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What you need is a big fish

What you need is a big fish

When promoter Charles Collins Jr. announced that the Rock-N-Country Music Bash at the Columbia County Fairgrounds scheduled for this weekend was going to feature nationally known artists such as Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ambrosia, Orleans and Juice Newton, people should have started asking some questions. After all, the event was organized by Turn On Your Radio […]

Do we really need more country?

Do we really need more country?

Kicks 99 has some new country competition in the market, and HD 98.3 has less. Classic Rock Eagle 105.7 has returned to its original spot on the dial, 102.3, killing off Clear Channel’s Y102.3  — a top 40 station designed to carve into the younger demo numbers HD was pulling. The last Clear Channel country […]

Columbia County’s skatepark suddenly hit the wall

Columbia County’s skatepark suddenly hit the wall

Talk about speaking too soon. A few weeks ago, the Insider praised Columbia County for its plans to develop a new state-of-the-art BMX and skatepark at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans. The word on the street was that the construction bids had recently come back and the county was reviewing them with plans to possibly […]

Democrat Jason Carter will stir things up

Democrat Jason Carter will stir things up

For the first time in years, there is some genuine excitement over Georgia’s race for governor. Late last week, Jason Carter, Democrat and Georgia state senator, announced that he plans to run for the state’s top seat in 2014. As the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, it is almost certain that Jason Carter, 38, […]

Operation Thunder is killing downtown Augusta

Operation Thunder is killing downtown Augusta

No one will argue that saving lives is not a serious business. This past weekend, Operation Thunder — the three-month campaign which began on February 14 to help rein in dangerous drivers throughout Augusta-Richmond County— returned to the Garden City’s streets. Officers were out in full force and their demeanor along these checkpoints, while polite, […]

Ron Cross may have some competition?

Ron Cross may have some competition?

While qualifying for local elections in Columbia County doesn’t take place until next year, insiders are already talking about the fact that Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will likely have some competition this time around. And this newly proposed candidate is no stranger to Cross. Back in 2010, when Cross also faced a challenger […]

Institutional knowledge leaving both counties

Institutional knowledge leaving both counties

Earlier this month, Richard Harmon, the long-time director of Columbia County’s Development Services Division, suddenly resigned to the shock of many throughout the county. Since joining Columbia County’s government in 1999, Harmon has been a leader in maintaining the construction standards and code enforcement in a county that has exploded with growth over the past […]

Aiken’s failed skatepark hurts Augusta’s efforts

Aiken’s failed skatepark hurts Augusta’s efforts

When the city of Aiken recently announced that the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center had permanently closed its skatepark due to low participation, it was unwelcome news for those who have long pushed for a new skatepark in the Garden City. It has been almost five years since the city tore down Augusta’s former skatepark […]

No history of poor performance could save Russell

No history of poor performance could save Russell

For more than a decade, City Administrator Fred Russell has somehow managed to avoid ever having a formal performance evaluation by his 10 bosses: namely, the Augusta Commission. Now that the Augusta Commission is finally developing an evaluation process for Russell (along with the other two city employees who work directly for the board), it […]

I.M. Pei would be proud of a jazz cafe

When word began to spread last week that there are plans to turn the former Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce building on Broad Street into a jazz cafe/coffee house/art gallery/office area, many people were interested, but also a bit confused. The unique I.M. Pei-designed building in the middle of Broad Street across from the Ramada […]