Portico Publications is shutting down Metro Spirit, their Augusta, GA alt weekly. Portico, the local business that publishes C-Ville Weekly, bought Metro Spirit six years ago, a year after they bought the Free Times, a Columbia, SC weekly. (The Free Times appears to be alive and well, still owned by Portico.) They’re also folding Metro Parent, a monthly parenting publication that they bought along with the Spirit. That leaves Portico with just the Free Times and C-Ville Weekly. This news comes within hours of word of the resignation of C-Ville Weekly editor Cathy Harding.