Sylvia Cooper

Stories by Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

City Ink: Augusta government keeps growing

Augusta City Administrator Janice Jackson presented her proposed 2017 budget just in time for Halloween and frightened the commission's Finance Committee chairman.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

City Ink: Officer's widow talks about benefits struggle

So you think you've got problems. Think about Linda Goodman, who's been trying for a year to get the benefits from the city that her now-deceased husband signed up for her to receive when he ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Reader's letter means I've got apology to give

Well, as my first editor Archie McKay always said, "Don't try to bury the mistakes you make in the newspaper because they will come back to haunt you." Archie also said, "Put the lead of a story ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

City Ink: Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has bad week with sparse solidarity walk, theft

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis said last week was good for Augusta but bad for him.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Public concern for private school would help

Augusta needs Paine College, the school needs money. Getting it is not so easy.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

City Ink: Lack of veto power doesn't stop mayor

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis attempted a pocket veto of a commission policy he said effectively censored ideas of the elected officials. However, King Hardie doesn't have veto power, which created a ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

City Ink: Stormwater fee foes seek more petition signatures

The Richmond County Property Owners Asso­ciation is asking folks to sign a petition to have the stormwater ordinance placed on a special-election ballot for a public vote.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

All those preparations, just for a rainy day

After listening to the news reports about Hurri­cane Hermine, Ernie and I battened down the hatches as we prepared for the most significant weather event to hit the Au­gusta area since the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Aug 28, 2016

City Ink: Charts on administrator's review need details

Augusta Commission members were asked to rank City Ad­min­istrator Janice Allen Jack­son in various categories on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016

City Ink: It's the tax that sells itself

There's no seasonal drought when it comes to stormwater fees.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016

City Ink: Trouble at Olympics sounds like Augusta

If Augusta had its own Olympics, Mayor King Hardie Davis would be in charge of opening and closing ceremonies, adding pomp and circumstance to the program as he continued to try to make the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, July 31, 2016

City Ink: After operation, it's time to catch up on news

I wanted to tell you about my operation, but I don't remember anything about it.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Watch out for south Augusta bus tour

The commissioners take a tour while I seek a cure.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, July 10, 2016

City Ink: Commissioner insists downtown safe

City Commissioner Sammie Sias and other elected officials attending the community breakfast forum Saturday at Jamestown Community Cen­ter assured the crowd that despite the July Fourth ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, July 3, 2016

City Ink: After mayor's heated email, media ends up blamed

Just like a former boss once told me, "No matter what happens or who does what, in the end, it will always be the newspaper's fault."
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, June 26, 2016

City Ink: A city where it pays to leave

Augusta Commission members are at it again, giving away more of your money for severance pay for employees that they just want to go away and even those who leave voluntarily.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, June 19, 2016

City Ink: Federal audit of ice storm handling overblown

Getting ready for the Masters Tournament drives everything in Au­gusta, but evidently the federal government wasn't impressed.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, June 12, 2016

City Ink: Mayor preaches to get box banned

Well into his second year as mayor, Hardie Davis doesn't seem to be doing much better at Politics 101 than he did the first year.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Election leaves winners, losers and some questions

Richmond and Colum­bia county voters have spoken, and here's what they said.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, May 22, 2016

City Ink: A guide to the May 24 election

With the election only two days away, I'm going to give you my two cents on some of the races.
By Sylvia Cooper
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