Six more candidates filed qualifying paperwork Thursday to seek local nonpartisan elected office in Augusta-Richmond County.
Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, and T.W. Josey High School language arts teacher Lori Myles qualified Thursday to run for mayor, bringing the number of candidates seeking the mayor’s seat May 20 to five.
Davis and Myles join businesswoman Helen Blocker-Adams, retired restaurateur Charles Cummings and Commissioner Alvin Mason in seeking the full-time post.
Richmond County’s last two temporary debris staging areas will be closed today.
The debris disposal sites located at Eisenhower Park and the Augusta landfill will be closed at the end of the business day.
The landfill will accept inert waste on a fee basis. Other yard waste that is placed in Kraft bags or personal cans will be serviced by area’s solid waste hauler on normal collection days.
Questions can be directed to 311.
A second Masters Week event has been called off in Augusta.
The Par 3 Party, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, won’t happen this year. Brenda Durant, executive director of the arts council, said the annual dance party on the Augusta Common was hard to staff during a busy week when many residents escape town for vacation.
“It’s a tough week to get volunteers,” Durant said.
After burglars broke into his truck, car and home five years ago in Augusta’s historic Harrisburg district, Milledge Jackson put his two dogs on guard duty.
The Crawford Avenue resident has not had any problems since, at least not with thieves.
Jackson has received numerous complaints that with their constant barking, his 10-year-old lab, Brownie, and 2-year-old Rottweiler, Roxanne, have annoyed, stressed and scared neighbors and disabled schoolchildren at a local development center.
JACKSON, Ga. — The middle Georgia teenager accused of beating his grandmother to death with a metal baseball bat will remain in jail, a judge said Thursday.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Norman Bland, of Butts County, won’t be released on bond and will have to wait for a date when a Towaliga Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge can decide if he merits freedom, a magistrate said.
Country music trio Lady Antebellum will return to Augusta for a concert benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.
The concert is April 29 at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion, according to the Kicks 99 Web site. Tickets go on sale March 14 and can be purchased online.
Band members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood graduated from Lakeside High School in 2000. The pavilion at Columbia County’s Evans Towne Center Park was named in the band’s honor in 2011.
ATLANTA -- Proposals making solar panels more affordable, raw milk available for human consumption, English the official language and hedgehogs legal pets are among the hundreds of bills that failed to make Monday’s Crossover Day deadline, effectively killing them.
By the midnight deadline, legislators had introduced 1,528 bills since the two-year term of the General Assembly began in January, 2013. Last year, just 353 became law, meaning the vast majority of bills never do.
ATLANTA -- The leaders of pro-choice chapters at the state’s universities were at the Capitol Wednesday to lobby against Senate Bill 98 which would prohibit the insurance plans sold to Georgians through a health exchange from covering elective abortion.
“That’s ridiculous, absurd,” said Bess Neumeister, a recent psychology graduate of Georgia Southern University who’s returned to her home in Atlanta to find a job.
MACON, Ga. — Michael Downing couldn’t stop smiling.
The senior scored 15 points in Augusta Prep’s GISA Class AAA semifinal game, a 36-34 victory against rival Westminster at Mercer University to advance the Cavaliers to their first state championship game.
“It’s not really about me, it’s about the team,” he said. “But I had a good game. It was awesome out there. That was the most competitive game I’ve ever played in. It was so much fun.”
A suspect in a shooting that seriously injured a man in November was booked into the Richmond County jail Tuesday.
Police said Sheldon Breon Roper, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Nov. 25 case.
The Georgia Senate passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, that seeks to clarify current law on a coroner’s obligations regarding unclaimed objects or property of deceased people.
The legislation passed by a vote of 51-0. Senate Bill 383 now transfers to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Davis said Wednesday that the bill is in the House’s judiciary committee and his goal is to have a hearing within the next few days. The bill was needed to close loopholes in the current law, he said.
Lunchtime was almost over, and Janiah Norman had just finished her lasagna and strawberry milk when she spotted him at the cafeteria door.
Pfc. Rodolfo Tellado was walking toward her in Army fatigues and combat boots, with a shy smile growing across his face.
Thirteen grueling months had passed while he was stationed in South Korea as a communications specialist. Janiah had had to settle for short phone calls and occasional Skype chats.
To her surprise, though, here in front of dozens of classmates was Tellado, the man who had become the father Janiah never really had.
COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s first commercial alligator business may hatch as early as next year.
Commercial alligator operations are not legal in South Carolina. But Wednesday, a state Senate panel approved S. 714, which would allow people to propagate the reptiles and harvest them for meat and hides.
The S.C. Wildlife Federation and Conservation Voters of SC had raised questions about the proposed practice last month, lawmakers acknowledged their concerns, raising the startup costs on alligator-farming and strengthening environmental protections.
Milan Turner won’t be back as Thomson’s football coach next season.
Turner said Wednesday that he is resigning after leading the Bulldogs to a 24-10 mark the past three seasons.
“It’s an opportunity to invest in my family and to spend time with them,” he said.
In his first two years, Turner went 21-3, making the first round of the 2011 state playoffs and then the state quarterfinals in 2012.
DORAL, Fla. — If Tiger Woods’ back feels well enough to look over his shoulder, he’ll see Adam Scott a lot closer on his tail than he first appeared.
The reigning Masters Tournament champion could take over the No. 1 ranking in the world from Woods this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Trumped-up Doral. All it would take is a victory by Scott coupled with a finish worse than sixth by Woods.
ATLANTA — David Perdue and Jason Carter added their names Wednesday to the May 20 primary ballot for the Republican and Democratic parties, joining other announced Senate and gubernatorial candidates who qualified for the election earlier in the week.
Perdue jumps into a Senate contest with seven expected candidates. Although he has never held elective office, his $25 million net worth and a cousin who was the state’s first modern GOP governor make him a viable candidate in a race that the latest public poll showed to be evenly split five ways.
Richmond County Board of Education District 3 incumbent Alex Howard is the only candidate to qualify as of 2 p.m. on the third day of local nonpartisan qualifying in Augusta, said Travis Doss, assistant director of Richmond County Board of Elections.
Howard joins incubents Jack Padgett from District 6 and Frank Dolan from District 7 and newcomers Frank Beckles from District 2 and James Swanagan from Super District 9 to qualify this week for the Nov. 4 school board elections. None have opposition at this time.
AIKEN — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked that President Obama declare almost half of her state a federal disaster area after last month’s ice storm caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.
Haley filed a federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, asking that 21 of the state’s 46 counties be made eligible for federal disaster assistance.
“The damages across the state were $54 million from that ice storm,” Haley said Wednesday, speaking to the Aiken Republican Club. “We certainly haven’t had anything like that in a long, long time.”
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation look into the disappearance of computer files used by former Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell.
Pat Morgan, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Thomson post, said the bureau received the request Feb. 24 but hasn’t decided whether to open an investigation.
“We haven’t officially opened the case,” Morgan said. “There are some questions that we have about the request, and we have to do a couple of initial interviews.”
Richmond County is seeking volunteers to clean up ice storm debris during a Volunteer Service Day on Saturday.
Volunteer Groups, like Samaritan’s Purse and Team Rubicon, have assisted in removing debris across the Augusta area, but some of the groups are preparing to go back to their homes and many people still need help, according to a Richmond County Emergency Management news release.