Eric Johnson



Deke’s Nine

Deke’s Nine

If you’ve ever spent any time talking with Mayor Deke Copenhaver, you’ve heard him say some variation of the following: “One thing I’ve shared with people is…” That phrase is just about as “Deke” as it gets, because whatever it is he’s about to share with you — that thing he’s just told you he’s […]

Abel Brown Opening At Surrey

Abel Brown Opening At Surrey

When Bistro 491, one of the area’s fine dining landmarks, closed in May, Augusta’s foodies were understandably disappointed. But disappointment quickly turned to anticipation as word spread that owner Todd Schafer wasn’t just closing up shop, he was making way for a new concept restaurant at the same Surrey Center location. Now, after months of […]

Now What?

Now What?

Now that the Department of Community Health (DCH) has awarded the all important certificate of need to Georgia Regents Medical Center for the much anticipated Columbia County hospital, there’s still a lot to be decided and even more that remains unclear. First, there’s the chance of an appeal by University Hospital and/or Doctor’s Hospital. Both […]

Private Probation Found Constitutional

Private Probation Found Constitutional

In the long-awaited decision regarding the constitutionality of private misdemeanor probation, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision Monday affirming that private probation is legal, though in several other instances the court found against Sentinel Offender Services, the private probation company at the center of the private probation controversy here in Georgia and in a […]

Waiting on the Edge

Waiting on the Edge

Though the construction of Columbia County’s $1.5 million BMX track and skatepark has been a long, slow process for those anxious for the project’s completion, officials say the new facilities, located behind the stadium field at Blanchard Woods Park, are very close to opening. But waiting hasn’t been easy. “I just got to a point […]

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 […]