Stacey Eidson



Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Retired businessman Sonny Pittman has officially withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as the interim Augusta commissioner for District 7. In a Sept. 14 letter to the Augusta Commission, Pittman said he was deeply discouraged by the process in which commissioners were using to select a replacement for former Commissioner Donnie Smith. Smith resigned […]

Disgraced Donnie Smith resigns from the Augusta Commission

Disgraced Donnie Smith resigns from the Augusta Commission

The absolute silence. That’s what deeply troubled many members of the Augusta Commission this past week regarding the controversy surrounding their colleague, Commissioner Donnie Smith. When the Georgia State Patrol released a scathing 19-page report on Sept. 4 alleging Smith secretly worked a second job during Masters Week while on duty, Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle […]

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

About two years ago, the Augusta Commission approved a $475,00 plan to relocate residents of the Hyde Park neighborhood. While the city plans to eventually construct a retention pond on the neighborhood’s current site, the relocation of these residents have been decades in the making. And Rev. Charles Utley, a long-time Hyde Park resident and […]

The short drive to Aiken

The short drive to Aiken

Several years ago, Dick and Cindy Rudisill cleverly converted the basement of their home in Syracuse, N.Y., to look much like an old-fashioned country store. Using antique advertising pieces they had purchased at auctions, flea markets and estate sales all across the country, the Rudisills were able to capture the essence of a vintage store. […]

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Walter Clay, owner and chef of Rae’s Coastal Cafe, went before the Augusta Commission this week to voice some concerns about the city’s suggested changes to Augusta’s alcohol licenses, including a proposed 10 percent fee increase. After holding three public hearings in July regarding the changes, members of the city’s Planning and Development Department were […]

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 […]