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Official visits for input on schools

Georgia state school Superintendent Richard Woods and staff received feedback Wednesday on what they say is the beginning of creating a “blueprint” for education in Georgia.

During a visit to Columbia County, Woods held his first of eight feedback sessions planned for throughout the state to gather public input for creating new education standards specifically designed for Georgia schools and students.

Under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, states have flexibility in designing their own methods to reach set standards.

According to Woods, ESSA provides states unprecedented flexibility.

“We now actually as states have the ability to decide what we want to do. This is flexibility that has been unheard of,” Woods said before the meeting. “I think we need to take full advantage of what we’ve been given, and I think we are ready to do so.”

The two-hour session divided participants into five groups highlighting specific areas of feedback, with a facilitator in each. Participants were able to discuss and brainstorm ideas for each subject during two 40-minute sessions.

The five areas of feedback were assessments, accountability, education of the whole child, educator and leader development and federal programs. Participants were then encouraged to fill out comment cards on each subject.

Before the feedback session Wednesday, Woods visited Riverside Elementary, where he was given a tour of the school by fifth-grade students.

“One thing that was very evident is that they are very proud of their school,” Woods said. “Also, it was good to hear from teachers that maybe they feel that some of the stress has kind of been peeled back a little bit and they can actually get to know their kids and do what they got into the profession to do.”

Woods said it was an exciting time in Georgia and that he felt there was a renewed sense of excitement with ESSA among the education community.

“I think our best days are ahead. I think that for myself, just seeing a renewed twinkle in the eye of many, and that goes from students all the way up to superintendents, and teachers and administrators. There’s a different wind in the air right now, so I’m excited about that,” Woods said.

For more information on ESSA or how to submit feedback visit gadoe.org/ESSA.

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Official visits for input on schools

Georgia state school Superintendent Richard Woods and staff received feedback Wednesday on what they say is the beginning of creating a “blueprint” for education in Georgia.

During a visit to Columbia County, Woods held his first of eight feedback sessions planned for throughout the state to gather public input for creating new education standards specifically designed for Georgia schools and students.

Under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, states have flexibility in designing their own methods to reach set standards.

According to Woods, ESSA provides states unprecedented flexibility.

“We now actually as states have the ability to decide what we want to do. This is flexibility that has been unheard of,” Woods said before the meeting. “I think we need to take full advantage of what we’ve been given, and I think we are ready to do so.”

The two-hour session divided participants into five groups highlighting specific areas of feedback, with a facilitator in each. Participants were able to discuss and brainstorm ideas for each subject during two 40-minute sessions.

The five areas of feedback were assessments, accountability, education of the whole child, educator and leader development and federal programs. Participants were then encouraged to fill out comment cards on each subject.

Before the feedback session Wednesday, Woods visited Riverside Elementary, where he was given a tour of the school by fifth-grade students.

“One thing that was very evident is that they are very proud of their school,” Woods said. “Also, it was good to hear from teachers that maybe they feel that some of the stress has kind of been peeled back a little bit and they can actually get to know their kids and do what they got into the profession to do.”

Woods said it was an exciting time in Georgia and that he felt there was a renewed sense of excitement with ESSA among the education community.

“I think our best days are ahead. I think that for myself, just seeing a renewed twinkle in the eye of many, and that goes from students all the way up to superintendents, and teachers and administrators. There’s a different wind in the air right now, so I’m excited about that,” Woods said.

For more information on ESSA or how to submit feedback visit gadoe.org/ESSA.

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Petition filed against Grovetown councilman Dennis Trudeau

A Grovetown resident filed a petition for an application to begin the formal recall process to remove city councilman Dennis Trudeau, a former longtime mayor, from office.

Allen Transou, who has lived in Grovetown since 2005, turned in an application Friday to the Columbia County Board of Elections office with more than 100 signatures from residents living within the city limits.

Transou said that he voted for Trudeau in the November 2015 election but that it is time for “new blood.”

“Based off of what (Tru­deau) presented when he ran, I felt like he was going to do the right thing for the city, I felt like he was going to support the new mayor,” Transou said. “But it’s turned out that all he’s done is create havoc and discord amongst the council and it’s become an embarrassment to the city.”

The petition accuses Tru­deau of violating his oath of office. Transou said the accusation stemmed from a threat made to Mayor Gary Jones in the presence of others.

Trudeau admitted he made the threat, and while Transou called it an “idle threat,” he considers it a violation of office.

“I guess when the investigation initially started, I wasn’t there, but the current mayor had mentioned to me that when the investigation first started (Trudeau) showed up at city hall when he found out the investigators were there and he threatened the mayor then,” Transou said. “My thing is as a city council member, if there is any type of wrongdoing he should support the mayor, especially if he uncovers something wrong instead of threatening the mayor or making what I would say was an idle threat, but whatever you preface it with, it was still a threat.”

Transou referenced a federal investigation that began in March by the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department that uncovered evidence of a misappropriation of city funds. Longtime city clerk Vicky Capetillo, Trudeau’s stepdaughter, was placed on paid administrative leave and later submitted her resignation. The city has a lawsuit pending against Capetillo to recover the misappropriated funds. No criminal charges have been filed against her, and the investigation is ongoing.

A second allegation on the petition accuses Trudeau of misconduct in office. Transou said that relates to a special called meeting Trudeau lawfully initiated until he failed to personally contact each member of the council, specifically Jones and Councilman Eric Blair.

The meeting was a request by Trudeau and Coun­cilwoman Vicky Cook to hire an attorney independent of city attorney Brendan Fleming to investigate actions of the mayor’s office. That request was voted down by the council.

Board of Elections director Nancy Gay said her staff will have five business days to verify the 115 signatures on the petition. In order to sign the petition, voters must have been eligible to vote during the November 2015 election.

If the petition is verified, Transou will then need a little more than 1,400 signatures, which is 30 percent of Grovetown’s eligible voters in November 2015. He will have 30 days to collect the signatures. Gay will then have 30 days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, to verify those signatures.

If the petition is found to be valid, a recall election will be held asking voters whether Trudeau should be recalled. If Trudeau is recalled, then a special election will be held. The city will be held responsible for funding the election unless it is called in conjunction with an election on a countywide issue.

Transou said he did not have trouble getting the first 100 signatures and that he doesn’t anticipate any problems getting more.

“People are frustrated. People are tired,” Transou said. “And now the people understand that Dennis Tru­deau is the spearhead of all the discord.”

Trudeau said he is not worried about the petition. He will be allowed to run in the recall election to keep his seat, and he said he will run to continue his public service to Grovetown.

Trudeau, who was recently hospitalized for blood pressure issues, said he is home recovering. He insists that Jones continues to break city ordinances by taking action on issues without the council’s approval.

“He works for the council and the citizens. He doesn’t work for himself. He is the mayor but everything has to be approved by the council,” Trudeau said. “I’m just going to let the people vote. Whatever they want to do. I have put about 30 years in this city and (Jones) is just tearing it apart.”

