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This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

We are in a drought, with forest fires burning out of control in huge areas of GA, SC and NC.  So there has been a ban on leaf and wood burning, for the sake of safety and air quality.  But some people are defying the ban and burning their debris anyway, in and around the […]

Murder Suspect in Late-Night Shooting Arrested

Murder Suspect in Late-Night Shooting Arrested

UPDATE: Murder suspect Antwon Strader was taken into custody in Martinsville, Va. by the U.S. Marshals and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Strader was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Henry County S.O. detention facility to begin the extradition process. Previous Story: The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 27-year-old Antwon […]

Metro’s Best 2016 Winners

Metro’s Best 2016 Winners

Metro’s Best Restaurant (Overall) It’s a fine line for a restaurant to walk: diners want a one-of a kind experience, but don’t want their favorite to be so expensive that they can only visit on special occasions. Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) founders and brothers Kenny and Bobby Morrison straddle that line pretty perfectly, so it’s no […]

All Eyes on Murphy Village

All Eyes on Murphy Village

Editor’s Note: The Metro Spirit uses this historic spelling from Ireland, “Traveller,” to refer to the residents of North Augusta’s Murphy Village, while Crystan Dowds of Duke University, quoted in this story, uses the more common “Traveler.” When quoting from Dowds’ thesis, we use her spelling. When the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office requested the public’s […]

Murphy Village Turned Upside Down

Murphy Village Turned Upside Down

For decades, local residents driving down Edgefield Road in North Augusta knew exactly what to expect. Less than a mile past Exit 5 off Interstate 20, motorists couldn’t help but gawk at the enormous brick mansions that suddenly line both sides of Highway 25. But these are not your average stately homes. Motorists will quickly […]

Food Stuff

Food Stuff

It’s been 12 years since Tricie Scholer and her family opened Wild Wing Café in a busy stretch of Washington Road. Some thought that, like its brew pub predecessor, it wouldn’t last much longer than a year. Tricie and company proved the doubters wrong, however, and diners still fill up its massive parking lot several […]

An Evening with The Lady Chablis

An Evening with The Lady Chablis

It’s hard to believe that more than 15 years have passed since John Berendt’s novel of Savannah intrigue, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” first propelled an unlikely candidate to international stardom. For the past decade, the popularity of The Lady Chablis — the sassy, transgender nightclub performer, who stepped from the pages […]

Three to Watch

Three to Watch

For the next several weeks, not one person in the Augusta area should be allowed to complain, “There is nothing to do in this town.” Visitors to the downtown area and beyond will not be able to walk more than a few blocks without running into some amazing shows, enthusiastic artists or incredible food during […]

It’s Fall, Y’all!

It’s Fall, Y’all!

While we can’t expect a drastic drop in temperatures, the lack of humidity we’re experiencing now that September has rolled around makes the air feel downright crisp. That alone may put an extra spring in the step of the average Augustan. Add to that the vast number of events headed our way in the next […]

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

As everyone is enjoying their long Labor Day weekend, people should remember the fact that next Sunday will be 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. It’s hard to believe, but many school-age children weren’t alive or have no recollection of that terrible day. They know very little about the […]