ATLANTA -- No decision came Tuesday when the Georgia Public Service Commission postponed consideration of Georgia Power Company’s request to increase the budget and extend the schedule for construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro.
The commission had it on its agenda for its regular administrative session but put it off for two weeks until its April 2 meeting.
The case against an Augusta businessman accused of sex with a teen will continue after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
A Columbia County magistrate judge ruled there is enough evidence against Randy Houston Mercer, 57, to proceed with prosecution of the case in Superior Court.
Mercer, of Downing Street, was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, computer pornography, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual exploitation of a child. He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
The U.S. Department of Energy has named a new manager for Savannah River Site, according to the site’s public affairs office.
Jack Craig will replace Dave Moody who is retiring from the Energy Department in June and was manager at SRS for five years. Craig has served as director of the environmental management consolidated business center in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2004.
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — One person has died and three others were hurt in a wreck involving three cars and a bus on a bridge at the South Carolina-Georgia state line.
Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls says the name of the victim in Monday afternoon’s wreck has not been released while relatives are notified.
Deputies are searching for a suspect accused of taking $1,200 worth of hair extensions, among other items, from a victim’s home Monday, police say.
Around 9:52 a.m., a 37-year-old victim arrived home to find two flat-screen televisions, two laptops, clothing and hair extensions missing from her residence on the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road.
Deputies noticed scratches and pry marks on the patio door, where the suspect was believed to have gained entry.
They want your vote today, but three candidates seeking the District 7 commission post don’t always go to the polls themselves.
The Augusta Chronicle looked into the voting records of interim Commissioner Louis “Hap” Harris, retired mortgage banker Sonny Pittman and charity Development Director Sean Frantom going back to 2000.
The records, which don’t specify how someone votes but whether they participate, revealed Harris voted 88 percent of the time, missing the fewest – five elections – of 40 opportunities.
A Department of Veterans Affairs program started in November to resolve nationwide delays in care lacks consistent guidelines and effective management, including in Augusta, where more than 1,700 patients wait longer than a month for appointments, reports show.
A report the Veterans of Foreign Wars delivered to Congress this month found just 19 percent of veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment have been offered “Choice Cards” to receive care from private doctors.
Columbia County voters will have one issue before them on the ballot in today’s special election: whether to renew the countywide 1 cent sales tax to support schools.
If approved, the education special purpose local option sales tax referendum will renew collection of the tax starting in 2017, with the expectation that it will fund about $140 million in improvements and additions to Columbia County’s rapidly growing school system.
Turnout will be key, but likely still very low in today’s special election to fill an unexpired District 7 term on the Augusta Commission.
Only 113 voters, fewer than 1 percent, of the district’s approximately 14,557 registered voters cast early ballots during 15 days of advance voting at the municipal building.
An Augusta man accused of shooting a friend’s ear opted to plead guilty Monday instead of pressing ahead with a jury trial.
Dominique D. Ellis, 27, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to terroristic threats and a weapons charge in exchange for a sentence of three years in prison followed by seven years on probation.
Ellis had only been out of prison for eight months when he got into an argument with Jacquail Albright and shot him the morning of Nov. 29.
A jury will begin hearing testimony Tuesday in the trial of an Augusta teen accused of murder.
Jeremiah E. Kelly has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations.
Kelly was 15 and William H. Clark was 16 when they were arrested in the Aug. 3, 2012, fatal shooting of Anthony Dewayne King, 30.
Two people with King when he was shot in the chest said two young men armed with weapons advanced on King’s vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, that night on Crawford Avenue.
An Aiken man was arrested on child pornography charges Friday after investigators say he distributed materials via file sharing.
According to a statement from the office of South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Brizbon McCamey Chapman has been charged with five counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor, which is punishable by up to 10 years of prison per count. He was also charged with 10 counts of third-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor third degree, which carries a similar punishment.
His bond has been set at $150,000.
A primary whistleblower in the investigation of former Georgia State Patrol Lt. Donnie Smith was suspended for three days without pay for engaging in explicit, lengthy phone conversations with other troopers.
Christy Hester accused Smith, who resigned his seat on the Augusta Commission in September, of making inappropriate sexual comments and advances. She also was the recipient of a state-owned bed Smith misappropriated for her, according to a 1,374-page investigative file released last week.
A kayaker stranded on rocks on the Savannah River has been rescued by crews from Richmond and Aiken counties, officials said.
About 3:12 p.m., the North Augusta Department of Public Safety received a call about the kayaker, whose boat was wedged among some rocks about a quarter-mile north of Shoals Way Court in North Augusta.
Lt. Tim Thornton said the woman and a man were swept into heavy currents and shallow water after leaving from Savannah Rapids Pavilion in single kayaks.
Bubba Watson finally revealed his Champions Dinner menu for his green-jacketed peers.
“We are definitely going to have food,” Watson promised Monday in a teleconference with Augusta National Golf Club announcing his promotional trip to New York next week on behalf of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
Federal energy assistance funding for elderly and low-income residents that has been delayed for nearly four months has been released and should be credited to accounts by this week.
The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, which distributes the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to local residents, began mailing checks to energy companies last week, and they should be credited to accounts promptly, according to EOA energy coordinator Patricia Johnson.
A man who found a way to steal money by using stolen credit cards numbers pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.
Derrick Winn, 37, entered a guilty plea to one count of a six-count indictment, admitting he used an access device to illegally obtain money in February 2014. The crime is punishable by as much as 10 years in prison.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday for a mother and her two toddlers who died last week in a fire in Edgefield County.
Laterrious Shantrell Watkins, 24, daughter Aubrey McKie, 2, and son Jacob McKie Jr., 1, were killed in the mobile home fire at 301 Country Club Road on Wednesday.
The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Ridge Spring Civic Center at 900 West Main St.
The Edgefield County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death was smoke inhalation and burns.
Daniel Field is looking to make money from the 1940s-era glass in its hangar doors, which are being refurbished using the special sales tax for transportation projects.
The project started about a month ago to refurbish the hangar doors, which are about 75 years old, said Becky Shealy, the vice president of business development for Augusta Aviation, which operates Daniel Field. It should be complete in July.
The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall meeting next Monday in Augusta to discuss health-care programs, eligibility and benefits with local veterans.
The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 205 on Highland Avenue.
Congressional representatives will be on hand to coordinate information and assistance efforts for veterans, the hospital said in a news release.
For more information please contact Pete Scovill, Public Affairs Officer, 706-733-0188, Ext. 1733 or Peter.email@example.com