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Column: Sylvia Cooper begins retirement. Again

Sylvia Cooper's fourth retirement began with a busy week.

Column: Ambulance service contract still unsettled

All the promises about transparency concerning a contract between the city and its new ambulance provider Central EMS seem to have turned into a bucket of mud.

Column: What’s changed since the last Masters

Plenty has changed in Augusta since the last Masters, and plenty has stayed the same.

Column: Central EMS is crunching numbers to see what is needed to make 10 percent profit

Ambulance discussions continue, and calls for a forensic audit of Richmond County government have been renewed.

Column: It’s déjà vu all over again for Augusta ambulance service discussion

The more things change, the more the stay the same with ambulance service for Augusta.

Column: Ambulance service negotiations continue

Richmond County commissioners continue to try to get a price out of the new ambulance service, but representatives say the want data first.

Column: Richmond County Commission digs into Boathouse lease

There's no time in Augusta for writing about dogs, not when there's so much politicking going on, according to columnist Sylvia Cooper.

Column: Bill giving Augusta mayor a vote will likely fail

Columnist Sylvia Cooper predicts the bill to give the Augusta mayor a vote will not make it through the legislature.

Column: Ambulance service bids take twists and turns

Commissioners continue to deal with ambulance service and a questionable bidding process that opened the door to a newcomer.

Column: Augusta commissioners under the gun to decide about ambulance service

Richmond County commissioners still need to decide about ambulance service.

Column: Augusta’s been through some dark times, but things may be looking up

After so many dark days, new Mayor Garnett Johnson seems to have what it will take to turn the Garden City around.

Column: Commissioners open a news chapter in ‘Politics 101’

It was déjà vu all over again when Augusta commissioners talked about a proposed Gold Cross EMS contract. They talked with one commissioner doing most of the talking.

Column: Some Richmond County commissioners want to cut experience requirement for city administrator

Some Richmond County commissioners think cutting the experience requirement for city administrator is a good idea.

Column: In with the new mayor and commission, out with the old . . . maybe

Even double-gazed Roman god Janus may not be able to usher out the old mayor.

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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