Eric Johnson



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 […]

Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

Dial-Up News in a High-Speed World

For many on this side of the river, their first experience with the Edgefield Daily, edgefielddaily.com, came with the story about the mountain biker allegedly attacked on the bike trail in Modoc, S.C., a story that continues to fuel visits to both the Edgefield Daily and the Metro Spirit website. “That story originally ran on […]

What’s Wrong with the Amphitheater?

What’s Wrong with the Amphitheater?

Sometimes when you need to make a change the best thing you can do is look for answers somewhere else, and when it comes to Augusta’s underused Riverwalk amphitheater, just about everyone agrees the city needs answers. Luckily, there are plenty of people willing to give advice. The 1,800-seat Jessye Norman Amphitheatre at Riverwalk Augusta […]

What’s a Picture Really Worth?

What’s a Picture Really Worth?

Originally Posted September 2011 When it’s in the mug shot papers, it’s hard to define the price   Around 9 p.m. on the night of April 22, Stevie Dement and his wife Cissy were having dinner at the Evans Pizza Joint with Cissy’s 21-year-old daughter and a couple of work associates when Cissy excused herself […]

First Friday Changes Hands, Vows to Be More Art-Friendly

First Friday Changes Hands, Vows to Be More Art-Friendly

After managing First Friday since 2005, the Greater Augusta Arts Council is transferring management of the monthly event to Artists Row, an organization of downtown art galleries. The change, about a month in the making, will take place September 5. According to Greater Augusta Arts Council Executive Director Brenda Durant, the graduation of Jamie Lowe, […]

The New Riverwalk?

The New Riverwalk?

Though last week’s meeting between the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and stakeholders in Riverwalk Augusta, downtown’s signature riverfront amenity, might have resulted in the appearance of a unified front, it’s clear that there are different agendas regarding the $1 million in SPLOST funds the DDA plans to spend on the project. The money, part of […]

Augusta’s Central Park

Augusta’s Central Park

Local real estate broker Billy Franke stands at the base of the new water feature at Augusta’s Pendleton King Park and smiles. The $19,000 waterfall, which features water falling from five separate places and is the cornerstone of a larger project, has been running for three days and everything seems to be working the way […]

Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

Sunday Read Rewind: Growing Olives in Georgia

In January of  2012, the Metro Spirit took a look at premium olive oil production in Georgia. Yeah, olive oil production. In Georgia.   When you think of Georgia agriculture, you probably conjure up the usual suspects – peaches, peanuts, cotton and maybe Vidalia onions. If one south Georgia farmer has his way, however, Georgia […]