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Election postmortem

Election postmortem

The campaign signs grew up like weeds once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em in early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]

Election Recap

Election Recap

The campaign signs grew up like weeks once again in Columbia County, and now that crews are out harvesting the vacant lots and street corners, it’s time to see if there were any lessons to be learned. Stick ‘em In Early Wayne Bridges had his signs in the ground before qualifying and it seemed to […]

Davis’ request renews the charter debate

Davis’ request renews the charter debate

When Mayor-elect Hardie Davis went before the Augusta Commission this week requesting to more than double next year’s budget for the mayor’s office, he immediately began taking some heat. Increasing the mayor’s proposed 2015 budget from $305,700 to more than $600,000 raised several eyebrows on the commission, especially considering the city is facing a major […]

Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat

Doing good isn’t easy in this town. Not only are there a lot of different organizations jumping up and down trying to get you to do good with them, but every now and then you’ll have an issue with an organization or an individual that just doesn’t shake out the way you think it ought […]

More Than Peanuts, Pine Trees and Peaches

More Than Peanuts, Pine Trees and Peaches

Ever since word got out last December that Fort Gordon had scored the U.S. Army Cyber Command Headquarters and the U.S. Army Cyber School of Excellence, the CSRA, particularly Richmond County and most particularly Columbia County, have been running around like kids on Christmas morning — out of their minds with excitement over what they […]

Rhodes vs. Roundtree: This battle is getting ugly

Rhodes vs. Roundtree: This battle is getting ugly

Anyone who knows anything about WGAC Radio Personality Austin Rhodes understands the moment you let that man under your skin, you’ve lost any argument, any debate and any chance of walking away without a war of words. As the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to downplay an investigation into allegations that several officers […]

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Patriotism. Responsibility. Self-governance. Welcome to Civics 101, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and Morris Communications. This week Morris Communications hosted a “patriotic rally” to promote its initiative ROAR: Renaissance of American Responsibility, which is the brainchild of the Chronicle’s editorial page editor Michael Ryan. “It’s not about politics at all. It’s about civics,” Ryan recently told […]

Hardie Davis left out of the Marble Palace discussion

Hardie Davis left out of the Marble Palace discussion

For almost two hours, Mayor-elect Hardie Davis sat patiently waiting outside a closed-door legal meeting and the beginning of the Augusta Commission’s public services committee meeting in hopes of discussing the future of the mayor’s office. It’s no secret that Davis has his eye on some additional space next to the mayor’s office on the […]

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen is in a tough spot. Last week, she presented a proposed 2015 budget that was balanced without increasing property taxes or taking money from the city’s reserves. Sounds pretty good. But, in order to balance the more than $780 million budget, Allen’s proposal includes increasing the franchise fee for the […]

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

On Friday, the Insider had some fun with Cam Griffin’s year-old Facebook announcement of his intent to run against Ron Cross for Chairman of the Columbia County Commission, but the exchange is too rich and too revealing to let it go with just a thumbnail description, especially given the width and breadth of the accusations […]