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 positioned to achieve future success.” Earlier this year, Paine College was placed […]

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Retired businessman Sonny Pittman has officially withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as the interim Augusta commissioner for District 7.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 replacement for former Commissioner Donnie Smith. Smith resigned […]

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Expands, Diversifies

Art in the Heart of Augusta will have a decidedly Big Easy flair this year, with the headlining band, a prominent spoken word poet and a stilt walker all hailing from New Orleans. It’s a fitting coincidence, since Arts in the Heart has always aimed to showcase Augusta’s diverse culture. After all, what city in […]

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 Arts Council announcement: Augusta, GA – STREET CLOSINGS ASSOCIATED […]

Caught Naked

Caught Naked

“Jack, do you have something to share?” Oh, poop. She didn’t just call me out, did she? I slipped my iPhone back on the table and returned my attention back to the meeting. “No, ma’am. I was just checking on status. There’s been no change.” About three hours ago, the first indications of a problem […]

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 Magazine and several other national news sources, […]

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 Research Team has spent over 500 hours on […]

Cheech Marin Wants To Play Augusta National.

Cheech Marin Wants To Play Augusta National.

Groundbreaking. Revolutionary. Original. Stoned. Cheech & Chong, the seminal stoner duo known for their albums and movies in the 1970s, will be rolling into town next Thursday, September 18, for a show at the Bell Auditorium. It’s a collaboration of sorts with the band WAR, which is fitting since Cheech & Chong have always been […]

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 like […]

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 and instituting clear-cut qualifications for obtaining an operator’s license. Most dramatically, it […]

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE MAY 5, 2011 METRO SPIRIT   Even before the Bo Bo Skin Spa was shut down at the beginning of last month, we knew we wanted to dig into the above ground underground spa experience in Augusta. “Spas in Augusta” was actually the first idea we had on the […]