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

Evans woman reports scam

An Evans woman reported a scam regarding computer theft after purchasing what she believed was a virus removal system.

The woman told police she received a pop-up message on her computer in reference to the virus removal service.

According to the incident report, she said she called the number on the message and spoke to an unknown man. The victim gave the man her information before she said she could see him moving things around on her computer.

The call was then disconnected and the woman called Apple to inquire about the services she purchased. She was then told it was a scam.

She was advised to shut her computer down. When she did, the woman said the same unknown number called her but she said she did not answer. The man left a voicemail telling her to restart her computer.

Later, a charge of $601 was charged to her USAA account, but the victim was reimbursed.

The woman later received an email saying her account would be charged $680 for service. The email has been turned over for investigation.

Woman arrested in theft

A woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to take more than $3,000 worth of children’s clothing without paying from an Evans business.

The woman was seen loading items into Kohl’s shopping bags and then placing them in a shopping cart. The woman then allegedly attempted to leave the store with the merchandise.

When deputies arrived, the woman said she was purchasing back to school clothes for her children and she was pushing the merchandise outside to get her boyfriend who planned on paying for the items.

A total of 137 items of children’s clothing were found in the woman’s shopping costing a total of $3,428

The woman was found with no money and no identification.

The woman then told police she felt light headed and short of breath, and the woman said it was because she was seven months pregnant.

EMS arrived on scene and deemed her fit but she refused treatment for evaluation.

The woman was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility.

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Police blotter

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

Evans woman reports scam

An Evans woman reported a scam regarding computer theft after purchasing what she believed was a virus removal system.

The woman told police she received a pop-up message on her computer in reference to the virus removal service.

According to the incident report, she said she called the number on the message and spoke to an unknown man. The victim gave the man her information before she said she could see him moving things around on her computer.

The call was then disconnected and the woman called Apple to inquire about the services she purchased. She was then told it was a scam.

She was advised to shut her computer down. When she did, the woman said the same unknown number called her but she said she did not answer. The man left a voicemail telling her to restart her computer.

Later, a charge of $601 was charged to her USAA account, but the victim was reimbursed.

The woman later received an email saying her account would be charged $680 for service. The email has been turned over for investigation.

Woman arrested in theft

A woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to take more than $3,000 worth of children’s clothing without paying from an Evans business.

The woman was seen loading items into Kohl’s shopping bags and then placing them in a shopping cart. The woman then allegedly attempted to leave the store with the merchandise.

When deputies arrived, the woman said she was purchasing back to school clothes for her children and she was pushing the merchandise outside to get her boyfriend who planned on paying for the items.

A total of 137 items of children’s clothing were found in the woman’s shopping costing a total of $3,428

The woman was found with no money and no identification.

The woman then told police she felt light headed and short of breath, and the woman said it was because she was seven months pregnant.

EMS arrived on scene and deemed her fit but she refused treatment for evaluation.

The woman was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility.

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Property transfers

Cherie Lee Protinga to Simon E. Rodriguez and Cassandra Rodriguez, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 067C053; $210,000

Jordan D. Mack to Richard E. Burrows, II and Anna M. Burrows as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1386; $207,800

Larry Alan Nowers to Robert L. Tampling; Map & Parcel number: 077G275; $155,000

Christine J. Lee to Yumeka S. Mincey; Map & Parcel number: 062, 090C; $245,000

Tindall Construction, LLC to Derek Rinaldo and Natasha Rinaldo, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 068, 1124; $230,000

Meredith Stokes to Laura Levering; Map & Parcel number: 074, 191; $169,900

Henry R. Dew to Whitman K. Gasaway; Map & Parcel number: 077G850; $155,000

Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon to Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon; Map & Parcel number: 078E042; $0; Deed of gift

COEL Development Co., Inc., and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes,
Inc.; 137 Radcliff Dr.; $38,900

Susan S. Harris to Russell Erwin Whipps; 354 Connor Circle; $120,000

Stevi B.’s Properties #5, Inc. N/K/A/ Properties #5, Inc. to BSRS Properties #5, Inc.; 212 Bobby Jones Expressway; $10; Corporate Merger

