December 2015

The Trans­por­ta­tion Investment Act marks a milestone this month with all of the area’s “Band 1” construction projects now underway. The panel of residents assigned to review spending of the regional 10-year transportation sales tax gave this phase of projects its blessing Wednesday. “There has been a huge amount of work done, without increasing the amount of staff,” said Augusta banker Phil...

Augusta residents will soon get to experience a treat that has been popular in Huntsville, Ala., for the last 44 years. Stanleo’s subs will be opening an Augusta location by mid-February of this year at the corner of Walton Way and 11th Street. Jeff Whitehead, owner of the Augusta location and a family friend of Huntsville owner Connie Ward, has been working...

Job growth in the coming year is expected to be moderate in Georgia, and Augusta’s is to be among the fastest, according to a university forecast released Wednesday. The overall state is predicted to add 1.8 percent to the number of jobs, about on par with the rest of the country. Augusta will be hiring more quickly at 2.5 percent, according...

In twos and threes, employees of Unisys came out of their new riverfront office to eat lunch Tuesday, lining up in front of Enrique Romero’s food truck. “Unisys is new to the area, but they coming from areas where they have big food truck markets,” Romero said. Romero let Unisys know his Brown Bag food truck would be parked outside. He has...

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday, earning the reward through stellar student performance on state and national assessments. Davidson was one of 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide to earn Blue Ribbon recognition this year. The reward is given to schools that have overall academic excellence, or to...

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s how Downtown Augusta is shaping up as a new wave of people enjoy business. There is definitely a change brewing downtown. Old businesses that offered more of a laid back atmosphere are moving out or upgrading and new businesses are opening. All are appealing to a younger, family...

Four months ago, when water park developers scrapped plans of building the attraction near Grovetown, they vowed it would be located elsewhere in the community, and an announcement Thursday by North Augusta and Aiken County officials saw the first step in that process come to fruition. A short video announcing the project listed May 2016 as the opening date and detailed...

The changeover at The Partridge Inn from independent boutique hotel to a Hilton-affiliated property is officially complete. The historic Walton Way hotel became the first in Georgia and just the 14th in the country this week to become part of Hilton Worldwide’s Curio boutique brand, which launched in June 2014 and consists of once-independent hotels hand-picked by Hilton for their “character...

As five schools in Rich­mond and Columbia counties begin implementing a new “cybersecurity” career pathway this summer, teachers and students are busy preparing for the new curriculum. Born out of a partnership with Fort Gordon’s Army Cyber Command, Georgia universities and Augusta’s major school systems, the new pathway is designed to train students in techniques needed to protect military and civilian...