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Mayor's effort folded into policy changes

Mayor Hardie Davis demanded access to Augusta's draft fair chance hiring policy last week but was refused.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Move to create south Augusta development authority advances

State Sen. Harold Jones said that once the plan is fully vetted, a study committee could have local legislation ready when the General Assembly convenes in January.
By Susan McCord | Monday, June 27, 2016

Augusta officials see room for riverwalk improvement

Augusta's mayor, commissioners and other officials got a first-hand look Wednesday at what several said was the underrealized potential of Riverwalk Augusta.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Disadvantaged business enterprise coordinator resigns

Augusta's handling of equal opportunity in employment, business and accessibility took a turn Tuesday with a new hire and the sudden resignation of longtime Disadvantaged Bu­si­­ness ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Longtime financial adviser's bid protest rejected

The city of Augusta's longtime financial adviser lost a bid protest in a committee meeting Tuesday, although the recommendation must go before the full Augusta Commission for a final vote.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Social worker will speak to commission about Harrisburg's underserved

W. Michael Strickland, a social worker with deep Har­ris­burg roots, recently spoke out on behalf of the controversial charity Mercy Ministries, but he said he's focusing his attention now ...
By Susan McCord | Monday, June 20, 2016

Federal audit critical of Augusta's 2014 storm response

A Department of Homeland Security audit blasts Augusta for ignoring federal guidelines and hiring two debris removal contractors without seeking competitive bids after the urgency of the February ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 17, 2016

James Brown Plaza upgrades to resume

Work resumes Monday on an estimated $147,500 upgrade at James Brown Plaza, although the Augusta Commission has yet to name a source for the remaining project funds.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Augusta commissioners close in on lost lending program

The city Disadvantaged Business Coordinator said she was told to discontinue suggesting the loans after a 2007 court order.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Augusta committee to look at forgotten loan program

Bank and city officials might have forgotten Augusta's Minority Link Deposit program, but Augusta Commission member Marion Williams has not.
By Susan McCord | Monday, June 13, 2016

Panel member info sought

One Augusta commissioner is looking to update the profiles of the city's many boards, authorities and commissions.
By Susan McCord | Monday, June 13, 2016

Augusta bus barn trade might aid Regency, 15th Street development

Augusta Public Transit is moving to Regency Mall in a land swap and purchase hoped to also benefit development downtown.
By Susan McCord and Tom Corwin | Thursday, June 9, 2016

Interviews resume for compliance director position

Augusta Commission members interviewed three new finalists Thursday for the position after deadlocking last year on the hire.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, June 9, 2016

Financial advisers to city challenge procurement process

Public Financial Management filed a bid protest June 2 after a city committee recommended giving Augusta's financial advisory services for debt issuance and economic development project evaluation ...
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 8, 2016

City salary study going for commission vote

Up for approval is hiring the Rock Hill, S.C.-based Archer Co. to perform a $100,000 "classification and compensation study" of Augusta's 558 job titles and about 2,800 positions.
By Susan McCord | Monday, June 6, 2016

City funds remain in banks years after loan plan forgotten

Fifteen years ago, the city invested millions in CDs with several local banks in exchange for the banks' agreeing to shave interest points off loans to qualified small, women- and minority ...
By Susan McCord | Sunday, May 29, 2016

Master plan in need of more public input

Does Augusta need three skate parks, at least 22 more miles of walking trails and four dog parks? The city's new recreation master plan calls for all that and more, but it remains a work in ...
By Susan McCord | Sunday, May 15, 2016

Two vying for Super District 9 commission seat

Ronnie Battle is challenging incumbent commissioner Marion Williams for the Super District 9 seat.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Augusta official cites progress in collecting, spending new stormwater utility fees

Augusta's storm fee may be the subject of a repeal effort but city officials are moving along with spending what Engineering Director Abie Ladson said have been collections of $1.1 million and ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pair running to fill Lockett's District 5 seat

Andrew Jefferson and Kelby Walker present a different picture of how they will serve Augusta Commission District 5 if elected. The pair face off on the May 24 nonpartisan ballot to succeed ...
By Susan McCord | Monday, May 9, 2016
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