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For the Love of Barbecue


Steve-NunnIf you’re looking for a sweet or spicy barbecue sauce, there are “Nunn” like the ones that a Grovetown resident makes 

Any self-respecting Southerner has a heartfelt love affair with barbecue. It seems, however, that a healthy appetite for barbecue applies to transplanted Southerners by way of St. Paul, Minnesota as well.

Grovetown resident Steve Nunn, a St. Paul native and U.S. Army captain who is stationed at Fort Gordon, developed his passion for barbecue when he was 19 years old. His late uncle challenged him to a barbecue contest, and really, the outcome was inevitable. “I couldn’t let him win,” says Nunn. 

BBQ-sauce-2x3For more than 20 years, Nunn has been experimenting with flavors and seasonings to perfect his barbecue sauces and dry rubs as well as his barbecuing skills. To him, barbecuing is a form of artistry. 

“Everybody has their own ritual when it comes to barbecuing. Everybody is an artist when it comes to barbecuing,” says Nunn. “You can meet strangers and talk about it forever.”

He started his business, Nunn Family BBQ, in 2016 shortly before he was deployed to Kuwait for nine months. While he was overseas, he “took an operational pause,” but he was able to launch his website near the end of his deployment in September of 2017.

He has developed a sweet barbecue sauce, which is available online by the bottle or by the case. The low-calorie, gluten-free sauce can be used as a marinade for steak, chicken, ribs or pork. “It’s a great dipping sauce,” says Nunn. “You can even put it on a salad.” He also is slated to roll out a new spicy sauce by the end of March. 

Nunn Family BBQBarbecue is a passion that must be shared with others, he believes, and he’s not alone in his thinking. “Everybody wants to taste each other’s sauce,” says Nunn. “When you barbecue, it brings out your personality. The sauce is my way of sharing something I love and enjoy.”

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Zucchini Noodle Salad

  • Zucchini Noodle Salad2 large zucchini
  • 1/2 cup red grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup yellow grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped walnuts

Make zucchini noodles with a vegetable peeler or spiralizer. Place in a large bowl and add tomatoes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss until combined. Garnish with crushed walnuts and serve. Makes 3-4 servings.

Click & Clay


CHERRIELocal photographers and potters will show their wares at an open house in Harlem.

It’s always a good time to appreciate the talents of local artists, and Harlem Arts Council is offering a reason for area residents to do just that. 

The council will hold an open house Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Harlem Civic Center (old library), 375 North Louisville Street. The open house will feature the works of Chicks That Click Photography Club and Clay Artists of the Southeast.

Flour Dancer“We like to show the community artists that are here and highlight what they do,” says David Carlsen, the council president. “We felt like photographers and clay artists would work well together.”

The council, which was founded in 2014, focuses on visual, historical and performing arts. 

During the open house, local jazz musician Bill Karp will provide entertainment, playing the music of artists such as Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan. 

Pieces by the photographers and clay artists also will be for sale at the open house.

Wisteria 2Since its founding in January 2013, Chicks that Click has grown from six charter members to more than 80 members from across the CSRA. An average of 40 members participate in club-sponsored workshops and special events. The club, which meets monthly, holds five print competitions each year and several annual community service projects.

Clay Artists of the Southeast is a group of clay artists that meet monthly to share clay ideas and plan for future exhibitions. The group consists of men and women who enjoy the processes of ceramics, whether wheel-thrown or hand-built. The organization centers around promoting community awareness of present-day ceramic arts as well as providing educational opportunities for special needs and disadvantaged people.

CERAMICThe clay artists have participated in various events including Earth Day at Phinizy Swamp and Art in the Heart of Augusta. To further those goals, local grants have been awarded to the organization’s workshops “Face Jugs” at Enterprise Mill, “Kids Making Faces” at Lynndale Center, “Art in a Can” at Westabou, Raku workshop, “Sea Life Reef” and “Lizards, Skinks and Newts” at Immaculate Conception School.

