Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
For Her

For Her

So you’re moving across the roof of the 11-story Marriott hotel with a girl in a Wonder Woman costume and a ninja named Oz when all of a sudden you’re passed off to the final expert in a long line of experts prepping you for your journey over the edge of the building. She’s

The Unraveling of Cam Griffin

The Unraveling of Cam Griffin

By the time Cam Griffin made it to the Doug Stone concert in Harlem on Oct. 16, it was pretty clear to most people that the 30-year-old music promoter’s world was finally unraveling. Not only was the concert a bust, but the local police working the event had been told to keep their eye on

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Patriotism. Responsibility. Self-governance. Welcome to Civics 101, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle and Morris Communications. This week Morris Communications hosted a “patriotic rally” to promote its initiative ROAR: Renaissance of American Responsibility, which is the brainchild of the

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Here we go again. For more than five years, the Augusta Commission has debated the results of a $580,000 study of race and gender disparities that was released back in 2009. This disparity study discovered that, while 35 percent of the Augusta market was made up of women- and minority-owned

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

 Augusta’s Water-gate could run the city dry

Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen is in a tough spot. Last week, she presented a proposed 2015 budget that was balanced without increasing property taxes or taking money from the city’s reserves. Sounds pretty good. But, in order to balance the more than $780 million budget, Allen’s

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

The Brief but Revealing Candidacy of Cam Griffin

On Friday, the Insider had some fun with Cam Griffin’s year-old Facebook announcement of his intent to run against Ron Cross for Chairman of the Columbia County Commission, but the exchange is too rich and too revealing to let it go with just a thumbnail description, especially given the

Griffin Out on Bond as Complaints Flood In

Griffin Out on Bond as Complaints Flood In

Cam Griffin, the local promoter whose rise to infamy proved very popular among Spirit readers Thursday, turned himself in to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office personnel Thursday afternoon and was later released on $10,100 bond. Griffin, 30, was charged with felony theft of services after a

Promoter Griffin to be Arrested

Promoter Griffin to be Arrested

It looks like local promoter Cam Griffin has some rocky days ahead of him. Captain Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning that a felony theft of services warrant has been issued for Griffin, 30, in response to a report filed by Theodore Alan Shultz, owner of

Inside Animal Services

Inside Animal Services

A man wearing a checkered flannel shirt over a tank top walks through the doors at Augusta Animal Services on Mack Lane gripping a young, white labrador retriever mix tightly by the leash. The dog happily wags its tail, bouncing from the door to the front desk. It appears the young dog

Really, DUI Duncan?

Really, DUI Duncan?

Everyone has seen the huge bright yellow billboards with ads screaming, “DUI? Duncan!” The advertisements of the prominent DUI law firm, featuring local attorneys James Duncan III and Tiffini Chambers, are hard to miss. So are the SUVs racing around town with the same slogan plastered all over

The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Kinda Shameful

The Emperor’s New Clothes Are Kinda Shameful

The bigger you are, the easier it is to what you want to do without facing any consequences. Doubt it? Just ask the naked emperor if he’s wearing any clothes. Cast your mind back to Forumgate, last month’s embarrassing turn of events in which the 12th District candidate forum in Columbia

Once More for District 4

Once More for District 4

The last time Bill Morris ran against Vernon Thomas for the District 4 commission seat in Columbia County, voters were still stinging from a series of events that had left them feeling like outcasts. In July 2008, former Harlem Mayor Scott Dean took office after Lee Anderson abandoned the

Hecht Comes to Augusta Ready to Fight

Hecht Comes to Augusta Ready to Fight

Attorney General candidate Greg Hecht, a Democrat from the Atlanta area who served in the General Assembly and spent four years as an assistant district attorney, blew through town Thursday and had quite a bit to say about incumbent Republican Sam Olens, which was kind of refreshing, given the

Reviving the Riverwalk

Reviving the Riverwalk

On Thursday, October 23 something special is going to happen down at the Jessye Norman Riverwalk Amphitheater. Starting at 6 p.m., three bluegrass bands are going to perform a concert to benefit Jordan’s House and the Bond Crosby Fund while pumping some much needed life back into one of

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Keeping his promise not to let the questions surrounding former City Administrator Fred Russell’s hard drive fade away, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams requested this week that his colleagues review the manner in which information is stored within the city government. “How can we move

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

Sentinel debate not the same without Donnie Smith

The Insider hates to admit this, but when Chief State Court Judge Richard Slaby went before the city’s public safety committee meeting this week to talk about awarding a 2015 contract to Sentinel Offender Services, former Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith was truly missed. Say what you will