To avoid another Ferguson, we must 'be real' with one another

...I trust you because I know you are key to the question Rodney King asked. (The writer is a former Augusta City Council member and a retired labor relations manager from Bechtel Savannah River Inc.)

Washington Police Department defunded, closed by Council vote

...voted 4-3 to defund the police department at Thursday night's meeting, with Mayor Ames Barnett breaking the 3-3 council member tie. Members of council and Mayor Barnett debated for numerous weeks about closing the department in an effort to...

The Rev. Jerry Ragan named head of national fraternity of priests

...was ordained a priest in 1979 and has served at St. Mary since 2002. Previously, he served as the Southeastern council member in the national organization.As National Responsible, he plans to find a new home for the national headquarters...

Paine College hosts inaugural Hate Crime Prevention forum

...brief and to the point."A hate crime isn't directed towards a specific individual," the Human Rights Campaign council member said. "It's a message sent to an entire group of people."With nearly three dozen local residents in attendance...

Aiken deserves Stake

...the perspective of doing things the private-sector way. Mike Stake has this background, and will be a valuable council member, representing the taxpayers and the private sector.We have enough monuments built and proposed high-priced freeways...

Gold Cross wins Augusta EMS zone recommendation

...provide the service for an annual subsidy of $1.08 million, to be reduced each of the contract's three years.Council member Richard Schwartz, who opposed awarding the EMS zone to Gold Cross, said he expects the Augusta Commission to consider...

Aiken County sheriff gets support in plea for salary increases

...both Richmond and Columbia counties.Hunt had little convincing to do Tuesday, as every speaker ? resident and council member alike ? threw support behind a salary increase, and as the ordinance easily passed second reading."What would...

Scott's GOP victory sets up historic SC election

...aside, the November election itself has historic implications. Scott's Democratic challenger, Richland County Council member Joyce Dickerson, is also black. That means the general election will mark South Carolina's first-ever U.S...

With race as an eventual underlying issue, which candidate can best sway the majority?

...probably always will be.But we have a choice in whether to be a part of it.(The writer is a former Augusta City Council member and a retired labor relations manager from Bechtel Savannah River Inc.)

Democratic Senate hopefuls pledge to keep MOX open

...the project viable, saying he wasn't bothered by its growing price tag.A third Democrat, former York County Council member Sidney Moore, did not participate in the debate, saying he already had several campaign events scheduled for this...