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Money Talks, Even When You Don’t Like What It Says

Money Talks, Even When You Don’t Like What It Says

Last week, the Spirit reported on Augusta’s desire to make some additional revenue by doing things like adding vendors to the Riverwalk and bringing outside management to other venues, particularly the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre. The idea is that the money they make should go right back into making the Riverwalk a vital and dynamic place. […]

Amen, Brother Greg!

Amen, Brother Greg!

On Thursday, July 24, WGAC radio personality and Metro Spirit columnist Austin Rhodes and Jail Report publisher Greg Rickabaugh had a pithy exchange on Rhodes’ radio show over Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s short answer to a question involving Rhodes’ call for the arrest of the 16-year-old who threatened him after Rhodes discussed the drive-by […]

Letter to the Metro Spirit

Letter to the Metro Spirit

Dear Metro Spirit Editor: The Metro Spirit Insider article about the Jail Report reminded me of a story about Stonewall Jackson. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a great Confederate general. When Thomas was a teenager, he spent time with an uncle who was a slave owner. One day, Thomas asked his uncle was it right for […]

Could Jason Carter really win in Georgia?

Could Jason Carter really win in Georgia?

Most of Georgia was stunned to see the results of a new poll released last week that stated Democratic challenger Jason Carter could potentially beat Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal this November. A Democratic governor in a majority Republican state would be surprising for sure. But a Carter to boot? The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications […]

In the Crosshairs

In the Crosshairs

William Debow, the Burke County gun dealer who not only continued to operate the Ponderosa Trading Company after being arrested on federal firearms charges but bragged about it on Facebook, pled guilty Monday to illegally selling guns to convicted felons and out-of-state residents. He agreed to a plea deal arranged by his attorney, Pete Theodocian. […]

I am Michael Ryan, hear me ROAR!

I am Michael Ryan, hear me ROAR!

“I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ’cause I’ve heard it all before.” — “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy When singer Helen Reddy wrote the song, “I Am Woman” in the early 1970s, she wanted it to have lyrics that […]

Carter asks What’s the deal with Deal?

Carter asks What’s the deal with Deal?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is hoping his push to get to the bottom of the ethics complaints against Governor Deal find traction in the press around the state. He is joined in his efforts by Greg Hecht, a former State Senator and State Representative who is looking to unseat Attorney General Sam Olens. It seems Deal has […]

Yu-hoo! Time to Take Down the Signs

Yu-hoo! Time to Take Down the Signs

  It’s funny that Eugene Yu found the time to send out a patriotic Fourth of July email to supporters, since he can’t seem to round up the last of his campaign signs, several of which are still scattered throughout the area some seven weeks after the District 12 Republican primary. The email, which included […]

Who will be hired to takeover Fred Russell’s former gig?

Who will be hired to takeover Fred Russell’s former gig?

This week Augusta commissioners heard from three candidates seeking to become Augusta’s next city administrator: Janice Allen Jackson, the former city manager of Albany, Ga.; Stephen Layson, the chief administrative officer of Bibb County, Ga.; and Oscar Rodriguez, the former town manager of Taos, N.M. All three candidates seem highly qualified, intelligent people who probably […]

The Jail Report Gets The Last Word

The Jail Report Gets The Last Word

The Metro Spirit has a long history of crying foul when it comes to the Jail Report. In September 2011, the Spirit even devoted a feature story to the mug shot paper owned and operated by former Chronicle crime writer Greg Rickabaugh. In the article, Rickabaugh insisted that the paper was providing a community service, […]