Susan McCord, Augusta Chronicle

Susan McCord

Augusta Chronicle

Augusta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Susan:

Surgeon General: Masks an “instrument of freedom”

Appearing in Augusta as part of the governor’s "wear a mask" tour, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Thursday a face mask is an "instrument of freedom," countering the opinion of many that putting one on infringes on personal liberty.The Trump-appointee flew into Augusta with Gov. Brian Kemp and both spoke at the Georgia Cancer Center."I’ve heard people say (a mask) is an imposition on my… → Read More

R&B Hall of Fame founder pitched idea to 8 cities before Augusta

Former Harlem Globetrotter LaMont Robinson found a welcoming response in Augusta after pitching plans to build a Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame Museum here, → Read More

Augusta mayor’s employee arrested again on upgraded charges

Mayor Hardie Davis’ program manager was arrested again late Tuesday on upgraded felony charges of aggravated assault and child cruelty.Maria Cook was charged Sunday with battery for allegedly strangling her teen daughter, who is paralyzed from the waist down, and tipping over her wheelchair. Davis suspended her from work Tuesday.Law enforcement documents said the incident was referred to the… → Read More

Augusta fire union calls for chief’s resignation

The head of the Augusta firefighters union Tuesday called for Fire Chief Chris James to resign or be fired, handing to the media flash drives full of evidence he said supports the demand."I hope you take a look at all of that information; I hope you take a look at any of those recordings," said Michael Tomaszewski, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3357."I want you… → Read More

Mayor suspends employee accused of choking disabled daughter

Mayor Hardie Davis has suspended his program manager Maria Cook after an incident Sunday in which she was arrested for allegedly choking her disabled daughter and tipping over her wheelchair.According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Cook’s teen daughter saw her mother looking through her things and demanded she return her purse.An argument became physical when the victim,… → Read More

Augusta fire union speaking out about issues

Augusta firefighters are going public Tuesday in opposition to what they say are bad policies of forced overtime and limited sick leave, inconsistent discipline and promotion, unsafe workplaces, corruption and more.The Augusta Professional Firefighters Local 3357 will be joined by the area Police Benevolent Association, the law enforcement union, at a 10 a.m. news conference, local President… → Read More

No changes planned for Woodrow Wilson boyhood home in Augusta

No plans are being made to change the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, according to Erick Montgomery, Historic Augusta director.On → Read More

Augusta mayor’s program manager arrested for battery

Maria Cook, program manager for Mayor Hardie Davis, was arrested Sunday for battery after allegedly trying to strangle her teenage daughter at their home.According to arrest warrants, around 6:15 p.m. Sunday Cook "attempted to choke" her 17-year-old daughter by wrapping her hands around her neck, leaving "strangulation marks" and causing "excessive physical pain."The daughter was taken by… → Read More

Augusta mayor’s program manager accused of battery

Maria Cook, the program manager for Mayor Hardie Davis, was arrested Sunday after allegedly trying to choke her teenage daughter at their home, → Read More

Augusta mayor’s assistant arrested for battery

Maria Cook, program manager for Mayor Hardie Davis, was arrested Sunday for battery in a domestic violence incident, authorities said.The Richmond County → Read More

Augusta attorney ’frustrated’ release of husband’s deleted emails seeking city work

Documents obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act show an Augusta firefighter deleted emails sent by the husband of former Fire Department attorney → Read More

Man dead in Dearing-area shooting

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a Friday shooting death.Around 2:20 a.m., authorities discovered the body of a man with at least one gunshot wound, GBI Agent-in-Charge Pat Morgan said.The man, not yet identified by the McDuffie County Coroner, was found in a home in the 4500 block of Hillman Gay Road near Dearing, Morgan said. → Read More

R&B Hall of Fame says Augusta site is ’official’, but mayor says otherwise

The National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame said Friday that it has chosen Augusta as its permanent home and will bring an induction ceremony next year, → Read More

R&B Hall of Fame says Augusta site is official, but mayor says otherwise

The National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame said Friday that it has chosen Augusta as its permanent home and will bring an induction ceremony to the city → Read More

Man shot, found dead in Augusta shopping center lot

Law enforcement and the Richmond County Coroner are investigating a shooting death at a west Augusta shopping center.Miguel Reyes, 36, lived in the 3200 → Read More

R&B Hall of Fame says Augusta site is ’official’

The National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame said Friday it has chosen Augusta as its permanent home and will bring an induction ceremony next year.Owner → Read More

Augusta Commission votes to keep park’s name

The Augusta Commission voted 6-3 Wednesday to keep the name of a downtown city park rather than rename it for Black victims of police and vigilante violence.Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy proposed renaming Augusta Common the "Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd Memorial Park." Several of his colleagues said the name was inappropriate because none of the victims had ties to… → Read More

Augusta Fire Department presentation sparks fury during closed commission meeting

A Wednesday closed meeting of the Augusta Commission grew extremely heated after Mayor Hardie Davis wouldn’t allow an item to be discussed.Augusta Fire Department Capt. Michael Tomaszewski was scheduled to speak to the commission behind closed doors and was waiting in the Zoom meeting waiting room prepared to speak.Commissioner Brandon Garrett said the presentation covered employee safety,… → Read More

Entertainment events on hold but new James Brown Arena plans moving forward

While most entertainment events are on hold and funds limited, Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority showed no signs of slowing plans to replace the → Read More

Augusta veterans cemetery plan alive but likely on hold

A resolution in support of a state veterans cemetery in Augusta was scheduled for discussion in the state Senate on Tuesday, but the project is likely on → Read More