Stacey Eidson



On the Air with Deke

On the Air with Deke

For nine years, Deke Copenhaver was the face of the city of Augusta. Starting next week, almost exactly 11 years to the day that Copenhaver was first elected as the mayor of Augusta, he will become the city’s newest local voice over the airwaves. “For nine years, I tried to change things through the public […]

Sean Wight: A Downtown Visionary

Sean Wight: A Downtown Visionary

As Sean Wight walks up to the corner of 12th and Ellis streets in downtown Augusta, he doesn’t see an aging biker bar surrounded by asphalt parking lots and several empty buildings. Instead, Wight sees enormous potential. He sees a major gateway to Broad Street. Wight recognizes an extremely important corridor into downtown that is […]

Movin’ On Up

Movin’ On Up

When Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis celebrated the announcement of not just one new hotel, but two new hotels in the downtown area last week, he could barely contain his enthusiasm. “This is a positive start to our city growing and truly moving forward,” Davis stated. “Two announced hotels in one week is huge for our […]

Rising to The Hill

Rising to The Hill

Sitting at one of the outside tables at Finch & Fifth on a recent sunny afternoon, owner Faulkner Warlick can still remember when Surrey Center was nothing more than a dirt lot in the Summerville neighborhood. “I grew up here. My family’s house was over on McDowell Street and that is two blocks away,” Warlick […]

Blues Traveler will “Blow Up” Evans

Blues Traveler will “Blow Up” Evans

More than two decades after producing hits like “Run-Around” and “Hook” in the 1990s, Blues Traveler is still known for playing marathon live sets and having a distinctive sound featuring the band’s harmonica-wielding frontman John Popper. Much like other jam bands of the early 1990s such as Phish and Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler’s vibe on […]

Cookin’ Politics Up in the Pit

Cookin’ Politics Up in the Pit

“Barbecue and politics are two things that are ugly to watch in the making, but are a work of art in the end.” – Anonymous Whether you are talking about former President Jimmy Carter, the late U.S. Congressman Charlie Norwood or the feisty former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, it’s a sure bet that at one […]

The Misery of Regency Mall

The Misery of Regency Mall

Long concrete barriers now block the wide and once-welcoming entrances into south Augusta’s former Regency Mall. The more than 800,000-square-foot facility off Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road is now literally a shell of its former self. The towering light poles surrounding the mall have long ago rusted. Many of the letters from the former […]

Tough Road Ahead for Paine College

Tough Road Ahead for Paine College

Emotions have run extremely high across Paine College’s campus this week. Students have gone from learning over the weekend that Augusta’s historically African-American college had lost its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to suddenly having that decision reversed, at least for the time being, less than two days […]

The Future of Project Jackson

The Future of Project Jackson

Ever since Project Jackson was proposed along the Savannah River in North Augusta back in 2012, there has been a great deal of interest in the future of the multi-use development next to the Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood. Project Jackson is far from just the future home of the Augusta GreenJackets. The estimated $180 million project […]

At Odds in Olde Town

At Odds in Olde Town

When the Knox Foundation donated the former Telfair Inn and about 15 surrounding historic buildings to the United Way in 1996, the plan was to use the properties as a “community service center complex” for local nonprofit organizations. It was a goodwill donation that was intended to support and strengthen the Olde Town neighborhood. But […]