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GreenJackets vs Sand Gnats

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News Gallery: Cardiac Catherization Lab

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From left to right, Catherization technicians and Staff Sergeants Kelsi Dammann, Breen Boyd (center) and Kyle Pedigo cut the ribbon during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Cardiac Catherization lab in the cardiology wing at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center on post at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, July 23 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwell/Staff
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Volunteer Spotlight

 

Mike Hale, a volunteer at the Augusta State Medical Prison, has discovered that being a prisoner can actually be beneficial for some men.

“When a man comes to jail and that is where he comes to know the Lord – that ain’t a bad thing,” Hale said. “I’ve had men tell me probably a thousand times, ‘God brought me to this place so that I could meet him.’ ”

That might not be an exaggeration, considering that Hale has been conducting volunteer Bible study classes at the medical prison twice a month for 23 years in addition to his full time job at Plant
Vogtle.

Hale first felt called to volunteer after attending “Walk to Emmaus,” a four-day refresher course in Christianity designed to prepare men to return to their churches as disciples and leaders.

“When I did my first (Bible study class) here in 1991, it blew me away,” Hale said. “God did some amazing things here and it just captured my heart for this ministry.

“Overall this is probably the most satisfying thing that I do as a Christian because these guys are hungry, It would be a crying shame if God brought them here and there was nobody to work with them to facilitate that (finding Christianity).”

Hale, a member of West Acres Baptist Church, is also a member of Gideons International, an evangelical Christian organization, which gives him access to Bibles that he distributes to the prisoners.

When the prison warden asked chaplain Roy Norman whether he had a volunteer he would like to nominate for The Georgia Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year, his choice was a simple one.

“Mike’s name immediately jumped out. Mike is head and shoulders above the rest,” said Norman.

Hale won the award and was recognized at the 10th annual Georgia Department of Corrections Awards ceremony on June 24 at the state offices in Forsyth.

“The department could not be successful without people who are willing to give their time to help us fulfill our mission,” Commissioner Brian Owens said in a Department of Corrections news release. “Mike’s work is a valuable asset to our agency.”

Chaplain Norman first met Hale when they attended a Kairos Prison Ministry together more than 20 years ago.

One of the elements of the Kairos program is that it specifically teaches participants to take the teachings of the Bible to non-Christians.

When a long-time volunteer at the prison died, Norman immediately asked Hale to fill the position and conduct the Bible study classes for the
prisoners.

One of the benefits of the classes is that some of the prisoners eventually become chaplain assistants who can minister to one another.

“It’s a peer-to-peer ministry. A lot of guys die here, so one of the most important things they do is minister to the terminal prisoners,” Hale said. “It’s very rewarding. When a person gets themselves straight with God a natural outgrowth is that you want everybody else to have it,
too.”

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Volunteer Spotlight

 

Mike Hale, a volunteer at the Augusta State Medical Prison, has discovered that being a prisoner can actually be beneficial for some men.

“When a man comes to jail and that is where he comes to know the Lord – that ain’t a bad thing,” Hale said. “I’ve had men tell me probably a thousand times, ‘God brought me to this place so that I could meet him.’ ”

That might not be an exaggeration, considering that Hale has been conducting volunteer Bible study classes at the medical prison twice a month for 23 years in addition to his full time job at Plant
Vogtle.

Hale first felt called to volunteer after attending “Walk to Emmaus,” a four-day refresher course in Christianity designed to prepare men to return to their churches as disciples and leaders.

“When I did my first (Bible study class) here in 1991, it blew me away,” Hale said. “God did some amazing things here and it just captured my heart for this ministry.

“Overall this is probably the most satisfying thing that I do as a Christian because these guys are hungry, It would be a crying shame if God brought them here and there was nobody to work with them to facilitate that (finding Christianity).”

Hale, a member of West Acres Baptist Church, is also a member of Gideons International, an evangelical Christian organization, which gives him access to Bibles that he distributes to the prisoners.

When the prison warden asked chaplain Roy Norman whether he had a volunteer he would like to nominate for The Georgia Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year, his choice was a simple one.

“Mike’s name immediately jumped out. Mike is head and shoulders above the rest,” said Norman.

Hale won the award and was recognized at the 10th annual Georgia Department of Corrections Awards ceremony on June 24 at the state offices in Forsyth.

“The department could not be successful without people who are willing to give their time to help us fulfill our mission,” Commissioner Brian Owens said in a Department of Corrections news release. “Mike’s work is a valuable asset to our agency.”

Chaplain Norman first met Hale when they attended a Kairos Prison Ministry together more than 20 years ago.

