Stacey Eidson



Commissioners debate the future of Regency Mall

Commissioners debate the future of Regency Mall

With an overinflated asking price of $50 million, Augusta commissioners say it is time to seriously discuss their options to push the owners of the former Regency Mall site into doing something with the property or… well, get off the pot. “This mall is an ugly eyesore to the people who live in the community […]

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

When Cathy Varnadore came up with the idea of Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival six years ago to honor the legacy of her late father, Joe Pond, she wanted to create an event that showcased his love of live bluegrass music, down-home barbecue cooking and, most importantly, family. Six years later, it’s clear Varnadore […]

Tapping Into Downtown’s Future

Tapping Into Downtown’s Future

A total of 73 taps. More than 50 beer taps, 10 wine taps, five craft soda taps and five custom-made cocktail taps. The beers range from regional brews like Bergey Brown, an American brown ale-style beer brewed by Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Blue Ridge, Ga., to Apex Predator, a farmhouse ale-style beer brewed by […]

Mr. Positive

Mr. Positive

Some people see the ever-present smile on his face and believe newly elected Augusta Commissioner Sean Frantom is too good to be true. No one is that happy. He can’t possibly be genuine. “I think people sometimes believe that I have this agenda and I’m fake because I’m just so positive,” Frantom said, chuckling. “But […]

The Augusta Riots: 45 Years Later

The Augusta Riots: 45 Years Later

The past few weeks, all eyes have been on the rioting and criminal investigation in Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in police custody. While its heartbreaking to watch any community go through such struggles, Augustans can’t help but think back to one of […]

Walking the Plank

Walking the Plank

Scuttle’s Island water park was sold as an economic boost for tourism in Columbia County. It was promoted as the first multi-million dollar water park of its kind in this area. Featuring 20 water slides, a lazy river, a water playground and a 55,000-square-foot wave pool, it was expected to bring almost 300,000 people to […]

The Impact of “Deliverance”

The Impact of “Deliverance”

Long before moviegoers watched in horror as actor Ned Beatty was forced to strip off his clothes and told to “squeal like a pig” during a film set in the rural mountains of North Georgia, there was the novel by Atlanta writer and poet James Dickey that started it all. It’s been 45 years since […]

The Breaking of Berckmans Road

The Breaking of Berckmans Road

It is the road project no one in Augusta really wants to discuss. Many nearby residents are either too nervous or intimidated to talk about it. Surrounding business owners worry about the repercussions from speaking out. The city is talking about it, but only when citizens specifically ask. And, as for Augusta National, well, it […]

The Next Chapter for Charles Walker

The Next Chapter for Charles Walker

People think they know the story of former state Sen. Charles Walker. Most Augustans remember that summer day back in 2005 when the once highly powerful state senator was found guilty of 127 felony counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and filing false tax returns. At the time, Walker stood silent, showing absolutely no emotion as […]