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Who will have the “Luck of the Irish” in District 7?

Who will have the “Luck of the Irish” in District 7?

St. Patrick’s Day is definitely a strange day for an election. But three candidates in District 7 will be competing this Tuesday for the unexpired term of former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith. And, let’s just say, Augustans seem ready and eager to put the whole Donnie Smith fiasco behind them. After hearing an earful of read more

Really, Donnie Smith? Embarrassment central.

Really, Donnie Smith? Embarrassment central.

Voters thought it was bad last year when the Georgia State Patrol released a 19-page report that found former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s conduct during Masters Week was “unbecoming of a Georgia state trooper.” Smith, who had recently retired as a lieutenant from the GSP after more than 20 years of service, worked a second read more

Mayor Davis: All Talk. No Action.

Mayor Davis: All Talk. No Action.

What exactly happened to Hardie “I WANT MORE POWER” Davis this week? After standing up and calling for state legislators just two weeks ago to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill to give the mayor significantly more authority, Davis choked during a simple 5-5 tied vote during last week’s commission meeting? For weeks, the Augusta read more

Former state Sen. Charles Walker speaks

Former state Sen. Charles Walker speaks

There has been a lot of buzz this week about the recent release of former state Sen. Charles Walker’s new autobiography called, From Peanuts to Power: The Road to Wealth, Success and Happiness. While the former senator’s supporters are cheering his every move, many of his critics claim they would rather be forced to read read more

Columbia County’s all-access tickets are a joke

Columbia County’s all-access tickets are a joke

All right, folks. Let’s get one thing straight: Columbia County employees don’t need 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. The county owns the facility. If employees from the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division need access to the exhibition center during a show, all they need is a shirt, read more

Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

All right, folks. Let’s get one thing straight: Columbia County employees don’t need 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. The county owns the facility. If employees from the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division need access to the exhibition center during a show, all they need is a county read more

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: It was a true delight reading about Dr. Edward Cashin and his contributions to the history of Augusta (“Cashin’s Augusta,” February 5). Your article was thoroughly researched, comprehensive and well written. However, many do not know that Ed Cashin himself had a rich history before he came to Augusta in 1969. I read more

Hardie Davis’ “OneAugusta” is very singular

Hardie Davis’ “OneAugusta” is very singular

When Mayor Hardie Davis came up with the campaign slogan, “OneAugusta” last year, he said that it meant he wanted a “unified Augusta.” Prior to taking office, Davis frequently spoke about how he looked forward to “working with the commission” to truly transform the city. And during his first six weeks in office, he has read more

RCBOE better watch prayers in schools

RCBOE better watch prayers in schools

It’s no secret that the separation of church and state has never been a huge priority in Richmond County’s school system. Almost any day of the week, students can walk into area schools and hear a number of teachers and, in some cases, even principals, talk about God and lessons from the Bible. We’re in read more

Doug Lively’s Knickers in a Twist

Doug Lively’s Knickers in a Twist

Last week, the Insider decided to shed a little light on the sweetheart deal that Morris Communications, parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has with its private hangar at Augusta Regional Airport. Basically, “Hangar 3” out at the airport houses private jets owned by William S. Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications. In a nutshell, read more