If You Go: 

What: Harlem Arts Council Open House 

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2

Where: Harlem Civic Center, 375 North Louisville Street

How Much: Free 

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Water World


Main photo-kayaksA new all-day, family friendly festival offers opportunities to play at the lake. 

New events never get old, and the inaugural Western South Carolina BlueWay Festival at Baker Creek State Park on Saturday, June 2 is the perfect way to kick off summer with land and water sport activities.

Local residents Tom Greene and Howard Lauderback, along with Savannah Lakes Village Outdoor Adventure Club members, are the masterminds behind the event, which is designed to showcase the local waterways and outdoor resources in the area. After all, Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, South Carolina is bordered by 63,368 acres of protected land (including three state parks and Sumter National Forest), the 71,100-acre Clarks Hill Lake and the Little River Blueway Outdoor Adventure Region. 

Cow Kayak Rodeo“We hope people will enjoy a day at the lake with outdoor activities and try things they never thought to do before,” says Linda McClintock, who is handling marketing for the event.

Clinics and demonstrations will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and include kayaking, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, biking, standup paddle boarding and boating. Those who want a little competition can test their skills in a disc golf contest, kayak rodeos, horseshoes, corn hole and volleyball. 

If you like a good deal, then play your cards right at a poker run on Little River from 3:30 – 5 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee, and 100 percent of the fees will be distributed back to the winning hands. 

Pie Eating ContestThe kayak rodeo includes activities such as lassoing big “ducks” and tossing hula hoops onto a blowup cow. The festival also will feature a working dog demonstration, paddle board yoga, gun safety and updates about Savannah Valley Rails to Trails.

The proposed 35-mile trail project, which follows the late 1880s road bed of the old C&WC Railroad from Charleston to Anderson, South Carolina, is located in a scenic vegetated area along the Savannah River and the Little River area. Ultimately, the trail, which will be developed in four phases, will connect Calhoun Falls in Abbeville County to McCormick in McCormick County and Baker Creek, Hickory Knob and Calhoun Falls state parks.

A kids’ fun zone will include games, face painting, temporary tattoos, visor decorating and a pie-eating contest.

Food vendors will offer barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, fried fish, funnel cakes and more. Three bands will provide musical entertainment throughout the day, and festival sponsors will raffle off prizes such as a kayak during the event.

Tickets, which include parking, are available online. They also can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Red Rooster, MACK, Pack Rat and Lee Builders in McCormick and at Plum Branch Yacht Club. Tickets are limited, so people are encouraged to buy them in advance.

“We are excited about this festival and hope that everyone will come and have a great time,” Linda says.

If You Go:

What: Western South Carolina BlueWay Festival 

When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2

Where: Baker Creek State Park, 386 Baker Creek Road, McCormick, South Carolina

How Much: $10 each or $20 family (two adults and children under age 18) in advance; $15 each and $25 family day of the event

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Bug Off


1. Main photo-James Wilde 2009Although the incidence of insect-borne diseases have risen in the United States, a local physician says they are not prevalent in our area.

The number of reported cases of disease from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 2004 and 2016, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported, and nine new germs spread by bites from infected mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced in the U.S. since 2004.

Fortunately, however, Dr. Jim Wilde, attending physician in the Children’s Hospital of Georgia pediatric emergency department and an infectious disease physician, says, “We have not seen an uptick in diseases borne by ticks and mosquitoes in our area. We do not have a huge burden of insect-borne diseases in the United States. 

Ticks can cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, Wilde says, but these diseases are not prevalent in Georgia.

People also can contract encephalitis from the bite of a mosquito that is infected with West Nile virus, and symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and skin rash. However, says Wilde, “Most people who get it don’t know they got it. It is a relatively mild infection for most people.”

In addition, he says, “In the last 12 months, the Zika virus has disappeared from the U.S. mosquito population. 

