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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

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

City Ink: Getting the city's goats might be the easy part

Augusta needs 15 more goats, one city administrator and one interim District 7 city commissioner, but so far, the only one they can agree on are the goats. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

City Ink: Smith a master at moonlighting

When Georgia State Patrol Lt. Donnie Smith was elected to the Augusta Commission, a lot of people asked how he could be at two places at the same time. Now we know. He had practice.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

City Ink: Millage increase was a sweet decision for commission

Raising the property tax rate last week was a cakewalk for the Augusta Com­mis­sion.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

City Ink: Jackson escapes rocky government ship

You picked a fine time to leave them, Joe Jackson, with commissioners trying to set the millage and minority bond underwriters working to hustle the city's multimillion utility bond deal away from ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

City Ink: Tax protests, goats making news this week

Tax protests, goats and notice that the mills campus is kaput are just a few things making the news in Augusta last week.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

City Ink: 'Get on Up' tickets stir trouble within commission

In honor of the release of Get on Up, the movie about James Brown, this week’s column will incorporate not only his lyrics but also his thoughts about Augusta politics.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

City Ink: Commissioners take easy way out

Augusta Commission members voted to raise property taxes last week, refusing to look realistically at services the city provides or discuss cutting anything permanently.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 26, 2014

City Ink: Political promises often broken

When Mayor Deke Copenhaver's meeting to recommend a new city administrator convened behind closed doors Wednesday, there were only five votes to hire Oscar Rodriguez, not the eight he said he'd ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 19, 2014

City Ink: Kick back, wait for the week's news

Now that a cease-fire's been negotiated between animal control Director Sharon Broady and Augusta animal lovers, it's time to unbutton the top button on your shorts, kick back and wait for all the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 12, 2014

City Ink: City administrator candidates talk strange line

Why are candidates who say they avoid politics seeking to become Augusta's city administrator, the most political job in town?
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 28, 2014

City Ink: Let's hope Pentagon took eyes off Augusta

Mayor Deke Copen­haver has on more than one occasion warned Augusta Commission members that they'd better be good because Cyber Command is coming to town, and the Pentagon is watching.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 21, 2014

City Ink: Board likes look of Laney-Walker

Augusta's Urban Rede­vel­opment Agency authorized a $2.5 million loan last week to keep efforts in the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem area going.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 14, 2014

City Ink: Everybody blames Russell

Of course they are blaming ex-Captain Fred Rus­sell for Au­gusta's ship of state drifting into troubled waters. The folks who formerly sucked up to the captain are now bailing.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 7, 2014

City Ink: It's a fight to the finish for space

Augusta Commission members raked Marble Pa­lace renovation architects Virgo Gambill and Heery International project manager Forrest White over the coals when the issue of the clerk of ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 31, 2014

City Ink: Tempers flare over Augusta Animal Services

Members of the Augusta Animal Services advisory board are up in arms over the number of animals being killed - or euthanized, if you prefer euphemisms - at animal control on Mack Lane.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 24, 2014

City Ink: Candidates get back to their real lives

It was fun while it lasted. Now I'll have to actually work to find something interesting to write about instead of gleaning fascinating commentary from mayoral forums.
By Sylvia Cooper
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