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Does Augusta really need a “solidarity walk?”

Does Augusta really need a “solidarity walk?”

The relationship between law enforcement and some communities across this nation have never been more strained. The recent fatal police shootings of two African-American men in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., have shaken many people to their core. Not only is the public noticing, but so are law enforcement agencies across this country. Law enforcement […]

Paine College shouldn’t get Augusta tax dollars

Paine College shouldn’t get Augusta tax dollars

Over the past several days, the Augusta community has watched Paine College go from losing its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to suddenly having that decision temporarily reversed by a federal judge. The 135-year-old university is facing a tough reality. Currently, the college is still on probation and […]

The Mayor’s Much Ado About Nothing

The Mayor’s Much Ado About Nothing

How many people in Richmond County care whether or not the Augusta Commission approved removing the mayor’s signature block this week from a document called, “Policy for the Drafting of Ordinances and Code Amendments?” Come on, folks. Don’t be shy. Raise your hands. Most people in Augusta don’t really care whether the mayor has a […]

Calie Cook: Take this job and…

Calie Cook: Take this job and…

When Columbia County hired public relations manager Calie Cook a little over a year ago, the Insider definitely took notice. Not because of the person who was hired in the position, but the fact that the Columbia County Board of Commissioners decided they even needed a public relations manager. After all, the commission meetings are […]

Did Goodman’s PTAC unit cause the Marshall Square fire?

Did Goodman’s PTAC unit cause the Marshall Square fire?

While everyone knows that the state’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has ruled that the deadly fire at the Marshall Square retirement community was “accidental,” local attorneys representing the former residents of the building have always wanted to find the specific source and cause of the fire. For more than a year, speculation […]

Augusta’s “private dancer” gets bounced

Augusta’s “private dancer” gets bounced

Local dancer Sharon Bush Ellison finally got a chance to plead her case before the Augusta Commission this week, and let’s just say, things didn’t go very well. Ellison went before the commission regarding her request for what she was calling an “adult entertainment independent contractor license” that would allow her to dance at private […]

Will the federal indictments change Murphy Village?

Will the federal indictments change Murphy Village?

Just about everyone in the Augusta area has seen them. A group of women with teased hair and thick makeup walking into a local restaurant with several small children by their side. Many of the toddler girls are already wearing makeup and dancing around in extravagant dresses that could pass for outfits in a beauty […]

A new beginning for low-income housing in Augusta?

A new beginning for low-income housing in Augusta?

When motorists drive past the former Cherry Tree Crossing site on 15th Street in downtown Augusta, it’s hard to believe the violence and tragedy that was once rampant in the neighborhood. More than five years ago, Cherry Tree Crossing was at a crossroads. Violent crimes were a regular occurrence within the community, which was filled […]

Sexual assault allegations against a Savannah politician

Sexual assault allegations against a Savannah politician

Things are getting pretty ugly down in Savannah this week for one city councilman with local ties to the area, and the Insider is definitely not referring to Julian Miller, the former president of The Augusta Chronicle. However, the Insider is talking about one of Miller’s colleagues on the Savannah City Council: Alderman Tony Thomas. […]

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz Faces the Criticism

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz Faces the Criticism

For more than a week, there have been a lot of accusations and name-calling surrounding the highly controversial incident involving four U.S. Olympic swimmers at a Rio de Janeiro gas station. The entire incident seems like it’s some bad scene from the movie, “The Hangover.” Basically, one of swimmers, allegedly 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte, apparently […]