Stacey Eidson



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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

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 read more

Lockett: Put the charter change to a vote

Lockett: Put the charter change to a vote

Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett is tired of continuing to debate who should be given what power in Augusta. If there is going to be a change to the 1995 consolidation bill, Lockett believes the voters should make the final decision. When the Augusta Commission’s administrative services committee was once again faced with discussing possibly expanding read more

Online Rummaging

Online Rummaging

At least 10 times a day, Christy Beckham finds herself scanning the Facebook group page Augusta Girlfriend Garage Sale, hunting for that perfect piece of furniture she simply can’t pass up. “It is just so much fun,” Beckham said, laughing at the fact that searching the home furnishing online page has become a slight addiction. read more

Hiring and firing power up for debate

Hiring and firing power up for debate

All of a sudden, a play for power is the name of the game among Augusta commissioners, the mayor and the city administrator. Two weeks ago, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis called for state legislators to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill to give the mayor significantly more authority, such as veto power, the ability to read more

Mayor Davis’ proposal is “heartbreaking”

Mayor Davis’ proposal is “heartbreaking”

It’s almost been a week since Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis held a news conference calling for state legislators to change the city’s 1995 consolidation bill to give the mayor significantly more authority, but the tremors from his announcement are still being felt across Richmond County. While Davis was all smiles prior to the Augusta Commission’s read more

Columbia County discusses all-access tickets

Columbia County discusses all-access tickets

Rumor has become reality regarding a proposal before the Columbia County Commission to require promoters to provide 20 all-access tickets to shows held in the Columbia County Exhibition Center. Barry Smith, director of the county’s Community & Leisure Services Division, told commissioners this week that his department is proposing revising the rental contracts for the read more

Mayor and commission defend travel expenses

Mayor and commission defend travel expenses

When Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith proposed last week requiring commission approval for out-of-state trips, several of his colleagues were not pleased. This week, Smith was even more specific in his request by asking that all out-of-state trips not only require commission approval, but that each commissioner would have to list the name of read more