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Three actively seeking appointment to District 7 commission seat

Competition is fierce but support varies among the three men jockeying to be the appointed replacement for resigned District 7 Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith.
West Nile case in Richmond County prompts new spraying of 'hot spots'

...which the person became infected locally, according to CDC."It's a bad situation," Koehle told the Richmond County Board of Health on Tuesday night. "Once you get a local (virus pool) established, you're going to have a problem...
Augusta residents, officials see progress in goat project

In just more than a week since nine goats were assigned to eat overgrown vegetation at an Augusta detention pond, officials and area residents are already noticing a difference.
Fear outweighs risk of Ebola, experts say

...acting director of the East Central Health District just launched into it at last week's meeting of the Richmond County Board of Health."OK, does anyone have questions about Ebola?" she asked board members.The lethal outbreak in Africa...
Search continuing for new director of East Central Health Disctrict

At least one applicant was to be interviewed Wednesday to become the next director of the East Central Health District headquartered in Augusta, the acting director said Tuesday night.
Goat project aimed at maintenance of detention ponds going to work Thursday in Hephzibah

...challenge.The goat project, similar to those employed by other cities, was spawned at a January meeting of the Richmond County Board of Health and brought to the Augusta Commission in May by Commissioner Marion Williams.
Augusta goat project gets under way

...on unwanted vegetation in other cities, Augusta's goat project was suggested in January at a meeting of Richmond County Board of Health as a way to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.Augusta Commission member Marion Williams, who serves on the...
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.