Stories by Charmain Z. Brackett

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Faces of Survival: Chantiay Howard

When Chantiay Howard was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, she was shocked. "I had no idea of anyone in my family having it.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Faces of Survival: Pamela Velez

Every woman's cancer story is different. For many survivors, it was the support they received from loved ones, physicians and sometimes random strangers, which changed their lives the most. Pamela ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Faces of Survival: Kimberly Loomer

Kimberly Loomer's first few days of marriage weren't the blissful ones most newlyweds would expect. "I was diagnosed (with breast cancer) right after my then-boyfriend and kids proposed to me.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

The Artside: Opportunities on the horizon for artists, art lovers

With the holidays coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities to purchase artwork at affordable prices. So artists, get ready. I have a couple of places for you to submit your work to. One is ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Faces of Survival: Suzanne Shimp

When a routine mammogram revealed cancer in December 2010, Suzanne Shimp wanted to keep her life as close to normal as possible. "Cancer is not a death sentence," said the North Augusta resident, ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Faces of Survival: Angela Smith

Angela Smith knows she's a workaholic, and it wasn't until after she left her job last fall that she put her drive into taking care of herself rather than a career. 
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Faces of Survival: Rebekah Robeson

The old showbiz adage is that the show must go on, and Rebekah Robeson isn't letting a breast cancer diagnosis stop her from doing what she loves - perform.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Faces of Survival: Angelina Scott

Cancer doesn't abide by guidelines. It doesn't care about age, race or socio-economic status. It doesn't care if you have insurance or don't. Just ask Angelina Scott.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Faces of Survival: Carla Hudson

About a month before her sister, Amy Richey, was diagnosed, Carla Hudson had had her annual mammogram, which came back normal. Her sister's breast cancer may have saved Hudson's life.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Evans High educator named county's Teacher of the Year

Eric Leiden, who teaches AP U.S. History and U.S. History Through Film at Evans High School, received the honor at a banquet Thursday.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Faces of Survival: Stephanie Burke

At 29, Stephanie Burke was not thinking about breast cancer. It was 2003, and she was the mother of two preschoolers and living with her military husband in Alaska. But she found a lump, and ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

The Artside: Milwaukee meets 'Happy' artist through sketches, film

MILWAUKEE - A dateline. I rarely get to add those to my stories because most of the time they take place right here in the Garden City, but this week, I broke out of my normal and traveled to ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Faces of Survival: Melanie Godbee

Life can have a way of getting out of kilter. Plans have to be changed, and things rearranged. But in hindsight, Melanie Godbee said she sees that some of her plans not working out as they were ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Faces of Survival: Jennifer Charney

When Jennifer Charney first found a lump in her breast around Thanksgiving last year, breast cancer wasn't even on her radar. The mother of eight was nursing her youngest child, Julie, who was ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

36th year of Arts in the Heart of Augusta to bring favorites, new stuff

Arts in the Heart of Augusta returns for its 36th year this weekend with some favorites but also with a few changes. Organizers estimate the festival will draw as many as 80,000 people into ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

The Artside: Be sure to seek out local artists at Arts in the Heart and elsewhere

Ethnic foods and artists from multiple visual and performing media can only mean one thing - it's time for Arts in the Heart of Augusta. If you're headed downtown Sept. 16-18, check out some ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016

Ballas to retire from The Augusta Players

In looking ahead to the Augusta Players' upcoming season, Debi Ballas expressed her excitement on the lineup, but she also admitted her sadness. The 2016-2017 season will be the Players' executive ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

The Artside: It's time again for new art exhibits in Augusta and Aiken

The first weekend of the month brings its usual arts events around town. At Midtown Market, the monthly First Thursday event on Thursday, Sept. 1 will feature the artwork of Ruby Culpepper and a ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Pianist Daniel Maltz will perform in Aiken en route to Carnegie Hall

Daniel Maltz will present a concert on Sept. 8 at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center, as a prelude to his Carnegie Hall debut as a concert pianist.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

Area dancer is passing on her knowledge

When Kathryn McCormick left the Augusta area in 2008 with hopes of becoming a professional dancer, she had no idea where her journey would lead. 
By Charmain Z. Brackett
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