Stacey Eidson



No energy excise tax for Richmond County

No energy excise tax for Richmond County

After rumors of vote trading the past few weeks in an attempt to approve an energy excise tax on local manufacturers, Augusta commissioners reversed that trend and opted to be one of the 159 counties in Georgia to reject the new tax. In a huge reversal, Augusta commissioners voted 8-0 not to implement the energy […]

“Hap Harris is District 7”

“Hap Harris is District 7”

Just minutes after Louis “Hap” Harris was sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet as the interim District 7 commissioner on Monday, he was immediately bombarded with questions about whether his appointment was the political equivalent to the “kiss of death.” “No, no, no. If I do a very terrible job, that’s what […]

A Change in Thinking

A Change in Thinking

From the very moment that Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan was sworn into office one month ago, he has been shaking things up in the Marble Palace. Whether it was his swing vote to raise property taxes in Richmond County or his recent proposal to hire Janice Allen Jackson as the city’s new administrator, Hasan has […]

What exactly is the Augusta Regional Collaboration?

What exactly is the Augusta Regional Collaboration?

If you ask most citizens in the CSRA what the Augusta Regional Collaboration Corporation, or ARC for short, is you will mainly get blank stares in return. While Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver created ARC back in 2012, the goal of the organization has always been somewhat vague to the general public. ARC’s own website leaves […]

Surprise! Augusta has a new city administrator

Surprise! Augusta has a new city administrator

The Augusta Commission seems to be playing a dangerous game of musical chairs. It all began a few weeks ago. First, former District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson resigned last month to spend more time with his family after his wife passed away in April. Augusta Commissioner Ben Hasan, who was elected by voters to takeover […]

Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Pittman withdraws as a replacement for District 7

Retired businessman Sonny Pittman has officially withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as the interim Augusta commissioner for District 7. In a Sept. 14 letter to the Augusta Commission, Pittman said he was deeply discouraged by the process in which commissioners were using to select a replacement for former Commissioner Donnie Smith. Smith resigned […]

Disgraced Donnie Smith resigns from the Augusta Commission

Disgraced Donnie Smith resigns from the Augusta Commission

The absolute silence. That’s what deeply troubled many members of the Augusta Commission this past week regarding the controversy surrounding their colleague, Commissioner Donnie Smith. When the Georgia State Patrol released a scathing 19-page report on Sept. 4 alleging Smith secretly worked a second job during Masters Week while on duty, Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle […]

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

Residents of Hyde Park remain “trapped”

About two years ago, the Augusta Commission approved a $475,00 plan to relocate residents of the Hyde Park neighborhood. While the city plans to eventually construct a retention pond on the neighborhood’s current site, the relocation of these residents have been decades in the making. And Rev. Charles Utley, a long-time Hyde Park resident and […]

The short drive to Aiken

The short drive to Aiken

Several years ago, Dick and Cindy Rudisill cleverly converted the basement of their home in Syracuse, N.Y., to look much like an old-fashioned country store. Using antique advertising pieces they had purchased at auctions, flea markets and estate sales all across the country, the Rudisills were able to capture the essence of a vintage store. […]

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Changes to alcohol ordinance approved minus the fee increase

Walter Clay, owner and chef of Rae’s Coastal Cafe, went before the Augusta Commission this week to voice some concerns about the city’s suggested changes to Augusta’s alcohol licenses, including a proposed 10 percent fee increase. After holding three public hearings in July regarding the changes, members of the city’s Planning and Development Department were […]