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Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Dateline Friday June 20th, 2014 Friday morning workers were busy painting the façade of the burned out Bayou building featured in the flyover on metrospirit.com a couple of weeks ago. The building was gutted by fire in 2001. Since then the building has remained gutted, boarded up and fire charred. Coincidentally, just yesterday the city’s […]

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

Donnie Smith has been suspended from his job with the Georgia State Patrol. Why? The Insider has been wrong before, but we weren’t wrong on the Donnie Smith/Wild Wing fiasco. And while it is early on, multiple sources relate he is being investigated for possibly “double dipping” Masters week. Insiders say he was working for […]

So, what did Donnie Smith do?

So, what did Donnie Smith do?

Locals were stunned this week when the Georgia State Patrol revealed that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay from his position as a lieutenant with GSP due to a “policy violation.” Smith, who has worked for the GSP for more than 20 years, is now under investigation. Now, it may […]

Checking out

Checking out

A year ago, the Augusta-based East Central Georgia Regional Library System consisted of Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Warren and Lincoln counties. But when Columbia County decided it was tired of paying more than $130,000 in fees to be a part of the system, they broke off and formed their own, the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library […]

Long Adds to His List of Titles

Long Adds to His List of Titles

John R.B. “Jack” Long of John R.B. Long P.C., better known as Paige Tucker of NBC 26’s husband, was installed as president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia on June 6 during the organization’s annual meeting. He was sworn in by Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of […]

Boogie Woogie Woogie

Boogie Woogie Woogie

This year’s Banjo-B-Que was a huge success. Booking the Avett Brothers for their Friday night appearance was an incredibly expensive gamble that paid off. Congratulations go out to Doug and Cathy Varnadore and the rest of the staff for pulling off what was an incredible festival. Cudos are also in order for Joe Neal, Jr., […]

The downfall of Tim Shelnut

The downfall of Tim Shelnut

About 15 years ago, Tim Shelnut was flying high. Once a high school dropout, he became known as one of the richest men in the Augusta area. Shelnut often boasted that he had been involved in the “financial-services industry” for more than 30 years. In the late 1980s and 1990s, he spent 14 years as […]

Recreational Auditing

Recreational Auditing

Given what happened at the Columbia County Tax Commissioner’s office, you can bet everyone over at the Government Center is paying a lot more attention these days to the audit results that cross their desks. Audits are supposed to be a combination of preventative medicine and deterrence. They can spot a minor problem before it […]

Heery Walking a High Wire

Heery Walking a High Wire

As faces grow redder over the bungling of the $40 million Municipal Center renovations, a lot of attention is being paid to Heery International, the company paid by the city to oversee the Municipal Building renovations as well as all the big-ticket SPLOST projects. It’s not the kind of attention any company likes to receive. […]

Regency Mall owners really want $50 million?

Regency Mall owners really want $50 million?

In its heyday, Regency Mall was heralded as a unique shopping experience, unparalleled by anything in the surrounding area. In fact, the mall, built by shopping center magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, was billed as the largest in Georgia at the time it opened its doors in 1978. Today, however, it stands as an empty, beige […]