Stacey Eidson



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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remember small hearts this weekend

Remember small hearts this weekend

While everyone is enjoying their chocolate treats and red roses this Valentine’s Day weekend, I can’t help but share with you a short story. It’s not a lecture or a tall tale. It’s a story about a little boy’s super strong heart. About four years ago, my little sister – who happened to be 31 […]

Commission travel stirs controversy

Commission travel stirs controversy

Whether they’re trips to attend conferences held by the National League of Cities, the Georgia Municipal Association, the National Association of Counties or the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Augusta commissioners have received a lot of grief over the years regarding travel expenses. When Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith decided to ask his colleagues […]

Ed Cashin’s Augusta

Ed Cashin’s Augusta

While many locals love to criticize Augusta for its faults and toss around the unflattering nickname “Disgusta” like a bad joke, there was one man who spent his life opening people’s eyes to the greatness of the Garden City. Dr. Edward J. Cashin, a beloved former history professor at Augusta College from 1969 until 1996, […]