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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A young man going by “Mark” went to get his order. He didn’t know how to spell his last name.
But that didn’t matter – the name was a fake.
Lakeside defensive back Rashad Roundtree used a pseudonym to order pants adorned with little Ugas so he could keep his college choice a secret. It worked.
Finally, as family, friends, students and teachers watched in the Lakeside auditorium Friday morning, Roundtree tweeted his decision to commit to Georgia and then took off warm-up pants to reveal his recent purchase.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — A huge yellow jacket nest estimated to be about 10 feet long has been cleared from a camper near Moncks Corner.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Robert McDougal of Hurry Up Towing had no idea there was a nest in the fold-down camper in his storage yard until he lifted it with a forklift Tuesday.
ATLANTA — Police are investigating a pair of robberies at two of Atlanta’s finest hotels.
A man told police he was in a ground-floor restroom of the Georgian Terrace Hotel on Peachtree Street when a gunman pointed the weapon at his head in the middle of the day on Oct. 23. Police say the suspect took $120 from the man’s pocket, ordered him into a stall and told him not to come out.
ATLANTA -- A review of the operations of Georgia’s ethics commission by state auditors found inconsistent treatment of complaints, lack of formal procedures that results in unequal application of the law and questionable expenditures.
The top-to-bottom assessment was released three weeks ago by the Department of Audits and Accounts. The 58-page report lists management problems, such as under-qualified staff, poor documentation and inadequate data controls.
Two men have been charged in the Wednesday shooting death of a 20-year-old man on Cornell Drive.
Demarco Mandrell Williams, 35, of East Walker Street, and Jeffery “Kickball” Burns, 54, of Boy Scout Road, were booked into the Richmond County jail this morning on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Police responding to the 1700 block of Cornell Drive on Wednesday night discovered the body of Javarius Donte Walthour. Police said he had been shot at least once.