Stacey Eidson



Marion Williams continues to question Sammie Sias

Marion Williams continues to question Sammie Sias

For Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams, it didn’t matter that his fellow colleague, Commissioner Sammie Sias, had volunteered his time without pay as manager of the Jamestown Community Center for more than a decade. It didn’t matter that Sias had spent countless hours mentoring to area youth, organizing the events at the Jamestown Community Center and […]

Westobou Central

Westobou Central

The countdown has begun. In less than a week, the eighth annual Westobou Festival will begin on September 30, featuring five days filled with art, music, dance, film and fun. The anticipation over this unique arts festival continues to build as this year’s lineup features a variety of different shows by incredible artists such as […]

Welcome to Westobou

Welcome to Westobou

Celebrating its eighth year, Westobou has become known as Augusta’s “ever-evolving multi-arts festival” dedicated to building this region’s cultural community, while also helping to strengthen the local economy. “Westobou has changed quite a bit over the years,” said Executive Director Kristi Jilson, sitting in Westobou’s new office and gallery at 1129 Broad Street. “We went […]

Introducing… Augusta University

Introducing… Augusta University

It’s not Georgia Regents University anymore. It’s not Augusta State University or Augusta College, either. It’s definitely not Georgia Health Sciences University. And it’s not the University of Augusta like many had anticipated. Introducing… Augusta University. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously voted Tuesday to officially change Georgia Regents University’s […]

Danke, Chef Heinz

Danke, Chef Heinz

Hearts were heavy this week after Augustans learned Heinz Sowinski, known to so many as Chef Heinz around town, had passed away at Emory University on Tuesday. For anyone who has ever sat down and enjoyed a meal at La Maison on Telfair, they knew the enormous talent of this brilliant chef. But he was […]

“Do I look Intimidated?”

“Do I look Intimidated?”

Sitting on the corner of Augusta Commissioner Sammie Sias’ desk at the Jamestown Community Center is a replica grenade mounted to a wood base that reads, “Complaint Dept. Take A Number.” A plastic No. 1 is humorously attached to the grenade’s activation pin. After serving almost 30 years in the U.S. Army and volunteering as […]

The New Face of GRU

The New Face of GRU

While there are several impressive awards and plaques in the office of Georgia Regents University’s new president, Dr. Brooks Keel, there is one particular item that he can’t help but be extremely proud to have on his bookshelf. Gently placed just above his 1978 Augusta College diploma and a framed needlepoint image of the historic […]

Honoring James Brown

Honoring James Brown

The “Godfather of Soul” James Brown was known for his flashy spins, legendary splits and music that truly defined funk and soul. He would never stand completely still, in total silence, without a spotlight. But that’s exactly how Augusta chose to honor Brown when it erected a life-size statue of him on the 800 block […]

SPLOST list approved at $215 million

SPLOST list approved at $215 million

Non-governmental organizations such as the Imperial Theatre, Augusta Family Y, Paine College and the Augusta Mini Theatre will not be a part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list scheduled to go before voters in November. But the debate among Augusta commissioners to include or exclude these non-governmental groups clearly showed the differences […]

The Negotiator

The Negotiator

Whenever Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC, presents a proposal to the city of Augusta, he never expects it to be easy. In fact, Simon says he has become accustomed to preparing for an uphill battle. But the one thing the 84-year-old businessman does ask for when pitching a proposal before the Augusta Commission […]