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Drone ordinance will be done before March 31st: Augusta Mayor says

Drone ordinance will be done before March 31st: Augusta Mayor says

Augusta Commission is still undecided on what the city’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone ordinance would look like but Mayor Hardie Davis has said that the ordinance will be done by the end of the March.

The Augusta Sheriff’s Office has long been pushing city authorities for a permanent drone ordinance, but some commissioners are still saying that a permanent solution will not get off the ground anytime soon.

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Augusta murder defendant’s blood found throughout crime scene: DNA analyst says

Augusta murder defendant’s blood found throughout crime scene: DNA analyst says

Murder defendant Justin Pillsbury’s blood was found throughout the Augusta apartment where he allegedly killed his girlfriend, a DNA analyst told a panel of judges on Monday.

The DNA analyst told the jury Pillsbury’s blood was found smeared on the apartment’s front door, the cabinets and sink and microwave in the kitchen as well as part of the living room wall. Police also found the suspect’s blood on all but one of the four knives that detectives seized from the apartment.

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North Augusta’s newest commercial building project set to start this week

North Augusta’s newest commercial building project set to start this week

Construction of North Augusta’s newest commercial building in the city’s downtown district is finally set to start this week, raising hopes that it will provide a notable boost to the local economy.

The building was first proposed by Developer Brett Brannon, who is also the vice chairman of North Augusta Forward, in 2014. It took nearly a couple of years for the project to get green signal because it was marred by controversy and disagreements between the planning commission and city council.

Jason Lutz’s art embellishes traffic signal box in Augusta

Jason Lutz’s art embellishes traffic signal box in Augusta

The Greater Augusta Arts Council has teamed up with Augusta University to introduce a public art plan. Renowned artist Jason Lutz, who has been painting for more than three decades, has just completed his first project downtown.

Several iconic images from Second World War are embellishing a traffic signal box at a celebrated location on Fifth and Reynolds streets in Augusta.

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Trial for Augusta man accused of killing girlfriend set to begin

Trial for Augusta man accused of killing girlfriend set to begin

An Augusta man’s trial on a charge of murdering his girlfriend is set to begin, around 28 months after the victim was found in a pool of blood in their apartment.

A jury comprised of eleven men and five women was selected on Thursday to hear the case against 41-year-old Justin Pillsbury, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder. The indictment accuses him of intentional or depraved indifference murder -- the alternative forms of the same crime.

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Augusta to pay back money collected through improper sales taxes from Honeywell

Augusta to pay back money collected through improper sales taxes from Honeywell

The City of Augusta will have to pay back millions of dollars that it collected through improper sales taxes charged on airplane parts manufactured by Honeywell.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Honeywell was overcharged through sales tax on aircraft parts for three years by the Augusta-Richmond County. As the company was overcharged and made to pay taxes that it didn’t have to pay, it is due a refund from the city.

Augusta city council to consider revised historic district proposal on Thursday

Augusta city council to consider revised historic district proposal on Thursday

Augusta city councilors will reconsider the controversial plan that proposes to create a historic district encompassing much of west side of the city, including the downtown.

The controversial plan returned for reconsideration by city councilors following a review of the proposed ordinance by the state’s historic preservation officials.

Some residents and city councilors have expressed concerns that an additional layer of approval to do work on the buildings’ exteriors in the district could add time and cost to home repairs and renovations.

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