But Grovetown is no stranger to petitions for recall. According to Augusta Chronicle archives, two recalls in 1986 saw the removal of three sitting city council members.

According to the Chronicle, that year the city had two recalls which successfully ousted sitting council members Bob Deckert, Jack Herkel and Bob Hunsucker, after the controversial termination of the city’s then police chief Val Barnett.

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Petition filed against Grovetown councilman Dennis Trudeau

A Grovetown resident filed a petition for an application to begin the formal recall process to remove city councilman Dennis Trudeau, a former longtime mayor, from office.

Allen Transou, who has lived in Grovetown since 2005, turned in an application Friday to the Columbia County Board of Elections office with more than 100 signatures from residents living within the city limits.

Transou said that he voted for Trudeau in the November 2015 election but that it is time for “new blood.”

“Based off of what (Tru­deau) presented when he ran, I felt like he was going to do the right thing for the city, I felt like he was going to support the new mayor,” Transou said. “But it’s turned out that all he’s done is create havoc and discord amongst the council and it’s become an embarrassment to the city.”

The petition accuses Tru­deau of violating his oath of office. Transou said the accusation stemmed from a threat made to Mayor Gary Jones in the presence of others.

Trudeau admitted he made the threat, and while Transou called it an “idle threat,” he considers it a violation of office.

“I guess when the investigation initially started, I wasn’t there, but the current mayor had mentioned to me that when the investigation first started (Trudeau) showed up at city hall when he found out the investigators were there and he threatened the mayor then,” Transou said. “My thing is as a city council member, if there is any type of wrongdoing he should support the mayor, especially if he uncovers something wrong instead of threatening the mayor or making what I would say was an idle threat, but whatever you preface it with, it was still a threat.”

Transou referenced a federal investigation that began in March by the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department that uncovered evidence of a misappropriation of city funds. Longtime city clerk Vicky Capetillo, Trudeau’s stepdaughter, was placed on paid administrative leave and later submitted her resignation. The city has a lawsuit pending against Capetillo to recover the misappropriated funds. No criminal charges have been filed against her, and the investigation is ongoing.

A second allegation on the petition accuses Trudeau of misconduct in office. Transou said that relates to a special called meeting Trudeau lawfully initiated until he failed to personally contact each member of the council, specifically Jones and Councilman Eric Blair.

The meeting was a request by Trudeau and Coun­cilwoman Vicky Cook to hire an attorney independent of city attorney Brendan Fleming to investigate actions of the mayor’s office. That request was voted down by the council.

Board of Elections director Nancy Gay said her staff will have five business days to verify the 115 signatures on the petition. In order to sign the petition, voters must have been eligible to vote during the November 2015 election.

If the petition is verified, Transou will then need a little more than 1,400 signatures, which is 30 percent of Grovetown’s eligible voters in November 2015. He will have 30 days to collect the signatures. Gay will then have 30 days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, to verify those signatures.

If the petition is found to be valid, a recall election will be held asking voters whether Trudeau should be recalled. If Trudeau is recalled, then a special election will be held. The city will be held responsible for funding the election unless it is called in conjunction with an election on a countywide issue.

Transou said he did not have trouble getting the first 100 signatures and that he doesn’t anticipate any problems getting more.

“People are frustrated. People are tired,” Transou said. “And now the people understand that Dennis Tru­deau is the spearhead of all the discord.”

Trudeau said he is not worried about the petition. He will be allowed to run in the recall election to keep his seat, and he said he will run to continue his public service to Grovetown.

Trudeau, who was recently hospitalized for blood pressure issues, said he is home recovering. He insists that Jones continues to break city ordinances by taking action on issues without the council’s approval.

“He works for the council and the citizens. He doesn’t work for himself. He is the mayor but everything has to be approved by the council,” Trudeau said. “I’m just going to let the people vote. Whatever they want to do. I have put about 30 years in this city and (Jones) is just tearing it apart.”

But Grovetown is no stranger to petitions for recall. According to Augusta Chronicle archives, two recalls in 1986 saw the removal of three sitting city council members.

According to the Chronicle, that year the city had two recalls which successfully ousted sitting council members Bob Deckert, Jack Herkel and Bob Hunsucker, after the controversial termination of the city’s then police chief Val Barnett.

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Columbia County Briefs

Detour will remain

The newly renovated Keg Creek Bridge remains closed to thru-traffic but opened Friday to local Keg Creek Drive traffic only.

According to a news release from Geor­gia Department of Transportation, the major detour will remain in place until the road construction is complete between Keg Creek Drive and Eubank Drive later this year.

According to the release, the current “Road Closed Bridge Out” signs at Dogwood Lane will be changed to “Road Closed to Thru-Traffic.” Keg Pointe Road will also be closed at the highway. The contractor is maintaining access to the church at the corner of SR 47 and Eubank Drive.

“This local neighborhood traffic switch over the Keg Creek Bridge heading back toward Pollard’s Corner permits contractors to do the remaining grading and other work between Eubank Drive and Keg Creek Drive,” the news release said.

Washington Road lanes to close daily

Eastbound lanes of Washington Road near the Towne Center Drive intersection will be closed daily beginning Monday.

The lanes will be closed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to remove curb, gutter and other debris as part of the River Watch expansion project in Columbia County.

– From staff reports

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Columbia County Briefs

Detour will remain

The newly renovated Keg Creek Bridge remains closed to thru-traffic but opened Friday to local Keg Creek Drive traffic only.

According to a news release from Geor­gia Department of Transportation, the major detour will remain in place until the road construction is complete between Keg Creek Drive and Eubank Drive later this year.

According to the release, the current “Road Closed Bridge Out” signs at Dogwood Lane will be changed to “Road Closed to Thru-Traffic.” Keg Pointe Road will also be closed at the highway. The contractor is maintaining access to the church at the corner of SR 47 and Eubank Drive.

“This local neighborhood traffic switch over the Keg Creek Bridge heading back toward Pollard’s Corner permits contractors to do the remaining grading and other work between Eubank Drive and Keg Creek Drive,” the news release said.

Washington Road lanes to close daily

Eastbound lanes of Washington Road near the Towne Center Drive intersection will be closed daily beginning Monday.

The lanes will be closed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to remove curb, gutter and other debris as part of the River Watch expansion project in Columbia County.

