Stacey Eidson



Augusta considers expanding bus service to Fort Gordon and the Southside

Augusta considers expanding bus service to Fort Gordon and the Southside

As more and more families are mandatorily moved out of Augusta’s public housing projects, such as Cherry Tree Crossing on 15th Street, Augusta commissioners are beginning to realize the city will need to address some serious issues regarding the relocation of these residents. Specifically, many of the former residents of Cherry Tree Crossing depend on […]

“I don’t like being bullied.”

“I don’t like being bullied.”

A gentle wind is blowing as Jimmy Key walks along the gravel road next to a row of campers parked in his secluded RV park just beyond Gordon Highway. Up on a hill, there is a large white tent covering a wooden deck that overlooks the entire park. Just below the deck is a row […]

“The only show in town”

“The only show in town”

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Augusta’s City Administrator Fred Russell. He is currently facing a 2014 budget with a $8.5 million shortfall. His 10 bosses have suddenly decided to give him a performance evaluation, the first one in more than a decade. And he is getting hammered by some local citizens on […]

No slums and a new chiller in Augusta

No slums and a new chiller in Augusta

The Augusta Commission believes it has developed a way to avoid officially naming a portion of the downtown area a “slum.” Jim Plunkett, the city’s special bond counsel, explained to commissioners this week that the city could simply list the section number in the legislation referring to a “slum” and not actually have to use […]

Respecting Augusta or Erasing History?

Respecting Augusta or Erasing History?

It all started with a simple walk down Broad Street. Ever since moving to Augusta from Washington, D.C., about a year ago, Marin Rose Correa and her husband love strolling around downtown, exploring the city they now call home. “We spend a lot of time downtown and I always stop and read any of the […]

Augusta Riverfront tries to sell its chiller deal

Augusta Riverfront tries to sell its chiller deal

When Augusta Riverfront President Paul Simon went before the Augusta Commission last month requesting that his company be allowed to purchase a centralized chiller plant to cool both the Marriott Hotel and the city-owned convention center, he thought it would be an easy sell. After all, Augusta Riverfront would purchase the chiller and pay for […]

Inside Regency Mall

Inside Regency Mall

It was once boasted as Georgia’s largest shopping mall. Constructed in July 1978 by renowned developer Edward DeBartolo, Regency Mall was the former home of more than 70 retail stores. However, within its first 25 years in business, the more than 800,000-square-foot facility off Gordon Highway gradually saw every single one of its stores vanish. […]

Will Augusta pay for another $600,000 disparity study?

Will Augusta pay for another $600,000 disparity study?

For the past four years, a $580,000 study of race and gender disparities in the awarding of contracts by Augusta-Richmond County has been sitting on a shelf collecting dust. 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 […]

Augusta’s 2014 budget is $3.9 million out of balance

Over the next few weeks, the Augusta Commission will have to deal with the fact that the proposed $145.8 million general fund budget for 2014 is currently out of balance by about $3.9 million. But the news gets worse. Of the proposed $683.7 million total budget for the city (including capital projects, general funds, special […]

Augusta may be able to avoid using “slum”

The Augusta Commission is doing everything it can 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 $26.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to renovate the Municipal Building on Greene Street. The end result might be a simple […]