Stacey Eidson



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 […]

Child molester or innocent man?

Child molester or innocent man?

Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean is hoping for a new trial after his 19-year-old adopted daughter admitted she lied in court Scott Dean is sitting in a Columbia County jail just waiting. Waiting to find out whether he will be sent back to his cell in a Georgia State Prison in rural Reidsville. Waiting […]

Judge Craig not backing down from Sentinel ruling

Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig is standing firm. Despite receiving criticism from Richmond County State Court judges that his September 16 ruling on the treatment of misdemeanor probationers “completely disrupts, and, for all practical purposes, shuts down” their court, Craig told attorneys representing Sentinel Offender Services last week that he was not going to lift […]

Who will become Augusta’s next mayor?

Brad Usry, president of Fat Man’s Mill Cafe, breaks his silence and says he is “strongly leaning toward not running” By Stacey Eidson People already refer to him as “Mr. Augusta.” After all, you don’t get much more Augustan than Brad Usry. “My claim to fame is that I’ve never been out of Augusta, Georgia, […]

Williams: Hyde Park residents need to be relocated faster

Williams: Hyde Park residents need to be relocated faster

About this time last year, the Augusta Commission approved a $475,00 plan to relocate residents of the Hyde Park neighborhood. The city plans to eventually construct a retention pond on the neighborhood’s current site. But the relocation of these residents has been decades in the making. For more than 30 years, the people living in […]

Augusta’s downtown is not a “slum”… yet

The Augusta Commission decided a 594-acre area in the downtown district is not a “slum.” At least not yet. City Administrator Fred Russell explained to the Augusta Commission this week that it could establish an Urban Redevelopment Area that would allow the city to borrow $26.5 million in tax-exempt bonds to renovate the Municipal Building […]