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What happened to ROAR?

What happened to ROAR?

It’s been almost a year and a half since Morris Communications decided to launched its website called roar.us that was supposedly designed to help create a “Renaissance of American Responsibility.” The website began with such ambitious goals. Michael Ryan, the editorial page editor for The Augusta Chronicle, was named ROAR’s executive director and Morris Communications claimed […]

Three boys’ lives, one huge mistake

Three boys’ lives, one huge mistake

There has been a lot of talk this week about the three young boys who were killed in a car crash on River Watch Parkway near Stevens Creek Road. The loss of these area children is truly heartbreaking. But the grief was only heightened this week when the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released the accident […]

Augusta National is buying up land… again

Augusta National is buying up land… again

For the past several years, the owners of The Lodge on Heath — the spacious 12,000-square-foot hospitality house located less than 150 feet away from Gate 9 at the Augusta National — stood proud and defiant. The Lodge on Heath was the permanent neighbor to the Augusta National, whether the private golf club liked it […]

The Pornography Case Involving Ken Kraemer

The Pornography Case Involving Ken Kraemer

Former Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer made headlines in Milwaukee, Wis., back in 2007 because he was reportedly arrested for the sexual assault of a 4-year-old child and possession of child pornography. At the time, he was serving as deputy director for the Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin following his termination here in Augusta […]

What’s the future of the James Brown Arena?

What’s the future of the James Brown Arena?

Thousands upon thousands of students, parents, teachers and friends made their way to the James Brown Arena in downtown Augusta this past week to celebrate a monumental occasion: Graduation. About an hour before one such ceremony, a well-dressed man could be seen outside the arena picking up handfuls of trash that had been thoughtlessly discarded […]

Rumors surrounding Sgt. Richard Elim’s wreck

Rumors surrounding Sgt. Richard Elim’s wreck

Whenever there is a late-night wreck involving a member of law enforcement, chances are there will be a great deal of speculation and rumors surrounding the incident. Such was the case late last week when Richmond County Sgt. Richard Elim was involved in an accident off Peach Orchard Road on Friday around 2:30 a.m. Apparently, […]

Public housing at Regency Mall?

Public housing at Regency Mall?

It’s definitely commendable that Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett refuses to let the former Regency Mall site fade into distant memory, but the fact is, it’s time to move on. The fate of the former shopping center in south Augusta has to be a private-sector problem. Commissioners from south Augusta can’t continue to obsess about the […]

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

Child Predators “Walk Among Us”

A funeral home director, a pool attendant, an electrician, a correctional officer, a restaurant manager, a deputy jailer, a soldier, a tire salesman and a pharmacy tech. These are only a few examples of the occupations of the 22 suspects arrested this week and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation here in Richmond […]

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

Is Columbia County the true Eagleton?

For fans of the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation starring actress Amy Poehler as city employee Leslie Knope, you’ll appreciate this comparison. But, for those of you who don’t know anything about the show, here’s a little history: Parks and Recreation is about a fictional town in south-central Indiana called Pawnee. It’s a quirky little town […]

Major players in the Palmetto Pipeline debate

Major players in the Palmetto Pipeline debate

Did anyone notice anything odd about The Augusta Chronicle’s editorial this weekend called, “Unwise and Unwanted” about the controversial Palmetto Pipeline? The Texas-based company, Kinder Morgan of Houston, wants to construct a $1 billion fuel pipeline stretching from Jacksonville, Fla., to Belton, S.C., in order to carry more than 165,000 barrels of gasoline, diesel or […]