Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Wednesday he wants to take 500 illegal guns off Augusta streets in 100 days, and he has the support of local judges and the district attorney to do it.
A recent rise in gun violence prompted Wednesday’s announcement, which also included plans for a 24-hour telephone tip line for the public and $200 rewards when tips lead to arrests.Syncronex: Metered
WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Bond was denied Wednesday for a former Aiken County man linked to the disappearance of a Florida priest and facing a charge of malice murder.
Steven James Murray, 28, now of Jacksonville, Fla., appeared in court in Burke County because that’s where remains, believed to be the Rev. Rene Robert, of St. Augustine, were found Monday. Murray had led authorities to the body, but authorities requested dental records before making a positive identification. That could happen Thursday.Syncronex: Metered
More than 170 volunteers are expected to pick up trash Saturday during the fifth annual “Harrisburg Clean and Green” Day.
The nonprofit group Turn Back the Block organizes the clean-up as part of its larger effort to revitalize the historic mill village, said Christel Jiles, executive director.
Volunteers will collect trash along every street and alley throughout the neighborhood, she said. Live music, refreshements and kids activities will follow and the 9 a.m. event starts and ends at Martha Lester School on Broad Street.Syncronex: Metered
WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency.
The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. She will be the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman depicted in 100 years.Syncronex: Metered
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that he’s been assured that federal funding will be adequate to keep on schedule the deepening of the Savannah River even though it’s less than he wanted. He also announced a new study finding that state funds will reduce congestion delays on highways statewide.
The comments came as Deal spoke at the Georgia Logistics Summit, an annual conference for the shipping industry.Syncronex: Metered
Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey on Tuesday announced that he would endorse current Richmond County school chief Alfonzo Williams to be his successor.
The endorsement came during Williams’ affirmation banquet at the First Liberty Market in downtown Waynesboro.
“I wholeheartedly endorse him,” Coursey told The Augusta Chronicle on Wednesday. “He’s without a doubt the most qualified candidate in the race.”Syncronex: Metered
The eastbound on ramp of Interstate 20 at Lewiston Road is closed temporarily for gravel clean up from an overturned truck Wednesday morning.
A trucker overturned about 9 a.m. Wednesday while getting onto I-20 off of Lewiston Road.
Authorities said the driver said another motorist cut him off and his vehicle’s weight shifted, causing the truck to overturn. The driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but was up and walking around after it overturned.Syncronex: Metered
The eastbound on ramp of Interstate 20 at Lewiston Road was reopened Wednesday evening after being temporarily closed for gravel clean up from an overturned truck.
A trucker overturned about 9 a.m. Wednesday while getting onto I-20 off of Lewiston Road.Syncronex: Metered
Members of the Richmond County Board of Education voted to waive two makeup days for students, according to Kaden Jacobs, the school system’s communications and community engagement manager.
All Richmond County public schools were closed Feb. 10 and 11 because of a boil-water advisory issued after a meter at the Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant detected high cloudiness, prompting the Augusta Utilities Department to temporarily shut the facility down.Syncronex: Metered
A 26-year-old man is facing charges after he reportedly struck dogs and people while visiting Pendleton King Dog Park over the weekend.
Willie Lern Hudson remains in the Richmond County jail on charges of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, simple battery and three counts of cruelty to animals.
Deputies were called to the dog park on Troupe Street after reports that a man was punching a dog and had punched a man in the face.Syncronex: Metered
Augusta’s efforts to attract moviemakers remain as is for the time being after an upstart film group Tuesday rejected plans to team up with the city tourism bureau.
“We would be doing all the real work,” said Brad Owens, president of the Augusta Regional Film Office, “and they would be the sole point of contact. They get to meet with the big shots, put out the press releases and get all the credit.”Syncronex: Metered
A stop work order at Magnolia Valley Plantation will be lifted once its developer falls into compliance under a new erosion control plan, Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson said Tuesday.
That plan was submitted within the last week, and Johnson said that it satisfies the county requirements in place at the site in December when a stop work order was put into effect.Syncronex: Metered