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Carbon Paper Government In A Digital World

Carbon Paper Government In A Digital World

Most people have seen the 1999 comedy, “Office Space,” written and directed by Mike Judge. In the film, the character Peter Gibbons is an employee that spends the majority of his days staring at his desk and hating his job. One of his biggest gripes is his mindless boss, Bill Lumbergh, and the senseless paperwork […]

It’s baaaaaack!!! The downtown parking debate

It’s baaaaaack!!! The downtown parking debate

Here we go again, folks. In less than two weeks, the Augusta Commission will revisit a proposal for parking meters in the downtown area. It is one of those issues that stirs deep emotions within most citizens. Many people absolutely hate the idea, insisting it will be the death of downtown Augusta. In fact, some […]

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

So Augusta joined the ranks of several other Georgia counties — DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Chatham and Lowndes at the moment, with more likely on the way — by allowing one day of Sunday voting. For those of you who have been itching for that extra day, block your calendar from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, […]

“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

That was the relieved reaction of Columbia County commissioners when they received a list of more conditions regarding the hospital they so desperately want: “At least it wasn’t a no.” Officials know that the Department of Community Health (DCH) could slap down a no at any time, and the farther they get into the process […]

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta commissioners are in a no-win situation come Monday. They are scheduled to appoint an interim commissioner to fill the District 7 seat vacated by disgraced former Commissioner Donnie Smith. A special election will be held on March 17 for those seeking the permanent position. It all sounded simple enough until politics and the public […]

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

The Augusta Chronicle is full of excuses

Weak. That is all anyone with half a brain can say about The Augusta Chronicle president Dana Atkins’ explanation regarding his decision to initially pull Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford from this Saturday’s debate between incumbent Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen. In case you missed it, news broke Wednesday that apparently […]

Of Cardboard and Candidates

Of Cardboard and Candidates

While the Barrow camp ratcheted up its sense of urgency among potential supporters by sending out an impassioned plea for donations in the wake of Republican opponent Rick Allen’s quote to the Statesboro Herald that he raised almost $400,000 in four weeks, Allen has failed to display any momentum from the announcement, though he certainly […]

Serious horse-trading going down on the Augusta Commission

Serious horse-trading going down on the Augusta Commission

“There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.”— “The Godfather” It appears Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has found himself a new “twin brother.” Too bad Williams’ new […]

Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Say goodnight, “Happy” Harris…

Hap Harris must be one of the unhappiest people in Augusta-Richmond County this week. After all, if he was at all serious about running for the District 7 seat in March, that ship has pretty much sailed. All thanks to his good friend, Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith. When it comes to politics 101, Smith must […]

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

Columbia County News-Times cancels on Islamic Society

UPDATE: The Augusta Chronicle’s president, Dana Atkins, announced Wednesday evening that the debate between John Barrow and Rick Allen is still scheduled, but the venue has changed because one of the candidates had “apprehension” over holding the forum at the Islamic Community Center of Augusta. The new location is the Evans Government Complex and Steve […]