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“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

That was the relieved reaction of Columbia County commissioners when they received a list of more conditions regarding the hospital they so desperately want: “At least it wasn’t a no.” Officials know that the Department of Community Health (DCH) could slap down a no at any time, and the farther they get into the process […]

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta commissioners are in a no-win situation come Monday. They are scheduled to appoint an interim commissioner to fill the District 7 seat vacated by disgraced former Commissioner Donnie Smith. A special election will be held on March 17 for those seeking the permanent position. It all sounded simple enough until politics and the public […]

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

Weak. That is all anyone with half a brain can say about The Augusta Chronicle president Dana Atkins’ explanation regarding his decision to initially pull Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford from this Saturday’s debate between incumbent Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen. In case you missed it, news broke Wednesday that apparently […]

Of Cardboard and Candidates

Of Cardboard and Candidates

While the Barrow camp ratcheted up its sense of urgency among potential supporters by sending out an impassioned plea for donations in the wake of Republican opponent Rick Allen’s quote to the Statesboro Herald that he raised almost $400,000 in four weeks, Allen has failed to display any momentum from the announcement, though he certainly […]

Serious horse-trading going down on the Augusta Commission

Serious horse-trading going down on the Augusta Commission

“There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.”— “The Godfather” It appears Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has found himself a new “twin brother.” Too bad Williams’ new […]

Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Hap Harris must be one of the unhappiest people in Augusta-Richmond County this week. After all, if he was at all serious about running for the District 7 seat in March, that ship has pretty much sailed. All thanks to his good friend, Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith. When it comes to politics 101, Smith must […]

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

UPDATE: The Augusta Chronicle’s president, Dana Atkins, announced Wednesday evening that the debate between John Barrow and Rick Allen is still scheduled, but the venue has changed because one of the candidates had “apprehension” over holding the forum at the Islamic Community Center of Augusta. The new location is the Evans Government Complex and Steve […]

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Anyone who saw Columbia County District 3 commission candidate Trip Derryberry’s campaign banner hanging from the fence at Evans Town Center Park Saturday morning after the Montgomery Gentry concert might have gotten the impression that Columbia County was somehow endorsing Derryberry. Or that Derryberry was sponsoring the park. Both are untrue. According to county officials, […]

Is Marion Williams the new Godfather of the Garden City?

Is Marion Williams the new Godfather of the Garden City?

“There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.”– The Godfather It appears Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has found himself a new “twin brother.” Too bad Williams’ new […]

George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

George Bradley is out as Paine College’s president

It was a long time coming. Many deeply dissatisfied Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students were cheering the announcement this week that Dr. George Bradley, president of the historically African-American college, had resigned. Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release on Tuesday that Bradley’s resignation was effective immediately. Apparently, […]