Eric Johnson



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 […]

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, […]