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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

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

City Ink: Facts and foxes and a very hot henhouse

Augusta's Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson defended his actions with 65 pages of documents. Several city commissioners didn't seem to care.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

City Ink: Official in hot water over muddy water issue

Love is in the air in Augusta, but not in the water. The local government has been focused on muddy water, hot water and fire trucks that leak water all week leading up to Valentine's Day.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Two city employees off to greener pastures

Two city of Augusta employees plan to be watching the Super Bowl next year somewhere other than Augusta.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

City Ink: Yu launches House bid at NAACP banquet

Eugene Yu chose the Augusta NAACP's Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Banquet to let people know he will challenge U.S. Rep. Rick Allen for his 12th Con­gres­sional District seat.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

City Ink: Travel budget discussion heats up

After accusing Augusta Commission members of political posturing for talking about their travel budget and criticizing the media for reporting what they say, Mayor Hardie Davis left town.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

City Ink: Taxpayers get lunch bill for private talks

One thing I've noticed during years of observing local politics is that public officials hate doing the public's business in public.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

City Ink: Court retirements have hopefuls off and running

Augusta Judicial Cir­cuit Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet's announcement of his retirement, closely followed by Rich­mond County Clerk of Court Elaine Johnson's retirement announcement, ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

City Ink: Looking back makes it hard to look ahead

January is the namesake of the Ro­man god of gates and doors, Janus, who had two heads facing opposite directions: one looking back, the other looking forward.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

City Ink: City not at fault for millions owed in sales taxes

The Georgia Department of Revenue says Augusta has to return as much as $7 million in sales taxes overpaid by Standard Aero. But it's not the city's fault. All local governments get every month is ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

City Ink: Trump didn't hold back in Aiken talk

The USC Aiken Convo­cation Center was packed to the rafters Saturday with enthusiastic, cheering Donald Trump supporters decked out in "Make America Great Again" T-shirts, caps and pins.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

City Ink: Commission justifies decision on mayor budget shortfall

Augusta Commission members who voted to give Mayor Hardie Davis $26,245 so he can keep his office open through year's end said they didn't want to punish employees for his mistakes, create legal ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

City Ink: Suddenly, mayor's budget isn't enough

In October, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis announced that he would live with the same $305,710 budget next year as he had this year. He must have had second thoughts about that.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

City Ink: Commissioners scramble for surplus budget funds

It's time to talk turkey this Thanksgiving week, and there's a lot to talk about concerning your money and the big fat turkeys who take so much from you they can't even decide what to do with it all.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

City Ink: Budget proposal late despite law

Augus­ta’s 2016 budget represents a whole different theory on how to do things. Previous commissions demanded that a few people do a lot and kept taxes low. The current ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

City Ink: Ex-mayor gets credit for sales tax approval

Former Mayor Deke Copenhaver was working overtime seeking votes for the tax package while Mayor Hardie Davis was in London, Wash­ing­ton and who knows where else.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

City Ink: Officials started tricks before Halloween

It's too spooky that the sales tax referendum comes after Halloween, and even spookier to think of who will get the tricks and who will get treats, although city officials have already played two ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

City Ink: Mayor's trip seems out of character

"Pussycat, Pussycat, where have you been? "I've been to London to visit the queen. "Pussycat, Pussycat, what did you there? "I frightened a little mouse under her chair.
By Sylvia Cooper
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Trial on Mercy Ministries rooming house delayed
Chief Magistrate Judge Wil­liam D. Jennings said Wednesday that he agreed to a continuance sought by Freddie Sanders, the attorney for Mercy Ministries, to allow city agencies to look at ...