Stacey Eidson



For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

Editor’s Note: Next year will be the 20th anniversary of consolidation. Here is a primer on how consolidation came about and twist and turns the city went through to get there. When the city of Augusta merged into a consolidated government with Richmond County almost 10 years ago, it was a union of necessity. The […]

Higher taxes equal more tension

Higher taxes equal more tension

Augusta rarely sees it. Mayor Deke Copenhaver getting an opportunity to cast a vote and break a tie on the Augusta Commission. But this wasn’t a regular week in Augusta-Richmond County. Following the sudden resignation of District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson last week, Commissioner-Elect Ben Hasan was sworn in Monday after the commission voted 9-0 […]

Proposed changes to alcohol licenses are ignored

Proposed changes to alcohol licenses are ignored

Despite the fact that the city’s Planning and Development Department is proposing some pretty significant changes to Augusta’s alcohol licenses, including a 10 percent fee increase, not one single local business owner seems to care. Or at least that’s the impression the city is getting considering the fact that no one has bothered to attend […]

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

In front of a packed chamber of frustrated Richmond County citizens, the Augusta Commission buckled and backed down from approving the proposed 1.75-mill property tax increase. For almost three hours, commissioners heard complaints from concerned citizens and debated the fallout of approving the first property tax increase in seven years. Even though Augusta’s Finance Director […]

All Eyes on Richmond Summit

All Eyes on Richmond Summit

When Randy Furse moved into an apartment at Richmond Summit on the lower end of Broad Street more than two years ago, he embraced his new home in the heart of downtown Augusta. He was a good tenant, always paying his rent on time and rarely complaining about anything. That was until a fire broke […]

“Get On Up” Premiere Got Politically Messy

“Get On Up” Premiere Got Politically Messy

When Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams asked this week for a report on the city’s sponsorship relating to Augusta’s premiere of the James Brown movie, “Get On Up,” many people thought he was just filled with sour grapes. After all, it was the Garden City’s chance to shine at the sold-out, red-carpet event that included director […]

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

A quick glimpse on Backpage.com reveals dozens of women from the Augusta area offering men a guaranteed good time. “Hey, I’m Brandy,” one classified ad on the website reads, claiming to be from a 20-year-old woman from Augusta with a “round booty.” “Only looking for gentlemen in the area looking for a true experience with […]

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

It’s summer time and, for Yvonne Gentry, Augusta’s disadvantaged business coordinator, there appears to be blood in the water. During a presentation before the Augusta Commission this week about a “path forward” on how the city should proceed in the implementation of the 2009 disparity study, Gentry walked up to the podium full of confidence. […]

The Boom on Broad

The Boom on Broad

Downtown Augusta is not safe. There is no parking. More than half of the storefronts are empty. Homeless people constantly harass pedestrians on the street. The Riverwalk is dangerous. Downtown is dead. Business owners along Broad Street have heard every complaint known to man about downtown Augusta. While it is tough to hear such criticism […]

The Life and Death of Broad Street

The Life and Death of Broad Street

Popular restaurants on the upper end of Broad Street such as Farmhaus Burgers, Nacho Mama’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whiskey Bar Kitchen will often have lines out the door during lunchtime. Meanwhile, on the other end of Broad, residents from Richmond Summit linger outside the Section 8 apartment complex, often asking pedestrians walking by for spare […]