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Remembering the 1996 Summer Olympics

Remembering the 1996 Summer Olympics

With the 2016 Summer Olympics right around the corner and all of the controversy surrounding the games being held in Rio de Janeiro, it’s hard not to reflect back on the Peach State’s own experience hosting the major international multi-sporting event back in 1996. Twenty years ago this week, Atlanta had the honor of hosting […]

Why won’t Kellie McIntyre answer direct questions?

Why won’t Kellie McIntyre answer direct questions?

As in any local election, the Metro Spirit makes every attempt to contact and interview as many candidates as possible prior to voters heading to the polls. After all, it is part of the newspaper’s mission to inform the public about potential local leaders and their platforms. This election season has been busier than most, but […]

Time to Move Beyond Regency Mall

Time to Move Beyond Regency Mall

Almost every year for the past 20 years, the subject of the former site of Regency Mall rears its ugly head. This year is no exception. Before Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett leaves office at the end of this year, he is attempting to make one final stab at trying to turn that vacant piece of […]

What is the future of Paine College?

What is the future of Paine College?

Early registration for the fall semester of Paine College begins this Friday, July 15, and all eyes are on whether new and current students will continue to stand behind Augusta’s historically African-American college. Many students want to remain committed to Paine, which was founded back in 1882 and has more than a 130-year legacy, but […]

AJC Uncovers Doctor’s Sex Abuse in Augusta

AJC Uncovers Doctor’s Sex Abuse in Augusta

This past week, The Atlanta Journal Constitution did an incredible investigative series about doctors and sex abuse cases across this entire country. What these journalists, led by reporters Ariel Hart, Danny Robbins and Carrie Teegardin, discovered was deeply disturbing. In Georgia, they focused on a case involving an Augusta physician named Dr. William Almon who served […]

More than Fireworks at the Riverwalk

More than Fireworks at the Riverwalk

The last thing downtown Augusta wanted to hear following the Fourth of July fireworks was gunfire ring out along the Riverwalk. But that’s what happened. According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, two men apparently began arguing and both individuals pulled out guns and began firing next to the Unisys building at Seventh Street and […]

Neighbor vs. neighbor in the State Court judicial race

Neighbor vs. neighbor in the State Court judicial race

A recent letter to the editor published in The Metro Courier has stirred up some hard feelings between Augusta neighbors from the Grand Boulevard area. A few weeks ago, local resident Betty Harrison wrote a critical letter denouncing Robert “Bo” Hunter III, candidate for the State Court seat vacated by Judge John Flythe. Harrison, a supporter […]

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Many Augusta residents are blinding mad over the spanking new 200 lights lining River Watch Parkway that are burning holes in drivers’ retinas. “Soooooooo many lights! It is like a baseball field!” one woman posted on Facebook this week about the River Watch project that includes towering lights with 150-watt fixtures. “Bless the people in […]

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 […]