Wed, February 21, 2024

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B2B Stories

Another hurdle cleared and one step closer to JBA reality

The second step required to collect funds for the new James Brown Arena construction has been completed. Augusta Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority. The agreement sets in motion the financial process of collecting and dispersing the money from the half-penny Construction Special Project, Local Option Sales Tax (C-SPLOST). It also clears the way to begin collecting money through the $250 million bond issue approved by voters last November. The process began in late January when members of the Authority approved the intergovernmental

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Consumer Stories

Skies over Augusta will again be filled by an Air Show

The air show at Augusta Regional Airport can now officially be called an annual event. The second annual Air Show Augusta will be held on May 25 and 26, and the first of the performers has been announced. The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Demo Team will be the centerpiece for this year’s show. “They’re one of the more, shall we say, loud and boisterous jet demo teams that are out there,” Chris Dirato, Director of Public Relations for the event, told ABD, adding that is the first of many

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Anatomy of a Fall is a meal for audiences

One of the more intricate and exciting films released this year was Justine Triet’s French-English crime drama Anatomy of a Fall, starring Sandra Huller and nominated for five Academy Awards. With a mistrustful protagonist, an anxious setting, and an open ending, fans of murder mysteries, character studies, or psychological dramas will eat this flick up with a side salad. The film centers around the mysterious death of writer, Samuel Maleski, who falls from the second story of his chalet in Grenoble after sabotaging an interview of his wife, author, Sandra

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American Fiction: What’s in a Name?

One of the freshest stories to come from Hollywood last year (that didn’t involve a labor strike) was Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction, starring Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown, Leslie Uggams, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Issa Rae. The film, released in December and nominated for five Oscars, is an old-fashioned intelligent comedy with a mix of social satire, telling of a frustrated writer reckoning with a shifting, ever-trivial industry, and family responsibilities. Wright plays Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, an aging author and college professor in L.A. who can’t sell a new book.

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CSRA businesses are ready to play golf, are you?

Did you realize, it’s only 62 days until the Masters? Even before that is another golf classic and another reason to skip the office for some golf time and a great cause. Now in its 28th year, the Triple Crown Golf Classic will tee off March 25. This annual golf tournament takes place at the Woodside Country Club to benefit both Helping Hands, Inc. and the Tri-Development Center of Aiken County. What makes it successful is YOU! When you sign up to play, it helps ensure that the necessary services

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EXCLUSIVE: Hockey insider talks chances for return to Augusta

Is another hockey team lacing up the skates in Augusta? A man who dreamed about sports as a young boy will share his opinion and the importance of entrepreneurship to Columbia County later this week. Andy Kaufmann, CEO of Zawyer Sports, is the guest speaker at the Feb. 8 Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s 19th Annual Banquet. Among his holdings are East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) teams, the Jacksonville Icemen, and the Savannah Ghost Pirates. Kaufmann spoke with ABD about his path that started with a childhood dream and now

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Ava DuVernay, Origin, and the power of collaboration

Full Disclosure: I will be removing my critic’s hat in this piece and will instead write about a particular 2-day experience of working on the set of the new film Origin. Movies are still magic tricks: no matter how much the standards of visual effects, storytelling, or range of talent may expand. Likewise, the eyes of the audience are still drawn, our bodies moved to theaters even as viewing abilities try to grow more immediate and convenient. It is a deep fascination and one that is a pillar of our

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Augusta airport prepping for this year’s tournament

The countdown has started at Augusta Regional Airport heading into Masters Week 2024. The first indication of what to expect came in an announcement from Delta Airlines just days before the Aviation Commission’s monthly meeting. Delta, one of the two airlines that provides daily service at Augusta airport, announced nine routes, six of which are new, with more than 1,300 seats daily to Augusta. That represents nearly double the level of service. The expanded schedule will feature new routes from Washington, D.C., Boston, and Austin. There will be flights from

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Dishing Out on Oscar Noms + A Tribute to Norman Jewison

Tuesday morning saw the Motion Picture Academy’s annual awards nomination announcement. We know it as the Oscars, and as previously published, when the gold season comes, people watch. The nomination rollout saw lots of surprises, lots of confirmations, and a handful of disappointments. Last summer’s “Barbenheimer” campaign paid off, with a total of twenty-one nominations for both films. Oppenheimer, as expected, led the way, with nods in thirteen categories – everything from costumes and sound effects to star Cillian Murphy, who earned his first-ever nomination for Best Actor. Whoever the

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Elections in movies

This week, Monday night to be exact, saw the Iowa’s Presidential Caucuses, which commence the 2024 election cycle (incidentally, taking place during the height of Hollywood’s own campaign season). Election nights feel somewhat like movies for the politically or socially intrigued: with results painting a picture of a shifting people while revealing strengths and weaknesses in candidates. 2020 felt more like an HBO Miniseries that wouldn’t end. Nevertheless, there are many movies where elections serve as a driving motivator for characters, a climax, or a chance to thwart the direction

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