Articles from the City Ink section archive

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

City Ink: Russell was ready for the witch hunt

Much has been written about Fred Russell not having a clue of what was afoot, but that's a joke. Russell knew what was going on. Regardless of what you think about his management style, he's very ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

City Ink: Augusta budget is like a sandwich

In an effort to get Au­gusta Commission members to agree on balancing next year's general fund/law enforcement budget, City Admin­istrator Fred Russell said, "The budget is like a sandwich."
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

City Ink: Williams insists on leading turkey awards

I thought Augusta Commission member Marion Williams would be glad when I told him last week that he would not be this year's Turkey of the Year. But he wasn't.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

City Ink: Commissioners want to raise property taxes to make up deficit

Commissioner Grady Smith called Saturday to say he was having second thoughts about his statement in favor of exempting manufacturers from paying a 2 percent tax on energy used in manufacturing.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

City Ink: Ban huffs, puffs and blows out

A proposed smoking ban in Augusta was snuffed out on a 6-4 vote, leaving a roomful of advocates stunned but vowing to return and fight another day.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Spies and smokes and election board folks

I guess that'll teach me. I mentioned the National Security Agency's spying in my annual Halloween satire last week, and Sunday morning I couldn't access the Web. A connection to my computer had ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

City Ink: Augusta's horrors coming out for Halloween

The city's Halloween party will be downtown this year, and everybody's invited, which gives a whole new definition to the word "slumming."
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

City Ink: Rain tax talks drip, drip on

It was a foregone conclusion that the Augusta Com­mission would vote to spend $484,452.54 for consultants to help set up a rain tax so they can drain even more money from your pocket.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

City Ink: There's a rainstorm brewing in Augusta

They might try to tell you it's raining, but it's really a rain tax the city's gearing up to make you pay - and first you'll be paying $484,452.54 for a consultant company to help implement it.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

City Ink: Timing is fortuitous for city Administrator Fred Rus­sell

Timing is everything, and so far city Administrator Fred Rus­sell's timing has been fortuitous. If at least six Augusta Com­mis­sion members got mad at him at the same time, he'd be ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

City Ink: Public-private match was merely 'aspirational goal'

When Augusta's Housing and Community Development director asked the Commission to approve a loan to keep the Laney Walker/Bethlehem revitalization going, folks started asking questions.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

City Ink: Andy Cheek to run for mayor

Former Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek plans to sell his house in North Augusta, move to Broad Street and run for mayor of Augusta next year.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

City Ink: Commissioners' opinions still differ on 'slum'

Everybody has one. An opinion, that is. And to say opinions are divided on calling downtown Augusta a slum is an understatement.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

City Ink: 'Slum' not indictment of downtown

City officials are paying consultants $6,000 a month to promote and "rebrand" the Laney Walker-Bethlehem revitalization district, but are willing to call downtown Augusta "slum."
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

City Ink: Lockett calls for harmony

Augusta Commission member Bill Lockett came on like a hawk in the Aug. 20 commission meeting, publicly chastising commissioners and the media. Six days later, he'd turned into a dove with an olive ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013

City Ink: Lockett lectures colleagues, media

Before the Augusta Com­mission approved a revamped ethics ordinance last week, Commissioner Bill Lockett gave his colleagues and the media a mighty lecture on ethics.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013

City Ink: Rhetoric hits new low

Augusta Commission members could well take a page out of GRU President Ricardo Azziz's book and hire a media consultant to help improve their image. On the other hand, it might be too late.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 3, 2013

City Ink: Murphy was a blessing to others

When some people die, you regret you didn't spend more time with them. Quincy Murphy was one of those people.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 27, 2013

City Ink: Officials offer ideas for reducing gang activity

Sheriff Richard Roundtree is forming a gang task force. Mayor Deke Copenhaver and commissioners say they support the sheriff, and some have ideas for doing more.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 20, 2013

City Ink: Commissioners love to travel on your dime

Augusta Commission members' love of learning is exceeded only by their love to travel. For the third time in as many months, they're at a conference. Five of them anyway.
By Sylvia Cooper

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