International Flair

International Flair

A beautiful woman. An unsuspecting shop employee. A not-so-chance meeting that leads to almost a month of agony for the man’s parents as they and the police try to free him from kidnappers. It almost sounds like a Liam Neeson thriller, in which the hero swoops in to rescue the victim and dispatch his tormentors. […]

Public housing at Regency Mall?

Public housing at Regency Mall?

It’s definitely commendable that Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett refuses to let the former Regency Mall site fade into distant memory, but the fact is, it’s time to move on. The fate of the former shopping center in south Augusta has to be a private-sector problem. Commissioners from south Augusta can’t continue to obsess about the […]

Honoring the 0.5 Percent

Honoring the 0.5 Percent

According to demographic research published by the Pew Research Center, “only about 0.5 percent of the American population has been on active military duty at any given time.” Because of this, it is probably difficult for many Americans to comprehend the challenges that face military personnel and their families. According to a public opinion poll […]

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

When Cathy Varnadore came up with the idea of Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival six years ago to honor the legacy of her late father, Joe Pond, she wanted to create an event that showcased his love of live bluegrass music, down-home barbecue cooking and, most importantly, family. Six years later, it’s clear Varnadore […]

Thundering Augusta

Thundering Augusta

The CSRA hosted a massive demonstration of community support for the country’s military at Evans Towne Center Park on Saturday, May 16. The largest privately funded Armed Forces Day celebration in the country, Thunder Over Augusta is the brainchild of three local businessmen — Donnie Thompson, Andy Jones and the late Dale Phelon — who […]

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

A funeral home director, a pool attendant, an electrician, a correctional officer, a restaurant manager, a deputy jailer, a soldier, a tire salesman and a pharmacy tech. These are only a few examples of the occupations of the 22 suspects arrested this week and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation here in Richmond […]

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

For fans of the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation starring actress Amy Poehler as city employee Leslie Knope, you’ll appreciate this comparison. But, for those of you who don’t know anything about the show, here’s a little history: Parks and Recreation is about a fictional town in south-central Indiana called Pawnee. It’s a quirky little town […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Those of you who haven’t been confining yourselves to the sea of bland corporate restaurants may have noticed a massive push for true artistry in food in Augusta. Focused on fresh, quality and often locally sourced ingredients, these restaurants have been raising the bar for the past decade or so and owe a lot to […]