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Did Goodman’s PTAC unit cause the Marshall Square fire?

Did Goodman’s PTAC unit cause the Marshall Square fire?

While everyone knows that the state’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has ruled that the deadly fire at the Marshall Square retirement community was “accidental,” local attorneys representing the former residents of the building have always wanted to find the specific source and cause of the fire. For more than a year, speculation […]

Augusta’s “private dancer” gets bounced

Augusta’s “private dancer” gets bounced

Local dancer Sharon Bush Ellison finally got a chance to plead her case before the Augusta Commission this week, and let’s just say, things didn’t go very well. Ellison went before the commission regarding her request for what she was calling an “adult entertainment independent contractor license” that would allow her to dance at private […]

Will the federal indictments change Murphy Village?

Will the federal indictments change Murphy Village?

Just about everyone in the Augusta area has seen them. A group of women with teased hair and thick makeup walking into a local restaurant with several small children by their side. Many of the toddler girls are already wearing makeup and dancing around in extravagant dresses that could pass for outfits in a beauty […]

A new beginning for low-income housing in Augusta?

A new beginning for low-income housing in Augusta?

When motorists drive past the former Cherry Tree Crossing site on 15th Street in downtown Augusta, it’s hard to believe the violence and tragedy that was once rampant in the neighborhood. More than five years ago, Cherry Tree Crossing was at a crossroads. Violent crimes were a regular occurrence within the community, which was filled […]

Sexual assault allegations against a Savannah politician

Sexual assault allegations against a Savannah politician

Things are getting pretty ugly down in Savannah this week for one city councilman with local ties to the area, and the Insider is definitely not referring to Julian Miller, the former president of The Augusta Chronicle. However, the Insider is talking about one of Miller’s colleagues on the Savannah City Council: Alderman Tony Thomas. […]

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz Faces the Criticism

UGA’s Gunnar Bentz Faces the Criticism

For more than a week, there have been a lot of accusations and name-calling surrounding the highly controversial incident involving four U.S. Olympic swimmers at a Rio de Janeiro gas station. The entire incident seems like it’s some bad scene from the movie, “The Hangover.” Basically, one of swimmers, allegedly 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte, apparently […]

Running out of HOPE

Running out of HOPE

Shockwaves were felt in households across the state this past week after a recent study by the Committee to Preserve HOPE Scholarships revealed that Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is in jeopardy of running out of money by 2028. Even though the Georgia Lottery just announced it is transferring a record $1.097 billion to education in 2016, it’s still […]

The Elephant on Washington Road

The Elephant on Washington Road

Most Augustans have seen it by now: The grand resort-like structure that is being built by the Augusta National Golf Club which stretches along the old Berckmans Road property, towering behind Jay’s Music on Washington Road. Locals are definitely talking about it. People have described it as everything between Augusta’s own Four Seasons Resort to […]

Another historic loss for Augusta

Another historic loss for Augusta

For years, Historic Augusta has been desperately trying to save the Goodale house, built in 1799, along Sand Bar Ferry Road. But this past week, all of their efforts were instantly turned into rubble as the Alabama owner, who purchased the property for a mere $20,000 about seven years ago, tore down the two-story brick […]

Does Sentinel have no shame?

Does Sentinel have no shame?

So Augustans learned last week that Sentinel Offender Services — the private probation company that has been hit by more than a dozen lawsuits filed in both Richmond and Columbia counties — is now trying to throw Richmond County officials under the bus and blame them for the private company’s shady dealings. Basically, attorneys for […]