Augusta Superior Court judges will retain “absolute discretion” over guardian ad litem appointments, despite receiving a list from local attorneys certifying nine adults as qualified to make child custody recommendations in domestic disputes, according to new guidelines adopted by the court system.
Chief Judge Carlisle Overstreet said this week that the Judicial Circuit received a list of guardians that the Augusta Bar Association’s Family Law Section approved as meeting the necessary criteria to investigate divorces and custody disputes over children.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Your summer vacation travels have filled our newsroom mailbox.
Old friend Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, Ga., sends a very big card from Chicago, the city of broad shoulders. “We are enjoying it,” he wrote, “but it’s a mass of people just about everywhere you look.”
He also sent a card from Kentucky, where he is enjoying “horse country.”
A man who presented himself as a qualified contractor after Augusta’s 2014 ice storm entered an Alford plea to theft charges Thursday.
Sean P. Hughes, 49, has spent the past year in jail, awaiting the disposition of criminal charges filed in Richmond and Columbia counties. He entered an Alford plea Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court to six counts of theft by deception – four felonies and two misdemeanors. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit to a crime but acknowledges that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
An Aiken veterinarian accused last year of inappropriately touching children has been found not guilty.
Juan Carlos Gamboa, 53, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested in January 2014 after being accused of committing unlawful acts against two 8-year-old boys over a three-month period the previous year.
According to a previous story in The Chronicle, Gamboa had dedicated his practice to the treatment of performance and show horses for 23 years and was licensed in Florida, Mississippi and the Carolinas.
NORTH AUGUSTA — Raymond Lamarne Walters Sr. served as mayor of North Augusta for only four years, from 1971 to 1975, but his influence is still felt.
He worked hard to convince current Mayor Lark Jones to seek public office for the first time, was a businessman and co-owner of Koger-Walters Oil Co., and led the city’s controversial effort to build a recreational facility on farm land.
Walters, 91, died Tuesday. A memorial will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta at 10 a.m. Friday.
End of school job losses drove down the number of jobs in the Augusta metro area in June, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The education and health services job sector, which includes teachers and aides, declined by 1,400 jobs in June, according to data released Thursday. State government, construction and manufacturing also lost jobs in June.
In total, there were 2,400 net fewer jobs in June than in May. Some jobs were added in retail, professional services and transportation.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.
Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism, and the FBI took charge of the case.