The Georgia Department of Corrections and the state chapter of the Army National Guard will be hosts for several law enforcement and public safety agencies at a military personnel career fair March 20 at Fort Gordon.
The event, which will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the post’s Army Reserve Center, will offer jobs with at least 10 organizations for military personnel returning from duty.
The Mayor’s Masters Reception will not be held this year, organizer Wayne Hawkins confirmed Tuesday.
No Masters Tournament participant would commit to attend the annual event, which was held the Monday of each Masters Week.
“We never could get a yes,” Hawkins said. “Got a whole lot of nos, and we ran out of time.”
The reception, which began in 1999 and had been held for 15 consecutive years, featured a golfer who was given a key to the city. The event included a sampling of food from area businesses and restaurants.
Two more candidates for local office filed qualifying paperwork Tuesday in the Richmond County Board of Elections office.
Mayoral candidate Charles Cummings filed and paid the $1,950 fee Tuesday, according to Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey. Cummings is a south Augusta businessman.
Also qualifying was Sammie Sias for the Augusta Commission District 4 seat, Bailey said. Sias is a retired Army sergeant major and a neighborhood activist.
Four Clemson football players have been suspended for the season opener at Georgia on Aug. 30, the school announced Tuesday.
David Beasley, Shaq Anthony, Garry Peters and Corey Crawford will miss the game due to a violation of team rules, coach Dabo Swinney said.
“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said.
DECATUR, Ga. -- A suburban Atlanta elementary school principal caught in a child pornography sting was escorted into a DeKalb County courtroom today for his first appearance, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
John Harold McGill is charged with computer or electronic pornography and child exploitation.
After leading USC Aiken to a third consecutive Peach Belt Conference regular season title, Pacers coach Vince Alexander was named the league’s Coach of the Year today.
USC Aiken, No. 8 in Division II, finished the regular season at 26-3. Also, the Pacers are ranked No. 1 in the Southeast Region rankings.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — An independent investigation of the Savannah-Chatham Police Department is expected to last about two more months, and more officers may be forced out of the department depending on the findings.
The brief update on Alexandria, Va.-based MDB International’s investigation and the police department was provided by City Manager Stephanie Cutter and Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert during a news conference Monday.
ATLANTA -- Republican gubernatorial challenger David Pennington, a trio of superintendent candidates and a handful of congressional hopefuls were the newest names to be added to the primary ballots Tuesday morning.
Pennington showed up with a handful of supporters in his effort to unseat Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. Deal was the first to qualify Monday, and State Superintendent of Schools John Barge is expected to file his paperwork before the weeklong qualifying period ends.
ATLANTA -- An exemption from sales taxes on parts to repair airplanes would become permanent under legislation passed by the House of Representatives 163-10 Monday.
Only the owners of planes registered in other states are eligible.
Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, a tax lawyer by profession, argued that the $16 million in annual taxes the state would forego will stimulate $800 million in repairs. The mechanics doing the repairs would pay $27 million in income taxes, resulting in a net $13 million tax boost for the state.
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ATLANTA -- The Senate voted 35-18 Monday to prohibit health plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act to cover abortion except in medical emergencies.
Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said Senate Bill 98 matches longstanding federal law which prohibits federal tax funds from going toward abortion. Many Georgians consider abortion murder, he said, and do not want the taxes they are forced by government to pay going toward premium subsidies for policies that cover elective abortions.
South Carolina is holding a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Officials will sound outdoor sirens and send a tornado warning alert over weather radios at 9 a.m. today as part of the drill.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division says schools will activate their safety plans, and businesses and homes are encouraged to go over their own plans about how to stay safe if a tornado threatens.
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.