Retail stores prepare for second wave of pandemic

Another wave of coronavirus cases could mean another run on items such as face masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, but some retailers say they are prepared for it. A Target spokesperson said the big-box store has quickly adjusted to changes in consumer demand.”As we look ahead to the holiday season, we’re sending more inventory…

Elections offices in Augusta area prepare for absentee ballot rush

Georgians are using absentee ballots in record numbers that could create an avalanche of late-arriving ballots on Election Day, and the window is rapidly closing to return the ballots by mail.Because of the pandemic, the state lifted restrictions on voting by mail. As of Friday, about 1.8 million voters had requested an absentee ballot and…

Georgia grinds toward Election Day amid long lines, COVID-19 pandemic

With the Nov. 3 elections just around the corner, Georgians are already heading to the polls in record-breaking numbers amid the dual challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the biggest test of the state’s new voting machines.More than 2.4 million ballots had been cast by mail and in person during the early-voting period as of…

Voting extended Friday at Augusta’s Bell Auditorium due to fire alarm

Advance voting at the Bell Auditorium will be extended 27 minutes today after a fire alarm went off at 8:52 a.m.Augusta Fire Department gave the all-clear at 9:17 a.m., said Lynn Bailey, executive director for Richmond County Board of Elections.As a result, the large polling place will be kept open until 5:27 p.m. to make…

State officials: Rise in absentee voting due to COVID will shape future of process in Georgia

“The new normal” is a term frequently used to describe life during COVID-19. But according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, the new normal of voting in Georgia will be shaped by many of the adjustments forced made because of the pandemic.The pandemic forced the SOS to innovate to provide Georgia voters with contact-free,…

Trump dials it back, Biden defends son Hunter: Takeaways from the final presidential debate

After a first debate that descended into chaos, the second and final debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden was less confrontational and more civilized, in part because of a new rule – microphone muting – that dramatically cut down on interruptions.There were still plenty of flashes of anger and division…

DA candidates address issues at Columbia County forum

Incumbent Natalie Paine and challenger Jared Williams discussed their platforms and ideas in their race for Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney at a forum hosted by Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at Columbia County Library in Evans on Wednesday night.Both candidates started their legal careers at the district attorney’s office, Paine in 2009 and Williams…

Kirby: The forecast for 2021 looks pretty good

The Old Farmer’s Almanac sees few weather extremes in the year ahead. Top Featured Tags: – Georgia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Elderly Augusta woman shot on Perry Avenue

An elderly woman was found shot Wednesday night in a home on Perry Avenue.Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a shooting at the home in the 900 block and found the woman. According to authorities, the victim and another person were inside the residence when an unknown person fired into the…

Breonna Taylor shooting ‘had nothing to do with race,’ officer says in exclusive interview

MONTGOMERY, Ohio — A Louisville officer at the center of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor said her death is a tragedy — but it shouldn’t be lumped in with the slayings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery that have sparked protests from coast to coast.Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville Metro Police sergeant who was shot in the…

Columbia County high schools to reopen full-time in January

The Columbia County School District will return high school students to classrooms full-time next semester, and parents still concerned over COVID-19 have a little more than a week to decide whether they want to keep their children home.Parents of learn-from-home students at the county’s five public high schools are being sent letters with a link…

Oct. 21, 1888: Gen. Sherman writes a letter to The Augusta Chronicle editor

He left Atlanta and Columbia in flames; Why not Augusta? Top Featured Tags: – Georgia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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