Warren E. Koehler to Bridget L. Vineyard; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 223; $241,900

Glinda Marie Smith to Robert Elam; Map & Parcel number: 006,086A; $15,500

Townsend Five, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 1158 Fawn Forest Rd.; $46,000

Ivey Residential, LLC to Vanessa Kimberly John; Map & Parcel number: 0671765; $183,500

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Amanda R. Bailey; Map & Parcel number: 051817; $235,250

Ivey Residential, LLC to Samuel Ernest Feffer; Map & Parcel number: 0671741; $230,920

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Robert Murach; Map & Parcel number: 0601301; $334,000

Heath Eugene Rollins to Erin L. Hammett; Map & Parcel number: 033-018; $96,371

Ray Huckins to Ceceila Clark; Map & Parcel number: 031, 203; $112,500

Malcolm Correia to Angela Biasiny; Map & Parcel number: 082C029; $144,900

Robyn M. Lewis to Hee-Choon Samuel Lee and Miae M. Lee, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A923; $339,900

Terry A. Senesac to Michael A. Correia and Cynthia J. Correia, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D339; $164,900

Patricia C. Hayes to Steven J. Vandiver and Sarah D. Vandiver, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D252; $160,000

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Tyler J. Sherrier; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2040; $229,900

Bryan Neal Sherrill and Amy Lisa Sherrill to Matthew A. Moore; 741 Wickham Dr.; $216,400

Darlene D. Kpaway, formerly known as Darlene D. Roseville to Petmark Paras; 566 Oak Chase Dr.; $175,000

Patricia A. Hammond to Karen Lariscey; Map & Parcel number: 066, 746; $91,000

COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Pierwood Construction Co.; 124 Radcliff Dr.; $155,600

Wells Fargo Bank, NA Successor by merger to Wachovia Bank, National Association to Stephen H. Steinberg; 114 Laura Lane Ext.; $85,050

Heather K. Wilson to Constance A. Redmond; Map & Parcel number: 065, 714; $195,000

James Kim to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900

Eric Johnson to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900; Deed of gift

Pierwood Construction Co. to Michelle Montgomery; 3261 Windwood St.; $178,900

Daniel H. Reed to William Cherkauskas; 231 Andleton Way; $279,900

Justin & Emerson,
LLC to Michael D. Ellison; 550 Emerson Dr.; $410,000

Michael Nicholas to Derek B. Smith; 836 S. Willowick Dr.; $126,200

River Island Company, LLC to Southeastern Family Homes Inc.; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $0 Corporation to Corporation

Southeastern Family Homes to Daniel C. Floyd; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $379,900

Mark A. Richards to Mark A. Richards; 1553 Driftwood Lane; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Thomas Almon Rugh to Jeffery Dean Ford; 447 Buxton Lane; $410,000

William M. Getha to Brandon Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $184,000

Brandon Murphy to Angel K. Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0; Deed of gift

Edward A. Whealan to Racy Freeman; 306 Brentford Ave.; $237,000

Jereme R. Schultz to David A. Bowman; 8796 Crenshaw Dr.; $213,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Amanda L. Russell; 221 Torrey Pine Trail; $220,530

Christopher Majors to Douglas Edward Carter; 3501 Saint Andrews Way; $300,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Matthew Brien Davis; 455 Kirkwood Dr.; $273,490

Gary C. Williams to Joseph P. McBride; Map & Parcel number: 071D071; $216,900

Leta F. Allmond to Randall C. White; Map & Parcel number: 065, 660A; $239,900

David P. Jones to Diana S. Butler; Map & Parcel number: 072L041; $215,000

George Cuylor Leverett to David R. Urbizo; Map & Parcel number: 065, 1030; $273,000

John T. Hammonds to Jason W. Sargent; Map & Parcel number: G19-135; $205,000

Herbert Homes, Inc. to Paul Allen Jeffers Morris; 1036 Arlington Way; $345,000

Bro-Con Development, Inc. to Connor Place Home Owners Association, Inc.; $0; Deed of gift

