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February 18, 2022

Consumer Stories

Count of Augusta’s homeless population begins today

The homeless situation often is a concern of downtown businesses. Now Augusta is about to find out just how many people classified as homeless are living in the area. The 2022 Point-In-Time count of the homeless population in Augusta-Richmond County begins today and will run through the end of the month. This count is led by the Department of Housing and Community Development with help from other organizations. The count features a six-question survey that will determine demographic information, including mental health and addictions. Outreach programs, which many area businesses

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B2B Stories

Local electronics recycler wants your old business equipment

You’ve heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Richard Green wants to help businesses recycle their old computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices to create new devices. Green, CEO, and founder of Tech 4 Success, LLC, a local electronics recycling company, was the guest speaker for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Third Thursday Business Builder event on Thursday. He discussed the importance of developing a plan for dealing with e-waste. “Electronic devices are 100 percent recyclable,” Green said. “We ensure the items never make it

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Shawna Woodward

Real Talk Real Estate: Homeowners may face tough choices with the end of Covid mortgage protection

In December 2021, Covid mortgage protections provided by the government expired. This was concerning to owners, but likely embraced by lenders. These benefits kept those behind on mortgage payments safe from foreclosure. It sounded like a great idea at the time while you need financial assistance, but now you owe all those “missed” payments in one large sum. I’m roughly estimating an average mortgage of $1,600 a month, missing mortgage payments from April 2020 through December 2021. That is about 20 payments and approximately $32,000. So what should we expect

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Consumer Stories

Real Talk Real Estate: Homeowners may face tough choices with end of Covid mortgage protection

In December 2021, Covid mortgage protections provided by the government expired. This was concerning to owners, but likely embraced by lenders. These benefits kept those behind on mortgage payments safe from foreclosure. It sounded like a great idea at the time while you were in need of financial assistance, but now you owe all those “missed” payments in one large sum. I’m roughly estimating an average mortgage of $1,600 a month, missing mortgage payments from April 2020 through December 2021. That is about 20 payments and approximately $32,000. So what

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Consumer Stories

Faith Friday: Hard work, faith and perseverance propel creamery creations business to expand

As a young girl, Alea Garvin had no idea her first time serving up scoops, cones, and sprinkles as an ice cream shop employee would eventually lead to her becoming an employer, the sole proprietor of not one but two ice cream shops of her own. She and her husband of 17 years, Ronnie, opened their first store, Whipped Creamery, in the Augusta Mall in 2018.  A few years later the store relocated and opened in Grovetown in 2021. This year is poised to see the opening of a second

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