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Sylvia Cooper: Mayor’s expenses have cost Augustans thousands

With only about three months left in his term, Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. is still costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Sylvia Cooper: Where in the world is the mayor?

Columnist Sylvia Cooper has good news and bad news about Augusta politics, and she's also wondering just where the mayor has gotten off to.

Sylvia Cooper: It’s not wise to live in a glass house and file for divorce

Mayor Hardie Davis wants privacy for his divorce proceedings, and a contact with Gold Cross is getting close.

Sylvia Cooper: Counting down the days …

Counting down the days ... while we all wonder where in the world is Hardie Davis?

Sylvia Cooper: COVID-19 is a nightmare, and so is news from Augusta

Augusta and COVID-19 nightmares intertwined to make for a long two weeks for columnist Sylvia Cooper.

Joe Edge: Sylvia Cooper: Mayor trades crown for tweed jacket

Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. is headed to Atlanta to teach public policy classes at Georgia Tech. Really.

Sylvia Cooper: Commissioners travel to Colorado for continuing education

Commissioners have traveled to Denver for continuing education and more . . .

Sylvia Cooper: Augusta Commission examines multiple cans of worms

Keeping Augusta beautiful is getting more complicated, what with blight and unexplained spending.

Sylvia Cooper: Road stops, vandalism and recycling mark the previous week

Augusta commissioners take the week off, but not TAP's Sylvia Cooper who reviews the week in government.

Sylvia Cooper: Time for Augusta commissioners to wake up and sing a new song

Sylvia Cooper suggests that maybe a July 4 firecracker would wake up Augusta Commissioners and get them singing a new song as they deal with issues like cleaning up downtown.

Sylvia Cooper: Dollars to donuts, most Augustans don’t care who’s the next mayor

Sylvia Cooper recaps the election, campaign funding and the past week's Richmond County Commission's meeting.

Sylvia Cooper: Mayor’s last State of the City address is prelude to upcoming runoff

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis' last State of the City address touted his achievements and downplayed his minuses.

Sylvia Cooper: Deceptions, taxes, curses and snakes in the grass make for quite a week

Sylvia Cooper recounts a week in which politicians contradict themselves, propose new taxes before an election and hurl curses at constituents.

Sylvia Cooper: With extra COVID money, city should be able to get maintenance done

With all that extra COVID-19 money, you'd think Richmond County could get maintenance done.

Sylvia Cooper

Sylvia Cooper-Rogers (on Facebook) is better known in Augusta by her byline Sylvia Cooper. Cooper is a Georgia native but lived for seven years in Oxford, Mississippi. She believes everybody ought to live in Mississippi for awhile at some point. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Georgia, summa cum laude where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Zodiac. (Zodiac was twelve women with the highest scholastic averages). Her Masters degree in Speech and Theater, is from the University of Mississippi. Cooper began her news writing career at the Valdosta Daily Times. She also worked for the Rome News Tribune. She worked at The Augusta Chronicle as a news reporter for 18 years, mainly covering local politics but many other subjects as well, such as gardening. She also, wrote a weekly column, mainly for the Chronicle on local politics for 15 of those years. Before all that beginning her journalistic career, Cooper taught seventh-grade English in Oxford, Miss. and later speech at Valdosta State College and remedial English at Armstrong State University. Her honors and awards include the Augusta Society of Professional Journalists first and only Margaret Twiggs award; the Associated Press First Place Award for Public Service around 1994; Lou Harris Award; and the Chronicle's Employee of the Year in 1995.

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