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So, what did Donnie Smith do?

So, what did Donnie Smith do?

Locals were stunned this week when the Georgia State Patrol revealed that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay from his position as a lieutenant with GSP due to a “policy violation.” Smith, who has worked for the GSP for more than 20 years, is now under investigation. Now, it may […]

Checking out

Checking out

A year ago, the Augusta-based East Central Georgia Regional Library System consisted of Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Warren and Lincoln counties. But when Columbia County decided it was tired of paying more than $130,000 in fees to be a part of the system, they broke off and formed their own, the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library […]

Long Adds to His List of Titles

Long Adds to His List of Titles

John R.B. “Jack” Long of John R.B. Long P.C., better known as Paige Tucker of NBC 26’s husband, was installed as president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia on June 6 during the organization’s annual meeting. He was sworn in by Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of […]

Boogie Woogie Woogie

Boogie Woogie Woogie

This year’s Banjo-B-Que was a huge success. Booking the Avett Brothers for their Friday night appearance was an incredibly expensive gamble that paid off. Congratulations go out to Doug and Cathy Varnadore and the rest of the staff for pulling off what was an incredible festival. Cudos are also in order for Joe Neal, Jr., […]

The downfall of Tim Shelnut

The downfall of Tim Shelnut

About 15 years ago, Tim Shelnut was flying high. Once a high school dropout, he became known as one of the richest men in the Augusta area. Shelnut often boasted that he had been involved in the “financial-services industry” for more than 30 years. In the late 1980s and 1990s, he spent 14 years as […]

Recreational Auditing

Recreational Auditing

Given what happened at the Columbia County Tax Commissioner’s office, you can bet everyone over at the Government Center is paying a lot more attention these days to the audit results that cross their desks. Audits are supposed to be a combination of preventative medicine and deterrence. They can spot a minor problem before it […]

Heery Walking a High Wire

Heery Walking a High Wire

As faces grow redder over the bungling of the $40 million Municipal Center renovations, a lot of attention is being paid to Heery International, the company paid by the city to oversee the Municipal Building renovations as well as all the big-ticket SPLOST projects. It’s not the kind of attention any company likes to receive. […]

Regency Mall owners really want $50 million?

Regency Mall owners really want $50 million?

In its heyday, Regency Mall was heralded as a unique shopping experience, unparalleled by anything in the surrounding area. In fact, the mall, built by shopping center magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, was billed as the largest in Georgia at the time it opened its doors in 1978. Today, however, it stands as an empty, beige […]

Golden Oldies

Golden Oldies

On March 19, Evans attorney Mack Taylor filed his Declaration of Intent (DOI) for the special election to fill the vacancy left by Charles Allen, who resigned along with his wife, Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, early last March. Initially, the field of potential candidates who filled out DOIs was limited to retired businessman Brett McGuire, […]

Insider: Is Augusta ready for a majority black commission?

Insider: Is Augusta ready for a majority black commission?

When former Augusta Commissioner Matt Aitken won the District 1 race in 2009, many local residents called Aitken’s win, “A new day in Augusta.” Locals, both in the white and black community, were watching to see how Aitken was going to handle becoming one of six white members on the Augusta Commission. Ever since the […]