However, he says, Zika still can be found in the Caribbean and South America, particularly Brazil, so people traveling to those areas, as well as to Africa and Southeast Asia, should take precautions against insect-borne diseases. Travelers should consult their physicians and check the CDC website to find out which diseases are common in the areas they plan to visit and find out what precautions they should take. Wilde also advises people to check the website three to four months before their international travel so that they will have time to take proper precautions.

“The biggest concern of insect bites is people scratching the bites and then getting secondary infections from staph. This can cause an abscess or a more widespread skin infection like cellulitis,” Wilde says. “We see 10 to 30 cases of abscesses or skin infections in the ER per week.” 

According to the physician, the best way to stay safe from insect bites is to keep from getting bitten in the first place. People should apply an insect repellant with DEET to exposed areas of the body before going outside, he says, and a repellant containing 30 percent DEET is safe for children. He also suggests that anyone who is going hiking in the woods can soak their clothing in permethrin beforehand.

“The extremes of age – the very young and the very old – are most vulnerable to insect-borne diseases,” Wilde says.

Lake Effect

In The Home
Photography by Sally Kolar

Photography by Sally Kolar

The pull that Clarks Hill Lake has on an Appling family, which lives at the water’s edge year-round, knows no depth. 

When Appling resident Chad Harpley was growing up, he used to spend summers at Clarks Hill Lake with his grandmother. Now he spends every day at the lake with his own family.

Chad and his wife, Tara, broke ground on their lakeside home, which they affectionately call Harpley Lagoon, in 2015 and moved in with their two children, Will and Ava, during Masters Week of 2016. However, having the lake in their backyard is not the only reason the property is special to them. 

They built their house on the same lot that Chad’s grandparents bought in 1961 for $700. When they first broke ground on the house, his grandmother, Dolores Holsonbake (whom everyone called “Motha”) still lived in a cottage on the property.

“She told us to tear down her cottage and build a new house since we had outgrown our house off Hereford Farm Road,” says Chad.

The Harpleys liked the idea, and they had planned to include a mother-in-law suite for Dolores, who was in declining health. Unfortunately, she died on Christmas Day in 2015 before the house was finished. 

Memories Everywhere
The house, however, is full of reminders of “Motha.” For instance, a friend had given the chandelier in the walk-in pantry to Chad’s grandmother for her closet. And there’s a reason decorative owls are perched throughout the house. At the moment she died, Tara says, Chad was driving on Interstate 20 when an owl clipped his antenna. They also found an owl on the stoop one day while the house was under construction. 

“The owls are a symbol to us that Motha is OK,” Tara says.

From a baby deer curled up under a tree to baby ducks on the water, wildlife is everywhere on property. The steady singing of birds serves as soothing background music as well. “It’s so peaceful out here,” says Tara. 

Front-PorchDesign of the house, which was a joint effort, also was a peaceful process. “I was responsible for the main floor. I like my glitz and glamour,” says Tara. “Chad wanted a lake-y feel, so he got to do the basement.” 

The Harpleys, who like to spend time enjoying the lake, agreed they wanted a brick house. “I wanted the house to be maintenance-free,” says Chad.

The brick front porch features a herringbone pattern on the flooring as well as white wicker furniture with brightly colored cushions and aqua pillows. The front porch also features a heart pine ceiling. 

The Harpleys carried the herringbone flooring pattern into the foyer as well. Heart pine flooring can be found throughout the first and second stories, except for the bonus room, which is carpeted. “I love the scratches and dents in the floor,” Tara says. “Each one tells a story.” 

The living room, accented with aqua and sand-colored décor, has a beach-y feel to it, and its large curtain-free picture windows offer a tranquil view of the covered back porch and Keg Creek. “I love the light, bright, open feel,” says Tara.

A vaulted ceiling adds to the openness of the space, which also includes a brick gas fireplace and built-in bookcases. A ceramic Buddha sits on one of the built-in bookcase shelves. “I love my Buddha,” says Tara. “He’s my good luck charm.”

