Eric Johnson



Collecting Cowboy Dreams

Collecting Cowboy Dreams

Hanging around antique stores while his wife poked around searching for treasures of her own, Clyde Lester decided he needed to start collecting something, too. “She found a lot of stuff for sale, and I said, ‘I’m an old cowboy — I want me some stuff, too,’” Lester says. “So I started collecting B-western stuff […]

Memorial Update

Memorial Update

Before this year’s Arts in the Heart, as part of the Artzilla project where local artists paint together for the duration of the festival, artist Carrie Brooks decided to paint a canvas to honor Maj. Michael Donahue, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division who was assigned to Fort Gordon from 2009-2012. Donahue was killed […]

A Beautiful Dance

A Beautiful Dance

Everyone loves a happy ending, but when it’s raining and you’re homeless and sleeping at a bus stop, happy endings aren’t always so easy to see. Especially when you’re blind. “I was working on Washington Road at a hotel,” explains David Hedglin, sitting in a first floor office at the Maxwell House apartment building on […]

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Though it might seem like an odd thing to say about a beloved landmark with more than a hundred years as a community touchstone, Hal Smith, the Partridge Inn’s interim general manager, hopes that the last guest checking out of the iconic hotel last Sunday represented the end of an era. “I think the hotel […]

A Columbia County Recap

A Columbia County Recap

The thing that none of the seven candidates in Columbia County’s two remaining political races are saying is that if former tax commissioner Kay Allen hadn’t found herself in hot water over her dealings with Grovetown and Harlem, all of them would have spent this election on the sidelines. But the double whammy of the […]

For Her

For Her

So you’re moving across the roof of the 11-story Marriott hotel with a girl in a Wonder Woman costume and a ninja named Oz when all of a sudden you’re passed off to the final expert in a long line of experts prepping you for your journey over the edge of the building. She’s just […]

The Unraveling of Cam Griffin

The Unraveling of Cam Griffin

By the time Cam Griffin made it to the Doug Stone concert in Harlem on Oct. 16, it was pretty clear to most people that the 30-year-old music promoter’s world was finally unraveling. Not only was the concert a bust, but the local police working the event had been told to keep their eye on […]

Once More for District 4

Once More for District 4

The last time Bill Morris ran against Vernon Thomas for the District 4 commission seat in Columbia County, voters were still stinging from a series of events that had left them feeling like outcasts. In July 2008, former Harlem Mayor Scott Dean took office after Lee Anderson abandoned the commission to run for the state […]

Azziz Considering UNLV

Azziz Considering UNLV

This from GRU Media Relations: Statement from GRU on University of Las Vegas, Nevada presidential search AUGUSTA, Ga. – The successes of the ongoing transformation of Georgia Regents University into the next great American University have drawn nationwide attention from others who are looking for ways to re-imagine their own institutions. In leading this effort, […]

Reviving the Riverwalk

Reviving the Riverwalk

On Thursday, October 23 something special is going to happen down at the Jessye Norman Riverwalk Amphitheater. Starting at 6 p.m., three bluegrass bands are going to perform a concert to benefit Jordan’s House and the Bond Crosby Fund while pumping some much needed life back into one of Augusta’s most recognized, yet overlooked venues. […]