Augusta’s lack of preparation for February's ice storm forced the city into “piggybacking” two hurricane debris removal contracts, a process frowned on by the federal agency from which it is seeking reimbursement.
The storm left an unprecedented inch of ice between Feb. 11 and 13 that tested preparedness in a city unaccustomed to such disasters. While no lives were lost, city officials scrambled in the days after to secure enough resources to manage the removal of hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of fallen trees and limbs.
A reconfigured downtown agency declined to sign off on a $28.5 million revenue bond issue Monday after members questioned how the bonds will be paid off if voters don’t approve a new special purpose local option sales tax May 20.
The Augusta Commission voted almost a year ago to make the bond issue the funding source, with debt service to come from a future SPLOST, to complete $40 million in renovations at the Augusta Municipal Building complex in the 500 block of Greene Street, and the construction project is well underway.
Three school days lost to February’s ice storm will be made up by Richmond County students on a furlough day, a holiday and a Saturday.
The Richmond County Board of Education approved the make-up days Monday, after slightly modifying a recommendation by Superintendent Frank Roberson to reschedule school days before elementary and middle school pupils take the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests. Roberson proposed two Saturdays and March 17.
Declaring consolidation a success, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz on Monday said the university and its health system will now “shift gears” to focus on a hospital for Columbia County and other goals that stretch out for decades.
Speaking in his State of Georgia Regents University and Health System Enterprise annual address, Azziz praised the work of faculty and staff members in consolidating Augusta State and Georgia Heath Sciences universities over the past two years.
Two months before most colleges let out for the summer, Dayne Porter already has a job that pays an honest wage, provides valuable sales experience and fulfills an internship requirement at Clemson University, where he studies as a business management major.
He is painting houses in the Augusta area.
“Who else can say they are 22 and running an almost $100,000 business?” said Porter, a college senior and local branch manager of Student Painters, a nationally accredited program that has crews operating in the Midwest and Southeast.
A former Augusta resident convicted of murder for his role in a fatal home invasion was fairly tried and convicted in 2010, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled.
In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court affirmed Cornelius Moore’s convictions. Moore, now 22, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and weapon charges. The court ruled Moore should have only been convicted of two weapon charges, not three, but it will not change the life in prison sentence.
A Martinez woman arrested after her car crashed into a Dollar General store and seriously injured the cashier has been identified.
Police say Roshana Lequisha Payne, 37, of New Petersburg Drive, had been drinking when she drove through the front doors of the store at 210 Baston Road just after 7 p.m. Saturday. She registered a 0.12 blood alcohol level at the scene, according to authorities.
Payne was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol.
ATLANTA -- Business was brisk Monday as candidates cued up to qualify for this year's partisan elections.
Politicians were in line for Republican and Democratic primaries at 9 a.m. at the Capitol when the weeklong qualifying period officially began.
Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston were the first through the door on the Republican side. On the Democratic side of the Capitol, congressmen David Scott and Hank Johnson were among the first.
Deal summed up what most incumbents listed as their reasons for seeking re-election.
There were no surprises Monday as 16 candidates who’d already announced plans to seek an Augusta elected office made it official Monday on the first day of qualifying.
According to Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey, Augusta mayoral candidates Helen Blocker-Adams and Alvin Mason filed qualifying paperwork Monday.. Mason is an Army retiree and Augusta commissioner, while Blocker-Adams owns a marketing and consulting firm.
ATHENS, Ga. -- A suspended Athens doctor who was arrested more than three years ago on a patient’s complaint that she’d been raped by the doctor while sedated in his office has been found guilty on two felony counts of making a false statement to police.
Mark Alan Adams, 52, was found guilty during a Thursday bench trial before Clarke County Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard.
Adams chose to be tried by a judge rather than a jury.