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HOW MUCH LONGER is Augusta going to have to put up with this embarrassment that is Azziz?

IN A NEW STUDY, the AMA says to rub baby gums with a cold washcloth to ease teething pain. How much for that study when my granny told me about it eons ago?

COULD WE SECEDE from Augusta? Consolidation is not working. My taxes went up again and hence my mortgage payment. Will it end?

POWER WITHOUT integrity breeds corruption. When will it all come tumbling down in Augusta?

HE’S BEEN IN THIS country for 26 years. He just won $338 million in the lottery. He still cannot speak English. If I had been in a country for 26 years, I would at least learn to speak the language.

IT LOOKS LIKE Azziz got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

I NOTICE THAT Azziz is going to repay GRU for using the bus for his private reasons. When is he going to repay the $45,000 for a survey whose results he didn’t adhere to?

I SURE will miss Wife Saver being on Belair Road. They have the best honey mustard in town.

RANT FOR DR. AZZIZ. His latest debacle with the bus and use of officers for his niece’s wedding is unacceptable. He needs to be held accountable, and it is not a matter of just reimbursing. He needs to be disciplined.

FREE SPEECH AND common sense are no more. They have been put to death by political correctness.

DOES RICHARD Round­tree pay for his chauffeur and bodyguard out of his pocket, or does the state pay them?

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, the world’s largest newsgathering outlet, has announced it is banishing the word “illegal immigrant” from its news reporting. So what do we now call those illegal immigrants who are here illegally in our country?

IT IS INTERESTING that all my liberal friends and family say “that lifestyle does not bother me.” That is why we are in the state we are in right now. You don’t think these things affect you, but they do. … Your kids grow up not knowing what is right or wrong. It does affect you, and it is going to get worse.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 10:08 am
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Horton Hears a Who

We could rename it to "Whoville" in honor of Dr. Seuss.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 10:20 am
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Lovingville

Funny LLamb.....we need to do for Boneville what Dolly did for Pigeon Forge Tenn......her pizzaz & money mind made that town popp...

nocnoc..I understand your thinking but wondering ...have you ever thought of moving to another county? I just don't see that happening with the voting public in Richmond county...not in our lifetime anyway.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 10:48 am
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B4 I go from here

If ya coming to Atlanta Ga to the Peachtree Road Race...ya better be ready for the video camera on ya....More police/video the Mayor says....we are going to take a pic of ya coming/going/sitting/standing/waving/frowning/smiling/kneeling/& everything in between....SMILE please..
Don't make us ck the pottyrooms too!

see yall

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 10:53 am
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The key, as if we didn't

The key, as if we didn't know, to improving an area in ALL aspects is to provide good paying jobs that lift the income level of the community. It is easy to predict the quality of schools, crime rate and what have you from the income level. You can pour billions into schools and the results won't change until the socioeconomic status is raised. Richmond County should focus on getting more places like the Starbucks factory. If it's a factory supplying NEW jobs I'd give them the sweetest tax breaks around. Jobs, jobs, jobs.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 11:03 am
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With this thought RM

provide good paying jobs that lift the income level of the community

Well now...you could do for Richmond county what Dolly did for Tenn & Pigeon Forge....dang..if only you had her looks...hahah

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 11:32 am
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Look, if Porter only knew

Look, if Porter only knew what lay ahead for Dolly back then. Which brings up the thought of another country music couple who weren't married to each other. Conway and Loretta. Janis Joplin was madly in love with Kris Kristopherson and would pour him a glass if whiskey when he woke up to keep him with her. I've read bios of both of them. They were something. Then he married Rita Coolidge.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 04/30/13 - 12:00 pm
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Roundtree's Chauffer and Body Guard should
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be paid with taxpayer's money! Where you been?

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allhans 04/30/13 - 01:19 pm
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A lot of to-do over a small

A lot of to-do over a small matter. A basketball player - one that is not even a starter but a bench player- one who has a year or two at best left to play. So he wants publicity before he is banished to obscurity and Obama helps him out. It must be hard to be a Democrat.

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countyman 04/30/13 - 02:04 pm
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Different day same story

I love how the same people love to attack my comments daily, but then continue to say Columbia County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

Do they not realize Bryan, Charlton, Fulton, Chattahoochee, Forsyth, Jenkins, Long, Wheeler, etc are located in Georgia and grew faster?

