Political

Augusta commission discusses reducing severance pay

Augusta commission’s policies and procedures subcommittee met to discuss updating the city’s severance pay policy.

Commissioners support proposal to create state veteran cemetery

  Three people face off for District One seat

  Veterans push for state veteran cemetery in the CSRA

  $25K approved to install three types of warning devices at Olive Road Overpass

  Several commissioners disappointed with $1M sculpture contest options

Sen. Johnny Isakson will resign, citing progression of Parkinson’s Disease

Continued Coverage

  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham gets Aiken voters fired up for 2020 elections

  McDuffie County Fire and EMS is combining forces with The Thomson Fire Department

  Gateway sculpture placement sparks conversation of inclusion

  Aiken County Council approves library renovation funds

  17 new bus shelters will be installed across the CSRA

  Augusta Commission passes new marijuana regulations

  Proposed update to marijuana ordinance going before commissioners

This will be the first reading of the proposed changes. If it passes, a second reading must go through before it becomes solidified.

  Commissioner says court system isn’t doing enough to punish people who neglect their property

One Augusta commissioner says he's disappointed with the current code enforcement law and that it needs to be more strict.

  Augusta Commission considers change to marijuana ordinance

The penalty for getting caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in Augusta become less stiff.

  Commissioner wants more deputies in downtown Augusta

More deputies; that’s what one Augusta commissioner wants to see downtown.

Augusta Commission reconsidering who’s in charge of recreation facilities

  Attorneys for City of Augusta want former EEO director’s lawsuit dismissed

  Commission publicly addresses questions about Depot Project

  Commissioners meet with law enforcement on gun violence in Augusta

Peace vigil held in Aiken, group wants gun reform

Burke County’s new courthouse held its grand opening Monday

  GBI, DFACS to investigate embezzlement, child abuse claims against Commissioner Sammie Sias

Multiple agencies have been tapped to investigate Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Sammie Sias.

  Commissioner Sammy Sias admits to long-time affair

Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner Sammie Sias Friday, admitted to having an affair with a woman for 20 years.

  Augusta Commission discusses grant for $93 million depot project

Commissioners are still in talks about the nearly $100 million depot project expected to attract tourists. Plans were revealed nearly a year ago.

  Augusta joint-collaboration committee to tackle abandoned, blighted properties

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis says he and his team are constantly working to improve the city. They’ve begun implementing strategies he learned from the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

  Commissioner Sammie Sias accused of embezzling money, sexual misconduct

A former Augusta-Richmond County employee is accusing a commissioner of embezzling, sexual misconduct and more.

  Richmond County Commission holds rules workshop

Tuesday, the Commission held a workshop to clarify those rules. But will anything change?

  Debate over location for new North Augusta fire station

The discussion over where the public safety headquarters and fire station will go continues in North Augusta.

  City of Augusta, Gold Cross reach agreement on ambulance service contract

The City of Augusta and Gold Cross have come to an agreement on an ambulance service contract.

  Commission looking to future after end of James Brown Arena stalemate

Now that the stalemate of what happens with the James Brown Arena is over, commissioners are looking forward to the future.

New Georgia Project hosts game night and political forum

The nonprofit works with minorities and young people across the state to help them be more active in politics.

Columbia County Community Connections to hold forum on ‘youth e-cigarette epidemic’

Columbia County Community Connections will be holding a public forum to discuss the rise of e-cigarette use among teenagers.

Commissioner seeks removal of hazardous trees

84 hazardous trees are on the cities radar.

Marshal’s Office requests new X-Ray machine for Municipal Building

The Richmond County Marshal’s Office has requested a new X-Ray machine for use in the Municipal Building.

  Gov. Brian Kemp talks jobs at Coffee with Kemp event in Thomson

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and first lady Marty Kemp traveled across the CSRA listening to the needs of people who live here. One of their biggest concerns: jobs.

Mayor Davis address Coliseum Authority, urges them to move forward with new arena

It’s a conversation many Richmond County leaders and residents have had for some time now: the brand new James Brown Arena.

  Pro-choice protest in Aiken more than just a demonstration

The protest was held in downtown, with a focus on educating community members.

Augusta Commission expected to consider Marshal’s eviction fee proposal

The Richmond County Marshal’s Office performs more than 4,000 evictions every year. It costs a little less than $500,000, but they collect only a fraction of that money; about $100,000.

Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a rally in North Augusta

Despite weather concerns, the event went on as planned.

Community, Commission discuss future of Dyess Park Community Center

Community members and commissioners are discussing the Dyess Park Community Center’s future.

Commission, Gold Cross one step closer to contract agreement

Augusta-Richmond County commissioners are getting closer to moving forward with giving Gold Cross a subsidy and contract.

Commissions echo Mayor Davis’ security concerns

Mayor Hardie Davis’ discussion on safety is still going strong. Commissioners echo the importance of making sure Augusta-Richmond County government employees and people who live in the city safe.

Mayor Davis defends inquiry into security escort, explains concerns for government employees

Mayor Hardie Davis defends inquiry into security escort

Augusta-Richmond County commission holds 2022 T-SPLOST meeting

The Augusta-Richmond County commission and city staff held a meeting today to put together their wish list of projects to fund with the 2022 T-SPLOST.

City of Aiken, historians at odds over what to do with hospital building

The future of Aiken’s historic hospital building is still up in the air, and the city council is working with developers to find a solution. The debate now has the attention of local and state historians.

