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The Senator interviews Sylvia

The Senator interviews Sylvia

For the past few weeks, The Augusta Chronicle’s City Ink columnist Sylvia Cooper has had mock interviews with former state Sen. Charles Walker who has just recently completed his 10-year federal prison sentence. In her column, Cooper has posed questions to the senator and, because he isn’t willing to play ball yet with the media, […]

For Now, Be My Guest No Longer Inviting

For Now, Be My Guest No Longer Inviting

It seems Be My Guest Catering and Events, the popular Evans banquet venue on Washington Road near Academy Sports, is experiencing some difficulties. When guests arrived for a political function last Thursday and found locks on the doors, they were surprised, but it wasn’t until Monday that there was any word, and what there was […]

Has Columbia County’s Watchful Eye Blinked?

Has Columbia County’s Watchful Eye Blinked?

If you pay attention to things in Columbia County, you might remember Lee Benedict. He’s a Richmond County educator who’s often a candidate for office in Columbia County. Most recently he took on Trey Allen for the District 2 seat, calling himself “the honest one.” During that campaign he seemed to accuse Allen of having […]

Burning bridges in all the wrong places

Burning bridges in all the wrong places

As if the recent political debate between Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen wasn’t bad enough with the sudden change of venue from the Islamic Community Center to the Evans Government Complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution managed to prove things could get even worse. Jim Galloway, a political columnist for the Atlanta newspaper, wrote last […]

Candidates Balk at Paying for Forum

Candidates Balk at Paying for Forum

During election season, candidates are often desperate for opportunities to look good in front of their constituents. Knocking on all those doors is hard, and frankly it’s not a very efficient use of time. Which is why some of the Columbia County candidates who were contacted by William Melvin were intrigued by his proposition. Melvin […]

Carbon Paper Government In A Digital World

Carbon Paper Government In A Digital World

Most people have seen the 1999 comedy, “Office Space,” written and directed by Mike Judge. In the film, the character Peter Gibbons is an employee that spends the majority of his days staring at his desk and hating his job. One of his biggest gripes is his mindless boss, Bill Lumbergh, and the senseless paperwork […]

It’s baaaaaack!!! The downtown parking debate

It’s baaaaaack!!! The downtown parking debate

Here we go again, folks. In less than two weeks, the Augusta Commission will revisit a proposal for parking meters in the downtown area. It is one of those issues that stirs deep emotions within most citizens. Many people absolutely hate the idea, insisting it will be the death of downtown Augusta. In fact, some […]

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

So Augusta joined the ranks of several other Georgia counties — DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Chatham and Lowndes at the moment, with more likely on the way — by allowing one day of Sunday voting. For those of you who have been itching for that extra day, block your calendar from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, […]

“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

“At Least it Wasn’t a No”

That was the relieved reaction of Columbia County commissioners when they received a list of more conditions regarding the hospital they so desperately want: “At least it wasn’t a no.” Officials know that the Department of Community Health (DCH) could slap down a no at any time, and the farther they get into the process […]

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta’s unlucky District 7

Augusta commissioners are in a no-win situation come Monday. They are scheduled to appoint an interim commissioner to fill the District 7 seat vacated by disgraced former Commissioner Donnie Smith. A special election will be held on March 17 for those seeking the permanent position. It all sounded simple enough until politics and the public […]