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countyman 04/30/13 - 02:47 pm
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More private investment

I can't wait to hear the spin this time from the usual suspects. The public is used to learning about new restaurants coming to West Augusta(Diablos, Tin Drum AsiaCafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carolina Ale House, etc) and even downtown(Farmhaus Burgers, Eros Bistro, Sprint Food & Metro Market, etc).

The amenities are now starting to spread out across the entire county. From the new Zacks, Five Guys, and the Walgreens/3 acre development in South Augusta to the new Cookout restaurant opening near Harrisburg.
http://eatcookout.com/

The Cookout was approved on 8/2012, and now showed up the recent commercial building permits. The restaurant will become a popular hangout for the nearby students in the Medical District and Paine College. The Kroc Center is already bringing hundreds of additional people into the Harrisburg neighborhood daily.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/your-business/2013-04-29/cons...
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4334

Don't forget about the development in front of the Kroger on Washington rd, Texas Roadhouse coming, rumored pizza chain & restaurant at the center next to Checkers on Windsor Spring, future development behind Buffalo Wild Wings, new restaurant next to Farmhaus Burgers on Broad, and the restaurant opening at 107 Sherwood Drive. Both the Cook Out and Texas Roadhouse are new construction, and not renovated buildings.

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harley_52 04/30/13 - 03:05 pm
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Call Them.....

Lawbreakers, freeloaders, illegals, illegal immigrants, moochers. Often it's appropriate to call them forgers, impersonators, liars, cheats, scoundrels, criminals and other descriptions that might be appropriate to their personal behavior. And yes....it's reasonable to call them future democrats, if we (as a Nation) handle it all poorly as we appear to be moving toward.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 03:39 pm
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Columbia County Among Fastest Growing in Nation

Countyman, another interesting math discussion with you that is influencing many readers. I'm not sure what your goal is. The other day we did the definition of "majority."

Of course there are Georgia counties that are doing well, too. Some even rated above Columbia County, but when you break it down to counties with a population above 100,000 there are few.

From the official Census Bureau 2012 estimates, Aiken's growth rate is 1.7% in two years compared to Columbia County's 6% and Richmond's 1.01%. The CSRA is growing. Of course the nation is growing, too, at rate of 1.7% over the past two years.

Columbia County's growth over these past two years that puts them in the fastest growing counties in the nation is a major story. Of those counties over 100,000 in population it's the 24th fastest growing county in the NATION and that’s not neglecting Georgia. The median income for a household in the Columbia Country was $65,507. Columbia County's growth over these past two years that puts them in the fastest growing counties in the nation. Is someone local actually denying THAT?

It's not a knock on Richmond County because many metro areas have the same dynamics. Columbia County probably couldn't have all the great statistics without the central county of Richmond providing jobs and so on to the people of the CSRA.

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 04:11 pm
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Facts

I'm not sure what your goal is when you try to present your opinions as facts. I don't mind if you continue to hype up Columbia County, but you don't have to take shots at Richmond every single day.

Remember you were constantly telling people the owner of the Regency Inn didn't even have the rights to the Holiday Inn brand. I told you the developer couldn't have a groundbreaking with the city if that were true. You do love to spin the positive things happening in Richmond County even if you only argue the semantics.

You can't just compared Columbia County versus the counties with over 100k people.. The census is used for every single county in the entire US.

According to your logic Columbia and Richmond County can't be compared against each other. Since Richmond should only be compared with other counties in the US over 200k.

Columbia County being one of the fastest growing counties with populations over 100,000 is very different from the initial comment.

I don't know if Columbia County is the 24th fastest growing county in terms of populations over 100k. I do know several counties located in Georgia grew faster in the past two years(including Fulton the largest county in Georgia).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 04:12 pm
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Really, it's hard to deal

Really, it's hard to deal with you, Countyman, when your math is suspect? It's very easy to determine the counties over 100,000 population....Count them, determine their growth and see where Columbia County is. You will find it's exactly as I stated. I know math is not easy to every one and I try to work around it.

Try to look at the CSRA as a whole as I do. There's a pattern to the area with a lower income center. We are all lucky that Columbia County with its superior growth rate and income level is part of it...exactly as we should be proud of Richmond County providing the jobs.

