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City Ink: Getting the city's goats might be the easy part

Augusta needs 15 more goats, one city administrator and one interim District 7 city commissioner, but so far, the only one they can agree on are the goats. 
By Sylvia Cooper | Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Project Jackson judge asked to reconsider

A South Carolina judge has been asked to reconsider his ruling in favor of North Augusta's Project Jackson development, which includes a new baseball stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Rejected administrator candidate says he was wrong color

Former administrator candidate Oscar Rodriguez, now a finalist for city manager in Worchester, Mass., cited racial politics and his being the wrong color as the reason he wasn't hired as city ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Police standards agency to investigate Smith

The agency that certifies Georgia law enforcement officers opened an investigation Thursday into former commissioner Donnie Smith that could strip the resigned state trooper of his law enforcement ...
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Commissioner remains open to District 7 candidates

Augusta Commission member Grady Smith said he wants to take the lead in filling the District 7 seat left vacant by Donnie Smith.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Frantom joins race to fill District 7 seat

Former Super District 10 candidate Sean Frantom has thrown himself in the pool of men seeking appointment to Donnie Smith's District 7 seat.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Prescription overdoses drop in Georgia

A year after Georgia created an electronic database to curb prescription drug overdoses, such cases have dropped to their lowest level in years.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Commissioner's future unclear

Commission member Donnie Smith's future remained uncertain Friday after a report he'd double-dipped working for a hospitality company without permission while drawing his salary from the Georgia ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Leaders debate excise tax on manufacturers

A debate over whether - and if so, how much - to tax Augusta manufacturers for the energy they use continued Friday at a mandatory meeting between heads of the county's three municipalities of ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Trooper: Smith broke rules before Masters

ATLANTA -- Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith broke the rules for unauthorized moonlighting months before he was spotted by subordinates in civilian clothes at the Masters Tournament.
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Commissioners reluctant to judge Smith

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith's peers on the commission were reluctant to pass judgment on their colleague Thursday, citing a need to wait for more information and respect they had for his ...
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Smith double-dipped during Masters Week, investigation finds

A Georgia Department of Public Safety investigation has determined Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith broke Georgia State Patrol policy and state law.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Only 659 respond to first Augusta Citizen Survey

Augusta's mayor should have more authority and the city attorney and administrator should report to him or her, according to nearly two-thirds of respondents in the first Augusta Citizen Survey.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Smith to retire early for health reasons

While under investigation for a possible policy violation while serving with the Georgia State Patrol, Smith said he's obtained retirement for health reasons.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Commissioners seek attorney general's opinion on SPLOST

Two Augusta commissioners are seeking an opinion from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on the city's disbursement of sales tax proceeds to non-profits.
By Susan McCord | Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Obstructed views a danger for drivers

Sometimes the biggest threat to a motorist isn't what's on the roadway, but what's off of it. From trees to bushes to signs to fences, it's whatever obstructs the view of oncoming traffic.
By Travis Highfield | Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

City Ink: Millage increase was a sweet decision for commission

Raising the property tax rate last week was a cakewalk for the Augusta Com­mis­sion.
By Sylvia Cooper | Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Smith retired by state, investigation ongoing

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, under investigation while on paid leave with Georgia State Patrol since June, has been retired by the state employees' retirement system, but the investigation ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Changes to Municipal building renovations still not finalized

City officials got closer to finalizing plans to change recently completed renovations at Augusta Municipal Building during a tense Wednesday meeting.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Project hits snag over restroom

The Augusta Regional Collaborative Project hit a roadblock this week when a city inspector declared the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce building unfit for occupancy until a first-floor restroom ...
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

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DaVitte slaying suspect still in Florida

A month after the slaying of 55-year-old Bill DaVitte, suspect Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, remains in a Jacksonville, Fla., detention facility.
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