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Donnie Smith should have never been elected

Donnie Smith should have never been elected

Ever since the Georgia State Patrol disclosed its recent report on the despicable actions of former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith towards female employees in his role as lieutenant with the GSP, folks have been coming out of the woodwork with some pretty terrible accusations about Smith. Rumors that would definitely fall under the category of […]

Sean Frantom Attracting Attention

Sean Frantom Attracting Attention

By receiving 43 percent of the vote in the District 7 race this past week, Augusta Commission candidate Sean Frantom has caught the attention of a lot of folks in the Garden City. While Frantom still has an uphill battle facing his opponent, appointed Augusta Commissioner Louis “Hap” Harris, in a runoff for the District […]

The reason Unisys means so much to Augusta

The reason Unisys means so much to Augusta

When the global information technology company Unisys officially announced this week that it will lease the majority of the former Fort Discovery space by the Riverwalk, there was all of the sudden a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Since 2010, there has been a giant hole in the heart of Augusta that […]

Legislative Delegation wiser than Mayor Davis

Legislative Delegation wiser than Mayor Davis

The word on the street is that Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is not pleased with members of the local legislative delegation for turning their backs on him this session regarding his request to give the mayor more power. Apparently, he expected some of his former colleagues under the Gold Dome to stand next to him […]

Who will have the “Luck of the Irish” in District 7?

Who will have the “Luck of the Irish” in District 7?

St. Patrick’s Day is definitely a strange day for an election. But three candidates in District 7 will be competing this Tuesday for the unexpired term of former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith. And, let’s just say, Augustans seem ready and eager to put the whole Donnie Smith fiasco behind them. After hearing an earful of […]

Really, Donnie Smith? Embarrassment central.

Really, Donnie Smith? Embarrassment central.

Voters thought it was bad last year when the Georgia State Patrol released a 19-page report that found former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s conduct during Masters Week was “unbecoming of a Georgia state trooper.” Smith, who had recently retired as a lieutenant from the GSP after more than 20 years of service, worked a second […]

Mayor Davis: All Talk. No Action.

Mayor Davis: All Talk. No Action.

What exactly happened to Hardie “I WANT MORE POWER” Davis this week? After standing up and calling for state legislators just two weeks ago to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill to give the mayor significantly more authority, Davis choked during a simple 5-5 tied vote during last week’s commission meeting? For weeks, the Augusta […]

Former state Sen. Charles Walker speaks

Former state Sen. Charles Walker speaks

There has been a lot of buzz this week about the recent release of former state Sen. Charles Walker’s new autobiography called, From Peanuts to Power: The Road to Wealth, Success and Happiness. While the former senator’s supporters are cheering his every move, many of his critics claim they would rather be forced to read […]

Columbia County’s all-access tickets are a joke

Columbia County’s all-access tickets are a joke

All right, folks. Let’s get one thing straight: Columbia County employees don’t need 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. The county owns the facility. If employees from the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division need access to the exhibition center during a show, all they need is a shirt, […]

Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

All right, folks. Let’s get one thing straight: Columbia County employees don’t need 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. The county owns the facility. If employees from the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division need access to the exhibition center during a show, all they need is a county […]