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Broader audit, more terminations sought as administration changes

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:52pm

Other Augusta department heads could soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit if several city commissioners get their way.

Wheeler, who the commission granted six months’ severance pay Tuesday if he left immediately, is one of a half-dozen department directors several commissioners said were on a short list for needing replacement, while controversy surrounding Wheeler’s departure continued to mount Friday.

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Columbia County proposes stormwater utility rate increase to more than double the current rate

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:35pm

Facing mounting maintenance problems and dwindling funds, Columbia County’s Board of Commissioners might raise the county’s stormwater utility fee for the first time in its history.

Commissioners approved a first reading on Tuesday of a proposed rate change that would more than double the current fee over the next three years.

Only Commission Chairman Ron Cross voted in opposition. He declined to say why he opposed the rate increase.

County Administrator Scott Johnson said the issue can no longer wait.

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Augusta teen to remain in custody pending May trial on murder charge

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:42pm


An Augusta teen held in custody more than two years on a murder charge will remain in jail pending a May 11 trial date, a judge ruled Friday.

Jeremiah Kelly was 15 when he and then 16-year-old William Clark were arrested in the slaying of 28-year-old Anthony D. King on Crawford Avenue on Aug. 3, 2012.

Investigators believe King was killed in an unsuccessful carjacking attempt.

Although much of the delay can be attributed to several changes in Kelly’s representation, it shouldn’t be held against him, said defense attorney Inga Hicks.

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Bond denied for Augusta man in 92-year-old mother's homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:46pm


Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of killing his 92-year-old mother and setting their home on fire.

Robert Caviston, 56, has been in custody since his arrest Nov. 15 and is charged with murder and arson. At the conclusion of a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court, the judge denied bond finding Caviston could pose a danger to the community.

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