The return of Paul Simon

The return of Paul Simon

Local residents beware: Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC, has returned with a new pitch. This time this savvy spokesperson for William S. Morris III, publisher of The Augusta Chronicle, is proposing to expand the Augusta Common. But, as with all of Simon’s deals, there is always a catch. According to the proposal outlined […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

There’s been a lot of “new” happening downtown lately. It seems that restaurant after restaurant has opened in the past weeks, months and year, each one more trendy and exciting than the last. This much shiny is easy to get distracted by, meaning it’s also easy to overlook the old(er) favorites that exist downtown. That […]

Questions still surround Marshall Square fire

Questions still surround Marshall Square fire

It’s been almost two months since a devastating fire destroyed the Marshall Square retirement community and tragically killed 91-year-old resident Dorothy Carpenter. While investigators with the state fire marshal’s office have officially concluded their on-site investigation of the property, the case is still very much open. Earlier this month, investigators from all over the state, […]

Who’s allowed in Augusta’s legal meetings?

Who’s allowed in Augusta’s legal meetings?

In a three-hour meeting where the Augusta Commission narrowly approved implementing the controversial stormwater utility fee with a tight 6-4 vote, it is not surprising that tensions were high and blood sugars were low by the end of the day. During a late afternoon discussion about which individuals are actually authorized to attend the city’s […]

Metropolitan Community Church stands united

Metropolitan Community Church stands united

On the same day that a vandal spray-painted the message, “Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” across the front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street in downtown Augusta, the congregation held a vigil in front of  the church as a demonstration of solidarity. More than 50 members of the congregation and […]

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Pays to be in public relations

When the Insider wrote this past week about Calie Cook, Columbia County’s newly hired public relations manager, it got a lot of attention. Particularly from employees within Columbia County’s government. Cook, who has been in her position about two months, is the former administrative coordinator for the Rental Facilities and Venues Department in Columbia County. […]

Metropolitan Community Church vandalized

Metropolitan Community Church vandalized

The message, “Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies” has been spray-painted across the front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled states cannot ban same-sex marriage in this country. This act of vandalism comes not long after a rainbow flag, symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

The building at 1002 Broad Street has been home to lots of different types of restaurants: a coffee shop/cafe, a Greek/Italian restaurant and an British pub in recent memory alone. The new resident in that spot isn’t as easy to define. After a visit to Füse on Friday night, however, there are at least two […]

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

Why doesn’t Pinky Pig Pork Brand Sausage come in more convenient packaging for those who have sausage and hoof allergies? The mere touch of pinkish sausage can inflame joints and bowels in those with IJB disease! People of Columbia County, why do you keep electing Ron Cross, don’t you read the Spirit, he is spending […]