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Merry Christmas, Columbia County taxpayers!

Merry Christmas, Columbia County taxpayers!

So, what if your bosses came into your office to let you know you were getting a raise right before Christmas? Awesome, right? What if they said they were giving you a $19,000 raise? Holy… spirit!!! This week The Columbia County News-Times reported that Deputy Administrator Glenn Kennedy was given a 19 percent raise, equaling more […]

Jodi Lott gets sworn in by Judge Danny Craig

Jodi Lott gets sworn in by Judge Danny Craig

As family, friends and supporters filled the Columbia County Superior Court this week to watch Jodi Lott being sworn in as the next Georgia House Representative, it was a wonderful day for her and Columbia County voters. But watching her being sworn in by Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig was a little bittersweet. Obviously, not […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I read in today’s Metro Spirit, the Whine Line, this whine: “The Columbia County News Times is not asking for donations of children’s underwear this year.  What (who) changed?” Here is what changed. Child Enrichment runs a “Clothing Closet” for needy children. The last two years we have been desperate for underwear, […]

Aiken County resembles Donald Trump

Aiken County resembles Donald Trump

In the same week that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought his strong opinions about Muslims to the USC Aiken’s Convocation Center, the Aiken County Council also approved a resolution against relocating Syrian refugees to the region. It’s been quite a week in Aiken County. All of a sudden Aiken County is sounding a lot […]

No place for Afroman in Augusta

No place for Afroman in Augusta

Rapper and guitarist Afroman, who is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit “Because I Got High,” is scheduled to perform at Coyotes nightclub on Saturday, Dec. 19. The show is being promoted as the “official video shoot for Chad Mac’s new single ‘Party In The Woods’ featuring Afroman.” The promoters are promising tons of fun […]

Riverwatch “Luxury” Cinemas opens in style?

Riverwatch “Luxury” Cinemas opens in style?

For months, Augustans have watched with excitement the development of the 12-screen movie theater called Riverwatch Cinemas off River Watch Parkway next to Cabela’s and Costco. This week, the developer announced it is set to open on Thursday, Dec. 17, just in time for the premier of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It should be […]

The winners are Jodi Lott and Gary Richardson

The winners are Jodi Lott and Gary Richardson

So the results are in for the two runoff elections in Columbia County and, let’s just say it, hats off to political newcomer Jodi Lott in the District 122 race. She creamed former Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor in the runoff by winning 76 percent of the votes cast and has officially earned the District […]

Mayor Davis get his Christmas wish

Mayor Davis get his Christmas wish

Exactly two days before Thanksgiving, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis sent out a statement regarding his request for an additional $27,000 of funding for his office to finish off the year. It wasn’t a humble request by any means. But it wasn’t a demand. Instead, it can only be described as pure Hardie Davis. “Augustans want […]

Molly Pond Lumber helping homeless vets

Molly Pond Lumber helping homeless vets

All across the country, tiny houses for the homeless have become a growing trend. It appears the idea is starting to take off in Augusta for homeless veterans thanks to the generosity of the local company, Molly Pond Lumber. This past week, WRDW News Channel 12 did an awesome story about Molly Pond Lumber already […]

Probation in Georgia making news, again

Probation in Georgia making news, again

Just last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation. That’s no surprise to anyone who has been following the civil cases filed in both Richmond and Columbia counties by local attorney Jack Long alleging that the private probation company Sentinel Offender Services had violated his clients’ constitutional […]