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Round Two begins between airport director and Donnie Smith

Round Two begins between airport director and Donnie Smith

When Gary LeTellier, the executive director of Augusta Regional Airport, went before the public services committee this week to ask commissioners to allow the mayor to expedite the approval of FAA grants, he didn’t think he was going to have to fight for federal funding. But it seems an old grudge might be rearing its […]

Will the Real Dwight Johnson Please Step Forward?

Will the Real Dwight Johnson Please Step Forward?

When the Metro Spirit ran a cover story last week announcing that  former Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson was preparing to run for tax commissioner now that Kay Allen has resigned, it drew a lot of mixed reactions. Many readers were cheering Johnson on, saying he is the best person for the job. However, some of […]

Speak Up, Hardie Davis, and Work for Augusta’s Vote

Speak Up, Hardie Davis, and Work for Augusta’s Vote

Considering state Sen. Hardie Davis is seen as one of the frontrunners in this year’s race for mayor, many folks were disappointed when he chose not to attend last week’s political forum sponsored by the Richmond County Association of Educators. It was the first political forum held for Augusta’s mayoral candidates. Obviously, the legislative session […]

Steve Cassell Was So Young and Naive Once

Steve Cassell Was So Young and Naive Once

Augusta has a new interim deputy administrator, but in this city those temporary positions typically have a way of becoming permanent. Whether the employee likes it or not. Just look at the record: Former City Administrator Fred Russell was originally given the position in the interim after his predecessor, George Kolb, left the Garden City. […]

So is Augusta’s Computer-Gate Finally Over?

So is Augusta’s Computer-Gate Finally Over?

For the past several months, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has been driving his colleagues crazy, demanding an investigation into computer files that were allegedly deleted off of former City Administrator Fred Russell’s computer. Williams keeps insisting that the last thing the Augusta Commission should be afraid of is the truth. “Mr. Russell was in a […]

Deke Leading the Charge?

Deke Leading the Charge?

Since when did Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver become such a powerful player on the Augusta Commission? Late last week, Copenhaver achieved the seemingly impossible by convincing six Augusta commissioners to approve a $194 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) package that will be considered by voters on the May 20 ballot. Now, granted, […]

Augusta Firefighters Demand Change

Augusta Firefighters Demand Change

While most people have tipped their hats to the city and the Augusta Fire Department for their handling of the aftermath of last month’s devastating ice storm, not everyone is singing the city’s praises. The Augusta Professional Fire Fighters Association sent out a notice to city leaders this week stating that while the organization appreciates […]

Can Eugene Yu beat Rick Allen in the Republican primary?

Can Eugene Yu beat Rick Allen in the Republican primary?

Many people were scratching their heads this week wondering exactly why Augusta businessman Eugene Yu had worked so hard running for the U.S. Senate seat just to suddenly decide to drop out in favor of vying for the 12th District congressional race. But, let’s face it: the U.S. Senate race to fill the seat currently […]

Get Ready Augusta! Here Comes Master’s Week AugustaPalooza

Get Ready Augusta! Here Comes Master’s Week AugustaPalooza

Local promoter Charles Collins Jr. apparently has no shame. Despite the fact that Collins’ concert last fall called Rock-N-Country Music Bash at the Columbia County Fairgrounds was a complete embarrassment and a total disaster, it appears he is back to his old tricks with the announcement of a new music festival during Masters Week. Under […]

Augusta’s Loss is Definitely Columbia County’s Gain

Augusta’s Loss is Definitely Columbia County’s Gain

Power outages, icy roads, falling trees, school closures and even earthquakes. This past week, the CSRA has seen it all. And who do people always turn to for the latest information on such events? None other than Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency Management. It doesn’t matter where a person lives in the […]