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Augusta’s changing of the guard approaches

Augusta’s changing of the guard approaches

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Back in September, when Augusta first learned it was going to get a Twin Peaks franchise, the news was pretty much received with a shrug. Described in just about every instance as a “breastaurant” for those who didn’t catch on to the significance of the name or the logo, most people figured it was nothing […]

Who’s Minding the Store?

Who’s Minding the Store?

Insiders are saying that DUI attorneys, especially Jim Duncan and his firm, are pretty much behind the wheel in court, even controlling the calendar and pleading down those who have multiple DUI priors to lesser charges like reckless driving. Ever wonder how firms like DUI Duncan became so powerful? Well, a lot of people within […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

As the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council has been busy working on recommendations to improve Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system following an extremely critical state audit, all eyes are on the future of Sentinel Offender Services. The private probation company, which is currently under contract with the State Court of Richmond County, is feeling the pressure […]

And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

It’s November, which means it’s time once again for Columbia County to get all interactive and give the public the chance to weigh in on what it thinks are the best examples of building design to go up in the county this year. You can check out the county’s home page for a link to […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

As the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council has been busy working on recommendations to improve Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system following an extremely critical state audit, all eyes are on the future of Sentinel Offender Services. The private probation company, which is currently under contract with the State Court of Richmond County, is feeling the pressure […]

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

When members of the Augusta Commission received invitations to a celebratory roast honoring interim City Administrator Tameka Allen this past week that was hand-delivered by a county mail courier in a government-issued car, some commissioners quickly got hot under their collars. “Who’s throwing her this party? Who’s paying for it?” one commissioner asked. “I know […]