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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

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

City Ink: Top turkeys get taste of their own medicine

I got up and out of my sickbed so I could write this column because it's almost Thanks­giving and time for the annual Turkey of the Year awards, the highlight of the holiday season.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

City Ink: Officials heap praise on Copenhaver

Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas Clark set the tone for Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver's Toast & Roast when he said, "I don't want to roast you. I want to toast you, sir."
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

City Ink: Dedications, renovations are easier said than done

A proposal to dedicate the Advance Voting Center and Community Room in the Marble Palace to the late Linda Beazley because of her service will be discussed by an commission committee this week.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

City Ink: Talk of roids is all the rage in Augusta

Augusta on steroids - deputies, political ads, taxes, the government and the city budget. They're all juiced these days.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

City Ink: Costume party to be wild affair

But this year's Hallowe'en costume party at the newly renovated Marble Palace will be bigger and better than ever with games, contests, food and music, mostly singing.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

City Ink: Parking meters are only the start of revenue possibilities

In a surprise move, the Down­town Development Au­thority and Executive Di­rector Margaret Woodard have renewed their push for parking meters on Broad Street. Just kidding about it ...
By Sylvia Cooper

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
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