CNL APF Partners, LP to SCFRC-HW-G LLC; 227 Bobby Jones Expressway; $1,217,458

Estate of Donnie Bramblet to Patricia Bramblet; Map & Parcel number: 069-254 and 074A025; $0; Estate Deed

Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari to Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari; Map & Parcel number: 077G891; $0; Deed of gift

Ralph Shady Smith to Glenda Smith; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 198; $0

James Steven McNair and Stephanie C. McNair to Michael L. Carnley and Christina E. Carnley, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A333; $227,500

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Property transfers

Cherie Lee Protinga to Simon E. Rodriguez and Cassandra Rodriguez, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 067C053; $210,000

Jordan D. Mack to Richard E. Burrows, II and Anna M. Burrows as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1386; $207,800

Larry Alan Nowers to Robert L. Tampling; Map & Parcel number: 077G275; $155,000

Christine J. Lee to Yumeka S. Mincey; Map & Parcel number: 062, 090C; $245,000

Tindall Construction, LLC to Derek Rinaldo and Natasha Rinaldo, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 068, 1124; $230,000

Meredith Stokes to Laura Levering; Map & Parcel number: 074, 191; $169,900

Henry R. Dew to Whitman K. Gasaway; Map & Parcel number: 077G850; $155,000

Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon to Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon; Map & Parcel number: 078E042; $0; Deed of gift

COEL Development Co., Inc., and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes,
Inc.; 137 Radcliff Dr.; $38,900

Susan S. Harris to Russell Erwin Whipps; 354 Connor Circle; $120,000

Stevi B.’s Properties #5, Inc. N/K/A/ Properties #5, Inc. to BSRS Properties #5, Inc.; 212 Bobby Jones Expressway; $10; Corporate Merger

Warren E. Koehler to Bridget L. Vineyard; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 223; $241,900

Glinda Marie Smith to Robert Elam; Map & Parcel number: 006,086A; $15,500

Townsend Five, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 1158 Fawn Forest Rd.; $46,000

Ivey Residential, LLC to Vanessa Kimberly John; Map & Parcel number: 0671765; $183,500

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Amanda R. Bailey; Map & Parcel number: 051817; $235,250

Ivey Residential, LLC to Samuel Ernest Feffer; Map & Parcel number: 0671741; $230,920

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Robert Murach; Map & Parcel number: 0601301; $334,000

Heath Eugene Rollins to Erin L. Hammett; Map & Parcel number: 033-018; $96,371

Ray Huckins to Ceceila Clark; Map & Parcel number: 031, 203; $112,500

Malcolm Correia to Angela Biasiny; Map & Parcel number: 082C029; $144,900

Robyn M. Lewis to Hee-Choon Samuel Lee and Miae M. Lee, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A923; $339,900

Terry A. Senesac to Michael A. Correia and Cynthia J. Correia, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D339; $164,900

Patricia C. Hayes to Steven J. Vandiver and Sarah D. Vandiver, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D252; $160,000

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Tyler J. Sherrier; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2040; $229,900

Bryan Neal Sherrill and Amy Lisa Sherrill to Matthew A. Moore; 741 Wickham Dr.; $216,400

Darlene D. Kpaway, formerly known as Darlene D. Roseville to Petmark Paras; 566 Oak Chase Dr.; $175,000

Patricia A. Hammond to Karen Lariscey; Map & Parcel number: 066, 746; $91,000

COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Pierwood Construction Co.; 124 Radcliff Dr.; $155,600

Wells Fargo Bank, NA Successor by merger to Wachovia Bank, National Association to Stephen H. Steinberg; 114 Laura Lane Ext.; $85,050

Heather K. Wilson to Constance A. Redmond; Map & Parcel number: 065, 714; $195,000

James Kim to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900

Eric Johnson to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900; Deed of gift

Pierwood Construction Co. to Michelle Montgomery; 3261 Windwood St.; $178,900

Daniel H. Reed to William Cherkauskas; 231 Andleton Way; $279,900

Justin & Emerson,
LLC to Michael D. Ellison; 550 Emerson Dr.; $410,000

Michael Nicholas to Derek B. Smith; 836 S. Willowick Dr.; $126,200

River Island Company, LLC to Southeastern Family Homes Inc.; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $0 Corporation to Corporation

