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Chopping Block On Display

Chopping Block On Display

Completely unprofessional. That’s all anyone can say about the recent “hit list” of Augusta department heads that a handful of commissioners, led by Marion Williams, have developed and made public. These half a dozen employees apparently didn’t jump high enough when Williams asked them for a favor and now he wants them out. To make read more

Pittman really running for District 7?

Pittman really running for District 7?

Talk about flip flopping on an issue. Just a few short months ago, Sonny Pittman, the president of the West Augusta Alliance, proclaimed that he would offer himself as a candidate for the appointment to the District 7 seat because he wasn’t interested in the permanent position. Instead, Pittman talked about how former District 7 read more

Synthetic drugs are becoming more dangerous

Synthetic drugs are becoming more dangerous

Over the past few weeks, the Metro Spirit has published several stories on the abuse of prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine and the recovery process for those addicted. But there has been one type of drug that has been left off the list that has some local and state officials highly concerned: synthetic drugs. In the past read more

 Mack Taylor pounded the pavement to win

 Mack Taylor pounded the pavement to win

When it was announced this past week that Mack Taylor, an Evans attorney, had defeated his opponent, Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry, in the Columbia County Board of Commissioners’ District 3 race, many folks were stunned. After all, less than a month ago during the Nov. 4 election, Derryberry carried the night handily with nearly 41 read more

Hardie Davis’ tweet attracts attention

Hardie Davis’ tweet attracts attention

As violence erupted a few months ago in Ferguson, Mo., just days after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, The Insider pointed out that Mayor-Elect Hardie Davis made a bold tweet. “6 bullets in an 18 year olds body, 2 in the head: “He was doing his job”,#Ferguson#unbelievable#HandsUpDontShoot,” tweeted read more

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

When construction began on the 106-unit CanalSide apartment building in September, it seemed like a quiet, if slightly unusual milestone for downtown Augusta. Quiet because it was treated by many as just another apartment building; unusual because it somewhat expanded the notion of the downtown. The apartments, which the Charlotte-based developer has said will go read more

True Colors

True Colors

You know all the self-congratulatory backslapping that goes on among some elected officials when it comes to how progressive Augusta is? How forward thinking? Well, in spite of the fact that we’re about to host our second TEDx program and have coaxed some big companies to come our way, a national organization is crying BS. read more

Thanks, But No Thanks?

Thanks, But No Thanks?

Does anybody else think it’s strange that of the 21 stops in Congressman-Elect Rick Allen’s Thank You Tour, not one happens to be in Richmond County or Columbia County? In case you’ve already forgotten, Allen beat incumbent Democrat John Barrow after a punishing and expensive campaign last month. Even though Barrow moved to Augusta after read more

Warming The Bench In Augusta

Warming The Bench In Augusta

Seven months. That’s how long Augusta mayor-elect Hardie Davis has had to sit on the sidelines and watch the current mayor and commission conduct the city’s business. Even though Davis was elected in May with almost 75 percent of the vote, he has been forced to quietly wait to take office while commissioners approved a read more

How’s That For Being Progressive?

How’s That For Being Progressive?

Sneaking in under the election radar earlier this month was the fact that Renee McDowell beat out David W. Payne and Eric Blair in a special election to win the seat on the Grovetown city council opened up by the death of Dale Stoddard. Measured against the governor’s race or even the 12th District victory read more