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Author: Monica Dutcher

Poor and Homeless In Augusta

We like the comfort zone. There we huddle with the routine of coffee, work, yoga class, soccer practice, church, and checking in with social media. It’s only human nature, to create some order amid the chaos and to neatly tuck back whatever is unraveling and say, “I’ve got this.” When we come across a homeless individual or family, we subconsciously perceive an encroachment on our comfort zone – because homelessness in a thriving community just doesn’t fit. Our typically organized and patterned thoughts then begin to split off and out, like cards flying around a Vegas blackjack table: Why...

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Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals To Watch

  This year marks a milestone for the Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals To Watch award – it is the 10th anniversary of the program. For ten years, the Augusta Metro Chamber, with Augusta Magazine, has been on a mission to recognize the outstanding talent and achievements of our young professionals in the Augusta Region. We knew then, as we know today, that our future success as a community depends on encouraging, embracing and celebrating future leaders. Young professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 can be described by a variety of adjectives – movers and shakers,...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. October 2017

EAT As the new kid on the block, Betsy Simons wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. “I have a good compass; I listen to people and I felt this would be good,” says Simons of her ’50s-style diner, Betsy’s on the Corner, in downtown Aiken. But she had no idea that the business would hit the ground running as a roaring—literally—success. Since opening about two years ago, Betsy’s has been the place to go for lunch, business meetings, team celebrations and socializing at the soda fountain. While the Southern, made-from-scratch menu and delectable, old-fashioned treats are certainly powerful draws,...

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Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch

Aliegha Brigham Age: 28 Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University Occupation: Project Manager Employer: Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office Primary responsibilities: Brigham’s role as a project manager is versatile and includes working as a liaison for the information technology, human relations, procurement, public relations, and land bank departments Five-year goal: To become the next director of finance for the Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office Colleagues say that she has: Immaculate leadership skills, an indefatigable personality and an old soul Community involvement: Current member of the 2017 Leadership Augusta class and former youth apprenticeship coordinator with the Richmond...

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Mid-Century Eclectic

OUTSIDE IS WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS for Kerry Ezzell. “I play golf when it’s warm and I hunt when it’s cold,” he says. “And do you see that right there?” From his spot on the couch, he points with both hands to the expansive living room windows that open up before him, revealing a clear view of the Augusta Country Club golf course and its woodland surroundings. “That’s why I bought this house—the view. When I walked in and saw that I thought, ‘I can make this house cool.’” As the fourth owner of a spunky, 1958 mid-century modern home...

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