Southeastern Family Homes to Daniel C. Floyd; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $379,900

Mark A. Richards to Mark A. Richards; 1553 Driftwood Lane; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Thomas Almon Rugh to Jeffery Dean Ford; 447 Buxton Lane; $410,000

William M. Getha to Brandon Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $184,000

Brandon Murphy to Angel K. Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0; Deed of gift

Edward A. Whealan to Racy Freeman; 306 Brentford Ave.; $237,000

Jereme R. Schultz to David A. Bowman; 8796 Crenshaw Dr.; $213,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Amanda L. Russell; 221 Torrey Pine Trail; $220,530

Christopher Majors to Douglas Edward Carter; 3501 Saint Andrews Way; $300,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Matthew Brien Davis; 455 Kirkwood Dr.; $273,490

Gary C. Williams to Joseph P. McBride; Map & Parcel number: 071D071; $216,900

Leta F. Allmond to Randall C. White; Map & Parcel number: 065, 660A; $239,900

David P. Jones to Diana S. Butler; Map & Parcel number: 072L041; $215,000

George Cuylor Leverett to David R. Urbizo; Map & Parcel number: 065, 1030; $273,000

John T. Hammonds to Jason W. Sargent; Map & Parcel number: G19-135; $205,000

Herbert Homes, Inc. to Paul Allen Jeffers Morris; 1036 Arlington Way; $345,000

Bro-Con Development, Inc. to Connor Place Home Owners Association, Inc.; $0; Deed of gift

CNL APF Partners, LP to SCFRC-HW-G LLC; 227 Bobby Jones Expressway; $1,217,458

Estate of Donnie Bramblet to Patricia Bramblet; Map & Parcel number: 069-254 and 074A025; $0; Estate Deed

Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari to Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari; Map & Parcel number: 077G891; $0; Deed of gift

Ralph Shady Smith to Glenda Smith; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 198; $0

James Steven McNair and Stephanie C. McNair to Michael L. Carnley and Christina E. Carnley, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A333; $227,500

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I-20 bridges over Savannah River, Augusta Canal to be replaced

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations on both sides of the Savannah River.

“The Savannah River and the Augusta Canal have historically remained key sources for both water and transportation in the region,” said Deal. “This project is vital to ensure the bridges carrying people and freight to and from both states are safe, secure and efficient. We look forward to working with South Carolina to see this project through.”

The proposed replacement bridges will each provide three travel lanes in each direction, as well as a refuge area for vehicles. I-20 will be widened from four to six lanes from River Watch Parkway (Exit 200) in Georgia to West Martintown Road (Exit 1) in South Carolina, then transition back to four lanes on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

“The replacement of both bridges is critical to the safe movement of goods and people to and from both states,” said Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “Due to economic growth on both sides of the river, it is imperative that the bridge infrastructure meet modern demands, and so we are eager to work with South Carolina to move this project forward.”

The two eastbound and two westbound bridges that currently go over the Augusta Canal and Savannah River are now more than 50 years old. After extensive evaluations of construction staging, hydraulic concerns and future maintenance costs, it was determined that replacement of the bridges would be the best long-term solution.

“We had identified this section of I-20 on South Carolina’s project priority list for Interstate widening. The collaborative approach between Georgia and South Carolina will enable us to expedite the delivery of this much needed project for the citizens of the region,” said South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy A. Hall. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with GDOT and the FHWA to make the necessary improvements along the border.”

GDOT and the South Carolina Department of Transportation will pay a proportional share of preliminary engineering and construction costs. GDOT will procure the project through a design-build contract to expedite delivery. The project is slated to be put out to bid in fall 2018. More information will be released once a design-build contractor is selected.

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I-20 bridges over Savannah River, Augusta Canal to be replaced

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations on both sides of the Savannah River.

“The Savannah River and the Augusta Canal have historically remained key sources for both water and transportation in the region,” said Deal. “This project is vital to ensure the bridges carrying people and freight to and from both states are safe, secure and efficient. We look forward to working with South Carolina to see this project through.”