– From staff reports

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Pet Adoptions

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Property transfers

Elvin Wyman Dubose, Jr. to Diana Lynn Dubose; 740 Michelle Court; $0; Divorce based transfer

Charles J. Colvin to Dean R. Loss; Map & parcel number: 084126; $415,000

Lynda J. Watts to David Watts and Lynda J. Watts, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 084A, 092; $10

Christy J. Fleming to James B. Watts; Map & Parcel number: 066, 682; $86,500

Michael Wayne McDougal and Joanne Lisa McDougal to Matthew I. Giddens and Laura E. Giddens, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081, 305; $393,900

Ashishkumar Amin to Ashishkumar Amin; 322 Beech Lane; $0

Steven J. Gasperini, in his capacity as Adm. Of the Est. of Deborah Louise Gasperini, dec. of Col Co. to Steven J. Gasperini and Shelby Renee Caldwell; Map & Parcel number: 072K331; $0; Estate Deed

Betty Louise Herring, Executrix for Robert R. Herring to Betty Louise Herring; 240 Barrett St.; $0; Estate Deed

Sheila Ann Hall, Executrix, Estate of Dorothy G. Pringle to Sheila Ann Hall; 11 Kingberry Ct.; $0; Estate Deed

Thomas H. Hogan, Jr. to Michael E. Pruett; 3572 Carnoustie Dr.; $875,000

Michael E. Pruett to Thomas H. Hogan, Jr; 3737 Pebble Beech Dr.; $530,000

Pennymac Loan Services, LLC to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; 715 Spalding Ct.; $0; Government/nonprofit public corp.

Corey L. Eichelberger to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E057; $125,000

Cory Hays to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000

Adams H. Thompson to Nicholas A. Bloch; Map & Parcel number: 050, 480; $124,000

Kingsbury Custom Homes, Inc. to James R. Grady; Map & Parcel number: 060, 1300; $269,900

Burgh Construction, LLC to Kenneth D. Pindell, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 068, 424; $322,000

Latasha C. Parnell to Anthony Pape Orlowski; Map & Parcel number: 069, 467; $157,500

Kimberley Jones Lowe to Heather Rae Stock; 111 Magnolia Dr.; $105,200

Kelly C. Wellman to James T. Lemay; Map & Parcel number: part of 067, n829; $1

Donna M. Tuten to James Vernon Barrett; 465 Barrett St.; $89,500

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to James M.A. Koppert Revocable Trust; Map & Parcel number: 0601342; $240,000

Winifred J. Davis to Brandon R. Sikes; Map & Parcel number: 053, 211; $97,000

Ivey Residential, LLC to Davette G. Campbell; Map & Parcel number: 0622733; $300,400

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Lonnie Colbert; Map & Parcel number: 051559; $289,900

Alexander N. Simeneta to Marianne M. Simeneta; 166 S. Old Belair Rd.; $0; Estate Deed

James C. Kilpatrick to Eugene Whatley; Map & Parcel number: 077I, 308; $207,000

Sandy Kit-Fun Ma to Sandy Kit-Fun Ma; Map & parcel number: 081F, 001; $0; Joint tenant division

Fulcher Exchange, LLC to Benjamin L. McDaniel and Jennifer L. McDaniel, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 078A017; $158,500

William Jared Gay to Jeffrey B. Shuman; Map & Parcel number: 065, 814D; $381,000

Charles T. Milton, III and Jessica Milton fka Jessica L. Campbell to Jimmy R. Hines and Mary F. Hines, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 699; $155,000

Fred M. Hannan, Sr. and Diane M. Hanan to Frederick J. Stokes, III and Katherine B. Stokes, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 077H, 022; $349,900

Roberto C. Zapata to 131 West Church Street, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 078D, 117; $310,000

Elangovan Gopal to Gregory P. Stewart, Jr.; 397 Connemara Trail; $155,000

Jacqueline Ferguson to Jacqueline H. Ferguson as Trustee of Jacqueline H. Ferguson Trust Dated July 2, 2006; 442 Flowing Creek Dr.; $0; Estate Deed

Wilene S. Hooks Living Trust to Charles R. Hayes; 836 Willow Lake; $325,000

Pierwood Construction Co. to Qui N. Nguyen; 3267 Windwood St.; $212,900

Pierwood Construction Co. to Ernest Timmons, Jr.; 1005 Spotswood Circle; $390,600

Kathryn M. Harski to Jerad Ryan Harski; 562 Stirling Bridge Rd.; $0; Deed of gift

Michelle L. McCluney to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $159,000

Raymond T. Lewis to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $0; Deed of gift

Wilson Parker Homes of Southwind Village, Inc. to Bernie F. Curry II; 919 Innisbrook Dr.; $261,690

Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place to Joseph E. O’Hanlon III; 828 Burch Creek Dr.; $325,000

William Snatra Smith to David Tennant, Jr.; 45 Legends Way; $177,400

Winchester Homes of Ga Inc. to Steven Denney; 2619 Kirby Ave.; $335,650

King Taylor, LLC to Mauel Kasperian; 4230 Aerie Circle; $198,000

Riverwood Land, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 530 Kirkwood Dr.; $47,000

Russell R. Morgan to Brian E. Farr; Map & Parcel number: 084146; $535,000

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Richard L. Capers, Jr. and Giulia Capers, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 224,900

Robert Marion Grzeskiewicz to Michael Grzeskiewicz; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1188; $75,000

Miles Reed Cone and Cornelia Cone to Richard L. Davidson and Melody R. Davidson, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 199; $168,500

Jamie R. Boynton to Ronald William Matthews; 4039 Raintree Dr.; $137,500

Bob. C. Kim and Hyan Hwa Kim to Samuel S. Mekhail; Map & Parcel number: 065A-1033; $253,500

Kathleen F. Pokrzywinksi as Executrix of the estate of Gerald Jay Pokrzywinksi; Map & parcel number: 051, 038; 051, 041; 073D132; $0; Estate Deed

JJ&Z Builders, LLC to Kellye K. Panke and Chris A. Panke, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 060, 961; $230,825

David J. Johnston to Jonathan Richards and Kristine Richards; Map & Parcel number; 061, 1185; $182,000

James V. Digieso and Lynne N. Digieso to Mark Hall Haddon and Adelle Frankum Haddon, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081B, 375; $442,000

Daniel E. Kraus and Kristine G. Kraus to Laura J. Austin; Map & Parcel number: 061, 802; $147,900

Estate of Donna Jane Brown to Daniel Aaron Brown; 936 Cannock St.; $0; Estate Deed

Fury Properties, LLC to IDK Homes, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002E; $61,000

Furey Properties to IDK Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002D; $56,000

Scott David Guyer and Cynthia Lynn Guyer to Benjamin Leo Bateman and Sarah Jo Elizabeth Bateman, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 650; $204,000

Anthony Harold Arnold to Deborah K. Arnold; 311 Second Ave.; $1; Estate Deed

Chetankumar P. Patel to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; Map & Parcel number: Portion of G12, 040; $0

Mahi Patel, LLC to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; 317 E. Robinson Ave.; $0

Steven D. Chapman and Lynn H. Chapman to Lynn H. Chapman; 950 Deercrest Circle; $0

Ingrid E. Havens and Linda P. Grooms to Select Property Management, LLC; 406 Parkway Dr; $0

Columbia County Rental Properties, LLC to Select Property Management, LLC; 1406 Andover Ct.; $0

Gerald P. Havens/Estate of Tim D. Grooms by Linda P. Grooms, Executrix; 481 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Tammy Andrews; 718 Edenberry St.; $169,500

Michael Zapata to Kelley Michelle Zapata; 910 Cannaron Way; $10

Christina E. Henschke to Christina E. Henschke n/k/a Christina Elizabeth Burkett; Map & Parcel number: 073H475; $0; Deed of gift

Jason E. Movius to Jeffrey Mark Alexander; 2001 Sumter Landing Circle; $299,000

Bank of America to Kirk L. Driggers; 224 Brook Ct.; $98,000

Valarie B. Alexander to Kevin A. Speed; 4421 Pierwood Way; $225,000

Gina M. Annis to Debra Elaine Berry; 965 Windmill Lane; $430,000

Hatcher Properties, LLC 1 to Howard G. Roberts III; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $0; Deed of gift

Howard G. Roberts, III to K & N Construction Company, Inc.; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $45,000

Kristie Dozier to S&D Construction, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 031, 123B; $16,668

Myron K. Burditt to Columbia County, Ga.; Map & Parcel number: Easments on 077I, 127; $820; Government/nonprofit public corp.

