Fish and water bugs in the Savannah River will play a key role in developing a drought management plan for Thurmond Lake and the waters flowing downstream.
In early July, Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, an Augusta-based water quality research nonprofit, embarked on a 14-month project to study aquatic insects and fish living in the Savannah River. Researchers will use historical data on water flows and new findings to determine appropriate water releases from Thurmond Dam during droughts to protect the river’s ecology.
The office walls were bare and there were few books on the shelf Monday for new Georgia Regents University President Brooks Keel as he paused during his first day.
“It’s a blank slate,” he said, in more ways than one.
But he has already brought in a key adviser from his former post at Georgia Southern University, he already has ideas of how to better connect his two very different campuses and he is already looking forward to greater connections in health care.
Silas Norman Jr., a former Paine College Board of Trustees chairman whose work as a civil rights activist in the 1960s led to the desegregation of Augusta’s city buses, died Friday from cancer. He was 74.
Norman’s fight for social justice began while he was studying at Paine but continued well into his adult years and filtered into his work as a doctor and professor of internal medicine, said longtime friend and Paine historian Mallory Millender.
Despite hiring more staff and revamping the patient call center at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, average wait times have steadily increased during Maria Andrews’ first 150 days as the hospital’s new director.
According to patient access data updated monthly on the VA’s Web site, Andrews’ administration got off to a strong start in February, achieving the medical center’s lowest wait times since former Director Bob Hamilton resigned Nov. 30.
An Augusta teen is accused of child molestation after deputies say he had sexual contact with a 12-year-old.
Scott Angelo Fiske Jr., 18, of Corbin Place, was arrested Sunday on a charge of non-aggravated child molestation, according to Richmond County jail records. He is currently being held in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center without bond.
According to an incident report, the mother of the child contacted the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after learning that two had sexual contact on June 15 at a home on Cherry Road.