Bender What?

Bender What?

If you head out for a paddle at Betty’s Branch this Saturday, you might hear a lot of words you don’t understand. Let’s start with the obvious one: Benderdinker. “I made it up,” said Kristina Williams, founder of the paddle and festival. “Actually, my mom made it up. I was talking about going up to read more

The sex story heard ‘round the world

The sex story heard ‘round the world

The national headlines this week were harsh: “Mom loses 5 kids over sex party with daughter’s friends” — USA Today “Horny Georgia mom busted after AA sponsor told cops she had sex with daughter’s friends at naked Twister party”– New York Daily News “Georgia Woman Arrested for Hosting ‘Naked Twister’ Party for Underage Daughter,” – read more

Killing of Walter Scott isn’t an open-and-shut case

Killing of Walter Scott isn’t an open-and-shut case

Many consider Officer Michael Slager’s arrest for the killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C. as evidence that the justice system works. However, it is not enough to simply say that the justice system works because it responded to an incident where a police officer was caught on video shooting a fleeing suspect in read more

Letter from the Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers: This issue marks our fourth anniversary publishing the Metro Spirit under my ownership. As many of our readers know, the paper was founded in 1989, then sold to an out-of-town concern in the mid 2000s. I was promoted from sales slug to publisher by the new owners, where I stayed for a couple read more

The Impact of “Deliverance”

The Impact of “Deliverance”

Long before moviegoers watched in horror as actor Ned Beatty was forced to strip off his clothes and told to “squeal like a pig” during a film set in the rural mountains of North Georgia, there was the novel by Atlanta writer and poet James Dickey that started it all. It’s been 45 years since read more

Healthy Equals Delicious at DiChicko’s

Healthy Equals Delicious at DiChicko’s

Sandwiches lend themselves to creativity — with a bit of imagination, you can concoct some of the most outrageously mouth-watering mountains of bread and goodness-knows-what-else and there are no limits. Sure, you can say the same of pizza, and casseroles, and maybe other food types I’m not thinking of right now, but they are not read more

Tim Shelnut starts anew… on Facebook

Tim Shelnut starts anew… on Facebook

Earlier this month, a few Augustans who are active on social media recognized a familiar face on Facebook. Former University System of Georgia regent and former owner of The Columbia County News-Times Tim Shelnut had started a brand new and improved Facebook page. His old page dated back to 2012 and, apparently, he was ready for read more

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Spring has freakin’ sprung. We’re covered in pollen, hardly able to breathe, but we still want to get outside, make some memories and enjoy the weather before Augusta turns into a sweaty furnace of molten lava and mosquitoes for five months. On post this weekend there’s a chance to do all that without having to read more

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Sandwiches lend themselves to creativity — with a bit of imagination, you can concoct some of the most outrageously mouth-watering mountains of bread and goodness-knows-what-else and there are no limits. Sure, you can say the same of pizza, and casseroles, and maybe other food types I’m not thinking of right now, but they are not read more

Cabbies with guns vs. Uber: Tough Choice

Cabbies with guns vs. Uber: Tough Choice

During a crucial Masters Week where it was announced that the immensely convenient, ride-sharing app Uber would be available for the first time in Augusta area, what happens? A 60-year-old Yellow Cab driver from Augusta shoots another fellow Yellow Cab driver at the Augusta Regional Airport this past Friday, during the peak of the Masters read more