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Removing the Confederate flag

Removing the Confederate flag

When S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley called for legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House this week, it was a monumental change. For many in this area, it’s hard to believe that it has been more than 15 years since the Confederate flag was first moved from the State House’s […]

More questions about the Savannah trip

More questions about the Savannah trip

If you’ve read the cover story this week — “Picking up the Tab” by Metro Spirit reporter Stacey Eidson on page 14 and that ran Sunday, June 14, on the metrospirit.com website — you’re probably baffled by the fact that the Columbia County Board of Commissioners and department directors recently spent more than $3,500 of taxpayers’ […]

Awwww, shucks. Not me.

Awwww, shucks. Not me.

This past Monday on the Austin Rhodes show, Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said he doesn’t care for going to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, nor does he particularly enjoy attending the Masters Golf Tournament. According to Cross, he doesn’t eat that much steak and would rather watch the tournament on TV. Cross and other […]

The gateway to Augusta

The gateway to Augusta

Riverwatch and Alexander: This is the gateway to Augusta that all the out of town “patrons” see in April. Of course, when they see it the weeds aren’t there. That’s Augusta’s dirty little secret. We repaint the roads, cut down the weeds and grass, pick up the trash… basic things cities generally do all year […]

What happened to ROAR?

What happened to ROAR?

It’s been almost a year and a half since Morris Communications decided to launched its website called roar.us that was supposedly designed to help create a “Renaissance of American Responsibility.” The website began with such ambitious goals. Michael Ryan, the editorial page editor for The Augusta Chronicle, was named ROAR’s executive director and Morris Communications claimed […]

Three boys’ lives, one huge mistake

Three boys’ lives, one huge mistake

There has been a lot of talk this week about the three young boys who were killed in a car crash on River Watch Parkway near Stevens Creek Road. The loss of these area children is truly heartbreaking. But the grief was only heightened this week when the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released the accident […]

Augusta National is buying up land… again

Augusta National is buying up land… again

For the past several years, the owners of The Lodge on Heath — the spacious 12,000-square-foot hospitality house located less than 150 feet away from Gate 9 at the Augusta National — stood proud and defiant. The Lodge on Heath was the permanent neighbor to the Augusta National, whether the private golf club liked it […]

The Pornography Case Involving Ken Kraemer

The Pornography Case Involving Ken Kraemer

Former Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer made headlines in Milwaukee, Wis., back in 2007 because he was reportedly arrested for the sexual assault of a 4-year-old child and possession of child pornography. At the time, he was serving as deputy director for the Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin following his termination here in Augusta […]

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, […]