Category: Inspiration Station

The 12 Bands of Christmas

By Dustin Turner The 12 Bands of Christmas fundraiser started in 2001 with a simple concept: Gather 12 local bands to put on an annual Christmas concert and donate the proceeds to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Joe Stevenson performed in one of the early concerts. He liked the concept and the mission so much that he came onboard in 2003 as executive director and has been leading the organization since. Though the official name of the organization is 12 Bands of Christmas, Stevenson said that is a little misleading. “These days, we are mostly referred to as 12 Bands....

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Finding Inspiration in the Face of Tragedy

By Dustin Turner Sometimes inspiration can be found in the face of tragedy. That happened for Kenny George, Scott Rankin and the members of the Aiken-based Kenny George Band after drummer Bucky Brown died while working in Nashville, Tennessee. A full-time truck driver, Brown was 54 years old. Brown’s death hit the band hard, but in that time of tragedy, the musicians found inspiration and realized that they were also inspiring others. Vocalist/songwriter Kenny George and steel guitarist Center Ely were performing in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina when they heard the news of Brown’s death on July 26. “People just...

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Talking to Your Children about Race, Bias and Diversity

By Dr. Dana Harris As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12 with three killed and dozens more injured, TV screens, news reporters, as well as individuals of all shapes, sizes, and colors filled with streets with images of violence, chaos and terror. The weekend’s events were as disturbing and repulsive as they were demoralizing. Not since the turn of the century has the United States experienced as much diversity as in the last two decades. While this diversity has given our country its vitality and cultural richness, it has also caused some serious problems including racism, prejudice,...

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Steve Simpson’s Tale of Tragedy to Truimph

By Naimah Shaw Growing up in a modest suburban neighborhood in the Big Apple sounds like the epitome of the American dream for some, but for Steve Simpson it was a façade of a landscape that hid the intense physical, emotional and verbal abuse he suffered at the hands of his violently abusive alcoholic father. Being called a “failure,” a “moron,” and a “stupid kid” are only some of the destructive words that Simpson internalized as a child and he can still here those words today. Simpson recalls his early childhood, in which he was subjected to so much abuse...

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High School Friends to Lifelong Friends

By Renee Williams “Everyone has a friend during each stage of life, but only lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life.” ~Anonymous These days, Thea Barry is a stay at home mom and married to her best friend, Jeramy. The couple has three children: Nola, Olive, Adah and are now in the process of adopting their fourth child. Barry graduated in 2010 from Augusta State University with degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Barry worked in the social work field and says, “She loved it!” Barry met her best...

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