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Behind the scenes of Fred Russell’s firing

Behind the scenes of Fred Russell’s firing

Each of the seven Augusta commissioners involved in the firing of Fred Russell kept saying pretty much the same thing about the city administrator’s abrupt departure: “It’s not a personal thing with Fred. We like Fred.” That’s easy for them to say when you are not the one being fired. As long-time readers of the […]

The deed is done: Fred Russell is gone

The deed is done: Fred Russell is gone

So, after more than a decade working in Augusta-Richmond County, City Administrator Fred Russell is out. And while many people are talking about what a huge surprise it was that Russell was fired, that’s not exactly true. Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has been talking about getting rid of Russell for years and he definitely pumped […]

Get fit, in three years or less?

Get fit, in three years or less?

Everyone has been applauding Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s new Total Fitness Program that plans to promote a healthier, more physically fit sheriff’s office beginning next year. Who doesn’t want healthier sheriff’s deputies? One place to start could be barring them from smoking while on duty or working specials. There were so many deputies smoking […]

The Augusta Commission’s take on being “corporate friendly”

The Augusta Commission’s take on being “corporate friendly”

Everyone in Augusta seems thrilled over the fact that Cabela’s, the new 42,000-square-foot store featuring hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is headed to the Village at Riverwatch next spring. In order to help pump up people’s knowledge of the new store, representatives of Cabela’s apparently requested that the city rename part of Alexander Drive to […]

GRU treating students like dogs

GRU treating students like dogs

By now, most people have heard about the allegations against Georgia Regents University by the Humane Society of the United States. After a three-month long undercover investigation by the animal rights advocacy group, the Humane Society claims that GRU performed painful and unnecessary dental experiments on dogs in its research labs. The experiments apparently included […]

Collins’ Music Bash was a horrific disaster

Collins’ Music Bash was a horrific disaster

Last week, the Insider warned everyone about promoter Charles Collins Jr.’s upcoming train wreck of a concert called Rock-N-Country Music Bash at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Well, it went down worse than we could have ever expected. The financial backer who paid for the entire event allegedly lost a quarter of a million dollars. On […]

VIDEO: Charles Collins Crackerjack Reporting

VIDEO: Charles Collins Crackerjack Reporting

Your source for reliable entertainment news in the CSRA, the Augusta Chronicle, didn’t let us down. Sometimes it’s more fun to read than watch, so take your pick. BTW that is a $25,000 stage rental being set up in the background. Augusta Live! Taylor Hanks: “Charles, tell me what’s going on this weekend?” Charles Collins: […]

New election brings old debate over the mayor’s power

New election brings old debate over the mayor’s power

With Augustans preparing to select a new mayor next year, one debate that has already begun to rear its ugly head is the discussion over the mayor’s limited powers. Those candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the city’s top seat — including Augusta commissioners Alvin Mason and Joe Jackson, state Sen. Hardie […]

What you need is a big fish

What you need is a big fish

When promoter Charles Collins Jr. announced that the Rock-N-Country Music Bash at the Columbia County Fairgrounds scheduled for this weekend was going to feature nationally known artists such as Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ambrosia, Orleans and Juice Newton, people should have started asking some questions. After all, the event was organized by Turn On Your Radio […]

Do we really need more country?

Do we really need more country?

Kicks 99 has some new country competition in the market, and HD 98.3 has less. Classic Rock Eagle 105.7 has returned to its original spot on the dial, 102.3, killing off Clear Channel’s Y102.3  — a top 40 station designed to carve into the younger demo numbers HD was pulling. The last Clear Channel country […]