Dennis Stokely has joined the team at Style-It Salon in Bluffton.

Returning to his Southern roots with 25 years of experience as a hairstylist in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, Stokely offers appointments to Lowcountry clients on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at the salon at 3B Lawton St. in Old Town Bluffton.

Stokely is noted for styling Paula Abdul’s hair on “American Idol” and working with countless celebrities. Locals can book Stokely by texting 843-683-1318 or by email at For more information, visit



Sarah B. “Sally” Akins of Bluffton, a senior neutral at Miles Mediation and Arbitration, and of Counsel with Ellis Painter LLP, in Savannah, Georgia, was installed June 4 as the 60th President of the 52,000-member State Bar of Georgia during the organization’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island, Florida.

After nearly 30 years of handling civil jury trials, Akins has been a full-time mediator for the past four years throughout Georgia. She has mediated cases involving premises liability, automobile and truck accidents, professional negligence, local government litigation, insurance coverage litigation and products liability.

She is married to Dale Akins, a plaintiff’s lawyer and member of the Georgia and South Carolina Bars, who practices at Akins Law Firm, LLC in Bluffton. The couple were married in 1993 and reside in Rose Hill Plantation.

• Collins Group Realty was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, a ranking report produced by RealTrends and Tom Ferry International. 

The Team is a long-time member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked number No. 1 large team in the state of South Carolina for the second year in a row, by sales volume. The real estate group is also ranked No. 36 large team in the nation, by volume.

RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals ranks more than 18,500 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2021. All production numbers are independently verified by a third party to ensure accuracy and report integrity. This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents the top 1% of all real estate practitioners in the United States.

Ranking reports can be found at

For more information about Collins Group Realty, contact Ashley Lindblad at 843-368-2248 or