Eric Johnson



Tech Success

Tech Success

When most people think of YouTube personalities they think of two kinds of people: those like Bethany Mota, the teenage fashion mogul who has managed to leverage her YouTube channels into a fashion line at Aeropostale and a spot of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” or all those inept dreamers with a camera who make […]

A Beautiful Beacon of Goodwill

A Beautiful Beacon of Goodwill

When GRU associate professor Matthew Buzzell returned to Augusta five years ago after 14 active years in Los Angeles, the award-winning filmmaker knew he was leaving a lot of cultural opportunities behind. “Every night of the week in Los Angeles I could see a film, and it didn’t have to be a new film,” he […]

Update: Augusta’s Central Park

Update: Augusta’s Central Park

As the Metro Spirit reported on July 24, the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, formerly the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, and Pendleton King Park used a Wells Fargo/National Fish and Wildlife grant to clean up the park’s Lake Elizabeth pond. Since April of last year, the Phinizy Research Team has spent over 500 hours on […]

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

“I always here.” Massage Parlors in the CSRA

THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE MAY 5, 2011 METRO SPIRIT   Even before the Bo Bo Skin Spa was shut down at the beginning of last month, we knew we wanted to dig into the above ground underground spa experience in Augusta. “Spas in Augusta” was actually the first idea we had on the […]

Rumble on the River

Rumble on the River

According to Dr. Frank Carl, a board member of Augusta’s Ports Authority, the slow-moving eviction of Mobile Marine as the operator of the city’s marina is moving forward. “It’s in the process,” he says. “It’s just moving a little slower than I would have hoped.” Part of that slowness is because the marina, which consists […]

Where Everyone Knows Your Name… And What You Shoot

Where Everyone Knows Your Name… And What You Shoot

Labor Day’s opening of S.H.A.R.P.E. Shooters outdoor gun range represented the end of a long process and the beginning of a new venture for owner Buddy Lichty and local shooters, who now have a premier outdoor range in the middle of town. Located behind the Pilot Station on the old VFW property just off Riverwatch […]

A Look Back: Smith Takes the Call

A Look Back: Smith Takes the Call

Today, Donnie Smith resigned his commission seat after a Georgia State Patrol investigation revealed he had worked a second job during Masters Week.  Though Smith’s time on the commission was relatively free of scandal, the Metro Spirit reported on an incident during his campaign that now seems prophetic. This is what we wrote back in […]

Will We Know More Tomorrow?

Will We Know More Tomorrow?

Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, will be making himself available to media to discuss the findings of the initial investigation into Donnie Smith. Stay tuned. There is more to come.

Who’s Responsible for the Riverwalk Sinkhole?

Who’s Responsible for the Riverwalk Sinkhole?

A sinkhole has developed along the Riverwalk below the Morris Museum of Art, and one Augusta resident is pointing his finger at the city. According to Ken Kehr, sprinklers in the area ran for 72 hours straight the weekend of August 24-25, causing a hole to develop next to the seawall that has since been […]

Examining Death

Examining Death

When Columbia County Medical Examiner Dr. Butch Garrison resigned about three months ago, Coroner Vernon Collins saw an opportunity to give his staff a raise. “I met with [County Administrator] Scott Johnson and made him aware that we didn’t have a medical examiner anymore and that I didn’t feel the need for one, since I […]