Sylvia Cooper

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

City Ink: Candidates get back to their real lives

It was fun while it lasted. Now I'll have to actually work to find something interesting to write about instead of gleaning fascinating commentary from mayoral forums.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 17, 2014

City Ink: Voters last hope for Blocker-Adams

When the history of Augusta politics is written, one chapter will be about mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 10, 2014

City Ink: Candidates keep sparring over SPLOST

Mayoral candidates state Sen. Hardie Davis and Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason continued their war of words over the next round of the special purpose local option sales tax at a forum last ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 3, 2014

City Ink: Review is in for Laney-Walker revitalization project

Last year, when Hou­sing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­­ment asked for $2.5 million loan for the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem project, folks started asking, "Where'd the $8 ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 26, 2014

City Ink: Candidates not always clear

Augusta's mayoral hopefuls continue to offer voters a variety of choices.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 19, 2014

City Ink: Unity preached by mayoral candidates

Everybody who's ever run for mayor in Augusta has promised to unite the city, and this year's candidates are no exception.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 5, 2014

City Ink: Media not invited to secret meeting

It's a sad state of affairs when the Richmond County school board president holds a tea party and invites commissioners, school board members and others and doesn't invite the media.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 29, 2014

City Ink: Candidates missed the bus on financial talks

The Summerville folks who attended Tuesday's mayoral forum heard more about transit than they ever hoped to hear, as most of them have never been on a city bus.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 22, 2014

City Ink: Not enough luck to balance budget

Monday was St. Patrick's Day, and on Tuesday the Au­gusta Com­mission found no pot of gold or enough four-leaf clovers to balance the budget or keep the city from going broke in a few years.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 15, 2014

City Ink: Mayoral hopefuls fill forum with nonsense

Four of the five Augusta mayoral candidates spoke at a forum Thurs­day sponsored by the Rich­mond County Asso­ciation of Educators, and much of what they said was pure and utter nonsense.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 8, 2014

City Ink: With four pastors on ballot, Augusta might have a prayer

God knows the city needs some divine intervention, but the meetings would never end.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 1, 2014

City Ink: 4 commissioners absent from tax vote

Suppose you called a meeting to plot the course of Augusta's future and only six of the 10 members of the governing board showed up? That's what happened Friday.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Aitken, Myles to run for mayor

Two more people have filed intentions to run for mayor of Augusta. Former Augusta Com­mis­sion member Matt Aitken and Lori Myles, a teacher at Josey High School, filed with the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

City Ink: Commissioners rally to help Augusta residents after ice storm

When the ice storm hit last week, bringing down trees and power lines and leaving most folks without heat or electricity, Commis­sion­er Joe Jackson was prepared.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

City Ink: Could 'Computergate II' be on the rise with Williams?

You might think that with former Augusta Administrator Fred Russell out of a job and out of the mayor's race, his chief critic and tormentor, Commissioner Marion Williams would let it rest. But ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

City Ink: Augusta already under NSA/Cyber Command microscope

During his final State of the City address, Mayor Deke Copenhaver said Au­gusta is under the Army Cyber Command's microscope, and Washington is checking us out every day. That's an understatement.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

City Ink: Commission faced with taxing task

Augusta Com­mission members must look at tax requests, agree on necessary projects and reduce the cost to a reasonable number. Sort of like balancing the budget. And we know how good they are ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

City Ink: May election means sales tax rush

Legislation that sets the state general partisan primary for May has Augusta officials scrambling to put a special purpose local option sales tax package together and get it approved by voters to ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

City Ink: Russell's would-be bid finds fan in Jackson

A month ago, Commis­sioner Joe Jackson voted to fire city Ad­min­­istrator Fred Russell. Now he's singing Russell's praises and supporting him for mayor.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

City Ink: Russell looks like mayoral candidate

Fired City Adminis­trator Fred Russell wants to be the next mayor of Augusta. He's just not ready to say so.
By Sylvia Cooper
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