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FEMA: Augusta broke federal regulations in ice storm cleanup contracts

...sole-source, noncompetitive bid awards to Ashbritt Environmental and Leidos Inc. for cleanup starting Feb. 25, two weeks after the storm dumped a rare inch of ice on the area, did not comply with FEMA regulations requiring a competitive procurement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-06-23/fema-augusta-broke-feder
The rainbow after the storm

...end result was a beautiful array of colors.The above photo sent to me by co-worker Janet Greene was taken soon after the storm, once again proving just how awe-inspiring Mother Nature can be. And, while on the topic of rainbows, ever wondered...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/preston-sparks/2009-06-20/rainbow
Barrow announces $1.9 million FEMA grant to Planters EMC for ice storm damage

...Planters Electric customers in McBean, a small community in south Augusta, remained without power almost a full week after the storm began."The ice storms earlier this year did a lot of damage to our homes and businesses in the 12th District...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-03/barrow-announces-19-million-
Termite season approaching, experts say

...winter ice storm should not result in higher instances of termite infestations yet.A stump, for example, left after the storm will provide a popular hangout for termites, but it will take a while for the bugs to increase in number. However...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-15/termite-season-approaching-ex
Professionals urge safety when using chain saws to cut storm-damaged trees, limbs

...Always stay scared of (a chain saw). It's a dangerous tool."Despite the increased usage of chain saws after the storm, Dr. Richard B. Schwartz, the chief of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents Medical Center, said accidents involving...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-04/experts-urge-safety-when-cutt
Aiken County debris removal 8-12 weeks from completion

...waiting nearly a month for crews to make it to his neighborhood.Martin said he put out his debris the first Monday after the storm and the day of his normal trash pickup."Since the first week, it has not been touched at all," Martin said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-03-21/aiken-county-debris-removal-8
Monica triumphs over personal tragedies with new album

...surrounding the release of Monica's third album, "After the Storm," are just a minor bump in the road compared with...attitude intact. She's also got a No. 1 album: "After the Storm" debuted at the top of the charts, selling about...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/30/mus_379901.shtml
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Rants & Raves

...appreciate y'all. Thank you very much, and God bless you.THE COUNTY IS really working hard to pick up the yard waste after the storm, but the people in the houses are not sweeping up after they pick everything up.QUIT THROWING ALL the fast-food...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-03-10/rants-raves
Atlanta a mess day after storm

...jam that lasted into Wednesday. It wasn't clear exactly how many people were still stranded on the roads, a day after the storm hit the Deep South on Tuesday, paralyzing the region. And the timing of when things would clear and the highways...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-01-29/atlanta-mess-day-after-storm
Augusta traffic chief named interim deputy administrator

...responsibilities in addition to his traffic engineering duties, which grew to include a massive debris removal effort after the storm.Cassell helped secure the two contractors, AshBritt Environ mental and Leidos, which he said Monday had completed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-10/augusta-traffic-chief-na