Stacey Eidson



The short drive to Aiken

The short drive to Aiken

Several years ago, Dick and Cindy Rudisill cleverly converted the basement of their home in Syracuse, N.Y., to look much like an old-fashioned country store. Using antique advertising pieces they had purchased at auctions, flea markets and estate sales all across the country, the Rudisills were able to capture the essence of a vintage store. […]

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Walter Clay, owner and chef of Rae’s Coastal Cafe, went before the Augusta Commission this week to voice some concerns about the city’s suggested changes to Augusta’s alcohol licenses, including a proposed 10 percent fee increase. After holding three public hearings in July regarding the changes, members of the city’s Planning and Development Department were […]

For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

For better or worse – 10 years after consolidation

Editor’s Note: Next year will be the 20th anniversary of consolidation. Here is a primer on how consolidation came about and twist and turns the city went through to get there. When the city of Augusta merged into a consolidated government with Richmond County almost 10 years ago, it was a union of necessity. The […]

Higher taxes equal more tension

Higher taxes equal more tension

Augusta rarely sees it. Mayor Deke Copenhaver getting an opportunity to cast a vote and break a tie on the Augusta Commission. But this wasn’t a regular week in Augusta-Richmond County. Following the sudden resignation of District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson last week, Commissioner-Elect Ben Hasan was sworn in Monday after the commission voted 9-0 […]

Proposed changes to alcohol licenses are ignored

Proposed changes to alcohol licenses are ignored

Despite the fact that the city’s Planning and Development Department is proposing some pretty significant changes to Augusta’s alcohol licenses, including a 10 percent fee increase, not one single local business owner seems to care. Or at least that’s the impression the city is getting considering the fact that no one has bothered to attend […]

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

Augusta Commission dodges tax increase, but faces new expenses

In front of a packed chamber of frustrated Richmond County citizens, the Augusta Commission buckled and backed down from approving the proposed 1.75-mill property tax increase. For almost three hours, commissioners heard complaints from concerned citizens and debated the fallout of approving the first property tax increase in seven years. Even though Augusta’s Finance Director […]

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. […]