The addition of nearly 4,000 cyber and intelligence jobs at Fort Gordon over the next five years should help insulate the post as the Army shrinks to its smallest size since before the buildup for World War II, one community leader said Monday.
The latest Defense Department budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, released Monday, calls for the Army to reduce its troop levels from 528,000 soldiers to fewer than 450,000 by 2019. The reduced levels would bring the Army to its lowest enrollment since 1940.
Two private companies will oversee Augusta’s ice storm debris removal, which is going to cost more than $8 million.
At a called Monday meeting, commissioners authorized hiring Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based contractor Ashbritt Environmental to manage the contracted storm cleanup effort for $8 million, and Reston, Va., defense contractor Leidos to monitor debris removal for $603,667.
The Augusta Regional Collaboration Project needs nearly $12 million to advance its “Mills District” proposal, with or without involvement by Georgia Regents University, according to ARC Executive Director Matt Kwatinetz.
In a Monday presentation of requests to go on the city’s next special purpose, local option sales tax referendum, Kwatinetz informed the one commissioner who attended, Wayne Guilfoyle, that renovating two historic textile mills in the Harrisburg Mill District is “similar to having a mall” in that the project needs an anchor tenant.
A man found dead Sunday in the Augusta Canal has been identified as a homeless man from Ohio.
Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen identified the victim as Michael Glen Sterns, 49, of Wapakoneta, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at the scene under the John C. Calhoun Expressway overpass about 2 p.m. Sunday.
The body is scheduled for an autopsy at the GBI Crime Lab today or Wednesday.
Bowen said it appears Sterns was homeless and was living under the bridge.
Back in the 1980s, when Buddy Curry was playing linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, they didn’t have concussions.
“They were called dings,” he said, though they really were concussions.
Now concern over those injuries has led the Falcons, along with Curry and his nonprofit, Kids & Pros, to hold camps to teach players, coaches and parents the right way to play to avoid those injuries. They are holding a free Heads Up Clinic and parent information session for players ages 6-14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Grovetown High School.
Meredith Legg Stapleton, the all-time leading scorer in USC Aiken women’s basketball history, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 26.
Stapleton, survived by her husband, Christopher, will be remembered in Aiken as a basketball player, basketball coach and a friend to many.
During her career at USC Aiken from 2005-09, the shooting guard set school career records with 1,480 points and 311 3-pointers. Stapleton also set single-season marks for consecutive free throws made (45) and best three-point field goal percentage (.475).
A lack of interest by the city to pursue a charge against two women in connection with a scam involving flood-prone Hyde Park led to the offenses being dropped against one and reduced for the other.
Belinda Ann Winfrey, 51, and Leomie Fielding, 68, had been indicted for criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Winfrey pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of providing a false name or address – a misdemeanor – in Richmond County Superior Court and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.
If you commute on Mike Padgett Highway, plan on budgeting more time for your drive.
Construction started Monday on a five-mile stretch of Mike Padgett between Old Waynesboro and Bennock Mill roads, spurring lane and speed limit reductions. Motorists should seek alternate routes if possible, Georgia Department of Transportation said.
“It may get congested since they are condensing it from four to two lanes,” said department spokeswoman Cissy McNure. “Their commute time is going to take longer.”
A Richmond County motorcycle deputy involved in a collision while providing traffic assistance during the GRU Half-Marathon and 10K was found to be at fault, according to a traffic report obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.
About 9:13 a.m., Deputy Jonathan Olivares was traveling south on Milledge Road when he attempted to pass a Toyota Highlander, driven by Jennifer Wright, of Augusta, on the left.
An Augusta man who fired the bullet that killed a woman when he exchanged gunfire with another man pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter.
Jabali J. Howard, 30, also pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Howard to 20 years in prison, followed by five years on probation.
A new traffic signal on Wrightsboro Road near the new WalMart will go into flash mode starting Thursday.
The signal, located between Wylds and North Leg roads, will remain in flash for the remainder of the week and weekend. It is scheduled to begin normal operations at 10 a.m. March 4.
The store is scheduled to open later that month.
ATLANTA — Lawsuits stemming from a fatal plane crash in Thomson spurred a House subcommittee Monday to approve legislation giving cities the same protection from lawsuits as counties.
The panel also OK’d a bill to exempt payroll documents of government contractors from the state’s open records law.
A death of a Wagener toddler Sunday morning has been ruled a homicide by child abuse.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the 2-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, appears to have incurred a significant brain injury. A Monday autopsy confirmed the child died as a result of blunt force trauma.
The child died at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
The child’s stepfather, Leon Marquis Davis, 34, of Wagener, was charged with homicide by child abuse Monday, according to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has identified Wesley William Martin, 30, as the Georgia Regents University police officer who shot at a 19-year-old while responding to a noise complaint at a school housing complex Saturday morning.
According to a sheriff’s incident report, Officers Cynthia Perkins and Robert Donohue responded to University Village Apartments for the noise complaint just before 1 a.m. and found the disturbance in Room 2307.
MACON, Ga. — Authorities in Bibb County are investigating the death of a 17-month-old girl.
The Telegraph newspaper reports the girl was playing in a relative’s apartment in Macon when her father heard a loud noise.
The sheriff’s office says the man rushed into the room where his daughter was and discovered a television and the dresser it had been sitting on had fallen onto the girl.
The man rushed his daughter to a hospital where she was declared dead.
WHERE: The Watervale subdivision off Stevens Creek Road
WHAT: Entrance sign demolished by single-car wreck
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Watervale Homeowners Association
ACTION PROMISED: It took three months, but residents of Watervale will have an entrance sign again within a matter of days.
The brick sign was nearly flattened in a wreck Nov. 15. After a lengthy process between the homeowners association and Acceptance Auto Insurance to obtain damage estimates, the project is nearly complete.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The only star visible at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday night was Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Stock car racing’s most popular driver led the last 17 laps of the Daytona 500, finishing off NASCAR’s longest day with one of the most emotional wins.
The third generation driver did something his famous father, seven-time series champion Dale Earnhardt, could never do – win two 500s.
The Augusta Commission has a Monday work session set to review more requests from outside agencies seeking part of the city’s next 1 percent sales tax allocation.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., commissioners will hear from the Development Authority of Richmond County about its request for $3 million for a corporate park access road and $850,000 in industrial infrastructure, followed by Augusta Canal Authority’s $5.15 million request for funds to improve Augusta Canal.
Tom and Cerelia Fitzgerald left the ninth annual Augusta Home & Garden Show with their arms full Sunday.
To help clear debris left at his North Augusta home from the ice storm, Tom Fitzgerald picked up a new branch cutter, along with a handful of other landscaping supplies.
His wife said she had the inside of the home in mind when she picked up a three-in-one style mop.
“Something for her and something for me,” Tom Fitzgerald said with a chuckle as he looked over their acquisitions.
Lucy C. Laney High School senior James Holmon is no slacker.
This year he manages a 3.53 GPA while playing football and basketball for Laney, taking four Advanced Placement courses and fitting in no less than three hours of homework a night.
He’s the type of student who gets offered a full ride to Howard University, where he’ll head in the fall to play football and study computer engineering.
Holmon, 17, is not accustomed to failure. Still there’s one thing he has not mastered despite practice tests and hours of review.