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More time behind closed doors? Not really.

More time behind closed doors? Not really.

There was a flurry of news stories this week talking about a proposal by the Augusta Commission’s rules and regulations subcommittee to extend the time behind closed doors for a legal session. A lot of folks were outraged. How dare the commissioners request to stay behind closed doors an hour longer? People were accusing commissioners […]

Take responsibility for the Marshall Square fire

Take responsibility for the Marshall Square fire

Who should take responsibility for the devastating results of the Marshall Square fire? Let’s see. How about the administrative staff at the Marshall Square retirement community? What about Columbia County Fire Chief Doug Cooper? What about the county officials that approved the apartment complex for elderly citizens? How about the Columbia County commissioners? Here is a […]

Shooting on Gordon Highway captures public’s attention

Shooting on Gordon Highway captures public’s attention

Over the past week, there has been a lot of attention given to a shooting that occurred on Gordon Highway at Old Savannah Road involving what is being described as a “late-night road rage” incident. The shooting included two men in their 20s, two pickup trucks and six shots that were fired from a moving […]

Who will be elected to Judge Overstreet’s seat?

Who will be elected to Judge Overstreet’s seat?

Augusta Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet surprised the community this week by announcing that he does not plan to seek re-election this year. Those familiar with Overstreet know that he is the longest-serving local Superior Court judge and is an extremely well-respected judge throughout the CSRA. Of course, some may hear the occasional complaint that […]

Marshall Square: What’s wrong with this picture?

Marshall Square: What’s wrong with this picture?

Remember this past summer when The Insider was blasted by some folks throughout the community for suggesting that the former Marshall Square retirement community’s night concierge Zack Freehof should perhaps refrain from posting Facebook messages about the devastating fire that tragically killed 91-year-old resident Dorothy Carpenter? People thought The Insider should give this “hero” a […]

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 […]