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Lawn equipment stolen

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:35am


More than $4,300 worth of landscaping equipment was stolen from a trailer at Augusta Mall while workers groomed the grounds Wednesday.

One of the landscapers told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies he and his crew were working between 10 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. when he saw a black man jump into a white pickup truck and flee toward Wrightsboro Road. After checking the back of one of his trailers, he saw that two leaf blowers, two edgers, two weed-eaters and two push mowers were missing.

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Columbia County residents invited to give feedback on 20-year development plan

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:36pm

Columbia County residents will have yet another chance to offer ideas and voice their concerns on the next 20 years of growth and development today at Evans public library.

The public is invited to an all-day “land use charrette” today to provide input for Columbia County’s comprehensive development plan, dubbed “Vision 2035,” which will help planners and elected officials make decisions about the next two decades of growth and change, said Andrew Strickland, the county’s director of Planning Services.

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Richmond County Board of Education approves delay in Murphey-Josey merger to 2017-18

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:33pm


The Richmond County Board of Education has decided to delay the T.W. Josey High School-Murphey Middle School merger until the 2017-18 school year.

The decision made at a Tuesday committee meeting will allow time for the construction of a new wing at Josey and for the entire student body of Murphey to move to their new school as a single unit, school officials said. The board voted 9-0 to approve the delay, with member Frank Dolan absent.

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Decision near on pipeline

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:30pm

Georgia Department of Transpor­tation Commissioner Russell McMurry is expected to issue a decision by Tuesday on a controversial, tri-state petroleum pipeline, proposed to run through 210 miles in Georgia.

If approved, Kinder Morgan’s new Palmetto Pipeline will dogleg off the existing Plantation Pipeline in Belton S.C., and transport up to 7 million gallons of oil per day to terminals in North Augusta, Savannah and Jacksonville.

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Mapping vehicle captures Columbia County growth

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:58pm


Marshall Square is only about 2,100 feet from Mary Howard’s office, but the retirement resort that opened last November ceases to exist in Columbia County’s Geographic Information System.

The 3½-acre property merely appears as a large plot of undeveloped land on online maps.

“It sure would be great to see that new building,” Howard, the county’s GIS manager, said this week.

By the end of the summer, her wish should come true.

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Twenty high school seniors to be recognized at Best and Brightest Awards

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:20pm


Twenty of the CSRA’s most accomplished high school seniors will be recognized during the 2015 Best and Brightest Award banquet Thursday, competing for a $1,000 grand prize.

The students in the running this year were whittled down from 96 applicants. Five will receive cash prizes.

Applicants had to submit short essays detailing their accomplishments, high school transcripts and letters of nomination to be considered for the award, along with an in-person interview.

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