For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

Editor’s Note: Next year will be the 20th anniversary of consolidation. Here is a primer on how consolidation came about and twist and turns the city went through to get there. When the city of Augusta merged into a consolidated government with Richmond County almost 10 years ago, it was a union of necessity. The […]

Order. Balance. Beauty.

Order. Balance. Beauty.

I shared a wonderful article this week on Facebook, aiming to spread the word that even creative types — especially creative types, in fact — can benefit from an organized approach to life. Dan Charnas’ post for the NPR blog “The Salt” is called, “For a More Ordered Life, Organize Like a Chef.” http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/11/338850091/for-a-more-ordered-life-organize-like-a-chef The […]

Grady Smith burns bridges on the first day

Grady Smith burns bridges on the first day

Ask the average small business owner in Richmond County what is wrong with Augusta politics and this astute quote from Commissioner Grady Smith in this week’s feature story about the tax increase would sum it up: “Might as well start off on the right foot,” Grady Smith said, sarcastically referring to Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan’s […]

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 […]

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

The Rumor Mill Is Churnin’

Donnie Smith has been suspended from his job with the Georgia State Patrol. Why? The Insider has been wrong before, but we weren’t wrong on the Donnie Smith/Wild Wing fiasco. And while it is early on, multiple sources relate he is being investigated for possibly “double dipping” Masters week. Insiders say he was working for […]

Holiday Checkpoints

Holiday Checkpoints

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will begin “Operations Hands Across the Border” this evening, 6pm at The Foundation Club. From tonight through Monday additional RCSO Deputies, GSP Troopers, and HEAT Teams throughout Georgia will be in the CSRA doing their best to keep roadway crashes, injuries […]

Diverging Diamond in the Rough

Diverging Diamond in the Rough

When news broke that Columbia County officials had green lighted an incentive package totaling $700,000 for a massive new retail development at the already massively congested I-20 exit in Grovetown, you couldn’t help but hear the massive groan of frustration from those who regularly drive in that area. Make no mistake, all but a stubborn […]

Should Ben Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Should Ben Hasan still play a role in Urban Pro Weekly?

Much of Augusta was surprised and saddened to hear of Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson’s resignation last week. But considering the devastating loss of his wife to cancer earlier this year, it is completely understandable why Jackson may need to concentrate more time at home with his daughter and two sons. This week, Augusta commissioners unanimously […]

This Week’s Whine Line

This Week’s Whine Line

Long Live Unarmed Black Men!…….Please? So yes you want to give the sheriffs office a raise but you can’t do it without raising taxes. Doesn’t sound like that ones happening for the officers or the tax payers. It sounded really good and official but how long after you get this tiny raise wil it be […]