Stacey Eidson



A Crazy Start to the Augusta Commission’s New Year

A Crazy Start to the Augusta Commission’s New Year

The Augusta Commission rang in the New Year like only the Augusta Commission can with bickering, finger pointing and the slamming of a gavel. If the commission’s first meeting of 2014 is any indication of the year to come, Augustans better brace themselves. The meeting began on a positive note with the Augusta Commission unanimously […]

The Natural

The Natural

The connection 14-year-old Joey Varnadore has with cutting horses is undeniable. He watches them and can understand them. It’s a gift that cannot be easily explained. “I just like horses. I don’t know why,” Varnadore quietly said. “I just like being outside with them.” At the early age of 11, this quiet cowboy began entering […]

Who will respond in an emergency?

Who will respond in an emergency?

If someone is badly injured or experiencing tremendous pain, it is an emergency and most people’s first instinct is to immediately call 911. After all, there is nothing more gratifying than the sound of an ambulance siren when a person is in desperate need of help. But ever since the beginning of 2014, most Augustans […]

Will the governor force Kay Allen to step down?

Will the governor force Kay Allen to step down?

The Columbia County Commission takes “no joy” in sending Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal a letter this week asking him to look into alleged misconduct by Tax Commissioner Kay Allen, said Commission Chairman Ron Cross during a special called meeting on Monday. For the past several months, the FBI has been conducting a joint investigation with […]

Copenhaver to serve as interim administrator… for now

Copenhaver to serve as interim administrator… for now

It appears the Augusta Commission is going to have a hard time choosing an interim administrator, let alone a permanent administrator. After last week’s surprise vote of 7-0 to fire City Administrator Fred Russell, the commission was tasked with the responsibility of naming an interim administrator to fill the position after Russell leaves on December […]

The Dark Side of Kay Allen

The Dark Side of Kay Allen

  Listen to the actual phone call here: As allegations of perhaps improperly profiting from contracts that collected taxes for Harlem and Grovetown began to mount against Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen this week, a window into one former county employee’s life working for this powerful constitutional officer has swung open. After 15 years […]

The Deans’ last “big hope”

The Deans’ last “big hope”

It was Halloween, and Renee Dean was busy in her Harlem home helping her two youngest boys get dressed in their costumes. The phone rang. It was her husband’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, calling. She answered the phone only to learn that Superior Court Judge James Blanchard Jr. had denied a request by her husband, former […]

Fred Russell fired by the Augusta Commission

Fred Russell fired by the Augusta Commission

For more than two hours, seven Augusta commissioners remained behind closed doors discussing the future of City Administrator Fred Russell on Monday. When the doors to the legal meeting finally opened, county staff were shocked as seven commissioners unanimously agreed Russell’s future with Augusta was over. With a vote of 7-0, Russell was fired from […]

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

After months of debating over the 2014 proposed budget and its $8.5 million shortfall, the Augusta Commission has finally adopted a balanced budget. Two commissioners, Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett, forced the board to make a decision on Tuesday instead of waiting another two weeks to take a vote. Many observers couldn’t decide whether Mason […]

Meet Eugene Yu

Meet Eugene Yu

You’ve seen the campaign signs. You may even recognize the name. But when you meet the man, Eugene Yu, you begin to understand his passion. “I see the American dream just slipping away,” said U.S. Senate candidate and long-time Augusta resident Eugene Yu. “I believe in America. We owe it to our children, their children […]