Monthly Archives: October 2021

Champion Orthopedics

Faces of Success

At Champion Orthopedics, we understand how important it is for our patients to get the best comprehensive and advanced treatment for their injury or condition so they can get back to enjoying an active lifestyle. From sports medicine to total joint replacement, Champion Orthopedics is a full services specialty clinic with some of the most highly trained physicians in the CSRA with a team approach to complex orthopedics care. We offer expertise in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for all orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Care is stronger and more successful by bringing all of our orthopedic services under one roof:
• Board certified and fellowship trained physician evaluations and treatment
• Diagnostics and imaging, including onsite MRI
• Surgical specialties including spine and advanced technology robotic assisted and anterior  approach joint replacements
• Rehabilitation with Physical Therapists and Certified Athletic Trainers

1706 Magnolia Way • Augusta  (706) 210-7529 211
High Gate Loop • Aiken  (803) 293-1160

  Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate

Faces of Success

 Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate was founded in 2013 on the basic principles of integrity and building relationships with each client, be it local, national, or even international. The Jordan Trotter Team has proven to the CSRA as well as the entire Southeast that taking risks can be the impetus for growth and a better community. Our experience across all types of commercial real estate transactions goes hand in hand with the relationships we cultivate.  Our focus is on the client, ensuring outstanding service and successful completion of each project whether brokerage, management, or development. Our firm provides services to our growing market as a full service commercial real estate firm that is devoted 100% to commercial real estate.

3638 Walton Way Ext #200
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 736-1031

kruhu design + branding studio

Faces of Success

Founded in 2009, Kruhu is a national award-winning design and marketing studio that partners with all types of brands, from local startups to worldwide organizations. Their mission, to hold themselves and others accountable as “contagious in spirit and courageous in nature,” drives Kruhu to successfully craft effective plans for core brand creation, management and refinement. Some of their talents include graphic design, website and interactive development, performance marketing, videography, and photography. Kruhu understands that your brand is unique, and in order to stand out in your industry, the approach has to be custom and intentional. With a reputation built on quality and a diverse set of talents paired with steadfast communication, Kruhu operates at the highest standard to consistently deliver the best experience. The Kru firmly believes your dreams are worth the fight, and they take the gloves off. For a ringside view of their work, visit

1242 Broad Street • Augusta
(706) 469-7887

Rick’s Paint & Body Shop

Faces of Success

At Rick’s Paint and Body, collision repair is a family affair. And owners Katie and Tyler Smith, who purchased the shop from Katie’s father in January 2020, are proud to carry on the tradition. Katie’s dad, Rusty Campbell, is still here – he just gets a little more fishing time.

“Rick’s is a local, family-owned and operated business,” says Tyler. “We put a lot of effort into training our employees and providing the equipment to repair vehicles to high certification standards.”

As a Gold Class shop, all of Rick’s technicians have achieved a required level of rigorous annual training through I-CAR and can repair any type of vehicle.

“Our certifications help set us apart from other body shops,” Katie says. “We are certified by manufacturers such as Ford, Ford Aluminum, GM, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Honda, and Acura.”Katie is looking forward to her shop receiving ongoing certifications and is even considering offering customers Certified Repairs.

“Any time you can give someone a piece of paper that says ‘Certified’ I feel like it makes them feel good… as they know they made the right choice.”

251 Bobby Jones Expressway • Martinez
(706) 868-9904


Pam Lightsey

Faces of Success

Pam Lightsey has been surrounded by real estate for 40 years. Her past business experience helped her launch her real estate career as well.

“The Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ helps me through challenging transactions, and the relationships that you make in life help you in any role,” says Pam. “I’m so very thankful for my clients’ trust to help them whether they are buying, selling or leasing real estate. I will be there from the beginning to the closing table with every client.”

Pam Lightsey – The Professionals at Jim Courson Realty
Licensed in GA and SC
C: (706) 840-2087 or O: (706) 860-3032

D.J. & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts

Faces of Success

The best hair salon and spa is what you’ll discover at D.J. & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts Inc. 12,000 clients and counting think so, come in and see for yourself. We employ the best educated stylist and spa team in the C.S.R.A. Our mission statement is simple: “Provide our guests with the finest service backed by the best education time after time.”Consistency in providing the best service available is in part why we’ve been one of Augusta’s top salons since 1992. In fact, we’ve been named Best Hair Salon 9 years in a row.  Come experience our experience and you’ll become a regular client, we guarantee it.  We thank you and look forward to servicing you and your referrals.

