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THIS IS A RAVE for Katherine Gomon, who at the age of 90 continues on her mission to inspire the community to plant 100 crape myrtles, red maples and Yoshino cherry blossoms. The recent addition of two dozen cherry blossom trees along the Central Avenue median will serve as a reminder of what can be achieved when there is someone like Katherine to inspire us.

A MAJOR RANT to a local radio personality who feels it is OK to suspend our constitutional rights to fight terrorism: If we do that then they have won. There needs to be a clearly understood process, limit in time and a limit in scope, covering in such cases. Not martial law imposed by city politicians and police that allows them to act without regard to the U.S. Constitution and impose their will on honest citizens.

JUST A BIT OF South­ern advice for GRU President Ricardo Azziz. When the manure gets knee deep it is time to think about getting out.

RANT FOR AMERICANS. I guess giving welfare payments to terrorists while they are planning to bomb us qualifies America as the dumbest and most naïve country on planet Earth, especially our elected leaders.

DR. AZZIZ, PLEASE explain why you would bring your family, who I can assume are cool, to an uncool city such as Augusta for your niece’s wedding?

I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT people can stoop so low as to rob graves. How can anybody remove the dead from graves, including an infant, and rob them of what little they possessed?

IT SURE IS FUNNY how raises are handed out in Augusta city government. If it was not for the local media we would have never known about City Administrator Fred Russell giving his secret “pay adjustments” during reorganization. The commissioners are now secretly asking the state if they can give themselves a raise. Whenever the people that actually do the physical labor for the city ask about an increase, we are told “I’m working on it,” “I’m going to look out for you” or “I’ll bring that up at the next meeting.”

A BIG RAVE ON THE editorial column regarding Ricardo Azziz. You are telling it like it is. Just wait. Tip of the iceberg. Wonder if when he was hired, he demanded Augusta State University officials fly to California to pick him up?

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countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 08:19 pm
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Midtown= trendy

1. The Midtown area(between Central/Wrightsboro rd mostly) is definitely starting to grow much faster. The doctors office at 2300 Wrightsboro rd, Indian Queen at 2502 Wrightsboro rd, two townhome triplexes at 2473 Wrightsboro rd, etc. Expect for the foot traffic to increase among people walk from the amenities on Kings Way or Monte Sano in Summerville to the businesses in Midtown. I want the city to have clusters of businesses within walking distance outside of downtown.

The Electrolux headquarters are now located in Charlotte, but the company used to be located in Martinez(on Bobby Jones near the county line). They recently came back to Augusta, and opened a new building in West Augusta. The CEO lived in West Augusta(Conifer Place)near the Augusta Exchange, and sold the home recently.

Keith R. McLoughlin and Tracey D. McLoughlin to Christine W. Carter and Frank L. Carter, Section III, Lot 17, and Section I, Lot 16, Block A, Conifer Place, $1,190,000

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 09:16 pm
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Private sector growth

Here's a few pics of the different Cookout locations across the US. The restaurant(new construction) is opening at 1801 Walton Way near Harrisburg. The Kroc Center is already doing great things, and expect for this to become a popular hangout for the Medical District/Paine College employees/students. The great news is South Augusta and places like Harrisburg are experiencing commercial growth.
http://mrwilliamsburg.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/cook-out-restaurant-in...
http://beaufortcountynow.com/uploads/article_images/brandia/Cook_Out_011...

The development in front of Kroger may end up being one tenant, and not two strip centers. The potential tenant will only require 139 parking spaces, because of the adjoining Kroger shopping center..
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4448

The information below is for my best friend who loves to mention the growth rate, but not the little details. The 2010 census and 2011 estimates.

Richmond
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%

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 10:12 pm
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"Richmond white population

"Richmond
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%"

Those details are supposed to be bad for Columbia County and good for Richmond? Okay, if you say so.

I suspect the influx of people to Columbia County has little to do with race. People are moving there, black and white, who have similar values. They want nice neighborhoods, low crime and good schools. As I keep saying it's all about income level or socioeconomic status if you will. You give me the income level of a community and I don't care what race they are, I can accurately predict their kids' school scores, the crime rate, health and numerous other things.

