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Author: Ashlee Duren

2019 Best of Home

From building and renovation to landscaping and design, we bring you our ninth annual list of resources you’ll need to make your home your castle as voted by the readers of Augusta Magazine.     Best Appliance Store First Place Kelley Appliance Center 191 Baston Rd., Martinez (706) 863-7098 1551 Whiskey Road, Aiken (803) 226-0091 www.kelleyappliance.com For more than 50 years, Augusta area residents have turned to the fine folks at Kelley Appliance Center for home appliances. Known for customer satisfaction, and now with two locations to serve, it’s easy to see why Kelley tops Augustans’ list year after...

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Publisher Notes: August/September 2019

  I grow weary of hearing people complain about there’s nothing to do in Augusta. Honestly, you aren’t paying attention if you believe that. Our city has a wide variety of entertainment options, starting with a vibrant arts community. If we didn’t believe here at Augusta Magazine, we certainly would not dedicate an entire issue to celebrating the arts. I look forward to this issue each year because it seems that we evolve so much as a community from one year to the next. And it affords me the opportunity to become more acquainted with our arts community. I recently visited the Jessye Norman School of the Arts for a photoshoot. Gary Dennis, executive director, is one of this year’s arts awards recipients, presented by the Greater Augusta Arts Council. When I visited briefly with Gary, he gave me a glimpse of what this school does for our children. While the program is designed to educate those who are less fortunate, the school is open to others  – as long as they are committed to participating and attending. Augusta is filled with programs like JNSA for children. As for us adults, we are covered too. If you don’t believe me, check out our annual Arts Calendar. It’s filled with concerts, Broadway shows, plays, ballets, visual arts displays, festivals and so much more. So next time your looking for something...

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Publisher Notes: June/July 2019

  When we began planning the editorial for the June/July issue, we knew that we would be celebrating the city’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch as we do every year. We also thought we would be marking 45 years of Augusta Magazine – or at least that was the plan. For months, we have been pulling photos, looking back at stories from our 40th anniversary in 2014 and our 35th in 2009. I asked Don Rhodes to write the anniversary story. Don has written for Augusta Magazine for many years and always does a fantastic job. So I made the assignment, he graciously accepted and I waited. In early May, we began designing this issue and I had received all the stories, except for the anniversary feature. I reached out to Don to find out when I should expect to receive his masterpiece chronicling our history. He confirmed that he was indeed working on a story, but thought the deadline would be somewhere around late Fall. WHAT? I explained that we were planning to run the story in this issue. His reply, “Ashlee, Augusta Magazine was founded in 1975.” How could that be? I looked at the 40th issue in 2014 and the 35th in 2009. To further my resolve, our mast says ‘Founded in 1974’! So Don and I began investigating and the plot thickened...

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Beauty of Nature

After more than a decade of planning and nearly two years after breaking ground, the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia in Athens opened last month. The two-and-a half-acre site is designed to be the ideal spot for children to play and foster a love of nature in a fun yet educational space. Named in memory of Alice H. Richards, a charter member of the State Botanical Garden’s Board of Advisors, Richards wanted a place for children to experience the beauty of nature first hand. Ground broke on...

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A Happy Home

The Mediterranean-style home off Cumming Road has always been a mystery to me and many others in the area. Who lives there? What does it look like? I finally got a chance to go beyond the wall and meet the family that calls this place their home. When Lee Blanton West first stepped into the house behind the stucco wall on Cumming Road, she knew she was home. “I just immediately fell in love with this house, but I knew I couldn’t afford it. My Realtor convinced me to just make an offer; it was accepted in less than...

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