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George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

It was a long time coming. Many deeply dissatisfied Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students were cheering the announcement this week that Dr. George Bradley, president of the historically African-American college, had resigned. Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release on Tuesday that Bradley’s resignation was effective immediately. Apparently, […]

Columbia County Cuts Away at Tax Commissioner Position

Columbia County Cuts Away at Tax Commissioner Position

In the midst of the special election to fill the Columbia County tax commissioner seat that Kay Allen left when it was discovered she was personally profiting by collecting the taxes from Harlem and Grovetown, Columbia County commissioners are changing the way the taxes are collected from the two communities. Instead of going straight to […]

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Passing through the first of two Commission readings without any public comment, Columbia County has made some changes to its Massage Service ordinance, bringing the ordinance in line with State guidelines, establishing a clear process for the application, approval and revocation of licenses and instituting clear-cut qualifications for obtaining an operator’s license. Most dramatically, it […]

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

As the national media is sinking its teeth into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and demanding to know when he was aware of the surveillance video showing Ray Rice violently punching his then fiancée in a casino elevator, somehow Augusta has now become part of the story. According to Golf Magazine and several other national news sources, […]

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

On Jan. 2, 2013, a newly-elected Donnie Smith stood before a crowded Augusta Commission chambers after taking the oath of office. He joked that it had been a long campaign, but thanked all of those who had supported his journey to the District 7 seat. And on that day, he made a pledge, much like […]

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then Floyd Everett has some ground to make up in his bid for the District 3 commission seat in Columbia County. Everett’s sign, which is popping up all over District 3, offers the following: “A New Vision for Columbia County Future.” Typo or outright error, it’s […]

Donnie Smith opened a huge can of worms

Donnie Smith opened a huge can of worms

That better have been one hell of a massage that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith enjoyed this past Masters Week because his carefree attitude that entire week has not only ruined his career and his reputation, but it has also raised serious questions about the relationships among some local hospitality houses, law enforcement and the Augusta […]

Phase Two, Part Two

Phase Two, Part Two

Now that it seems developer Frank Mullins has lined up a good slate of potential commercial tenants for Phase Two of the Mullins Crossing shopping center on Washington Road in Columbia County, the Mullins family is seeking to rezone it back to the commercial zoning it held before 2010. The land has been conveniently zoned […]

Fifty First Dates in the 12th Congressional District

Fifty First Dates in the 12th Congressional District

As the November elections inch closer and the bigger-office candidates — not to mention the political parties themselves — start to open their war chests and spend some of their money on television ads, the armchair quarterbacking and wonky handicapping can begin in earnest, especially in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat John Barrow […]