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dstewartsr 04/30/13 - 09:39 pm
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Kudo's

"...Katherine Gomon, who at the age of 90 continues ... to plant 100 crape myrtles, red maples and Yoshino cherry blossoms..."

Hope she's also taking care of them, watering and such, because the city sure as hell won't.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/30/13 - 09:42 pm
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Unhh-

"Richmond
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%"

... Countyman, is there a point in there? Other than race-baiting, that is?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 04/30/13 - 09:44 pm
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"... suspend our constitutional rights

... to fight terrorism: If we do that then they have won."

No. If that happens, we have lost -and that is a quantum difference.

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 10:56 pm
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Race not important

The statistics were related to Augusta following the trends of larger metro areas, and had nothing to do with race.

1. White flight comes to an end- The white population of South Augusta is not moving from certain older areas in large numbers anymore. Five Guys decided to build their fourth location in South Augusta(1. West Augusta, 2. Aiken, 3. Evans).
2. Minorities are usually the last group to move into the suburban counties across the US- The black population of Columbia County is the fastest growing race in the county, and the black population is growing faster compared to Richmond County.
3. Some people begin to move even further out- The latest preliminary report shows Lincoln County is now apart of the metro.
4. People across the US(specifically the younger generation, empty nesters, LBGT community, etc)are moving back into the urban core- Multiple new developments in the CBD, Olde Town, and even in places like Harrisburg/Laney Walker.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 11:02 pm
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Numbers are interesting

Numbers are interesting things. In Columbia County at the current rate of growth, blacks will out number whites in just over 100 years, 200 years if that represent 2 years growth. But like I said, the character of the county will not change one bit no matter the racial make-up. It's about like minded, hard working, people who want to live with others with the same goals.

countyman
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countyman 04/30/13 - 11:43 pm
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Future

You continue to focus on race, and not the local trends. The only time I comment is when you act like metro Augusta is so different. The inner suburban counties don't have the urban cores(to bring people back), and always change for the worse in certain parts of the county.

I'm positive Seenitb4 or people familiar with metro Atlanta can tell you about certain parts of Gwinnett, Dekalb, or Cobb counties which have suffered. Then mention the neighborhoods in the urban core of Atlanta which are much better than before. Then finally bring up how people have moved even further out(Coweta, Cherokee, Forsyth) in the metro area. Augusta is growing slower compared to Atlanta, and the changes will happen much slower though.

I keep trying to tell people Richmond County will catch up to Columbia County in terms of percentage growth and raw numbers by the next census. Richmond County already closed the gap on Aiken in the latest census, and will grow much faster over the next few years.

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KSL 05/01/13 - 01:04 am
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Countyman

I am from Coweta County and my son owns a house in Atlanta in a regentrified area.

I wish you would chill for a while and let people see what you are predicting for Augusta come to fruition. Several things need to happen in Richmond Co. The government needs to improve drastically. The schools need to improve. The disgruntled taxpayers in S Augusta need satisfaction. The black and white people need to work together. Now what else can I wish upon a star for?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/01/13 - 01:26 am
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This is the kind of

bovine scat that Riverman was alluding to in the other thread about rolling thunder.

http://www.wjbf.com/story/22112891/man-charged-with-obstruction-of-polic...

So now we have come to be like Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia where you MUST state your business and submit to questioning, else go to jail...

I hope the ACLU gets wind of this and burns them a new one.

And some of you folks think this intrusion is OK for the sake of highway safety? How about we just drop speed limits to 25 if safety is your thing? I cannot fathom how people continue giving up liberties for security. It just boggles my mind.

countyman
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countyman 05/01/13 - 01:37 am
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Already underway

It's already happening.... The latest census estimate clearly showed Aiken and Richmond gained around the same number of people. The black/white population of Richmond County already work, live, etc together more than any other county in the metro. Please don't confuse the disagreements on the commission with the general public. Richmond County elected a white mayor in two straight elections with over 60% of the vote. Let me know when either Aiken or North Augusta can elect a black mayor. Or when Columbia County votes for a black male to take the position of Ron Cross.

