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BREAKING: Georgia State Patrol releases report on Donnie Smith

BREAKING: Georgia State Patrol releases report on Donnie Smith

A 19-page investigation report released today by the Georgia State Patrol found that Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, who recently retired as a lieutenant from the GSP after more than 20 years of service, worked a second job during Masters Week while reporting himself as being on duty. According to the report, Smith told investigators that, […]

Donnie Smith Retired. But Why?

Donnie Smith Retired. But Why?

Donnie Smith was retired last week from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) during the course of an investigation into his actions and behaviors. Smith, of course, has been tight lipped about the “actions and behaviors” since news of the investigation surfaced. Speculation is that the investigation centers on his alleged “double dipping” during Masters Week, […]

Labor Day Weekend Checkpoint Stats

Labor Day Weekend Checkpoint Stats

Sandbar Ferry Road-Kissingbower @ White Road Traffic Violations: Six Child Restraint Three DUI Five Uninsured Motorist One Open Container Twenty Suspended/Revoked Eight Suspended Reg/No Tag One Excessive Tint OTHER Four Misd. Drug Cases Four Felony Drug Cases

Goodwill Credit Card Security Breach Update

Goodwill Credit Card Security Breach Update

September 2, 2014 Earlier today, Goodwill Industries International (GII) announced the results of an investigation started in July into a potential data security issue involving some Goodwill member stores. While a third-party forensic expert discovered evidence that a payment card processing vendor used by 20 Goodwill organizations nationwide had been attacked by malware, the investigation […]

Holiday Checkpoints

Holiday Checkpoints

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will begin “Operations Hands Across the Border” this evening, 6pm at The Foundation Club. From tonight through Monday additional RCSO Deputies, GSP Troopers, and HEAT Teams throughout Georgia will be in the CSRA doing their best to keep roadway crashes, injuries […]

Richmond County Tax Increase Just Passed

Richmond County Tax Increase Just Passed

The Augusta Richmond County Commission just voted 5-5 for the 1.75 millage increase. Mayor Copenhaver had to break the tie. He voted for the millage increase. Newly appointed commissioner Ben Hasan ( at 11:30 this morning) and Mayor Deke are not too popular right now. Story developing…

Run or Don’t Scam

Run or Don’t Scam

News 13 Daytona Beach FL 8/19/2014 “In less than a month, hundreds of runners were expecting to be doused in colored dye as they run a 3.1 mile course. At least 700 people paid to take part in the Run or Dye 5K in Daytona Beach. All runners were told the race was cancelled by […]

A Look Back at Candidate Rick Allen

A Look Back at Candidate Rick Allen

On August 21, Congressman John Barrow issued a press release highlighting his support of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. This comes just two days after he released Factcheck.org’s review of a National Republican Congressional Committee ad that claims Barrow, who is fighting off a challenge from local builder Rick Allen for his 12th Congressional District […]

Metro Spirit Celebrates 25 Years

Metro Spirit Celebrates 25 Years

When the Metro Spirit opened its doors 25 years ago, Augusta was an entirely different place. When it came to the news, Augusta was a rip-and-read company town, and what the daily published each morning was spread across the airwaves for the rest of the day. For many, the daily alone decided what was news and […]

Now sit back, relax, put on your head gear.

Now sit back, relax, put on your head gear.

On March 17, 2010 the Metro Spirit published an article featuring local band Veara just as they were signing on with Epitaph Records. The following year MS contributor Bryan Allen shared what Epitaph Records called Veara’s “southern mosh-pitality”. Read the articles then catch drummer Harrell’s newest awesomest hobby-playing along to hip hop. Makes for pretty […]