139 Davis Road • Augusta
(706) 868-9400

Powell & Associates

Faces of Success

For Nancy Powell, Realtor-Broker and CEO of Powell & Associates, Inc. real estate is all about listening. And she’s been following that guiding principle successfully for more than 20 years.

“Listening to a client’s needs is paramount,” Nancy says. “No two clients are the same, and I believe in personalizing and customizing each experience. Sure, there are processes I follow, but they aren’t cookie-cutter for everyone.”

Nancy Powell, Realtor-Broker/CEO
(706) 717-1281

Evans Medical Group

Faces of Success

Evans Medical Group is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare possible. In a Christ-like manner, they serve their patients and fellow workers by showing sensitivity, respect, compassion, integrity, and humility. The medical team serves people in the entire Central Savannah River Area as well as in nations throughout the world, specializing in newborn care, well/sick child care, adolescents, adult medicine, well woman care, and geriatric care.

In a state-of-the-art facility, the Evans Medical Group team provides experienced and devoted care from seven doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioner. Residents of the CSRA have known and trusted Evans Medical Group for more than 30 years. The medical team members look forward to seeing and serving both new and returning patients.

1205 Town Park Lane • Evans
(706) 868-3100

A&D Carpet and Hardwoods + A&D Properties

Faces of Success

For more than 40 years, the community has trusted A&D Carpet and Hardwoods for flooring. The family business, founded by Angela and David Key, includes daughters Becky Critell, operations manager, and Davina Key-Strickland, sales/marketing manager and decorator.

Now clients also can trust A&D to help them buy or sell a home through A&D Properties.

After becoming an empty nester in 2016, Becky began buying and flipping houses. As a natural outgrowth of this venture, she got her real estate license and formed A&D Properties with Angela in 2019.

“I have been doing design work and home remodels since 1998. I know what to do to sell a house,” Becky says. “I can help my clients envision removing themselves from their homes and help potential buyers see themselves in that home.” She is a licensed Realtor in the local area in Georgia and South Carolina and part of the Savanah and Tybee Island Multiple Listing Service.

From new flooring to buying or selling a home, if you’re looking for success, the key is A&D.

320 South Belair Road • Martinez
(706) 863-8879


Greenbrier Veterinary Services

Faces of Success

Dr. Wheatley and her staff at Greenbrier Veterinary Services understand that fur babies are family. With a new, larger, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, they nurture the human-animal bond with comprehensive, compassionate, professional pet care. Services include:

• Separate dog and cat waiting areas
• Heated exam table in cat exam room
• Comprehensive exams and bloodwork
• On-site laboratory and pharmacy
• Pet dentistry services
• Laser therapy
• Digital diagnostic procedures
• Prescription and therapeutic diets
• Monthly disease and parasite prevention
• House calls

1715 General Wood Parkway • Evans
(762) 233-2380

Gardelle Lewis, Jr.

Faces of Success

Real expertise. Real service. Real results. Augusta native Gardelle Lewis of
Meybohm Real Estate has a reputation for results. He began his career in 1983 by being named the company’s “Rookie of the Year.” He has continued to win
numerous Meybohm awards including top agent in annual sales, repeated selling and listing agent of the month awards and top customer service score results.

Consistently one of the top performers in the local market for 38 years, Gardelle has been listed in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. He was featured in a Smart
magazine story that highlighted the achievements of four Realtors in the country, and he has been named Best Real Estate Agent by Columbia County
readers multiple years. He is a Certified Residential Specialist, Seller
Representative Specialist, Military Relocation Professional and Certified Negotiation Expert.

Gardelle cares about his clients, and they know they can trust him with their biggest investment – their home.

Licensed in Georgia & South Carolina
(706) 833-3375

Allegra – Image 360

Faces of Success

Reaching the right audience can be a challenge for any business. However, the marketing experts at Allegra make it easier for you to find success.

For nearly 40 years, owners Rosemary and Larry Lynn and their staff have provided turnkey solutions for customers, from print, design and marketing services to specialty items, branding and signage.

(706) 860-7366


(706) 869-1505

128 Commercial Boulevard • Martinez

Aesthetic Essentials of Augusta

Faces of Success

Ten years ago, Augusta native Amy Faircloth, RN, BSN, created Aesthetic Essentials of Augusta to help patients look and feel their best. With 20 years of experience in perioperative nursing, as well as ENT, ER, med-surg and pediatrics, it was a natural fit.

