Stacey Eidson



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 […]

Augusta Commissioners Shocked by Russell’s Sudden Reversal

Augusta Commissioners Shocked by Russell’s Sudden Reversal

Stunned. Shocked. Unfazed. That’s how most Augusta commissioners summed up their feelings about former City Administrator Fred Russell’s announcement this week not to run for mayor of the Garden City. During an exclusive interview on the Fattz and Cher Morning Show on 96.33 Kiss FM on Tuesday, Russell said he has changed his mind about […]

Shifting the Tax Burden

Shifting the Tax Burden

If you live in Columbia County, you’ve probably driven past it a time or two. The huge horse farm on Hereford Farm Road directly across from Evans Middle School and the Columbia County Board of Education building. With its winding wood fences and handful of horses galloping around in big open fields, the farm looks […]

New Plan for the County’s Planning Department

New Plan for the County’s Planning Department

A complete overhaul of Richmond County’s Planning and Development Department appears to be within the city’s near future. Planning and Development Department Director Melanie Wilson is recommending the reorganization of the planning division, the reclassification of positions and the adjustment of salaries and staffing levels within the department. Many local builders in the Augusta area […]

Augusta’s Julian Osbon

Augusta’s Julian Osbon

He was one of the most civic-minded people in all of Augusta. A true Southern gentleman, who was never afraid to speak his mind, but would also treat everyone with respect and kindness. A visionary. A community leader. A friend to all who knew him. This was Augusta’s Julian Osbon. After fighting leukemia for more […]