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Commission, school board candidates enter races

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:03pm

Former Columbia County GOP chairman Dewey Galeas has entered the race to replace District 4 Commissioner Bill Morris, who decided against seeking a third term. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

Tax preparer in Irish Travelers’ RICO case gets 27 months in federal prison

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:42pm

Angela Askew, who prepared 325 fraudulent tax returns as part of a racketeering conspiracy involving the Irish Travelers of Murphy Village, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison Thursday.

Read more Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Augusta man charged with felony offense illegal dumping

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:24pm

The Richmond County Marshal’s Office made a fifth arrest for illegal dumping Thursday morning.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Missing 4-year-old South Carolina girl found safe in Alabama

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:47pm

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — A 4-year-old girl who disappeared from her South Carolina home where her mother was found badly beaten was found safe in Alabama on Wednesday and the man suspected of kidnapping her was arrested hours later, authorities said.

Read more Photos Associated Press

Murder suspect Richard Timmons captured in Texas

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:00pm

A man wanted for shooting and killing his wife last Friday was apprehended Thursday at a Texas airport.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Tom Corwin

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in South Carolina

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:38pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. — State health officials say 22 more people have died from flu in South Carolina in the past week.

Read more Photos Associated Press

Man wanted for thefts in Columbia County in custody

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:52am

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man wanted for a series of thefts.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

Possible unlicensed personal care home leads to arrest

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:39am

A call by concerned emergency medical workers to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has led to the discovery of what investigators believe is another unlicensed personal care home.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Traffic shift planned for Windsor Spring Road next week

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:21am

Traffic is expected to shift on Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah next week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

Photos: Repenting for God

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:42pm

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Staff Photographer Photos Michael Holahan

Black History Parade scheduled for Saturday in Aiken

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:55pm

The 18th annual Black History Parade will be held Saturday in downtown Aiken. Read more

Staff Reports

Local Democrats eject Traina from party meeting

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:21pm

Unrest in the Richmond County Democratic Party continued Wednesday as members had former party secretary Joe Traina physically removed from a meeting by police. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

Rants and raves

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:25pm

Know when to zip it when it comes to racial, and political rhetoric. Read more


City center struggles to keep facilities maintained

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:24pm

An Augusta recreation center manager took his concerns to the Augusta Commission after he says a punch-list of needed repairs was ignored for years. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Susan McCord

Burke County to rename law enforcement office in honor of past sheriff

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:04pm

The Burke County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center will be dedicated to a longtime former sheriff. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

New indictment streamlines charges in Fort Gordon bid-rigging conspiracy case

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:52pm

An Army colonel and his wife accused in a $20 million bid rigging conspiracy case waived their presence at a Wednesday hearing and entered not guilty pleas to charges lodged in a new indictment. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Sandy Hodson

Aiken County Public Schools to host recruitment event

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:43pm

Aiken County Public Schools is hosting an educator and administrator recruitment event on Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Midland Valley High School. Read more

Photos From Staff Reports

First sentencing in Irish Travelers’ RICO case set for Thursday

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:31pm

The first of about 50 people who have pleaded guilty in connection with a three-year federal racketeering investigation involving the Irish Travelers of Murphy Village is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Columbia. Read more

Staff Writer Photos James Folker

Gunman kills at least 17 people at Florida high school

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:27pm

PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Read more

Associated Press Photos Terry Spencer Kelli Kennedy

Augusta couple recipients of George and Dorothy Walton Award for community service

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:58pm

Ann and Ellis Johnson had parents who instilled in them the importance of using their talents to benefit others, and throughout their lives, they’ve volunteered their time and talents to benefit the arts and the children of Augusta. Read more

Correspondent Photos Charmain Z. Brackett




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