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New plans call for demolition of historic city structures

In early April city officials communicated to the preservation commission their desire to demolish the court building, and potentially the synagogue, to create additional parking and greenspace.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, April 23, 2015

Berckmans Road development gets approval

A handful of his new constituents weren't pleased, but District 7 Commissioner Sean Frantom said his vote to OK a new gated community off Berckmans Road wasn't a hard one.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RCBOE officially chooses IE2 flex option

The Richmond County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to choose the Investing in Education Excellence flexibility option during Tuesday's committee meeting.
By Sean Gruber | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New commissioner faces rezoning issue on first day

Frantom, who'll be administered the oath of office a half-hour before Tuesday's meeting, will be called to represent the interests of District 7 in a rezoning decision.
By Susan McCord | Monday, April 20, 2015

Columbia County's next 20 years

About 40 people turned out for the first of four "visioning" meetings for the growth of Columbia County at Patriots Park. The next meeting is Thursday.
By Steve Crawford | Monday, April 20, 2015

Scuttle's Island plan scuttled in Columbia County

A proposed $20 million water park near Grovetown won't be built, according to a spokesman for the project.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Restricting goals draws foul in neighborhoods

Sammie Sias and the Richmond County Neighborhood Alliance have scored points fighting for quality growth in south Richmond County. But last week's effort to eliminate street basketball games might ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, April 17, 2015

Lights of the South license suspended

Lights of the South, the popular holiday attraction near Grovetown, had its business license suspended earlier this week, pending a vote before the Columbia County Commission next Tuesday.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, April 17, 2015

Sports bar seeks later hours

Owners of Alter Ego'z persuaded Augusta Com­mis­sion member Dennis Wil­­­­liams to return the club's request to amend city alcohol laws to allow restaurants that serve ...
By Susan McCord | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Conditions at public defender's office shock leaders

A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Residents voice support for school flexibility option ahead of board vote

A small crowd of Richmond County residents attended a community meeting discussing the school flexibility option Tuesday, offering their support for what they see as the right option for Augusta ...
By Sean Gruber | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Basketball goal ban blocked

Commissioner Sammie Sias' effort to get a specific city ban on basketball goals in city streets and rights-of-way failed to advance Tuesday.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More suits filed over probation firms

The legal assault on for-profit probation operations in Georgia has moved to federal court, where one lawsuit contends a probation firm and the small cities it serves regularly commit ...
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, April 13, 2015

Frantom, Harris compete in runoff today

The race to fill the unexpired term of resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith enters its final stretch with today's special election runoff between Hap Harris and Sean Frantom.
By Susan McCord | Monday, April 13, 2015

Basketball goals, EEO firing on committee agendas

Augusta Commission member Sammie Sias is taking aim at residents who set up basketball goals in cul-de-sacs or on city rights of way to play ball in the road.
By Susan McCord | Monday, April 13, 2015

Contractors back Harris with donations

Local government contractors are putting their money behind sitting commissioner Louis "Hap" Harris, who has now raised nearly $27,000 in pursuit of the District 7 commission seat.
By Susan McCord | Friday, April 10, 2015

Columbia County adds smart traffic lights

Columbia County has added all of its 65 stoplight intersections to InSync, an adaptive traffic-control system that coordinates the timing of lights and enables them to communicate to keep vehicles ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, April 9, 2015

Augusta has a new mayor this Masters Week

Augusta's new mayor got his Masters Week wish with Tiger Woods' decision to play the golf tournament.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Berckmans development clears hurdle

The Augusta Planning Commission approved a request by a global sports event management company to construct seven homes on 2.5 acres of land off Berckmans Road.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Proposed animal ordinance may see April vote

With a week-long break approaching for the Masters Tournament and several loose ends still lingering in the ordinance details, some members say they foresee more delays.
By Tracey McManus | Thursday, April 2, 2015
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