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Columbia County has got it all backwards

Columbia County has got it all backwards

This week’s cover story talks about two different massage parlors in Columbia County — Gold Spa and King’s Spa — that were recently busted on sex-related charges involving prostitution. While the arrest of these four female employees from these Asian spas might not have surprised too many local citizens, it is still mind-boggling to some […]

Goats are a brilliant idea in Grovetown?

Goats are a brilliant idea in Grovetown?

For the past several weeks, some members of the local media have been covering the city of Grovetown’s “new” plan to have six goats clean up 25 of the city’s overgrown areas located around its retention ponds. “The goats are an experimental move as the city looks to maintain its 25 retention ponds officials said […]

Will Bob Young be part of the Trump administration?

Will Bob Young be part of the Trump administration?

There has been a rumor floating around town the past few days that former Augusta Mayor Bob Young may soon be rewarded for his hard work in helping to get President-elect Donald Trump into the White House. Not too shabby, Bob. Most people will remember back in 2005 when Young left his role as mayor […]

The Name Game Gets Tough in Augusta

The Name Game Gets Tough in Augusta

When Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan suggested to his colleagues this week that the former downtown library, soon-to-be-public defender’s office, should be renamed in honor of former Augusta Commissioner and interim mayor Willie Mays, it got some attention. But then when it was also proposed that the Diamond Lakes Regional Park community center should be renamed […]

Worried about a warrant? Handle it.

Worried about a warrant? Handle it.

More than 3,500 people with active bench warrants in Augusta could have a lot more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving if they take advantage of an offer from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the newly-formed Augusta Probation Office. This past week, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree announced that his office is offering a […]

Scuttle’s Island’s ship has sailed

Scuttle’s Island’s ship has sailed

There won’t be anymore questions floating around the CSRA like, “Do you think Scuttle’s Island water park will ever open?” or “When do you think Cedar Rock Holdings, LLC will submit its plans for the water park to North Augusta?” Folks, it’s time to face the facts: North Augusta has a better chance of becoming […]

Hey Kids, Sheriff Whittle Doesn’t Play Games

Hey Kids, Sheriff Whittle Doesn’t Play Games

Over the past several days, a couple of schools in Columbia County have suffered from anonymous calls regarding bomb threats. Just last Friday, a bomb threat was reported at Greenbrier High School and deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office had to inspect the school after students were evacuated. On Halloween, the Columbia County Sheriff’s […]

Which state handled Hurricane Matthew better?

Which state handled Hurricane Matthew better?

Several weeks after Hurricane Matthew barreled up the East Coast, the public is beginning to take a good look at the performances of the governors in each state. And, let’s just say, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is looking very good, while Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s performance left a bit to be desired. According to […]

Don’t punish Lee Anderson for his grown son’s mistakes

Don’t punish Lee Anderson for his grown son’s mistakes

When word spread last week that Ben Anderson, the 32-year-old son of former state Rep. Lee Anderson, was arrested for DUI in Columbia County, people couldn’t help but shake their heads. Lee Anderson, the Republican candidate for Georgia State Senate’s District 24 seat, is facing Democratic opponent Brenda Jordan in the Nov. 8 election. Of […]

The Feud Between Augusta and Gold Cross Returns

The Feud Between Augusta and Gold Cross Returns

More than two years ago, a dispute between Augusta-Richmond County and Gold Cross EMS left the entire county without any ambulance contract in the beginning of 2014. It was an odd and very uncomfortable situation. Basically, Augusta-Richmond County’s contract with Gold Cross EMS had expired on Dec. 31, 2013, because the Augusta Commission decided it needed […]