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VA vows focus on customer service

Posted: 11/10/2014 - The department will hire a chief customer service officer and will create a single regional framework that will encompass all aspects of the agency, from health care to benefits, loan centers and even cemetery plots. The VA now has nine organizational maps and at least a dozen websites, many with their own user names and passwords.

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SC asks for dismissal of gay marriage challenge

Posted: 11/10/2014 - Attorney General Alan Wilson argues in court documents filed Monday that a federal case brought by a same-sex couple in Charleston should be dismissed.

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UPDATE | City of Augusta updates policy on grass cutting, charging homeowners

Updated: 11/10/2014 - If you don't cut your grass the city can do it for you and send you a bill without telling you. One homeowner says it's not fair and he got the clean up bill with no explanation. Just telling him to pay up. News 12 spoke to one Augusta commissioner who says the ordinance needs some changing.

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Defeated Rep. John Barrow selling his Augusta home

John Barrow

Updated: 11/10/2014 - Barrow lived in Athens when he was first elected in 2004, but GOP lawmakers twice redrew his 12th District seat to leave him politically homeless. To stay within his district, Barrow moved to Savannah in 2006 and then to Augusta in 2012.

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Sheriff's Office requesting new equipment

Updated: 11/10/2014 - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says to better protect us they need some new gear, but it's not going to be cheap. This week they'll be asking to re-allocate thousands of dollars to buy new guns and other equipment.

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Augusta sports council hopes rowing will boost tourism

Updated: 11/10/2014 - Sunday Augusta hosted the US Rowing National Championship for the first time.The race was a successful ending to a weekend full of rowers. But the Augusta Sports Council hopes this is also the start of a new trend in Augusta.

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VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

Posted: 11/07/2014 - The VA has been under intense scrutiny since a whistleblower reported that dozens of veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital, and that appointment records were falsified. Since then problems have been revealed at VA sites across the country.

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City has plans for Aiken's northside

Updated: 11/07/2014 - Aiken City Council is moving forward with a plan to continue it’s revitalization efforts of Aiken’s Northside.

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Background checks may be needed before entering Fort Gordon

Updated: 11/07/2014 - Anyone without a Department of Defense ID will now have to go though a background check done before going on post, Fort Gordon confirmed. The background check takes about 15 minutes and a social security number and ID are needed to complete the check.

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Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq

Iraq

Posted: 11/07/2014 - The White House says the troops won't serve in a combat role, but will train, advise and assist Iraqi military and Kurdish forces fighting IS.

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