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IF YOU’RE GOING to tutor kids at the Columbia County Library, then do it in the upper area for kids, especially if you’re going to have your baby kids with you. Loud and rude!

THE FOCUS FOR some time now has been on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, but let’s not forget the tragedy that occurred right here in Georgia back in March when police say a 13-month-old white sleeping toddler, Antonio Santiago, was deliberately fatally shot in the face by two black teens. I can’t remember President Obama calling the mother to console her. Let’s pray for Antonio, who is now in a better place.

THIS RACIST STUFF about George Zimmer­man is ridiculous. What about the poor white child in Brunswick, Ga.? Police said a young toddler in the stroller shot by two black kids. Where is Al Sharpton? Where are all the rest of the people crying about it?

RANT FOR AMERICANS. They could have gotten a conviction in the George Zimmerman trial if all the eyewitnesses from Augusta and all the other places around the country had showed up to testify.

RANT TO PRESIDENT Obama for trying to divide the USA racially; he has help from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who both thrive on racial turmoil.

ZIMMERMAN WAS found not guilty by six of his peers. The case was televised. How could there be any doubt of George Zimmerman’s innocence? The state had no case. Now the feds are looking for anything to prosecute Zimmerman. Where were Eric Holder and Obama when the Black Panthers disrupted voting in Obama’s presidential election? They pick and choose their fights.

ON THE DAY that the city of Detroit declares bankruptcy, President Obama makes a rare statement to the press … about Trayvon Martin.

I DON’T MEAN to sound rude, but the woman who died at Six Flags was too big to ride the ride. They should have told her she couldn’t ride, but she knew she shouldn’t have been on it anyway.

RANT FOR ALL THE local leaders for not having a rally for the local people that have to put up with all these thugs caught on video shooting and fighting. There are people that know who these thugs are and for whatever reason choose to protect them. I hope one day the one you are protecting does not kill one of your loved ones. Let’s get these thugs off our streets and in jail.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/01/13 - 05:30 pm
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Real?

On another thread Tom Corwin reported:

A top federal health official said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is . . . apparently questioning whether those [health insurance] premium increases are real.

Take it to the bank, Toots, they are real.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/01/13 - 05:34 pm
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Died Too Soon

The Whole Foods story kicked this one off the Most Discussed list too soon. It still has some life in it:

School Tax Hike

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 07:30 pm
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The tail has about rotted off the Fla Wag the dog.

No matter how hard they have tried it is not sticking. Even with the media help it is still rotting.

So what will be the next Wag the Dog "cause" to obscure the White House Administrations Scandals?

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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 07:43 pm
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Next time someone calls Al Sharpton a civil rights leader

I am going to publish every racist quote he has made that I can did up.

Lets see how many of the good Reverend's words get past the AC word filter's.

Al Sharpton is what is classified as a typical Blacktivist in many academic Pol Sci. circles.

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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 08:22 pm
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The Great First Friday Shootout

The Great First Friday Shootout Anniversary passed last month. Remember six people were shot that night. Not much trouble on Broad St. since then except the big brawl captured on video.

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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 09:02 pm
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Way To Help Augusta Urban Schools

Reading something I saw a possible way to help the schools in the Augusta urban area. You know, the old city. The Kroc Center in Chicago and the public school system work closely together to help the kids in poor areas. The kids routinely go to the center during and after school. What’s different than what the Kroc Center does here already is the coordination with the school system. One nearby school considers the Center as part of their campus with the blessing of the Center. The schools and staff of the Center work closely together, even discussing plans for individual children. Many teachers and other school personnel, such as coaches, actually work part of the day from the Center.

Joan Kroc’s vision was for community centers in underserved neighborhoods and this could be greatly served by joining with the Richmond County School System.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 08:34 pm
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RM1- Spotted a Teacher in the Dollar Store near mall

buying carpet squares for an art project she had in mind, and school items today.

I overheard she taught downtown in one of a inter-city schools. L-? or something like that.

Some guy give her a small handful of dollars to help out.

The look on her face was pure joy.

