Federal investigators found in a recent inspection of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ regional office in Atlanta that disability evaluations have been incorrectly processed for five years, resulting in nearly $140,000 in overpayments, according to an audit released this week.
The audit found that staff at the Atlanta regional office, which handles much of the claims veterans file in the Augusta area, incorrectly processed 17 of 30 temporary 100-percent disability evaluations reviewed.
Cooling centers and homeless shelters in Richmond and Columbia counties have seen an increase in visitors looking to beat the heat this summer, officials said Friday, as temperatures again climbed towards triple digits.
As many as 150 people sought air conditioning at Columbia County’s seven cooling centers in June and July, estimated Pam Tucker, director of emergency operations.
A South Carolina law requiring probate courts to report the names of residents adjudicated mentally ill over the past decade has seen moderate success since it was signed into action in May of last year.
House Bill 3560 effectively created a clearinghouse for information on people who have been found mentally incompetent by a court.
Young minds from the nuclear industry will converge on Augusta next week for an annual meeting focused on advancing nuclear power in the United States.
Nearly 100 members of the Southeast chapter of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear leadership group are attending the conference, which features speakers from the Plant Vogtle and V.C. Summer nuclear plants.
They’re big and yellow with flashing lights, but still police frequently see motorists passing stopped school buses and putting children in danger.
“It’s obviously a problem every year,” said Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Danny Whitehead. “Our worse fear is obviously what happened last year.”
In December, 8-year-old Jaidyn Williams, a Sue Reynolds elementary student, was struck by a minivan while attempting to board the bus on Belair Road. He was taken off life support on Dec. 26, two weeks after being hit.
It was a statement Augusta Technical College faculty said they never expected to hear: “An armed intruder is on campus.”
Moments after the announcement crackled over the intercom at the school’s Emergency Services Training Center, professors barked orders to students, doors slammed shut and the lights went out.
Outside the building off Lumpkin Road, a man brandishing a handgun paced the sidewalk looking for an entrance. Once inside, he tried the door handles leading to classrooms, reacting angrily when no one would let him in.