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Unpaid tips and wages a big problem

Unpaid tips and wages a big problem

Augusta attorney Jason Blanchard announced this past week that his clients involved in the lawsuit against Chili’s Bar and Grill have finally received justice in the form of cash. “The checks my clients will receive from Chili’s Bar and Grill are in!” Blanchard enthusiastically stated in a Facebook post last week. “Each of my clients […]

President Lindsey Graham? Get real.

President Lindsey Graham? Get real.

While former presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced this week that he has decided not to run in the 2016 election, many residents of the Palmetto State couldn’t help but snicker at the news that S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks he may have a shot at the White House. “What I’m looking at is, is there […]

What’s the value of a free ticket?

What’s the value of a free ticket?

Many local residents were shocked last week when they heard at least one Columbia County commissioner was apparently upset because he had not been given any free tickets to this past weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens learned commissioners are also considering changing the […]

 The times they are a changin’

 The times they are a changin’

Many local residents were shocked this week when they heard a few Columbia County commissioners were apparently upset because they had not been given any free tickets to this weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens learned commissioners are also considering changing the rental contracts […]

The Art of the Freebie

The Art of the Freebie

When Royce Richardson of Triple R Concert Productions decided to bring country music legend Merle Haggard to the Columbia County Exhibition Center this Saturday, Richardson felt it was a win-win situation for Haggard, his fans and Columbia County. With ticket sales extremely strong for the Haggard show, Richardson was considering putting in an offer for […]

Everything is awesome at GRU!

Everything is awesome at GRU!

So, what were the first words out of Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz’s mouth when a Metro Spirit reporter asked him the reason behind his resignation this week? “This is all good,” Azziz said. “This is all positive.” Spin. Spin. Spin. It was as if the members of Azziz’s public relations team were deputies parked […]

Renewing the “county attorney” debate

Renewing the “county attorney” debate

All right, so last week when Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith was appointed to his new position, there was a lot of talk about whether or not he owed Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams an enormous favor. The rumor was that Smith was now willing to support Williams’ crusade to fire General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie because […]

Deadbeat Funk

Deadbeat Funk

A local musician has developed the reputation as the area’s top deadbeat funkmeister (henceforth known as DF); more often than not, sources say, he does not pay unsuspecting musicians what they are owed. In one recent case brought to our attention, DF spent almost half a year exchanging texts with a fellow musician, the whole […]

Hardie’s first week in office

Hardie’s first week in office

Overall, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has received high marks from insiders within the Marble Palace during his first week in office. Whenever you are the new kid on the block, especially when you are in a leadership role, that transition can be more than a little tough. After all, as soon as you walk into […]

Report Card: Hardie’s first week

Report Card: Hardie’s first week

Overall, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has received high marks from insiders within the Marble Palace during his first week in office. Whenever you are the new kid on the block, especially when you are in a leadership role, that transition can be more than a little tough. After all, as soon as you walk into […]