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Bartley Continues Assault on Cross

Bartley Continues Assault on Cross

After keeping a relatively low profile since his trouncing at the polls in May’s Republican primary, Columbia County’s favorite political bomb thrower is back again, once more trying to get people to open up their eyes and see what a cesspool of corruption and inefficiency and waste Ron Cross’ Columbia County power structure really is. […]

Can You Believe It: Court Edition

Can You Believe It: Court Edition

A strange occurrence to report from accountability court, where staff from the accountability court administrator’s office reportedly spent some time during an introductory session singing the praises of DUI Duncan, the prominent DUI law firm which just happened to have a representative present at the time. Operated out of Richmond County State Court, accountability court […]

Scott Hudson vs. South Carolina’s DNR

Scott Hudson vs. South Carolina’s DNR

Few Augustans can forget the arrest of former WGAC freelance reporter Scott Hudson over the Fourth of July weekend for operating a vessel under the influence and not wearing a personal floatation device on the Savannah River. After all, like a good little “reporter,” Hudson was the first to break the news of his own […]

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Ride Again

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Ride Again

On Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, Columbia County’s Wildwood Park will play host to the inaugural Wildwood Games, an outdoor sports event that county leaders hope will become a benchmark weekend of athletic competition every bit as noteworthy as others in the area. But is Columbia County striving for greatness or simply riding the coattails […]

Sunday Read: Marion Williams at his best

Sunday Read: Marion Williams at his best

People say there are six major elements needed to transform a play into great theatre: a good plot, strong characters, a constant theme, vivid language, rhythm and spectacle. This past week, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams was Shakespeare. The curtain lifts on Act I and the play opens with a scene just one day before the […]

Bonnie Ruben buried herself

Bonnie Ruben buried herself

With the very real possibility of facing a major legal battle with the city of Augusta over the conditions of the former J.C. Penney building and the former Bayou restaurant, you would think that downtown property owner Bonnie Ruben would try to keep a low profile. Think again. Last month, Ruben apparently decided it was […]

It Won’t Be Long Now

It Won’t Be Long Now

If you’re out there driving around Columbia County, chances are you’re starting to see the newest crop of campaign signs popping out of the fertile ground in front of a few businesses and some vacant lots. Wayne Bridges’ tax commissioner signs came out so early, in fact, that there was a little confusion over just […]

It’s Out of Our Hands

It’s Out of Our Hands

There is only so much a newspaper can do, and when it comes to the odd story of the Lexington, S.C., cyclist who claims he was assaulted on the Stevens Creek Trail in Modoc, S.C., the Metro Spirit has already done a lot. The allegations were so bizarre and the different versions of the story […]

More Than It Seems?

More Than It Seems?

Try this one on for size — you know that list of SPLOST projects Columbia County has been talking up the last few weeks? What if the list was designed to fail? That’s a theory currently making the rounds, and while it seems preposterous, there are those who insist it has merit. Accept, if you […]

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. […]