Stacey Eidson



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, […]

Old vs. New

Old vs. New

Almost 40 years ago, the James Brown Arena started out as part of a larger vision to invigorate Augusta’s faltering downtown district. Back in 1973, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority first asked Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei’s New York firm to perform the design work and site selection for a new civic center. While Pei is […]

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

Trey Allen on the free ticket debate

While a lot of people are talking about Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross’ email last week to Royce Richardson of Triple R Concert Productions discussing free tickets to future shows at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, it appears Cross doesn’t have a lot to say about the matter. Cross has not returned phone calls […]

Taking the Lead in Columbia County

Taking the Lead in Columbia County

If you frequently find yourself completely stressed out while sitting in a long line of traffic on any of the major thoroughfares in Columbia County, new District 1 Commissioner Doug Duncan wants you to know one simple fact: You are not alone. “I often get hacked off and say, ‘What the heck?’” said Duncan, who […]

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Just a few short hours after Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz submitted his letter of resignation to officials with the state’s board of regents last week, he felt a great sense of accomplishment regarding his time in Augusta. But Azziz said he is also ready for the next chapter in his life. “It is […]

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Azziz: “It’s the right time” to move on

Just a few short hours after Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz submitted his letter of resignation to officials with the state’s board of regents, he felt a great sense of accomplishment regarding his time in Augusta. But Azziz said he is also ready for the next chapter in his life. “It is the right […]