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RAVES TO DONNIE Thompson, the 319th Transportation Company, Vietnam, Gary Sinese and everyone else who made Thunder Over Augusta a big success. The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 63 did a great job serving our military. Great family fun.

HAS ANYONE SEEN how bad the houses and yards look on Rhodes Drive and Lindsey Road in south Augusta? Corey Johnson, I think this is your area but I doubt you ever see it. Will someone with some authority please get this mess cleaned up?

CONGRATULATIONS TO all of the seniors who made it to the “At the Top of Their Class” list shown in The Augusta Chronicle. I could not help but notice that of the 82 listed, 53 were female and 29 were male. It was also noticeable that most (78) of the achievers were from two-parent families.

RICHMOND COUNTY school board members must be held accountable for wasting taxpayers’ money. Though I sympathize with Dr. Frank Roberson’s condition, it is clearly obvious to employees and the community that Roberson is not physically nor mentally able to carry out the duties.

WE ARE ALL vulnerable to having a car accident, but with careful driving habits we generally avoid them. However, there is no way that the car crash on River Watch Parkway last December by Monique Sullivan could be deemed an accident. I am glad that she was indicted.

THE IRS SHOULD BE declared a criminal organization and dealt with as such.

WHY ARE SOUTH Carolina motorcycle riders worrying about safety when they don’t wear helmets? Most motorcycle deaths are head injuries because of no helmet. They say that they want people to look out for them, but they don’t want to look out for their own safety by wearing helmets.

THE REVIEW OF THE shenanigans that went on with Dr. Richardo Azziz has now been completed by the University System’s Office of Internal Audit. What a surprise he got off scot-free! There was full endorsement of the findings and corrective actions by the University system Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/05/13 - 06:37 pm
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A POLITICAL RAVE

A RAVE

To Mr. Smith, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Guilfoyle for showing restraint and not seeking to settle a justified vendetta after being so wronged.

To the Hypocrite Commissioners who Screamed and Hollered Ethics and demanded Censure, based on what seemed to many, Racial reasons.

To the Hypocrite Commissioners, count your blessings, since more than 1 of you has been outed for violating GA Campaign Reporting Laws and/or Vendors Gift laws. If true, a crime that could have you removed from office, jailed and/or fined, for failing to report Gifts and Campaign Donations from a Contractor.

http://ethics.ga.gov/lawsrules/
O.C.G.A. 45-1-6 (G) addressing Vendor Gift Disclosure requirements. (h) Any person who knowingly fails to comply with or knowingly violates this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Once again a major rave for Mr. Smith, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Guilfoyle for showing what true statesmanship is, verses gutter level political snipping.

QUESTION
Does the ARC DA, or the ARC Board of Elections plan to investigate the contractor's unreported donations and gifts for violations?

countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 06:49 pm
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Progressive

The Cultural/Mills campuses are moving forward... Sometimes the city must first invest into the community, and have the private sector join in the process. In the future you won't need as many public/private partnerships, because the private sector will pay for mainly everything. Augusta can easily become a national model for cities especially those metros between 500k-1million.

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Solar-panels-will-shine-light-on-King...

The mills will be put to use soon. Solar panels are going in and that energy will be sold to Georgia power. All money collected will go toward paying for GRU plans. "Pani-solar will pay us the rent. Georgia Power will pay them to buy the power. Private investors will give Pani-solar-solar the money to build the facility," said ARC Executive Director Mathew Kwapinetz. Kwapinetz came up with the bright idea. He's overseeing the research and development. Kwapinetz says this solar farm will keep your tax dollars away from this project. "It's the way we're going to do the whole Mills project. Tax money will not be spent . We are generating all this on site,"

countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 06:57 pm
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How can you expect for companies to invest if city doesn't?

When the city of Augusta decides too become progressive great things tend to follow right behind..

