Food Stuff

Food Stuff

Cucina 503 opened adjacent to Bi-Lo at 503 Fury’s Ferry Road in late February of this year. It got a few mentions from local media, and then it dropped off my radar. That part of town isn’t central, and unless you know of a restaurant worthy of a visit, chances are you won’t head out […]

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Anyone who has ever had any interactions with Barry Smith, Columbia County’s former director of Community and Leisure Services, knows one thing is for certain: he is an extremely loyal employee. He’s not the type of guy to rock the boat. He keeps his head down and works extremely hard. Smith doesn’t like confrontation. He […]

Augusta’s Tabernacle

Augusta’s Tabernacle

The twin spires of Tabernacle Baptist Church have towered over historic Laney-Walker Boulevard for more than 100 years. Since that time, the church has been a symbol of great strength and devotion to thousands throughout the Augusta area. Founded by the Rev. Charles T. Walker and a group of about 300 black residents back in […]

Barry Smith resigns from Columbia County

Barry Smith resigns from Columbia County

After more than a decade on the job, Barry Smith, Columbia County’s director of Community and Leisure Services, submitted a resignation letter this week that is one sentence long. “Effective July 27, 2015, I hereby submit my resignation as Director of Community & Leisure Services with Columbia County, GA to pursue other professional opportunities,” the […]

Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Around this time last year, the Augusta Commission insisted that it had learned its lesson after voters rejected the proposed $194.3 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. Voters last May sent commissioners a clear message: The next phase of SPLOST needs to fund the city’s infrastructure needs, not the community’s “wants.” Citizens laughed […]

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 […]

Meat… And a Whole Lot More

Meat… And a Whole Lot More

Down on Walton Way a big cow stands atop a red and white building looking out at the traffic and soaking up the sun. It’s been there for a couple of years now, having moved from its original home on Highway 1, where it had been a fixture since the late ‘60s. Some folks know […]