Covered-PorchOne of Tara’s friends made the coffee table in the living room; a wooden sign in the office, which features a quote from Mother Teresa; and the wooden Harpley Lakehouse sign on the stacked stone landing wall to the basement. 

The rock wall offers a preview of the ambiance that Chad created for the basement. “I wanted a place that felt like we were at the lake,” he says. 

KitchenThe island and bar area are shaped like the back of a boat, and boat cleats serve as hardware for the cabinetry. Three pendant lights hang above the island, which also includes a sink. 

The luxury vinyl tile flooring is waterproof, and the basement includes a full bath that has easy access to swimmers and boaters without having to track water through the house. 

The basement sitting area features a stacked stone, raised-hearth, wood-burning fireplace. “Rocky,” a stuffed raccoon who has his paw in a jar of peanut butter, has staked out a spot on the wood mantel. Built-in cabinets on either side of the fireplace sit in front of a stacked stone wall.

Screened-In-Porch-PaddlesOther memorabilia include a matted and framed picture that pays homage to the property’s history. The frame holds the original flier from 1961 when the Keg Creek lots were auctioned off and the original purchase receipt from Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust Company. The basement also features two canvases of photos – a tractor in a field and an old barn side – that Chad took in the Yukon on trips with his friend Dave Turin of the “Gold Rush” reality TV show. 

“We have lots of memories here,” Tara says.

The basement also includes two side-by-side bedrooms, and the first room originally was supposed to be a sitting room for Chad’s grandmother. The bedrooms, however, still get plenty of use. The Harpleys move to the basement while they rent the rest of the house during Masters Week, and Chad’s mother, Cindy Harpley, also stays with them sometimes. “This is her home away from home,” he says. 

Master-BedroomTime to Eat
The master bedroom includes blackout blinds, a ceiling fan, double doors that lead to a covered porch and a view of Keg Creek.

“It’s so nice to wake up in the morning to the lake view,” says Tara. “It’s just a little slice of heaven.”

The covered porch, along with a screened-in porch, is one of two porches on the back of the house. Both porches have stained concrete flooring and heart pine ceilings.

The covered porch also features a vaulted tongue and groove ceiling, gas fireplace, wicker furnishings, ceiling fan, wet bar with an ice maker, Big Green Egg and a covered fire pit.

The dinner bell on the back porch was a housewarming gift from a neighbor. Perhaps it was a gift to the neighbor himself as well.

“My grandmother used to ring a cowbell for me to come home. My neighbor got tired of hearing it, so he gave us the dinner bell,” says Chad. “We’re like Pavlov’s dog. When we hear the bell ringing, we start salivating because it’s time to eat.”

The screened-in porch features wicker furniture, a ceiling fan and a gas fireplace. The fireplace mantel is made of a Civil War-era piece of wood, which a neighbor, who worked for Georgia Pacific, found when he was searching for lumber. “He found a set of three steps that once led to a house,” says Chad, “and there were two big cedar trees on either side of the steps.” 

The concrete flooring in the screened-in porch is stained blue on the interior pieces, and the border pieces are stained brown to match the covered porch floor. 

Screened-In-PorchTara and Chad agree that the screened-in porch is their favorite spot in the house. 

“We have two infrared heaters, so I can come out here when it’s 30 degrees or 90 degrees,” says Chad. “We use the porch year-round. It’s a good napping place, and the screens keep the bugs away.” 

He also likes to cook, and the Harpleys’ kitchen offers plenty of amenities for any chef to enjoy. The kitchen features a farmhouse sink, subway tile, a pot filler, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry with a frosted glass door and tall cabinets that reach to the ceiling. Four small cabinets on top have glass front doors, and the position of the sink provides a view of the lake.

“I love Joanna Gaines and her white kitchens,” says Tara. “I did not want a dining room. I knew we wouldn’t ever use it. I like the open flow with no walls into the living room.”

