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Representing one of Georgia’s “reddest” counties

Representing one of Georgia’s “reddest” counties

During the debate between District 122 candidates Jodi Lott and Mack Taylor on The Austin Rhodes Show this past week, it was definitely a conservative showdown filled with all of the favorite Republican topics. The two candidates discussed everything from the need to protect Georgia’s borders from Syrians and illegal immigrants to the evils of […]

Billy Morris strikes back at Kinder Morgan

Billy Morris strikes back at Kinder Morgan

The Texas-based energy company Kinder Morgan definitely knows how to get under the skin of William S. Morris III, the owner and publisher of The Augusta Chronicle. Allen Fore, the vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan, told the Los Angeles Times this year that there was a specific reason why there was so much resistance to […]

Scuttle’s Island is still a mystery

Scuttle’s Island is still a mystery

A few days after the Metro Spirit had a cover story questioning whether or not Scuttle’s Island Water Park was actually going to be built in North Augusta, The Augusta Chronicle published its own story about the debate. Like almost every article written about Scuttle’s Island Water Park, it raised more questions than answers. The article said […]

No more sweetheart deals for Joe Mullins

No more sweetheart deals for Joe Mullins

Now that the Metro Spirit has exposed the true colors of Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and former candidate for the House District 122 seat, in this past week’s cover story, it is time for Columbia County leaders to wise up. For years, Mullins has been given special treatment for events he held at the […]

Paine College is suffering serious pains

Paine College is suffering serious pains

This week, Paine College launched its “Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign” promising to get the university back on track after it was recently unable to make its scheduled payroll for some employees. It was grim news for Augusta’s historically African-American college. Over the past few years, Paine College has financially stumbled […]

Major Missteps by Mack Taylor

Major Missteps by Mack Taylor

Columbia County voters decided this past Tuesday that local businesswoman Jodi Lott and former Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor are headed to a December runoff in the District 122 race. It was an extremely impressive night for Lott. Just a few short months ago, very few people in Columbia County knew the name Jodi Lott. […]

Voters let their voices be heard

Voters let their voices be heard

The voters in Richmond and Columbia counties have spoken and what they said during the Nov. 3 election speaks volumes. While many Richmond County citizens have expressed great frustration with the Augusta Commission, voters decided to continue to invest in Augusta by supporting the $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. This year’s […]

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Attack on the Augusta Watchdogs

Some locals were surprised this past week by the sudden disappearance of the Augusta Watchdogs’ Facebook page. For those unfamiliar with Augusta Watchdogs, it was a group page on Facebook that discussed a variety of issues facing the Garden City. The Facebook page, primarily led by Harrisburg resident and former Augusta mayoral candidate Lori Davis, […]

A House is Not a Home

A House is Not a Home

If you haven’t ever met Pam Costabile, the manager of code enforcement for Augusta-Richmond County, you’ve probably never had a problem with dilapidated houses in your neighborhood or an unscrupulous landlord who refused to fix your leaking roof. Definitely count your blessings that you’re not faced with such headaches, but you also missed out on […]

The price of voting against SPLOST

The price of voting against SPLOST

How many Richmond County voters are sick of the Augusta Commission? The city is about to find out come next Tuesday. On Nov. 3, citizens will head to the polls to cast their vote on the proposed $215 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. And, let’s face it, folks aren’t happy. Residents are […]