South Carolina boy found a gun in the car he was riding in and shot his grandmother in the back.

SC recovering, Gov. Haley says

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday the state is moving away from an emergency mode and into a recovery mode to deal with massive flooding earlier this month.

Kirby: Rainy days are challenge when dogs need to go

For two weekends now I have struggled with a family problem: When you get days of steady rain, how do you let your little house dogs outdoors to relieve themselves?
By Bill Kirby

SC reopens I-95 southbound lanes

CHAPIN, S.C. - As the worst of the floodwaters that roared through South Carolina washed out to sea, Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials said Monday it is time to start recovering instead of reacting to the ongoing emergency.
By Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins
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McDuffie County school Superintendent Mychelle Rhodes said this afternoon all schools have been checked for safety and students are back in school.  
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