Stacey Eidson



Barry Smith resigns from Columbia County

Barry Smith resigns from Columbia County

After more than a decade on the job, Barry Smith, Columbia County’s director of Community and Leisure Services, submitted a resignation letter this week that is one sentence long. “Effective July 27, 2015, I hereby submit my resignation as Director of Community & Leisure Services with Columbia County, GA to pursue other professional opportunities,” the […]

Augusta’s Tabernacle

Augusta’s Tabernacle

The twin spires of Tabernacle Baptist Church have towered over historic Laney-Walker Boulevard for more than 100 years. Since that time, the church has been a symbol of great strength and devotion to thousands throughout the Augusta area. Founded by the Rev. Charles T. Walker and a group of about 300 black residents back in […]

Who’s allowed in Augusta’s legal meetings?

Who’s allowed in Augusta’s legal meetings?

In a three-hour meeting where the Augusta Commission narrowly approved implementing the controversial stormwater utility fee with a tight 6-4 vote, it is not surprising that tensions were high and blood sugars were low by the end of the day. During a late afternoon discussion about which individuals are actually authorized to attend the city’s […]

New York in June

New York in June

Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, loved to sing about it: New York, New York. “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.” Apparently, Sinatra isn’t the only one who wants to be a part of the Big Apple. In early June, a handful […]

He’s Baaaaaack!

He’s Baaaaaack!

As soon as former Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor announced he was resigning from his District 3 seat to run for the Georgia Statehouse, local builder Jim Bartley said his phone would not stop ringing. “People want someone on the county commission who is not a yes-person to anybody. They don’t want another puppet,” said […]

Rainbow flag stolen from Metropolitan Community Church

Rainbow flag stolen from Metropolitan Community Church

A rainbow flag, symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride, which was flying outside of the Metro Community Church of Our Redeemer on Greene Street since Sunday was ripped down and stolen on Thursday. Rev. Rick Sosbe, pastor of the church, said he noticed the flag missing just after 3 p.m. on Thursday and called the […]

Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

As Don Leonard was busy at work styling a client’s hair last Friday morning, he didn’t immediately notice a text he had received from his partner, Eric Murphey, just shortly after 10:20 a.m. When Leonard finally got a moment to check his phone, he immediately began sobbing. “I looked down at my phone and read […]

Columbia County Gets Mutual Aid from Augusta

Columbia County Gets Mutual Aid from Augusta

Almost one month after the devastating fire that destroyed the Marshall Square retirement community and tragically killed 91-year-old resident Dorothy Carpenter, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners is considering adopting a mutual aid agreement with the city of Augusta. Under this agreement, the Columbia County Fire Services Division could call on the Augusta-Richmond County Fire […]

Picking up the Tab

Picking up the Tab

The finest custom-aged Midwestern steak, broiled exactly the way you like it, served sizzling in butter with fresh asparagus covered in hollandaise sauce on the side. Maybe a 25th anniversary or a 50th birthday celebration where the family gathers and splurges for one night on a $45 New York strip or a $52 T-bone steak. Of […]

Tragedy at Marshall Square

Tragedy at Marshall Square

The screeching sound of a fire alarm and smoke filling the halls is what many of the more than 80 residents of the Marshall Square retirement community woke to just after 3 a.m. last Tuesday. As the residents were evacuated from the three-story building, they sat in metal folding chairs in front of the retirement […]