Raymond Hiott to Greene Street Restorations, LLC; 4494 Hickory Dr.; $40,000

Brent A. Parnell and Merritt M. Parnell to Christopher M. Ayers and Lauren F. Ayers; 3690 Inverness Way; $440,900

Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000; Individual to company transfer

Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & parcel number: 077E057; $125,000; Individual to company transfer

Brenda Gail Newell to James Michael Herrington; 112 Bellewood Dr.; $1

Regis Development Co. to Lee Builders, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 024-212; $51,500

Keystone Homes, Inc. to Paris N. McDonald; Map & Parcel number: 0612096; $177,500

Brian K. Lugenbeel and Shauna Lugenbell to Scott Roberts and Diane Jean Roberts; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 443; $334,900

Thomas L. Flynn and Charlene A. Czuszak to Phillip Holiday and Aleksandriya Holiday, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: G06, 099; $97,000

Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 170; $65,000

Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 171; $65,000

James D. Tate to Lora F. Huddleston and Elvin D. Mullins, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 072A237; $123,000

Ginger L. Diaz to Shelia S. Ash; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 156; $99,300

Sarah E. Gay New and Michael D. New to Robert Bruce Carlin; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1489; $130,581

Jose E. Laracuente-Rivera to Joshua Hill and Shakema Hill, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 031; $199,900

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Property transfers

Elvin Wyman Dubose, Jr. to Diana Lynn Dubose; 740 Michelle Court; $0; Divorce based transfer

Charles J. Colvin to Dean R. Loss; Map & parcel number: 084126; $415,000

Lynda J. Watts to David Watts and Lynda J. Watts, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 084A, 092; $10

Christy J. Fleming to James B. Watts; Map & Parcel number: 066, 682; $86,500

Michael Wayne McDougal and Joanne Lisa McDougal to Matthew I. Giddens and Laura E. Giddens, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081, 305; $393,900

Ashishkumar Amin to Ashishkumar Amin; 322 Beech Lane; $0

Steven J. Gasperini, in his capacity as Adm. Of the Est. of Deborah Louise Gasperini, dec. of Col Co. to Steven J. Gasperini and Shelby Renee Caldwell; Map & Parcel number: 072K331; $0; Estate Deed

Betty Louise Herring, Executrix for Robert R. Herring to Betty Louise Herring; 240 Barrett St.; $0; Estate Deed

Sheila Ann Hall, Executrix, Estate of Dorothy G. Pringle to Sheila Ann Hall; 11 Kingberry Ct.; $0; Estate Deed

Thomas H. Hogan, Jr. to Michael E. Pruett; 3572 Carnoustie Dr.; $875,000

Michael E. Pruett to Thomas H. Hogan, Jr; 3737 Pebble Beech Dr.; $530,000

Pennymac Loan Services, LLC to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; 715 Spalding Ct.; $0; Government/nonprofit public corp.

Corey L. Eichelberger to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E057; $125,000

Cory Hays to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000

Adams H. Thompson to Nicholas A. Bloch; Map & Parcel number: 050, 480; $124,000

Kingsbury Custom Homes, Inc. to James R. Grady; Map & Parcel number: 060, 1300; $269,900

Burgh Construction, LLC to Kenneth D. Pindell, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 068, 424; $322,000

Latasha C. Parnell to Anthony Pape Orlowski; Map & Parcel number: 069, 467; $157,500

Kimberley Jones Lowe to Heather Rae Stock; 111 Magnolia Dr.; $105,200

Kelly C. Wellman to James T. Lemay; Map & Parcel number: part of 067, n829; $1

Donna M. Tuten to James Vernon Barrett; 465 Barrett St.; $89,500

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to James M.A. Koppert Revocable Trust; Map & Parcel number: 0601342; $240,000

Winifred J. Davis to Brandon R. Sikes; Map & Parcel number: 053, 211; $97,000

Ivey Residential, LLC to Davette G. Campbell; Map & Parcel number: 0622733; $300,400

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Lonnie Colbert; Map & Parcel number: 051559; $289,900

Alexander N. Simeneta to Marianne M. Simeneta; 166 S. Old Belair Rd.; $0; Estate Deed

James C. Kilpatrick to Eugene Whatley; Map & Parcel number: 077I, 308; $207,000

Sandy Kit-Fun Ma to Sandy Kit-Fun Ma; Map & parcel number: 081F, 001; $0; Joint tenant division

Fulcher Exchange, LLC to Benjamin L. McDaniel and Jennifer L. McDaniel, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 078A017; $158,500

William Jared Gay to Jeffrey B. Shuman; Map & Parcel number: 065, 814D; $381,000

Charles T. Milton, III and Jessica Milton fka Jessica L. Campbell to Jimmy R. Hines and Mary F. Hines, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 699; $155,000

Fred M. Hannan, Sr. and Diane M. Hanan to Frederick J. Stokes, III and Katherine B. Stokes, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 077H, 022; $349,900

Roberto C. Zapata to 131 West Church Street, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 078D, 117; $310,000

Elangovan Gopal to Gregory P. Stewart, Jr.; 397 Connemara Trail; $155,000

Jacqueline Ferguson to Jacqueline H. Ferguson as Trustee of Jacqueline H. Ferguson Trust Dated July 2, 2006; 442 Flowing Creek Dr.; $0; Estate Deed

Wilene S. Hooks Living Trust to Charles R. Hayes; 836 Willow Lake; $325,000

Pierwood Construction Co. to Qui N. Nguyen; 3267 Windwood St.; $212,900

Pierwood Construction Co. to Ernest Timmons, Jr.; 1005 Spotswood Circle; $390,600

Kathryn M. Harski to Jerad Ryan Harski; 562 Stirling Bridge Rd.; $0; Deed of gift

Michelle L. McCluney to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $159,000

Raymond T. Lewis to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $0; Deed of gift

Wilson Parker Homes of Southwind Village, Inc. to Bernie F. Curry II; 919 Innisbrook Dr.; $261,690

Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place to Joseph E. O’Hanlon III; 828 Burch Creek Dr.; $325,000

