Glenda Smith recalls peering out of the side door of her Martinez home during the recent ice storm when she heard an ominous sound from above.
The huge tree limb that covered her driveway and most of her front yard was cracking under the weight of the ice, and the 73-year-old knew it was only a matter of time until the branch came crashing down.
“Just about the time (my son) turned to get by the mailbox, the limb fell,” Smith said. “It was all over the driveway and all over the front yard.”
A student is facing charges after an officer-involved shooting that happened at Georgia Regents University dormitories early Saturday.
About 2 a.m., public safety officers were called to University Village on Damascus Road in response to a noise complaint, possible from a party, Georgia Regents Police Chief William McBride said. People fled when officers arrived, he said.
Anne Carter “Bootsie” Calhoun, the first Augusta woman elected to state office when she won a seat in the Legislature in 1974, died Friday at age 90.
Married to longtime City Councilman William C. “Billy” Calhoun, she could have stayed active with a variety of civic and social activities, friends recalled, but she decided to chart her own course in politics.
While Jeff Prouty was out helping others during last week’s ice storm, others were helping themselves to valuables inside his Martinez home.
The Columbia County Fire Rescue employee returned to his Old Evans Road home after a 24-hour shift on Feb. 13 – his birthday – to find his house completely ransacked.
Prouty, 40, called his job as a firefighter his “calling,” and said he had worked all day and night to help clear debris from Columbia County roadways caused by the storm, even responding to some medical calls for some of the county’s stranded residents.
WRENS, Ga. -- Ronnie Strength ditched the patrol car for a tractor more than a year ago, and he doesn’t regret the decision one bit.
The 36-year veteran of law enforcement said he is enjoying retirement on his 109-acre farm, White Oaks, just outside Wrens city limits in Jefferson County. It’s nothing like the fast-paced lifestyle of being sheriff of Richmond County, Strength said, but he finds ways to keep busy.
“There’s always something for me to do here,” said Strength as he rocked back in his leather recliner. “Especially in the spring and the summer.”
The Columbia County Commission voted 4-0 on Friday to authorize its attorneys to recover any “wrongfully withheld” funds from Tax Commissioner Kay Allen.
Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the county has endured months of controversy over revelations that Allen had gotten thousands of dollars in additional pay for collecting taxes for Harlem and Grovetown. Commissioners contend her agreements with the cities were without their knowledge or consent and violate state law.
Ten days after a disastrous ice storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of residents, the lights are back on for all but a few dozen in the Augusta and Aiken areas.
Where outages remain, customers need to hire electricians to repair damage to meter boxes or power intake sites on the house or building, according to Georgia Power and SCE&G. Lingering problems are outside the company’s main distribution and service lines.
“Once they have that repaired, we will return and get them hooked up,” said Georgia Power spokesman Brian Green.
The growth of a downtown theater district, development of a regional cancer center and badly-needed library repairs all stand to benefit the community greatly, the heads of four entities seeking funds from Augusta’s next special purpose local option sales tax told Augusta Commission members Friday.