One of the elements of the Kairos program is that it specifically teaches participants to take the teachings of the Bible to non-Christians.

When a long-time volunteer at the prison died, Norman immediately asked Hale to fill the position and conduct the Bible study classes for the
prisoners.

One of the benefits of the classes is that some of the prisoners eventually become chaplain assistants who can minister to one another.

“It’s a peer-to-peer ministry. A lot of guys die here, so one of the most important things they do is minister to the terminal prisoners,” Hale said. “It’s very rewarding. When a person gets themselves straight with God a natural outgrowth is that you want everybody else to have it,
too.”

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camps

• Sports Academy South, Inc. Sports & Education Summer Day Camp has sessions for ages 5 to 15. Cost is $110 per week; $100
for second sibling and $90 for a third sibling. Registration is $45 per sibling if not a member. July dates are Monday to August 1 and then it finishes on August 4 to August 5. Call
(706) 860-7691.

Tryouts

• Evans High School has softball tryouts August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must have a current physical and proof of insurance in order to tryout.

Pick up an athletic packet with all the necessary paperwork from the high school.

• The 9U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team-oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006. Contact Chris Halliday at (706) 691-6954.

• The 10U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2005. Call Wesley Teston at (706) 306-4791.

• The 11U Augusta River Bandits travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Call Daniel Dykstra at (678) 358-8645.

The 11U Augusta River Bandits Travel Baseball Team is seeking outstanding players for the upcoming
2014-2015 season. Our coaches are looking for experienced, team oriented ball players and families
with a strong work ethic and love for the game. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Please contact Daniel Dykstra at 678-358-8645 to schedule a tryout.

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camps

• Sports Academy South, Inc. Sports & Education Summer Day Camp has sessions for ages 5 to 15. Cost is $110 per week; $100
for second sibling and $90 for a third sibling. Registration is $45 per sibling if not a member. July dates are Monday to August 1 and then it finishes on August 4 to August 5. Call
(706) 860-7691.

Tryouts

• Evans High School has softball tryouts August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must have a current physical and proof of insurance in order to tryout.

Pick up an athletic packet with all the necessary paperwork from the high school.

• The 9U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team-oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006. Contact Chris Halliday at (706) 691-6954.

• The 10U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2005. Call Wesley Teston at (706) 306-4791.

• The 11U Augusta River Bandits travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Call Daniel Dykstra at (678) 358-8645.

The 11U Augusta River Bandits Travel Baseball Team is seeking outstanding players for the upcoming
2014-2015 season. Our coaches are looking for experienced, team oriented ball players and families
with a strong work ethic and love for the game. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Please contact Daniel Dykstra at 678-358-8645 to schedule a tryout.

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PRC tennis teams headed to state competition

 

Petersburg Racquet Club now begins its march to a national championship in earnest.

The club will take six teams to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Georgia State Championships on Friday in Macon, Ga. A state title means advancement to the sectional round in Lexington, S.C. from Aug. 15-17 with a trip to the nationals in Cayce, S.C. in October as the ultimate goal.

Connor Evenson’s 10 and under team won state last year and the now 11-year-old thinks his 12 and under team is poised to do the same.

“A lot of us are experienced, so we have a lot of good strokes and have been playing together a lot,” said Evenson. “I think we’ll do good.”

Each summer, PRC is a major player on the JTT scene and Cheri Hain, the club’s Play Program director says inclusion is the key.

“We have kids from high school to middle school to tournament players to Southern-ranked players, so we have a program that includes every level, every age,” said Hain. “It really incorporates every kid in our program.”

PRC will be traveling to Macon with two teams in the 10-year-old age bracket, two from the 18s, and one apiece from the 12- and 14-year-old division.

Vu Nguyen, the club’s director of tennis, noted that for some it will be their initial foray into this type of competition.

“For a lot of our players, this go-around is their first time at JTT,” Nguyen said. “It’s always kind of an exciting time when they experience that team event for the first time.”

Nguyen said the event isn’t just about winning.

“It’s really more about them experiencing a team event, having that fun aspect,” he said. “The expectations are to go and enjoy a team atmosphere.”

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PRC tennis teams headed to state competition

 

Petersburg Racquet Club now begins its march to a national championship in earnest.

The club will take six teams to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Georgia State Championships on Friday in Macon, Ga. A state title means advancement to the sectional round in Lexington, S.C. from Aug. 15-17 with a trip to the nationals in Cayce, S.C. in October as the ultimate goal.

Connor Evenson’s 10 and under team won state last year and the now 11-year-old thinks his 12 and under team is poised to do the same.

