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Commission votes no on property tax increase

...working on that things are going to be done different," Lockett said. "But, at this juncture, we have got to the pay the bills. We've got to do it because the state says you will have a balanced budget."Residents from all corners of the county...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-08-19/commission-votes-no-prop
Ripe for reform

...and the bottom up.Yet, as Military Times reports, fewer than 500 of the VA's 380,000 employees are covered by the bill's streamlined termination and discipline provisions. And even then, "it's unclear whether they face any real threat...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-08-17/ripe-reform
Ed Rees: It's OK to admit troubles, seek help

...your job in general, or your marriage is headed for the rocks ? again. Maybe there's never enough money to pay all the bills, and it looks like little Johnny is headed for the alternative school for discipline problems.In the hallowed sanctuary...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/your-faith/2014-08-15/ed-rees-its-ok-admit-tro
County residents decry new tax increase at public hearings

...the other side of Kissingbower Road."Commissioner Donnie Smith used his own tax bill for $1,470 as an example.In the bill, some $700 goes to the school system, approximately $300 for garbage, $75 for fire protection and $92 for streetlights...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-08-11/county-residents-decry-n
Georgia roads: Bad, getting worse

...or whatever it is and don't raise revenue, that is a huge hole in the (general) budget."DOT only got stuck with the bill for its bonds because a previous governor wanted to tap what were then flush gas-tax revenues to fund bonds for other...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-08-09/georgia-roads-bad-gettin
Panthers to get key pieces back on offense

...said.That should help an offense that managed just 75 total yards in the first half of Carolina's 20-18 loss to the Bills.Rivera said he expects the starters to play more than a typical second preseason game ? probably about 40 plays.Newton...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-08-10/panthers-get-key-pieces-back-
Cam Newton rests as Carolina Panthers fall to Buffalo Bills

...defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-18 Friday night in a preseason game.EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second consecutive game. Buffalo's first-team offense reached...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-08-08/cam-newton-rests-carolina-pan
South Carolina law attempts to keeps guns out of the hands of the mentally ill

...mentally incapable from handling a firearm have been in the books for years, State Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, said the bill provided courts and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division the mechanism it needed to properly report its findings...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-08/south-carolina-law-att
School bus cameras can be used to write tickets

...his colleagues, showed the teen's shoes lying in the roadway and her backpack on top of the bus. Two weeks later, the bill was on its way to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk."My goal is to have better compliance," said Alexander, R-Walhalla...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-08-07/school-bus-cameras-can-be-use
Tough under fire

...keep and bear arms ? an element so essential to liberty that the Founding Fathers ensconced it as the No. 2 item in the Bill of Rights ? is at least being recognized in the courts.Last week a federal district court struck down the District of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-07-31/tough-under-fire