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Criminal charges expected against deputy

Criminal charges expected against deputy

A Richmond County deputy is expected to be charged today following an incident involving the physical abuse of a 12-year-old child. Lt. Allan Rollins of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released a statement late last night that deputies responded to an incident on the 2800 block of Anne Street around 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening […]

Augusta’s Pride: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Augusta’s Pride: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

According to the dictionary, pride is defined as “a feeling or deep pleasure derived from one’s achievements.” In my 16 years living in Augusta, I have encountered three kinds of pride: good, bad, and ugly. Pride is good when it means getting gratification from doing what is morally right, honest, considerate, and beneficial to others. […]

Is Dr. Ricardo Azziz the fall guy?

Is Dr. Ricardo Azziz the fall guy?

According to Wikipedia, a fall guy refers to “a person to whom blame is deliberately and erroneously attributed in order to deflect responsibility or blame from another party.” I have a theory. It is a bit of a conspiracy theory. It is farfetched. It is a little absurd. Still, I think it is worth sharing. […]

Muslims and Islamist Extremists

Muslims and Islamist Extremists

Recently, an acquaintance of mine shared two opinions about Islamist extremism and the Muslim community on Facebook. The first was that the Muslim community should do a better job differentiating themselves from extremists by openly condemning acts of terrorism. The second was that the Muslim community has a tendency to accuse people of Islamophobia simply […]

Teach the Children Well

Teach the Children Well

It was a clear, 63-degree day when I decided to take my girls to the local park. I thought that we could all use the fresh air and sunshine. The park was full of energetic, merry children. While watching my girls play on the slide, I noticed a middle-aged black woman pushing a child in […]

AHHH! Get Your Feet Off Me!!!

AHHH! Get Your Feet Off Me!!!

This is a reminder that a very cold arctic air mass will settle over our area on Wednesday night with breezing conditions. A wind chill advisory will likely be issued by the National Weather Service as wind chill values could fall into the single digits – and the high temperature on Thursday will only reach […]

Apparent Murder-Suicide in Walton Way Home

Apparent Murder-Suicide in Walton Way Home

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen has confirmed this morning that owners of a historic home in the 3100-block of Walton Way have been found dead of an apparent murder-suicide. The deceased couple, Charles and Nola Falcone, lived both in Augusta and Jupiter Island, Fla. In fact, Charles Falcone served as commissioner of the Town of Jupiter […]

A Father’s Failure

A Father’s Failure

On January 11, 2005, I became a father. I was 24 years old and completely unprepared for the responsibilities of fatherhood. Since then, I have been blessed with two more children. Today, I am the proud father of three vibrant, beautiful and intelligent girls. Not long ago I realized something. I am failing them. Now, […]

Show Some Respect

Show Some Respect

It was a cool, clear September afternoon as I stood in the store parking lot unloading my groceries into the trunk of my car. Afterwards, I started pushing my shopping cart in the direction of the outdoor collection area where a man was gathering up the carts to take inside. With a smile, the man […]

Show Some Respect

Show Some Respect

It was a cool, clear September afternoon as I stood in the store parking lot unloading my groceries into the trunk of my car. Afterwards, I started pushing my shopping cart in the direction of the outdoor collection area where a man was gathering up the carts to take inside. With a smile, the man […]