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Parents will pay to live in charter-school zones, study says

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:35pm

ATLANTA – A new academic study reveals that parents are willing to pay more for houses in order to increase the chances of their children attending charter schools.

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Plans move forward to upgrade area around James Brown statue

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:33pm


Flashing lights, musical elements, a stage and other features possibly spanning the entire 800 block of Broad Street are among short- and long-term proposals for improving Augusta’s tribute to James Brown.

While details are far from finalized, the upgrades are included in the city’s plans to spend some $83.6 million in one-percent sales taxes collected through 2023 under the Transportation Investment Act on a massive overhaul of six downtown streets and streetscapes, starting with a $1.5 million downtown concept study.

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Rants & Raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:51pm

Comments from readers:

WHY IN THE WORLD did The Chronicle change the format for the Mini Page? Please go back to the old way; the new way is for the birds.

JOHN KERRY SAID that if we don’t pass the Iran deal, our currency will stop being the reserve currency of the world. Why would he say this unless he realizes the dollar is soon to collapse and be worthless?

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Cooler, wetter winter might be ahead for Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:40pm

A strong El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean could signal a wetter, cooler winter than normal for the Southeast, Georgia’s top climatologist said. It could also mean less possibility of a late tropical storm, Hurricane Danny aside, State Climatologist Bill Murphey said.

The El Niño weather pattern is preventing a normal upwelling of cooler water in the Pacific, resulting in extremely warm sea surface temperatures, and that could affect the U.S. weather in the coming months if previous El Niño patterns are a guide, he said.

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Dow Jones drops more than 530 points

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:16pm

NEW YORK — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.

The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to Europe, battering major markets in Germany and France. In the U.S., the selling started early and never let up. Investors ditched beaten-down oil companies, as well as Netflix, Apple and other technology darlings. Oil plunged below $40 for the first time since the financial crisis, and government bonds rallied as investors raced into hiding spots.

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