1. Created the ARC project which the city gave $100k, Starbucks donating $200k and $100k from the private sector.. ARC developed the Cultural Campuses/Mills campuses proposal.
2. Consultant Mathew Kwapinetz worked on finding the right location for Starbucks($172 million plant in South Augusta underway), and now leads the ARC project.
3. Raised over $20 million for the $100 million Kroc Center in Harrisburg. A new 25 acre development is coming near Harrisburg/Medical District. The Kroc Center location is being used to make the Mills campus proposal more attractive, and the Cook Out restaurant is coming soon.
4. Hotel/motel tax paying for $37.5 million in funds to redevelop both Laney Walker/Bethelehem.. National/statewide recognition(Harvard Journal of Real Estate use the phrase 'Game changing national model'), lower crime rate, additional tax base, urban renewal,
5. Spending $500k on the Richmond County master plan, and getting the $1.8 million grant in return for the 15th street/MLK/Deans Bridge corridor. GA DOT in the near future is going to widen a large portion of 15th street.

I'm positive the Urban Veranda, $100 million Arts Campaign, leasing the 14 acre site to the Savannah Riverkeeper, Augusta Regional Industrial Park, Butler Creek Greenway, etc will have the same great results.

Keep in mind Artspace is working on developing a mixed-use development in Augusta. Please click on the link below you haven't already taken the online survey. The point is the mayor learned about Artspace while attending the Mayors Institute on City Design. He was invited to discuss the grants the city recieved for the 15th street corridor. Nothing of this could even be possible unless the city spent $500k from the beginning in order to attract the grant.
http://www.artspaceaugusta.org/

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/05/13 - 07:36 pm
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"How can you expect for

"How can you expect for companies to invest if city doesn't? new"

Got no problem with that. The problem is that the city has robbed another region of the county in order to do this investing and those taxpayers have been suffering a 17 year rape. The city has rezoned our property, raised our taxes, doubled our garbage fees, cut our service, done everything possible to run off our retail and restaurants, not given us a damned thing that helps us or the quality of residential life, and has used Section 8 to relocate they problem "children" out of the old city and into our part of the county.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/05/13 - 07:47 pm
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Dichotomy, what is South

Dichotomy, what is South Augusta doing with its share of the hotel-motel tax?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/05/13 - 07:49 pm
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"... It was also noticeable that most

... ((78 (of 82)) of the achievers were from two-parent families..."

But not surprising.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/05/13 - 07:54 pm
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"THE REVIEW OF

... Azziz (was) completed by the University System’s Office of Internal Audit..."

Quelle surpise! The university's lapdog accountant has cleared the university system's lackey.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/05/13 - 08:00 pm
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Savannah Riverkeepers

That's a good precedent to lease the land to Savannah Riverkeepers for a buck a year. It sounds like they have some great ideas of how to use the waterfront land. Maybe other areas that Augusta can't keep up can be turned over to private interests.

countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 08:15 pm
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South Augusta

Dichotomy... I'm not here to defend the city, because I also think they can do better in terms of improving all of Richmond County. However, the fact remains how the Regency Mall area, Barton Chapel, Meadowbrook, Apple Valley, etc were all depressed long before the year 2008. The year 2008 is the beginning of demolishing local housing projects, and the residents of Gilbert Manor mostly now live in Lake Olmstead Homes. Blame the white flight mainly that occurred before the year 2005 for the contributing to problems in the older parts of South Augusta, and not the demolishing of two housing projects..

How many areas outside of the CBD, Aiken, Evans, or West Augusta in the metro/CSRA can offer the new Walgreens/3 acre development, Hampton Inn hotel, Five Guys, Walmart on Deans Bridge remodeling, etc similar to South Augusta in 2013?

The residents of West Augusta, Summerville, Forest Hills, Southwest Augusta, etc pay more property taxes compared to those living in South Augusta.

