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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 […]

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

Unfair ethics challenges disrupt elections

How do you completely disrupt an election in Columbia County? That’s easy. Just file an ethics complaint against your opponent and let the rumors fly. This past week, a supporter for Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat, decided to file a formal complaint against his opponent Mack […]

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

A Day in the Life of Hardie Davis

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis just doesn’t get it. He was elected into office by 75 percent of the votes cast in last year’s election. So, an overwhelming number of people headed to the polls selected him as the man for the job. Voters chose him to represent the city, receive a salary of $75,845 a […]

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

Joe Mullins is overcompensating

How many voters out there in Columbia County have had the pleasure of receiving a flyer in the mail from Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat? If you’re not sure, you definitely haven’t gotten one. The most recent flyer sent out by Mullins is literally the size […]

Pounding the Augusta Commission over gas?

Pounding the Augusta Commission over gas?

It’s that time of year again, folks. Nope. The Insider isn’t referring to the downtown fair or the Halloween season, but rather The Augusta Chronicle’s annual review of the city-issued gas cards. Each year, the newspaper tries its best to paint Augusta commissioners as clowns or devils by revealing exactly how much each local official […]

The Chronicle’s bald-faced lie

The Chronicle’s bald-faced lie

The higher-ups at The Augusta Chronicle must think all local citizens seriously suffer from amnesia. Does everyone remember around this time last year when Chronicle President Dana Atkins tried to explain why he initially pulled Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford from a debate between then Congressman John Barrow and Republican challenger Rick Allen? After the debate had […]

Is Augusta prepared for an emergency?

Is Augusta prepared for an emergency?

While all eyes have been on the Augusta Fire Department regarding the recent indictment of Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard, there is another problem brewing. During this month’s devastating flooding in South Carolina, some of the public could not help but notice the lack of information coming out of Augusta’s Emergency Management Agency. Especially compared […]

Emergency at the Augusta Fire Department

Emergency at the Augusta Fire Department

The Augusta Fire Department can’t catch a break. Back in August, The Insider told readers that federal investigators raided the fire department and began collecting files and computers. Investigators with the FBI were searching records relating to Augusta Fire Marshal Jason Beard who had been placed on paid administrative leave. The Insider told readers that […]

Mayor Davis no longer wants an SUV

Mayor Davis no longer wants an SUV

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis told the Augusta Commission this week that he is no longer interested in his previously requested, city-funded 2016 Ford Explorer. Of course, it didn’t appear like his $29,000 request for an SUV had a chance in, well… let’s just say it, Hades. But, regardless, Davis made an announcement before commissioners this […]

No Ford Explorer for Mayor Davis

No Ford Explorer for Mayor Davis

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis’ request for a new, city-funded 2016 Ford Explorer went up in smoke this week. It literally went absolutely nowhere. During the Augusta Commission’s finance committee on Tuesday, the city’s fleet management division was given the grim task of requesting on behalf of the mayor’s office the new Ford Explorer for the […]