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20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

20th anniversary of Augusta’s half-baked charter

The consolidation of Augusta and Richmond County is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and, let’s just say, it’s been a bumpy ride. Over the years, a lot of attention has been given to the turbulent relationship among members of the Augusta Commission. But, with 10 commissioners representing completely different regions of Richmond County and […]

Hope Fades For Dean

Hope Fades For Dean

The glimmer of hope sustaining former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean and his supporters is getting dimmer and dimmer. Earlier this month, Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Russell III denied Dean’s writ of habeas corpus, which alleged that Dean, who was convicted of two counts of child molestation in December 2011, is innocent and that […]

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Twin Peaks Busts Out While Chili’s Feels the Heat

Back in September, when Augusta first learned it was going to get a Twin Peaks franchise, the news was pretty much received with a shrug. Described in just about every instance as a “breastaurant” for those who didn’t catch on to the significance of the name or the logo, most people figured it was nothing […]

Who’s Minding the Store?

Who’s Minding the Store?

Insiders are saying that DUI attorneys, especially Jim Duncan and his firm, are pretty much behind the wheel in court, even controlling the calendar and pleading down those who have multiple DUI priors to lesser charges like reckless driving. Ever wonder how firms like DUI Duncan became so powerful? Well, a lot of people within […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks About Sentinel’s Future

As the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council has been busy working on recommendations to improve Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system following an extremely critical state audit, all eyes are on the future of Sentinel Offender Services. The private probation company, which is currently under contract with the State Court of Richmond County, is feeling the pressure […]

And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

It’s November, which means it’s time once again for Columbia County to get all interactive and give the public the chance to weigh in on what it thinks are the best examples of building design to go up in the county this year. You can check out the county’s home page for a link to […]

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Talks

As the governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Council has been busy working on recommendations to improve Georgia’s misdemeanor probation system following an extremely critical state audit, all eyes are on the future of Sentinel Offender Services. The private probation company, which is currently under contract with the State Court of Richmond County, is feeling the pressure […]

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

Party for Tameka Allen ruffles some feathers

When members of the Augusta Commission received invitations to a celebratory roast honoring interim City Administrator Tameka Allen this past week that was hand-delivered by a county mail courier in a government-issued car, some commissioners quickly got hot under their collars. “Who’s throwing her this party? Who’s paying for it?” one commissioner asked. “I know […]

Election postmortem

Election postmortem

The campaign signs grew up like weeds once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em in early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]

Election Recap

Election Recap

The campaign signs grew up like weeks once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em In Early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]