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West Augusta group speaking out against stormwater utility fee

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:39pm

 

Eyeing an Augusta Commission vote on the matter in the next few weeks, a neighborhood group is registering its opposition to the city’s implementation of a stormwater utility fee.

The proposed $6.40 monthly fee for a typical homeowner would be used to raise $9.9 million annually to maintain and reconstruct the city’s aging stormwater system, meet federal requirements and educate the public about stormwater management, items city staffers say they cannot do using existing funds.

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New East Central Public Health District director has Augusta ties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 8:32pm

 

Taking the job as the new director for the East Central Public Health District in Augusta is like a
homecoming for Dr. Stephen Goggans.

“I still have family in Augusta,” he said. “My parents are in Augusta; my sister, her husband and her kids are in Augusta. That’s a good thing for me, too. I get to get back closer to family with this job.”

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Augusta business named in fraud indictment

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:18pm

An Augusta businessman has been indicted on a federal charge of money-laundering.

A federal grand jury issued an indictment against Bennie W. Johnson, the vice president of Benchris & Associates.

According to the indictment, Johnson is accused of devising a scheme to defraud $1.2 million from businesses and individuals between 2000 and 2011.

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RCSO deputy suffers minor injuries during chase of suspect

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:43pm

A Richmond County deputy was injured while chasing a suspect wanted on multiple felony warrants.

Cpl. Cory Carlyle began following a gray Oldsmobile Cutlass after seeing it speed by on Wheeless Road around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report.

Carlyle chased the vehicle to a nearby car wash where he said it appeared as if the car would stop, but it sped off onto Golden Camp Road, reaching speeds of 75 mph.

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Sunday package delivery coming to Augusta for holidays

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:28pm

 

Holiday packages will arrive on Augusta doorsteps on Sundays as the U.S. Postal Service looks to meet shipping demands during its busiest season.

Seven-day delivery for the Augusta area begins Nov. 30, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Dionne Montague. The service, which begins earlier in other major cities and high volume areas, continues through Christmas Day.

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Bond denied in Augusta homicide case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:57pm

 

Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of killing a woman with a hatchet.

Kenneth Howard, 47, has been in jail since his arrest on charges of murder and burglary in the Oct. 20 slaying of 33-year-old Emily Newbegin inside a vacant mobile home at 308 Carmell Place.

Newbegin’s body was found in the bathroom of the trailer, said Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller. She had numerous stab wounds and significant head trauma.

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Augusta Prep announces new head of school

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:31am

 

Peter Huestis will be the head Augusta Preparatory Day School, starting next school year.

In a statement released Friday, the school said Huestis offered a background as an independent school administrator, most recently serving as the head of school at Bayside Academy in Daphne, Ala. He also has worked at schools in Oklahoma and North Carolina.

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