William Snatra Smith to David Tennant, Jr.; 45 Legends Way; $177,400

Winchester Homes of Ga Inc. to Steven Denney; 2619 Kirby Ave.; $335,650

King Taylor, LLC to Mauel Kasperian; 4230 Aerie Circle; $198,000

Riverwood Land, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 530 Kirkwood Dr.; $47,000

Russell R. Morgan to Brian E. Farr; Map & Parcel number: 084146; $535,000

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Richard L. Capers, Jr. and Giulia Capers, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 224,900

Robert Marion Grzeskiewicz to Michael Grzeskiewicz; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1188; $75,000

Miles Reed Cone and Cornelia Cone to Richard L. Davidson and Melody R. Davidson, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 199; $168,500

Jamie R. Boynton to Ronald William Matthews; 4039 Raintree Dr.; $137,500

Bob. C. Kim and Hyan Hwa Kim to Samuel S. Mekhail; Map & Parcel number: 065A-1033; $253,500

Kathleen F. Pokrzywinksi as Executrix of the estate of Gerald Jay Pokrzywinksi; Map & parcel number: 051, 038; 051, 041; 073D132; $0; Estate Deed

JJ&Z Builders, LLC to Kellye K. Panke and Chris A. Panke, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 060, 961; $230,825

David J. Johnston to Jonathan Richards and Kristine Richards; Map & Parcel number; 061, 1185; $182,000

James V. Digieso and Lynne N. Digieso to Mark Hall Haddon and Adelle Frankum Haddon, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081B, 375; $442,000

Daniel E. Kraus and Kristine G. Kraus to Laura J. Austin; Map & Parcel number: 061, 802; $147,900

Estate of Donna Jane Brown to Daniel Aaron Brown; 936 Cannock St.; $0; Estate Deed

Fury Properties, LLC to IDK Homes, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002E; $61,000

Furey Properties to IDK Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002D; $56,000

Scott David Guyer and Cynthia Lynn Guyer to Benjamin Leo Bateman and Sarah Jo Elizabeth Bateman, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 650; $204,000

Anthony Harold Arnold to Deborah K. Arnold; 311 Second Ave.; $1; Estate Deed

Chetankumar P. Patel to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; Map & Parcel number: Portion of G12, 040; $0

Mahi Patel, LLC to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; 317 E. Robinson Ave.; $0

Steven D. Chapman and Lynn H. Chapman to Lynn H. Chapman; 950 Deercrest Circle; $0

Ingrid E. Havens and Linda P. Grooms to Select Property Management, LLC; 406 Parkway Dr; $0

Columbia County Rental Properties, LLC to Select Property Management, LLC; 1406 Andover Ct.; $0

Gerald P. Havens/Estate of Tim D. Grooms by Linda P. Grooms, Executrix; 481 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Tammy Andrews; 718 Edenberry St.; $169,500

Michael Zapata to Kelley Michelle Zapata; 910 Cannaron Way; $10

Christina E. Henschke to Christina E. Henschke n/k/a Christina Elizabeth Burkett; Map & Parcel number: 073H475; $0; Deed of gift

Jason E. Movius to Jeffrey Mark Alexander; 2001 Sumter Landing Circle; $299,000

Bank of America to Kirk L. Driggers; 224 Brook Ct.; $98,000

Valarie B. Alexander to Kevin A. Speed; 4421 Pierwood Way; $225,000

Gina M. Annis to Debra Elaine Berry; 965 Windmill Lane; $430,000

Hatcher Properties, LLC 1 to Howard G. Roberts III; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $0; Deed of gift

Howard G. Roberts, III to K & N Construction Company, Inc.; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $45,000

Kristie Dozier to S&D Construction, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 031, 123B; $16,668

Myron K. Burditt to Columbia County, Ga.; Map & Parcel number: Easments on 077I, 127; $820; Government/nonprofit public corp.

Raymond Hiott to Greene Street Restorations, LLC; 4494 Hickory Dr.; $40,000

Brent A. Parnell and Merritt M. Parnell to Christopher M. Ayers and Lauren F. Ayers; 3690 Inverness Way; $440,900

Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000; Individual to company transfer

Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & parcel number: 077E057; $125,000; Individual to company transfer

Brenda Gail Newell to James Michael Herrington; 112 Bellewood Dr.; $1

Regis Development Co. to Lee Builders, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 024-212; $51,500

Keystone Homes, Inc. to Paris N. McDonald; Map & Parcel number: 0612096; $177,500

Brian K. Lugenbeel and Shauna Lugenbell to Scott Roberts and Diane Jean Roberts; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 443; $334,900

Thomas L. Flynn and Charlene A. Czuszak to Phillip Holiday and Aleksandriya Holiday, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: G06, 099; $97,000

Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 170; $65,000

Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 171; $65,000

James D. Tate to Lora F. Huddleston and Elvin D. Mullins, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 072A237; $123,000

Ginger L. Diaz to Shelia S. Ash; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 156; $99,300

Sarah E. Gay New and Michael D. New to Robert Bruce Carlin; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1489; $130,581

Jose E. Laracuente-Rivera to Joshua Hill and Shakema Hill, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 031; $199,900

07/28

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Grovetown tops Evans in volleyball

After getting off to a slow start to the season, Grovetown is starting to find its groove.

The Lady Warriors extended their winning streak to five after they defeated Evans, 25-15, 25-20, in a nonregion contest Tuesday afternoon.

Grovetown has bounced back after losses to Greenbrier and Lakeside to start the season. Lady Warriors coach Amy Slagle said playing in Lakeside’s “Play Day” last Saturday helped get her team back on track. That day, Grovetown defeated all four of its opponents, including new region foes Alcovy and Heritage in a pair of contests that didn’t count toward the region standings.

“Those tournaments are good for camaraderie,” Slagle said. “They get to know one another better. They hang out a little bit. They giggle. They act silly. Girls love that.”

Grovetown has a new setter in senior Faith Myers, who moved from the outside. Myers, who recorded 19 assists against Evans, entered play Thursday with 78 assists (4.3 per game) and 63 digs.

“That’s an integral position,” Slagle said. “I know she can do it. She just doesn’t have the years of experience. But I know she’s going to pick it up.”

Evans, which graduated eight seniors, played tough against Grovetown, bouncing back from an early deficit in the second set to threaten the Lady Warriors. Coach Nicole Abbott, who spent the past two seasons at Greenbrier, said her young squad has played well early this season, the Lady Knights winning five of their first six matches.

“We’re a young team and we’re doing really well,” Abbott said. “We’re learning every game and coming out strong. That’s all you can ask.”

The teams will play another two weeks before jumping into region play in early September. All four Columbia County schools (Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside) will vie for a chance to make the state playoffs in their new six-team Region 3-AAAAAA.

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Grovetown tops Evans in volleyball

After getting off to a slow start to the season, Grovetown is starting to find its groove.

The Lady Warriors extended their winning streak to five after they defeated Evans, 25-15, 25-20, in a nonregion contest Tuesday afternoon.

