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D.A. needs to investigate Marshall Square

D.A. needs to investigate Marshall Square

Does everyone agree that the ruling by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens this week that last year’s deadly fire at the Marshall Square retirement community was “accidental” is pretty much meaningless? Obviously, no one intentionally set fire to the billiard room on the third floor of the retirement community in the early morning […]

Should the state take control of failing schools?

Should the state take control of failing schools?

Nothing makes local educators more nervous than the thought of state officials taking over struggling schools across the Peach State. But that is exactly what a proposed amendment to the Georgia Constitution would allow if the “Opportunity School District” referendum passes this November. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal proposed last year that the state create an Opportunity […]

Is Augusta National buying more property?

Is Augusta National buying more property?

As local drivers are just now beginning to get used to traveling up and down the new Berckmans Road as they maneuver through west Augusta, many longtime residents can’t help but slow down and really look at all the changes surrounding the Augusta National Golf Club. Entire neighborhoods are gone. Many hospitality houses are history. […]

A Turbulent Political Season Ahead

A Turbulent Political Season Ahead

If you ask anyone in town about this year’s presidential election, they’ll definitely have an opinion. “This country can’t tolerate another Clinton in the White House,” some folks say. Others will declare, “Anyone but Donald Trump. Seriously. Anyone.” But how many local people realize that there are major elections coming up in Richmond and Columbia […]

Will North Augusta ever see Scuttle’s Island?

Will North Augusta ever see Scuttle’s Island?

Poor North Augusta officials. They were so enthusiastic last year when Scuttle’s Island developers Benjamin Bell and Andrew Thompson announced they planned to build a new 40-acre water park in North Augusta by Memorial Day weekend that would be home to the “tallest water slide in the Southeast.” It was another huge economic boost for […]

Get on the Good Foot, Augusta

Get on the Good Foot, Augusta

For those Augustans who always insist on complaining about the downtown area, it’s time to step up, listen to the city’s future plans and let your thoughts be heard. Starting next week, the city of Augusta will hold three public meetings to solicit input from local residents and business owners regarding future improvements to downtown […]

The Augusta Commission’s Deep Pockets

The Augusta Commission’s Deep Pockets

All of a sudden members of the Augusta Commission are feeling awfully generous this week with $80,000 of taxpayer money. But these taxpayer dollars aren’t headed to improve city departments. Instead, six Augusta commissioners this week decided to provide four local nonprofits with $20,000 each. Those nonprofits slated to receive the money are the Bethlehem […]

Giving Public Safety Officers a Bad Name

Giving Public Safety Officers a Bad Name

It was bad enough when the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that veteran members of the sheriff’s office and Columbia County Fire Rescue were allegedly involved in a crime involving a wreck on I-20 this past weekend. But now it appears some firefighters from Richmond County may also be involved in the incident. […]

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Local drama unfolds on live television

The local news stations have been hard to watch lately. As the Insider pointed out earlier this week, WAGT NBC 26’s parent company, Schurz Communications, sold its local television station to Gray Television. Gray Television also happens to own the local CBS affiliate, WRDW Channel 12. Upon completion of that sale on Tuesday, Gray Television […]

Goodbye, NBC 26 Today

Goodbye, NBC 26 Today

When fans of NBC 26 Today tuned in to see their favorite morning anchors, Barclay Bishop and Jay Jefferies, on Tuesday morning, many Augustans were crushed. There was no smiling Barclay and no joking Jay. The two beloved morning anchors were gone. The news station was immediately flooded with complaints and dozens of comments began […]