Scruffy beards and quirky mustaches have become synonymous with the month of November. Augusta men have joined the international phenomenon of going 30 days without shaving their beards, popularly known as No Shave November. In the case of mustaches, the movement is known as Movember.
The Lowe’s and Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway have restriped three handicapped parking spaces after a site inspection by The Augusta Chronicle last month found the spots failed to satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The newspaper’s informal survey also revealed three other retailers in Richmond and Columbia counties had handicapped parking spaces that were either improperly marked, had slopes too steep for vehicular wheelchair lifts or no access aisles at all, each a violation of federal code.
Fewer people in the Augusta metro area have been going to the unemployment line this year, according to Georgia’s labor department.
Data released Thursday, covering September and October, said there were fewer initial claims for unemployment compared to last year.
Year-to-date, there have been 17,571 jobless claims in the six-county metro area, a 5.8 percent decline from 2012. Most of that decline is attributable to Richmond County, which has 549 fewer unemployment claims in 2013 than in the same time period in 2012.
The widening of Old Petersburg Road/Old Evans Road is set to begin next year.
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation Investment Act announced two construction projects Wednesday, one of which is in Columbia County.
That project, estimated to cost $34 million, will widen and reconstruct three miles from Old Baston Road to Washington Road. It includes construction of two bridges and approaches over the CSX Railroad and Reed Creek. The estimated completion is spring 2017.