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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 5:30am

Augusta Youth Programs Face Cuts

Youth programs would be eliminated and 13 employees would lose their jobs under a proposed $871,000 spending cut to Augusta's recreation department.

The Augusta Chronicle reported the plan involves five of the city's 16 recreation centers: Sand Hills, Carrie J. Mays, Diamond Lakes, Henry Brigham and Blythe.

The proposal comes as Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell looks for ways to trim $2.26 million from department budgets.

Russell said he will seek direction about the cuts at a commission meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m.