Dec. 3, 1998: Augusta sewage spill was bad one

DEC. 3, 1998A spill that forced raw sewage into the Savannah River was halted, but a collapsed pipe caused additional problems and water pollution.”The problem right now is, it’s so far under the ground the machines aren’t able to get down to it to fix it,” said Tom Wiedmeier, Augusta’s assistant director of utilities.The spill,…

100 Black Men of Augusta to hold COVID-19 relief, testing events

Aware of the devastating and disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on the Black community, the local chapter of a prominent Black men’s group is helping with resources like masks and hand sanitizer, where to seek financial relief and also the opportunity to join an innovative study for those at higher risk that will offer them…

Georgia COVID-19 numbers surge as more enter hospitals

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of some of Georgia’s hospitals told Gov. Brian Kemp in a meeting Wednesday that they’re seeing increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, although they said in some cases those infected with the coronavirus do not appear as gravely ill as patients who were hospitalized in earlier waves.The Republican governor continued to express…

Dec. 2, 1900: Sacred Heart church opens in Augusta

DEC. 2, 1900In ceremonies The Augusta Chronicle called “impressive,” the new Church of the Sacred Heart was dedicated on Greene Street.The service was elaborate, the music grand and inspiring, the day perfect and the attendance large, the newspaper noted.Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore dedicated the imposing edifice, and a solemn pontifical Mass followed.Built in a Victorian…

North Augusta Christmas tree lights up downtown

North Augusta leaders and residents sparked the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting at John C. Calhoun Park on Tuesday night.The cold air and clear skies made for a wintry night, but hundreds of multi-colored lights, the sound of a live band’s carols and an appearance by Santa Claus added up to a jolly…

‘It has to stop’: Georgia election official Sterling slams Trump, senators over fraud claims

ATLANTA — Georgia’s top election manager ripped into President Donald Trump Tuesday, as well as U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, for not doing more to tamp down unfounded claims of voting fraud after a local election worker was threatened with a noose.Gabriel Sterling, the state’s election implementation manager, called on the Republican president…

Will there be side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine? When can you get it? We answer your vaccine questions.

Vaccines are on the horizon in the U.S., and distribution could potentially begin by mid-December.Two companies – Pfizer and Moderna – have already applied for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their two-shot vaccine candidates, and more companies are expected to apply in the coming months.On Wednesday, the United Kingdom…

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