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And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

It’s November, which means it’s time once again for Columbia County to get all interactive and give the public the chance to weigh in on what it thinks are the best examples of building design to go up in the county this year. You can check out the county’s home page for a link to […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

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 […]

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

When members of the Augusta Commission received invitations to a celebratory roast honoring interim City Administrator Tameka Allen this past week that was hand-delivered by a county mail courier in a government-issued car, some commissioners quickly got hot under their collars. “Who’s throwing her this party? Who’s paying for it?” one commissioner asked. “I know […]

Election postmortem

Election postmortem

The campaign signs grew up like weeds once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em in early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]

Election Recap

Election Recap

The campaign signs grew up like weeks once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em In Early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]

Davis’ request renews the charter debate

Davis’ request renews the charter debate

When Mayor-elect Hardie Davis went before the Augusta Commission this week requesting to more than double next year’s budget for the mayor’s office, he immediately began taking some heat. Increasing the mayor’s proposed 2015 budget from $305,700 to more than $600,000 raised several eyebrows on the commission, especially considering the city is facing a major […]

Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat

Doing good isn’t easy in this town. Not only are there a lot of different organizations jumping up and down trying to get you to do good with them, but every now and then you’ll have an issue with an organization or an individual that just doesn’t shake out the way you think it ought […]

More Than Peanuts, Pine Trees and Peaches

More Than Peanuts, Pine Trees and Peaches

Ever since word got out last December that Fort Gordon had scored the U.S. Army Cyber Command Headquarters and the U.S. Army Cyber School of Excellence, the CSRA, particularly Richmond County and most particularly Columbia County, have been running around like kids on Christmas morning — out of their minds with excitement over what they […]

Rhodes vs. Roundtree: This battle is getting ugly

Rhodes vs. Roundtree: This battle is getting ugly

Anyone who knows anything about WGAC Radio Personality Austin Rhodes understands the moment you let that man under your skin, you’ve lost any argument, any debate and any chance of walking away without a war of words. As the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to downplay an investigation into allegations that several officers […]

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Patriotism. Responsibility. Self-governance. Welcome to Civics 101, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and Morris Communications. This week Morris Communications hosted a “patriotic rally” to promote its initiative ROAR: Renaissance of American Responsibility, which is the brainchild of the Chronicle’s editorial page editor Michael Ryan. “It’s not about politics at all. It’s about civics,” Ryan recently told […]