Stacey Eidson



Fred Russell fired by the Augusta Commission

Fred Russell fired by the Augusta Commission

For more than two hours, seven Augusta commissioners remained behind closed doors discussing the future of City Administrator Fred Russell on Monday. When the doors to the legal meeting finally opened, county staff were shocked as seven commissioners unanimously agreed Russell’s future with Augusta was over. With a vote of 7-0, Russell was fired from […]

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

Augusta Commission finally approves 2014 budget, but at what cost?

After months of debating over the 2014 proposed budget and its $8.5 million shortfall, the Augusta Commission has finally adopted a balanced budget. Two commissioners, Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett, forced the board to make a decision on Tuesday instead of waiting another two weeks to take a vote. Many observers couldn’t decide whether Mason […]

Meet Eugene Yu

Meet Eugene Yu

You’ve seen the campaign signs. You may even recognize the name. But when you meet the man, Eugene Yu, you begin to understand his passion. “I see the American dream just slipping away,” said U.S. Senate candidate and long-time Augusta resident Eugene Yu. “I believe in America. We owe it to our children, their children […]

Better access to the Augusta Canal coming soon

Better access to the Augusta Canal coming soon

For years, many local residents would automatically head to the Savannah Rapids Park near the Columbia County border in order to access the Augusta Canal’s towpath. One of the main reasons is because of all the convenient parking surrounding the headgates. But the Augusta Canal Authority is planning on making parking near the upper end […]

A fiery debate is raging at Augusta Regional Airport

A fiery debate is raging at Augusta Regional Airport

Tensions erupted this week during a debate over these two seemingly simple questions: If there is a fire at Augusta Regional Airport, who is in charge? And, if the fire alarm goes off, who should be notified? Since this past April, there has been a battle raging over who is the official “incident commander” in […]

Russell versus Guilfoyle in the battle of the budget

Russell versus Guilfoyle in the battle of the budget

Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle had clearly had enough. Enough of a 2014 proposed budget that had been out of balance by more than $8.5 million for weeks. Enough of discussions about increasing property taxes to maintain city services. Enough of poring over the hundreds of budget pages without getting much feedback from his colleagues. During […]

Operation Thunder Keeps Rolling

Operation Thunder Keeps Rolling

On edge. That’s how many critics of Operation Thunder describe the community’s feelings about this year’s increase in police checkpoints by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. But those in support of the road checks simply argue Operation Thunder is saving lives by using a strong law enforcement presence […]

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 […]