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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 […]

Crime on the Hill always sparks attention

Crime on the Hill always sparks attention

There was a lot of criticism this week aimed at the local media for its ongoing coverage of the apparent murder-suicide inside a historic home along Walton Way. Some people pointed out if such a tragedy occurred off Tobacco Road in south Augusta, the media wouldn’t give it the time of day. Well, when about […]

So… Grady Smith is the new mayor pro tem

So… Grady Smith is the new mayor pro tem

Augusta commissioner and all around good ol’ boy Grady Smith was voted in this week as the city’s new mayor pro tem. The original vote for Smith to get the gig was 7-3 with commissioners Bill Fennoy, Wayne Guilfoyle and Bill Lockett opposing the nomination. All three of those commissioners had another plan in mind. […]