Bottled in Columbia County

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...
Bringing Them Beds

Bringing Them Beds

Why Beds? It all starts with a good night’s sleep. That’s the foundation for a good start and a healthy life. But what if you don’t have a bed? What if you sleep on a pallet on the floor with only a coat for a pillow? “We know our kids go to bed hungry,” says Pat...
Stay Cool This Summer!

Stay Cool This Summer!

Remember when summer vacations seemed to last forever? They still do if you’re the entertainment director for a young whippersnapper or two. On one hand, they would be perfectly content to sleep till the vicinity of noon, eat a bag of Cheetos for breakfast and then...
The Making of a Greenway

The Making of a Greenway

ANDREW STRICKLAND has a tough job. He is the director of Columbia County’s planning services division, a post he’s held for nearly two years now. What is his job description? In short, “It’s looking 10 to 20 years down the road.” And there is no crystal ball in his...
Columbia County’s Number One Showman

Columbia County’s Number One Showman

There’s an old joke that Augusta Amusements owner Mike Deas can definitely relate to: What’s the difference between a rock guitarist and a classical guitarist? One plays three chords for 30,000 people, the other plays 30,000 chords for three people. While he’s never...