The proposed replacement bridges will each provide three travel lanes in each direction, as well as a refuge area for vehicles. I-20 will be widened from four to six lanes from River Watch Parkway (Exit 200) in Georgia to West Martintown Road (Exit 1) in South Carolina, then transition back to four lanes on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

“The replacement of both bridges is critical to the safe movement of goods and people to and from both states,” said Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “Due to economic growth on both sides of the river, it is imperative that the bridge infrastructure meet modern demands, and so we are eager to work with South Carolina to move this project forward.”

The two eastbound and two westbound bridges that currently go over the Augusta Canal and Savannah River are now more than 50 years old. After extensive evaluations of construction staging, hydraulic concerns and future maintenance costs, it was determined that replacement of the bridges would be the best long-term solution.

“We had identified this section of I-20 on South Carolina’s project priority list for Interstate widening. The collaborative approach between Georgia and South Carolina will enable us to expedite the delivery of this much needed project for the citizens of the region,” said South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy A. Hall. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with GDOT and the FHWA to make the necessary improvements along the border.”

GDOT and the South Carolina Department of Transportation will pay a proportional share of preliminary engineering and construction costs. GDOT will procure the project through a design-build contract to expedite delivery. The project is slated to be put out to bid in fall 2018. More information will be released once a design-build contractor is selected.

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Keep your landscape in good health in high heat

Summer began in Georgia with warmer than normal temperatures throughout the state and shows no signs of yielding before fall. Because of the hot temperatures and lack of rainfall, drought expanded across the northern half of the state. By the end of the month of June, nearly half the state was in abnormally dry conditions or drought. Severe drought increased from 4 to 25 percent of the state, and three areas of extreme drought were added. The last time Georgia had any extreme drought was in February 2013.

Georgia temperatures were well above normal in June, ranging from one to almost four degrees above the 1981-2010 average. In the Augusta area, the monthly average temperature was 80.5 degrees – 1.9 degrees above normal. Not only are the temperatures up, but the rainfall average is also down. In the Augusta area, rainfall received was 2.87 inches – 1.85 inches below normal.

The dry conditions had many effects on agriculture. Pastures essentially shut down in northern parts of the state, and cattle farmers were feeding cattle hay because the grazing was so poor.

Dryland crops suffered from the lack of moisture and the hot conditions, particularly corn in higher locations. Some areas were so dry that late soybeans and other crops could not be planted. Some farmers reported having trouble producing enough vegetables for local markets.

Urban landscapers reported that lawns were getting “crunchy” and required extra irrigation. Wine producers, however, noted that the wine grapes this year are almost free of fungal diseases because of the low humidity.

Take these steps to ensure the health of your landscape:

1. Water your plants early in the morning.

Mornings are cool, and water doesn’t evaporate as readily as it does in the heat of the afternoon. Evenings are cool, too, but water sitting on leaves overnight can cause fungal diseases.

2. Water less frequently, but deeply.

Frequent, shallow waterings lead to weak, shallow-rooted plants. Less frequent, thorough waterings encourage roots to grow deep, where the soil stays moist longer.

3. Water the soil, not the plants.

Use a watering can, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or other water-conserving irrigation technique that saturates the soil while leaving the foliage dry.

4. Mulch your plantings.

A two- to three-inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded hardwood mulch, bark or pine straw slows evaporation by shading the soil and slows water runoff.

5. Don’t prune, fertilize or apply pesticides during a drought emergency.

All of these would put additional stress on your plants.

6. Put off major planting projects until water is more plentiful.

All newly established plants require a lot of irrigation. It’s best to delay planting trees, shrubs and large herbaceous plantings until the drought is over.

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Keep your landscape in good health in high heat

Summer began in Georgia with warmer than normal temperatures throughout the state and shows no signs of yielding before fall. Because of the hot temperatures and lack of rainfall, drought expanded across the northern half of the state. By the end of the month of June, nearly half the state was in abnormally dry conditions or drought. Severe drought increased from 4 to 25 percent of the state, and three areas of extreme drought were added. The last time Georgia had any extreme drought was in February 2013.

