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Marshall Square Fire: Is the county to blame?

Marshall Square Fire: Is the county to blame?

Some Columbia County residents were in shock after reading last week’s cover story in the Metro Spirit about the one-year anniversary of the Marshall Square fire. Specifically, many readers couldn’t believe the complete and total confusion by Columbia County Fire Marshal Brian Clark during his deposition. As soon as his testimony began, there were early signs of […]

The “religious liberty” feud comes to Augusta

The “religious liberty” feud comes to Augusta

For a brief moment, a group gathered in the city of Augusta got a lot of attention this week. But it’s probably not for what you think. For once, it has nothing to do with golf or the Godfather of Soul. Everyone will probably remember this past April when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal made the […]

Some Republicans offended by Rick Allen

Some Republicans offended by Rick Allen

This weekend news broke that several GOP members walked out of a meeting last Thursday when Augusta’s own Congressman Rick Allen started reading Bible verses condemning homosexuality. Just prior to a vote on a bill that would have barred LGBT discrimination, Allen offered a prayer and allegedly quoted Bible passages describing and condemning homosexuality during […]

Get ready for the July runoff

Get ready for the July runoff

This week’s election proved that Augusta-Richmond County is definitely an entirely different town than it was 20 years ago. First off, it was a bad week for those with ties to the former political powerhouse, state Sen. Charles Walker. To many people’s surprise, attorney Monique Walker, who also happens to be the daughter of the […]

The Winners, the Losers and the Runoffs

The Winners, the Losers and the Runoffs

The votes have been counted and there were so many local races this week, let’s just cut to the chase and talk about some of the winners, the losers and who still gets to campaign over the next several weeks in the hot Georgia sun in hopes of winning a runoff. In the crucial race […]

The Race for Judge is No Joke

The Race for Judge is No Joke

Over the past few weeks, The Insider has written a lot about the race between Superior Court Judge Carl Brown and local attorney Chris Nicholson. The fact that Nicholson is attempting to unseat a well-respected judge, who has served for more than 34 years as both a Superior Court judge and chief judge of Augusta’s […]

Nicholson: Billy Morris is the “White Devil”

Nicholson: Billy Morris is the “White Devil”

Let’s face it, there are some people in this community who truly believe that Augusta attorney Chris Nicholson has absolutely no business running for the Superior Court judgeship currently held by Judge Carl Brown. There are some folks who insist that Nicholson doesn’t even belong in the courtroom as a lawyer. In fact, several people […]

Is Chris Nicholson eligible to run for a judgeship?

Is Chris Nicholson eligible to run for a judgeship?

A lot of rumors have been circling this week after The Augusta Chronicle recently reported that the disciplinary arm of the State Bar of Georgia is recommending that Augusta attorney Chris Nicholson be suspended from practicing law for at least two years. So a local attorney could be suspended from practicing? Sure, it’s news. But, so […]

Who will be the new face of District 5 in Augusta?

Who will be the new face of District 5 in Augusta?

In the next two weeks, voters will decide whether they want new faces on the Augusta Commission or if they are satisfied with the job and performance of the incumbents. There are really three district seats up for grabs and one will definitely be represented by a new commissioner, since long-time Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett […]

A new clerk of courts after almost 25 years

A new clerk of courts after almost 25 years

When longtime Richmond County Clerk of Courts Elaine Johnson announced she was retiring this year after four decades of working in the clerk’s office, it wasn’t a huge surprise. After all, Johnson’s husband, Maj. Gene Johnson of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, decided to retire in 2014 after serving this county for almost 50 years. […]