Stacey Eidson



No home for Augusta’s print shop

No home for Augusta’s print shop

For the past several months, construction crews have been hard at work on the city’s $40 million in renovations and additions to the Augusta Municipal Building. Departments throughout the county are either preparing to move to a new location or have already been shifted around several times during the construction phase. But somehow during the […]

“I can’t be controlled.”

“I can’t be controlled.”

Jim Bartley will never apologize for who he is. To him, that would be like apologizing for breathing. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” Bartley said, sitting in living room of his four-bedroom home that he built himself in Highgrove. “I have been taking on this government for a long time. I will take on these […]

Augusta Commissioners Shocked by Russell’s Sudden Reversal

Augusta Commissioners Shocked by Russell’s Sudden Reversal

Stunned. Shocked. Unfazed. That’s how most Augusta commissioners summed up their feelings about former City Administrator Fred Russell’s announcement this week not to run for mayor of the Garden City. During an exclusive interview on the Fattz and Cher Morning Show on 96.33 Kiss FM on Tuesday, Russell said he has changed his mind about […]

Shifting the Tax Burden

Shifting the Tax Burden

If you live in Columbia County, you’ve probably driven past it a time or two. The huge horse farm on Hereford Farm Road directly across from Evans Middle School and the Columbia County Board of Education building. With its winding wood fences and handful of horses galloping around in big open fields, the farm looks […]

New Plan for the County’s Planning Department

New Plan for the County’s Planning Department

A complete overhaul of Richmond County’s Planning and Development Department appears to be within the city’s near future. Planning and Development Department Director Melanie Wilson is recommending the reorganization of the planning division, the reclassification of positions and the adjustment of salaries and staffing levels within the department. Many local builders in the Augusta area […]

Augusta’s Julian Osbon

Augusta’s Julian Osbon

He was one of the most civic-minded people in all of Augusta. A true Southern gentleman, who was never afraid to speak his mind, but would also treat everyone with respect and kindness. A visionary. A community leader. A friend to all who knew him. This was Augusta’s Julian Osbon. After fighting leukemia for more […]

MacKenzie Stands Firm Against Williams’ Accusations

MacKenzie Stands Firm Against Williams’ Accusations

General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie held his own this week after being faced with an onslaught of criticism from Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams. During this week’s commission meeting on Jan. 21, Williams told his colleagues that they need to review the role of the Augusta law department and consider a “no confidence” vote against MacKenzie. “I […]

Captain Controversy

Captain Controversy

He’s been called every name in the book. But he still refuses to back down. In fact, for Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams, such criticism flames the fire inside him to push even harder for what he considers “the truth” within city government. “When people start criticizing me and they try to keep me quiet, it […]

Williams Opens Himself Up to More Criticism

Williams Opens Himself Up to More Criticism

The Marble Palace was all abuzz this week as news spread that Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams owed more than $3,500 in overdue taxes on properties in Richmond County. Just last week, Williams began pressing his fellow commissioners to consider implementing a policy that would require future city employees to live in Augusta-Richmond County. His reason: […]

King’s Connection to Gandhi

King’s Connection to Gandhi

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. heard the president of Howard University, Mordecai Johnson, speak about a trip he took to India in 1950, King was so inspired by the life and teachings of Mohandas Gandhi that he immediately began educating himself about the Indian leader. “His message was so profound and electrifying that I […]