Warming The Bench In Augusta

Warming The Bench In Augusta

Seven months. That’s how long Augusta mayor-elect Hardie Davis has had to sit on the sidelines and watch the current mayor and commission conduct the city’s business. Even though Davis was elected in May with almost 75 percent of the vote, he has been forced to quietly wait to take office while commissioners approved a […]

Beasley’s Kent Dunn and Tee Gentry Headed To Tampa

Beasley’s Kent Dunn and Tee Gentry Headed To Tampa

Beasley Broadcasting’s long time Market Manager Kent Dunn (21 years) and Operations Manager Tee Gentry (19 years) are moving to Tampa Florida to manage the newly acquired cluster of stations. Augusta is the 112th largest radio market in the country. Tampa is the 18th largest. Beasley Broadcasting, which locally owns WGAC, Kicks 99, HD 98.3, […]

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

Saint Ronnie Raygun got one thing right: We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. Why did someone assume that Billy Morris and his daily paper would be objective? Why be surprised about ROAR and other […]

Augusta’s Drug Habit

Augusta’s Drug Habit

It’s not a bad habit. It’s not about being morally flawed or lacking the willpower. It’s not about guilt or shame. When it comes to alcoholism or a drug addiction, it’s all about the brain, according to Ken Wilson, executive director of Steppingstones to Recovery in Augusta. “There are still people who are suffering from […]

Private Probation Found Constitutional

Private Probation Found Constitutional

In the long-awaited decision regarding the constitutionality of private misdemeanor probation, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision Monday affirming that private probation is legal, though in several other instances the court found against Sentinel Offender Services, the private probation company at the center of the private probation controversy here in Georgia and in a […]

Waiting on the Edge

Waiting on the Edge

Though the construction of Columbia County’s $1.5 million BMX track and skatepark has been a long, slow process for those anxious for the project’s completion, officials say the new facilities, located behind the stadium field at Blanchard Woods Park, are very close to opening. But waiting hasn’t been easy. “I just got to a point […]

How’s That For Being Progressive?

How’s That For Being Progressive?

Sneaking in under the election radar earlier this month was the fact that Renee McDowell beat out David W. Payne and Eric Blair in a special election to win the seat on the Grovetown city council opened up by the death of Dale Stoddard. Measured against the governor’s race or even the 12th District victory […]

Hope Fades For Dean

Hope Fades For Dean

The glimmer of hope sustaining former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean and his supporters is getting dimmer and dimmer. Earlier this month, Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Russell III denied Dean’s writ of habeas corpus, which alleged that Dean, who was convicted of two counts of child molestation in December 2011, is innocent and that […]

20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

The consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and, let’s just say, it’s been a bumpy ride. Over the years, a lot of attention has been given to the turbulent relationship among members of the Augusta Commission. But, with 10 commissioners representing completely different regions of Richmond County and […]