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Author: Monica Dutcher

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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Brilliance & Biodiversity

HISTORY SREL WAS FOUNDED IN 1951 BY EUGENE ODUM, a then-associate professor of biology at the University of Georgia who had prepared an ambitious proposal for analyzing the living organisms at SRS. Known as the “father of modern ecology,” Odum set the stage for fellow UGA researchers to enter the site and delve into radioecology, which is the study of the fate and effects of radioactive contaminants in the environment and the use of radioactive tracers to follow ecological processes. After the publication of about 30 scientific papers and quick establishment of an international reputation in radiation research, it was...

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Get Away to Luxury, Links and Relaxation

Kiawah Island Golf Resort It’s fitting that the number one island in North America (as ranked by Conde Naste) is home to one of the finest golf resorts in the nation. In recognition of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s efforts to preserve and enhance the surrounding wildlife habitat and natural resources, Audubon International has certified all five of the golf courses as cooperative sanctuaries in South Carolina. But the resort is more than a natural wonder. It’s also top notch playing turf. Designed by five legendary architects—Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston—Kiawah Island Golf...

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