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Hardie Davis speaks his mind

Hardie Davis speaks his mind

While the entire country has been shocked and disheartened by the violence and tragedy that has occurred this past week in Ferguson, Mo., one elected official doesn’t mind sharing his opinion on the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. When The New York Times broke the story this past weekend that a private autopsy found […]

Fire Chief Chris James taking some heat

Fire Chief Chris James taking some heat

When the Augusta Commission voted earlier this month to increase the entry-level salary of firefighters more than $3,000 to about $30,000 a year, there was a lot of grumbling going on across Richmond County. Employees throughout the Municipal Building, who have been waiting years for a raise, were clearly upset. Underpaid deputies in the Richmond […]

So what is it about Grovetown?

So what is it about Grovetown?

On the cusp of one of the biggest growth explosions imaginable, the city of Grovetown is anxious to put its best foot forward in every way possible. Yet two of the three candidates to qualify for the special election to fill the council seat held by the late Dale Stoddard are familiar for all the […]

Donnie Smith Cries A River

Donnie Smith Cries A River

For the past few months, Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith seems to be having a hard time keeping it together. Almost every other meeting Smith has been getting teary-eyed over issues coming before the commission. It appeared to have all started in early June, when commissioners began discussing the extremely high kill rate at Augusta Animal […]

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

At the beginning of July, the Insider noted that 541 days after consolidation, the sign in front of Christenberry Fieldhouse continued to say Augusta State University. A subsequent email from GRU media relations stated that construction for the new monument sign was slated to begin in September and should be completed by the end of […]

Champ Walker wants Augusta to “Feel Good” again

Champ Walker wants Augusta to “Feel Good” again

No one can be surprised that ever since the James Brown movie “Get On Up” opened nationwide a few weeks ago, some long-time supporters and followers of the Godfather of Soul have been desperately trying to grab a piece of the pie. It’s only natural that Augusta wants to promote, and even profit, from the […]

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

The Insider revealed a few weeks ago the existence of a new website, The Paine Project, which claimed to be created by Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students at Augusta’s historically African-American college who were demanding the immediate ouster of the college’s President George Bradley. The website, thepaineproject.net, claimed Bradley has brought “unprecedented mismanagement […]

Marion Williams at his best

Marion Williams at his best

People say there are six major elements needed to transform a play into great theater: a good plot, strong characters, a constant theme, vivid language, rhythm and spectacle. Last week, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams was Shakespeare. The curtain lifts on Act I and the play opens with a scene just one day before the Augusta […]

Anchored in Controversy

Anchored in Controversy

As the eviction process at Augusta’s Riverfront Marina comes closer to an end, more and more information is coming to light regarding just how bad marina operator Mike Stacy’s relationship with the city has become. Documents obtained by the Metro Spirit detail a culture of almost constant friction highlighted by long, rambling monthly reports Stacy […]