Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
Paine College’s president resigns

Paine College’s president resigns

Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release today that Dr. George Bradley, president of the college, has resigned effective immediately. Bradley indicated a desire to “spend more time with his family” and stated that the college is “well

Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Retired businessman Sonny Pittman has officially withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as the interim Augusta commissioner for District 7. In a Sept. 14 letter to the Augusta Commission, Pittman said he was deeply discouraged by the process in which commissioners were using to select a

Arts in the Heart Street Closures Begin Today

Arts in the Heart Street Closures Begin Today

Though Arts in the Heart won’t officially open until 5 p.m. Friday, downtown Augusta will start feeling the effects of the festival later today, when certain street closures take effect. Here’s everything you need to know about the street closing plan, thanks to a Greater Augusta

Update: Augusta’s Central Park

Update: Augusta’s Central Park

As the Metro Spirit reported on July 24, the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, formerly the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, and Pendleton King Park used a Wells Fargo/National Fish and Wildlife grant to clean up the park’s Lake Elizabeth pond. Since April of last year, the Phinizy

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Massaging the Massage Ordinance

Passing through the first of two Commission readings without any public comment, Columbia County has made some changes to its Massage Service ordinance, bringing the ordinance in line with State guidelines, establishing a clear process for the application, approval and revocation of licenses

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

Augusta tied to the Roger Goodell controversy

As the national media is sinking its teeth into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and demanding to know when he was aware of the surveillance video showing Ray Rice violently punching his then fiancée in a casino elevator, somehow Augusta has now become part of the story. According to Golf

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

I’ve been here for two years and I ask you… are there any sagittarian women here? I swear if I hear that woman say ‘how to get away with murder’ one more time the alphabet is gonna start with a D,E and an F! You can bet all your chips that Blanchard is in the […]

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

Donnie “The Disappointment” Smith

On Jan. 2, 2013, a newly-elected Donnie Smith stood before a crowded Augusta Commission chambers after taking the oath of office. He joked that it had been a long campaign, but thanked all of those who had supported his journey to the District 7 seat. And on that day, he made a pledge, much

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

A New Vision for Columbia County Future

If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then Floyd Everett has some ground to make up in his bid for the District 3 commission seat in Columbia County. Everett’s sign, which is popping up all over District 3, offers the following: “A New Vision for Columbia County Future.” Typo or

John Cougar Mellencamp Concert Announcement

John Cougar Mellencamp Concert Announcement

JOHN MELLENCAMP ANNOUNCES Plain Spoken 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THE BELL AUDITORIUM SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015 AT 7:30PM Tickets On Sale Friday, September 19th at 10am Augusta, GA – September 10, 2014- John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour where he’ll be making a stop

A Look Back: Smith Takes the Call

A Look Back: Smith Takes the Call

Today, Donnie Smith resigned his commission seat after a Georgia State Patrol investigation revealed he had worked a second job during Masters Week.  Though Smith’s time on the commission was relatively free of scandal, the Metro Spirit reported on an incident during his campaign that now

BREAKING: Donnie Smith Resigns from Commission

BREAKING: Donnie Smith Resigns from Commission

Commissioner Donnie Smith has submitted a letter of resignation to the clerk of commission, ending speculation about what the beleaguered District 7 commissioner would do in light of a scathing report that found Smith, a 20-year Georgia State Patrol veteran, worked a second job during Masters

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

About two years ago, the Augusta Commission approved a $475,00 plan to relocate residents of the Hyde Park neighborhood. While the city plans to eventually construct a retention pond on the neighborhood’s current site, the relocation of these residents have been decades in the making. And Rev.

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

The short drive to Aiken

The short drive to Aiken

Several years ago, Dick and Cindy Rudisill cleverly converted the basement of their home in Syracuse, N.Y., to look much like an old-fashioned country store. Using antique advertising pieces they had purchased at auctions, flea markets and estate sales all across the country, the Rudisills were

Phase Two, Part Two

Phase Two, Part Two

Now that it seems developer Frank Mullins has lined up a good slate of potential commercial tenants for Phase Two of the Mullins Crossing shopping center on Washington Road in Columbia County, the Mullins family is seeking to rezone it back to the commercial zoning it held before 2010. The land