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Health District Director on leave to July

Dr. Ketty Gonzalez sent an e-mail Friday afternoon announcing she would be taking a leave of absence until July.
Goats might be used to clear ponds

The Richmond County Board of Health is proposing a pilot program with two teams of perhaps three goats apiece, which would be placed inside a fenced and locked area at retention ponds in Richmond County to keep down overgrowth.
Augusta Commission rejects smoking ban

For the second time in less than two years, the Augusta Commission voted down a tougher ban on smoking in public places that would have included bars.
GRU TB testing not affected by shortage

A Georgia Regents University graduate student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and those who might have been exposed are being tested.
Health department looking for new nurse manager

The Richmond County Health Department is looking for a new county nurse manager, the Richmond County Board of Health learned Tuesday night.Carol Bryant left at the end of September to go to a home infusion company, East Central Health District...
Vote Echols for District 7

...record serving west Augusta for 12 years on the Richmond County Board of Education, as well as 10 years on the Richmond County Board of Health. His commitment to our community and to our children's education; a successful career; and devotion to...
Project Access in its 10th year of helping uninsured in Augusta

...400,000 at University's request and with the urging of Dr. Terrence Cook, then the chairman of the Richmond County Board of Health. Cook is now president of Project Access and chairman of its board of directors."We've been able to...
Similar message, different backgrounds in District 7 Augusta Commission race

...former president of the West Augusta Alliance, a coalition of neighborhood associations, and he served on the Richmond County Board of Health for a decade.What sets him apart from Smith is time, Echols said."You either need to be retired or self-employed...
'Food swamps' in Augusta lack healthy food

An Augusta Chronicle analysis of Richmond County found five Census tracts where there were virtually no healthy food options, what is also referred to as a "food desert."
TB patient gets second chance to comply with medical treatment

A tuberculosis patient who refused medical treatment - a decision that could have been lethal to himself and a public health danger - will have another chance to comply with the health department.