New gyms cost more than city can spend

The North Augusta City Coun­cil found out Monday night that it has about half the money it needs to add two gyms to the Riverview Park Activities Center.
By James Folker

Payroll error causes school system employees to be paid twice

A payroll error that caused all Richmond County School System employees to be paid twice last week is expected to be cleared up by Wednesday, a spokesman said.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

The Columbia County Commis­sion will hold a public hearing on its 2016-17 fiscal year budget Tuesday, and Internal Services Director Leanne Reece said she expects little to change moving forward.
By Travis Highfield

Repeat offender pleads guilty to stalking

A Columbia County man with a history of harassing and stalking women pleaded guilty Monday to a third offense of stalking and was given six months in jail.
By Sandy Hodson

Harlem pedestrian hit, killed

A 26-year-old Harlem woman died after being hit by a car while walking across Gordon Highway in Columbia County on Sunday evening.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Arts council seeks award nominations

The council each year recognizes members of the Augusta arts community for their dedication to and standard of excellence in the arts.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Inmate who died in Augusta jail identified

An inmate who died at the Richmond County jail on Sunday has been identified as Debra Leverette, who had been in jail since March 30.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Authorities finish investigation on Appling shootings

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Monday it is confident the man who committed suicide afterward was the killer.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Paine announces changes

Paine College announced a number of changes coming out of its spring meeting, including restructuring the membership of the board of trustees and this governing body accepting "ultimate responsibilty" for correcting fiscal and managerial problems that's plagued the college since 2013.

Man, 45, arrested on child sex charges

Jeffery Lynn Haithrox, of Mallard Creek Drive, in Graham, N.C., was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies working with the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
By Doug Stutsman

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Contract of airport's new chief approved

Though the area of Char­lotte Douglas Inter­national Airport he oversaw is larger than all of Augusta Regional Airport, Herbert Judon said it is "humbling and exciting" to take the helm as ...
By Susan McCord

13-year-old killed in Grovetown wreck

A 13-year-old died Thursday afternoon after a truck she was riding in flipped and pinned her.

Speaker urges doctors to reach out on social media

Physicians should use social media more often because patients are already on it gathering medical information, a cardiologist and social media expert said Thursday at Augusta University.
By Tom Corwin

Kirby: Almanac was right about Masters weather

Before the month ends, I really need to congratulate "The Old Farmer's Almanac" on its April weather forecast.
By Bill Kirby

Rants & Raves

Peaceful protesters are arrested while the KKK white-hooded mob preaches hatred in Stone Mountain, Ga. No justice here.

Convicted felon gets 6 years in prison for firearm

A convicted felon caught trying to sell an assault weapon after shooting a hole in a window at Goodwill Indus­tries was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in prison.
By Sandy Hodson

Four calls about copperhead snakes reported in Columbia County

A copperhead was found hidden inside a dog toy in a Columbia County backyard. The dog's owner noticed the dog stopped playing with the toy and began barking.
By Abbigail Lennon

Jay Jefferies wins Louis Harris Award

The Augusta West Rotary Club on Thursday awarded its 2016 Louis Harris Award to longtime Augusta TV meteorologist Jay Jefferies.

3 arrested after carjacking

Three men have been charged with a carjacking early Wednesday morning on McNutt Road.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Car, guns stolen from Aiken town's police department

A police car, weapons and other property were stolen during a break-in at a small Aiken County police department.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Library to sell books this weekend

The downtown Augusta library will be discounting books this weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebration of life held for Appling victims

Car after car, hundreds of Columbia County citizens joined in unison Wednesday on Johnson Drive. All gathered on the two-lane road for one reason: to honor five victims of Friday's shooting rampage.
By Doug Stutsman

Keel formally recognized as AU president

Dr. Brooks A. Keel received a prolonged standing ovation Wednesday during his formal investiture as president of Augusta University.
By Tom Corwin

Baseball clinic for kids part of My Brother's Keeper initiative

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is taking the My Brother's Keeper initiative to Jaguar Field. Davis and the Augusta University Jaguars are holding a free baseball clinic and game day activities for ...
By Susan McCord

Sheriff's office releases Appling shooting tapes

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released three 911 calls that followed last week's shootings in Appling that claimed five victims before suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes turned the gun on himself.
By Travis Highfield

Cops 'going to have to kill me,' priest slaying suspect told dad

The father of Steven James Murray, who is accused of killing a Florida priest, told police his son called him during a high-speed chase to say police would have to kill him because he wasn't going ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson

North Augusta officials to discuss downtown rules

A joint study session of the North Augusta City Council and the planning commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss and review proposed amendments to zoning rules in the downtown ...

Archaeology Day events set for Saturday

The Augusta Archaeological Society and the Augusta Museum of History will host Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, 1822 Broad St.

Pedestrian struck on Gordon Highway

A 40-year-old Augusta man was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening after he attempted to cross Gordon Highway on foot.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

River Watch lights going up

Lights have started going up on River Watch Parkway, but it still might be a few weeks before your nightly drive gets any brighter.
By Bianca Cain Johnson


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Rants & Raves

When you mention dogs not being allowed in back of pickups, does that mean that humans are not permitted in the back?

Kirby: Prehistoric items, football legend part of weekend

Did you have a good weekend? I did. I got a chance to chat with Archie Manning and throw prehistoric spears.
By Bill Kirby

Trial of man charged in son's hot SUV death will be moved

MARIETTA, Ga. - The trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die will be moved, the judge said Monday, granting a defense request to hold it elsewhere because pretrial publicity has caused potential jurors to form strong opinions about the case.
By Kate Brumback

Moore: TV dinners too heavy on carbs, fine print

Eating a frozen dinner is worse if you read the fine print on the label for everything inside.
By Glynn Moore

Kirby: Events missing from millennium list

LIFE Millennium list includes top events from the years 1000 to 2000, but some important events were left off.
By Bill Kirby
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The following students were named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the Fall 2015 semester:

Athens pharmacy holdups worry police

ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a group of people they believe might be responsible for two drugstore robberies.
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