Latest Rob Pavey Stories

2008-08-20 03:00:25

By Rob Pavey A proposal to add two new reactors to Plant Vogtle cleared a major hurdle Monday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's finding that there are no environmental impacts to prevent issuing an early site permit. Southern Nuclear filed its Vogtle early site permit application Aug. 15, 2006. The company has also applied for a Combined Operating License to build and operate two AP1000 reactors on the site on the Savannah River 26 miles downstream from Augusta. The early...

2008-07-22 03:00:26

By Rob Pavey It's a statistic rescue workers know all too well: When water levels go down, drownings go up. This year, with Thurmond Lake 11 feet low and most designated swimming beaches unusable, lake visitors are seeking unfamiliar waters that are often deeper and more dangerous. Since May, four people have drowned while swimming near Lake Springs and West Dam recreation areas, where the most recent victim - 9-year-old Jonathan Tyler Thomas of Augusta - died Sunday. Although...

2008-07-09 03:00:16

By Rob Pavey A stalled effort to renovate New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam might get funding help from an unlikely source: the planned expansion of Savannah Harbor 200 miles downstream. The 71-year-old Army Corps of Engineers dam near Augusta needs $22 million in renovations before it can be turned over to local governments to manage as a water supply structure. Although Congress authorized the repair project in 2000, it never funded the repairs - and no appropriations are in...

2008-07-04 03:00:20

By Rob Pavey NORTH AUGUSTA - Brian Gandy gets rid of weeds the old-fashioned way. "We pull them," he said, strolling between tomato vines at one of the area's most unusual gardens. As manager of Blue Clay Farm at the Hammond's Ferry community, Mr. Gandy's mission is to develop one of the region's first organic farms. Chemical weed killers, he said, are strictly off limits - as are the array of pesticides used on conventional farms. "We do use bag fertilizer, but it would come...

2008-06-14 03:00:17

By Rob Pavey State Climatologist David Stooksbury's semi-monthly drought update has rolled a growing number of upstate Georgia counties into the "extreme drought" category. Augusta, which recorded its first triple-digit temperatures of the year this week, remains in the "moderate" category, but not for long, Dr. Stooksbury told The Augusta Chronicle on Thursday morning. "Last year, the Augusta area escaped the worst of the drought," he said. "This year, if I was making planning...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.