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Will Richmond County Commissioners Rubberstamp Sentinel

Will Richmond County Commissioners Rubberstamp Sentinel

“…a copy of the new contract was never provided to the public safety committee and was not even read by any of the committee members before they approved it to go before the Commission for formal approval in a consent agenda.” On Tuesday, a new contract between private probation company Sentinel Offender Services and the […]

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

The Insider hates to admit this, but when Chief State Court Judge Richard Slaby went before the city’s public safety committee meeting this week to talk about awarding a 2015 contract to Sentinel Offender Services, former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was truly missed. Say what you will about Smith — his 2014 Masters Week scandal, […]

Elephants Forced to Another Venue

Elephants Forced to Another Venue

The ongoing saga of Be My Guest’s sudden and unexplained closure caused the Greater Columbia County Republican Women some heartburn last Thursday when their monthly meeting, in which attendees were encouraged to come as an American historical figure, had to be moved from Be My Guest to the Springlakes clubhouse and pool. Though the Republican […]

The Hair Debate

The Hair Debate

Last week’s Insider about the political forum/discussion William Melvin hoped to host at his Avant Williams barber shop and spa generated quite a bit of attention for Melvin. Before the sun set on Thursday, Channel 6 was out there asking Melvin if he really planned on charging candidates to appear at his forum. On Friday, […]

On Elephants, Labor and the Great Debate

On Elephants, Labor and the Great Debate

Elephants Forced to Another Venue   The ongoing saga of Be My Guest’s sudden and unexplained closure caused the Greater Columbia County Republican Women some heartburn on Thursday, when their monthly meeting, in which attendees were encouraged to come as an American historical figure, had to be moved from Be My Guest to the Springlakes […]

The Senator interviews Sylvia

The Senator interviews Sylvia

For the past few weeks, The Augusta Chronicle’s City Ink columnist Sylvia Cooper has had mock interviews with former state Sen. Charles Walker who has just recently completed his 10-year federal prison sentence. In her column, Cooper has posed questions to the senator and, because he isn’t willing to play ball yet with the media, […]

For Now, Be My Guest No Longer Inviting

For Now, Be My Guest No Longer Inviting

It seems Be My Guest Catering and Events, the popular Evans banquet venue on Washington Road near Academy Sports, is experiencing some difficulties. When guests arrived for a political function last Thursday and found locks on the doors, they were surprised, but it wasn’t until Monday that there was any word, and what there was […]

Has Columbia County’s Watchful Eye Blinked?

Has Columbia County’s Watchful Eye Blinked?

If you pay attention to things in Columbia County, you might remember Lee Benedict. He’s a Richmond County educator who’s often a candidate for office in Columbia County. Most recently he took on Trey Allen for the District 2 seat, calling himself “the honest one.” During that campaign he seemed to accuse Allen of having […]

Burning bridges in all the wrong places

Burning bridges in all the wrong places

As if the recent political debate between Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen wasn’t bad enough with the sudden change of venue from the Islamic Community Center to the Evans Government Complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution managed to prove things could get even worse. Jim Galloway, a political columnist for the Atlanta newspaper, wrote last […]

Candidates Balk at Paying for Forum

Candidates Balk at Paying for Forum

During election season, candidates are often desperate for opportunities to look good in front of their constituents. Knocking on all those doors is hard, and frankly it’s not a very efficient use of time. Which is why some of the Columbia County candidates who were contacted by William Melvin were intrigued by his proposition. Melvin […]