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Qualifying dates set for January in District 7 special election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:27pm

Candidate qualifying in what likely will be a hotly contested District 7 election to complete resigned Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith’s term has been set for Jan. 12-14.

The Richmond County Board of Elections voted 5-0 Monday to call the special election for the next date permitted under state law, March 17, with 2½ days of candidate qualifying to be held, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12-13 and 8:30 p.m. to noon Jan. 14.

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New Richmond County Schools deputy superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw brings varied skillset to position

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:08pm


If there is one thing Richmond County Schools Deputy Superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw knows, it’s how to manage his time.

Throughout his 24 years in education, Bradshaw spent his life balancing the roles of father, soldier and teacher. He worked weekdays as a teacher for the DeKalb County school system. On weekends, he served in the Army National Guard, reaching the rank of captain.

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Shooter who wounded girl sentenced to 10 years in prison

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:41pm

An Augusta woman who wounded a teenage girl earlier this year when she fired several gunshots at a vehicle containing the girl and her mother pleaded guilty Monday.

Gina R. George, 29, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of aggravated assault and two weapons violations for the Feb. 8 shooting at her home.

Judge J. David Roper sentenced George to serve 10 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

University Hospital to manage Washington County hospital

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:39pm

University Hospital will help manage the Washington County Regional Medical Center even as it continues to increase its geographic spread across the area.

The Hospital Authority of Washington County signed a five-year management deal with University to start Jan. 1. University will provide some new leadership and business advice but the hospital retains its name and its 300 employees, according to a news release. The hospital in Sandersville is the county’s largest employer, according to the release.

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Freedom's Path veteran housing project approved for funding

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:25pm

A year after a legal dispute threatened to kill project funding, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded Freedom’s Path $790,000 in federal tax credits, with the hope the low-income housing development can help end veteran homelessness in Augusta by late 2016.

Freedom’s Path was one of 30 rental properties in Georgia the state selected for $22.4 million in federal housing tax credits this year to construct or rehabilitate new units for veterans, senior citizens and working families, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) said in a news release.

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LED sign repairs increase during winter in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:20pm

Eric Driggers is preparing for the heart of winter in the Augusta area, in which he said long cold snaps are known to darken displays on commercial signs using light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs.

Driggers, the manager of AKO Signs in Martinez, said winter is the busiest season for repairs at the Athens-based advertising business, with technicians battling nature to be on-site of an outage within a couple days.

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