Award-winning journalist Sandy Hodson The Augusta Press courts reporter. She is a native of Indiana, but she has been an Augusta resident since 1995 when she joined the staff of the Augusta Chronicle where she covered courts and public affairs. Hodson is a graduate of Ball State University, and she holds a certificate in investigative reporting from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. Before joining the Chronicle, Hodson spent six years at the Jackson, Tenn. Sun. Hodson received the prestigious Georgia Press Association Freedom of Information Award in 2015, and she has won press association awards for investigative reporting, non-deadline reporting, hard news reporting, public service and specialty reporting. In 2000, Hodson won the Georgia Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and in 2001, she received Honorable Mention for the same award and is a fellow of the National Press Foundation and a graduate of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting boot camp.
Bond set for former deputy jailer accused of bringing drugs to inmates
Judge rules previous bond set for former Richmond County deputy jailer accused of smuggling will stand for new charge as well.
Former teacher sentenced to 11.5 years in federal prison for purchasing sex with a Columbia County teen
Former Aiken County teacher sentenced to 11.5 years in federal prison for sexual encounter with young teen.
Alleged serial abuser pleads guilty to aggravated stalking and terroristic threats
A man accused of multiple incidents of domestic violence has pleaded guilty in one of the cases pending against him.
Augusta man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in friend’s choking death
Augusta man who strangled friend to death in 2019 pleads guilty to reduced charge. Sentence includes 10 years in prison.
Augusta man pleads guilty for shooting man who knocked down his 2-year-old son
An Augusta man pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 10 for shooting the man who knocked his 2-year-old son to the pavement and caused significant injury to the boy.
Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend
Man who strangled ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty to reduced charge Monday.
Midville man sentenced for operating cockfight operation
A Georgia man has bee sentenced to 16 months in prison for operating a cockfight operation in Midville.
Missouri man convicted of ‘interference with custody’ after luring Columbia County teen from home
A Missouri man who lured away a Columbia County teen and drove her more than 800 miles from home was convicted and sentenced to prison Thursday, Jan. 6.
Sims Brown to run for chief judge of Richmond County Magistrate Court
Carletta Sims Brown, the chief judge of the Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court, announced Thursday, Jan. 6, that she will run for election this year to keep the office.
Hephzibah couple indicted for elder abuse
A Hephzibah couple has been indicted for elder abuse after a 78-year-old woman was found covered in waste and maggot-infested wounds with her spinal cord exposed.