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SUNDAY INSIDER: The uncertain future of Dr. Tonia Mason

SUNDAY INSIDER: The uncertain future of Dr. Tonia Mason

Spring break wasn’t so relaxing for some Richmond County educators. When Richmond County schools Superintendent Frank Roberson told members of the media earlier this month that Lucy C. Laney High School Principal Tonia Mason was being investigated by the school board, there were political tremors felt throughout the county. Let’s first just talk about Dr. […]

These are Your Local Candidates?

These are Your Local Candidates?

Augusta and Columbia County have a lot to be proud of, but some of the local candidates are making it hard for citizens to hold their heads up high. First, let’s talk about Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason, who is running for mayor of the Garden City. On Mason’s Facebook page, Alvin D. Mason for Mayor, […]

This guy will make your skin crawl

This guy will make your skin crawl

Just this week, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of a registered sex offender in South Carolina named Joey Leaphart with this warning: Ladies, don’t let this man near your feet! “Please be aware of this man,” the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office warns on its Facebook page. “He approaches women in businesses and […]

Sunday Insider: A county at odds

Sunday Insider: A county at odds

How smart is it for a town our size to have so many government entities at odds with each other? The answer is simple: It’s beyond ridiculous. Whether it is the dispute between the Augusta Fire Department and the private ambulance company, Gold Cross EMS, or the disagreement between officials at Augusta Regional Airport and […]

Insider: The never-ending downtown parking debate

Insider: The never-ending downtown parking debate

Here we go again, Augusta. Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Margaret Woodard announced this week that she will bring a proposal for parking meters in the downtown area back before the Augusta Commission this summer. Talk about beating a dead horse. It seems like every other year this topic is brought up, tossed about and […]

The Troubled Legacy of Richmond County Schools Superintendents

The Troubled Legacy of Richmond County Schools Superintendents

The news this week that Richmond County schools Superintendent Frank Roberson will be leaving his position when his contract expires in August is both sad and discouraging. When Roberson was hired back in 2010, much of Richmond County had extremely high expectations for him, even though some people were a little surprised he was chosen […]

Round Two begins between airport director and Donnie Smith

Round Two begins between airport director and Donnie Smith

When Gary LeTellier, the executive director of Augusta Regional Airport, went before the public services committee this week to ask commissioners to allow the mayor to expedite the approval of FAA grants, he didn’t think he was going to have to fight for federal funding. But it seems an old grudge might be rearing its […]

Will the Real Dwight Johnson Please Step Forward?

Will the Real Dwight Johnson Please Step Forward?

When the Metro Spirit ran a cover story last week announcing that  former Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson was preparing to run for tax commissioner now that Kay Allen has resigned, it drew a lot of mixed reactions. Many readers were cheering Johnson on, saying he is the best person for the job. However, some of […]

Speak Up, Hardie Davis, and Work for Augusta’s Vote

Speak Up, Hardie Davis, and Work for Augusta’s Vote

Considering state Sen. Hardie Davis is seen as one of the frontrunners in this year’s race for mayor, many folks were disappointed when he chose not to attend last week’s political forum sponsored by the Richmond County Association of Educators. It was the first political forum held for Augusta’s mayoral candidates. Obviously, the legislative session […]