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What’s the future of the James Brown Arena?

What’s the future of the James Brown Arena?

Thousands upon thousands of students, parents, teachers and friends made their way to the James Brown Arena in downtown Augusta this past week to celebrate a monumental occasion: Graduation. About an hour before one such ceremony, a well-dressed man could be seen outside the arena picking up handfuls of trash that had been thoughtlessly discarded […]

Rumors surrounding Sgt. Richard Elim’s wreck

Rumors surrounding Sgt. Richard Elim’s wreck

Whenever there is a late-night wreck involving a member of law enforcement, chances are there will be a great deal of speculation and rumors surrounding the incident. Such was the case late last week when Richmond County Sgt. Richard Elim was involved in an accident off Peach Orchard Road on Friday around 2:30 a.m. Apparently, […]

Public housing at Regency Mall?

Public housing at Regency Mall?

It’s definitely commendable that Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett refuses to let the former Regency Mall site fade into distant memory, but the fact is, it’s time to move on. The fate of the former shopping center in south Augusta has to be a private-sector problem. Commissioners from south Augusta can’t continue to obsess about the […]

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

A funeral home director, a pool attendant, an electrician, a correctional officer, a restaurant manager, a deputy jailer, a soldier, a tire salesman and a pharmacy tech. These are only a few examples of the occupations of the 22 suspects arrested this week and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation here in Richmond […]

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

For fans of the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation starring actress Amy Poehler as city employee Leslie Knope, you’ll appreciate this comparison. But, for those of you who don’t know anything about the show, here’s a little history: Parks and Recreation is about a fictional town in south-central Indiana called Pawnee. It’s a quirky little town […]

Major players in the Palmetto Pipeline debate

Major players in the Palmetto Pipeline debate

Did anyone notice anything odd about The Augusta Chronicle’s editorial this weekend called, “Unwise and Unwanted” about the controversial Palmetto Pipeline? The Texas-based company, Kinder Morgan of Houston, wants to construct a $1 billion fuel pipeline stretching from Jacksonville, Fla., to Belton, S.C., in order to carry more than 165,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel or […]

To the Editor:

To the Editor:

For the over 55 years I have lived in Augusta, I have seen many changes and much progress: but I have also seen where the local politics and those in power have impeded growth and development due to their shortsightedness, incompetence or personal agendas. One of the many issues I have been thinking about lately […]

A very bad week for Corey Johnson

A very bad week for Corey Johnson

When word spread this week that former Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson has been accused of abusing his wife following a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Tuesday night, many Augustans were shocked. This was the same commissioner who was generally known as the “friendly one” down at the Marble Palace. The one commissioner who was always willing […]

Bruce Jenner and the Peach State

Bruce Jenner and the Peach State

What does gold-medal Olympian Bruce Jenner and the Peach State have in common? The question sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s not. Both Bruce Jenner and the state of Georgia are having to come to terms with the meaning of “transgender” and how transgender people are treated in society. Just weeks […]

Fudging the truth works in Augusta

Fudging the truth works in Augusta

When Augusta commissioners approved the development of a new gated community off Berckmans Road last week by the sports event management company Byrom plc, did they really expect the public to believe the homes would “strictly” be used for residential purposes, like the company claimed? Sure, fellas. These seven 3,500-square-foot homes will be owned by […]