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Author: Dustin Turner


Photo by Chris Thelen   Columbia County’s first charter school, SAIL: School for Arts-Infused Learning, opened its doors in Evans at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Faculty and staff already are seeing students flourish. “The first time we saw our students perform, there wasn’t a dry eye,” says School Superintendent Kristy Zgol. “One of our special needs students – when he came to us, he was nonverbal. Now, after a few months of an arts-infused curriculum, he talks all the time. He talks in class with his teachers, and that has been really big for him. We...

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Handsome Harley Drew

Photo by Chris Thelen   “I listened to the radio a lot in Atlanta, which was the beginning of the big rock and roll battles of the early ‘60s. Man, I listened to some of the best rock and roll ever to come out of the radio, and I knew I wanted to get in the battle.” ~Drew Harley Drew spent more than half a century in radio, and now in retirement, he spends a lot of time in books. In fact, just about everywhere you look in his North Augusta home, you see books—even on the entertainment center...

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Bottled in Columbia County

David Byrd is very passionate about his Columbia County home. He should be, considering his family’s history in the area. His father’s side of the family has been traced back to the 1700s, and his mother’s side has a long history, as well. “We have been here pretty much since the founding of the county,” Byrd says. A successful businessman—he is the president of Southern Beverage Packers in Appling—Byrd loves giving back to the community. His family is involved with many charities, both locally and on a broader scale. “We were raised to give back,” Byrd says. “Family comes...

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