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Is Appling the most conservative town in Georgia?

Is Appling the most conservative town in Georgia?

Right before New Year’s Day, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did a fascinating story called, “Meet Georgia’s most conservative city.” While most people would consider all of Columbia County one of the most conservative counties in the state, who would have guessed that Appling was identified as the Peach State’s most conservative city? It appeared that The Atlanta […]

Augusta is full of surprises

Augusta is full of surprises

People always love to throw out derogatory comments about Augusta and its backwardness that can sometimes be found too easily throughout the city. But this past week, a post on Facebook by a graduate research assistant at Augusta University on Christmas day is making national news and putting a smile on the faces of many […]

Life is not always a cabaret, old chum

Life is not always a cabaret, old chum

Was anyone else confused by the tone of a story a few weeks ago in The Augusta Chronicle about local sex offender Randy Houston Mercer? The headline of the Dec. 18 story written by Sandy Hodson was, “Professional makeup artist gets 30-year prison term for sex with minors.” So far, it sounds bad, as it should. […]

Not good news for state Rep. Ernie Smith

Not good news for state Rep. Ernie Smith

The state’s ethics commission, formally known as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, last week found probable cause that state Rep. Ernie Smith from Augusta had violated various state laws in his handling of campaign cash. How many possible violations? Exactly 88, according to an article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With that many […]

Merry Christmas, Columbia County taxpayers!

Merry Christmas, Columbia County taxpayers!

So, what if your bosses came into your office to let you know you were getting a raise right before Christmas? Awesome, right? What if they said they were giving you a $19,000 raise? Holy… spirit!!! This week The Columbia County News-Times reported that Deputy Administrator Glenn Kennedy was given a 19 percent raise, equaling more […]

Jodi Lott gets sworn in by Judge Danny Craig

Jodi Lott gets sworn in by Judge Danny Craig

As family, friends and supporters filled the Columbia County Superior Court this week to watch Jodi Lott being sworn in as the next Georgia House Representative, it was a wonderful day for her and Columbia County voters. But watching her being sworn in by Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig was a little bittersweet. Obviously, not […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I read in today’s Metro Spirit, the Whine Line, this whine: “The Columbia County News Times is not asking for donations of children’s underwear this year.  What (who) changed?” Here is what changed. Child Enrichment runs a “Clothing Closet” for needy children. The last two years we have been desperate for underwear, […]

Aiken County resembles Donald Trump

Aiken County resembles Donald Trump

In the same week that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought his strong opinions about Muslims to the USC Aiken’s Convocation Center, the Aiken County Council also approved a resolution against relocating Syrian refugees to the region. It’s been quite a week in Aiken County. All of a sudden Aiken County is sounding a lot […]

No place for Afroman in Augusta

No place for Afroman in Augusta

Rapper and guitarist Afroman, who is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit “Because I Got High,” is scheduled to perform at Coyotes nightclub on Saturday, Dec. 19. The show is being promoted as the “official video shoot for Chad Mac’s new single ‘Party In The Woods’ featuring Afroman.” The promoters are promising tons of fun […]

Riverwatch “Luxury” Cinemas opens in style?

Riverwatch “Luxury” Cinemas opens in style?

For months, Augustans have watched with excitement the development of the 12-screen movie theater called Riverwatch Cinemas off River Watch Parkway next to Cabela’s and Costco. This week, the developer announced it is set to open on Thursday, Dec. 17, just in time for the premier of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It should be […]