Gold Cross negotiations with City of Augusta continue

Contract negotiations between the city of Augusta and Gold Cross continue

Aiken City Council discusses future of old hospital building

The abandoned property could turn into a hotel and conference center and apartment buildings.

Commissioner pushes for use of some stormwater fees for right of way maintenance by inmates

Commissioner Ben Hasan is pushing for cleaner state right of ways.

Promoted from within: Richmond County selects new city attorney

Augusta-Richmond County interim general counsel tapped as newest city attorney

Commissioners to do a bus ride-along with new Transportation Director

Augusta’s transit system has a new director and brand new headquarters.

Negotiations continue between City of Augusta and Gold Cross

The city of Augusta and Gold Cross are still negotiating, trying to make the best decision about how to move forward with a contract.

Commission to take another look at dangers of road outside Augusta Regional Airport

Next week, Commissioners will again discuss what some call an extremely dangerous road to see what can be done to fix it.

Strip club owners file suit against City of Augusta

Discotheque Inc., and the late "Whitey" Lester's estate have filed a lawsuit against the city that names Mayor Hardie Davis and each commissioner as a defendant.

Dangerous stretch of road at Augusta Regional Airport a concern for Commissioners

A dangerous 1.4-mile stretch along Doug Barnard Pkwy. is a concern for both city leaders and airport executives.

Heated discussion in Commission about Augusta ambulance contract

A heated discussion about the ambulance service contract between the City of Augusta and Gold Cross was a major highlight of Tuesday’s Commission meeting.

SC Rep. Ronnie Young dies at 71

House Speaker Jay Lucas said the Republican from North Augusta had cancer and recently suffered a stroke.

Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns in Augusta

Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage for his 2020 presidential campaign right here in Richmond County.

Augusta Commissioners tour Lake Olmstead, consider changes

Augusta-Richmond County commissioners toured Lake Olmstead this week, looking at 2 proposed changes: enlarging the Julian Smith Casino and renovating the baseball field.

Venue changed for Bernie Sanders Augusta town hall

Sen. Bernie Sanders will be making stops in Denmark and Augusta Saturday as part of a visit to several Southern states this week.

Alabama Governor signs controversial abortion ban into law

Alabama's governor has signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation.

Richmond County looking at options on new voting systems

A selection committee is looking at vendors and voting systems to choose who will supply that new service to be used by Richmond County voters. Several vendors have already submitted a request for purchase.

Richmond County polling locations under scrutiny

Two Richmond County polling locations are under scrutiny. The Richmond County Board of Elections working to see if they meet the needs of voters.

  Richmond County Commission approves purchase of new street sweeper

Augusta Richmond County Commission voted unanimously to purchase a new street sweeper for the county.

  Commission votes to exempt Mayor Davis’ vehicle from having decal

In a 6-4 decision, the Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted Tuesday to exempt Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.'s new vehicle from having a City of Augusta decal.

  North Augusta City Council approves rezoning of Riverside Village

Immediately after swearing in 2 new Council Members, the council got down to business. They had the first 2 readings of an ordinance that will rezone part of Riverside Village, if passed.

  New North Augusta Council Members sworn in

The City of North Augusta officially has 2 new council members.

  Augusta Commission to discuss $100,000 for lock and dam

Commissioners say saving our pool is the most important issue Augusta is facing today.

  Richmond County Democratic Party cuts ribbon on new headquarters

he Richmond County Democratic Party has moved its doors.

  Steve Cassell reflects on his time with Columbia County Engineering

Columbia County Engineering Services Director Steve Cassell is heading to the private sector.

Former Vice President Joe Biden announces 2020 presidential campaign

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, betting that his working-class appeal and ties to Barack Obama's presidency will help him overcome questions about his place in today's increasingly liberal Democratic Party.

  Richmond County Commissioners say future is bright even after 3 resignations

Richmond County Commissioners say the future is bright even after 3 resignations within a week.

Columbia County Engineering Services Director resigns

Columbia County Engineering Services Director Steve Cassell has resigned from his position with the county.

  Augusta Commissioners share their thoughts on three City of Augusta leader resignations in a week

Augusta Commissioners Ben Hasan and Brandon Garrett share their thoughts on the recent resignations of three City of Augusta leaders.

  Augusta Recreation and Parks Director resigns

The director of Augusta’s Recreation and Parks Department submitted his resignation Monday, Apr. 22.

Fight over lock and dam is underway

The regional fight to preserve the lock and dam is underway. Richmond County Commissioner Sean Frantom says it’s the most frustrating thing he’s ever been part of.

  Commissioner looks ahead to future of city manager and attorney positions

Two top city employees submitted their resignation Tuesday after a contentious executive session called to discuss the firing of former city attorney Andrew Mackenzie.

  Two city leaders out of a job after commission meeting

City Administrator Janice Jackson and City Attorney Andrew MacKenzie turned in their resignations after commissioners unanimously voted to terminate their positions in executive session.

  City of Harlem holds special meeting, no community members show up

The meeting gave an opportunity for community members to comment on House Bill 598, which will allow Harlem to annex into parts of Columbia County if passed.

  County Commissioners want bill that would expand Harlem vetoed

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners agreed to oppose House Bill 598 that was introduced in the 2019-20 regular session of the Georgia General Assembly.