Category: Inspiration Station

Lynndale INC.

By Naimah Shaw Lynndale Inc. began operations in the Augusta community in 1952 and was the brainchild of several parents who saw a need to advocate for their children by providing an establishment that would offer educational and social services to children with developmental disabilities. As legislation passed that protected and empowered people with disabilities, Lynndale Inc. developed new programs to meet the needs of not only children but also adults. Offering a compassionate environment and a safe haven, Lynndale Inc. is also a community support service governed by a board of directors, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation...

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JeQuane Tyler’s Family

By Dustin Turner Nothing inspires JeQuane Tyler more than her children and she is always ready to do whatever she can to help them. “What keeps me going is the love and passion that I have for my babies. Me investing in their future and wanting them to be the best they can be gets me going!” It is certainly enough to keep a mother and full-time garnishment specialist for ADP extremely busy.  Daughter Jaleeia Givens, 17, is in student council at Grovetown High School, where she also serves on the prom committee and is working toward a career in...

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Billy’s Art & Music

By Dustin Turner As a professional artist, Billy S loves to sell his paintings.  After all, it lets him pay the rent and buy groceries. He gets an even bigger thrill, though, when he inspires others to let their creative juices flow. “One of the best side effects of my art is that somebody will come up and say they were inspired to do their thing,” he said. “And even if it’s just clip art or whatever, they’ll get that buzz from doing it.  They will be amazed at how good it feels just pouring paint on a canvas.” Often...

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Hunting for the Cure

By Dustin Turner Keith Stille and his wife, Sonya, knew they wanted to do something to help others. After all, they had been blessed with a 600-acre plantation in White Plains, Ga., complete with woods, lakes and plenty of wildlife. After praying about the matter for a year, an opportunity presented itself. “I saw on social media that a friend I went to high school with was at MCG Children’s Hospital,” Keith says. “His son was fighting Ewing sarcoma. I was on social media and saw that, and it moved me.” So, the Stilles brought the family to the plantation...

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By Dustin Turner SAIL is about to put its first school year in the record books and administrators already are planning for growth. The School for Arts-Infused Learning is Columbia County’s first charter school and provides students in grades K-6 with a rigorous academic and arts curriculum. The school must be doing something right: Next year’s enrollment is full at 504 students and there is a waiting list of about 1,400. That enrollment includes the addition of seventh grade. Other additions for the 2018-19 school year include full-time gifted, Spanish and special education teachers. The school also has launched a...

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