BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A city police report describes the theft of 70 flags from the graves of Confederate veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery as theft of property.
Two officers of a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp say it was a desecration considering Congress long ago conferred the same status on the Confederate dead as other U.S. veterans.
The report of the missing flags was made August 18 by Hal Crowe, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Thomas Marsh Forman Camp #485.Syncronex: Metered
Officials are assessing damage caused by someone spinning their tires at Blanchard Woods Park to determine if charges will be filed.Syncronex: Metered
After several delays, a problematic Harrisburg rooming house has again delayed having its day in court.
Chief Magistrate Judge William D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at “repairs and renovations that have been made.”Syncronex: Metered
Not far from the entrance to Oak Hall, two signs were planted on opposite sides of each door. The banners read: Welcome home.
With more than 150 guests in attendance, Oak Hall and Elm Hall were officially unveiled to the public Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Augusta University’s Health Sciences campus. Among those in attendance were school President Brooks Keel and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis.Syncronex: Metered
The future of historic Trinity CME Church in Augusta remains uncertain as Atlanta Gas Light has again delayed plans to demolish the church to receive more input from stakeholders.
The move comes just as the “Save Mother Trinity” effort called for supporters to protest the company’s plans at a meeting Thursday of the Historic Preservation Commission.Syncronex: Metered
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a telephone scam in which someone is identifying himself as a top-ranking officer at the department.
The caller identifies himself as Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton, according to a department news release. The person then tells the victim that they failed to report to court and are now subject to arrest unless a fine is paid. The scammer will then attempt to arrange a location to meet and collect the fine.Syncronex: Metered
A charter school proposed for downtown Augusta has been denied approval by the Georgia State Charter Schools Commission, but the agency approved another one to be located in either Richmond or Columbia county.
Challenge Preparatory Academy hoped to open for the 2017 school year before its meeting with the state commission July 20.Syncronex: Metered
Pauline Jenkins, Waynesboro’s first black and female mayor, has died.
The Burke County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death Wednesday afternoon. Jenkins, who was elected in 2011, had been very ill for a number of weeks, Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey said.
“It’s a very sad day for Burke County and the city of Waynesboro,” Coursey said. “Our mayor was a great person and there’s no question she’ll be greatly missed. Greatly, greatly missed.”Syncronex: Metered
NORTH AUGUSTA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, in town Wednesday for a ceremonial bill signing, said Donald Trump isn’t her first choice, but she’ll vote for him and South Carolinians should, too.
Possible Supreme Court appointments and “the taxes Hillary Clinton wants to put on people” make the governor “hope and pray” Trump wins, she said.Syncronex: Metered
The Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office is launching a Saturday office hours program at the South Augusta Tag Office from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
“Our south Augusta tax office is often open on Saturdays and I have enjoyed many conversations with residents on those mornings,” Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick said.
This weekend’s program will give residents an opportunity to interact with elected officials. The host will be District 6 Commissioner Ben Hasan.Syncronex: Metered
Smoking of tobacco or using electronic vapor products could soon be prohibited on Williston’s town property including its parks and playgrounds.
The Williston Town Council gave unanimous approval to first reading of the ordinance at its regular council meeting Monday, August 8.Syncronex: Metered
BARNWELL, S.C. -- An Aiken woman died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 outside of Barnwell near S.C. Highway 37.
Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward identified the driver as Erika Young, 34, of Trotter Run Court, Aiken. She was alone in the vehicle.Syncronex: Metered
Police said an Edgefield, S.C., man will face charges because he he pulled a gun on a supervisor after quitting his job at Comcast.
Police said warrants have been filed against George Stevie Hilliard, 58, for charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.Syncronex: Metered
AMATRICE, Italy — A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors.
The toll was likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets where the scenes were apocalyptic “like Dante’s Inferno,” according to one witness.
“The town isn’t here anymore,” said Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice. “I believe the toll will rise.”Syncronex: Metered
CATAULA, Ga. — Authorities say a Columbus man was drunk when he crashed his car in Harris County, killing two of his young sons.
News outlets report that officials with the Department of Public Safety Information Office say 32-year-old Christopher Farrell faces two counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of endangering a child under the age of 14 while driving under the influence, among other charges, following Monday morning's crash in Cataula.Syncronex: Metered
ATLANTA — Doctors who engage in sexual misconduct with patients are routinely treated as having "impairment" issues and may not be reported to law enforcement, according to new findings in an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Syncronex: Metered
Schools aren’t the only ones that can educate their way out of paying Augusta’s new stormwater utility fee.
The city offers two levels of education credits that can reduce almost any nonresidential payer’s fee by up to 35 percent.Syncronex: Metered
The American Red Cross of Augusta is raising money for Louisiana Disaster Flood Relief during a telethon today until 7 p.m.
WJBF and Beasley Broadcasting is assisting in the telethon which has been ongoing since 10 a.m.
The Red Cross is asking the public to call and make pledges at the donation line -- (706) 922-8477.Syncronex: Free
The Augusta GreenJackets released their 2017 schedule Tuesday, featuring several holiday home games.
Similar to past years, the GreenJackets will open on the road during Masters Week, this time at Columbia on April 6. Their home opener is April 13 against the FireFlies.Syncronex: Metered
Thomson received a significant boost in its classification while Jefferson County held strong in the latest Georgia Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll released Tuesday.
The Bulldogs moved up to No. 6 in Class AAAA after sitting at No. 9 in the preseason poll last week. They routed Laney in their season opener at home, 45-0, and made a statement with their stable of skill players.Syncronex: Metered