Stacey Eidson



All Eyes on Richmond Summit

All Eyes on Richmond Summit

When Randy Furse moved into an apartment at Richmond Summit on the lower end of Broad Street more than two years ago, he embraced his new home in the heart of downtown Augusta. He was a good tenant, always paying his rent on time and rarely complaining about anything. That was until a fire broke […]

“Get On Up” Premiere Got Politically Messy

“Get On Up” Premiere Got Politically Messy

When Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams asked this week for a report on the city’s sponsorship relating to Augusta’s premiere of the James Brown movie, “Get On Up,” many people thought he was just filled with sour grapes. After all, it was the Garden City’s chance to shine at the sold-out, red-carpet event that included director […]

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

Prostitution: Not a Victimless Crime

A quick glimpse on Backpage.com reveals dozens of women from the Augusta area offering men a guaranteed good time. “Hey, I’m Brandy,” one classified ad on the website reads, claiming to be from a 20-year-old woman from Augusta with a “round booty.” “Only looking for gentlemen in the area looking for a true experience with […]

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

The Blame game Is Alive and Well in Augusta

It’s summer time and, for Yvonne Gentry, Augusta’s disadvantaged business coordinator, there appears to be blood in the water. During a presentation before the Augusta Commission this week about a “path forward” on how the city should proceed in the implementation of the 2009 disparity study, Gentry walked up to the podium full of confidence. […]

The Boom on Broad

The Boom on Broad

Downtown Augusta is not safe. There is no parking. More than half of the storefronts are empty. Homeless people constantly harass pedestrians on the street. The Riverwalk is dangerous. Downtown is dead. Business owners along Broad Street have heard every complaint known to man about downtown Augusta. While it is tough to hear such criticism […]

The Life and Death of Broad Street

The Life and Death of Broad Street

Popular restaurants on the upper end of Broad Street such as Farmhaus Burgers, Nacho Mama’s, Mellow Mushroom and Whiskey Bar Kitchen will often have lines out the door during lunchtime. Meanwhile, on the other end of Broad, residents from Richmond Summit linger outside the Section 8 apartment complex, often asking pedestrians walking by for spare […]

Marble Palace Already Experiencing Growing Pains

Marble Palace Already Experiencing Growing Pains

Augusta commissioners have spent only a week in their newly remodeled chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, but they are already receiving a list of complaints and concerns about the surrounding offices. Commissioners are slated to spend approximately $40 million renovating the Marble Palace on Greene Street, of which $18 million has […]

The Patch Has New Management, and It’s Not First Tee

The Patch Has New Management, and It’s Not First Tee

The Augusta Municipal Golf Course is under new management, despite a public protest of the contract by Paul Simon, chairman emeritus of the youth golf program First Tee of Augusta. Just minutes before the Augusta Commission’s consideration of a bid by the Orlando, Fla.-based company, Cypress Golf Management, to manage the city’s golf course, Simon […]

Opening Doors: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

Opening Doors: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

This year, the Metro Spirit is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As part of that celebration, the paper has decided to look back at some of its previous stories, including its feature about the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This story, which was originally published in 2004, but has been updated, includes an extensive […]