The local government doesn't need to agree on everything, and the entire commission for example supports the ARC Collaboration(latest project GRU Cultural/Mills Campus).

I know people like Dichotomy exist, but it's not the majority of residents in South Augusta. The Five Guys, Hampton Inn hotel, Walgreens/3 acre development, etc will help take care of those feelings also.

The comments related to the schools are extremely overblown. There's poorer areas located in the urban core, and working class/lower middle class areas of South Augusta. According to US News World Report the city of Augusta has the 3rd and 12th best high schools in the entire state. The graduation rate of Cross Creek in South Augusta is higher compared to Grovetown high, but some people claim the schools in Columbia County are better(overall but not when you compare them individual).

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 07:19 am
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Huh??

How in Sam Hill did I get in the middle of this? hehehh

I'm sleeping in these wee hours..

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/01/13 - 07:35 am
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Countyman

I think it's wonderful that you are so passionate about Augusta -

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 07:44 am
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countyman said.....

I'm positive Seenitb4 or people familiar with metro Atlanta can tell you about certain parts of Gwinnett, Dekalb, or Cobb counties which have suffered

Yes... I could give many examples...unhuh...scratch my back ctyman...you have to learn to play the game...:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 07:48 am
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Last night on all major news in Atlanta

First lead off story....A pro basketball player came out that he is gay....

WHO GIVES a rats batoonie....so what....I am straight---white & over child bearing age...does anyone give a rats behind...

Geez...we have lost our minds in this country......the lead off story should have been...
The US gave benefits for years to terror groups coming into this country with plans to BOMB the snot out of us.....how stupid can we be!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 07:56 am
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anotherday

We ususally agree on most things...but
I cannot fathom how people continue giving up liberties for security. It just boggles my mind.

about that.....^^^...we have lost our privacy in many areas...just look at the cameras all around us now....it is now a necessary evil just to keep the bombs at bay.... having to endure this doesn't mean I like it but I know that is the way to catch the jerks.....I doubt we will ever have a private moment in public again.......sad to say but that is what this world has become.

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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 07:59 am
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Significant Figures

I don't know what point Countyman was trying to make with the figures he posted. It was interesting to me, however, how the Census Bureau chooses to express their estimate of county population by race in 2011 to the tenth of a percent. If it's just an estimate, why use three significant digits and how can you draw any meaningful conclusion from estimates? Also, how can you draw any meaningful conclusion when you don't know the standard deviation associated with the figures?

What I did was add the white and black population percentages for each of the two counties and noticed that the white and black populations for each county are squeezing out the "other" population:

Richmond County
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2010 - 93.9% white + black - - 6.1% other
2011 - 95.2% white + black - - 4.8% other

Columbia County
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2010 - 91.4% white + black - - 8.6% other
2011 - 92.9% white + black - - 7.1% other

What are our government leaders going to do about this ethnic cleansing of people who self-identify themselves as races other than white or black? Where are the affirmative action programs to increase the percentages of other people?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 08:06 am
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ksl wish list at 104am

Did you wake up from a dream ksl....hahah....mighty strong list ya got there....:)

Last night I watched that Pawn show in Detroit...wow....if that is the way most customers are ....well dang.....shabam...wow....& then I thought....maybe that is what we need at the Regency Mall....a huge pawn shop like that.....& put it on tv...we have the actors already....some on the commish could play a part...even the great A could venture in sometimes......maybe Cgee & River would come in & buy guns/ammo...& countyman could play a part..oh the beauty of it all.:)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 08:07 am
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Meaningless Trivia

Countyman posted:

The graduation rate of Cross Creek in South Augusta is higher compared to Grovetown high.

Graduation rate tells you absolutely nothing about the quality of instruction. If you are operating a diploma mill with low standards, of course you will have a higher graduation rate. The graduates will have poor critical thinking skills, but they will have a diploma.

