Eric Johnson



Trading Places

Trading Places

If last Wednesday, September 24, represented the day the candidates for this year’s 12th Congressional District blasted out of the starting gate, then Saturday, September 27, might very well have been the day they entered the home stretch. Saturday was not only the first head-to-head meeting between Democratic incumbent John Barrow and Rick Allen, his read more

For One of Their Own

For One of Their Own

When word got out that Maj. Michael Donahue was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, it hit Augusta’s running community hard. Though Donahue, his wife and three children had moved to Fort Bragg almost two years ago, he was nevertheless a valued member of the area’s close-knit group of runners. “I saw the posting read more

B-17 Memphis Belle Video Page

B-17 Memphis Belle Video Page

Ever wonder what it’s like to fly in a B-17 Flying Fortress? Check out these videos from the “Movie” Memphis Bell. If this looks like fun, head to the General Aviation side of Augusta Regional Airport (Bush Field) on Saturday, September 27. Flights are $450 and begin at 10 a.m. The plane will open up read more

District 3 Candidates Spar in Columbia County Forum

District 3 Candidates Spar in Columbia County Forum

Only two of the four candidates looking to fill Columbia County’s District 3 Commission seat attended Monday’s forum at the Government Center in Evans, but even with the reduced field, some 80 interested community members showed up to see how the candidates handled themselves in a formal, head to head atmosphere. Evans attorney Mack Taylor read more

Flying a Legend

Flying a Legend

On Monday, September 22, a fortunate few media representatives experienced the thrill of flying in a restored B-17 Flying Fortress ahead of the public flights that will be given this weekend at the general aviation side of Augusta Regional Airport. The flights will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, and continue every hour read more

Where the Magic Happens

Where the Magic Happens

It’s 13 days before the 2014 Westobou Festival kicks off and festival Director Kristi Jilson is in her office reviewing the fifth version of the festival program. “It’s definitely crunch time,” she says with an anxious laugh. This is Jilson’s first Westobou. She was brought in earlier in the year when the board decided they read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more