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To the Editor:

To the Editor:

I absolutely loved your article on Green Light Studios — an incredible studio run by the incredibly talented Morgan Parham. The place is fully deserving of all the great comments written in your article but one thing needs to be corrected — Green Light Studios is not the only all-ages venue in Augusta. Matter of […]

More Loan Drama

More Loan Drama

After taking a tour of the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem redevelopment area and visiting some of the individual properties, members of the commission-appointed Urban Redevelopment Agency voted on a $2.5 million bridge loan which they were told was necessary to keep the redevelopment project moving forward. That approval eventually came, but what most likely would have been a […]

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Here’s a question: when confirmation that an organization is headed in the right direction comes from a group that organization is paying, does that mean they’re really headed in the right direction, or does it mean they’ve hired smart people who know who’s writing the checks? In the case of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), […]

Spend it Before it Burns

Spend it Before it Burns

So Columbia County commissioners approved more SPLOST money for a military memorial behind the Evans Library. What’s not to like about that? After all, it’s perfectly reasonable that a county as proudly patriotic as Columbia County would want such a memorial. It certainly has an established history for spending money on quality of life items, […]

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Here’s a question: when confirmation that an organization is headed in the right direction comes from a group that organization is paying, does that mean they’re really headed in the right direction, or does it mean they’ve hired smart people who know who’s writing the checks? In the case of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), […]

Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Ruben Paints Burned Out Building

Dateline Friday June 20th, 2014 Friday morning workers were busy painting the façade of the burned out Bayou building featured in the flyover on metrospirit.com a couple of weeks ago. The building was gutted by fire in 2001. Since then the building has remained gutted, boarded up and fire charred. Coincidentally, just yesterday the city’s […]

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

Donnie Smith has been suspended from his job with the Georgia State Patrol. Why? The Insider has been wrong before, but we weren’t wrong on the Donnie Smith/Wild Wing fiasco. And while it is early on, multiple sources relate he is being investigated for possibly “double dipping” Masters week. Insiders say he was working for […]

So, what did Donnie Smith do?

So, what did Donnie Smith do?

Locals were stunned this week when the Georgia State Patrol revealed that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay from his position as a lieutenant with GSP due to a “policy violation.” Smith, who has worked for the GSP for more than 20 years, is now under investigation. Now, it may […]

Checking out

Checking out

A year ago, the Augusta-based East Central Georgia Regional Library System consisted of Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Warren and Lincoln counties. But when Columbia County decided it was tired of paying more than $130,000 in fees to be a part of the system, they broke off and formed their own, the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library […]

Long Adds to His List of Titles

Long Adds to His List of Titles

John R.B. “Jack” Long of John R.B. Long P.C., better known as Paige Tucker of NBC 26’s husband, was installed as president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia on June 6 during the organization’s annual meeting. He was sworn in by Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of […]