ATLANTA – Pledging to remain tightfisted as tax collections rise, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the 4.6 percent increase in state spending Monday that the General Assembly passed two months ago.
“We believe this is a budget that will maintain the fiscal conservatism of the other budgets I have signed,” said the governor, who is in the third year of his term.
In a nondescript little building on Merry Street, about 22 artists seek refuge from the bustle of everyday life at least twice a week.
Inside the plain, yellow building, paintings of trickling brooks and serene mountainscapes fill the walls, while easels filled with works of art in varying stages of completion decorate the tabletops.
The Ageless Artists, as the group of senior citizens calls themselves, consider the building a blessing.
They’ve been using the old community center for about six years, and no one else uses it anymore.
The former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association has been charged with stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from the organization.
Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 45, of the 1400 block of Andover Court, was charged with multiple counts of financial transaction card fraud, computer theft, theft by taking and theft by conversion after turning herself in Tuesday morning at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, said Capt. Steve Morris.
Vanover was released after posting a $40,400 bond, Morris said.
AIKEN - Officials at the Savannah River Site say an employee improperly accessed the personal information of thousands of workers.
The Aiken Standard reports that manager David Moody said in an e-mail to employees this week that the information was not ever “improperly distributed” or accessed by a hacker outside SRS.