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dstewartsr 04/30/13 - 06:06 pm
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Denial...

only works when it's believable. Richmond is essentially flat; Columbia is growing. Are businesses coming to Augusta/Richmond? Demonstrably true. But where are the employees living? Why?

Hint: Been living here since '77 and I've NEVER seen a realtor's sign boldly proclaiming "RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOLS ZONED!" and I doubt I ever will, if they want to sell the property.

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harley_52 04/30/13 - 06:41 pm
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Riverman....

Can you tell me what it is that you attribute the driver for the growth of Columbia county?

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 07:38 pm
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Richmond County is definitely growing and not flat

I remember when the same few people were commenting that Richmond County is not growing. I tried to explain back then how the county is growing, and they didn't want to hear it. The recent census estimates proved them wrong, and now were stagnant lol. Richmond County and Aiken County gained around the same number of people in the latest census estimate, and the percentages were about the same. Richmond County will easily catch up to Columbia County by the next official census. People specifically the young generation are moving into the urban core of cities, and not the suburban counties.

Richmond County has the 3rd and 12th best high schools in the entire state according to US News World Report. The Columbia County 'school hype' is dying, and so is the overall hype. The recent growth in the suburbs happened across the US, and is mostly related to 'whiter' equals better. The overall system maybe better in 2013, but not when you compare the individual schools. People are staring to realize the graduation rate at Cross Creek in South Augusta is higher than Grovetown. Westside beat every school in Columbia County over the past few years in SAT/ACT scores except for two(Greenbrier & Lakeside).

The 200 acre Haynes Station neighborhood underway off Gordon Hwy(between Jimmie Dyess/Grovetown) is only one of many new residential developments.

The CEO of Electrolux lived in Confier Place(West Augusta), and sold the home this month. The Electrolux headquarters used to be located on Bobby Jones in Martinez before relocating to Charlotte, and they recently opened the new facility in West Augusta. The CEO picked West Augusta over both Martinez and Evans. I'm not going to even waste my time comparing West Augusta versus Appling, Grovetown, or Harlem. I think Dstewart lives in Grovetown, but I bet it's not inside of the city limits(probably off William Few Pkwy or Columbia rd with only the address).

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harley_52 04/30/13 - 07:24 pm
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"But where are the employees living? Why?"

Apparently lots are living in Columbia county? As to the why, I can think of a number of reasons and NONE of them are either unusual, or surprising. The situation is exactly the same as it is all across the Country as centers of business and industry (and military installations, power plants, etc.)are surrounded by communities absent those job centers, but nicer, more modern, cozy, etc. "Bedroom communities" they're often called. I've seen them all over the country, but what I have never seen is the antagonism toward the hub city like I see it here, especially on these boards, and especially by a small number of posters.

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 07:42 pm
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The truth hurts

I know I'm going to get in trouble, but here you go.. The white population of South Augusta is not moving from certain older areas in large numbers anymore. This is another reason why Five Guys decided on South Augusta for their fourth location. They opened in West Augusta, Aiken, and Evans last. The Walgreens/3 acre development is another example of South Augusta being sustainable. Columbia County will have to work on attracting non CSRA residents in the future. The Big Lots going into the former Food Lion in Evans, and nobody wanting to purchase the Food Lion on Old Petersburg rd proves my point. Minorities are usually the last group to move into the suburban counties across the US. The latest preliminary report shows Lincoln County is now apart of the metro. This is similar to any other metro when people continue to move further out.

According to the 2010 census and 2011 estimate for Richmond County.
white population 39.7% to 40.8%
black population 54.2% to 54.4%

Columbia
White 76.5% to 77.1%
Black 14.9% to 15.8%

The white population is the fastest growing in Richmond, and the blacks population of Columbia County is growing the fastest. The white population of Richmond County grew faster than Columbia County did. The black population of Columbia County grew faster compared to Richmond. Blacks are going to move into Columbia County in greater numbers over the next few years compared to Richmond. Some of them will be the result of demolishing housing projects, and others simply new families moving in. I'm not sure about the Hispanic or Asian future population trends.

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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 09:01 pm
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Harley, I give much credit to

Harley, I give much credit to Richmond County providing the jobs in industry, medicine and government. Who knows why Columbia County is the beneficiary, but it is. Wealthier people want to live there. The census estimate numbers don't lie. Like we've both said before, it's a common pattern over the country as people move away from cities to the suburbs.

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