Some people love to mention the projects downtown that were approved by the citizens of Richmond County. Then get silent when I bring up the $20 million Vocational high school, Butler Creek Greenway/Butler Creek Trailhead Park, Diamond Lakes, Sheriffs precinct on Hwy 56, Marshalls office on Deans Bridge, etc. Please name ONE large recent city project in West Augusta? The comments never focus on building up all of Richmond County, but only spending taxpayer money in South Augusta.. Why do you feel West Augusta, Summerville, etc has to rely solely on the private sector?

countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 08:25 pm
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Hotel/motel tax

The hotel/motel tax is for the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods.. I have no idea why anyone would feel the need to bring up South Augusta.. The most expensive hotels outside of the CBD are located in West Augusta. These comments prove my point in terms of the same people never mentioning spending money outside of South Augusta. The only suburban location were the residents could be upset about the hotel/motel tax are the residents of West Augusta. I doubt many of them would care anyway, because the tourist coming here to visit Augusta are funding the development.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/05/13 - 09:29 pm
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There are 4 high schools in South augusta

There is 1 in west augusta. Average attendance 800 students. If 1/2 of those student's parents own a 80000 house that's 1600x80,000=128 million...if 1/2 of westside's parents own a 200,000 house that's 400X200,000=80 million...now how much more taxes do south augustans pay?

countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 10:32 pm
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Only three(Cross Creek, Butler, Glenn Hills in South Augusta)

While some of the students attending both Josey and Hephzibah may live in South Augusta. One of the schools is located in the urban core of the city, and the other in the city limits of Hephzibah.

Students from the West Augusta area might attend either Westside or ARC. People without kids in the local school system also pay taxes each year.. The magnet and private schools also have residents living in the county.

Keep in mind West Augusta probably is between 50k-60K residents(depends if you add the Jimmie Dyess/Belair rd) and South Augusta is around 90K-100K. Comparing the two areas pound for pound in terms of property taxes is not close.

Speaking of the Belair rd/Jimmie Dyess/ Gordon Hwy(between Jimmie Dyess/Grovetown) area. The city should go ahead and build a new elementary or elementary/middle combination on Gordon Highway near Willhaven. Southwest Augusta is the main reason behind the new Walmart underway on Wrightsboro road. I'm glad to see the widening of Wrightsboro and the I-520/Wrightsboro rd improvements moving forward. I'm disappointing the widening of Belair rd is not underway yet. Developers have big plans with the 25 acre shopping center/Shoppes at Dyess Park on Jimmie Dyess, 13 acre shopping center on Gordon Hwy, etc.. I can only imagine the final plans for all the land sitting across from Zaxbys along Jimmie Dyess.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/05/13 - 10:13 pm
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You are right....South Augusta pays

Way more..while Hephzibah may be in the city limits the taxes come from South Augusta.....my figures are more correct than yours are. You like to brag about the nice homes being built off of willis foremen and other places in South Augusta...my 80,000 figure was way lower than the actual value..I under estimated on purpose. BTW the majority of Josey's students live in the Richmond Hill/ Rocky creek/Thomas lane area...

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/05/13 - 10:13 pm
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Dichotomy- did I get this right?

Basically, the taxes collected in South Augusta are spent throughout the county- the bulk going for various downtown improvements and hyperexpensive and futile studies. The taxes collected in the city are designated for one small strip of special interests in the city.

So, boiled down, that's what's the county's is shared with the city, while what is collected in the city stays in the city; a variation of what's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/05/13 - 10:18 pm
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countyman
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countyman 06/05/13 - 11:13 pm
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No comparison

How are you figures more correct than mine? The figures you provided didn't even acknowledge the students in West Augusta attend more than one high school. There's absolutely no mention of the private schools, or magnet schools attracting students from all over the county. Plus only three high schools exist in South Augusta, and not four of them. The figures don't mean anything when people without kids in the local school system pay taxes...

I would like to see the facts were the majority of students attending Josey live off Richmond Hill road/Thomas Lane.. Compared to 15th street, MLK, Olive rd, Old Savannah, Milledgeville rd between Gordon Hwy/MLK, etc.. The majority of people living on Richmond Hill go to Butler anyway.

What does me bragging about the homes off Willis Foreman have to do with anything? Many of those houses are in the price range over $200k, but West Augusta offers multiple areas with $200k homes.

