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Augusta’s Bridge Fund playing crucial role in supporting cancer patients

Augusta’s Bridge Fund playing crucial role in supporting cancer patients

The disease of cancer not only hurts the victim physically and mentally but also financially. The deadly disease forces most of the victims to leave their job or decrease the amount of work they can do. For most of the patients, the pending bills start to soar as they have to reduce their work timings. And that is when Augusta Health's Cancer Services Bridge Fund steps in to help patients to bridge the gap.

As the name suggests, the Cancer Services Bridge Fund helps the patients in meeting their higher expenses when they are in a critical situation and no other help is available.

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Mayor Copenhaver defends property tax hike

Mayor Copenhaver defends property tax hike

Mayor Deke Copenhaver on Monday defended the Augusta Commission's decision to make an increase in property tax rate, saying it was time to do something.

Augusta commissioners approved a nearly $8 million property tax hike. They voted 5-5, forcing Mayor Copenhaver to break the tie in favor of the increase in property tax rate.

When asked after the vote if the tax hike could be described as the Mayor Copenhaver tax hike because everything was finally dependent on his vote, Copenhaver said no, and pointed out that there were five other votes in favor of the hike.

Augusta Commission’s approval sought for ladder-truck refurbishment

Augusta Commission’s approval sought for ladder-truck refurbishment

The Augusta Fire Department is seeking Augusta Commission's approval to resurrect one of its decommissioned aerial ladder trucks.

In a proposal that was placed before the Public Safety committee on Monday, the fire department has named Pennsylvania-based Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp as the vender for the ladder-truck refurbishment. The department also stated in the proposal that it negotiated a final price of $278,105 with the vendor for the refurbishment.

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Augusta authorities struggling to figure out how to improve revenue

Augusta authorities struggling to figure out how to improve revenue

Augusta authorities are once again struggling to figure out how to raise more revenue to patch the city's growing budget hole, after the city Commission shot down an ordinance calling for 1.75-mill hike in property tax.

The ordinance shot down by Augusta commission on Tuesday was anticipated to generate additional revenue of $7.9 million annually for the city. But, the commission disapproved it as it would have put an additional burden of $96 on residents in taxes on a property worth $150,000.

ALS ice bucket challenge raises nearly $23 million nationally

ALS ice bucket challenge raises nearly $23 million nationally

The "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," which challenges people to dump a bucket of icy water over their heads or make a donation to fight ALS, has raised nearly $23 million across the country, so far this year.

According to fresh figures released by the ALS Association, the challenge raised $22.9 million as of Tuesday. The figure is surprising much higher compared to $1.9 million collected through the challenge over the same period of time last year.

The ALS Association also claimed that the challenge also brought in more than 450,000 new donors to support the ongoing fight against ALS.

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Hackers steal patients’ information from Trinity

Hackers steal patients’ information from Trinity

Community Health Systems Inc., the parent firm of Trinity Hospital of Augusta, on Monday admitted that hackers managed to break into its computer systems and slipped away with personal information belonging to some of its patients.

In a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said it was the target of a criminal cyber attack, most probably by Chinese hackers, who hacked into its cyber system in April, and than again in June this year.

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Two Augusta girls qualify for national golf finals

Two Augusta girls qualify for national golf finals

Emma Chen of Augusta finished second in the girls 10-11 age group in Monday's sub-regional golf event, securing a berth in the regional finals that are scheduled to take place on September 15 at TPC Sugarloaf.

According to 10-year-old Chen's Drive, Chip & Putt scorecard, she scored 31 points in driving, 30 points in chipping and 40 points in putting.

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