BREAKING NEWS: Hap Harris New District 7 Commissioner

BREAKING NEWS: Hap Harris New District 7 Commissioner

Hap Harris was appointed to the District 7 seat with a unanimous 8-0 vote, with Commissioner Mary Davis absent. It was  initially 7-1, with Bill Fennoy voting no, but the commission re-voted to make it unanimous. There was no discussion about the appointment. More details to follow

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta commissioners are in a no-win situation come Monday. They are scheduled to appoint an interim commissioner to fill the District 7 seat vacated by disgraced former Commissioner Donnie Smith. A special election will be held on March 17 for those seeking the permanent position. It all sounded simple enough until politics and the public […]

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

Weak. That is all anyone with half a brain can say about The Augusta Chronicle president Dana Atkins’ explanation regarding his decision to initially pull Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford from this Saturday’s debate between incumbent Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen. In case you missed it, news broke Wednesday that apparently […]

It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

We have a very complicated relationship with sports. There are whole books, dissertations and conference talks dedicated to this, but it remains difficult to pinpoint exactly what about the viewing of sports is so titillating to the average American. Is it a simple case of projection, of vicarious experience? A medium that teems with fodder […]

Partain the Talent Drain

Partain the Talent Drain

No one was shocked or surprised when Richard Roundtree took over as Richmond County sheriff that he installed his former boss from the Richmond County BOE Public Safety Department Pat Clayton as his chief deputy. It was the first time that anyone can remember a sheriff going outside the department to bring in a chief, […]

Of Cardboard and Candidates

Of Cardboard and Candidates

While the Barrow camp ratcheted up its sense of urgency among potential supporters by sending out an impassioned plea for donations in the wake of Republican opponent Rick Allen’s quote to the Statesboro Herald that he raised almost $400,000 in four weeks, Allen has failed to display any momentum from the announcement, though he certainly […]

Where the Magic Happens

Where the Magic Happens

It’s 13 days before the 2014 Westobou Festival kicks off and festival Director Kristi Jilson is in her office reviewing the fifth version of the festival program. “It’s definitely crunch time,” she says with an anxious laugh. This is Jilson’s first Westobou. She was brought in earlier in the year when the board decided they […]

A Change in Thinking

A Change in Thinking

From the very moment that Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan was sworn into office one month ago, he has been shaking things up in the Marble Palace. Whether it was his swing vote to raise property taxes in Richmond County or his recent proposal to hire Janice Allen Jackson as the city’s new administrator, Hasan has […]

Denying Progress

Denying Progress

The history of science is littered with periods where a grand consensus of individuals champion incorrect theories. For nearly 2,000 years, no one challenged Aristotle’s “statement of fact” that heavier objects fall faster. Galileo disproved that during the 16th century. How about the absolute fact that the Earth is the center of the solar system? […]

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

SHOCKED! Politicians making backroom deals?! In politics?!? We must have public hearings to address this scourge that has been creeping since…well, the beginnings of the human race. Just damn. The South Caroline State Fair gets Jennifer Nettles. At Border Bash we got the guy with the pork pie hat who used to lean his back […]