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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

When construction began on the 106-unit CanalSide apartment building in September, it seemed like a quiet, if slightly unusual milestone for downtown Augusta. Quiet because it was treated by many as just another apartment building; unusual because it somewhat expanded the notion of the downtown. The apartments, which the Charlotte-based developer has said will go […]

True Colors

True Colors

You know all the self-congratulatory backslapping that goes on among some elected officials when it comes to how progressive Augusta is? How forward thinking? Well, in spite of the fact that we’re about to host our second TEDx program and have coaxed some big companies to come our way, a national organization is crying BS. […]

Thanks, But No Thanks?

Thanks, But No Thanks?

Does anybody else think it’s strange that of the 21 stops in Congressman-Elect Rick Allen’s Thank You Tour, not one happens to be in Richmond County or Columbia County? In case you’ve already forgotten, Allen beat incumbent Democrat John Barrow after a punishing and expensive campaign last month. Even though Barrow moved to Augusta after […]

Warming The Bench In Augusta

Warming The Bench In Augusta

Seven months. That’s how long Augusta mayor-elect Hardie Davis has had to sit on the sidelines and watch the current mayor and commission conduct the city’s business. Even though Davis was elected in May with almost 75 percent of the vote, he has been forced to quietly wait to take office while commissioners approved a […]

How’s That For Being Progressive?

How’s That For Being Progressive?

Sneaking in under the election radar earlier this month was the fact that Renee McDowell beat out David W. Payne and Eric Blair in a special election to win the seat on the Grovetown city council opened up by the death of Dale Stoddard. Measured against the governor’s race or even the 12th District victory […]

20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

The consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and, let’s just say, it’s been a bumpy ride. Over the years, a lot of attention has been given to the turbulent relationship among members of the Augusta Commission. But, with 10 commissioners representing completely different regions of Richmond County and […]

Hope Fades For Dean

Hope Fades For Dean

The glimmer of hope sustaining former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean and his supporters is getting dimmer and dimmer. Earlier this month, Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Russell III denied Dean’s writ of habeas corpus, which alleged that Dean, who was convicted of two counts of child molestation in December 2011, is innocent and that […]

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Back in September, when Augusta first learned it was going to get a Twin Peaks franchise, the news was pretty much received with a shrug. Described in just about every instance as a “breastaurant” for those who didn’t catch on to the significance of the name or the logo, most people figured it was nothing […]

Who’s Minding the Store?

Who’s Minding the Store?

Insiders are saying that DUI attorneys, especially Jim Duncan and his firm, are pretty much behind the wheel in court, even controlling the calendar and pleading down those who have multiple DUI priors to lesser charges like reckless driving. Ever wonder how firms like DUI Duncan became so powerful? Well, a lot of people within […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

As the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council has been busy working on recommendations to improve Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system following an extremely critical state audit, all eyes are on the future of Sentinel Offender Services. The private probation company, which is currently under contract with the State Court of Richmond County, is feeling the pressure […]