Grovetown has bounced back after losses to Greenbrier and Lakeside to start the season. Lady Warriors coach Amy Slagle said playing in Lakeside’s “Play Day” last Saturday helped get her team back on track. That day, Grovetown defeated all four of its opponents, including new region foes Alcovy and Heritage in a pair of contests that didn’t count toward the region standings.

“Those tournaments are good for camaraderie,” Slagle said. “They get to know one another better. They hang out a little bit. They giggle. They act silly. Girls love that.”

Grovetown has a new setter in senior Faith Myers, who moved from the outside. Myers, who recorded 19 assists against Evans, entered play Thursday with 78 assists (4.3 per game) and 63 digs.

“That’s an integral position,” Slagle said. “I know she can do it. She just doesn’t have the years of experience. But I know she’s going to pick it up.”

Evans, which graduated eight seniors, played tough against Grovetown, bouncing back from an early deficit in the second set to threaten the Lady Warriors. Coach Nicole Abbott, who spent the past two seasons at Greenbrier, said her young squad has played well early this season, the Lady Knights winning five of their first six matches.

“We’re a young team and we’re doing really well,” Abbott said. “We’re learning every game and coming out strong. That’s all you can ask.”

The teams will play another two weeks before jumping into region play in early September. All four Columbia County schools (Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside) will vie for a chance to make the state playoffs in their new six-team Region 3-AAAAAA.

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Harlem rolls past Glascock County

Harlem opened the season in style with a blowout win Friday.

Lane Phillips rushed for 173 yards as the Bulldogs knocked off Glascock County on the road, 56-13.

Phillips, a senior quarterback, opened the game with a 6-yard scoring run. In the third quarter, he added a 37-yard touchdown run.

Jacob Matthews also had a big night for Harlem, rushing eight times for 46 yards and three scores. He scored on a 1-yard run and later added a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He added a 7-yard scoring run in the second quarter as the Bulldogs cruised into intermission with a 49-7 lead.

Jody Cooper rushed six times for 59 yards for Harlem and scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards in the first half.

The Bulldogs will seek their first win over Warren County since 2003 when they travel Friday night to Warrenton.

• Greenbrier rallied with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 24-18 win over Butler.

Sophomore Jonquavous Brown led Greenbrier with 125 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Wolfpack will try to go 2-0 when they play host to Josey on Friday.

• Grovetown coach Damien Postell notched his first victory as the Warriors defeated North Oconee 20-9. Grovetown held a 13-9 lead in the fourth quarter when Taylor Youngblood scored on a 2-yard run to extend the lead to 13. The Warriors (1-1) travel Friday night to Lincoln County.

• Lakeside fell to 0-2 on the season, losing at home to Jefferson County, the No. 5 team in Class AA, 24-7. The Panthers got on the board first when Nick Reid scored on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter. From there, the Warriors took over. Lakeside has a bye this week before traveling to Burke County.

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Harlem rolls past Glascock County

Harlem opened the season in style with a blowout win Friday.

Lane Phillips rushed for 173 yards as the Bulldogs knocked off Glascock County on the road, 56-13.

Phillips, a senior quarterback, opened the game with a 6-yard scoring run. In the third quarter, he added a 37-yard touchdown run.

Jacob Matthews also had a big night for Harlem, rushing eight times for 46 yards and three scores. He scored on a 1-yard run and later added a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He added a 7-yard scoring run in the second quarter as the Bulldogs cruised into intermission with a 49-7 lead.

Jody Cooper rushed six times for 59 yards for Harlem and scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards in the first half.

The Bulldogs will seek their first win over Warren County since 2003 when they travel Friday night to Warrenton.

• Greenbrier rallied with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 24-18 win over Butler.

Sophomore Jonquavous Brown led Greenbrier with 125 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Wolfpack will try to go 2-0 when they play host to Josey on Friday.

• Grovetown coach Damien Postell notched his first victory as the Warriors defeated North Oconee 20-9. Grovetown held a 13-9 lead in the fourth quarter when Taylor Youngblood scored on a 2-yard run to extend the lead to 13. The Warriors (1-1) travel Friday night to Lincoln County.

• Lakeside fell to 0-2 on the season, losing at home to Jefferson County, the No. 5 team in Class AA, 24-7. The Panthers got on the board first when Nick Reid scored on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter. From there, the Warriors took over. Lakeside has a bye this week before traveling to Burke County.

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Pair of Columbia County youths advance to Drive, Chip and Putt regional finals

Columbia County residents William Brandeburg and Chase Johnson stand one iconic venue away from reaching another.

Brandenburg, an 8-year-old Evans resident, finished second in his division of the subregional for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition recently at Augusta Country Club. He and Johnson will compete in the regional finals at Pinehurst, N.C., on Sept. 4. If they win their respective age groups, they will qualify for the National Finals on April 2 at Augusta National Golf Club.

“I’d just be excited,” Brandenburg said after receiving his second place medal.

Johnson of Appling won the boys 14-15 division with 149 points, and Garrison Beggs of Augusta placed second with 140.

Golf has been nearly a lifelong affair for Brandenburg. He started playing when he was 18 months old, and he has learned the game at West Lake Country Club.

William accumulated 100 points by finishing first in driving and third in putting.

What will he work on the most between now and his trip to Pinehurst?

“I’ll practice chipping the most,” he said.

Golfers received points in the three categories that make up the name of the competition. The top two in each age division – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – for boys and girls advanced to Pinehurst.

In addition to the gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three competitors in each category, similar prizes were awarded in each of the individual disciplines.

The Drive, Chip and Putt competition is now in its fourth year. As part of its “grow the game” initiative, the Masters Tournament Foundation partnered with the U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America to create the event.

There were examples of sportsmanship all around, including the young boy who came up and congratulated William Brandenburg after he advanced.

For Brandenburg, he could be the first golfer from the Augusta area to make it all the way to the National Finals.

That would be a thrill for the entire family, his father said.

“We love golf, we love the Masters and we usually get to go,” Beau Brandenburg said. “But it would be a different feeling walking through if he were to make it that far. We know he’ll try his best and we’re proud of him either way.”

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Pair of Columbia County youths advance to Drive, Chip and Putt regional finals

Columbia County residents William Brandeburg and Chase Johnson stand one iconic venue away from reaching another.

Brandenburg, an 8-year-old Evans resident, finished second in his division of the subregional for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition recently at Augusta Country Club. He and Johnson will compete in the regional finals at Pinehurst, N.C., on Sept. 4. If they win their respective age groups, they will qualify for the National Finals on April 2 at Augusta National Golf Club.

“I’d just be excited,” Brandenburg said after receiving his second place medal.

Johnson of Appling won the boys 14-15 division with 149 points, and Garrison Beggs of Augusta placed second with 140.

Golf has been nearly a lifelong affair for Brandenburg. He started playing when he was 18 months old, and he has learned the game at West Lake Country Club.

William accumulated 100 points by finishing first in driving and third in putting.

What will he work on the most between now and his trip to Pinehurst?

“I’ll practice chipping the most,” he said.

Golfers received points in the three categories that make up the name of the competition. The top two in each age division – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – for boys and girls advanced to Pinehurst.

