Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
Why does Augusta keep destroying its history?

Why does Augusta keep destroying its history?

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” — George Orwell Augusta seems to be an expert at tearing down its own history. Earlier this week, Historic Augusta, Inc. announced that the Richmond County Board of Education had

BREAKING: Richmond County demolishes history

BREAKING: Richmond County demolishes history

Historic Augusta, Inc. announced today that the Richmond County Board of Education has demolished the historic Cauley-Wheeler Memorial Building on the Lucy C. Laney High School campus. The Cauley-Wheeler Memorial Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and the

The Great Flood

The Great Flood

You could hear the water coming. It was surging through the storm sewers with such force that manhole covers would fly into the air like frisbees. It was an explosion of water that could not be stopped. The thunderous sound could be heard from blocks away. Firefighters raced along the streets

The Imperial Theatre Staff Needs More Rehearsals

The Imperial Theatre Staff Needs More Rehearsals

Almost everyone who has attended the Christmas shows this season at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Augusta has had nothing both marvelous things to say about the performances. Whether it was “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” presented by The Augusta Players this past weekend or the holiday

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

Evolutionist. Creationist. Atheist. Christian. Jewish. Muslim. Hindu. You’re all going to be eaten in the end when the great Cthulhu rises from his slumber in the depths and destroys us all. Can’t we just get along? You know, until he awakens, hungry and laying waste to us all? Can

Mayor and Commissioners Say a Final Farewell

Mayor and Commissioners Say a Final Farewell

In a day that began with the announcement of another department head — Gary LeTellier, executive director of Augusta Regional Airport — had resigned from his position effective Feb. 1, it appeared that it would be a difficult final meeting for Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the two lame duck

Mike Miller’s Rough Night Out

Mike Miller’s Rough Night Out

When WJBF reporter and weekend anchor Mike Miller was cited last Friday night by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for disorderly conduct at The Country Club Dance Hall & Saloon on Washington Road, it was not only an embarrassment for 28-year-old journalist, but for the entire news

The Tale of the Two Lame Ducks

The Tale of the Two Lame Ducks

While a lot of attention is being paid to the end of Mayor Deke Copenhaver’s tenure, there are two other lame ducks in the Marble Palace that have definitely left their mark on the Garden City. Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson will have completed their terms at

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Christmas Comes Early from Sheriff Roundtree

Honest to goodness folks, I really need to use this column space to discuss the hideous lack of funding for Georgia’s crime labs, the campaign to get all local police officers equipped with lapel cameras and the ongoing political upheaval in Richmond County, but when you get certified

Pittman really running for District 7?

Pittman really running for District 7?

Talk about flip flopping on an issue. Just a few short months ago, Sonny Pittman, the president of the West Augusta Alliance, proclaimed that he would offer himself as a candidate for the appointment to the District 7 seat because he wasn’t interested in the permanent position. Instead, Pittman

Chopping Block On Display

Chopping Block On Display

Completely unprofessional. That’s all anyone can say about the recent “hit list” of Augusta department heads that a handful of commissioners, led by Marion Williams, have developed and made public. These half a dozen employees apparently didn’t jump high enough when Williams asked them for a

Turning infrastructure into art

Turning infrastructure into art

While most people walk completely past traffic signal boxes along the streets without even noticing them, Augusta has a new proposal that will have folks seeing them in a whole new light. The Greater Augusta Arts Council is teaming up with the city of Augusta to introduce a traffic signal box

The Whine Line

The Whine Line

If the answer is either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, it was a really dumb question. Why is the “best” hospital whining about losing out to a “good” hospital. Use that money you were going to spend on building and give your employees a raise. Most have not had one in

Pittman really running for District 7?

Pittman really running for District 7?

Talk about flip flopping on an issue. Just a few short months ago, Sonny Pittman, the president of the West Augusta Alliance, proclaimed that he would offer himself as a candidate for the appointment to the District 7 seat because he wasn’t interested in the permanent position. Instead, Pittman

Deke’s Nine

Deke’s Nine

If you’ve ever spent any time talking with Mayor Deke Copenhaver, you’ve heard him say some variation of the following: “One thing I’ve shared with people is…” That phrase is just about as “Deke” as it gets, because whatever it is he’s about to share with you —

Synthetic drugs are becoming more dangerous

Synthetic drugs are becoming more dangerous

Over the past few weeks, the Metro Spirit has published several stories on the abuse of prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine and the recovery process for those addicted. But there has been one type of drug that has been left off the list that has some local and state officials highly

 Mack Taylor pounded the pavement to win

 Mack Taylor pounded the pavement to win

When it was announced this past week that Mack Taylor, an Evans attorney, had defeated his opponent, Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry, in the Columbia County Board of Commissioners’ District 3 race, many folks were stunned. After all, less than a month ago during the Nov. 4 election,

Austin Through the Years

Austin Through the Years

It all began 15 years ago, when WGAC radio host Austin Rhodes began writing his own column in the Metro Spirit. No one knew exactly what to expect, but one thing was certain: There was nothing anonymous about this column. Like it or not, it has always been all Austin Rhodes. Anyone who’s been

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

When construction began on the 106-unit CanalSide apartment building in September, it seemed like a quiet, if slightly unusual milestone for downtown Augusta. Quiet because it was treated by many as just another apartment building; unusual because it somewhat expanded the notion of the

True Colors

True Colors

You know all the self-congratulatory backslapping that goes on among some elected officials when it comes to how progressive Augusta is? How forward thinking? Well, in spite of the fact that we’re about to host our second TEDx program and have coaxed some big companies to come our way, a