Today, with locations in Augusta and Atlanta, Aesthetic Essentials has become the “feel good” spot for patients all across the U.S. and beyond.

“People come from all over to feel and look better,” Amy says. “They come from as far away as South America, New York and California. They become part of our wellness family and know us on a very personal level. We cater to their specific needs, and when they leave with tears of happiness or looking and feeling better than when they came in, we are doing exactly what we are meant to do.”

• Botox • Juvederm • Kybella • Fillers • Laser Skin Resurfacing • PDO Threads • Platelet Rich Plasma • PRF Hair Restoration • Light Therapy • Peels • Microtoxing/Skin Tightening • Energy Shots • Oxygen Bar • Skin Care Products

Augusta 1220 Georgia C Wilson Dr. Suite C Augusta, Georgia 30909

Atlanta 104 Sycamore Place Suite A Decatur, Georgia 30030
(706) 833-4256

What’s New

What's New 2021

More people, more housing, more businesses, more restaurants, more healthcare options and more recreational opportunities keep coming to Columbia County.

To no one’s surprise, the population in Columbia County just keeps on growing. After all, the county’s economic vitality and quality of life are selling points to new residents.

“People can come here and enjoy affordable housing, a lot of amenities, an award-winning school system and be governed by an award-winning government,” says Scott Johnson, county manager.

Scott Sterling, the county Planning Services director, agrees.

“The commissioners rolled back taxes again this year,” he says. “We’re getting to be one of the lower tax communities in the state.”

Columbia County’s estimated population is 161,988 in 2021 with a growth rate of 1.65% in the past year, according to the most recent U.S. Census data and The county’s estimate population in 2020 was 159,351.

In Grovetown, the estimated population is 16,734 in 2021, with a growth rate of 4.96% in the past year, and 15,943 in 2020. Harlem’s estimated 2021 population is 3,591, with a growth rate of 3.16% in the past year, and 3,481 in 2020.

Of course, these new residents – along with existing residents – need places to live and work, and residential and commercial construction is keeping pace with the population growth.

From August 1, 2020 through August 15, 2021, Columbia County issued 997 residential building permits and 82 commercial building permits. From August 1, 2019 through August 15, 2020, Columbia County issued 867 residential building permits and 101 commercial building permits.

“The economy hasn’t done too much to slow us down,” says Sterling. “As with everything, the supply chain is slowing us down. For the most part, we’ve done as well as anybody has to keep going.”

Harlem issued 64 residential building permits, but no commercial building permits, from August 1, 2020 through August 15, 2021. The city issued 125 permits for new residential construction and a commercial renovation for the Cyber Center in conjunction with Fort Gordon from August 1, 2019 through August 15, 2020.

Debra Moore, the city manager, says people like Harlem’s hometown atmosphere. “Everybody knows everybody,” she says. “It’s just like one big family.”

From August 1, 2020 through August 15, 2021, Grovetown issued 260 residential building permits and seven commercial building permits. Of the residential building permits, 219 were for single-family dwellings and 41 were for multi-family units, primarily townhouses. Six of the seven commercial permits were issued for professional offices in the Brighton Landing development.

From August 1, 2019 to August 15, 2020, Grovetown issued 198 permits for new single-family residential homes and 81 permits for new multi-family townhouses and apartments. The city did not issue any permits for new commercial construction during that time frame.

Ronald Kurtz, the Grovetown director of Planning and Community Development, believes the city, which has seen a population increase of about 50% in the last 10 years, has a lot to offer to its residents.

“First and foremost, Grovetown is a warm, welcoming community,” says Kurtz, who started his position August 2 after moving to the area from suburban Atlanta. “It’s a community that is well-located to a lot of things.”

He says Fort Gordon and the Cyber Command Center, as well as the school system, are driving growth to the area.

“It is not as overloaded as the metro Atlanta area,” he adds. “We have an opportunity here to handle a lot of the expected growth in a responsible way.”

To balance the needs of longtime and new residents, he says, “We need to maintain positive lines of communication, provide a high-quality level of service at the city and do the best we can with the resources we have.”

The city is trying “to encourage a live, work, play environment” with its planned use development.

“We need to provide the proper infrastructure and handle growth in a controlled and calculated manner rather than figure it out afterward,” says Kurtz. “We are well-prepared to tackle that. Everyone in the city is excited to have these challenges, and we’re energized by them. We’re ready for it, and we’re looking forward to what lies ahead.”

By Leigh Howard