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SPLOST battles can get ugly

SPLOST battles can get ugly

You’ve seen the bright red and white signs in yards all over town with the large print screaming, “VOTE NO SPLOST!” Those citizens in Richmond County who are against this year’s proposed $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list are a very vocal group. Several Augusta commissioners are worried. And they very well […]

Embarrassment over Ashley Madison

Embarrassment over Ashley Madison

Cheating spouses, hacked personal information and cyber-terrorism make for great plots in action movies, but they have become a reality for millions of people across the country who signed up for ashleymadison.com. The matchmaking website, which is specifically designed for husbands and wives looking to cheat on their spouses, was recently hacked by a group […]

Shooting at Hornsby Shocks Augusta

Shooting at Hornsby Shocks Augusta

It is the kind of message no parent wants to receive from their child’s elementary school principal. Parents, At approximately, 10:45 am today, August 25, 2015, it was discovered that a student brought a gun to school against state law and district policy. While playing with the gun inside a desk, a student accidentally discharged […]

The Art of Defending Billy Morris

The Art of Defending Billy Morris

Some of our longtime readers were quite perplexed by our recent cover story featuring Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC. In the story, Simon sat down with the Metro Spirit to explain his recent proposal to the city to expand the Augusta Common and Augusta Riverfront’s wish to build a new 130-room downtown hotel. Many […]

Low blood sugar impacting SPLOST list

Low blood sugar impacting SPLOST list

In a week where Augusta commissioners spent hours and hours discussing every dollar on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list scheduled to go before voters in November, many county departments and local organizations didn’t get the money they requested. But one department definitely got the short end of the stick. Not because this […]

Heat returns to the Augusta Fire Department

Heat returns to the Augusta Fire Department

It’s never a good sign when federal investigators storm into a county department and begin collecting files and computers. But that’s apparently what happened earlier this week at the Augusta Fire Department. Insiders say that investigators with the FBI are searching records relating to Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard who was recently placed on paid […]

Meet Professor John Barrow

Meet Professor John Barrow

Starting next Monday, thousands of students will begin the fall semester at University of Georgia. But imagine walking into your new political science class and seeing John Barrow’s mug up behind the podium. Yep. Beginning next week, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a “Scholar in Residence” at the University of Georgia School of […]

Barry Smith’s $80,000 send-off

Barry Smith’s $80,000 send-off

Imagine walking into your boss’s office and telling him you are quitting that very second without any warning or two-weeks notice and he turns to you, pats you on the back and says, “Well, here is a check for $80,000 for doing a ‘good enough job’ over the years.” Not a bad send-off. Well, that’s […]

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Why did Barry Smith suddenly resign?

Anyone who has ever had any interactions with Barry Smith, Columbia County’s former director of Community and Leisure Services, knows one thing is for certain: he is an extremely loyal employee. He’s not the type of guy to rock the boat. He keeps his head down and works extremely hard. Smith doesn’t like confrontation. He […]

Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Around this time last year, the Augusta Commission insisted that it had learned its lesson after voters rejected the proposed $194.3 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. Voters last May sent commissioners a clear message: The next phase of SPLOST needs to fund the city’s infrastructure needs, not the community’s “wants.” Citizens laughed […]