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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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

City Ink: Voters last hope for Blocker-Adams

When the history of Augusta politics is written, one chapter will be about mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 10, 2014

City Ink: Candidates keep sparring over SPLOST

Mayoral candidates state Sen. Hardie Davis and Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason continued their war of words over the next round of the special purpose local option sales tax at a forum last ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 3, 2014

City Ink: Review is in for Laney-Walker revitalization project

Last year, when Hou­sing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­­ment asked for $2.5 million loan for the Laney-Walker/Bethlehem project, folks started asking, "Where'd the $8 ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 26, 2014

City Ink: Candidates not always clear

Augusta's mayoral hopefuls continue to offer voters a variety of choices.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 19, 2014

City Ink: Unity preached by mayoral candidates

Everybody who's ever run for mayor in Augusta has promised to unite the city, and this year's candidates are no exception.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 5, 2014

City Ink: Media not invited to secret meeting

It's a sad state of affairs when the Richmond County school board president holds a tea party and invites commissioners, school board members and others and doesn't invite the media.
By Sylvia Cooper

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
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