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Will North Augusta ever see Scuttle’s Island?

Will North Augusta ever see Scuttle’s Island?

Poor North Augusta officials. They were so enthusiastic last year when Scuttle’s Island developers Benjamin Bell and Andrew Thompson announced they planned to build a new 40-acre water park in North Augusta by Memorial Day weekend that would be home to the “tallest water slide in the Southeast.” It was another huge economic boost for […]

Get on the Good Foot, Augusta

Get on the Good Foot, Augusta

For those Augustans who always insist on complaining about the downtown area, it’s time to step up, listen to the city’s future plans and let your thoughts be heard. Starting next week, the city of Augusta will hold three public meetings to solicit input from local residents and business owners regarding future improvements to downtown […]

The Augusta Commission’s Deep Pockets

The Augusta Commission’s Deep Pockets

All of a sudden members of the Augusta Commission are feeling awfully generous this week with $80,000 of taxpayer money. But these taxpayer dollars aren’t headed to improve city departments. Instead, six Augusta commissioners this week decided to provide four local nonprofits with $20,000 each. Those nonprofits slated to receive the money are the Bethlehem […]

Giving Public Safety Officers a Bad Name

Giving Public Safety Officers a Bad Name

It was bad enough when the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that veteran members of the sheriff’s office and Columbia County Fire Rescue were allegedly involved in a crime involving a wreck on I-20 this past weekend. But now it appears some firefighters from Richmond County may also be involved in the incident. […]

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Local drama unfolds on live television

The local news stations have been hard to watch lately. As the Insider pointed out earlier this week, WAGT NBC 26’s parent company, Schurz Communications, sold its local television station to Gray Television. Gray Television also happens to own the local CBS affiliate, WRDW Channel 12. Upon completion of that sale on Tuesday, Gray Television […]

Goodbye, NBC 26 Today

Goodbye, NBC 26 Today

When fans of NBC 26 Today tuned in to see their favorite morning anchors, Barclay Bishop and Jay Jefferies, on Tuesday morning, many Augustans were crushed. There was no smiling Barclay and no joking Jay. The two beloved morning anchors were gone. The news station was immediately flooded with complaints and dozens of comments began […]

Some Augustans Are Boiling Mad

Some Augustans Are Boiling Mad

Augustans better pray that Richmond County never faces a catastrophic emergency after 5 p.m. or this county might be in a world of hurt. To say this week’s “spike in turbidity” at Augusta Utilities Department’s Highland Avenue Water Treatment Plant and resulting boil water advisory were not handled very well is a huge understatement. Let’s […]

What will it take?

What will it take?

Here the Augusta Commission goes again, preparing to extend a contract with the private probation company, Sentinel Offender Services, for another year. Do any of the commissioners even care that the private probation company is facing more than a dozen lawsuits being considered by the Georgia Supreme Court? Just this past week, the American Bar […]

Morris destroys Columbia County News-Times

Morris destroys Columbia County News-Times

What happens to a business when you lay off several staff members, pile triple the work onto the remaining workhorses in the office and then treat those employees as if they are simply lucky to still have jobs? A mass exodus, that’s what. And, no, the Insider isn’t referring to the recent departures of Augusta-Richmond […]

Smart choice of lawyers for the Marshall Square lawsuits

Smart choice of lawyers for the Marshall Square lawsuits

The former residents of the Marshall Square retirement community made some very wise decisions in choosing local attorneys Sam Nicholson, Harry Revell and Jack Long to represent them in court. All three lawyers are well respected throughout the community, extremely knowledgeable about the law and have garnered a lot of attention over the years. Some […]