Five Things Columbia County Learned from the 2014 Primary

Five Things Columbia County Learned from the 2014 Primary

District 4 isn’t like the rest of Columbia County In many ways, the Republican primary for commission chairman was a battle between the old and new. Challenger Jim Bartley, a long-time critic of incumbent Chairman Ron Cross, never backed down from the fact that he doesn’t like the way the county is growing, and nowhere […]

The Patch Has New Management, and It’s Not First Tee

The Patch Has New Management, and It’s Not First Tee

The Augusta Municipal Golf Course is under new management, despite a public protest of the contract by Paul Simon, chairman emeritus of the youth golf program First Tee of Augusta. Just minutes before the Augusta Commission’s consideration of a bid by the Orlando, Fla.-based company, Cypress Golf Management, to manage the city’s golf course, Simon […]

Marble Palace Already Experiencing Growing Pains

Marble Palace Already Experiencing Growing Pains

Augusta commissioners have spent only a week in their newly remodeled chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, but they are already receiving a list of complaints and concerns about the surrounding offices. Commissioners are slated to spend approximately $40 million renovating the Marble Palace on Greene Street, of which $18 million has […]

Taking a Slice Out of Pumpkin Center

Taking a Slice Out of Pumpkin Center

It’s been a rough couple of years for the convenience store at Pumpkin Center. In late 2012, store owner Young Ju Kim and his wife, Hyun Su Kim, were arrested for selling synthetic marijuana in their Columbia County store, located at the corner of Wrightsboro Road and Appling Harlem Highway. Hyun Su Kim was charged […]

This Might Be It

This Might Be It

Opponents of Sentinel Offender Services, the for-profit private probation company that has found itself in the crosshairs of local attorneys and on the airwaves (though unidentified) in a May 23 story on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” might have finally gotten the break they need — from the inside. In April, Steven A. Hagstrom, controller at […]

Mr. Crazy Isn’t So Crazy After All

Mr. Crazy Isn’t So Crazy After All

Four years ago, Marion Williams was running for his former District 2 commission seat against incumbent commissioner Corey Johnson and he suggested what many thought was an “insane” idea. During his campaign in 2010, Williams walked down Kent Street in the inner city and pointed to the home of a former principal of Lucy Laney […]