I am concerned about Dr. Roberson's stated goal of achieving a 100% graduation rate in Richmond County public school system. A school system that gives everyone a diploma is a school system with low educational standards.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/01/13 - 08:19 am
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Little Lamb

I second that!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/01/13 - 09:10 am
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Atlanta BOE example, unemployment , illegals and training

Atlanta BOE is a classic example of a diploma mill with NO controls.

But America also needs to get back on track. Not every student is college or HS diploma capable.

Bring back REAL Tech and Vocational Schools.
America will always need mechanics, carpenters, roofers, Electrical Helpers and etc... But for it to work we need to stop the Illegal labor from being employed in those positions.

It is simple math. Every Illegal that is employed is taking a potential job from a US citizen. Currently we have between 12 and 13 million illegals working out for 24 million illegals here now.

According to the US Dept Labor the number of unemployed persons, is at 11.7 million, plus 4.6 million that are no longer covered by unemployment insurance.

Again the math is almost 1 for 1.

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dichotomy 05/01/13 - 08:42 am
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"I know people like Dichotomy

"I know people like Dichotomy exist, but it's not the majority of residents in South Augusta."

Exist????? Doggone right I exist. Not the majority of residents in South Augusta????? No, just the majority of property tax, garbage fee paying residents of South Augusta....especially "south of Spirit Creek".

"People across the US..............are moving back into the urban core"

Because government is using suburban and rural taxpayers money to Section 8 low income, less desirable residents OUT of the urban core and then using suburban and rural taxpayer money to "redevelop" the urban core and market it to yuppies, gays, and the artsy types. Leaders always tout the redevelopment...but it ALWAYS comes with a deterioration of surrounding suburban areas who are forced to absorb the Section 8, low income, and higher crime, and closing businesses.. And the "leaders" NEVER talk about that aspect.

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dwb619 05/01/13 - 08:51 am
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Nonoc 8:32

You have hit the nail squarely on the head!
I might add, criminal charges be levied against those who KNOWINGLY employ illegals

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 08:54 am
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Columbia County's Growth v. Richmond

Countyman, you have a feeling Richmond Cty will suddenly take off and start growing and catch Columbia County in percentage of growth you said, by the next census in 8 years. Columbia Cty is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and Richmond County had a below the national average increase of 1% growth. Keep working on the math. Multiplication tables are easy. You just have to memorize them. Long division can be difficult. Just make sure to put the remainder over the dividend to create a fraction. Mrs. DeHay also had us line through numbers with our pencil the divisor wouldn't fit into. But that only works if your pencil is sharpened. We could only use the pencil sharpener once a day and had to raise our hands to use it. Good luck.

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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 08:56 am
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LL, Loss of the "Other" is Interesting

LL, that was an interesting facet that caught my attention, too. What I suspect is that Hispanics currently being listed have assimilated and now consider themselves to be simply white or black instead of Hispanic.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/01/13 - 08:57 am
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Why not erase ALL history then,...

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/290674/40/Petition-wants-Stone-Mt-Co...

How crazy can we get.....let us pretend we don't have history....& live in lala land ....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/01/13 - 09:00 am
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Seenit

I don't think cameras are an intrusion on your privacy. After all, you are moving around in a public place.

This nonsense about checkpoints and the fact you MUST answer their questions or go to jail is a bunch of malarkey. Any attorney will tell you that you should say NOTHING.

For those that say "well, if you have nothing to hide...."; would you be so glee to have the police be able to walk into your home at will to look around since you have nothing to hide?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 09:05 am
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Race

Right, RM. I had to remind people many times back during the 2010 census days that "hispanic" is not a race. On the census form, you had to choose your race from a list that did not include "hispanic" or "latino." Then, after you chose your race, you had an opportunity to select a box whether you considered yourself to be hispanic. The two choices were yes or no.

So most hispanics are included in the white + black numbers above — however not all. Some hispanics identify their race as American Indian and some identify their race as Mixed (i.e., "other" in my tabulation above).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 09:07 am
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Yeah, Right to Privacy

IAD is exactly right. It's about constitutional principles. If we could suspend or bend the Constitution every now and then, what do you think the liberals would do with our guns when they had control? Freedom, not rule by government bureaucrats.

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