In addition to the gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three competitors in each category, similar prizes were awarded in each of the individual disciplines.

The Drive, Chip and Putt competition is now in its fourth year. As part of its “grow the game” initiative, the Masters Tournament Foundation partnered with the U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America to create the event.

There were examples of sportsmanship all around, including the young boy who came up and congratulated William Brandenburg after he advanced.

For Brandenburg, he could be the first golfer from the Augusta area to make it all the way to the National Finals.

That would be a thrill for the entire family, his father said.

“We love golf, we love the Masters and we usually get to go,” Beau Brandenburg said. “But it would be a different feeling walking through if he were to make it that far. We know he’ll try his best and we’re proud of him either way.”

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Current Events

Student voter drive

Staff members from the Columbia County Board of Elections office will conduct voter registration drives at three area high schools beginning Monday, Aug. 29: @ Lakeside High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 31 @ Harlem High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Evans High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Time Out Lunch

Time Out Lunch at the First Baptist Church of Evans is a fellowship ministry for the community on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11:50 a.m. It will be the last such luncheon. The meal costs $6. Make reservations at (706) 863-1228 or fbcevans@knology.net no later than noon Wednesday.

Chamber luncheon

The Columbia County Chamber will hold an Executive Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. It costs $25 for members and $35 for others. The speaker will be Mark Rauckhorst, the executive vice president of Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction.

Natural Resources

A Fort Gordon natural resources public information meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Darling Hall, Fort Gordon; information on natural resource management, fish and game harvest, iSportsman call-in system; Mike Juhan, (706) 791-2397 or Steve Camp, (706) 726-0098

Archaeology meeting

The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; speaker, Rob Benseon, cultural resource management archaeologist with Southeastern Archaeological Services in Athens, Ga.; dinner at 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.

Chamber membership

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce: Membership 101; 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 7; members only; for new members or
members wanting a refresher course; columbiacountychamber.com

Remember, reflect

Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Columbia County Military Wall, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. (behind library); remembrance of the victims of 9/11, including law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians; live stream available at columbiacountyga.gov/pr

County bond meeting

The final public meeting for the proposed 2017 general obligation bond, will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Exhibition Center Meeting Room in Grovetown, 212 Partnership Drive. Staffers will provide a proposed project list feedback and suggestions on improvements they would like to see. The list will be voted on Nov. 8 during the general election. Visit www.columbiacountyga.gov or call the commissioners’ office at (706) 868-3379.

Elvis tribute artist

Jeff Barnes is performing as Elvis Presley at 7 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center. Reserved-seat tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson County High School Agriculture program. For tickets, call (706) 394-3916.

Fall concert

The Columbia County Orchestra will present a Fall Pops Concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Complex, Building A commissioners auditorium in Evans. It will include music from Lord of the Rings, Pan, George Gershwin and World of Warcraft. Visit www.columbiacco.org.

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Current Events

Student voter drive

Staff members from the Columbia County Board of Elections office will conduct voter registration drives at three area high schools beginning Monday, Aug. 29: @ Lakeside High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 31 @ Harlem High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Evans High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Time Out Lunch

Time Out Lunch at the First Baptist Church of Evans is a fellowship ministry for the community on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11:50 a.m. It will be the last such luncheon. The meal costs $6. Make reservations at (706) 863-1228 or fbcevans@knology.net no later than noon Wednesday.

Chamber luncheon

The Columbia County Chamber will hold an Executive Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. It costs $25 for members and $35 for others. The speaker will be Mark Rauckhorst, the executive vice president of Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction.

Natural Resources

A Fort Gordon natural resources public information meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Darling Hall, Fort Gordon; information on natural resource management, fish and game harvest, iSportsman call-in system; Mike Juhan, (706) 791-2397 or Steve Camp, (706) 726-0098

Archaeology meeting

The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; speaker, Rob Benseon, cultural resource management archaeologist with Southeastern Archaeological Services in Athens, Ga.; dinner at 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.

Chamber membership

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce: Membership 101; 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 7; members only; for new members or
members wanting a refresher course; columbiacountychamber.com

Remember, reflect

Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Columbia County Military Wall, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. (behind library); remembrance of the victims of 9/11, including law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians; live stream available at columbiacountyga.gov/pr

County bond meeting

The final public meeting for the proposed 2017 general obligation bond, will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Exhibition Center Meeting Room in Grovetown, 212 Partnership Drive. Staffers will provide a proposed project list feedback and suggestions on improvements they would like to see. The list will be voted on Nov. 8 during the general election. Visit www.columbiacountyga.gov or call the commissioners’ office at (706) 868-3379.

Elvis tribute artist

Jeff Barnes is performing as Elvis Presley at 7 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center. Reserved-seat tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson County High School Agriculture program. For tickets, call (706) 394-3916.

Fall concert

The Columbia County Orchestra will present a Fall Pops Concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Complex, Building A commissioners auditorium in Evans. It will include music from Lord of the Rings, Pan, George Gershwin and World of Warcraft. Visit www.columbiacco.org.

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Police blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Woman held in biker’s death

A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.

Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in the July 19 wreck.

Carter was traveling north on South Belair Road near the Holly Road intersection on a 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra motorcycle about 11:51 a.m.

Beverly Lorick Dunn, 32, who was in a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, was stopped at the Holly Road stop sign. Dunn failed to see Carter and tried to enter the center turn lane, but hit the motorcycle. Dunn was found at fault in the crash.

After Carter’s death, Dunn agreed to surrender. She was booked into the Columbia County jail Sunday on charges of homicide by vehicle in the second degree and failure to yield.

Camera nabs Goodwill theft

A 27-year-old man is facing a charge of stealing items from the outdoor donation drop-off area at Goodwill.

Robert Lynn Johnson II pulled up at the Goodwill at 4074 Washington Road about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and dropped off a children’s racetrack toy. He then began putting items left in the drop-off area into his trunk and seat. A sign states, “Any items left on our premises during or after hours are considered Goodwill property.”

An employee monitoring the cameras from Macon, Ga., alerted police. A deputy arrived just as the man was driving away. When the deputy questioned Johnson about the trash bags of items in his car, he said he was going to drop them off at another location. He voluntarily opened his trunk, where the officer found jeans.

Surveillance footage, reviewed by police, showed Johnson placing a bag of girls’ clothing into the front seat. He then tore open other bags left outside and pulled out several pair of blue jeans, which he put into his trunk.

Johnson was booked into the Columbia County jail on a charge of shoplifting.

Boat seller finds scam

A Martinez man uncovered a fraud scheme when he tried to sell a boat.

He told police he was contacted by text message by someone claiming to to be Bill Wikins, who agreed to the $12,100 price for the boat.

Wikins sent him a check for $17,300 to pay for the boat and told him to use the difference of $5,200 to pay for shipping the boat. The owner became suspicious after researching the cost of transporting the boat from other companies. He found the cost was much less than what Wikins paid him. He took the check to his bank, which confirmed it was fraudulent.

