Yearly Archives: 2013

Augusta-Richmond County was one of eight counties nationally identified in the National Association of Counties (NACo) 48-page November profile of “Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action.” This publication highlights counties that are applying innovative approaches to economic development to bolster economic growth and improve community quality of life. In researching these successful counties, three common themes emerged – long-range planning; support for targeted industries, local businesses and entrepreneurs; and workforce development. Augusta-Richmond County was one of only three counties featured for successful initiatives in each of these categories.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver says, “This report from NACo is a wonderful tribute to years of dedication and vision that many within this community have shared. City leaders along with our wonderful team of economic development professionals have allowed for this vision to become a reality, allowing our city to prosper for years to come. I appreciate all who have worked, and continue to work, so diligently in allowing Augusta-Richmond County to become all that it can be.

The report highlights Augusta-Richmond County’s use of long-range planning and infrastructure development to breathe new life into its urban center and as a result was able to withstand the recession and attract new investments and improve regional quality of life. NACo also commends Augusta-Richmond County for leveraging its transportation and infrastructure assets and creating partnerships with major firms in the manufacturing sector. Finally, the report applauds the county for its investment in workforce training programs and partnerships with local universities to develop a more advanced workforce and attract and retain growing businesses.

Commissioner Alvin Mason commented, “To receive this type of recognition from the National Association of Counties is awesome, and speaks volumes about the collaborative effort between the Augusta Economic County Development Authority, The Mayor’s Office and the County Commission, as we have all worked together for a better Augusta”.

Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson remarked that “This is a testament to the hard work and effort we all have put forth to build Augusta to be a sustainable community”.

The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nations 3,069 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. Source: Augusta Mayor’s Office Press Release Date: 12/6/2013

WJBF Press Release

Jennie Montgomery, WJBF Anchor

University Health Care System has been named the 2013/2014 Consumer Choice Award winner by the National Research Corporation (NRC) for the 15th year in a row.

The award identifies hospitals that health care consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in more than 300 markets throughout the U.S.Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Ticker Survey.

This study surveys more than 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. University is one of an elite group of hospitals nationwide, and the only one in the region, to win the award each year since 1999.

“University’s employees, physicians, volunteers and board members are incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award for the 15th consecutive year,” said James Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System. “We all strive every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients, and we plan to continue to do so far into the future.”

University is the clear leader in 25 categories, including:

Emergency Department
Heart Care
Home Health
Hospital Inpatient Stay
Imaging Services
Most Personalized Care
Most Preferred Overall
Outpatient Surgery
Outpatient Testing
Patient Safety
Physical Therapy
Plastic Surgery
Website Usage
Women’s Health/GYN

“We are thrilled to offer this annual award because we understand how important the role of reputation plays in healthcare consumer decision-making,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and Chief Operating Officer at National Research. “These winners have done an outstanding job of representing their organizations in terms of high quality care, improvement initiatives, and positive consumer perceptions and experiences. The consumers have spoken. And we congratulate the winning hospitals in receiving this honor.”

Grammy Foundation News Release


U.S. High Schools in the Running for Grants for Music Excellence
Supported in Part by Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, and Journeys
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 20, 2013) The GRAMMY Foundation ( today
announced that 123 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists
( for 2014. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top
U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.
Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music
program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National
GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools. For schools that are
economically underserved, the GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise Award category to recognize the
efforts in music education made by these schools. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through
the generous support of Converse, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, and Journeys.
“The GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools across the U.S. that are
providing excellent music education programs for their students,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording
Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. “Many of these schools face serious economic challenges, so it’s truly inspiring to
see this level of commitment to arts education and to the students who benefit from this type of curriculum.”
In mid-March 2014, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools
program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $15,000 to
benefit their music program.
The 2014 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists:

