Eric Johnson



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 […]

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

Group Looks to Save Ice in Wake of Rink Sale

When the news first broke last week that the Augusta Ice Sports Center was going to be purchased by new owners not interested in keeping the rink, Micah Hand knew that he and other rink supporters were going to have a tough time trying to save the last remaining ice surface in Augusta. In 2013, […]

Greenville’s Got it All

Greenville’s Got it All

You’ve heard it before. Pretty much everybody’s heard it before. “If only Augusta could be more like Greenville.” It’s easy to envy Greenville, S.C., and it makes sense to do it. By all accounts, downtown Greenville is a pretty awesome place. It has restaurants and shopping and businesses, and more than that it has people […]

Columbia County SPLOST List Answers Questions, Raises Others

Columbia County SPLOST List Answers Questions, Raises Others

In the wake of Richmond County’s failure to renew its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), Columbia County is presenting its 2017-2022 SPLOST project list to the public in a series of public meetings scheduled for July. The list, representing $144 million worth of projects, features $30 million earmarked for the well-publicized hospital project, […]

A Conversation with Buddy Dallas

A Conversation with Buddy Dallas

In the next few months, we’re all going to be hearing plenty about the late James Brown. With the August 1 opening of “Get On Up,” a major Hollywood film by acclaimed director Tate Taylor of “The Help,” Augusta’s Soul Brother No. 1 will once again find himself in the spotlight, seven-and-a-half years after his […]

The Land of Studies

The Land of Studies

With so much attention recently given to the state of the downtown properties and with many questioning the effectiveness of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to expand the economic opportunities of the area, the presentation of the retail study commissioned by the DDA last week raised some interest, especially among those already skeptical about yet […]

Columbia County Changes Recycling Fees

Columbia County Changes Recycling Fees

According to Columbia County Deputy Administrator Glenn Kennedy, Green Programs Manager Jenny Hinson is pretty good at what she does. The proof, he says, can be found on the bottom line. “She’s increased revenues this year from $11,000 to now a confirmed $37,000 for this year,” he says. “That’s a sizable increase.” With the addition […]