Two federal agencies responsible for monitoring the welfare of animals in research labs came to different conclusions about Georgia Regents University’s compliance with the law after receiving complaints from the Humane Society of the United States, according to reports released this month.
In November, the Humane Society released findings of a three-month undercover investigation, which alleged issues with a dental experiment conducted on dogs, psychological distress by primates, a lack of care for mice and insufficient staff training.
The addition of nearly 4,000 cyber and intelligence jobs at Fort Gordon over the next five years should help insulate the post as the Army shrinks to its smallest size since before the buildup for World War II, one community leader said Monday.
The latest Defense Department budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, released Monday, calls for the Army to reduce its troop levels from 528,000 soldiers to fewer than 450,000 by 2019. The reduced levels would bring the Army to its lowest enrollment since 1940.
Two private companies will oversee Augusta’s ice storm debris removal, which is going to cost more than $8 million.
At a called Monday meeting, commissioners authorized hiring Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based contractor Ashbritt Environmental to manage the contracted storm cleanup effort for $8 million, and Reston, Va., defense contractor Leidos to monitor debris removal for $603,667.
The Augusta Regional Collaboration Project needs nearly $12 million to advance its “Mills District” proposal, with or without involvement by Georgia Regents University, according to ARC Executive Director Matt Kwatinetz.
In a Monday presentation of requests to go on the city’s next special purpose, local option sales tax referendum, Kwatinetz informed the one commissioner who attended, Wayne Guilfoyle, that renovating two historic textile mills in the Harrisburg Mill District is “similar to having a mall” in that the project needs an anchor tenant.
A man found dead Sunday in the Augusta Canal has been identified as a homeless man from Ohio.
Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen identified the victim as Michael Glen Sterns, 49, of Wapakoneta, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at the scene under the John C. Calhoun Expressway overpass about 2 p.m. Sunday.
The body is scheduled for an autopsy at the GBI Crime Lab today or Wednesday.
Bowen said it appears Sterns was homeless and was living under the bridge.
Back in the 1980s, when Buddy Curry was playing linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, they didn’t have concussions.
“They were called dings,” he said, though they really were concussions.
Now concern over those injuries has led the Falcons, along with Curry and his nonprofit, Kids & Pros, to hold camps to teach players, coaches and parents the right way to play to avoid those injuries. They are holding a free Heads Up Clinic and parent information session for players ages 6-14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Grovetown High School.
Meredith Legg Stapleton, the all-time leading scorer in USC Aiken women’s basketball history, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 26.
Stapleton, survived by her husband, Christopher, will be remembered in Aiken as a basketball player, basketball coach and a friend to many.
During her career at USC Aiken from 2005-09, the shooting guard set school career records with 1,480 points and 311 3-pointers. Stapleton also set single-season marks for consecutive free throws made (45) and best three-point field goal percentage (.475).
A lack of interest by the city to pursue a charge against two women in connection with a scam involving flood-prone Hyde Park led to the offenses being dropped against one and reduced for the other.
Belinda Ann Winfrey, 51, and Leomie Fielding, 68, had been indicted for criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Winfrey pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of providing a false name or address – a misdemeanor – in Richmond County Superior Court and was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.
If you commute on Mike Padgett Highway, plan on budgeting more time for your drive.
Construction started Monday on a five-mile stretch of Mike Padgett between Old Waynesboro and Bennock Mill roads, spurring lane and speed limit reductions. Motorists should seek alternate routes if possible, Georgia Department of Transportation said.
“It may get congested since they are condensing it from four to two lanes,” said department spokeswoman Cissy McNure. “Their commute time is going to take longer.”