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Grovetown High educator Kim Buchanan selected as Columbia County Teacher of the Year

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:05pm

Stepping out of her new BMW 320i Thursday evening, Kim Buchanan struggled to put what she was feeling into words after being named Columbia County’s Teacher of the Year.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Buchanan, who teaches the art of expression and rhetoric as an AP Language Arts teacher at Grovetown High School.

Buchanan said it was strange being honored by her peers, but she knew this morning she would be facing the same challenges as the day before, teaching class after class of 11th graders.

“I’m just Mrs. ‘B’ to them,” she said.

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Coughing man causes Ebola scare in Columbia County

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:33pm

A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.

“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”

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Faces of Survival: Sonya Hurlbut

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:10pm

Sonya Hurlbut was there for her daughter as she was being treated for cervical cancer in 2008 when she thought maybe she should schedule a checkup for herself.

Hurlbut wasn’t one to go to the doctor, she said, and it had been a while since she had been seen by one.

The nurse who administered her mammogram saw something suspicious on the X-ray. She took three mammograms to be sure. The doctor discovered the tumor on her chest wall, where it was hard to see.

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City looks to water, garbage revenue to cover budget request

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:44pm

Augusta commissioners will venture into uncharted territory as they consider increasing the franchise fee charged against water, sewer and garbage revenue to fund some $1.6 million in pay increases at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Interim Administrator Tameka Allen and Finance Director Donna Williams said staff will present options for increasing the fee, which has remained at 3.5 percent of gross revenues for many years, at a Friday commission retreat.

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School board candidate says he will enact changes if elected

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:47pm


James Swanagan Jr. has observed the Richmond County School System from the perspective of a parent and later as a school bus driver.

Now Swanagan said he wants to enact change from the position of an elected official.

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