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Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Patriotism. Responsibility. Self-governance. Welcome to Civics 101, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and Morris Communications. This week Morris Communications hosted a “patriotic rally” to promote its initiative ROAR: Renaissance of American Responsibility, which is the brainchild of the Chronicle’s editorial page editor Michael Ryan. “It’s not about politics at all. It’s about civics,” Ryan recently told […]

Hardie Davis left out of the Marble Palace discussion

Hardie Davis left out of the Marble Palace discussion

For almost two hours, Mayor-elect Hardie Davis sat patiently waiting outside a closed-door legal meeting and the beginning of the Augusta Commission’s public services committee meeting in hopes of discussing the future of the mayor’s office. It’s no secret that Davis has his eye on some additional space next to the mayor’s office on the […]

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen is in a tough spot. Last week, she presented a proposed 2015 budget that was balanced without increasing property taxes or taking money from the city’s reserves. Sounds pretty good. But, in order to balance the more than $780 million budget, Allen’s proposal includes increasing the franchise fee for the […]

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

On Friday, the Insider had some fun with Cam Griffin’s year-old Facebook announcement of his intent to run against Ron Cross for Chairman of the Columbia County Commission, but the exchange is too rich and too revealing to let it go with just a thumbnail description, especially given the width and breadth of the accusations […]

Griffin Out on Bond as Complaints Flood In

Griffin Out on Bond as Complaints Flood In

Cam Griffin, the local promoter whose rise to infamy proved very popular among Spirit readers Thursday, turned himself in to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office personnel Thursday afternoon and was later released on $10,100 bond. Griffin, 30, was charged with felony theft of services after a report filed by Theodore Alan Shultz, owner of the Retreat […]

Cam Griffin Announces Run For County Commission Chair

Cam Griffin Announces Run For County Commission Chair

Cam Griffin October 25 via mobile “Im putting in my application on Monday to run against Ron Cross for Columbia County Commissioner. Everybody gets taken advantage of in this town and I will do what’s right. I will make a difference one way or another” A year ago tomorrow Griffin went on Facebook and announced […]

Promoter Griffin to be Arrested

Promoter Griffin to be Arrested

It looks like local promoter Cam Griffin has some rocky days ahead of him. Captain Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning that a felony theft of services warrant has been issued for Griffin, 30, in response to a report filed by Theodore Alan Shultz, owner of the Retreat Tapas Bar, […]

Really, DUI Duncan?

Really, DUI Duncan?

Everyone has seen the huge bright yellow billboards with ads screaming, “DUI? Duncan!” The advertisements of the prominent DUI law firm, featuring local attorneys James Duncan III and Tiffini Chambers, are hard to miss. So are the SUVs racing around town with the same slogan plastered all over them. In fact, the SUVs are particularly […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Kinda Shameful

The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Kinda Shameful

The bigger you are, the easier it is to what you want to do without facing any consequences. Doubt it? Just ask the naked emperor if he’s wearing any clothes. Cast your mind back to Forumgate, last month’s embarrassing turn of events in which the 12th District candidate forum in Columbia County, one of only […]

Hecht Comes to Augusta Ready to Fight

Hecht Comes to Augusta Ready to Fight

Attorney General candidate Greg Hecht, a Democrat from the Atlanta area who served in the General Assembly and spent four years as an assistant district attorney, blew through town Thursday and had quite a bit to say about incumbent Republican Sam Olens, which was kind of refreshing, given the gloves-on approach used by all the […]