Michael Kelly has experienced increased swelling in his arms, pain in his legs and recurring problems with his memory since having a colonoscopy last month at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
“I was not like this before my appendix ruptured,” the Navy veteran of Vietnam said Monday night at a town-hall meeting held by the American Legion in Augusta. “My health has declined significantly. The care here sucks – plain and simple.”
The business of selling a skeptical Augusta on the city’s new special purpose local option sales tax got underway Monday.
Augusta Commission members finalized approval of a $194 million tax package at a morning meeting. The package will be described in a referendum and bond issue going before voters May 20.
On Monday evening, Commissioner Donnie Smith had the floor at a meeting of the West Augusta Alliance, a conservative crowd vocal about the inclusion of money for private entities such as the Imperial Theatre.
The head of Augusta traffic engineering and a key player in the ongoing cleanup effort from last month’s ice storm was named the city’s interim deputy administrator Monday.
Reporting to interim City Administrator Tameka Allen, Steve Cassell will temporarily assume most of the duties handled by former deputy administrator Bill Shanahan, who was over operations functions including emergency management, fire, environmental services, recreation and utilities, officials said.
As everyone in the household screamed and cried after Adrian Hargrove came home covered in blood and announced he had killed three people, Hargrove remained nonchalant, his mother-in-law testified Monday.
After a monthlong jury selection process, witnesses began testifying Monday in the death penalty trial.
Hargrove has pleaded not guilty, but in his opening statement Monday lead defense attorney Newell Hamilton told the jury there was no dispute Hargrove killed three people Feb. 9, 2008.
The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the murder conviction of an Augusta man Monday.
The court found Irving Folston, 24, was fairly tried and convicted of murder in Richmond County Superior Court for the May 1, 2008, shooting death of 23-year-old Antonio M. President. Folston is serving a sentence of life in prison plus 30 years.
According to testimony, Folston gave a gun to Levaughn Sloans and told him to kill President. The victim was gunned down in front of a store at Wheeless and Milledgeville roads.
Another suspect in Thursday’s fatal shooting in a Kroger parking lot has turned himself in, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Napoleon J. Moss Jr., 19, of Augusta, turned himself in at the sheriff’s office at 400 Walton Way Monday afternoon, according to a police statement. He is charged with misdemeanor affray.
Montravious Deshawn McNair, of Covington, Ga., was fatally shot Thursday night outside the store at 3128 Deans Bridge Road.
The Richmond County Board of Education will decide whether to approve various school closure and merger proposals at a called meeting Tuesday.
The scenarios, pitched as a way to save money during a budget crisis while also boosting academic offerings, sparked major concerns from the public during four town hall meetings.
Last fall, the board launched the “rightsizing” process to allow education consultants to analyze county and school population data, birth rates and building use.
COLUMBIA — The volume of consumer complaints filed with state regulators in South Carolina dropped significantly in 2013.
“The decrease in complaints is attributed to the economy rebounding and a more thorough vetting process implemented by complaint analysts at the front end,” according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. Officials said the agency’s new online complaint system, launched in January, should make the complaint process more efficient.
A corner lot in Evans currently home to a historic landmark will soon look different as construction of a fast-casual chain restaurant takes shape, though the old building’s fate remains unknown.
The small, white stone building on the corner of North Belair and Washington roads, which once served as a teachers’ dormitory and later a gift shop, will be replaced with the state’s first PDQ, a Tampa, Fla.-based chain that specializes in chicken tenders.
One of the largest components of the new reactors at Plant Vogtle was hoisted into its permanent placement Saturday.
Weighing 1,100 tons, the CA20 module was placed into the Vogtle Unit 3 nuclear island using a 560-foot heavy lift derrick, one of the world’s largest cranes, according to a Georgia Power news release.
The five-story tall module was assembled from prefabricated wall and floor sections and measures 67 feet long and 47 feet wide. It will house various smaller components, including the used fuel storage area.
A statewide non-profit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse was itself a victim of the economy.
In 2011, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia succumbed to funding problems, taking the Augusta council with it.
After restructuring, the organization – now managed by Georgia State University – is back in a provisional status with the national organization, Prevent Child Abuse America. By summer it should regain its official status.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it found no evidence that former City Administrator Fred Russell violated any laws regarding his hard drive and its missing files.
The agency determined that “no evidence existed to substantiate a criminal violation of the law” after reviewing its findings with the district attorney’s office, according to a statement from GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan on Monday. The GBI is no longer involved in the case.
ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal intends to endorse legislation allowing Savannah bars to sell alcohol on Sunday afternoons that fall in a St. Patrick’s Day weekend, his spokesman told Morris News this afternoon.
The legislation is awaiting the governor’s signature after the House passed it 147-7 this morning.
Deal doesn’t normally comment on legislation he didn’t propose, and so the Chatham County delegation planned to send him a letter and request a meeting with him today to plead for quick action.
Rock band Widespread Panic is coming to Augusta’s James Brown Arena on June 11.
The group, originally from Athens, Ga., is making the Augusta stop during its summer tour. Widespread Panic recently released the 22nd and 23rd installments of its Porch Songs Live Archives Series.
Tickets for the Augusta concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Purchase tickets at the arena box office, visit www.georgialinatix.com or call (877) 428-4849.
WASHINGTON — The hashtag gave it away.
When a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis, the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening fire on a carful of teens at a convenience store.
ATLANTA — The government was set up so that ordinary citizens can affect what becomes law, but the first challenge is learning how.
Seen through the eyes of a freshman legislator, the process is complicated but not impossible.
“What you learn in school about how a bill becomes a law is approximate,” Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta, said with a grin.
Prince is at the end of the Capitol pecking order as the least senior member of the minority party.
Georgia’s peach crop should benefit from the cooler-than-normal winter.
Peach trees thrive in temperatures hovering near or below freezing at night.
“Peaches have the potential to be really good as long as we don’t have a bloom followed by another cold snap,” said Phillip Brannen, a University of Georgia plant pathologist in Athens. “We have all the chill hours we need, and if we get a week of good warm weather, everything’s going to bloom at once.”
WINDSOR — Two Aiken County boys were outside their home playing several weeks ago when their brother fell out of a tree and dangled from the neck by a karate belt.
Rather than panic or run into the home to get help, one of the boys lifted the ailing brother up enough so the other could untie the belt. First responders said the boys’ actions likely saved their brother’s life.
Laura Frantz has spent seven years and more than $200,000 in savings appealing her removal from the Department of Veterans Affairs on what she says are “bogus charges” of negligent performance and patient endangerment at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C.
Her case is caught in a personnel system known as Title 38, a set of employment policies that provides the VA secretary “exclusive jurisdiction” over any case questioning professional conduct or competence.
WHERE: Along Gordon Highway, between Fort Gordon gates 1 and 2
WHAT: Four miles of trash strewn along the median and eastbound shoulder that motorists and residents say make the area surrounding Fort Gordon’s gates look “very shabby.”
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Environmental Services handles cleanup