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Saturday, March 29, 2014

City Ink: Candidates missed the bus on financial talks

The Summerville folks who attended Tuesday's mayoral forum heard more about transit than they ever hoped to hear, as most of them have never been on a city bus.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 22, 2014

City Ink: Not enough luck to balance budget

Monday was St. Patrick's Day, and on Tuesday the Au­gusta Com­mission found no pot of gold or enough four-leaf clovers to balance the budget or keep the city from going broke in a few years.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 15, 2014

City Ink: Mayoral hopefuls fill forum with nonsense

Four of the five Augusta mayoral candidates spoke at a forum Thurs­day sponsored by the Rich­mond County Asso­ciation of Educators, and much of what they said was pure and utter nonsense.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, March 8, 2014

City Ink: With four pastors on ballot, Augusta might have a prayer

God knows the city needs some divine intervention, but the meetings would never end.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Aitken, Myles to run for mayor

Two more people have filed intentions to run for mayor of Augusta. Former Augusta Com­mis­sion member Matt Aitken and Lori Myles, a teacher at Josey High School, filed with the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

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
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