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Saturday, July 4, 2015

City Ink: Young's bid starts week of political moves

Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young's announcement in last Sun­day's City Ink that he would run for the Dis­trict 123 Georgia House seat held by Rep. Barbara Sims started the ball rolling in ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 27, 2015

City Ink: Current, former mayors sound off on consolidation results

The 20th anniversary of the vote to consolidate Augusta and Richmond County governments passed quietly last week. Most people say it was a mistake, among them the new government's first mayor, ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 20, 2015

City Ink: Jackson leaves mayor 'dumbfounded'

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis faced a rebellion in his court head-on last week by going public and announcing that he was "dumbfounded" when City Admin­is­trator Janice Allen Jackson told him ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 13, 2015

City Ink: 'Augmented reality' could work for commissioners

There's an idea to promote James Brown and draw tourists to Augusta by creating "augmented reality" exhibits projecting Brown's images. It's an intriguing concept that commissioners could put to ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 6, 2015

City Ink: Fable has lesson for Augusta Commission

Rumors ran rampant in Augus­ta last week, but every one I chased turned out to be a false alarm, a dead end or unverifiable.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 30, 2015

City Ink: Talk not looking good for stormwater fee

Let's see now. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with the proposed rain tax that's on Tuesday's agenda. There's the consultant's recommendation for a $6.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 23, 2015

City Ink: More news outside Municipal Building than inside

May­­or Pro Tem Grady Smith collapsed into the arms of Brad Owens outside the Marble Palace last week and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 16, 2015

City Ink: Stormwater fee critic needs miracle

Former Augusta Com­mis­sion member Moses Todd could more easily part the Red Sea than convince commissioners to reject the rain tax when he speaks against it at Tuesday's meeting.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 9, 2015

City Ink: City officials can't make up mind on buildings

Augusta officials have a problem with buildings. They can’t make up their minds when to build them and when to tear them down.  
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 2, 2015

City Ink: Commission could learn from dog

The Augusta Commission should heed Aesop's fable "The Dog and the Bone" as a cautionary tale before approving a rain tax.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 25, 2015

City Ink: Familiar characters fill Temple's novel

Merle Temple's second novel, A Rented World, is a tell-all book filled with local and state figures so thinly veiled he might as well have used their real names although he calls it a work of fiction.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Second lunch with mayor gives me more to share

Mayor Hardie Davis and I went to lunch again last week and celebrated his first 100 days in office. This time, I didn't forget my tape recorder.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The good, the bad and the runoff

I guess we should have expected ageism to be a factor in the runoff for the District 7 seat between grizzled incumbent 65-year-old Louis "Hap" Harris and baby-faced 36-year-old Sean Frantom. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 4, 2015

City Ink: Some commissioners want full-time status

Some Augusta Com­mis­sion members apparently want bigger Eas­ter baskets and more eggs to put in them, which must be why they hatched the idea of becoming full-time politicians and ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 28, 2015

City Ink: Concerns of lack of mayor lunch coverage merit reply

It came to my attention that several commenters had remarked that last Sunday's column lacked sufficient detail about what King Hardie Davis said during our recent lunch at Nacho Mama's. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 21, 2015

City Ink: Mayor fails to gain my approval over lunch

Mayor Hardie Davis and I had lunch last week at a great Mexican café on Broad Street. By the time we exited the establishment, I was as full of hot air as King Hardie and the entire Augusta ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 14, 2015

City Ink: Mayor offers surprising lunch invitation

To my surprise, after several columns critical of Mayor Hardie Davis, he called Friday and invited me to lunch. If I hadn't been lying down reading I would have fallen over. But I was glad to hear ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 7, 2015

City Ink: Mayor King Hardie Davis gives us so much to talk about

Thanks to Augusta's new mayor, King Hardie Davis, column fodder has been piling up like trees from last year's ice storm. The hard part is deciding what's most pertinent.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

City Ink: Walker sheds light on city government

Former state Senate Major­ity Leader Charles Walker talks about why the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government was set up the way it was.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

City Ink: Davis' power play unites commission against him

All the conversation around Mayor Hardie Davis' attempt to overthrow the commission has created enough hot air to unfreeze frozen pipes and usher in a warming trend.
By Sylvia Cooper
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