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Author: Brian Panowich

Phoenix Rising

Settle in and let me paint a mental picture for you. A young man in his mid-30s, a man in the prime of his life, a man named Jeff Hadden, sits at a large table in a non-descript office building accompanied only by his lawyer. On the opposite side of the table is a corporate group of businessmen and their lawyers interested in buying Mr. Hadden’s family-owned printing business. The contract is on the table. The pen is in his hand. The offer is for more money than this small Augusta business owner has ever seen, much less been...

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Letter to a Fireman’s Wife

Before telling stories for a living paid my bills, I was a firefighter for nearly a decade. I worked in both Richmond and Columbia County and I can tell you without a doubt that despite the danger that accompanied that kind of work, I absolutely loved it. I can also tell you exactly when that feeling changed. It happened the day I met the girl. Not a girl, but the girl. Up until I met my wife, I loved the 24 hour-on/48 hour-off schedule the firehouse offered. It was like waking up at the end of each shift to...

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Where The Locals Go

I spent most of my early adult life living off Greene Street in Olde Town, hopping from apartment to apartment made from the converted and beautiful old Southern homes just past 4th Street. I loved it there, especially the sense of community. And seeing that Broad Street was just two blocks over, I spent a lot of time there as a young man as well. I’ve seen Downtown Augusta grow over the past few decades from a few scatterings of bars, banks, and pawnshops into the thriving metro area it currently is — one that is on par with...

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Resolutions: They’re Not Just For New Year’s Anymore

My son turned nine years old this past November and so my family all went to the Columbia County Fair to celebrate. We had a great time. Toward the end of the evening, as the sun faded and the fairgrounds really came alive, I looked out at my wife and kids standing in the shadow of the towering Ferris Wheel behind them. My family is beautiful—every one of them—and seeing them there washed in neon light brought me back to another time and place. It made me think back about the man I used to be before they came...

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Hurricanes & In-Laws

Hurricanes and in-laws are two things that have absolutely nothing in common. At least on the surface they don’t. Some people may argue that those two things aren’t too far removed from each other if you measure them by the amount of havoc they can cause in your life. Hurricanes leave massive quantities of damage in their wake, and from what I’ve been told, or seen in movies and other forms of pop culture, so can your better half’s family. However, that isn’t the case with mine. I’ve carved out a pretty comfortable living for myself by writing about...

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