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The Elephant on Washington Road

The Elephant on Washington Road

Most Augustans have seen it by now: The grand resort-like structure that is being built by the Augusta National Golf Club which stretches along the old Berckmans Road property, towering behind Jay’s Music on Washington Road. Locals are definitely talking about it. People have described it as everything between Augusta’s own Four Seasons Resort to […]

Another historic loss for Augusta

Another historic loss for Augusta

For years, Historic Augusta has been desperately trying to save the Goodale house, built in 1799, along Sand Bar Ferry Road. But this past week, all of their efforts were instantly turned into rubble as the Alabama owner, who purchased the property for a mere $20,000 about seven years ago, tore down the two-story brick […]

Does Sentinel have no shame?

Does Sentinel have no shame?

So Augustans learned last week that Sentinel Offender Services — the private probation company that has been hit by more than a dozen lawsuits filed in both Richmond and Columbia counties — is now trying to throw Richmond County officials under the bus and blame them for the private company’s shady dealings. Basically, attorneys for […]

Sentinel Stabs Richmond County in the Back

Sentinel Stabs Richmond County in the Back

The old saying clearly holds true: If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas. This week, Sentinel Offender Services — the private probation company that has been hit by more than a dozen lawsuits filed in both Richmond and Columbia counties — turned the tables on Richmond County officials. Attorneys for […]

What are the feds looking for in Augusta?

What are the feds looking for in Augusta?

When word spread this past week that the U.S. Department of Labor has officially launched an audit of Augusta’s city departments regarding whether the local government is properly following the Fair Labor Standards Act, it got some folks’ attention. An audit by the federal government is no laughing matter. Basically, the Fair Labor Standards Act […]

The Runaway Winners of July’s Runoffs: Anderson and McIntyre

The Runaway Winners of July’s Runoffs: Anderson and McIntyre

This week there were two entirely different runoffs in the hands of voters throughout the CSRA. In Richmond County, the runoff for the State Court judgeship being vacated by John Flythe pitted local attorneys Robert “Bo” Hunter III and Kellie Kenner McIntyre in a heated race against one another. Despite Hunter’s best efforts to get […]

Remembering the 1996 Summer Olympics

Remembering the 1996 Summer Olympics

With the 2016 Summer Olympics right around the corner and all of the controversy surrounding the games being held in Rio de Janeiro, it’s hard not to reflect back on the Peach State’s own experience hosting the major international multi-sporting event back in 1996. Twenty years ago this week, Atlanta had the honor of hosting […]

Why won’t Kellie McIntyre answer direct questions?

Why won’t Kellie McIntyre answer direct questions?

As in any local election, the Metro Spirit makes every attempt to contact and interview as many candidates as possible prior to voters heading to the polls. After all, it is part of the newspaper’s mission to inform the public about potential local leaders and their platforms. This election season has been busier than most, but […]

Time to Move Beyond Regency Mall

Time to Move Beyond Regency Mall

Almost every year for the past 20 years, the subject of the former site of Regency Mall rears its ugly head. This year is no exception. Before Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett leaves office at the end of this year, he is attempting to make one final stab at trying to turn that vacant piece of […]

What is the future of Paine College?

What is the future of Paine College?

Early registration for the fall semester of Paine College begins this Friday, July 15, and all eyes are on whether new and current students will continue to stand behind Augusta’s historically African-American college. Many students want to remain committed to Paine, which was founded back in 1882 and has more than a 130-year legacy, but […]