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Hasan tops Finnegan in commission race

In a heated runoff to represent District 6 on the Augusta Commission, newspaper publisher Ben Hasan was victorious, pulling in 52.43 percent, to Bob Finnegan's 47.57 percent.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Augusta nears naming administrator

Augusta could be closer to having a permanent head of city government, with Mayor Deke Copenhaver calling a meeting to "discuss and approve" his recommendation.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tax office to close Thursday, Friday

The Richmond County tax commissioner's office will be closed for a half-day on Thursday and all day Friday as operations are moved to a new suite.
By Doug Stutsman | Monday, July 21, 2014

Voters return to settle runoffs

Voters will return to the polls today to decide a handful of runoff elections.
By Susan McCord | Monday, July 21, 2014

Columbia County sample ballot

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Commission searches for consensus on administrator

Wednesday will mark two weeks since Mayor Deke Copenhaver revealed the names of three finalists for city administrator, but it remains to be seen how soon Augusta will hire a permanent head of the ...
By Susan McCord | Saturday, July 19, 2014

Augusta Democrats needed as delegates

Augusta Democrats who want to get more involved in statewide politics can run for one of five delegate slots at a July 26 party meeting, also known as a caucus, or attend to vote in the election.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Commission votes to resume municipal building construction

After delaying renovations on the eighth and ninth floors at Augusta Municipal Building for six weeks while they considered moving the city law department to the ninth, Augusta commissioners voted ...
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Commission OKs animal adoption plan

Under the plan approved rescue groups can enter the facility and identify which animals they'd like for adoption. Then Augusta Animal Services will transport unaltered animals for surgery.
By Tracey McManus | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Action expected on animal kill rate

Facing public outrage, three Augusta commissioners say they hope to see action on reducing the city's animal kill rate and its policy for working with animal rescue groups.
By Susan McCord | Monday, July 14, 2014

3 top picks to replace Russell named

Janice Allen Jackson, Stephen Layson and Oscar Rodriguez are Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver's top picks to replace Fred Russell as city administrator.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

OSHA investigating fatal fall

Chester Wright died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a June 24 fall at Kellogg's.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Contributions pour in prior to District 6 runoff

Newspaper publisher Ben Hasan led the May 20 election and out-raised second-place finisher Bob Finnegan in the latest campaign financial reports.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bond revoked for firearms dealer facing federal charges

A Burke County firearms dealer who was out of jail on bond and bragged on Facebook that he remained open for business is now behind bars.
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, July 7, 2014

Firm promises Patch improvements

The company that took over management at Augusta Municipal Golf Course said it hopes to win back former members by making “slow and steady” progress at the city-owned course.
By Susan McCord | Sunday, July 6, 2014

Senate District 22 candidates tout differences

Corey Johnson and Harold Jones have built their platforms on similar issues, such as restoring education funding and spurring economic growth. But each say their backgrounds and experience set ...
By Tracey McManus | Sunday, July 6, 2014

District 6 runoff could change face of commission

In a closely watched race, local activist Ben Hasan faces former Rich­mond County Re­pub­­lican Chairman Bob Finne­gan in the July 22 runoff to represent District 6 on the ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, July 4, 2014

Turnout light so far in advance voting

Early voter turnout for July 22 runoffs has been slow so far but may pick up after voters return from July 4 vacations, say election officials.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Commission discusses tax increase

A 2-mill property tax increase for government operations and a new tax on manufacturers to fund law enforcement, transit and reduce blight might be on the horizon.
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 27, 2014

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