The CEO of Electrolux just sold his home in Confier Place(near the Augusta Exchange) for over $1 million.. How many $1 million homes exist in South Augusta? Your 200k figure is very low for the majority of West Augusta.

Summerville/Forest Hills both have very high property values, but I guess they don't get any taxpayer money because their not located in South Augusta.

like-it-is
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like-it-is 06/05/13 - 11:07 pm
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mine mine

mine,mine,mine

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/05/13 - 11:18 pm
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Countyman

You and all of the other cheerleaders of Richmond County are wee-weeing up a rope. I know there is a concerted effort by those with vested interests to put lipstick on this pig and encourage middle to upper class people to stay and come back to reverse the inevitable, but demographics are against you.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/13 - 03:46 am
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Hotel Tax

"The hotel/motel tax is for the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods."

LOL, you got that right. It's been agreed to for the next 50 years as part of the TEE bribe. Now someone tell me how giving the tax to Laney Walker helps the outlying motels around the interstate and Bobby Jones?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/06/13 - 03:50 am
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LOL

"The figures don't mean anything when people without kids in the local school system pay taxes..."

I guess this means...Who cares how the schools perform when not everyone has kids in school? Some of the comments make me seriously hope someone is NOT receiving money to promote Augusta. It gets to be bizarre at times.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/06/13 - 05:49 am
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Laney Walker-Bethlehem

Money has been poured into those areas since the 70's! What has happened with it? You have a few new houses there. Of course since the 70's some Section 8 apartments were built that have to be remodeled or rebuilt every few years and are just about at the point of needing to be demolished and rebuilt. Until the housing authority takes responsibility and action to enforce (a) that only the proper and registered people are living there. (b) that they are not damaging the property and (c) clean out the ones who are just visiting but doing the damage, then they will always throw millions out the window in the name of progress. A couple of full time people enforcing the laws and contracts would be a lot less expensive. Second, rather than waiting years, property condemnation should take place sooner, before the properties in this area become serious dangers to life and before they become too numerous to deal with. ARC has become like the current administration in putting things off for our children and grandchildren to deal with!!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/06/13 - 05:54 am
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The CEO of Electrolux just sold his home in Confier Place(near t

I'm sure the rest of the residents of Conifer Place really appreciate your sharing this information. Thieves don't read the real estate transactions but will peruse this section!!!!! The difference is that Conifer Place is not surrounded by Section 8 housing, or Mixed Use housing!!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/06/13 - 06:02 am
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Solar panels are going in a

If they really understood how many solar panels it would take to do this they would run for the hills!! Most people don't understand how it works or pricing. I think I'll start selling windmills!!

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/06/13 - 06:39 am
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Butler, Cross creek, Glenn Hills and Hephzibah

Are all in south augusta. I lived in the richmond hill area for 30 years I know what the school boundaries are. Obviously, you don't. So technically part of Josey's school population is in South Augusta too.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/06/13 - 06:41 am
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So now the NSA, under the
Unpublished

So now the NSA, under the Obama administration is seizing the phone records of hundreds of thousands of US citizens who are suspected of nothing. Where are the people on the left that screamed bloody murder when the Patriot Act was signed into law? I'll be waiting for them to condemn this.

john
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john 06/06/13 - 07:42 am
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@HA

What difference at this point does it make? Its only bad when "R"s do it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/06/13 - 07:50 am
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Good one john......you would
Unpublished

Good one john......you would make a great Secretary of State! LOL

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RoadkiII 06/06/13 - 07:50 am
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Phones

Glad I left Verizon. But who's next? Sprint? AllTell? T Mobile?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/06/13 - 07:53 am
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Verizon is just the ones we
Unpublished

Verizon is just the ones we actually know about. I would imagine there are more.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 06/06/13 - 07:53 am
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CBBP

Call me when you start selling the wind mills. My great grand kids might see a return on the investment. If it lasts that long. I sure as heck won't.

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