The Insider



Bonnie Ruben buried herself

Bonnie Ruben buried herself

With the very real possibility of facing a major legal battle with the city of Augusta over the conditions of the former J.C. Penney building and the former Bayou restaurant, you would think that downtown property owner Bonnie Ruben would try to keep a low profile. Think again. Last month, Ruben apparently decided it was […]

It Won’t Be Long Now

It Won’t Be Long Now

If you’re out there driving around Columbia County, chances are you’re starting to see the newest crop of campaign signs popping out of the fertile ground in front of a few businesses and some vacant lots. Wayne Bridges’ tax commissioner signs came out so early, in fact, that there was a little confusion over just […]

It’s Out of Our Hands

It’s Out of Our Hands

There is only so much a newspaper can do, and when it comes to the odd story of the Lexington, S.C., cyclist who claims he was assaulted on the Stevens Creek Trail in Modoc, S.C., the Metro Spirit has already done a lot. The allegations were so bizarre and the different versions of the story […]

More Than It Seems?

More Than It Seems?

Try this one on for size — you know that list of SPLOST projects Columbia County has been talking up the last few weeks? What if the list was designed to fail? That’s a theory currently making the rounds, and while it seems preposterous, there are those who insist it has merit. Accept, if you […]

Money Talks, Even When You Don’t Like What It Says

Money Talks, Even When You Don’t Like What It Says

Last week, the Spirit reported on Augusta’s desire to make some additional revenue by doing things like adding vendors to the Riverwalk and bringing outside management to other venues, particularly the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre. The idea is that the money they make should go right back into making the Riverwalk a vital and dynamic place. […]

Amen, Brother Greg!

Amen, Brother Greg!

On Thursday, July 24, WGAC radio personality and Metro Spirit columnist Austin Rhodes and Jail Report publisher Greg Rickabaugh had a pithy exchange on Rhodes’ radio show over Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s short answer to a question involving Rhodes’ call for the arrest of the 16-year-old who threatened him after Rhodes discussed the drive-by […]

Letter to the Metro Spirit

Letter to the Metro Spirit

Dear Metro Spirit Editor: The Metro Spirit Insider article about the Jail Report reminded me of a story about Stonewall Jackson. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a great Confederate general. When Thomas was a teenager, he spent time with an uncle who was a slave owner. One day, Thomas asked his uncle was it right for […]

Could Jason Carter really win in Georgia?

Could Jason Carter really win in Georgia?

Most of Georgia was stunned to see the results of a new poll released last week that stated Democratic challenger Jason Carter could potentially beat Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal this November. A Democratic governor in a majority Republican state would be surprising for sure. But a Carter to boot? The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications […]

In the Crosshairs

In the Crosshairs

William Debow, the Burke County gun dealer who not only continued to operate the Ponderosa Trading Company after being arrested on federal firearms charges but bragged about it on Facebook, pled guilty Monday to illegally selling guns to convicted felons and out-of-state residents. He agreed to a plea deal arranged by his attorney, Pete Theodocian. […]

I am Michael Ryan, hear me ROAR!

I am Michael Ryan, hear me ROAR!

“I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ’cause I’ve heard it all before.” — “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy When singer Helen Reddy wrote the song, “I Am Woman” in the early 1970s, she wanted it to have lyrics that […]