Georgia's medium-sized cities aren't entirely on their own when it comes to enrollment help under the Affordable Care Act. Federal health navigator grants went to organizations based either in Metro Atlanta or in Georgia's smallest communities. Places in the middle, such as Savannah and Columbus, weren't part of the recent award.
Some students who get in trouble in an east Georgia school system will be doing community service projects instead of being suspended. Richmond County's school board approved the program this week. It gives principals the option of assigning community service projects to students instead of short-term suspension for discipline issues.
Sheriff's officials in eastern Georgia say they're working to create a gang suppression task force to address youth violence. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said authorities know youth violence is a major problem in the Augusta area and officials are trying to break the cycle.
The sheriff in Augusta say improving safety downtown should include closing a section of Riverwalk Augusta overnight, installing security cameras and creating a new tax district to increase patrols in the downtown area. Sheriff Richard Roundtree presented his recommendations to the Augusta Commission on Monday.
The Richmond County Board of Elections decided Friday night that Executive Director Lynn Bailey should scrutinize a list of voters whose addresses appear to be vacant lots or abandoned houses. Bailey said she will present a full report next month along with a plan of action to improve the accuracy of the voting rolls.
Voters in Augusta and surrounding Richmond County could make history this Election Day by electing the county's first black sheriff. A victory for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history.
Two Georgia counties now are waiting on federal intervention to get district lines drawn for soon upcoming county and school board races. Lawmakers in Augusta's Richmond County and Metro Atlanta's Cobb County couldn't agree on new district maps.
Project wish lists for Georgia’s 12 transportation regions are almost complete. In 2012, voters will decide whether to pay a penny sales tax to fund the work. The process of whittling-down the lists -- and convincing voters to support them -- is a challenge for municipalities trying to serve voters locally, and support the region.