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Columbia County school board votes down petition to start up proposed Columbia County School for the Arts

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:08pm

Columbia County school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a charter school petition to the group behind the proposed Columbia County School for the Arts.

The denial is the second in two years for the proposed charter school, which planned to offer a curriculum infused with arts and foreign language instruction that would eventually serve children from kindergarten through high school. The group’s petition can still be approved by the state Charter School Commission, which will hold hearings on the petitions next month in Atlanta.

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Number of bars and restaurants that allow smoking in Georgia increase

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 8:20pm

The number of bars and restaurants in Georgia that allow smoking has nearly doubled after the statewide smoking ordinance was passed, a recent study finds, prompting the authors to call for reforms to the state law. On the local level, however, a group that plans to advocate for a stronger ordinance for Augusta is still in the educational phase.

A study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that between 2006 and 2012 the number of bars and restaurants that allowed smoking increased from 9.2 percent in 2006 to 17.6 percent in 2012.

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Coliseum Authority votes to seek $15 million in SPLOST for new Augusta arena

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 7:34pm

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday agreed to formally request $15 million in the city’s next sales tax package to help fund construction of a $110 million facility to replace the aging James Brown Arena.

If the Augusta Commission authorizes including the project with the next special purpose, local option sales tax package and voters approve it Nov. 3, the money could be used to buy land for the new arena at an undetermined location in downtown Augusta, authority Chairman Cedric Johnson said.

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