Stacey Eidson



From a ROAR to a whimper

From a ROAR to a whimper

Before a crowd of more than 400 people, many of whom were well into their retirement years, William S. Morris III stood behind a podium flanked by American flags and declared that the United States was a gift from God that was currently under siege. “Thank you for sharing with us a deep-seeded sense of read more

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Tensions rise over Augusta’s disparity study

Here we go again. For more than five years, the Augusta Commission has debated the results of a $580,000 study of race and gender disparities that was released back in 2009. This disparity study discovered that, while 35 percent of the Augusta market was made up of women- and minority-owned businesses, these businesses received less than read more

Inside Animal Services

Inside Animal Services

A man wearing a checkered flannel shirt over a tank top walks through the doors at Augusta Animal Services on Mack Lane gripping a young, white labrador retriever mix tightly by the leash. The dog happily wags its tail, bouncing from the door to the front desk. It appears the young dog recognizes the animal read more

Public hearings approved for downtown parking meters

Public hearings approved for downtown parking meters

The downtown parking debate raged on this week with several members of the Augusta Commission having differing opinions on the Downtown Development Authority’s proposal to install a state-of the-art parking system along the Broad Street corridor. On one side of the argument was Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams urging their colleagues to read more

Will downtown Augusta soon get parking meters?

Will downtown Augusta soon get parking meters?

While most people might be familiar with the old coin-operated parking meters from more than 40 years ago, the Downtown Development Authority is proposing a state-of the-art parking system along Broad Street that it hopes will be much more customer friendly. But some Augusta commissioners aren’t convinced paying for downtown parking is the right move, read more

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Preventing another hard drive scandal

Keeping his promise not to let the questions surrounding former City Administrator Fred Russell’s hard drive fade away, Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams requested this week that his colleagues review the manner in which information is stored within the city government. “How can we move forward with protecting the documents and information throughout our local government?” read more

What’s on Fred Russell’s hard drive?

What’s on Fred Russell’s hard drive?

Earlier this year, when Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams demanded a copy of former City Administrator Fred Russell’s hard drive after he was fired, many of his colleagues simply rolled their eyes. It was considered to be another “crazy” Marion Williams request. Even General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie and Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen warned the Augusta read more

No energy excise tax for Richmond County

No energy excise tax for Richmond County

After rumors of vote trading the past few weeks in an attempt to approve an energy excise tax on local manufacturers, Augusta commissioners reversed that trend and opted to be one of the 159 counties in Georgia to reject the new tax. In a huge reversal, Augusta commissioners voted 8-0 not to implement the energy read more

“Hap Harris is District 7”

“Hap Harris is District 7”

Just minutes after Louis “Hap” Harris was sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet as the interim District 7 commissioner on Monday, he was immediately bombarded with questions about whether his appointment was the political equivalent to the “kiss of death.” “No, no, no. If I do a very terrible job, that’s what read more