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Airbnb, Homeaway say they welcome fair, simple regulation

ATLANTA - Representatives of two of the largest vacation-rental marketing companies said Tuesday they welcome government regulation as long as it's simple and fair.
Air quality tests follow employees' illness at Augusta public defender's office

Air quality in the decrepit public defender's office was tested Friday to determine if insecticide may be the cause for several employees becoming ill.
Recreation survey finds Augustans favor trails over sports fields

In a recent survey of recreation needs for Augusta residents, respondents named the downtown riverwalk, Augusta Common and walking, hiking and biking trails - many of which are not city-run - as facilities most important to them.
Film incentives bring in major benefits for Georgia

...filming, production spending pumps millions of dollars straight into the local economy, said Will Hammargren, the director of the city's film office. Filmmakers also have a financial incentive to hire as many locals as possible.The exposure movies...
North Augusta could lose Kmart, gain new retailers

Metro Augusta could lose one of its last two Kmarts, if plans to demolish the North Augusta store on East Martintown Road progress.
Downtown merchants disappointed by canceled Masters Week events a while so when they come, they see new shops and they see new restaurants," said Wood ard, the executive director of the city's Down town Development Authority.She said she believes people will still flock downtown during Masters Week...
$244,000 for public restroom?

...portion would be about $49,000.At least one city councilor has raised concerns about the price. Rick Jones, director of the city's planning department, said the difficult location and special materials to be used contribute to the cost.
Soggy St. Pat's meant low alcohol sales

SAVANNAH -- Blame it on the rain. That's the consensus among the city and not-for-profit organizations behind the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival for the less than stellar sales of alcohol consumption wristbands this ye
Historic warehouse to be converted into downtown apartments

What opened in 1860 as a wagon factory on the corner of Ellis and Ninth streets will soon provide more downtown residential rentals.
Certain developments could be key to downtown's success

...average is our downtown living population, our downtown venues and our entertainment," said Woodard, the executive director of the city's Downtown Development Authority. "Where I think we are below par is the retail component ... and looking...