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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

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
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