Stacey Eidson



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 […]

Private Dancer

Private Dancer

When Augusta’s Deputy Planning Director Rob Sherman recently received an application from local resident, Sharon Bush Ellison, for a license to become an exotic dancer, he immediately noticed an essential item was missing from her paperwork. Ellison had failed to list a place of employment for what is called her “bar card” application, Sherman said. […]

The Arena of Possibilities

The Arena of Possibilities

On a regular basis, customers eating lunch at Fat Man’s Mill Cafe on Greene Street will walk up to its owner, Brad Usry, and share with him their review of the latest event at the James Brown Arena. Whether it was a Widespread Panic concert, an exhibition game by the Harlem Globetrotters or a live […]

Living the High Life

Living the High Life

The small city of Clarkston, Ga., in DeKalb County, with its population of a little more than 12,000 people, may have just forever changed the way local governments view simple marijuana possession across the state. With a city motto of “Where Possibilities Grow,” the Clarkston City Council took an incredibly bold stand earlier this month […]

The Hunt is On

The Hunt is On

Augusta attorney Bo Hunter isn’t interested in taking the easy road. He never has been. Whether he was facing a legal battle against the cigarette giant R.J. Reynolds or defending Richmond County Probate Judge Harry James III in a case involving the politically charged gun-owner-rights group georgiacarry.org, Hunter stands by the law and each of […]

Lee vs. Greg

Lee vs. Greg

Former state Rep. Lee Anderson doesn’t hesitate to describe himself as an “old country boy” who was born and raised in Columbia County. In fact, Anderson is deeply proud of his roots as a local farmer, businessman and former elected official who served this area for many years. “I live on the family farm that […]

The Failing Grade

The Failing Grade

There is no doubt that the stigma of having almost 20 public schools labeled as “chronically failing” has hurt Richmond County. Over the past decade, new residents moving into the area with school-age children have flooded into surrounding counties rather than gambling on their child’s future with the Richmond County school system. But Augusta is […]