Richmond County Tax Increase Just Passed

Richmond County Tax Increase Just Passed

The Augusta Richmond County Commission just voted 5-5 for the 1.75 millage increase. Mayor Copenhaver had to break the tie. He voted for the millage increase. Newly appointed commissioner Ben Hasan ( at 11:30 this morning) and Mayor Deke are not too popular right now. Story developing…

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

In front of a packed chamber of frustrated Richmond County citizens, the Augusta Commission buckled and backed down from approving the proposed 1.75-mill property tax increase. For almost three hours, commissioners heard complaints from concerned citizens and debated the fallout of approving the first property tax increase in seven years. Even though Augusta’s Finance Director […]

Should Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Should Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Much of Augusta was surprised and saddened to hear of Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson’s resignation this past week. But considering the devastating loss of his wife to cancer earlier this year, it is completely understandable why Jackson may need to concentrate more time at home with his daughter and two sons. On Monday, Augusta commissioners […]

Run or Don’t Scam

Run or Don’t Scam

News 13 Daytona Beach FL 8/19/2014 “In less than a month, hundreds of runners were expecting to be doused in colored dye as they run a 3.1 mile course. At least 700 people paid to take part in the Run or Dye 5K in Daytona Beach. All runners were told the race was cancelled by […]

Getting the Last Laugh

Getting the Last Laugh

Poor Deke. In the twilight of his political career, at least as mayor of Augusta, lame duck Deke Copenhaver’s big finish is turning out to be a dud. It’s not that he’s not trying, he’s just not having much success. On August 14, we learned that after so much early promise (not to mention more […]

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire

I hear a heavy sigh from the passenger seat as I turn into the school parking lot. We’re headed to open house the Thursday before school starts and Nola, though she had spent a good couple of hours getting ready, is clearly displeased. She knew this day was coming but the sight of the building […]

Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

For many on this side of the river, their first experience with the Edgefield Daily, edgefielddaily.com, came with the story about the mountain biker allegedly attacked on the bike trail in Modoc, S.C., a story that continues to fuel visits to both the Edgefield Daily and the Metro Spirit website. “That story originally ran on […]

So what is it about Grovetown?

So what is it about Grovetown?

On the cusp of one of the biggest growth explosions imaginable, the city of Grovetown is anxious to put its best foot forward in every way possible. Yet two of the three candidates to qualify for the special election to fill the council seat held by the late Dale Stoddard are familiar for all the […]

Hardie Davis speaks his mind

Hardie Davis speaks his mind

While the entire country has been shocked and disheartened by the violence and tragedy that has occurred this past week in Ferguson, Mo., one elected official doesn’t mind sharing his opinion on the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. When The New York Times broke the story this past weekend that a private autopsy found […]

Fire Chief Chris James taking some heat

Fire Chief Chris James taking some heat

When the Augusta Commission voted earlier this month to increase the entry-level salary of firefighters more than $3,000 to about $30,000 a year, there was a lot of grumbling going on across Richmond County. Employees throughout the Municipal Building, who have been waiting years for a raise, were clearly upset. Underpaid deputies in the Richmond […]