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Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

City Ink: Residents left in dark on rain tax

Augusta Commission members are champing at the bit to approve a rain tax, although the $157,022 public relations campaign they approved as part of a consultant company's fee to help implement the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

City Ink: Mayor could control council voice

I missed you last week and missed writing the annual Stupor Bowl column about Augusta Com­mission antics and action, but my husband, Ernie, had a back operation, and I was in too much of a ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

City Ink: Will Davis continue open-door policy?

In office for only 16 days, Augusta's King Hardie Davis I was off on his first junket - I mean business trip.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

City Ink: What Azziz meant to say

Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz described his resignation as "a positive moment." Translation: I'm happy to get out of here.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

City Ink: Mayor brings formal attitude

Augusta's Boy King Mayor Deke Copenhaver has passed his scepter over to Augusta's King Hardie Davis. I would say Boy King Hardie Davis, but it might be taken the wrong way. Political correctness ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

City Ink: Investigation finds wasted time on the job

A former city worker set out to show that the real thefts in the parks department have been from employees conducting personal business on the clock, wasting gasoline, abusing overtime and ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

City Ink: New board means more work for me

First Mayor-elect Hardie Davis will be sworn in, and the very next day the work will begin. Commissioners will meet and the gavel will fall. It will be a brand new day at City Hall.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

City Ink: Politicians stuffed with favors at potluck

Augusta commissioners' Christmas potluck dinner at the Boat House was by all accounts a sumptuous feast of gastronomical delights.
By Syliva Cooper

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

City Ink: Department heads hope to reach new year

If city department heads in the crosshairs of Augusta Commission members make it through December, everything's gonna be all right. Otherwise it will be pink slips in Christmas cards. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

City Ink: When politics are slow, gift shopping I will go

The good news is it was a slow week for local politics. The bad news is I'm not writing about local politics this week.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

City Ink: Top turkeys get taste of their own medicine

I got up and out of my sickbed so I could write this column because it's almost Thanks­giving and time for the annual Turkey of the Year awards, the highlight of the holiday season.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

City Ink: Officials heap praise on Copenhaver

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas Clark set the tone for Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver's Toast & Roast when he said, "I don't want to roast you. I want to toast you, sir."
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

City Ink: Dedications, renovations are easier said than done

A proposal to dedicate the Advance Voting Center and Community Room in the Marble Palace to the late Linda Beazley because of her service will be discussed by an commission committee this week.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

City Ink: Talk of roids is all the rage in Augusta

Augusta on steroids - deputies, political ads, taxes, the government and the city budget. They're all juiced these days.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

City Ink: Costume party to be wild affair

But this year's Hallowe'en costume party at the newly renovated Marble Palace will be bigger and better than ever with games, contests, food and music, mostly singing.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

City Ink: Parking meters are only the start of revenue possibilities

In a surprise move, the Down­town Development Au­thority and Executive Di­rector Margaret Woodard have renewed their push for parking meters on Broad Street. Just kidding about it ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

City Ink: Officials threaten to repeat history

The landfill and utility money would fund a budget increase for the sheriff's office, and who could be against raises for deputies? If only it would end there. But it wouldn't.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

City Ink: The commission's waiting game

Commissioners have no problem wasting other people's time, but they show little patience with directors wasting a minute of theirs.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Walker free but not talking

Charles Walker became a free man Fri­day after serving almost nine years in federal prison. I was eager to talk to him, so I called his good friend Henry Ingram in hopes he'd plead my case for ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Augusta Commission plays 'Let's Make a Deal'

Political rumors are running wild in Augusta just like goats at city detention ponds.
By Sylvia Cooper
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