Abington Senior High School Abington, Pa.
Allen High School Allen, Texas
Arizona School for the Arts Phoenix
Ashland High School Ashland, Wis.
Athens Drive High School Raleigh, N.C.
Bangor Area High School Bangor, Pa.
Batavia High School Batavia, Ill.
Bay Port High School Green Bay, Wis.
Bay Shore High School Bay Shore, N.Y.
Bellport High School Brookhaven, N.Y.
Bergenfield High School Bergenfield, N.J.
Berkley High School Berkley, Mich.
Biloxi High School Biloxi, Miss.
Broadview Public School Broadview, Mont.
Buchanan High School Clovis, Calif.
Cabell Midland High School Ona, W. Va.
Canton High School Canton, Conn.
Cazenovia High School Cazenovia, N.Y.
Charles C. D’Amico High School Albion, N.Y.
Cherry Creek High School Greenwood Village, Colo.
Clear Lake High School Houston
Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Coral Reef Senior High School Miami
Davis Senior High School Davis, Calif.
Decorah High School Decorah, Iowa
Detroit School of Arts High School Detroit
Diamond Bar High School Diamond Bar, Calif.
Dover-Eyota High School Eyota, Minn.
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Washington, D.C.
Eastridge High School Rochester, N.Y.
Eden Prairie High School Eden Prairie, Minn.
Edinburg North High School Edinburg, Texas
Eldred Junior Senior High School Eldred, N.Y.
Elk Grove High School Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Esperanza High School Anaheim, Calif.
Ferndale High School Ferndale, Mich.
Ferris High School Spokane, Wash.
Flower Mound High School Flower Mound, Texas
Folsom High School Folsom, Calif.
Foothill High School Henderson, Nev.
Fox Lane High School Bedford, N.Y.
Foxborough High School Foxboro, Mass.
Freeport High School Freeport, Ill.
Garden City High School Garden City, N.Y.
Glenbard East High School Lombard, Ill.
Guilderland High School Guilderland Center, N.Y.
Harrison High School Harrison, N.Y.
Harriton High School Rosemont, Pa.
Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin, Ill.
Hellgate High School Missoula, Mont.
Hendersonville High School Hendersonville, Tenn.
Herricks High School New Hyde Park, N.Y.
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Houston
Hilton High School Hilton, N.Y.
Hopkins High School Minnetonka, Minn.
Iowa City West High School Iowa City, Iowa
Irvine High School Irvine, Calif.
John Burroughs High School Burbank, Calif.
John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Great Neck, N.Y.
John P. Stevens High School Edison, N.J.
John S. Davidson Fine Arts School Augusta, Ga.
Johnson City High School Johnson City, N.Y.
Kamiak High School Mukilteo, Wash.
Kenmore East High School Tonawanda, N.Y.
Kenwood Academy High School Chicago
Lake Braddock Secondary School Burke, Va.
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Las Vegas
Lebanon High School Lebanon, Ohio
Legacy High School North Las Vegas
Liverpool High School Liverpool, N.Y.
Los Gatos High School Los Gatos, Calif.
Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Detroit
Mercer Island High School Mercer Island, Wash.
Metea Valley High School Aurora, Ill.
Milford Central School Milford, N.Y.
Mineola High School Garden City Park, N.Y.
Mira Costa High School Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Monroe-Woodbury High School Central Valley, N.Y.
Mt. Eden High School Hayward, Calif.
Naperville North High School Naperville, Ill.
Nederland High School Nederland, Colo.
Niskayuna High School Niskayuna, N.Y.
North Allegheny Senior High School Wexford, Pa.
Northland Preparatory Academy Flagstaff, Ariz.
Northville High School Northville, Mich.
Northwood High School Irvine, Calif.
Omaha North High Magnet School Omaha, Neb.
Osbourn High School Manassas, Va.
Pennsbury High School Fairless Hills, Pa.
Piscataway High School Piscataway, N.J.
Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School Plainview, N.Y.
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Pulaski High School Pulaski, Wis.
Randolph High School Randolph, N.J.
Red Hook High School Red Hook, N.Y.
Richland Center High School Richland Center, Wis.
Robertsdale High School Robertsdale, Ala.
Rocky Mountain High School Fort Collins, Colo.
Sayville High School Sayville, N.Y.
SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Greenville, S.C.
Seaholm High School Birmingham, Mich.
Shiloh High School Snellville, Ga.
Spring High School Spring, Texas
St. Joseph High School St. Joseph, Mich.
State College Area High School State College, Pa.
Strath Haven High School Wallingford, Pa.
The Chicago High School for the Arts Chicago
Thomas Jefferson High School San Antonio
Toledo School for the Arts Toledo, Ohio
Walden III Racine, Wis.
Walnut High School Walnut, Calif.
Walter Johnson High School Bethesda, Md.
Warren Central High School Indianapolis

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the
contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and
activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in
partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as
the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events starting January 4-5, 2013. The festivities will commemorate the long awaited opening of the facility that will change the landscape and skyline of the campus.

The Service of Consecration will take place Friday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Although the Service of Consecration is free and open to the public, a ticketed event will occur later during the evening at 7p.m. inside the new HEAL Complex. For the first time, since the commencement of the construction in October 2011, the public will have an opportunity to tour and experience the new HEAL Complex during the Grand Opening Reception. Admission for the reception is $50.00 per person. The festivities will carry over to Saturday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by the first basketball game that will be played in the HEAL gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

The new HEAL Complex is a world class facility that will be at the heart of campus life experience, said Dr. Bradley. We wanted to commemorate the opening of this facility in a special way. We are even more excited that the new HEAL Complex will open just in time to welcome the spring 2013 semester and new and returning students.

“The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as a hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that are facing the community,” said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. We are excited to share this edifice and its programming with the Richmond County Community.

The new home for the Paine College Athletic Department, this contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Also accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College’s intercollegiate competitions for the Lions volleyball, men and womens basketball teams in the new 2,400 seat arena.

The series of events that will commemorate the opening of the new HEAL Complex will be a fantastic opportunity for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Community to experience the state-of-the-art facility and will mark a momentous and historic occasion, commented Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. I would like to thank the HEAL Consecration Ceremony Committee, chaired by alumnus, Dr. Roscoe Williams, for their tireless work over the last six months to develop this historic Grand Opening of the HEAL Complex! We are especially grateful to R.W. Allen LLC for sponsoring the Grand Opening Reception that will take place Friday evening. RW Allens generous support helped to bring to life the vision of the committee.

Paine College Press Release