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Allen dismisses gun sit-in on House floor

Augusta Congressman Rick W. Allen on Thursday echoed many Republicans in calling the Democrats protest "childish games" that obstruct the legislative process and serve as "a distraction from the ...
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ethics board lifts stay, clears way for prosecution of Augusta House member

Possible criminal charges and hefty fines on hiatus during the legislative session return to haunt state Rep. Earnest Smith after a Thursday decision by the state ethics commission.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, June 23, 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

NA council approves series of ordinances

The North Augusta City Council gave final approval Monday night to a series of ordinances governing farmers markets, food trucks and the boundaries of its downtown.
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

Recount scheduled in SC congressional race

Votes will be recounted Friday to determine who won the Democratic primary for US House District 2 - Arik Bjorn or Phil Black. The district includes parts of Aiken County.
Thursday, June 16, 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

Feagin wins county council seat; runoff for State House 81 seat

Danny Feagin topped two opponents to win the County Council District 3 seat outright Tuesday, but it will take a runoff to decide who represents Aiken County from state House District 81.
By James Folker | Tuesday, June 14, 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

Anderson says he will debate Grzybowski in Senate District 24 runoff

State Senate hopeful Lee Anderson said he's agreed to debate fellow runoff candidate Greg Grzybowski, although Grzybowski said he's not heard from Anderson.
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 10, 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

North Augusta OKs downtown measures

The ordinances adopted Monday night deal with the boundaries of the downtown overlay district and its rules, as well as food trucks and farmers markets. They were approved by the city Planning ...
By James Folker | Monday, June 6, 2016
 
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