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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 […]

Steve Cassell Was So Young and Naive Once

Steve Cassell Was So Young and Naive Once

Augusta has a new interim deputy administrator, but in this city those temporary positions typically have a way of becoming permanent. Whether the employee likes it or not. Just look at the record: Former City Administrator Fred Russell was originally given the position in the interim after his predecessor, George Kolb, left the Garden City. […]

So is Augusta’s Computer-Gate Finally Over?

So is Augusta’s Computer-Gate Finally Over?

For the past several months, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has been driving his colleagues crazy, demanding an investigation into computer files that were allegedly deleted off of former City Administrator Fred Russell’s computer. Williams keeps insisting that the last thing the Augusta Commission should be afraid of is the truth. “Mr. Russell was in a […]