Columbia County Republican Breakfast Announced

February 24, 2009

WNRR Augusta:

Michael V. Wiltse

PO Box 1482

Evans, GA 30809





Columbia County Republican Party Monthly Breakfast


EVANS, GA – The Columbia County Republican Party will hold our monthly breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 28th, at Fatz Cafe on Belair Rd in Evans.

Our speaker will be Dr Wayne Moseley.   He will speak on “Why Capitalism Works”.

Dr Moseley is an orthopedic surgeon and a colonel in the Air National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served as the state co-chair of Veterans for McCain.  He plans to run for the 12th Congressional District seat in 2010.


The cost for the breakfast is $6 per person. Reservations are not required.


Please visit the Columbia County Republican Party web site at, or call 706-955-2012 for more information.


The Columbia County Republican Party is a non-profit political organization dedicated to the principles of the Republican Party.


GA Plans ‘Fay’ Response

August 20, 2008

WNRR Augusta – FEMA



ATLANTAThe Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the plans and preparatory activities of numerous federal agencies in close communication with state, tribal and local officials as Tropical Storm Fay continues to affect large portions of Florida . 


The robust system put in place by the state of Florida is meeting all the initial response and recovery needs.  Georgia , Alabama , North Carolina , South Carolina and other states along the storm’s predicted path are also stepping up their own preparations.  FEMA and its federal partners are in close communications with Florida and other states to review plans and respond to any request for assistance.


Snapshot of Federal Activities:


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • FEMA has brought its National Response Coordination Center and its Regional Response Coordination Centers to heightened states of readiness.
  • FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, Mobile Emergency Response System Detachments, and the National Incident Management Assistance Team East have been alerted and are standing by for potential deployment.
  • FEMA logistics commodities pre-staged in Florida :
    • 746,000 meals (35 trailers);
    • 9,600 tarps;
    • 616 rolls (20×100) of plastic sheeting.
  • Fourteen Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are standing by for deployment if needed.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

  • USACE has Planning and Prime Power Teams on alert.

 The American Red Cross (ARC)

  • ARC deployed 506 staff to Florida to support:
    • 29 shelters providing assistance to more than 1,300 people.
    • Deployment of supplies from three warehouses located in the state.


U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

  • USCG has an Incident Management Team on alert.
  • USCG is working to reopen ports impacted by the storms and to bring other ports back to full capacity.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • HHS has placed one Disaster Medical Assistance Team on alert and notified three additional teams to be prepared, should they be needed, to deploy.
  • HHS has five caches of emergency medical supplies on hand in Florida .


U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • DOT is monitoring traffic patterns relating to voluntary evacuations and the potential for additional evacuations.
  • DOT has 500,000 sandbags on hand to assist with flood protection measures along critical transportation routes.
  • DOT is communicating with the state and private sector to monitor fuel levels.  Approximately 85 percent of gas stations along evacuation routes report sufficient fuel on hand to support any evacuations.

The U.S. Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and the National Infrastructure Coordination Center all report a heightened state of awareness and updated planning activities to facilitate an efficient response.


FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. 


Traffic: Columbia County Blasting Planned

June 10, 2008

WNRR Augusta – (Colco Press Release)

Message from Kay Allen…


Dynamite blasting will occur for the next two weeks in the High Meadows Subdivision area, off Chamberlin Road . The first blast will occur tomorrow (June 10th) around 1:00 P.M.  There will be 4 shots in all. We will notify you when each of these additional shots will take place. This activity will probably not be heard since restrictions require commercial blasters to keep both the noise and impact to a very low level.


Newsradio Exclusive: A.K. Hasan States Platform

May 7, 2008

WNRR Augusta – During an exclusive interview on People And Issues With Helen, Georgia State Representative candidate A.K. Hasan unveiled his platform for his new campaign. “Education is my top priority” Hasan said Wednesday. “My decades of experience in this field make me confident on making a difference on this issue”, he added. Hasan spoke in his first long form radio interview since qualifying for the race. Helen Blocker-Adams, host of the program, is featuring local candidates before the upcoming July primaries.

GA Officials: CSRA Unemployment Rise

April 24, 2008

WNRR Augusta (GA Labor Release)

ATLANTA “ The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the
unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) rose to 6.1
percent in March, up one-tenth of one percent from 6.0 percent in
February. And, the rate is up one full percentage point over the year, from
5.1 percent in March of 2007.

Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent
from February to March. But, the rate is up 1.2 percent over the year,
from 4.1 percent in March of 2007.  

The current state rate is one-tenth of one percent higher than the U.S.
unadjusted rate of 5.2 percent.  

While the state rate was unchanged, preliminary data from February to
March show Georgia gained 10,200 payroll jobs, an increase of two-tenths
of one percent.

Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available


Downtown Prepares For ‘Tour De Georgia’

April 21, 2008


WNRR Augusta – Augusta is host to Stage 2 of this year’s Tour De Georgia. The annual cycling competition will take competitors through many of the scenic and historic areas of the state. This year’s route will take cyclists from Savannah, to Statesboro, then to Augusta. From Augusta the route heads to Atlanta.

Downtown Augusta traffic will be interrupted Tuesday, from about 2pm until after the race passes through the area, until about 4pm. WNRR will have coverage as the tour passes through downtown. For a look at the route, see the attached map, directly from the tour’s official web site.