Eric Johnson



Pit Stop by the Pump House

Pit Stop by the Pump House

Area cyclists in need of field repairs now have a self-service station where they can perform many of the most common repairs themselves — for free. Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse, along with volunteers from the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association of the CSRA (SORBA-CSRA) and assistance from the Canal Authority, Augusta Utilities and the Recreation and […]

New Age Bike Rental Hits Evans Towne Center Park

New Age Bike Rental Hits Evans Towne Center Park

Columbia County is upping the ante on its status as a progressive community by installing a web-based, self-service bike rental unit at Evans Towne Center Park. The unit contains seven three-speed Trek bikes that are GPS enabled, allowing riders to monitor the distance of their trips for fitness purposes and county officials to know exactly […]

Two Battle to Replace Thigpen

Two Battle to Replace Thigpen

As in immigrant, Pakistani-born Hafeez Chaudhry believes being on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners would make a powerful statement to the throngs of new residents expected to move to the county. “I would say Columbia County has done a terrific job of assimilating newcomers, and I’m a perfect example of that,” he says. “I […]

Grudge Match

Grudge Match

When it comes to the race for chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, neither candidate has any qualms about making his motivations crystal clear. “I would have been glad not to run,” says incumbent Ron Cross, who has held the position for the last 12 years. “I’d have been happy not to run […]

The Arts Make a Case For SPLOST

The Arts Make a Case For SPLOST

With four of the five mayoral candidates going on record as opposing the $194 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that will be voted on May 20, much of the conversation has focused on the negatives, particularly the fact that agencies outside of Richmond County government would be receiving $21.75 million from it. […]

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

Al Gray had a busy day last Tuesday. First and probably most publicized, came his run-in with Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, who showed the audacity – at least that’s what Gray’s supporters would call it – to question the accuracy of the $65 million Gray estimated the Municipal Building renovations would end up costing Richmond […]

Bartley Responds to Critics and Refutes New Claim

Bartley Responds to Critics and Refutes New Claim

Jim Bartley, the custom home builder looking to unseat long-time Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross in the May 20 Republican primary, is facing allegations from a former subcontractor that he brandished a firearm when he was asked for payment over two decades ago. “I did some work for him and when it came time […]

Columbia County — yes, that Columbia County — inches closer to new BMX track and skateboard park

Columbia County — yes, that Columbia County — inches closer to new BMX track and skateboard park

With construction now underway at Columbia County’s $1.5 million BMX track and skatepark at Blanchard Woods Park, county officials still find themselves explaining how something so seemingly radical ended up in Columbia County. “It’s going to definitely cater to a whole different segment of the citizens,” says Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith. “We’re […]

Interim For Now

Interim For Now

Interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell has only been on the job a couple of months, and while he may be a fresh face in his current position, he’s far from a stranger when it comes to Augusta government. As Assistant Director of Traffic Engineering, Cassell has spearheaded the city’s program to streamline Masters traffic and […]

The Future Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

The Future Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Whatever you think you know about the growth out at Fort Gordon, you’re probably wrong. According to Garrison Commander Colonel Sam Anderson, the growth is going to be more — and going to happen quicker — than most people think. “There’s a lot more to the growth than just Army Cyber Command Headquarters,” Anderson says. […]