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    Spotlight: Keeping the arts alive in Aiken

    Learn about how Aiken Center for the Arts is providing art education and opportunities amidst the pandemic.

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    Social Mission: Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons

    Learn more about our 2020 Social Mission Partner: Cumbee Center for Abused Persons.

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    Authentic: William Helfgott

    Meet William Helfgott, a high school senior who is a certified beekeeper.

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    Letter from the editor.

    We are moving into the fall season and it’s a season of newness, a season of home, and a season of change.

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    All Local, all the Time

    Show your love for South Carolina, and for the hope and resiliency of our community with our Dum Spiro Spero t-shirts, stickers, and letterpressed cards and prints.

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    Authentics: Cheryl Marvin & Heidi Sklizovic

    Nurses have always served a critically important role in caring for and keeping our community safe, but this spring, their profession was thrown into the spotlight as these men and women became the frontlines of fighting a global pandemic.

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    Small Business Champion for Big Smile Peaches

    In 1931, just two years removed from the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and in the heart of the Great Depression, J.W. Yonce borrowed money from his father to plant 25 acres of peach trees on land 30 minutes up the road from Aiken in Johnston, South Carolina, having no idea just how much his orchard would grow over the years.

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    A Note from Fig

    Welcome to the Summer Issue of Fig Aiken, an issue that we have completely dedicated to our resilient small business community. I want to first acknowledge the incredible business people that made this issue possible. A big thank you to Herlong & Doran Financial Group for being our Silver Champion. They, along with other small businesses, made this issue possible and we sincerely appreciate your altruism, kindness and support!

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    Creating Community While Social Distancing

    In a time where staying at home is the best course of action, how are you staying in touch with your community?

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    Spotlight: South Carolina Rough Riders

    In 2004 , a group of teenagers started a grassroots effort to bring a top professional wakeboarder to South Carolina. The effort was a success, and the group dubbed “The Rough Riders” hosted two world famous wakeboard athletes for a weekend on Lake Murray.

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    Social Mission: Children’s Place, Inc.

    “’Stand Up for Children’ is our capital campaign to raise funds for a new building,” said Peggy Ford, Executive Director of Children’s Place, Inc.

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    Authentic: Betty Ryberg

    For Aiken local Betty Ryberg—whose family has called this town home for over four decades—Hitchcock Woods is one of the best parts about living in Aiken.

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