Woman head-butted

A man was arrested after head-butting a woman in the face after she asked him to leave because he was intoxicated.

Police found the woman in the 3600 block of Old Ferry Road in Martinez on the front porch bleeding from her nose. She said that Bradley Kirkland, 32, came home drunk and that she asked him to leave because she was tired of his being drunken all the time. She was standing over the bed where Kirkland was lying when he rose to his knees and butted her in the nose. The blow knocked her into the wall.

Kirkland was charged with battery and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Lightning bolt hits I-20

A lightning strike caused damage to a portion of Interstate 20 in Martinez.

A witness said the strike made contact with the asphalt and “exploded,” causing several pieces of the road to strike her vehicle.

Police received calls about the strike and discovered damage to the road east of exit 194. A second vehicle was also damaged from the debris.

Women fight in auto

Police had to separate two women after a fight in the drive-through of an Evans restaurant.

A woman went to pick up Ashley Kathryn Shaw, 29, in Statesboro, Ga., after her car ran out of gas. The driver told police that on the way back to Augusta, Shaw became paranoid and threw her car keys out of the moving vehicle.

Back in Augusta, they went through the drive-through of McDonald’s on Washington Road. Shaw got out of the vehicle to smoke a cigarette, but Shaw again became paranoid and pulled the keys out of the ignition of the victim’s car and threw them across the parking lot.

After she retrieved the keys, the car would not start and had to be pushed out of the drive-through.

Shaw began to remove children from the vehicle, but the victim told her not to. Shaw grabbed the woman by the shirt, swung at her and pushed her to the ground. Police found that Shaw had her driver by the shirt collar and separated them.

Police charged Shaw with battery and family violence and turned the two juveniles over to the driver.

Couple get physical

A man was charged with beating and dragging a woman by her hair after he accused her of cheating on him.

Police dispatchers received a call over which a man was heard threatening and a woman crying.

In the 1300 block of Old Louisville Road in Grovetown, police found the woman outside the residence on a cellphone saying everything was OK.

Police searched the residence and found illegal narcotics. They found Kevin James Sizemore, 31, in woods behind the residence.

The woman said the fight began when Sizemore looked at her cellphone and accused her of cheating on him. She added that he was angry at her because her job as a pizza delivery driver was causing wear and tear on her vehicle.

Sizemore dragged her by her hair and pushed her outside, she said. She had injuries on her knees and feet. He told police the fight ensued when he looked through her phone and threatened to leave her.

Sizemore was charged with battery, terroristic threats and posession of schedule 2 narcotics; he was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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Police blotter

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Woman held in biker’s death

A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.

Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in the July 19 wreck.

Carter was traveling north on South Belair Road near the Holly Road intersection on a 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra motorcycle about 11:51 a.m.

Beverly Lorick Dunn, 32, who was in a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, was stopped at the Holly Road stop sign. Dunn failed to see Carter and tried to enter the center turn lane, but hit the motorcycle. Dunn was found at fault in the crash.

After Carter’s death, Dunn agreed to surrender. She was booked into the Columbia County jail Sunday on charges of homicide by vehicle in the second degree and failure to yield.

Camera nabs Goodwill theft

A 27-year-old man is facing a charge of stealing items from the outdoor donation drop-off area at Goodwill.

Robert Lynn Johnson II pulled up at the Goodwill at 4074 Washington Road about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and dropped off a children’s racetrack toy. He then began putting items left in the drop-off area into his trunk and seat. A sign states, “Any items left on our premises during or after hours are considered Goodwill property.”

An employee monitoring the cameras from Macon, Ga., alerted police. A deputy arrived just as the man was driving away. When the deputy questioned Johnson about the trash bags of items in his car, he said he was going to drop them off at another location. He voluntarily opened his trunk, where the officer found jeans.

Surveillance footage, reviewed by police, showed Johnson placing a bag of girls’ clothing into the front seat. He then tore open other bags left outside and pulled out several pair of blue jeans, which he put into his trunk.

Johnson was booked into the Columbia County jail on a charge of shoplifting.

Boat seller finds scam

A Martinez man uncovered a fraud scheme when he tried to sell a boat.

He told police he was contacted by text message by someone claiming to to be Bill Wikins, who agreed to the $12,100 price for the boat.

Wikins sent him a check for $17,300 to pay for the boat and told him to use the difference of $5,200 to pay for shipping the boat. The owner became suspicious after researching the cost of transporting the boat from other companies. He found the cost was much less than what Wikins paid him. He took the check to his bank, which confirmed it was fraudulent.

Woman head-butted

A man was arrested after head-butting a woman in the face after she asked him to leave because he was intoxicated.

Police found the woman in the 3600 block of Old Ferry Road in Martinez on the front porch bleeding from her nose. She said that Bradley Kirkland, 32, came home drunk and that she asked him to leave because she was tired of his being drunken all the time. She was standing over the bed where Kirkland was lying when he rose to his knees and butted her in the nose. The blow knocked her into the wall.

Kirkland was charged with battery and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Lightning bolt hits I-20

A lightning strike caused damage to a portion of Interstate 20 in Martinez.

A witness said the strike made contact with the asphalt and “exploded,” causing several pieces of the road to strike her vehicle.

Police received calls about the strike and discovered damage to the road east of exit 194. A second vehicle was also damaged from the debris.

Women fight in auto

Police had to separate two women after a fight in the drive-through of an Evans restaurant.

A woman went to pick up Ashley Kathryn Shaw, 29, in Statesboro, Ga., after her car ran out of gas. The driver told police that on the way back to Augusta, Shaw became paranoid and threw her car keys out of the moving vehicle.

Back in Augusta, they went through the drive-through of McDonald’s on Washington Road. Shaw got out of the vehicle to smoke a cigarette, but Shaw again became paranoid and pulled the keys out of the ignition of the victim’s car and threw them across the parking lot.

After she retrieved the keys, the car would not start and had to be pushed out of the drive-through.

Shaw began to remove children from the vehicle, but the victim told her not to. Shaw grabbed the woman by the shirt, swung at her and pushed her to the ground. Police found that Shaw had her driver by the shirt collar and separated them.

Police charged Shaw with battery and family violence and turned the two juveniles over to the driver.

Couple get physical

A man was charged with beating and dragging a woman by her hair after he accused her of cheating on him.

Police dispatchers received a call over which a man was heard threatening and a woman crying.

In the 1300 block of Old Louisville Road in Grovetown, police found the woman outside the residence on a cellphone saying everything was OK.

Police searched the residence and found illegal narcotics. They found Kevin James Sizemore, 31, in woods behind the residence.

The woman said the fight began when Sizemore looked at her cellphone and accused her of cheating on him. She added that he was angry at her because her job as a pizza delivery driver was causing wear and tear on her vehicle.

Sizemore dragged her by her hair and pushed her outside, she said. She had injuries on her knees and feet. He told police the fight ensued when he looked through her phone and threatened to leave her.

Sizemore was charged with battery, terroristic threats and posession of schedule 2 narcotics; he was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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