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Sunday Insider: Let’s get real about Helen Blocker-Adams

Sunday Insider: Let’s get real about Helen Blocker-Adams

All right, we all know this has not been a good week for mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams. That’s putting it mildly. In the beginning of the week, Blocker-Adams held a news conference telling the public that she thought $70,000 in unpaid debts she owed creditors in Aiken County had been paid off. The debts were […]

Letter to the Editor #2

Letter to the Editor #2

Dear Editor: The Columbia County Commission consists of five members: the chairman, and four commissioners, one from each district. It is reasonable for voters to expect that each member of the commission should remain independent and free of any influence when deciding on the business of the people. While researching the candidates, I learned that […]

Letter to the Editor #1

Letter to the Editor #1

In response to the recently published remarks by your columnist, Austin Rhodes, in the May 8, 2014, article titled “Officers of the Court or Good Ol’ Boys in Robes?,” I’d like to set the record straight. Mr. Rhodes seems to suggest a link or an analogy exists between the alleged actions of Guardian Ad Litem […]

Insider: Will SPLOST VII pass or fail?

Insider: Will SPLOST VII pass or fail?

It’s no secret that supporters of the $194 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list are more than a little worried. After all, four out of the five candidates for mayor are against the SPLOST package set to go before voters on May 20. In fact, mayoral candidate and Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason went […]

The tragedy of Super C’s sticks with Cummings

The tragedy of Super C’s sticks with Cummings

When retired businessman Charles Cummings decided to run for mayor of the Garden City, he knew it wouldn’t take long before questions would arise about his former club, Super C’s Lounge on Tobacco Road. In 2007, a teenager was shot to death inside club on the dance floor. It was around 2 a.m. and more […]

What is it about South Augusta?

What is it about South Augusta?

Though it’s right there (you can even find places like Hephzibah and Blythe on the map), people seem to need constant reminding that south Augusta actually exists. Recently, GRU’s president, Dr. Ricardo Azziz, was taken on a tour of south Augusta and apparently found the trip eye opening. Not only that, but it took a […]

Who will the Chronicle endorse this year?

Who will the Chronicle endorse this year?

Almost 10 years ago, The Augusta Chronicle’s editorial staff announced an extraordinary endorsement for mayor. In October 2005, the editorial staff wrote, “We implore you to vote for Helen Blocker-Adams for mayor.” The endorsement surprised much of Augusta because many felt that the conservative newspaper staff would endorse either then-political newcomer Deke Copenhaver or former […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Metro Editor, Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is being victimized by the hyperbole of hypocrites. He is not a racist by any stretch of the imagination. Racism is a hatred or intolerance of another race. A racist is a person who believes in racism. Mr. Sterling’s actions speak louder than his words. His […]

Probation Audit Tips Scales, At Least For Now

Probation Audit Tips Scales, At Least For Now

A recent audit of misdemeanor probation operations in the state of Georgia is making waves, and not only in terms of the battle against private probation. It apparently also had a part to play in Gov. Nathan Deal’s 11th-hour veto of House Bill 837, which would have kept operational information concerning private probation companies hidden […]