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Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Hap Harris must be one of the unhappiest people in Augusta-Richmond County this week. After all, if he was at all serious about running for the District 7 seat in March, that ship has pretty much sailed. All thanks to his good friend, Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith. When it comes to politics 101, Smith must […]

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

UPDATE: The Augusta Chronicle’s president, Dana Atkins, announced Wednesday evening that the debate between John Barrow and Rick Allen is still scheduled, but the venue has changed because one of the candidates had “apprehension” over holding the forum at the Islamic Community Center of Augusta. The new location is the Evans Government Complex and Steve […]

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Anyone who saw Columbia County District 3 commission candidate Trip Derryberry’s campaign banner hanging from the fence at Evans Town Center Park Saturday morning after the Montgomery Gentry concert might have gotten the impression that Columbia County was somehow endorsing Derryberry. Or that Derryberry was sponsoring the park. Both are untrue. According to county officials, […]

Is Marion Williams the new Godfather of the Garden City?

Is Marion Williams the new Godfather of the Garden City?

“There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.”– The Godfather It appears Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has found himself a new “twin brother.” Too bad Williams’ new […]

George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

It was a long time coming. Many deeply dissatisfied Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students were cheering the announcement this week that Dr. George Bradley, president of the historically African-American college, had resigned. Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release on Tuesday that Bradley’s resignation was effective immediately. Apparently, […]

Columbia County Cuts Away at Tax Commissioner Position

Columbia County Cuts Away at Tax Commissioner Position

In the midst of the special election to fill the Columbia County tax commissioner seat that Kay Allen left when it was discovered she was personally profiting by collecting the taxes from Harlem and Grovetown, Columbia County commissioners are changing the way the taxes are collected from the two communities. Instead of going straight to […]

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Passing through the first of two Commission readings without any public comment, Columbia County has made some changes to its Massage Service ordinance, bringing the ordinance in line with State guidelines, establishing a clear process for the application, approval and revocation of licenses and instituting clear-cut qualifications for obtaining an operator’s license. Most dramatically, it […]

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

As the national media is sinking its teeth into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and demanding to know when he was aware of the surveillance video showing Ray Rice violently punching his then fiancée in a casino elevator, somehow Augusta has now become part of the story. According to Golf Magazine and several other national news sources, […]

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

On Jan. 2, 2013, a newly-elected Donnie Smith stood before a crowded Augusta Commission chambers after taking the oath of office. He joked that it had been a long campaign, but thanked all of those who had supported his journey to the District 7 seat. And on that day, he made a pledge, much like […]

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then Floyd Everett has some ground to make up in his bid for the District 3 commission seat in Columbia County. Everett’s sign, which is popping up all over District 3, offers the following: “A New Vision for Columbia County Future.” Typo or outright error, it’s […]