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The tragedy of Super C’s sticks with Cummings

The tragedy of Super C’s sticks with Cummings

When retired businessman Charles Cummings decided to run for mayor of the Garden City, he knew it wouldn’t take long before questions would arise about his former club, Super C’s Lounge on Tobacco Road. In 2007, a teenager was shot to death inside club on the dance floor. It was around 2 a.m. and more […]

What is it about South Augusta?

What is it about South Augusta?

Though it’s right there (you can even find places like Hephzibah and Blythe on the map), people seem to need constant reminding that south Augusta actually exists. Recently, GRU’s president, Dr. Ricardo Azziz, was taken on a tour of south Augusta and apparently found the trip eye opening. Not only that, but it took a […]

Who will the Chronicle endorse this year?

Who will the Chronicle endorse this year?

Almost 10 years ago, The Augusta Chronicle’s editorial staff announced an extraordinary endorsement for mayor. In October 2005, the editorial staff wrote, “We implore you to vote for Helen Blocker-Adams for mayor.” The endorsement surprised much of Augusta because many felt that the conservative newspaper staff would endorse either then-political newcomer Deke Copenhaver or former […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Metro Editor, Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is being victimized by the hyperbole of hypocrites. He is not a racist by any stretch of the imagination. Racism is a hatred or intolerance of another race. A racist is a person who believes in racism. Mr. Sterling’s actions speak louder than his words. His […]

Probation Audit Tips Scales, At Least For Now

Probation Audit Tips Scales, At Least For Now

A recent audit of misdemeanor probation operations in the state of Georgia is making waves, and not only in terms of the battle against private probation. It apparently also had a part to play in Gov. Nathan Deal’s 11th-hour veto of House Bill 837, which would have kept operational information concerning private probation companies hidden […]

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 […]