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Will the Augusta Commission ever sing “Kumbaya”?

Will the Augusta Commission ever sing “Kumbaya”?

Let’s just say, it has been a long, strange week in Augusta, Ga. It all began with a full-day commission retreat on Monday arranged by Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis at The Foundation Club on Azalea Drive right across from the Augusta National. The facilitator for the retreat was Atlanta mediator David Anderson Hooker. As a […]

“The Godfather” Marion Williams Strikes Again

“The Godfather” Marion Williams Strikes Again

It appears that Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is taking his role as Vito Corleone a little too seriously these days. Just last year, The Insider joked that Williams was trying to become “The Godfather” of Augusta. This nickname came about after Williams allegedly struck a deal with fellow commissioner Grady Smith to hire City Administrator […]

What the hell, Joe Mullins?

What the hell, Joe Mullins?

So, Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat, hosted a fundraising event this week called, “The Hall of Fame Tailgate Party” with special guest NFL legend Jerome Bettis. The private event, which was held at the Evans Fitness Club, was advertised as benefitting the American Heart Association. Sounds […]

Evett Davis is redefining “First Lady” role

Evett Davis is redefining “First Lady” role

For the first time in recent history, the wife of a mayor is embracing the title of “First Lady of Augusta” and running with it. Literally. Over the next few weeks, Evett Davis will be heading two local initiatives to improve the knowledge and health of those living in the Garden City. She is incorporating […]

Dr. Keel should chat with Bob Young

Dr. Keel should chat with Bob Young

In this week’s cover story featuring Georgia Regents University’s new president Dr. Brooks Keel, the Insider was surprised to read that Keel believes the dispute over the university’s name is in the past. Now, Keel did acknowledge that the name change temporarily divided the university, but he told Metro Spirit reporter Stacey Eidson that he feels that […]

SPLOST battles can get ugly

SPLOST battles can get ugly

You’ve seen the bright red and white signs in yards all over town with the large print screaming, “VOTE NO SPLOST!” Those citizens in Richmond County who are against this year’s proposed $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list are a very vocal group. Several Augusta commissioners are worried. And they very well […]

Embarrassment over Ashley Madison

Embarrassment over Ashley Madison

Cheating spouses, hacked personal information and cyber-terrorism make for great plots in action movies, but they have become a reality for millions of people across the country who signed up for ashleymadison.com. The matchmaking website, which is specifically designed for husbands and wives looking to cheat on their spouses, was recently hacked by a group […]

Shooting at Hornsby Shocks Augusta

Shooting at Hornsby Shocks Augusta

It is the kind of message no parent wants to receive from their child’s elementary school principal. Parents, At approximately, 10:45 am today, August 25, 2015, it was discovered that a student brought a gun to school against state law and district policy. While playing with the gun inside a desk, a student accidentally discharged […]

The Art of Defending Billy Morris

The Art of Defending Billy Morris

Some of our longtime readers were quite perplexed by our recent cover story featuring Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC. In the story, Simon sat down with the Metro Spirit to explain his recent proposal to the city to expand the Augusta Common and Augusta Riverfront’s wish to build a new 130-room downtown hotel. Many […]

Low blood sugar impacting SPLOST list

Low blood sugar impacting SPLOST list

In a week where Augusta commissioners spent hours and hours discussing every dollar on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list scheduled to go before voters in November, many county departments and local organizations didn’t get the money they requested. But one department definitely got the short end of the stick. Not because this […]