Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

In January of  2012, the Metro Spirit took a look at premium olive oil production in Georgia. Yeah, olive oil production. In Georgia.   When you think of Georgia agriculture, you probably conjure up the usual suspects – peaches, peanuts, cotton and maybe Vidalia onions. If one south

Carter asks What’s the deal with Deal?

Carter asks What’s the deal with Deal?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is hoping his push to get to the bottom of the ethics complaints against Governor Deal find traction in the press around the state. He is joined in his efforts by Greg Hecht, a former State Senator and State Representative who is looking to

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

A quick glimpse on Backpage.com reveals dozens of women from the Augusta area offering men a guaranteed good time. “Hey, I’m Brandy,” one classified ad on the website reads, claiming to be from a 20-year-old woman from Augusta with a “round booty.” “Only looking for gentlemen in the area

Yu-hoo! Time to Take Down the Signs

Yu-hoo! Time to Take Down the Signs

  It’s funny that Eugene Yu found the time to send out a patriotic Fourth of July email to supporters, since he can’t seem to round up the last of his campaign signs, several of which are still scattered throughout the area some seven weeks after the District 12 Republican

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

When the news first broke last week that the Augusta Ice Sports Center was going to be purchased by new owners not interested in keeping the rink, Micah Hand knew that he and other rink supporters were going to have a tough time trying to save the last remaining ice surface in Augusta. In 2013,

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

Super! We have almost a whole month before the James Brown movie and we will hear endless embellishment from Rhodes on how he was best buds with JB. After watching the CBS News tonight, about how much in depth the USA is, to assist the VA and the Veterans, it’s amazing, the USA can send

The Jail Report Gets The Last Word

The Jail Report Gets The Last Word

The Metro Spirit has a long history of crying foul when it comes to the Jail Report. In September 2011, the Spirit even devoted a feature story to the mug shot paper owned and operated by former Chronicle crime writer Greg Rickabaugh. In the article, Rickabaugh insisted that the paper was

Spelling Words. Easy Not Sometimes.

Spelling Words. Easy Not Sometimes.

Billboard On Walton Way Just Down From The Judicial Center July 12, 2014 According to the State Bar of Georgia Rule 7.2 Advertising, attorneys advertising in Georgia must disclose the identity and physical location of their practice. Actually it states “the responsible lawyer”. Unfortunately

What will the citizens say about Augusta?

What will the citizens say about Augusta?

Just last week, the city of Augusta launched its “Augusta Citizen Survey” to get the public’s input on the structure and funding priorities of the government. The survey, which can be found at augustaga.gov, will apparently be reviewed by the Augusta Commission, administrators and elected

How Much Quality of Life Can One County Afford?

How Much Quality of Life Can One County Afford?

If you thought $150,000 for a military monument was something, take a look at what Columbia County wants to do now. In case you haven’t heard, Columbia County has released its list of projects for the 2017-2022 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), and it’s heavy — heavy — on those

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

It’s summer time and, for Yvonne Gentry, Augusta’s disadvantaged business coordinator, there appears to be blood in the water. During a presentation before the Augusta Commission this week about a “path forward” on how the city should proceed in the implementation of the 2009 disparity study,

The Danger on the State Line

The Danger on the State Line

It was just before 4 a.m. on Thursday morning when Augusta got the tragic news that another 18-wheeler truck headed to South Carolina struck the I-20 bridge railing and plunged into the Augusta Canal. More than 12 hours after the truck cab went over the bridge, the Augusta Dive Team located the

King Hardie Takes His Throne

King Hardie Takes His Throne

For the past several years, Augusta has gotten used to a mayor who simply smiles, bites his tongue and tries to be friends with everyone. Well, Augusta, get ready for a change. Apparently, Augusta Mayor-Elect Hardie Davis has an opinion and he’s not afraid to use it. While attending his first

Preserving Our Traditions…From Delaware

Preserving Our Traditions…From Delaware

In this week’s Metro Spirit, the Insider considered how Columbia County seemed to be attempting to overcome its new kid on the block status by buying its way to historical relevance. Though it’s an old county with plenty of history, Columbia County’s government hasn’t really had much weight to

Corner of Broad and 12th

In January of this year, the building on the corner of 12th and Broad was gutted by fire. The three story structure had a dental office on the first floor, commercial on the second and apartments on the third. Michael Osbon is in the planning stages now in collaboration with Studio 3 on

A Conversation with Buddy Dallas

A Conversation with Buddy Dallas

In the next few months, we’re all going to be hearing plenty about the late James Brown. With the August 1 opening of “Get On Up,” a major Hollywood film by acclaimed director Tate Taylor of “The Help,” Augusta’s Soul Brother No. 1 will once again find himself in the spotlight, seven-and-a-half

To the Editor:

To the Editor:

I absolutely loved your article on Green Light Studios — an incredible studio run by the incredibly talented Morgan Parham. The place is fully deserving of all the great comments written in your article but one thing needs to be corrected — Green Light Studios is not the only all-ages venue in

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Getting Their Money’s Worth

Here’s a question: when confirmation that an organization is headed in the right direction comes from a group that organization is paying, does that mean they’re really headed in the right direction, or does it mean they’ve hired smart people who know who’s writing the checks? In the case of

Spend it Before it Burns

Spend it Before it Burns

So Columbia County commissioners approved more SPLOST money for a military memorial behind the Evans Library. What’s not to like about that? After all, it’s perfectly reasonable that a county as proudly patriotic as Columbia County would want such a memorial. It certainly has an established