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Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

City Ink: Commissioners rally to help Augusta residents after ice storm

When the ice storm hit last week, bringing down trees and power lines and leaving most folks without heat or electricity, Commis­sion­er Joe Jackson was prepared.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

City Ink: Could 'Computergate II' be on the rise with Williams?

You might think that with former Augusta Administrator Fred Russell out of a job and out of the mayor's race, his chief critic and tormentor, Commissioner Marion Williams would let it rest. But ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

City Ink: Augusta already under NSA/Cyber Command microscope

During his final State of the City address, Mayor Deke Copenhaver said Au­gusta is under the Army Cyber Command's microscope, and Washington is checking us out every day. That's an understatement.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

City Ink: Commission faced with taxing task

Augusta Com­mission members must look at tax requests, agree on necessary projects and reduce the cost to a reasonable number. Sort of like balancing the budget. And we know how good they are ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

City Ink: May election means sales tax rush

Legislation that sets the state general partisan primary for May has Augusta officials scrambling to put a special purpose local option sales tax package together and get it approved by voters to ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

City Ink: Russell's would-be bid finds fan in Jackson

A month ago, Commis­sioner Joe Jackson voted to fire city Ad­min­­istrator Fred Russell. Now he's singing Russell's praises and supporting him for mayor.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

City Ink: Russell looks like mayoral candidate

Fired City Adminis­trator Fred Russell wants to be the next mayor of Augusta. He's just not ready to say so.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

City Ink: Looking back and ahead

With January almost upon us, it's time to look back on the old year and forward to 2014.
By Sylvia Cooper

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

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Historic building on Laney campus demolished

The demolition of the 89-year-old Cauley-Wheeler building on the Lucy C. Laney High School campus is over, but the plan for a building that will act as a link to the former site and its story has ...
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