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Glass Houses

Glass Houses

During election years, allegations fly — that’s a given — and for years, long before he started campaigning for the post of Columbia County Commission chairman, local builder Jim Bartley has been on the pitching end of many such fastballs, most of them directed at his current opponent, incumbent Ron Cross. The last time Cross […]

SUNDAY INSIDER: The “Is Lindsey Graham gay?” debate returns

SUNDAY INSIDER: The “Is Lindsey Graham gay?” debate returns

It’s been one of those rumors in South Carolina that has never gone away: Is U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham gay? Much like what was once known as the “worst kept secret in the Palmetto State” with the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a longtime segregationist, being the father of a biracial daughter, South Carolinians have […]

GUEST COLUMN: A View From the Sidelines

GUEST COLUMN: A View From the Sidelines

As most of you know, my father, Wright McLeod, ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. My family and I walked away from the race disappointed, proud and much more informed about people, politics and patriotism. So here I am to share a few observations about what I wish I […]

Martha Burk, Meet Tony Favero

Martha Burk, Meet Tony Favero

Last week we published a Thumbs Down about people who view Augusta from the outside and get things completely wrong. “To David Livingston,” we wrote, “columnist for Sky Sports, who wrote a story about Augusta’s downtown during the Masters. It was supposed to be folksy and informative; instead, it was outdated, condescending and, in more […]

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Kay Allen, the disgraced, imperious former Columbia County tax commissioner who ran roughshod over the county and the officials who were helpless to stop her for longer than most can remember, may have withdrawn from the public gaze, but her presence continues to haunt the county. What do you expect from somebody who spent most […]

On the lookout for Charles Walker

On the lookout for Charles Walker

When Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy spilled the beans this week that former state Sen. Charles Walker was in town having surgery at Georgia Regents Medical Center, he might as well have blown a hunting horn all throughout Augusta. Every local media outlet is dying to be the first news station or paper to feature photos […]

And Your Point Is?

And Your Point Is?

Monday, April 21, the Augusta Chronicle’s Guest Entertainment Columnist Steven Uhles contributed what apparently was a creative writing assignment to the paper. “More years ago than I care to count, I had a boss with a real obsession with reactive versus proactive behaviors. The first, he felt, was a dark road that led to chaos. […]

(((Update))) She Resigned Monday. Look For More Surprises Soon.

(((Update))) She Resigned Monday. Look For More Surprises Soon.

Dr. Tonia Mason resigned her position on Monday, April 28th. Her reason? To spend more time with her daughter who attends Albany State.  Insiders expect more announcements concerning Mason soon. Here is our Insider column from Sunday week ago: Spring break wasn’t so relaxing for some Richmond County educators. When Richmond County schools Superintendent Frank […]

SUNDAY INSIDER: The uncertain future of Dr. Tonia Mason

SUNDAY INSIDER: The uncertain future of Dr. Tonia Mason

Spring break wasn’t so relaxing for some Richmond County educators. When Richmond County schools Superintendent Frank Roberson told members of the media earlier this month that Lucy C. Laney High School Principal Tonia Mason was being investigated by the school board, there were political tremors felt throughout the county. Let’s first just talk about Dr. […]

These are Your Local Candidates?

These are Your Local Candidates?

Augusta and Columbia County have a lot to be proud of, but some of the local candidates are making it hard for citizens to hold their heads up high. First, let’s talk about Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason, who is running for mayor of the Garden City. On Mason’s Facebook page, Alvin D. Mason for Mayor, […]