With ceremonial tee shots from three of golf's greatest players, the Masters has started on an overcast day. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — with 13 green jackets between them — each struck a ball off the first tee to begin the first major of the year Thursday.
Golfers will take their first swings at Augusta National Golf Club Monday morning as practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament. It’s been a banner year for housing rentals in the tournament’s host city.
A bridal expo Sunday was the debut show at the Augusta Convention Center, which hasn't even officially opened yet. The convention hall will celebrate its official grand opening next week on Thursday with a business expo sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
Federal accounting watchdogs say a facility near Augusta designed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel is $2 billion over budget. A General Accountability Office report issued last week also says the mixed-oxide or MOX plant is years behind schedule.
Employees at a beef processing plant in Augusta were evacuated from the building and sent home after an ammonia leak. Steve Hixon, director of marketing at FPL Foods, said some employees were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluations.
An Augusta non-profit wants state regulators to change their minds about who they want to conduct water monitoring on the Ogeechee River. Georgia Environmental Protection Division officials last year chose Georgia Southern University as the institution to study the river after a massive fish kill in 2011. The GSU study would take place over three years but could last longer.
Nuclear power opponents are alleging Solyndra-style problems in the $8 billion federal loan guarantee for Georgia's Vogtle nuclear reactor project. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says high-level political appointees have interfered with key decisions in the delayed and over-budget nuclear plant. The alliance says the project received favorable loan terms that are out-of-sync with the present market.
International Paper has announced the company will soon eliminate 75 positions at its mill in Augusta. The February eliminations are a result of the company shutting down one of three paperboard production lines at its plant in Augusta.