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Donnie Smith Cries A River

Donnie Smith Cries A River

For the past few months, Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith seems to be having a hard time keeping it together. Almost every other meeting Smith has been getting teary-eyed over issues coming before the commission. It appeared to have all started in early June, when commissioners began discussing the extremely high kill rate at Augusta Animal […]

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

At the beginning of July, the Insider noted that 541 days after consolidation, the sign in front of Christenberry Fieldhouse continued to say Augusta State University. A subsequent email from GRU media relations stated that construction for the new monument sign was slated to begin in September and should be completed by the end of […]

Champ Walker wants Augusta to “Feel Good” again

Champ Walker wants Augusta to “Feel Good” again

No one can be surprised that ever since the James Brown movie “Get On Up” opened nationwide a few weeks ago, some long-time supporters and followers of the Godfather of Soul have been desperately trying to grab a piece of the pie. It’s only natural that Augusta wants to promote, and even profit, from the […]

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

The Insider revealed a few weeks ago the existence of a new website, The Paine Project, which claimed to be created by Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students at Augusta’s historically African-American college who were demanding the immediate ouster of the college’s President George Bradley. The website, thepaineproject.net, claimed Bradley has brought “unprecedented mismanagement […]

Marion Williams at his best

Marion Williams at his best

People say there are six major elements needed to transform a play into great theater: a good plot, strong characters, a constant theme, vivid language, rhythm and spectacle. Last 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 Augusta […]

Anchored in Controversy

Anchored in Controversy

As the eviction process at Augusta’s Riverfront Marina comes closer to an end, more and more information is coming to light regarding just how bad marina operator Mike Stacy’s relationship with the city has become. Documents obtained by the Metro Spirit detail a culture of almost constant friction highlighted by long, rambling monthly reports Stacy […]

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 […]