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Water Bills Have Never Been Such Great Reading

Water Bills Have Never Been Such Great Reading

Insider February 5, 2014 “Much has been discussed recently about why the county Commission has not taken action in the situation involving our Tax Commissioner and her alleged conduct.” So begins February’s slick water bill insert Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross pens monthly. He then lists comments directed towards the board apparently through news […]

(((Update))) Drugs. Prostitutes. Human Trafficking. (Leaking Roof)

(((Update))) Drugs. Prostitutes. Human Trafficking. (Leaking Roof)

Update: Friday evening on Facebook a sponsored link from Travel Lodge spotlighted in the following article happened to appear on a Metro Spirit employees’s wall. Here is their Hotels.com listing: Location. Situated in Augusta, Augusta Travelodge is in the suburbs and close to Augusta National Golf Club and Augusta State University. Additional area attractions include […]

Is Willie Mays Considering a Run for Coroner?

Is Willie Mays Considering a Run for Coroner?

The legacy of former Augusta commissioner and one-time interim Mayor Willie Mays already has a permanent place in the history books. Back in 1979, Willie Mays decided to run for his mother’s former city council seat. Carry Mays was a trailblazer and widely respected in Augusta, particularly among city employees who felt they did not […]

Don’t Bet on It

Don’t Bet on It

Contrary to some in media’s opinion that Ron Cross has a race on his hands with Jim Bartley, many Columbia County Insiders disagree. There is a consensus that, along with Bartley’s braggadocio, he has a vicious temper and a penchant for vendettas. Not exactly what Columbia County voters are looking for in a leader. While […]

SCAM Watch update Mr. Almy Responds…again

SCAM Watch update Mr. Almy Responds…again

Interesting how these folks work. Response received answering his email… Fri 1/31/2014 8:33 PM Who is this? How did you get my email address? From: joe@themetrospirit.com To: Redacted Subject: RE: A story about me in your paper. Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:04 -0500 Mr. Almy, I deleted the fact you may reside at the […]

Don’t Bet On It

Don’t Bet On It

Contrary to some in media’s opinion that Ron Cross has a race on his hands with Jim Bartley, many Columbia County Insiders disagree. There is a consensus that along with Bartley’s braggadocio, he has a vicious temper and a penchant for vendettas. Not exactly what Columbia County voters are looking for in a leader. While […]

Were Columbia County Commissioners Warned There was Trouble Ahead?

Were Columbia County Commissioners Warned There was Trouble Ahead?

When Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross held a press conference two days before Christmas announcing the board was sending Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal a letter asking him to look into alleged misconduct by Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, he told reporters that oversight of constitutional officers was extremely difficult. “It is our desire that this […]

Jim Bartley vs. Ron Cross this November

Jim Bartley vs. Ron Cross this November

Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will have some competition for his seat this November. And this new candidate is no stranger to Cross. Just days after Cross announced he will seek a fourth term, local businessman Jim Bartley has officially entered the race and he will definitely shake this election up. Last week, Bartley […]

Who is Running and Who is Not?

Who is Running and Who is Not?

Now that Augusta’s mayoral and commission races have officially been moved to May 20 because state lawmakers voted to change Georgia’s primary election from July to May, folks are rushing to decide whether or not their names will be on the ballot this spring. So far, the folks who have officially declared they are seeking […]

Fred’s In!

Fred’s In!

It is official. Fred Russell is running for mayor.  The announcement will be made as early as next Tuesday. Many Insiders predict if elected, he will be the most qualified mayor the city has seen in decades. He knows where all the bodies are buried, which can make some politicians a little nervous. Russell has […]