Sun, April 21, 2024

Shawna Woodward

Real Talk Real Estate: Renting Out Your Home for the Masters: A Lucrative Opportunity for Property Owners

Every April, the city of Augusta, Georgia, transforms into a hub of excitement and prestige as it plays host to one of the most prestigious events in the golfing world: the Masters Tournament. With thousands of visitors flocking to Augusta to witness the iconic tournament, local homeowners have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the influx of guests by renting out their personal homes. If you’ve ever considered renting out your home for the Masters Golf Tournament, here is what you need to know. Renting out your home during the

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B2B Stories

$19 million expansion to benefit businesses and consumers in CSRA

The South Carolina Broadband Office announced a project with AT&T* to expand AT&T Fiber to more than 4,500 customer locations which will include Aiken and Edgefield counties as part of a $19 million project to deliver high-speed internet and help close the digital divide. “AT&T’s investment in fiber infrastructure in Aiken and Edgefield Counties is an important step in continuing to advance economic growth and prosperity in the region. With AT&T Fiber, residents and small businesses will have access to the connectivity they need to connect with one another, access educational opportunities,

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$8 million business expansion announced

A tenant in Columbia County’s White Oak Business Park is expanding its production line to include a street-legal, utility vehicle. Governor Brian Kemp participated in the ribbon cutting for the 105,000-square-foot building. It will house 40 employees who can produce 20 vehicles a day. It represents an $8 million investment. The first Urban LSV was to roll off the production line just hours after the ribbon cutting. Called the Urban, it comes in two configurations. The Urban XR is non-street legal, while the Urban LSV is street-legal. It has seatbelts,

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Consumer Stories

Business Lunch Review: Jason’s Deli

Food Quality: 4 Service: 3 Business Meeting: 5 Value: 4 Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 It’s true that man cannot survive on bread alone, but putting meat and cheese between two slices of bread can create a very tasty, satisfying meal. For this week’s restaurant review, I had narrowed the list down to two options, but as I was driving down Washington Road, I spotted the sign for Jason’s Deli and made a U-turn. I previously worked in higher education and had eaten sandwiches from the restaurant at various

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Consumer Stories

Civil War: A Satire with Nothing to Say

The readout of the period in which we, Americans, currently coexist among the press and historians is a resounding “turbulent.” As citizens, we’re constantly being fed fear about our friends and neighbors, the political machine, and the future of Democracy. The worst prospect pushed is that of a second civil war. Writer and Director, Alex Garland, apparently recognized this and chose to exploit it in his new movie, aptly titled, Civil War. However, like the insidious deflections and projections by those holding legitimate power in our nation who would rather

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Consumer Stories

Tiny homes coming to Augusta

A plan to build a tiny home village on Merry Street received the green light from Augusta Commissioners during the April 16 meeting. Commissioners approved two re-zoning requests for just over three acres at 1140 Merry Street. The land had been a city-owned park, but was turned over to the Land Bank three years ago due to lack of use. The plan put forth by the non-profit organization Bridge Builder Community, calls for a total of 25 tiny homes to be built in phases. The first phase would be 10

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Consumer Stories

A slice of Texas moves to Downtown Augusta

El Paso, with its blend of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food, is moving into the original Mellow Mushroom location on Broad Street near 13th. In 2023, Mellow Mushroom moved across the street to 11th and Broad and left an artistic void that El Paso is filling. A painter from the Houston area came in to hand paint the walls as part of a total renovation. The bar will now be “U” shape and face Broad Street. The Chavez family is hoping to open by mid-May, pending their liquor license approval,

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Consumer Stories

Business donations make a difference

Editor’s note: I was the Development Director for 5 years at a homeless shelter. During that time, we helped hundreds of men and women with food, clothing, and employment opportunities. Not once did anyone prefer to be homeless, they all wanted to become productive members of the community. It’s a dirty subject that some might like swept under a rug, but homelessness is a reality in Augusta and cities on both sides of the river. The face of the homeless population isn’t what you might think. Yes, there are homeless

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Consumer Stories

CSRA retailer rises from the smoke to a sweet new location

It’s been a wild ride for True Aiken shop owner, Sarah Dodge since the first of the year. That might seem appropriate for a retailer smack in the middle of Aiken’s horse country and whose first sales came from last year’s Steeplechase event in November. Response was great for her line of merchandise, much of which is Aiken-branded. In January, Dodge opened at 311 Hayne Avenue SW. Less than two months later, the office next door caught fire and the smoke damage was too much, resulting in the closing of

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B2B Stories

Local businesses building beneficial relationships with future employees

Augusta Technical College has launched a program designed to connect students with local businesses in a mutually beneficial partnership. Called “Cougar Community Partners,” it offers a collaboration between students and local businesses everywhere that Augusta Tech has a footprint. “We service five counties, and so, saying that, with the student population that we have, income that we generate as a college, we just see the value of having this partnership to support our local business communities while also asking them to consider hiring our students and providing our students and

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