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Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

As the national media is sinking its teeth into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and demanding to know when he was aware of the surveillance video showing Ray Rice violently punching his then fiancée in a casino elevator, somehow Augusta has now become part of the story. According to Golf Magazine and several other national news sources, […]

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

On Jan. 2, 2013, a newly-elected Donnie Smith stood before a crowded Augusta Commission chambers after taking the oath of office. He joked that it had been a long campaign, but thanked all of those who had supported his journey to the District 7 seat. And on that day, he made a pledge, much like […]

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then Floyd Everett has some ground to make up in his bid for the District 3 commission seat in Columbia County. Everett’s sign, which is popping up all over District 3, offers the following: “A New Vision for Columbia County Future.” Typo or outright error, it’s […]

Donnie Smith opened a huge can of worms

Donnie Smith opened a huge can of worms

That better have been one hell of a massage that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith enjoyed this past Masters Week because his carefree attitude that entire week has not only ruined his career and his reputation, but it has also raised serious questions about the relationships among some local hospitality houses, law enforcement and the Augusta […]

Phase Two, Part Two

Phase Two, Part Two

Now that it seems developer Frank Mullins has lined up a good slate of potential commercial tenants for Phase Two of the Mullins Crossing shopping center on Washington Road in Columbia County, the Mullins family is seeking to rezone it back to the commercial zoning it held before 2010. The land has been conveniently zoned […]

Fifty First Dates in the 12th Congressional District

Fifty First Dates in the 12th Congressional District

As the November elections inch closer and the bigger-office candidates — not to mention the political parties themselves — start to open their war chests and spend some of their money on television ads, the armchair quarterbacking and wonky handicapping can begin in earnest, especially in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat John Barrow […]

Grady Smith burns bridges on the first day

Grady Smith burns bridges on the first day

Ask the average small business owner in Richmond County what is wrong with Augusta politics and this astute quote from Commissioner Grady Smith in this week’s feature story about the tax increase would sum it up: “Might as well start off on the right foot,” Grady Smith said, sarcastically referring to Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan’s […]

AJC news editor criticized for Ferguson comment

AJC news editor criticized for Ferguson comment

Everyone in Augusta by now has heard the story of the North Augusta mom who dropped the F-bomb in front of her kids at a Kroger grocery store across the river. But this past week, George Mathis, a news editor from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution got an earful from readers of his blog, “News to Me.” The […]

Should Ben Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Should Ben Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Much of Augusta was surprised and saddened to hear of Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson’s resignation last week. But considering the devastating loss of his wife to cancer earlier this year, it is completely understandable why Jackson may need to concentrate more time at home with his daughter and two sons. This week, Augusta commissioners unanimously […]