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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 09:01 pm
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Nocnoc, good story. I've

Nocnoc, good story. I've talked before about Pat Conroy and his book The Water is Wide about being a teacher on the SC coastal island. Lots of folks don't understand the battles teachers fight in some Southern areas. They deserve all our thanks and out of the box ideas.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/01/13 - 11:36 pm
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"The Great First Friday Shootout Anniversary

...passed last month."

Well, Sheriff Grateful Mother got his name painted on the cop cars; money well spent to combat these kind of crimes.

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countyman 08/02/13 - 12:19 am
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Facts

Here are the 2010 median incomes from this census link released in 2011.

http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/downloads/estmod10/est10ALL.xls
Fulton $53,580(Atlanta)
Chatham $42,728(Savannah)
Richmond $37,866(Augusta)
Muscogee $36,359(Columbus)
Bibb $36,220(Macon)
Clarke $34,000(Athens)

Regional peers
Charleston $46,187
Richland $45,944(Columbia)
Greenville $45,666

Let the spin begin!

countyman
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countyman 08/02/13 - 12:44 am
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Why is Augusta booming?

The Washington Crossing shopping center will be renovated including the parking. Their expecting to land new businesses, and Fred's won't remain open for long. The theory is called the Whole Foods effect.

I continue to tell people Augusta will become the next Raleigh. The metro ranked 2nd in high tech job growth in the nation between 2006-2011 with a growth rate over 80%.

I've been commented how the metro area should expect higher quality options to start locating here faster. The Bridgestone, Rockwood, Medical Commons, Plant Vogtle, and Starbucks projects are under construction. The NSA opened in 2012, and will have around 4,000 employees. There's news the Cyber Command Center is probably going to pick Fort Gordon. The $100-$200 million Cancer Center begins this year on 15th street. The Enterprise Mill near the CBD is booming with Zapata Technolgy recent hiring, and the new Southpoint Media office which opened in June. The IT company Rural Sourcing is located in the same building, and will hire around 30(around 75 to 80 employees presently)over the next few months. The CEO said the company could grow to have 200-300 employees at the Enterprise Mill.

The Mills/Cultural campuses will attract even more retail, and people forget the GGHF site belongs to GRU.

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countyman 08/02/13 - 03:01 am
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Micheal Kors

Just when you thought the H&M, Bass Pro, Cabela's, Whole Foods and upscale the movie theater was it...

The H&M coming to the Augusta mall is the first in the state outside of metro Atlanta, and the first locations announced in South Carolina(metro Augusta) along with Charleston. The Cabela's is the first location in Georgia, and third in the entire southeast. The second Whole Foods location(Savannah) located outside of metro Atlanta.

The H&M, House of Hoops(Nike/Footlocker), and Victoria Secret Pink store are coming soon to the Augusta mall.

Guess what? Micheal Kors and Stride Rite will soon follow right behind to the Augusta mall. This will become the second MK location outside of metro Atlanta(outlet in North Georgia), and the first boutique store in South Carolina(North Charleston/Hilton Head outlets).

The Augusta mall was already the most upscale mall outside of metro Atlanta, and now it's the most upscale mall in the state of South Carolina((was recently comparable to Haywood Mall in Greenville). The addition of Michael Kors definitely gives Augusta a higher prestige, and more upscale shopping.

http://www.destinationkors.com/
http://www.striderite.com/store/SiteController/striderite/home?goo_kwid=...

Let the spin begin!

Darby
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Darby 08/02/13 - 01:41 am
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"police say a 13-month-old white sleeping

toddler, Antonio Santiago, was deliberately fatally shot in the face by two black teens. I can’t remember President Obama calling the mother to console her."

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Just wondering... If George Bush had a son, would he have looked like little Antonio?

And if so, what difference would it have made?

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Riverman1 08/02/13 - 05:26 am
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What's wrong with Fred's?

What's wrong with Fred's?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/02/13 - 05:41 am
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Speaking of Freds

You know how Fred Russell walks around Commission meetings taking orders for bottles of water from Commissioners and passes them out. If he would put a bag of Skittles in front of William Fennoy along with his bottle of water I swear I'd give him another bench in the city.

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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 08:32 am
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The spin machine..:)

When & if Columbia county builds a nice mall near Evans/Appling (that will happen one day) you can kiss the other one bye bye...

