The 28th annual Augusta Southern Nationals will be held this weekend. The “world’s richest drag boat races” begin this Friday on the Savannah River and run through Sunday. You can bring chairs, blankets and umbrellas to the event, but no coolers. For ticket information, go to augustasouthernnationals.org. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Special Olympics.
Regions Bank on Chesterfield Street in Aiken was evacuated earlier this morning after a suspicious package was left inside. Aiken Public Safety officials say the FBI, GBI and an explosives K-9 unit were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. The package wasn’t addressed to the bank, and officials there say they weren’t expecting […]
A father and son are wanted in Aiken after fleeing from authorities on Monday. The Aiken Department of Public Safety says they’re looking for 44 year old Ernest Simpkins and his 21 year old son, Jalen Simpkins, of Graniteville. The elder Simpkins is wanted for harassment, reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights […]
Veterans Affairs acting secretary Sloan Gibson is scheduled to meet with leaders and employees at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta on Thursday. He’s expected to talk about results of a recent audit that shows more than two dozen patients had to wait at least 90 days for an appointment there, while more […]
Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for bribery, and money laundering. Nagin was convicted February 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for projects, both before and after Hurricane Katrina. The bribes came in […]
Augusta Commissioners are getting closer to choosing a new city administrator. They’ll interview the top three candidates for the job on Wednesday. For now, city officials aren’t saying who they are or where they’re from. Augusta has been without a city administrator since Fred Russell was fired in December.
Two more people were arrested Monday in connection with Saturday’s drive-by shooting at a local shopping center that left a teen injured. 23 year old Alexis Blowers of Augusta and 21 year old Emmanuel Smith of Grovetown were each charged with aggravated assault. 17 year old Brandon Hilton was already behind bars, charged with […]
Some Columbia County motorists will need to change their commuting habits for the next few weeks. A stretch of Blue Ridge Drive is closed while crews make repairs to storm water infrastructure. The closure affecting Blue Ridge Drive between Bristol Road and Old Evans Road is expected to last through July 25. Traffic officials […]