The eating area includes a table with four upholstered chairs and a bench. The Harpleys got the chairs first in the Highlands, North Carolina area, and they found the table and bench at Merry’s Trash & Treasures. “I like not having things match. I don’t like for things to be uniform,” says Tara. “And the bench is great for kids. We can fit a lot of booties on it.”

Eating-AreaForever More
The Harpleys spend as much time as they can on the lake in their two boats – a center console fishing boat and a ski boat, two kayaks and standup paddle board.

“For the most part after dinner, we take a boat ride,” says Chad. “When we have friends here for dinner, we take a cocktail cruise and watch the sunset.”

They also like to waterski, tube and wakeboard. “We love the lake, and we love to entertain,” Tara says. “The more we can share, the better.”

When they aren’t communing with nature on the lake, the Harpleys can communicate with each other with an intercom system between the rooms throughout the house.

Kitchen-Island-Place-Settings“The house is automated, so we can turn on the lights remotely from our phones,” says Chad, who owns Premier Networx, an IT support company.

An upstairs bonus room is another playground for Will and Ava. The space includes three ceiling fans, a table and chairs, a pool table, a foosball table, a TV, a couch and a sink. “I always wanted a room where the kids could hang out with their friends when they come over,” says Tara.

The bonus room originally was supposed to be 12 feet wide, but they expanded it to 18 feet wide and 40 feet long.

“Once the house was framed, we went through and tried to use all the usable space we could,” Chad says.

And they plan to do so for a long time.

“This is our forever house,” says Tara. “We’ll never be able to sell this property because it means so much to us.”

By Betsy Gilliland


Life is Good on the Open Road — Trampled By Turtles

Listen To This

album coverIt’s been four years since Trampled By Turtles released their last critically acclaimed studio album, Wild Animals. In that time, the band took a well-deserved hiatus from constant touring to experience family and pursue personal projects. 

The result of this hiatus is a new, invigorated record, Life is Good on the Open Road, and it does not disappoint. As frontman Dave Simonette explains, this record is a “return to form” and is slated to be a collective favorite amongst the Turtles. 

After a successful retreat in the woods of Minnesota, the band was inspired to examine what matters most in life amidst the torrents of historic world tragedy and the loss of heroes. The largest mass shooting in American history, coupled with the untimely loss of Tom Petty, set the focus while layers of hope and the longing of togetherness compounded the glue.

Out of the gate, the group sets the ramble-bar high with “Kelly’s Bar,” a ditty pulled from Simonette’s time spent at a local pub, and the record is appropriately wrapped by the slow-waltzing closing track, “I Learned The Hard Way,” a heart-wrenched ballad of simple truth and boot-stomped reality. The tracks in between pull the string-heavy tightrope of inside/outside of the Turtle’s standard shell with departing strummed-goodness. 

This album is pure testament wrapped in beautiful chemistry and profound brotherhood. Family takes the wheel of the soul and makes everything sound wonderful on the open road of life. Enjoy the heat.

- Chris Rucker

The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Literary Loop

the-stowawayAward-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s newest release regales readers with the true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski — a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business — jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.

Kevin Madsen – Recreation Chief Ranger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


PYSK-Kevin-MadsenKevin Madsen
Recreation Chief Ranger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Number of years in position: 1 here, but 10-plus years as a park ranger across the country

Family: Wife, Amy, and too many cats

Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: I love the outdoors, and I love sharing that passion with others who come to recreate at the park. 

Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I also love the Habitat for Humanity folks. Whether you are donating or purchasing, it is always a win-win situation.

Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: College graduation. I took it one day, one semester, one class at a time. I never gave up even when it seemed nearly impossible. When I failed, I picked myself up and tried again.

Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Eagle Scout

What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: A firefighter—more specifically, a smoke spotter for the U.S. Forest Service

Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: I love hiking in the woods along a favorite trail or going someplace I’ve never been. I love to explore.

