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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
TheStar has been North Augusta's hometown newspaper since 1954. In that time, there have been a few changes, but none perhaps as obvious as the current one.
TheStar and her staff are moving. In fact, by the time you read this, you will be able to find TheStar staff doing business in a new location.
North Augusta's hometown newspaper will be settling in at Space 2 in Crossroads Market - just two doors north of Sunrise Grill.
The folks at The Star have planned for several years to be a part of the progress that has engulfed the City of North Augusta since local officials first began efforts to improve the attractiveness of downtown - with the addition of the Jackson Square across the street from The Star, the construction of the Municipal Center down the road and the ongoing streetscape improvements on Georgia, West and Buena Vista avenues.
Toward that end, the paper's parent company, Evening Post Publishing Co., carefully considered what would make the southwest corner of Georgia and Buena Vista avenues an integral part of that progress.
Officials with EPPC have been in discussions off and on for about five years regarding what could be done with the corner that would make The Star and North Augusta proud. And after careful consideration, the realty division of Evening Post has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Jackson Square LLC, headed up by Brett Brannon and Robert Rollings.
On the corner across the street, these local developers have already presented a change that North Augustans could be proud of. Now, they are making plans for additional improvements on West, as well as along Georgia nearer the bridge and now on the southwest corner of Buena Vista and Georgia.
In order for those plans to come to fruition, it became necessary for the staff of The Star to vacate the building that has been the symbol of the newspaper for more than 50 years. It is an opportunity for growth and for the City of North Augusta to take the next step toward the progress planned along side of the Hammond's Ferry development that has extended the City to the river.
"We believe this is good for North Augusta," said Scott Hunter, president of Aiken Communications and publisher of The Star. "When our company bought the building a number of years ago from Sam and Mim Woodring, we believed that, at some point, something else might be done with the property. There is far more parking lot there than we needed for our newspaper operation."
Visitors to the new location will recognize that there is still some settling in to do. It will take a little time to get everything in place to make the office the new Star home, just as Sam and Mim made 106 East Buena Vista Ave. their "home."
But the staff at The Star are looking forward to welcoming the paper's readers to the new spot.
The Star's new address is 404 E. Martintown Road, Space 2, North Augusta, SC 29841.
Everyone has been invited to stop by and say "hello." And anyone who comes by and signs up as a subscriber for a year - or renews an existing subscription for a year - will be treated to breakfast at Sunrise Grill next door.