President Lindsey Graham? Get real.

President Lindsey Graham? Get real.

While former presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced this week that he has decided not to run in the 2016 election, many residents of the Palmetto State couldn’t help but snicker at the news that S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks he may have a shot at the White House. “What I’m looking at is, is there […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

It was the sudden but easy and charming way their friendship began that moved me the most. Our then 7-year-old daughter, Mia, walked toward the church altar Sunday after Sunday, arms folded in an “X” across her chest to receive her weekly blessing from our priest. I, always just behind her, noticed that she’d begun […]

Old vs. New

Old vs. New

Almost 40 years ago, the James Brown Arena started out as part of a larger vision to invigorate Augusta’s faltering downtown district. Back in 1973, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority first asked Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei’s New York firm to perform the design work and site selection for a new civic center. While Pei is […]

What’s the value of a free ticket?

What’s the value of a free ticket?

Many local residents were shocked last week when they heard at least one Columbia County commissioner was apparently upset because he had not been given any free tickets to this past weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens learned commissioners are also considering changing the […]

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

While a lot of people are talking about Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross’ email last week to Royce Richardson of Triple R Concert Productions discussing free tickets to future shows at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, it appears Cross doesn’t have a lot to say about the matter. Cross has not returned phone calls […]

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

Neighborhood Angst Can Inspire Political Revolution

If you are sitting back at a distance, watching the current school rezoning squabbles in Columbia County, thinking that it is “much ado about nothing,” don’t be too quick to dismiss the discord. Similar “small” skirmishes in our metro area have given birth to snowballing citizen movements that have seen laws and policies changed, and […]

 The times they are a changin’

 The times they are a changin’

Many local residents were shocked this week when they heard a few Columbia County commissioners were apparently upset because they had not been given any free tickets to this weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens learned commissioners are also considering changing the rental contracts […]

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

I seldom read long whines. If your gripe doesn’t catch my attention in the first sentence, I’m on to the next one. Just saying. Thank the Lord for the internet and Facebook! A few short years ago I would be branded “unemployed”. But now I’m a business owner! Don’t believe me? Check out my page! […]