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Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Mayor warns: Don’t play games with SPLOST

Around this time last year, the Augusta Commission insisted that it had learned its lesson after voters rejected the proposed $194.3 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list. Voters last May sent commissioners a clear message: The next phase of SPLOST needs to fund the city’s infrastructure needs, not the community’s “wants.” Citizens laughed […]

Questions still surround Marshall Square fire

Questions still surround Marshall Square fire

It’s been almost two months since a devastating fire destroyed the Marshall Square retirement community and tragically killed 91-year-old resident Dorothy Carpenter. While investigators with the state fire marshal’s office have officially concluded their on-site investigation of the property, the case is still very much open. Earlier this month, investigators from all over the state, […]

Stand up and be a leader

Stand up and be a leader

For decades, the local media has been relentless in its investigations into Augusta-Richmond County’s government. If there is even a slight whiff of a scandal, Augusta commissioners will have at least three news cameras and a half dozen reporters in their faces asking any and every question under the sun. There are no kid gloves. […]