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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 […]

Getting the Last Laugh

Getting the Last Laugh

Poor Deke. In the twilight of his political career, at least as mayor of Augusta, lame duck Deke Copenhaver’s big finish is turning out to be a dud. It’s not that he’s not trying, he’s just not having much success. On August 14, we learned that after so much early promise (not to mention more […]

Diverging Diamond in the Rough

Diverging Diamond in the Rough

When news broke that Columbia County officials had green lighted an incentive package totaling $700,000 for a massive new retail development at the already massively congested I-20 exit in Grovetown, you couldn’t help but hear the massive groan of frustration from those who regularly drive in that area. Make no mistake, all but a stubborn […]

Should Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Should 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 this past 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. On Monday, Augusta commissioners […]

Getting the Last Laugh

Getting the Last Laugh

Poor Deke. In the twilight of his political career, at least as mayor of Augusta, lame duck Deke Copenhaver’s big finish is turning out to be a dud. It’s not that he’s not trying, he’s just not having much success. On August 14, we learned that after so much early promise (not to mention more […]