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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 […]

AJC Uncovers Doctor’s Sex Abuse in Augusta

AJC Uncovers Doctor’s Sex Abuse in Augusta

This past week, The Atlanta Journal Constitution did an incredible investigative series about doctors and sex abuse cases across this entire country. What these journalists, led by reporters Ariel Hart, Danny Robbins and Carrie Teegardin, discovered was deeply disturbing. In Georgia, they focused on a case involving an Augusta physician named Dr. William Almon who served […]

More than Fireworks at the Riverwalk

More than Fireworks at the Riverwalk

The last thing downtown Augusta wanted to hear following the Fourth of July fireworks was gunfire ring out along the Riverwalk. But that’s what happened. According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, two men apparently began arguing and both individuals pulled out guns and began firing next to the Unisys building at Seventh Street and […]

Neighbor vs. neighbor in the State Court judicial race

Neighbor vs. neighbor in the State Court judicial race

A recent letter to the editor published in The Metro Courier has stirred up some hard feelings between Augusta neighbors from the Grand Boulevard area. A few weeks ago, local resident Betty Harrison wrote a critical letter denouncing Robert “Bo” Hunter III, candidate for the State Court seat vacated by Judge John Flythe. Harrison, a supporter […]

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Many Augusta residents are blinding mad over the spanking new 200 lights lining River Watch Parkway that are burning holes in drivers’ retinas. “Soooooooo many lights! It is like a baseball field!” one woman posted on Facebook this week about the River Watch project that includes towering lights with 150-watt fixtures. “Bless the people in […]

Lee Anderson isn’t afraid to speak

Lee Anderson isn’t afraid to speak

Former state Rep. Lee Anderson recently proved his critics wrong. Anderson, who happens to be facing a July runoff against fellow Republican Greg Grzybowski in the race for the state Senate District 24 seat has “enthusiastically accepted” his challenger’s offer of a debate. This, despite the fact that his critics love to point out that […]

We Didn’t Start the Fire… But We’re To Blame

We Didn’t Start the Fire… But We’re To Blame

Over the past year, the Insider has pointed out numerous problems and concerns with not only the construction of the Marshall Square retirement community and the management of the Evans facility, but also Columbia County’s response to the tragic fire of June 2, 2015. At times, it was difficult to even relay the inadequacies of […]

Is the sheriff looking to take over the marshal’s office?

Is the sheriff looking to take over the marshal’s office?

Ever since Lt. Ramone Lamkin of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office defeated longtime Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith at the polls, there has been a rumor floating around the county that just won’t go away. The rumor is that Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree encouraged Lamkin to run for marshal with the intention of proposing […]

Have Georgia Republican leaders lost their minds?

Have Georgia Republican leaders lost their minds?

A few weeks ago, Augusta’s own Congressman Rick Allen was widely criticized for reading Bible verses condemning homosexuality during a prayer at a Republican caucus meeting. Allen gave the prayer just prior to a vote on a bill that would have barred LGBT discrimination. The congressman’s comments apparently caused several of his fellow Republicans to […]

Morris got the awards, but the staff earned them

Morris got the awards, but the staff earned them

Earlier this year, The Insider couldn’t help but comment on the mass exodus that was occurring at The Columbia County News-Times. After the newspaper laid off several staff members in January and piled triple the work onto the remaining workhorses in the office, Morris Publishing Group announced that The Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford was […]