Daniel Yakalavich will tell you, he grew up sheltered. He never smoked. Never drank. Never did drugs. He went to church. And he loved his Momma. Then, when he was about 15-years-old, he went to work for his uncle as a brick mason. “I didn’t have much of those high school years where kids go …


Our communities are going through a tough time right now. We can all feel the economic impacts of the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. But there’s something beautiful happening out in our communities during this crisis, too. People are standing up, showing up and asking what they can …

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If there’s one thing that Olin Thompson is self-aware of in life, it’s what he loves. Golfing. Surfing. Hunting. Anything with a rod and reel in his hand. “Pretty much any time I can get outside, I’m outside,” Thompson said. But he also knows that to live, you have to work. And it could be …

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Does anyone remember who coined the phrase, “the more things change, the more they stay the same?” It’s ok if you said no. Few of us probably do know who said it, but many of us have repeated it over the years. According to the Google machine, if you want to know, it was Jean-Baptiste …

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Homemaker. The dictionary is pretty specific in its definition of a homemaker. “A person, especially a housewife, who manages a home.” But Karen Barrs of Little England Mercantile sees it a little differently. While Little England Mercantile – a home and lifestyle store anchoring the Shops at Tidemill on George Washington Memorial Highway – does …


“I’m right where I belong.” “This is where I’m meant to be.” “I’m going to be here for the rest of my life.” Get Ben Lawrence talking about the work he does at Spain Commercial, Inc. as a Project Manager and Estimator and it’s not the hammer and nails he focuses on. It’s the culture …

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The amazing thing about the construction business is you can see the impact of the work you do. Take a company with a dream to expand their warehouse, or a medical practice that wants to build a new doctor’s office. An architect draws up the plans – that you can see. A framer puts up …

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Give him a few minutes and Mike Armentrout can list off dozens of ways the commercial construction industry has changed over the last few decades. Armentrout has been at it so long, he jokes, that he’s now getting hired to go in and renovate the very buildings he built 20 years ago. Design trends have …

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A microwave and Steve Spain. Ask Eddie Betz how he made his way from being the son of a teenage mother, surviving a challenging childhood, fathering three children by the time he was 20, taking a left turn in life, and then returning back to the right path, and you’ll hear a story ripe for …


Getting started and then crossing the finish line. For runners, those are two critical points. More specifically, it’s the first .2 miles after lacing up shoes to hit the pavement, where you have to get your mind right and focused on the task at hand, or it’s the last .2 miles of a marathon itself. …