Favorite TV Show: “Battlestar Gallactica” — the original series from the ’80s

Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back 

Favorite Comfort Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite App: Lake Guard

Last Book Read: Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey

Dream Vacation: Glacier National Park. Something big and beautiful and wild and unknown, yet not on everybody else’s list, like Yellowstone and Yosemite.

Something That Has Changed My Life: My cats. Everything you need to know in life you can learn from your cat. 

Best Thing I Ever Learned: It’s not about adding years to your life but adding life to your years. 

One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Perpetual motion—I guess that’s two words. 

Favorite Hobbies: Hiking, exploring, scenic drives, music, movies, photography 

Secret Aspiration: I’d like to go to magic school, and I’m not talking about Hogwarts.

Reality Show I Would Totally Win: I wouldn’t be caught dead on a reality show!

Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I am not a sports fan. I don’t watch games of any variety.

Finuf Sign Co. Inc.

Men At Work

Mark Finuf has come a long way in the business that his parents, Larry and Barbara, founded 39 years ago in a small building on Reynolds Street in Augusta. He started as a helper at Finuf Sign Company – “a hole digger,” he says – but now he has a new title: Boss.


“I learned all of the big and little things about designing, fabricating and installing signs from my dad,” Mark says. “I learned about leadership from him, too.”

Growing along with Mark, the business has moved twice from its humble beginnings to the Grovetown building he now owns. New products and new ways of operating, such as software upgrades and new lighting elements, have changed the business as well. However, basics like good customer service have remained the same.

426 Park West Drive
Grovetown, GA 30813

(706) 863-7327


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Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning Co.

Men At Work

Few people continue to work into their eighth decade. Undoubtedly, even fewer spend 60 years with the same company. Then there’s W.E. Eubanks, the installation department team leader and sheet metal fabrication specialist for Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning Co.

He started working for the company in 1958, a year before Rick Busby, president and CEO, was born. “W.E. has been at Busby’s longer than I have been a Busby,” Rick says.

W.E., who earned his GED while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1952 – 1955, worked briefly as a cloth weaver at Sibley Mills before joining Busby’s. He started out as a sheet metal worker.

“He is an artist with sheet metal. He can make anything out of sheet metal. There probably isn’t anyone left in the country that can do what he can,” says Rick. “He fabricates all of our special metal fittings. He is well-known in the area and in our industry for his skills.”

1236 Gordon Park Road
Augusta, GA 30901

(706) 722-8855 

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Aiken Augusta Audio

Men At Work

At Aiken Augusta Audio, the technicians’ work speaks for itself. And now that more home features – from lighting to audio – can be activated by voice and controlled by smartphone, the staff members don’t just talk the talk with their services. 

“Technology keeps evolving, and we’re trying to keep up,” says owner Tim Logan. “We’re wiring today’s home for tomorrow’s future.”

With voice-activated technology, homeowners can ask their systems to play music as soon as they walk in the door. When they’re away from home, they can make sure they turned off their lights by checking their smartphones.

“People don’t need remote controls anymore,” Tim says. “They can control everything by voice.”

The Aiken Augusta Audio crews install the voice-activated technology in existing homes without having to rewire the house. They also install these systems in new construction for residential and commercial customers. 

Other services include whole-house audio installation; cable, Internet and telephone wiring; TV mounting; and the installation of smart security cameras for high-definition video surveillance, intercom, home theater and central vac systems. 

“We do anything that is considered low voltage,” Tim says. “The services we provide used to be extras for homeowners and businesses, but now they’re not only expected. They’re necessary.” 

He takes great pride in the variety of services, high-quality equipment and proficiency that Aiken Augusta Audio offers to its clients. He also enjoys the camaraderie among the staff of seven people, which includes Tim and his wife, Marla. 

Different crews have specialized tasks. One crew does pre-wiring work; another installs and programs devices.

“It give us more eyes on the product. When you have five to seven people on one job at different times, we have better outcomes,” says Tim. “I have known all of our staff members my entire life, and I trust them to do the job right.”



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