Stacey Eidson



Inside Animal Services

Inside Animal Services

A man wearing a checkered flannel shirt over a tank top walks through the doors at Augusta Animal Services on Mack Lane gripping a young, white labrador retriever mix tightly by the leash. The dog happily wags its tail, bouncing from the door to the front desk. It appears the young dog recognizes the animal […]

Public hearings approved for downtown parking meters

Public hearings approved for downtown parking meters

The downtown parking debate raged on this week with several members of the Augusta Commission having differing opinions on the Downtown Development Authority’s proposal to install a state-of the-art parking system along the Broad Street corridor. On one side of the argument was Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams urging their colleagues to […]

Will downtown Augusta soon get parking meters?

Will downtown Augusta soon get parking meters?

While most people might be familiar with the old coin-operated parking meters from more than 40 years ago, the Downtown Development Authority is proposing a state-of the-art parking system along Broad Street that it hopes will be much more customer friendly. But some Augusta commissioners aren’t convinced paying for downtown parking is the right move, […]

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Keeping his promise not to let the questions surrounding former City Administrator Fred Russell’s hard drive fade away, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams requested this week that his colleagues review the manner in which information is stored within the city government. “How can we move forward with protecting the documents and information throughout our local government?” […]

What’s on Fred Russell’s hard drive?

What’s on Fred Russell’s hard drive?

Earlier this year, when Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams demanded a copy of former City Administrator Fred Russell’s hard drive after he was fired, many of his colleagues simply rolled their eyes. It was considered to be another “crazy” Marion Williams request. Even General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie and Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen warned the Augusta […]

No energy excise tax for Richmond County

No energy excise tax for Richmond County

After rumors of vote trading the past few weeks in an attempt to approve an energy excise tax on local manufacturers, Augusta commissioners reversed that trend and opted to be one of the 159 counties in Georgia to reject the new tax. In a huge reversal, Augusta commissioners voted 8-0 not to implement the energy […]

“Hap Harris is District 7”

“Hap Harris is District 7”

Just minutes after Louis “Hap” Harris was sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet as the interim District 7 commissioner on Monday, he was immediately bombarded with questions about whether his appointment was the political equivalent to the “kiss of death.” “No, no, no. If I do a very terrible job, that’s what […]

A Change in Thinking

A Change in Thinking

From the very moment that Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan was sworn into office one month ago, he has been shaking things up in the Marble Palace. Whether it was his swing vote to raise property taxes in Richmond County or his recent proposal to hire Janice Allen Jackson as the city’s new administrator, Hasan has […]

What exactly is the Augusta Regional Collaboration?

What exactly is the Augusta Regional Collaboration?

If you ask most citizens in the CSRA what the Augusta Regional Collaboration Corporation, or ARC for short, is you will mainly get blank stares in return. While Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver created ARC back in 2012, the goal of the organization has always been somewhat vague to the general public. ARC’s own website leaves […]

Surprise! Augusta has a new city administrator

Surprise! Augusta has a new city administrator

The Augusta Commission seems to be playing a dangerous game of musical chairs. It all began a few weeks ago. First, former District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson resigned last month to spend more time with his family after his wife passed away in April. Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan, who was elected by voters to takeover […]