Stacey Eidson



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 […]

Major loss to Aiken’s polo community

Major loss to Aiken’s polo community

Polo across the river in Aiken is much like Augusta’s love of golf. Those involved in the majestic world of polo live and breathe the sport, while deeply care for and honor the thoroughbred horses they ride. So when news broke that there had been a terrible wreck in northeast Ohio last week involving an […]

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 […]