Sylvia Cooper

Stories 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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

City Ink: Candidates stick to script at forum

At the CSRA League of Women Voters forum last week, everything was pretty much what you'd expect. The Democratic candidates sounded like Demo­crats while the Re­pub­lican candidates ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, May 8, 2016

City Ink: Critic gets chilly commission response

Nobody likes criticism and unsolicited advice, and Augusta Com­mission members are no exception when it comes their way, as it did Wednesday when former Commis­sioner Moses Todd gave them ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, May 1, 2016

City Ink: Conspiracy theories arise over Mercy Ministries case

While Mercy Minis­tries' controversial rooming house in Harris­burg awaits a judge's decision about whether it should be shut down because of the city's accusations of fire, building and ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, April 24, 2016

City Ink: Past comes back to blast rain tax

At last week's citizens uprising against Augusta's rain tax, six former Augusta Com­mis­sion members showed up at the Marble Pa­lace, which would have been enough to vote it down.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, April 17, 2016

City Ink: More money thrown at stormwater fee

Augusta leaders have been rain-taxing you for almost four months but have yet to figure out how to do things such as answer customers' questions or implement the environmental credit program.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, April 10, 2016

City Ink: Local attorney rightly cleared

If every week were Masters Week 2016 in Augusta, the sun would shine every day, and when it rained it would be between midnight and 5 a.m.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, April 3, 2016

City Ink: Rain tax is drawing many complaints

Drip. Drip. Drip. Is that the sound of the city's rain tax going down the drain, or is it the blood of Augusta taxpayers being slowly drained from their bodies?
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, March 27, 2016

City Ink: James Brown Plaza loses its shade trees

A plan to beautify James Brown Plaza has destroyed the root systems of four trees.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, March 20, 2016

City Ink: Switch to online viewing doesn't change commission

Watching the Augusta Commission from your desktop or even the floor doesn't help that much.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, March 13, 2016

City Ink: Qualifying draws old, new faces, plus some surprises

Qualifying for the May 24 nonpartisan and primary elections ended with a few surprises, some new faces, some old faces, some incumbents facing challengers and others skating free.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, March 6, 2016

City Ink: Johnson needs big payday in court

Augusta Environ­­mental Ser­vi­ces Director Mark Johnson continues to suffer an unjust punishment that has criminalized him, severely damaged his professional reputation and harmed ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

City Ink: Punishment for raises misdirected

The first attempt by some Augusta Com­mis­sion members to fire Environmental Services Di­rec­tor Mark Johnson has failed. It was what can only be described as a witch hunt and ...
By Sylvia Cooper
 
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Five church-affiliated properties worth more than $13 million but paying no property taxes are at the center of an ongoing Augusta Commission shake-up of the Richmond County Board of Assessors.