That is just the way the cookie crumbles ....I see the changes here all the time.....people like new--they want to be entertained ---they want upscaled shops---VARIETY....we can't help it...it's in our genes.:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 08:37 am
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Our very own bench

I think the posters should pitch in together & buy a bench...a big bench...we could just say the Posters from Augusta Chronicle....make it some glowing color...stand out from the crowd yaknow----maybe put it on Broad St....close to AC maybe....what about this commish??

I'm serious..we deserve a bench.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 08:42 am
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To this rant

There are people that know who these thugs are and for whatever reason choose to protect them. I hope one day the one you are protecting does not kill one of your loved ones.

That is what continues the cycle of violence...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 08:43 am
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About Zimm

Please let the Zimm machine drive off into the sunset...we have beaten this ole horse tooo many times....reallly, we have.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/02/13 - 08:45 am
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RM

Make it Skittles, Watermelon Tea and Cough Syrup!!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/02/13 - 08:52 am
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I understand the need for

I understand the need for some to vent, but I wish we could let the Martin/Zimmerman issue rest. Not one single person’s mind will be changed at this point. Admittedly, most minds were made up before the trial, but you either stake your position on the presented facts or on your base emotions.

Well folks, not trying to rub it in (yes I am), but I’m off to Montana’s Glacier National Park, where we’ll spend one day planning, and the next five hiking wherever our little hearts desire. For me, the splendor of God’s creation is always a salve for my soul!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 09:01 am
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Countyman - thanks for the housing prices...

However, we are currently house hunting and see a big rebound since 2010-2011 survey was taken.

We have been using
http://www.georgiamls.com/resources/marketactivity.cfm
and the other data, to find what we hope will be our last home.

Due to a number of worked out and agreed on variables, the wife and I agree on many areas failed to meet over 50% of the mandatory selection criteria.

Like many our age, our next move must be our Last Move.
So we have to think about a lot more than a house design, in a good community and at a good price. We are also looking at crime, political structure, urban creep over the next 25 years and several other important criteria.

BTW: Seriously
while some of us poke at you as the Augusta Town Crier tabloid.
We still read what you print and checkout the locations when they do open.

Thank you.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 09:04 am
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wow noc noc

I like that link....you do notice Gwinnett county is exploding--as usual....we are getting too crowded here.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/02/13 - 09:05 am
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Bottled Water

That's a good one about Fred and the bottled water, RM. When I see the commissioners sucking on those water bottles, it makes me wonder. They are the insiders on city matters, and the city provides drinking water to our houses in pipes. If the commissioners will not drink Augusta city water, do they know something is unhealthy about it? If the city water is healthy, then the commissioners should drink city water from pitchers and glasses during the meetings to give us citizens confidence.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 09:06 am
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young Fred

YOU are rubbing it in but I can understand why...that sounds like a great vacation...have fun :)

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 09:11 am
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Young Fred - you should do the Park

in the winter on snowmobiles ☺

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 09:25 am
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Gwinnett has exploded a

Gwinnett has exploded a lot.
Amnesty Helped didn't it?

Years ago we lived off a main drag outside of Lawrenceville and with the commissioners land wheeling and dealing and rezoning. We saw where HIGH DENSITY housing pf 8 to an 1/2 acre townhouses and narrow R-75 lots was headed. Plus the taxes were already through the roof to cover all the revitalization projects. Like the Downtown makeovers, trolley car buses, a metro Bus Service, Baseball stadiums, Malls that kill malls and shopping centers, park deals, etc..

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 09:27 am
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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/02/13 - 09:27 am
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Question?

How can the Augusta Mall be the most upscale mall in South Carolina? Sometimes I question your map reading skills...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/02/13 - 09:34 am
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Schools schools schools

Gwinnett is the most diverse in the state....many come here for the schools..BUT just like everything else in life, too many folks can ruin a good thing..traffic is AWFUL & we venture out at the right time of day....never when people are going to work or coming home....we balance what we need to do around the busy times.

Some ask us why do we eat out so early--heh heh---after they get caught up in the traffic they see why....most restaurants are packed after 600pm......waiting time at most.

We do have excellent hospitals & doctors & a variety of entertainment...we have great neighbors too.....but family are begging us to move nearby them...in the csra...

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