Augusta’s 2014 budget is $3.9 million out of balance

Over the next few weeks, the Augusta Commission will have to deal with the fact that the proposed $145.8 million general fund budget for 2014 is currently out of balance by about $3.9 million. But the news gets worse. Of the proposed $683.7 million total budget for the city (including capital projects, general funds, special […]

Augusta may be able to avoid using “slum”

The Augusta Commission is doing everything it can to avoid officially naming a portion of the downtown area a “slum,” but still legally establishing an Urban Redevelopment Area that would allow the city to borrow $26.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to renovate the Municipal Building on Greene Street. The end result might be a simple […]

Child molester or innocent man?

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean is hoping for a new trial after his 19-year-old adopted daughter admitted she lied in court Scott Dean is sitting in a Columbia County jail just waiting. Waiting to find out whether he will be sent back to his cell in a Georgia State Prison in rural Reidsville. Waiting […]