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Website Targets Paine College President George Bradley

Website Targets Paine College President George Bradley

A recently created website, thepaineproject.net, which claims to be created by some Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students at Augusta’s historically African-American college, has apparently had enough of President George Bradley. The website is demanding the immediate ouster of Bradley and his administration from Paine College. And the website does not mince words. “Since […]

King Hardie Takes His Throne

King Hardie Takes His Throne

For the past several years, Augusta has gotten used to a mayor who simply smiles, bites his tongue and tries to be friends with everyone. Well, Augusta, get ready for a change. Apparently, Augusta Mayor-Elect Hardie Davis has an opinion and he’s not afraid to use it. While attending his first Augusta Commission’s retreat held […]

Preserving Our Traditions…From Delaware

Preserving Our Traditions…From Delaware

In this week’s Metro Spirit, the Insider considered how Columbia County seemed to be attempting to overcome its new kid on the block status by buying its way to historical relevance. Though it’s an old county with plenty of history, Columbia County’s government hasn’t really had much weight to throw around until recently, and that […]

To the Editor:

To the Editor:

I absolutely loved your article on Green Light Studios — an incredible studio run by the incredibly talented Morgan Parham. The place is fully deserving of all the great comments written in your article but one thing needs to be corrected — Green Light Studios is not the only all-ages venue in Augusta. Matter of […]

More Loan Drama

More Loan Drama

After taking a tour of the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem redevelopment area and visiting some of the individual properties, members of the commission-appointed Urban Redevelopment Agency voted on a $2.5 million bridge loan which they were told was necessary to keep the redevelopment project moving forward. That approval eventually came, but what most likely would have been a […]

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Here’s a question: when confirmation that an organization is headed in the right direction comes from a group that organization is paying, does that mean they’re really headed in the right direction, or does it mean they’ve hired smart people who know who’s writing the checks? In the case of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), […]

Spend it Before it Burns

Spend it Before it Burns

So Columbia County commissioners approved more SPLOST money for a military memorial behind the Evans Library. What’s not to like about that? After all, it’s perfectly reasonable that a county as proudly patriotic as Columbia County would want such a memorial. It certainly has an established history for spending money on quality of life items, […]

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Here’s a question: when confirmation that an organization is headed in the right direction comes from a group that organization is paying, does that mean they’re really headed in the right direction, or does it mean they’ve hired smart people who know who’s writing the checks? In the case of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), […]

Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Dateline Friday June 20th, 2014 Friday morning workers were busy painting the façade of the burned out Bayou building featured in the flyover on metrospirit.com a couple of weeks ago. The building was gutted by fire in 2001. Since then the building has remained gutted, boarded up and fire charred. Coincidentally, just yesterday the city’s […]

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

Donnie Smith has been suspended from his job with the Georgia State Patrol. Why? The Insider has been wrong before, but we weren’t wrong on the Donnie Smith/Wild Wing fiasco. And while it is early on, multiple sources relate he is being investigated for possibly “double dipping” Masters week. Insiders say he was working for […]