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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 […]

Believe it or not, college kids still care

Believe it or not, college kids still care

Protests in the 1960s. If you didn’t live through them, you’ve definitely heard all about them. Whether it was protests involving the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the women’s movement, the gay rights movement or the environmental movement, college students played an extremely important role regarding social change in the 1960s. Supporters of these movements weren’t […]

Will Richmond County Commissioners Rubberstamp Sentinel

Will Richmond County Commissioners Rubberstamp Sentinel

“…a copy of the new contract was never provided to the public safety committee and was not even read by any of the committee members before they approved it to go before the Commission for formal approval in a consent agenda.” On Tuesday, a new contract between private probation company Sentinel Offender Services and the […]

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

The Insider hates to admit this, but when Chief State Court Judge Richard Slaby went before the city’s public safety committee meeting this week to talk about awarding a 2015 contract to Sentinel Offender Services, former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was truly missed. Say what you will about Smith — his 2014 Masters Week scandal, […]

Elephants Forced to Another Venue

Elephants Forced to Another Venue

The ongoing saga of Be My Guest’s sudden and unexplained closure caused the Greater Columbia County Republican Women some heartburn last Thursday when their monthly meeting, in which attendees were encouraged to come as an American historical figure, had to be moved from Be My Guest to the Springlakes clubhouse and pool. Though the Republican […]

The Hair Debate

The Hair Debate

Last week’s Insider about the political forum/discussion William Melvin hoped to host at his Avant Williams barber shop and spa generated quite a bit of attention for Melvin. Before the sun set on Thursday, Channel 6 was out there asking Melvin if he really planned on charging candidates to appear at his forum. On Friday, […]