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Voters let their voices be heard

Voters let their voices be heard

The voters in Richmond and Columbia counties have spoken and what they said during the Nov. 3 election speaks volumes. While many Richmond County citizens have expressed great frustration with the Augusta Commission, voters decided to continue to invest in Augusta by supporting the $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. This year’s […]

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Some locals were surprised this past week by the sudden disappearance of the Augusta Watchdogs’ Facebook page. For those unfamiliar with Augusta Watchdogs, it was a group page on Facebook that discussed a variety of issues facing the Garden City. The Facebook page, primarily led by Harrisburg resident and former Augusta mayoral candidate Lori Davis, […]

A House is Not a Home

A House is Not a Home

If you haven’t ever met Pam Costabile, the manager of code enforcement for Augusta-Richmond County, you’ve probably never had a problem with dilapidated houses in your neighborhood or an unscrupulous landlord who refused to fix your leaking roof. Definitely count your blessings that you’re not faced with such headaches, but you also missed out on […]

The price of voting against SPLOST

The price of voting against SPLOST

How many Richmond County voters are sick of the Augusta Commission? The city is about to find out come next Tuesday. On Nov. 3, citizens will head to the polls to cast their vote on the proposed $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. And, let’s face it, folks aren’t happy. Residents are […]

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

How do you completely disrupt an election in Columbia County? That’s easy. Just file an ethics complaint against your opponent and let the rumors fly. This past week, a supporter for Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat, decided to file a formal complaint against his opponent Mack […]

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis just doesn’t get it. He was elected into office by 75 percent of the votes cast in last year’s election. So, an overwhelming number of people headed to the polls selected him as the man for the job. Voters chose him to represent the city, receive a salary of $75,845 a […]

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

How many voters out there in Columbia County have had the pleasure of receiving a flyer in the mail from Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat? If you’re not sure, you definitely haven’t gotten one. The most recent flyer sent out by Mullins is literally the size […]

Pounding the Augusta Commission over gas?

Pounding the Augusta Commission over gas?

It’s that time of year again, folks. Nope. The Insider isn’t referring to the downtown fair or the Halloween season, but rather The Augusta Chronicle’s annual review of the city-issued gas cards. Each year, the newspaper tries its best to paint Augusta commissioners as clowns or devils by revealing exactly how much each local official […]

The Chronicle’s bald-faced lie

The Chronicle’s bald-faced lie

The higher-ups at The Augusta Chronicle must think all local citizens seriously suffer from amnesia. Does everyone remember around this time last year when Chronicle President Dana Atkins tried to explain why he initially pulled Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford from a debate between then Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen? After the debate had […]

Is Augusta prepared for an emergency?

Is Augusta prepared for an emergency?

While all eyes have been on the Augusta Fire Department regarding the recent indictment of Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard, there is another problem brewing. During this month’s devastating flooding in South Carolina, some of the public could not help but notice the lack of information coming out of Augusta’s Emergency Management Agency. Especially compared […]