Stacey Eidson



Rainbow flag stolen from Metropolitan Community Church

Rainbow flag stolen from Metropolitan Community Church

A rainbow flag, symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride, which was flying outside of the Metro Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street since Sunday was ripped down and stolen on Thursday. Rev. Rick Sosbe, pastor of the church, said he noticed the flag missing just after 3 p.m. on Thursday and called the […]

Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

As Don Leonard was busy at work styling a client’s hair last Friday morning, he didn’t immediately notice a text he had received from his partner, Eric Murphey, just shortly after 10:20 a.m. When Leonard finally got a moment to check his phone, he immediately began sobbing. “I looked down at my phone and read […]

Columbia County Gets Mutual Aid from Augusta

Columbia County Gets Mutual Aid from Augusta

Almost one month after the devastating fire that destroyed the Marshall Square retirement community and tragically killed 91-year-old resident Dorothy Carpenter, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners is considering adopting a mutual aid agreement with the city of Augusta. Under this agreement, the Columbia County Fire Services Division could call on the Augusta-Richmond County Fire […]

Picking up the Tab

Picking up the Tab

The finest custom-aged Midwestern steak, broiled exactly the way you like it, served sizzling in butter with fresh asparagus covered in hollandaise sauce on the side. Maybe a 25th anniversary or a 50th birthday celebration where the family gathers and splurges for one night on a $45 New York strip or a $52 T-bone steak. Of […]

Tragedy at Marshall Square

Tragedy at Marshall Square

The screeching sound of a fire alarm and smoke filling the halls is what many of the more than 80 residents of the Marshall Square retirement community woke to just after 3 a.m. last Tuesday. As the residents were evacuated from the three-story building, they sat in metal folding chairs in front of the retirement […]

Richmond County or Columbia County?

Richmond County or Columbia County?

As thousands of families begin relocating to the Augusta area for new positions at the Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon, local Realtor Claire Stone says many people are looking in one direction: Columbia County. “The ones that have a family, it’s definitely Columbia County just because if you have children you are looking for […]

Commissioners debate the future of Regency Mall

Commissioners debate the future of Regency Mall

With an overinflated asking price of $50 million, Augusta commissioners say it is time to seriously discuss their options to push the owners of the former Regency Mall site into doing something with the property or… well, get off the pot. “This mall is an ugly eyesore to the people who live in the community […]

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

Making “Papa Joe” Proud

When Cathy Varnadore came up with the idea of Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival six years ago to honor the legacy of her late father, Joe Pond, she wanted to create an event that showcased his love of live bluegrass music, down-home barbecue cooking and, most importantly, family. Six years later, it’s clear Varnadore […]

Tapping Into Downtown’s Future

Tapping Into Downtown’s Future

A total of 73 taps. More than 50 beer taps, 10 wine taps, five craft soda taps and five custom-made cocktail taps. The beers range from regional brews like Bergey Brown, an American brown ale-style beer brewed by Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Blue Ridge, Ga., to Apex Predator, a farmhouse ale-style beer brewed by […]

Mr. Positive

Mr. Positive

Some people see the ever-present smile on his face and believe newly elected Augusta Commissioner Sean Frantom is too good to be true. No one is that happy. He can’t possibly be genuine. “I think people sometimes believe that I have this agenda and I’m fake because I’m just so positive,” Frantom said, chuckling. “But […]