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Echols announces exit from District 7 special election

Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he's out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith's term.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Augustans with ties to Cuba like Obama's effort

Some Augustans with ties to Cuba reacted with elation Wednesday over President Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and the island nation.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Hyde Park residents get relocation funding

The Augusta Commission voted 10-0 to use $2.8 million in sales taxes specifically for the Hyde Park relocation effort.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Hyde Park project back on commission agenda

A decades-old issue won't evade Augusta's outgoing mayor and three commissioners at the final meeting of 2014. The agenda features several items related to the beleaguered Hyde Park relocation ...
By Susan McCord | Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Georgia could see $22 million for early childhood care through grant

The grant will be used to establish comprehensive child care services benefitting low-income families, including “education hubs” that will provide assistance to child care centers.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

South Augusta city offices closing; moving

South Augusta's tag and utilities customer service offices will serve their last customers today before opening in new locations next week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Parks and Recreation director resigns

Augusta's Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director Bob Levine said he's resigning to spend more time with his wife and four children, who reside in various parts of the country.
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer | Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Pittman announces 7th District seat candidacy

Sonny Pittman announced his candidacy for the 7th District seat on the Augusta Commission.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Commission abandons audit plans for Hyde Park project

City commissioners abandoned plans to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta's Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire department.
By Susan McCord | Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Qualifying set for District 7 special election

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested election to complete resigned Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith's term has been set for Jan. 12-14.
By Susan McCord | Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities plan pulled from committee agenda

A $225,230 engineering and master plan for Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities has been pulled from the Public Services committee agenda because it conflicts with a $100,000 assessment ...
By Susan McCord | Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

City's low disability standards spur fears of litigation, fines

A community activist and a member of the Commission fear the city could be hit hard with fines and penalties if the Department of Justice were to inspect the county for compliance with the ...
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Broader audit, more terminations sought

Other Augusta department heads might soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit.
By Susan McCord | Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Augusta passes city budget

Weighing commission support for pricey budget adds and new fees, new City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson secured seven supporting votes to pass the 2015 city budget.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Taylor defeats Derryberry for Columbia County seat

Mack Taylor, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, defeated Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry to claim the Columbia County Commission District 3 seat.
By Steve Crawford | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Augusta housing, community development director resigns

Chester Wheeler, who oversaw pricey consulting contracts for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment effort and relocation of Hyde Park residents, has resigned.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Columbia County Commission race to be decided in Tuesday runoff

Trip Derryberry and Mack Taylor are the only candidates in the only race for the runoff election to fill a seat that has been vacant since Charles Allen resigned.
By Steve Crawford | Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Augusta Commission looks to adopt 2015 budget

The Augusta Commission will reconvene a Nov. 18 meeting Tuesday in an effort to approve a budget before the start of the 2015 fiscal year Jan. 1.
By Susan McCord | Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Bond issues often costly

Issuing municipal bonds and later refunding and reissuing them makes it easier for local governments to afford large projects and lower their interest payments. But each transaction comes at a price.
By Susan McCord | Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Smith case referred to Attorney General's office

A state probe into allegations former Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith moonlighted for a hospitality company while drawing his Georgia State Patrol salary will be reviewed by the state attorney ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

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Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary because of excessive absences caused by an outbreak of influenza, strep infection and stomach viruses, the McDuffie County School System has decided to enact an ...
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