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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.

Column: Notable Augustans share Christmas memories

Sylvia Cooper presents the Christmas memories of some of Augusta's most prominent citizens.

Column: Augusta has a long Christmas wish list

Christmas presents for Augusta and poor election turnouts mark this past week.

Column: Legacies for outgoing Augusta commissioners, mayor considered

Columnist considers the legacies of Augusta's out-going commissioners and mayor.

Column: Richmond County Commission to consider relaxing strip club law

A Richmond County Commission committee approved changes to the strip club law, and now it's time for the full commission to consider the changes.

Column: Summerville residents to consider creating a new town

Some Summerville residents think it would be a good idea to secede from Augusta and are hosting a meeting today, Sunday, Nov.27, to consider the idea.

Column: Augusta Commission wins Cooper’s ‘Turkey Flock of the Year Award’

Sylvia Cooper hands out this year's "Turkey Flock of the Year Awards."

Column: Former Augusta commissioners reminisce

Former commissioners got together last week and reminisced about the good and the bad of their terms.

Column: Augusta Commission votes to spend ARP money on more security cameras

The Augusta Commission voted to spend $300,000 in American Rescue money to purchase more security cameras, and readers demand Sylvia Cooper keep writing.

Opinion: Augusta commissioners consider call for ‘kinder, gentler’ code enforcement

Augusta Commission considers code compliance verses enforcement.

Column: Augusta Commission debates utility of security structure at Wrightsboro Road apartment complex

Augusta Commissioners disagreed on meaning and usefulness of a guard house/deer stand at a Wrightsboro Road apartment complex this weekend and rejected a proposed contract with Gold Cross EMS.

Column: Mayor Davis says Gold Cross is like Burger King

The mayor just can't quit the royalty metaphors.

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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