MARIETTA, Ga. — A coalition of Cobb County citizens’ groups are planning to ask that a decision to build a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves be postponed.
Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency are planning to deliver a letter to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners Monday asking that a vote on whether to move forward with a plan to build the new stadium and $400 million entertainment complex be postponed for 60 days.
Organizers say the extra time will give residents a chance to become fully informed.
ATLANTA — Forecasters say freezing rain is possible in parts of the north Georgia mountains as a massive storm makes its way southeast.
A winter weather advisory will be in effect for nine counties in north Georgia from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The advisory includes the cities of Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Chatsworth, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Jasper.
Neva Anderson sat close to her husband, Daniel, in a pew at First Baptist Church of Augusta, waiting patiently for the start of what she considers a holiday tradition.
For more than 15 years, the Martinez couple has attended the Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert presented by The Augusta Chronicle. Anderson said Sunday that she hopes they can continue the tradition for another 15 years.
WHERE: The edge of New Savannah Road at Laney-Walker Boulevard
WHAT: Trash strewn along the right-of-way
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Once the litter is reported, the Richmond County Marshal’s Office attempts to determine who left it there. If no litterer is identified, Augusta Environmental Services is in charge of cleanup.
ACTION PROMISED: None. Augusta officials including Administrator Fred Russell and Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson did not respond to inquiries Friday.
A wet summer caused some delays but the widening of Bobby Jones Expressway is still on track for completion.
“We’re still shooting for next June,” said Caleb Lord, construction project manager.
Winter weather could delay completion slightly, but Lord said he expects to hit his date.
The project, which began in 2012, will widen Bobby Jones Expressway to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction between Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. Both have been redesigned.
Hours before the 878th Engineer Battalion returned from deployment in Afghanistan, Robin Lorenz quietly paced the floor of Augusta’s Army National Guard building on Milledge Road.
“To say I have butterflies would be a huge understatement,” Lorenz said. “I’m more excited than a kid on Christmas morning.”
It’s been an exhausting 10 months, said Lorenz, who leads the 878th Family Readiness Group.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s record-setting college career is over.
The Bulldogs’ fifth-year senior will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a torn ACL to his left knee. The school confirmed the news Sunday morning after his mother spread the word about the injury via Facebook.
Murray ends his career as the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121), completions (921) and total offense (13,562).
Those who knew Dr. Charles Mann III remember the surgeon as a caring and positive person.
“I’m still in shock,” said Mary Valliant, the CEO of Southern Palmetto Hospital in Barnwell, S.C., where Mann had worked as a general surgeon since March. “He just didn’t deserve to die like this.”
Mann’s body was found Saturday in Augusta and a suspect in the case is in the Richmond County jail facing several charges, including murder.
Property taxes in consolidated Augusta-Richmond County appear among the state’s lowest, with a countywide maintenance and operations levy of just 8.042 mills, lower than nearly any populous Georgia county save for neighboring Columbia.
For a homebuyer making an informed decision, however, the reality of Richmond County property taxes is a lot more complicated, with rates that vary by address and bills enlarged substantially by Richmond County Board of Education, which has set a millage of 19.982 for school operations.
City Administrator Fred Russell will present a “plan of action” for connecting Fort Gordon to the city bus system at today’s Augusta Commission committee meeting.
The commission tasked Russell with meeting with post and Augusta Public Transit officials Friday to determine how to establish the route, which several commissioners have made a priority.
Adding the hourlong, Monday-through-Saturday route that would include Augusta Mall if approved would cost the city about $321,444 a year, but would give soldiers and others without cars an alternative to taking a taxi.
ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray was playfully defiant before his last night between the hedges.
“They may have to send a police escort to come and get me off,” Murray told radio host Charlie McAlexander before Senior Night. “I’m not going to want to leave that field.”
Instead it was two Georgia trainers who carried a crying Murray off – hanging from their shoulders before the first half finished. His final home game ended with the one hardship Murray had avoided in four record-shattering seasons at the Bulldogs helm – injury.
Two more men have been charged in the Aug. 28 shooting death of Charlie David Davis.
Killeon Shanard Cooper, 20, and Thaddaeus Elon Williams Jr., 33, both of Augusta, were charged Saturday with felony counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records. Williams also has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a missing Barnwell, S.C., doctor.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Dr. Charles Henry Mann III, 60, was last seen Thursday evening in Barnwell, where he resides during the week. Mann returns to his family in Kathleen, Ga., on the weekends.
On Friday, Mann’s blue 2006 Honda Civic was found in a wooded area in the 3400 block of Old Louisville Road in Augusta. His whereabouts are unknown.
Mann is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.
Police say an Augusta man was stabbed in the leg during a robbery Saturday morning.
About 1:15 a.m., Jerry Strickland said he was escorting a woman home from a downtown bar when he was attacked by a man near the corner of Tenth Street and Walton Way, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Strickland said his jacket and wallet, which contained $41, were stolen during the altercation. Deputies found Strickland with cuts on his face and a stab wound to his left leg.
Police are seeking two men accused of robbing an Augusta man at gunpoint Saturday morning.
About 1:40 a.m., Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Circle, where Anthony Harper said two men approached him and brandished handguns, according to an incident report.
The men told Harper to empty his pockets, and Harper handed them his wallet with $300 inside and his cell phone. The suspects then fled on foot.
Police are seeking a man accused of robbing the DLS convenience store at 3735 Mike Padgett Highway late Friday, leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.
About midnight, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to the convenience store, where employee Johnnie Finey said a black man entered the store and demanded money from the register, according to an incident report.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, Jerick McKinnon had a huge score late and Georgia Southern stunned Florida 26-20 on Saturday in what will go down as the worst loss in school history.
No lower-division team had ever beaten the Gators, who won their previous seven games against Football Championship Subdivision teams by an average of 45 points.
So this was a shocker, even though Florida (4-7) has lost seven in a row and secured its first losing season since 1979.
There’s rarely a dull moment in Denise Turner’s Warren Road Elementary kindergarten classroom.
While being told a story about a turkey that avoided becoming a Thanksgiving dinner by disguising itself as a person, students listen for rhyming words and repeat them aloud.
They jump up to waddle like a turkey when Turner sees them getting distracted during the story.
Even on the line out the door, students are singing “a little ditty” Turner wrote to keep them from getting sidetracked.
For almost three years, Alvin Wilson Jr. complained about sharp stomach pains to his doctor at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Tests had shown elevated liver enzymes and abnormally high and low glucose levels.
Finally, on Feb. 29, the downtown branch of the Augusta hospital performed an endoscopy and diagnosed the disabled veteran with pancreatic cancer.
Ole Miss assistant Jack O’Keefe will likely be named the next Georgia Regents head men’s golf coach, according to a report by Golfweek’s Lance Ringler.
In a tweet this morning, the veteran golf writer wrote on Twitter the school is expected to tab O’Keefe in the near future to fill the void left by former coach Kevin McPherson. According to Georgia Regents sports information director Joey Warren, the school had no comment on the matter.