Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County

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Sunday Debris Pick Up Schedule in Columbia County
Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

Columbia County doesn’t need all-access tickets

All right, folks. Let’s get one thing straight: Columbia County employees don’t need 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. The county owns the facility. If employees from the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division need access to the exhibition

Spring Festival Guide

Spring Festival Guide

At the first signs of spring, everyone’s instinct is to head outdoors, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Add live music, tasty food, a cold beer and several thousand friends to the mix and you have a festival that can’t be missed. Welcome to the Metro Spirit’s Spring Festival Guide that

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: It was a true delight reading about Dr. Edward Cashin and his contributions to the history of Augusta (“Cashin’s Augusta,” February 5). Your article was thoroughly researched, comprehensive and well written. However, many do not know that Ed Cashin himself had a rich history

Mayor Davis’ proposal is “heartbreaking”

Mayor Davis’ proposal is “heartbreaking”

It’s almost been a week since Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis held a news conference calling for state legislators to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill to give the mayor significantly more authority, but the tremors from his announcement are still being felt across Richmond County. While

Legislators not rubber stamping Davis’ plan

Legislators not rubber stamping Davis’ plan

When Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis called for the state legislature to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill last week to allow for the mayor to have more authority such as veto power, the ability to hire and fire all city department heads and submit the city’s budget, he perhaps should have

The Holy Trinity of Job Creation

The Holy Trinity of Job Creation

Many policymakers embrace the idea that job creation is the work of a select class of individuals. These individuals are affectionately referred to as “job creators.” They are commonly known as business owners. Business owners are people that take on a greater than usual financial risk in order

Hardie Davis’ “OneAugusta” is very singular

Hardie Davis’ “OneAugusta” is very singular

When Mayor Hardie Davis came up with the campaign slogan, “OneAugusta” last year, he said that it meant he wanted a “unified Augusta.” Prior to taking office, Davis frequently spoke about how he looked forward to “working with the commission” to truly transform the city. And during his first

Mayor Davis wants more power

Mayor Davis wants more power

Mayor Hardie Davis surprised most of Augusta today by announcing a “call to action” for citizens to change Augusta’s form of government. We’ll let the mayor’s announcement speak for itself, but the tremors are already being felt across Richmond County. The following is a

Mayor and commission defend travel expenses

Mayor and commission defend travel expenses

When Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith proposed last week requiring commission approval for out-of-state trips, several of his colleagues were not pleased. This week, Smith was even more specific in his request by asking that all out-of-state trips not only require commission approval, but that

RCBOE better watch prayers in schools

RCBOE better watch prayers in schools

It’s no secret that the separation of church and state has never been a huge priority in Richmond County’s school system. Almost any day of the week, students can walk into area schools and hear a number of teachers and, in some cases, even principals, talk about God and lessons from the Bible.

Doug Lively’s Knickers in a Twist

Doug Lively’s Knickers in a Twist

Last week, the Insider decided to shed a little light on the sweetheart deal that Morris Communications, parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has with its private hangar at Augusta Regional Airport. Basically, “Hangar 3” out at the airport houses private jets owned by William S. Morris III,

Liens placed on Washington Crossing

Liens placed on Washington Crossing

When Whole Foods held its grand opening in Washington Crossing last September, hundreds of people lined up to taste the store’s amazing Italian gelato, freshly baked bread, extensive food bar and French roast coffee. Not long after, stores such as HomeGoods and DSW opened their doors to the

Deputy facing charges of abusing a child

Deputy facing charges of abusing a child

Richmond County Deputy Alton A. Walker is facing felony charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children in the first degree following an attempt to “scare” a friend’s 12-year-old boy. According to a press release from Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Walker is

Commission travel stirs controversy

Commission travel stirs controversy

Whether they’re trips to attend conferences held by the National League of Cities, the Georgia Municipal Association, the National Association of Counties or the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Augusta commissioners have received a lot of grief over the years regarding travel

Morris Communications’ sweet deal at the airport

Morris Communications’ sweet deal at the airport

When it comes to big bargains, it’s no secret that Morris Communications, parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has one sweet lease attached to the company’s private hangar at Augusta Regional Airport. Known as “Hangar 3” out at the airport, the Morris Hangar provides more than 19,000

Criminal charges expected against deputy

Criminal charges expected against deputy

A Richmond County deputy is expected to be charged today following an incident involving the physical abuse of a 12-year-old child. Lt. Allan Rollins of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released a statement late last night that deputies responded to an incident on the 2800 block of

Welcome to the mayor’s office, Hardie Davis

Welcome to the mayor’s office, Hardie Davis

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis wants to be the kind of mayor that will set himself apart from the rest. A true leader. An innovator. An elected official who will bring pride back to the Garden City. These are all noble goals for any first-time mayor, but the problem is Augusta is financially tapped

Too much Hynie for anyone

Too much Hynie for anyone

It has been a roller coaster few weeks for Tomi Rae Hynie Brown. Or is it Tommie Rae Brown? Or how about Tomi Ray Hynie? Every day another newspaper has a different spelling for her name. Apparently that’s what happens when you have a fake name and… well, fake other stuff. But one thing

Congrats, Joe!

Congrats, Joe!

From time to time the Insider likes to take a look back at previous stories and people who’ve made news in the Augusta area and bring our readers up to date with current developments. Atlanta and Augusta attorney Joe Neal, Jr. is always good for an interesting story and our look at his website