Other Augusta department heads could soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit if several city commissioners get their way.
Wheeler, who the commission granted six months’ severance pay Tuesday if he left immediately, is one of a half-dozen department directors several commissioners said were on a short list for needing replacement, while controversy surrounding Wheeler’s departure continued to mount Friday.
Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of killing his 92-year-old mother and setting their home on fire.
Robert Caviston, 56, has been in custody since his arrest Nov. 15 and is charged with murder and arson. At the conclusion of a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court, the judge denied bond finding Caviston could pose a danger to the community.
Procter & Gamble announced Friday that the Augusta plant will shut down by early 2016.
The 40 employees and 150 contractors who work at the Mike Padgett Highway facility were notified Friday morning that manufacturing would cease there within the next 12 to 18 months as part of a company restructuring plan in North America, said P&G spokesman Jeff LeRoy.
LeRoy said the company will offer jobs at different plant locations to the 40 employees whose jobs are being eliminated.
University Hospital has been planning to build a 50-bed hospital in Aiken County even as it was pursuing a 100-bed hospital in Columbia County, which was recently denied but could be appealed, a hospital official said.