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Goats have saved $21,145 in Augusta pond maintenance expenses

...last, laughs best," said Com missioner Marion Williams, who first suggested the city use goats, at a Richmond County Board of Health meeting in early 2014.The goats have reduced vegetation at seven south Augusta detention ponds ? on Sanderling...
Richmond County Development Authority wants extension for jobs news

Augusta committed to improve conditions at a corporate park if a major manufacturer announces plans to locate here, but the announcement is now on hold.
Augusta's goat program to control vegetation is 'very successful'

...been split up and moved to munch on two new overgrown spots.Using the goats was suggested during a January Richmond County Board of Health meeting. Officials hoped that controlling vegetation would reduce mosquito-breeding sites cheaply. The...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.