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2 area companies facing OSHA fines

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 9:54pm

 

Two years after a run-in with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the HP Pelzer auto parts plant in Thomson is again facing penalties for workplace safety violations. And so is its former staffing agency, Augusta-based Sizemore Inc.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Atlanta-East office said the two companies face a total of $704,610 in penalties for 24 safety violations stemming from an inspection in March.

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Augusta mayor fights new ordinance policy

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 9:47pm

Augusta’s mayor and commission are at odds again over a policy, approved in June, that requires a commission vote for the city law office to draft code amendments or new ordinances.

Mayor Hardie Davis, who has refused to sign the policy, said the requirement “impedes government operations, hinders legislative process and essentially nullifies representative democracy.”

Davis said he didn’t have any proposed code amendments or ordinances in mind, but he noted the commission’s lack of activity on amending or adding to the city code.

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Two females sought in cigarette theft

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:54pm

 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help Monday in identifying two suspects sought on fraud charges from almost two months ago.

In late July, two females entered Sprint Food Store, located in the 3400 block of Mike Padgett Highway, and purchased 17 cartons of cigarettes with three different credit cards. According to an incident report, the cards were found to be “no good” but the employee did not realize that was the case until after the suspects had left.

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Paine appeal could turn on longterm outlook

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 4:05pm

 

Paine College presented a “very strong case” to keep its accreditation at a hearing Monday but the decision to uphold its appeal could turn on whether a committee agrees with its long-term outlook, the chair-elect of Paine’s Board of Trustees said.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of guardian, personal care home owners in will contest

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 3:54pm

 

In an opinion released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled a mentally ill, disabled veteran knew what he was doing when he left more than half a million dollars to his custodian and the owners of the personal care home where he lived.

Judith Webb appealed a July 23 decision by a Richmond County probate court judge who found in favor of Dale Groenenboom and Charles and Jerry Reeves.

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