Stacey Eidson



Popping Pills

Popping Pills

Adderall, hydrocodone, methadone, dextromethorphan, clonazepam, alprazolam, Oxycontin and Xanax. While these are names of some prescription drugs that many people in the CSRA can’t even pronounce, there is a growing segment of our community that has become all too familiar with them. “We are definitely seeing an increase in people reporting their prescription medications being […]

Massage operator’s license denied due to wife’s history

Massage operator’s license denied due to wife’s history

It didn’t matter that Jason Voulgaris was a former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy or that he was a disabled combat veteran who insisted that he was simply looking to start a new business in west Augusta. The past actions of his wife, who was charged with prostitution in Texas and arrested here in Augusta on […]

Massage operator’s license gets messy

Massage operator’s license gets messy

When former Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Voulgaris went before the Augusta Commission’s public service committee this week asking for a massage operator’s license, little did commissioners know his request was about to resemble a bad episode of “The Jerry Springer Show.” During a presentation regarding the request for an operator’s license for the business […]

Stolen Club Car golf carts lead to local businessman’s arrest

Stolen Club Car golf carts lead to local businessman’s arrest

If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Kenny Lazar, long-time owner and president of Lazar’s Trailers and Welding Inc. on Flowing Wells Road in Martinez, learned that lesson the hard way last week when he was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. […]

From a ROAR to a whimper

From a ROAR to a whimper

Before a crowd of more than 400 people, many of whom were well into their retirement years, William S. Morris III stood behind a podium flanked by American flags and declared that the United States was a gift from God that was currently under siege. “Thank you for sharing with us a deep-seeded sense of […]

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Here we go again. For more than five years, the Augusta Commission has debated the results of a $580,000 study of race and gender disparities that was released back in 2009. This disparity study discovered that, while 35 percent of the Augusta market was made up of women- and minority-owned businesses, these businesses received less than […]

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?” […]