Boys Will Be Boys… But Not in My House!

Boys Will Be Boys… But Not in My House!

“I got a .45 and a shovel, I doubt anyone would miss you.” That’s the stance many fathers take with boys courting their daughter. Or the ol’ convenient timing of the shotgun cleaning, which just happens to be taking place in the living room at the precise moment that the boy is coming to pick […]

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

The new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — distinguished here from the 1990 classic of the same title, and oh but how the odometer does spin — is borderline watchable, despite what every bone in your body would tell you to expect. Michael Bay, one of the movie’s producers, has made a recent career of exhuming […]

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Triathlon, beer… they’re not that different

Over the weekend, three major festivals/events occurred here in Wisconsin that drew various sorts of lunatics to the state from around the world: Great Taste of the Midwest, Triathlon National Championships and the Wisconsin State Fair. The first is the second-largest beer festival in the country, just behind the Great American Beer Festival. The second […]

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Ah, the great outdoors. The fresh air. The sunshine on my face. The feel of the fresh grass underneath my paws. You heard me right. I said, My paws. As much as humans refer to us as being part of the family, I’m always astounded that they don’t think of us as people. Oh, well. […]

Anchored in Controversy

Anchored in Controversy

As the eviction process at Augusta’s Riverfront Marina comes closer to an end, more and more information is coming to light regarding just how bad marina operator Mike Stacy’s relationship with the city has become. Documents obtained by the Metro Spirit detail a culture of almost constant friction highlighted by long, rambling monthly reports Stacy […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

Six kids at home for summer break is unnerving. It’s loud as hell, crowded and altogether exasperating. I took a dip in Lake Me just before school let out this year. I made a conscious decision to roll with the punches. To not sweat the small stuff. To let it be. To accept that there […]

Donnie Smith Cries A River

Donnie Smith Cries A River

For the past few months, Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith seems to be having a hard time keeping it together. Almost every other meeting Smith has been getting teary-eyed over issues coming before the commission. It appeared to have all started in early June, when commissioners began discussing the extremely high kill rate at Augusta Animal […]

Metro Spirit Celebrates 25 Years

Metro Spirit Celebrates 25 Years

When the Metro Spirit opened its doors 25 years ago, Augusta was an entirely different place. When it came to the news, Augusta was a rip-and-read company town, and what the daily published each morning was spread across the airwaves for the rest of the day. For many, the daily alone decided what was news and […]

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

Rumors continue to swirl around Paine College’s president

The Insider revealed a few weeks ago the existence of a new website, The Paine Project, which claimed to be created by Paine College alumni, staff, faculty and students at Augusta’s historically African-American college who were demanding the immediate ouster of the college’s President George Bradley. The website, thepaineproject.net, claimed Bradley has brought “unprecedented mismanagement […]

It’s August Already?

It’s August Already?

I’m coming to you in advance, asking for forgiveness. I’ve got back to school brain. I haven’t been officially diagnosed, and it’s a manageable case, but I’m suffering nonetheless. Everyone else is, too. My brain seems to be locked in a semi-constant state of chaos. My brain is only operating in brief, list-like thoughts. I […]