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Don’t punish Lee Anderson for his grown son’s mistakes

Don’t punish Lee Anderson for his grown son’s mistakes

When word spread last week that Ben Anderson, the 32-year-old son of former state Rep. Lee Anderson, was arrested for DUI in Columbia County, people couldn’t help but shake their heads. Lee Anderson, the Republican candidate for Georgia State Senate’s District 24 seat, is facing Democratic opponent Brenda Jordan in the Nov. 8 election. Of […]

The Feud Between Augusta and Gold Cross Returns

The Feud Between Augusta and Gold Cross Returns

More than two years ago, a dispute between Augusta-Richmond County and Gold Cross EMS left the entire county without any ambulance contract in the beginning of 2014. It was an odd and very uncomfortable situation. Basically, Augusta-Richmond County’s contract with Gold Cross EMS had expired on Dec. 31, 2013, because the Augusta Commission decided it needed […]

Do you want the state governing our schools?

Do you want the state governing our schools?

Roughly 23 percent of schools throughout Georgia have received either a “D” or an “F,” which constitutes a failing grade, for the past three consecutive years, according to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. As a result, Deal has proposed an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that would allow the state to create an “Opportunity School District” based […]

Meteorologist Kevin Niewood accused of the unthinkable

Meteorologist Kevin Niewood accused of the unthinkable

For years, the public has become increasingly desensitized to obscene behavior by public figures. Even putting some of the scandals of this year’s presidential race aside, it has been common news for well-known figures such as former Congressman Anthony Weiner to get caught, well, let’s just say it, with his pants down. Ever since 2011, […]

The Disbarment of Chris Nicholson

The Disbarment of Chris Nicholson

For many lawyers in Augusta, the question was never if local attorney Chris Nicholson was going to be disbarred. It was more just a matter of when. Finally, the other shoe has dropped. This week, the Georgia Supreme Court justices unanimously concurred that Chris Nicholson should be disbarred and no longer be allowed to practice […]

O Brother, Where Art Thou’s Brain?

O Brother, Where Art Thou’s Brain?

So, reigning Masters champion Danny Willett had the unpleasant task this past week of having to apologize for an article written by his brother prior to the Ryder Cup, where his brother basically trashed American golf fans. And, let’s be honest, “trashed” is actually putting it mildly considering what Danny Willett’s brother, Pete, wrote in […]

Does Augusta really need a “solidarity walk?”

Does Augusta really need a “solidarity walk?”

The relationship between law enforcement and some communities across this nation have never been more strained. The recent fatal police shootings of two African-American men in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., have shaken many people to their core. Not only is the public noticing, but so are law enforcement agencies across this country. Law enforcement […]

Paine College shouldn’t get Augusta tax dollars

Paine College shouldn’t get Augusta tax dollars

Over the past several days, the Augusta community has watched Paine College go from losing its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to suddenly having that decision temporarily reversed by a federal judge. The 135-year-old university is facing a tough reality. Currently, the college is still on probation and […]

The Mayor’s Much Ado About Nothing

The Mayor’s Much Ado About Nothing

How many people in Richmond County care whether or not the Augusta Commission approved removing the mayor’s signature block this week from a document called, “Policy for the Drafting of Ordinances and Code Amendments?” Come on, folks. Don’t be shy. Raise your hands. Most people in Augusta don’t really care whether the mayor has a […]

Calie Cook: Take this job and…

Calie Cook: Take this job and…

When Columbia County hired public relations manager Calie Cook a little over a year ago, the Insider definitely took notice. Not because of the person who was hired in the position, but the fact that the Columbia County Board of Commissioners decided they even needed a public relations manager. After all, the commission meetings are […]