ATLANTA -- Support was overwhelming Monday in the Georgia House for putting a privately funded statue on the grounds of the state Capitol honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who grew up a few blocks away.
There was little debate before the 173-3 vote. Only Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, raised the point that the other people commemorated with statues on the grounds had either served as elected governors, senators or both.
Aiken County authorities are investigating a homicide after a Beech Island man was fatally shot Monday.
Isiah D. Miles, 35, was pronounced dead at Georgia Regents Medical Center after he sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Coroner Tim Carlton said.
An autopsy will be performed in Newberry, S.C., on Tuesday.
Augusta’s lack of preparation for February's ice storm forced the city into “piggybacking” two hurricane debris removal contracts, a process frowned on by the federal agency from which it is seeking reimbursement.
The storm left an unprecedented inch of ice between Feb. 11 and 13 that tested preparedness in a city unaccustomed to such disasters. While no lives were lost, city officials scrambled in the days after to secure enough resources to manage the removal of hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of fallen trees and limbs.
A reconfigured downtown agency declined to sign off on a $28.5 million revenue bond issue Monday after members questioned how the bonds will be paid off if voters don’t approve a new special purpose local option sales tax May 20.
The Augusta Commission voted almost a year ago to make the bond issue the funding source, with debt service to come from a future SPLOST, to complete $40 million in renovations at the Augusta Municipal Building complex in the 500 block of Greene Street, and the construction project is well underway.
Three school days lost to February’s ice storm will be made up by Richmond County students on a furlough day, a holiday and a Saturday.
The Richmond County Board of Education approved the make-up days Monday, after slightly modifying a recommendation by Superintendent Frank Roberson to reschedule school days before elementary and middle school pupils take the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests. Roberson proposed two Saturdays and March 17.
Declaring consolidation a success, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz on Monday said the university and its health system will now “shift gears” to focus on a hospital for Columbia County and other goals that stretch out for decades.
Speaking in his State of Georgia Regents University and Health System Enterprise annual address, Azziz praised the work of faculty and staff members in consolidating Augusta State and Georgia Heath Sciences universities over the past two years.
Two months before most colleges let out for the summer, Dayne Porter already has a job that pays an honest wage, provides valuable sales experience and fulfills an internship requirement at Clemson University, where he studies as a business management major.
He is painting houses in the Augusta area.
“Who else can say they are 22 and running an almost $100,000 business?” said Porter, a college senior and local branch manager of Student Painters, a nationally accredited program that has crews operating in the Midwest and Southeast.
A former Augusta resident convicted of murder for his role in a fatal home invasion was fairly tried and convicted in 2010, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled.
In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court affirmed Cornelius Moore’s convictions. Moore, now 22, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and weapon charges. The court ruled Moore should have only been convicted of two weapon charges, not three, but it will not change the life in prison sentence.
A Martinez woman arrested after her car crashed into a Dollar General store and seriously injured the cashier has been identified.
Police say Roshana Lequisha Payne, 37, of New Petersburg Drive, had been drinking when she drove through the front doors of the store at 210 Baston Road just after 7 p.m. Saturday. She registered a 0.12 blood alcohol level at the scene, according to authorities.
Payne was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol.
ATLANTA -- Business was brisk Monday as candidates cued up to qualify for this year's partisan elections.
Politicians were in line for Republican and Democratic primaries at 9 a.m. at the Capitol when the weeklong qualifying period officially began.
Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston were the first through the door on the Republican side. On the Democratic side of the Capitol, congressmen David Scott and Hank Johnson were among the first.
Deal summed up what most incumbents listed as their reasons for seeking re-election.
There were no surprises Monday as 16 candidates who’d already announced plans to seek an Augusta elected office made it official Monday on the first day of qualifying.
According to Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey, Augusta mayoral candidates Helen Blocker-Adams and Alvin Mason filed qualifying paperwork Monday.. Mason is an Army retiree and Augusta commissioner, while Blocker-Adams owns a marketing and consulting firm.
ATHENS, Ga. -- A suspended Athens doctor who was arrested more than three years ago on a patient’s complaint that she’d been raped by the doctor while sedated in his office has been found guilty on two felony counts of making a false statement to police.
Mark Alan Adams, 52, was found guilty during a Thursday bench trial before Clarke County Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard.
Adams chose to be tried by a judge rather than a jury.
List of winners at Sunday’s 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”
Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Another cold front is pushing through this afternoon but meteorologists are promising no snow and no ice for this event.
Mike Proud, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Columbia, said the Augusta area will get primarily rain, which is only predicted at a few tenths of an inch.
The area’s farther north won’t be as lucky. Snow, ice and freezing rain are in the forecast.
Proud said the front will begin pushing through around 5 p.m., when temperatures are expected to drop rapidly.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County officials say one person has died after an explosion and fire at a motel.
The coroner’s office was called to the Quality Inn and Suites in Greenville around 5:30 a.m. Monday. The victim’s name has not been released.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler said no other injuries were reported.
Sheriff’s deputies and the Gant Fire Department were at the scene. A deputy said the fire seemed to be contained to one room.
Guests were evacuated to the lobby.
ATLANTA — School officials say a metro Atlanta elementary school principal has been suspended after he was charged with traveling with intent to have sex with a child.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 56-year-old John McGill was among 14 people whose arrests were announced Sunday as part of an undercover investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies targeting people using the Internet to try to meet children for sex. McGill is principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County.
ATLANTA — A disk jockey was wounded in a shootout with off-duty police officers early Monday behind a nightclub hosting an album release part for rapper Rick Ross, DeKalb County police said.
Logan Collier started smoking when he turned 18, a habit he picked up bumming Marlboro Reds and Camel Filters from friends in Augusta.
He continued for about a year, but not long after his freshman year in college, he tried an electronic cigarette, or e-cig, in search of a less dirty way to satisfy his nicotine cravings during work.
Although the experience was somewhat unsatisfying at first and sent him scrambling for a pack of Marlboro Reds, he gave the look-alike cigarette product a second shot.
Collier said he hasn’t smoked a tobacco cigarette since.
WHERE: U.S. Highway 1 South (Gordon Highway) at Broad Street
WHAT: A blue sign reads “Hospital Next Right,” directing traffic to turn right onto Walton Way toward the hospital district. However, there are two streets on the right between the sign and Walton Way - Watkins Street and Fenwick Street - and the sign’s location may cause confusion.
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The Georgia Department of Transportation
Two months after an early morning fire gutted a Broad Street building, officials say they are still determining what to do with the brick shell it left behind.
The building, at 1162 Broad St. and owned by the Julian W. Osbon Partnership, now faces three potential fates, Code Enforcement Manager Pam Costabile said.
The first two options involve supporting the brick facades of the building with scaffolding or pole braces to save the exterior while crews demolish the interior. The third option is to level the entire structure, Costabile said.