Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

As the national media is sinking its teeth into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and demanding to know when he was aware of the surveillance video showing Ray Rice violently punching his then fiancée in a casino elevator, somehow Augusta has now become part of the story. According to Golf Magazine and several other national news sources, […]

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Passing through the first of two Commission readings without any public comment, Columbia County has made some changes to its Massage Service ordinance, bringing the ordinance in line with State guidelines, establishing a clear process for the application, approval and revocation of licenses and instituting clear-cut qualifications for obtaining an operator’s license. Most dramatically, it […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

Our son, Leo, had a bit of a hard time the first few weeks of first grade. By that I mean I had two phone calls from the principal in less than five days. They don’t call about just any little thing either. When the school’s phone number shows up on caller ID, I take […]

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE MAY 5, 2011 METRO SPIRIT   Even before the Bo Bo Skin Spa was shut down at the beginning of last month, we knew we wanted to dig into the above ground underground spa experience in Augusta. “Spas in Augusta” was actually the first idea we had on the […]

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

On Jan. 2, 2013, a newly-elected Donnie Smith stood before a crowded Augusta Commission chambers after taking the oath of office. He joked that it had been a long campaign, but thanked all of those who had supported his journey to the District 7 seat. And on that day, he made a pledge, much like […]

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Art in the Heart of Augusta will have a decidedly Big Easy flair this year, with the headlining band, a prominent spoken word poet and a stilt walker all hailing from New Orleans. It’s a fitting coincidence, since Arts in the Heart has always aimed to showcase Augusta’s diverse culture. After all, what city in […]

Where Everyone Knows Your Name… And What You Shoot

Where Everyone Knows Your Name… And What You Shoot

Labor Day’s opening of S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters outdoor gun range represented the end of a long process and the beginning of a new venture for owner Buddy Lichty and local shooters, who now have a premier outdoor range in the middle of town. Located behind the Pilot Station on the old VFW property just off Riverwatch […]

Caught Naked

Caught Naked

“Jack, do you have something to share?” Oh, poop. She didn’t just call me out, did she? I slipped my iPhone back on the table and returned my attention back to the meeting. “No, ma’am. I was just checking on status. There’s been no change.” About three hours ago, the first indications of a problem […]

Rumble on the River

Rumble on the River

According to Dr. Frank Carl, a board member of Augusta’s Ports Authority, the slow-moving eviction of Mobile Marine as the operator of the city’s marina is moving forward. “It’s in the process,” he says. “It’s just moving a little slower than I would have hoped.” Part of that slowness is because the marina, which consists […]

Cheech Marin Wants To Play Augusta National.

Cheech Marin Wants To Play Augusta National.

Groundbreaking. Revolutionary. Original. Stoned. Cheech & Chong, the seminal stoner duo known for their albums and movies in the 1970s, will be rolling into town next Thursday, September 18, for a show at the Bell Auditorium. It’s a collaboration of sorts with the band WAR, which is fitting since Cheech & Chong have always been […]