“A lot of us are experienced, so we have a lot of good strokes and have been playing together a lot,” said Evenson. “I think we’ll do good.”

Each summer, PRC is a major player on the JTT scene and Cheri Hain, the club’s Play Program director says inclusion is the key.

“We have kids from high school to middle school to tournament players to Southern-ranked players, so we have a program that includes every level, every age,” said Hain. “It really incorporates every kid in our program.”

PRC will be traveling to Macon with two teams in the 10-year-old age bracket, two from the 18s, and one apiece from the 12- and 14-year-old division.

Vu Nguyen, the club’s director of tennis, noted that for some it will be their initial foray into this type of competition.

“For a lot of our players, this go-around is their first time at JTT,” Nguyen said. “It’s always kind of an exciting time when they experience that team event for the first time.”

Nguyen said the event isn’t just about winning.

“It’s really more about them experiencing a team event, having that fun aspect,” he said. “The expectations are to go and enjoy a team atmosphere.”

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Commings headlines Pop Warner camp

 

East Georgia Pop Warner is approaching the start of the 2014 season at full throttle.

After a free football clinic at Greenbrier on Monday, July 14, former Westside High School Patriot, University of Georgia Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief Sanders Commings headlined the second annual East Georgia Pop Warner Local Heroes Football Camp at Grovetown High School on Friday and Saturday.

Commings flew into Augusta for the Pop Warner camp while preparing to enter his second training camp with the Chiefs on Thursday.

“I wanted to come back to the Augusta area,” said Commings. “When I was a kid I didn’t get to do anything like this, so I wanted to give the kids something positive.”

Those attending the camp were put through their paces for two days by Ryan Bowers and his ATHELITE team. They warmed up, went through drills and had a game at the end of it all.

“He does so much for the kids,” said EGPW CEO Jimmy Cronan, who said that Bowers was the one who got Commings to participate. “Realistically, whether you’ve got 10 kids or 100 kids, he’s going to make the kids work, he’s going to make sure they come out and sweat and he’s an integral part of what we’ve done this year.”

Brett Hammett, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Lakeside MIddle School was enjoying the camp.

“They work you real hard and explain how to do the drill and how to improve in your work,” said Hammett, who liked Commings. “He’s a really good guy and he played for Georgia and I’m a Georgia fan, too.”

Bowers also brought in locals to help with the camp, including former Lakeside Panther Tony Perella, who is entering his junior season at Mercer University.

“I still work out with Ryan every day,” said Perella. “I love working with kids. We do it at Mercer, too, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s great to give back to the community here too in Augusta.”

The final on-site sign up for East Georgia Pop Warner is at Dicks Sporting Goods on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Cronan expects close to 1,200 players in the league this year. Practice starts on Aug. 1 and the first game is in the beginning of September.

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Commings headlines Pop Warner camp

 

East Georgia Pop Warner is approaching the start of the 2014 season at full throttle.

After a free football clinic at Greenbrier on Monday, July 14, former Westside High School Patriot, University of Georgia Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief Sanders Commings headlined the second annual East Georgia Pop Warner Local Heroes Football Camp at Grovetown High School on Friday and Saturday.

Commings flew into Augusta for the Pop Warner camp while preparing to enter his second training camp with the Chiefs on Thursday.

“I wanted to come back to the Augusta area,” said Commings. “When I was a kid I didn’t get to do anything like this, so I wanted to give the kids something positive.”

Those attending the camp were put through their paces for two days by Ryan Bowers and his ATHELITE team. They warmed up, went through drills and had a game at the end of it all.

“He does so much for the kids,” said EGPW CEO Jimmy Cronan, who said that Bowers was the one who got Commings to participate. “Realistically, whether you’ve got 10 kids or 100 kids, he’s going to make the kids work, he’s going to make sure they come out and sweat and he’s an integral part of what we’ve done this year.”

Brett Hammett, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Lakeside MIddle School was enjoying the camp.

“They work you real hard and explain how to do the drill and how to improve in your work,” said Hammett, who liked Commings. “He’s a really good guy and he played for Georgia and I’m a Georgia fan, too.”

Bowers also brought in locals to help with the camp, including former Lakeside Panther Tony Perella, who is entering his junior season at Mercer University.

“I still work out with Ryan every day,” said Perella. “I love working with kids. We do it at Mercer, too, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s great to give back to the community here too in Augusta.”

The final on-site sign up for East Georgia Pop Warner is at Dicks Sporting Goods on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Cronan expects close to 1,200 players in the league this year. Practice starts on Aug. 1 and the first game is in the beginning of September.

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