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No more sweetheart deals for Joe Mullins

No more sweetheart deals for Joe Mullins

Now that the Metro Spirit has exposed the true colors of Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and former candidate for the House District 122 seat, in this past week’s cover story, it is time for Columbia County leaders to wise up. For years, Mullins has been given special treatment for events he held at the […]

Paine College is suffering serious pains

Paine College is suffering serious pains

This week, Paine College launched its “Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign” promising to get the university back on track after it was recently unable to make its scheduled payroll for some employees. It was grim news for Augusta’s historically African-American college. Over the past few years, Paine College has financially stumbled […]

Major Missteps by Mack Taylor

Major Missteps by Mack Taylor

Columbia County voters decided this past Tuesday that local businesswoman Jodi Lott and former Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor are headed to a December runoff in the District 122 race. It was an extremely impressive night for Lott. Just a few short months ago, very few people in Columbia County knew the name Jodi Lott. […]

Voters let their voices be heard

Voters let their voices be heard

The voters in Richmond and Columbia counties have spoken and what they said during the Nov. 3 election speaks volumes. While many Richmond County citizens have expressed great frustration with the Augusta Commission, voters decided to continue to invest in Augusta by supporting the $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. This year’s […]

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Some locals were surprised this past week by the sudden disappearance of the Augusta Watchdogs’ Facebook page. For those unfamiliar with Augusta Watchdogs, it was a group page on Facebook that discussed a variety of issues facing the Garden City. The Facebook page, primarily led by Harrisburg resident and former Augusta mayoral candidate Lori Davis, […]

A House is Not a Home

A House is Not a Home

If you haven’t ever met Pam Costabile, the manager of code enforcement for Augusta-Richmond County, you’ve probably never had a problem with dilapidated houses in your neighborhood or an unscrupulous landlord who refused to fix your leaking roof. Definitely count your blessings that you’re not faced with such headaches, but you also missed out on […]

The price of voting against SPLOST

The price of voting against SPLOST

How many Richmond County voters are sick of the Augusta Commission? The city is about to find out come next Tuesday. On Nov. 3, citizens will head to the polls to cast their vote on the proposed $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. And, let’s face it, folks aren’t happy. Residents are […]

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

How do you completely disrupt an election in Columbia County? That’s easy. Just file an ethics complaint against your opponent and let the rumors fly. This past week, a supporter for Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat, decided to file a formal complaint against his opponent Mack […]

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis just doesn’t get it. He was elected into office by 75 percent of the votes cast in last year’s election. So, an overwhelming number of people headed to the polls selected him as the man for the job. Voters chose him to represent the city, receive a salary of $75,845 a […]

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

How many voters out there in Columbia County have had the pleasure of receiving a flyer in the mail from Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat? If you’re not sure, you definitely haven’t gotten one. The most recent flyer sent out by Mullins is literally the size […]