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John Deere honored with Good Neighbor Award

The company slogan is “Nothing runs like a Deere” and the Red Cross couldn’t run their humanitarian response without the support of businesses and individuals. As the volunteer partner for the Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” campaign, more than 30 John Deere employees volunteered their time to go door to door recently with Red Crossers and the Augusta Fire Department installing free smoke alarms and providing fire safety education to families in the Harrisburg Community. “It was truly inspiring working with such dedicated John Deere employees visiting homes, installing smoke

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USCA gets financial boost to help cyber students

USCA has received money from a veteran-owned cybersecurity firm that will fund scholarships for students seeking a career in cybersecurity and computer science. SteelGate, LLC, a Virginia-based company with an office in Augusta, has donated $25,000 to USCA. The SteelGate Cyber Scholarships will be used to provide $1,000 scholarships to high school students in the Aiken-Augusta area. “We contacted about 15 to 18 high schools in the region. And there’s a competitive scholarship for each school, one to two scholarships,” Dr. Scott McKay, Dean of Sciences and Engineering, explained for

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Big donation from Columbia County merchants supports children in need

The most vulnerable infants at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia (CHOG) in Augusta are benefitting from the 4th Annual Spring Fair in Columbia County, thanks to the fair’s sponsors. The Merchants Association of Columbia County (MACC), a non-profit organization made up of active and retired business owners, presented the hospital with a check for $180,000. “We just want the community to recognize there are needs in our community, and there are associations in the community that want to help. Especially children in need,” said Carol Garner, MACC Charity Committee Chairperson

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Donations boost students in pursuit of healthcare and general studies

Two nonprofit organizations have recently donated $12,000 for student scholarships, one for traditional medical fields and the other for a challenge you might not hear much about in higher learning. “The Hospital Auxiliary of Aiken County is pleased to continue funding seven nursing, medical assisting, and dental assisting scholarships at Aiken Tech this year with a $9,000 donation. Included are funds to help students in those majors meet unexpected financial needs during the school year,” said Allen Radcliffe, the auxiliary’s scholarship chair. “The auxiliary understands the important contributions of Aiken

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B2B Stories

CSRA school districts receive more than $300,000

SRP Federal Credit Union was recently part of local Board of Education meetings to present checks for the monies donated to each district as part of the High School Affinity School Debit Card Program last year. The Aiken County Public School district in Aiken, SC was awarded a check totaling $256,658.70, with nine schools participating in the program. The Columbia County School System in Evans, GA was also presented a check in the amount of $47,797.80, with five participating schools. The Affinity School Debit Card Program began in 2018 to

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Consumer Stories

Horsin’ around in the CSRA on Derby weekend is big business

It’s a big week for horses in Kentucky and Aiken, SC. Not unusual for either location. There is a connection between the two. Thoroughbreds helped build Aiken into a destination for horse lovers and visitors from the north who fell in love with the city and moved here. The breed is also for racing in the bluegrass state of Kentucky and for steeplechase and other horse shows in Aiken. Yesterday was the beginning of two weeks of events for the Aiken Charity Horse Show at Bruce’s Field. When Bruce Duchossois

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Fore! Golf tournaments coming up for charities

Let the golfing begin. The weather is right. Get out of the office and on the course for some great causes in the next few weeks. These tournaments benefit the community and in the long run, benefit your business. Enjoy the weather, the golf, and knowing you are helping others in the CSRA. You don’t have to be Scottie Scheffler to make a difference. 2024 Augusta Endodontic Center Golf Invitational  Champions Retreat Golf Club 37 Champions Parkway, Evans Join us in raising funds for Christ Community Health Services Dental Clinic. The

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B2B Stories

Car dealer pledges $500,000 to support Automotive Institute

“Together with partners like Will Schafer at Master Automotive, we are building a national model for automotive training,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, President of Augusta Tech. “The state of Georgia recognizes that automotive tech is a critical industry with far too few qualified individuals to fill the many available jobs. With this new facility, Augusta Tech will train more than 1,000 students per year to fill these lucrative jobs.” “There is a major need for a facility such as this in our community and we are excited to be a

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Consumer Stories

Spotlight: Goodwill of Middle GA & the CSRA

Goodwill Administrative Offices 3145 Washington Road Augusta, Georgia www.goodwillworks.org 706-650-5760 For over a century, Goodwill has stood as a beacon of hope, transforming donations into pathways for meaningful careers and prosperous lives. Our journey, rooted in compassion and a drive for societal progress, began in Boston in 1902. Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a visionary Methodist Minister, laid the foundation of Goodwill with a simple yet powerful belief: every individual deserves the chance to unlock their potential and thrive through dedication, education, and initiative. From collecting household items to establishing trade

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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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