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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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

City Ink: Recommendation to make downtown safer would bring more taxes

The CPD, which stands for Continually Patrolled Dis­trict, would be a new tax for property owners in the central business district to pay for more police protection.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 6, 2013

City Ink: Noegel gives insight into Paula Deen affair

I could have written about politics this week, but since all the politicians were barbecuing ribs instead of the city attorney and each other, it would have been as flat as week-old beer. So I'm ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 29, 2013

City Ink: If not money, then what did change hands?

Regent University in Virginia has dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Regents over the name of Augusta's Georgia Regents University. university system spokesman ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 22, 2013

City Ink: Commissioners ramble on and on

Speaking of Drones … That reminds me of Augusta Commission members. Not that they're spying on anybody. They're just boring them to death, droning on and on.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 15, 2013

City Ink: Amnesia rampant in Washington, not any better here

Nobody in Washington seems to know anything, and it's not much better on the local scene. They don't know anything either.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 8, 2013

City Ink: Concerns over gifts nothing new

The Augusta Commission created a subcommittee to revamp the ethics ordinance after censuring Grady Smith, Joe Jackson and Wayne Guilfoyle for doing business with the city.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Republicans try to avoid brawl

Those interested in the 12th Congressional District race are trying to keep it from becoming a bloody Republican ordeal.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 25, 2013

City Ink: Bowles ambivalent about running for Senate seat

Last week former Augusta Commission member Joe Bowles said he'd announce plans to run for the District 22 state Senate seat next year when sitting Sen. Hardie Davis officially announces he'll run ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 18, 2013

City Ink: Joe Bowles to run for Ga. Senate

Former Augusta Commission member Joe Bowles plans to run for the District 22 state Senate seat next year. He said Saturday he'll announce plans to run as an independent.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

City Ink: Project doesn't have much in common with Voyage of Discovery

City Administrator Fred Russell said recently that the mills project is a "big reach" but "you're not going to have a big step forward" without some risk.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 27, 2013

City Ink: Will Azziz ask for another impartial assessment?

We don't know whether GRU President Ricar­do Azziz was red-faced after being called out for using university resources for his niece's wedding. But we do know he was proactive, calling for a ...
By Sylvia Cooper

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Augusta Commission votes 7-0 to raise property taxes

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
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