Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
Old vs. New

Old vs. New

Almost 40 years ago, the James Brown Arena started out as part of a larger vision to invigorate Augusta’s faltering downtown district. Back in 1973, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority first asked Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei’s New York firm to perform the design work and site

What’s the value of a free ticket?

What’s the value of a free ticket?

Many local residents were shocked last week when they heard at least one Columbia County commissioner was apparently upset because he had not been given any free tickets to this past weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

While a lot of people are talking about Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross’ email last week to Royce Richardson of Triple R Concert Productions discussing free tickets to future shows at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, it appears Cross doesn’t have a lot to say about the

 The times they are a changin’

 The times they are a changin’

Many local residents were shocked this week when they heard a few Columbia County commissioners were apparently upset because they had not been given any free tickets to this weekend’s Merle Haggard show at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. That was bad enough. But when citizens learned

The Art of the Freebie

The Art of the Freebie

When Royce Richardson of Triple R Concert Productions decided to bring country music legend Merle Haggard to the Columbia County Exhibition Center this Saturday, Richardson felt it was a win-win situation for Haggard, his fans and Columbia County. With ticket sales extremely strong for the

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Just a few short hours after Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz submitted his letter of resignation to officials with the state’s board of regents last week, he felt a great sense of accomplishment regarding his time in Augusta. But Azziz said he is also ready for the next

Everything is awesome at GRU!

Everything is awesome at GRU!

So, what were the first words out of Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz’s mouth when a Metro Spirit reporter asked him the reason behind his resignation this week? “This is all good,” Azziz said. “This is all positive.” Spin. Spin. Spin. It was as if the members of Azziz’s

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Just a few short hours after Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz submitted his letter of resignation to officials with the state’s board of regents, he felt a great sense of accomplishment regarding his time in Augusta. But Azziz said he is also ready for the next chapter in his

Renewing the “county attorney” debate

Renewing the “county attorney” debate

All right, so last week when Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith was appointed to his new position, there was a lot of talk about whether or not he owed Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams an enormous favor. The rumor was that Smith was now willing to support Williams’ crusade to fire General Counsel

Deadbeat Funk

Deadbeat Funk

A local musician has developed the reputation as the area’s top deadbeat funkmeister (henceforth known as DF); more often than not, sources say, he does not pay unsuspecting musicians what they are owed. In one recent case brought to our attention, DF spent almost half a year exchanging texts

Hardie’s first week in office

Hardie’s first week in office

Overall, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has received high marks from insiders within the Marble Palace during his first week in office. Whenever you are the new kid on the block, especially when you are in a leadership role, that transition can be more than a little tough. After all, as soon as you

What Will Augusta Do About Downtown Parking?

What Will Augusta Do About Downtown Parking?

The Downtown Development Authority had grand plans for a state-of the-art parking system along Broad Street with new computerized meters that would be so user friendly that the public would embrace them. That was the dream. The reality, however, was quite different when the city of Augusta held

Report Card: Hardie’s first week

Report Card: Hardie’s first week

Overall, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has received high marks from insiders within the Marble Palace during his first week in office. Whenever you are the new kid on the block, especially when you are in a leadership role, that transition can be more than a little tough. After all, as soon as you

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 […]

Cornel West Is Coming

Cornel West Is Coming

For some folks in Augusta, when they hear the name Cornel West, their first response is, “Yeah, I’ve seen that guy on Real Time with Bill Maher, right?” That’s kind of like saying, “Oh yeah, Abe Lincoln. He’s the guy on the $5 bill, right?” Dr. Cornel West is so much more than an outrageous

So… Grady Smith is the new mayor pro tem

So… Grady Smith is the new mayor pro tem

Augusta commissioner and all around good ol’ boy Grady Smith was voted in this week as the city’s new mayor pro tem. The original vote for Smith to get the gig was 7-3 with commissioners Bill Fennoy, Wayne Guilfoyle and Bill Lockett opposing the nomination. All three of those commissioners had

And now, here’s your local news

And now, here’s your local news

Chuck Whitaker, long-time program director for WHHD 98.3, is no longer with Beasley Broadcasting. While radio Insiders were adamant Whitaker had done no wrong, word is a new consultant working with the station is being tasked with bringing more “energy” to the Top 40 station. Apparently this

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

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.

Augusta commissioners’ first words

Augusta commissioners’ first words

Just minutes after the newly elected Augusta commissioners were sworn in this week, the public got its first opportunity to hear from these new leaders of the Garden City. Finally. Two commissioners — Dennis Williams for District 2 and Sammie Sias for District 4 — have waited seven