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Perry invokes Alamo in Aiken appearance

Dogged by staff defections, lagging poll numbers and financial shortfalls, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry showed he has plenty of fight left Friday at Newberry Hall in front of a modest gathering of ...
By Mike Rosier | Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Columbia County sheriff seeks pawn law change

Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said Thursday he will ask county commissioners to rescind and revise an ordinance meant to stem sales of stolen goods, which has been criticized as too broad.
By Steve Crawford | Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Perry brings presidential campaign to Aiken Friday

Former Texas governor Rick Perry will bring his presidential campaign to Aiken on Friday.
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Bus issue slows Medical district gateway project

The centerpiece of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation's plans to redevelop a 15th Street gateway into the city's medical district still has one significant problem: It has city buses on it.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

No kills yet in Augusta shelter distemper probe

No dog had been euthanized as of Tuesday for canine distemper at Augusta Animal Services after a puppy with the virus prompted the facility to stop all dog intakes and adoptions.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Ambulance issue to return to commission

Terminating Gold Cross' EMS contract will be back next week for a vote by the full commission.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Columbia County might revise pawn law

Columbia County might revise its new ordinance regulating pawn shops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality.
By Steve Crawford | Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Pet adoptions temporarily suspended

The Augusta Animal Services has temporarily suspended all dog adoptions and intakes at the AAS shelter after a puppy tested positive for canine distemper.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Push to cancel EMS contract continues

Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith said he won't block a Tuesday committee discussion about ending the city's EMS contract with Gold Cross, but urged restraint.
By Susan McCord | Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Broadband companies slow parkway work

A delay in relocating utilities, particularly by Internet providers Com­cast and WOW!, has caused the expansion of River Watch Parkway to fall six months behind schedule.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Pardon our Mess: Damaged sidewalk

A section of sidewalk has been removed, revealing clay. An exposed metal pipe sits in its center.
By Sean Gruber | Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

Stakes high in Hephzibah, Blythe races

Hephzibah and Blythe, municipalities that opted out of consolidation with Augusta-Richmond County 20 years ago, will feature the only contested seats on a ballot that countywide will include a ...
By Susan McCord | Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

State flag avoids controversy

Dr. Daniel Franklin can't get past the absence of Georgia's state flag from the national controversy surrounding Confederate symbols.
By Wesley Brown | Sunday, Aug 23, 2015

Tax referendum failure will delay projects, officials say

Failure of a Nov. 3 sales tax referendum is not an option for Augusta's mayor, but if voters reject the tax, the city is faced with either doing without needed capital projects or going further ...
By Susan McCord | Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Commissioners seek end to EMS contract

As the city continues an appeal to control its ambulance service, at least two Augusta Commission members are renewing a fight with Gold Cross EMS, the firm designated by the state as the ...
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Augusta officials pan offer from pipeline firm

Kinder Morgan has canceled aThursday press conference announcing the gift.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Augusta e-mail domains turn up in hacked cheating web site data

Several local government e-mail addresses were used to create accounts on the extramarital affair dating site
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

Fired library chief lacked leadership skills, Lockett says

Fired libraries Director Darlene Price lacked the leadership to ensure employees performed their jobs and exhibited a "lackadaisical" and sometimes "combative" attitude, said Augusta Commission ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Commission OKs SPLOST package

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 this afternoon to approve a $215.5 million SPLOST 7 package that does not include funds for non-government organizations.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Residents get glimpse at Columbia County's development plan

A crowd of about 50 residents braved a rainy Monday evening to see the results of feedback for Columbia County's effort to develop a growth plan for the next 20 years.
By Steve Crawford | Monday, Aug 17, 2015
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