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Author: Dustin Turner

Morris Museum of Art at 25

The two-tone brick building at One 10th Street on Riverwalk Augusta could almost be mistaken for its similar-looking neighbor, the Augusta Marriott and Convention Center. The Morris Museum of Art, however, has the distinction of becoming the first museum ever dedicated to the art and artists of the American South, a mission it has maintained for 25 years. The museum started in the mid-1980s as an idea by Augusta businessman William S. “Billy” Morris III to honor his parents and be a cultural center in Augusta. “Billy has always made the point that when he was growing up, his...

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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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