Stacey Eidson



South Augusta is Still the Red-Headed Stepchild

South Augusta is Still the Red-Headed Stepchild

Some Augusta commissioners representing the county’s south side were disappointed to learn that their neighborhoods will be last on the list for the tree debris removal this week. According to the city’s interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell, the city’s contractor began working on the final stages of debris removal this past Monday. “We are starting […]

Veggie Truck Farmers Market Kicks Off

Veggie Truck Farmers Market Kicks Off

The Veggie Truck Farmers Market is all about local food with its new season. The market starts its second year in a new location across from the Kroc Center, which was chosen for a specific purpose. “If you’ve been in that neighborhood, you can see that St. Luke’s is right next to Calhoun Expressway and […]

Renovations move forward on the Marble Palace

Renovations move forward on the Marble Palace

No one ever expected the $40 million renovation of the Augusta’s Municipal Building would be so controversial. Last year, the Augusta Commission was doing a dance to avoid officially naming a portion of the downtown area a “slum,” but still legally establishing an Urban Redevelopment Area that would allow the city to borrow approximately $28.5 […]

Midnight in the Garden City

Midnight in the Garden City

Twenty-five years ago this week, the fate of Savannah resident Jim Williams was in the hands of a Richmond County jury. Williams, who was later the subject of the New York Times bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” had already been found guilty in the May 2, 1981, shooting death of Danny Hansford […]

From Whistleblower to Candidate

From Whistleblower to Candidate

Now that former Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen has resigned following accusations that she improperly profited from contracts to collect taxes for Harlem and Grovetown, there is a familiar face hoping to fill her seat. Former Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson, an employee of the tax commissioner’s office for 15 years and the […]

Donating Dollars in Augusta

Donating Dollars in Augusta

Within the Augusta area there are more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations and charities serving the citizens of this region. That is more charities and nonprofits per capita than almost any other city in the country. Over the next several months, the Metro Spirit will embark on a series of stories looking into local charities and nonprofits […]

Commission Says Kay Allen Should “Step Aside”

Commission Says Kay Allen Should “Step Aside”

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners decided late last week that it had waited as long as possible for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal or federal law enforcement officials to take action regarding the allegations against Tax Commissioner Kay Allen. It was time for commissioners to act. During a special called meeting on Feb. 21, Columbia […]

The Augusta Commission sing “Kumbaya”

The Augusta Commission sing “Kumbaya”

After a week filled with neighbor helping neighbor to get through the aftermath of this city’s devastating ice storm, it appears some of that goodwill has rubbed off on the Augusta Commission. For the past five years, commissioners have debated the results of a $580,000 study of race and gender disparities that was released back […]

No home for Augusta’s print shop

No home for Augusta’s print shop

For the past several months, construction crews have been hard at work on the city’s $40 million in renovations and additions to the Augusta Municipal Building. Departments throughout the county are either preparing to move to a new location or have already been shifted around several times during the construction phase. But somehow during the […]

“I can’t be controlled.”

“I can’t be controlled.”

Jim Bartley will never apologize for who he is. To him, that would be like apologizing for breathing. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” Bartley said, sitting in living room of his four-bedroom home that he built himself in Highgrove. “I have been taking on this government for a long time. I will take on these […]