City commissioners abandoned plans Monday to audit millions spent to relocate residents from Augusta’s Hyde Park neighborhood and declined to expand the audit to the entire Housing and Community Development department, citing a need to keep real estate transactions private.
The commission had OK’d auditing the relocation project last week following the abrupt resignation of HCD Director Chester Wheeler and recent complaints from remaining Hyde Park residents about how $4.5 million had been allocated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.