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Lee Anderson isn’t afraid to speak

Lee Anderson isn’t afraid to speak

Former state Rep. Lee Anderson recently proved his critics wrong. Anderson, who happens to be facing a July runoff against fellow Republican Greg Grzybowski in the race for the state Senate District 24 seat has “enthusiastically accepted” his challenger’s offer of a debate. This, despite the fact that his critics love to point out that […]

We Didn’t Start the Fire… But We’re To Blame

We Didn’t Start the Fire… But We’re To Blame

Over the past year, the Insider has pointed out numerous problems and concerns with not only the construction of the Marshall Square retirement community and the management of the Evans facility, but also Columbia County’s response to the tragic fire of June 2, 2015. At times, it was difficult to even relay the inadequacies of […]

Is the sheriff looking to take over the marshal’s office?

Is the sheriff looking to take over the marshal’s office?

Ever since Lt. Ramone Lamkin of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office defeated longtime Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith at the polls, there has been a rumor floating around the county that just won’t go away. The rumor is that Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree encouraged Lamkin to run for marshal with the intention of proposing […]

Have Georgia Republican leaders lost their minds?

Have Georgia Republican leaders lost their minds?

A few weeks ago, Augusta’s own Congressman Rick Allen was widely criticized for reading Bible verses condemning homosexuality during a prayer at a Republican caucus meeting. Allen gave the prayer just prior to a vote on a bill that would have barred LGBT discrimination. The congressman’s comments apparently caused several of his fellow Republicans to […]

Morris got the awards, but the staff earned them

Morris got the awards, but the staff earned them

Earlier this year, The Insider couldn’t help but comment on the mass exodus that was occurring at The Columbia County News-Times. After the newspaper laid off several staff members in January and piled triple the work onto the remaining workhorses in the office, Morris Publishing Group announced that The Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford was […]

A long, hot, dry summer for North Augusta

A long, hot, dry summer for North Augusta

Now that summer is in full swing and local kids from both sides of the Savannah River are out of school, there is one major disappointment still looming over the CSRA: the absence of the highly promoted Scuttle’s Island water park. Just last fall, former Scuttle’s Island developer Benjamin Bell, alongside Andrew Thompson of the […]

Marshall Square Fire: Is the county to blame?

Marshall Square Fire: Is the county to blame?

Some Columbia County residents were in shock after reading last week’s cover story in the Metro Spirit about the one-year anniversary of the Marshall Square fire. Specifically, many readers couldn’t believe the complete and total confusion by Columbia County Fire Marshal Brian Clark during his deposition. As soon as his testimony began, there were early signs of […]

The “religious liberty” feud comes to Augusta

The “religious liberty” feud comes to Augusta

For a brief moment, a group gathered in the city of Augusta got a lot of attention this week. But it’s probably not for what you think. For once, it has nothing to do with golf or the Godfather of Soul. Everyone will probably remember this past April when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal made the […]

Some Republicans offended by Rick Allen

Some Republicans offended by Rick Allen

This weekend news broke that several GOP members walked out of a meeting last Thursday when Augusta’s own Congressman Rick Allen started reading Bible verses condemning homosexuality. Just prior to a vote on a bill that would have barred LGBT discrimination, Allen offered a prayer and allegedly quoted Bible passages describing and condemning homosexuality during […]

Get ready for the July runoff

Get ready for the July runoff

This week’s election proved that Augusta-Richmond County is definitely an entirely different town than it was 20 years ago. First off, it was a bad week for those with ties to the former political powerhouse, state Sen. Charles Walker. To many people’s surprise, attorney Monique Walker, who also happens to be the daughter of the […]