Georgia temperatures were well above normal in June, ranging from one to almost four degrees above the 1981-2010 average. In the Augusta area, the monthly average temperature was 80.5 degrees – 1.9 degrees above normal. Not only are the temperatures up, but the rainfall average is also down. In the Augusta area, rainfall received was 2.87 inches – 1.85 inches below normal.

The dry conditions had many effects on agriculture. Pastures essentially shut down in northern parts of the state, and cattle farmers were feeding cattle hay because the grazing was so poor.

Dryland crops suffered from the lack of moisture and the hot conditions, particularly corn in higher locations. Some areas were so dry that late soybeans and other crops could not be planted. Some farmers reported having trouble producing enough vegetables for local markets.

Urban landscapers reported that lawns were getting “crunchy” and required extra irrigation. Wine producers, however, noted that the wine grapes this year are almost free of fungal diseases because of the low humidity.

Take these steps to ensure the health of your landscape:

1. Water your plants early in the morning.

Mornings are cool, and water doesn’t evaporate as readily as it does in the heat of the afternoon. Evenings are cool, too, but water sitting on leaves overnight can cause fungal diseases.

2. Water less frequently, but deeply.

Frequent, shallow waterings lead to weak, shallow-rooted plants. Less frequent, thorough waterings encourage roots to grow deep, where the soil stays moist longer.

3. Water the soil, not the plants.

Use a watering can, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or other water-conserving irrigation technique that saturates the soil while leaving the foliage dry.

4. Mulch your plantings.

A two- to three-inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded hardwood mulch, bark or pine straw slows evaporation by shading the soil and slows water runoff.

5. Don’t prune, fertilize or apply pesticides during a drought emergency.

All of these would put additional stress on your plants.

6. Put off major planting projects until water is more plentiful.

All newly established plants require a lot of irrigation. It’s best to delay planting trees, shrubs and large herbaceous plantings until the drought is over.

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Marriage licenses

Robert Wesley Lambert and Rebecca Michelle Johnson applied for a marriage license March 16 and were married March 16 in Evans

Shad Lee Curd and Jennifer Lynn Hughes applied for a marriage license March 21 and were married April 4 in Tybee Island

David Lee Patrick and Natasha Lynn Landry applied for a marriage license May 2 and were married July 2 in
Augusta

Frederic Carl Metcalfe and Grace Elizabeth Pilialoha Culver applied for a marriage license May 9 and were married July 9 in Grovetown

Daniel Ray Rice and Macy Virginia Knowles applied for a marriage license June 10 and were married July 4 in Union Point

Julian Kirk Pilgrim and Camela Michelle Setzer applied for a marriage license June 17 and were married June 25 in Appling

Herbert Clair Wilson and Anastasia Alexis McClain applied for a marriage license June 20 and were married June 24 in Augusta

Kevin Matthew Stokes and Courtney Jean Shearer applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married June 25 in Martinez

Edward Matthew Maner and Brook Amber Finch Cason applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married July 2 in Grovetown

Tracy Celeste Courson and Amy Marie Moore applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 5 in Evans

Jeffrey Alan Thomas Hughes and Cassie Gail Johnson applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 2 in Martinez

Kevin Allen Krescanko and Lacreshia J. Andrews applied for a marriage license July 1 and were married July 1 in Martinez

Philip Thomas Hicks and Sarah Nicole Deltoro applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ron Abraham and Ritu Ramchandra Joshi applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 8 in Evans

James Patrick Caudill and Kaila Michele Cooper applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 9 in Augusta

Coty Brandon Bailey and Raven Taylor Lane applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ronald Greg Newsome Sr. and Jennifer Lynn Hyatt applied for a marriage license July 11 and were married July 11 in Harlem

Devin Alexander Critell and Azariah Scheherazade Hadarah applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 13 in Evans

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Marriage licenses

Robert Wesley Lambert and Rebecca Michelle Johnson applied for a marriage license March 16 and were married March 16 in Evans

Shad Lee Curd and Jennifer Lynn Hughes applied for a marriage license March 21 and were married April 4 in Tybee Island

David Lee Patrick and Natasha Lynn Landry applied for a marriage license May 2 and were married July 2 in
Augusta

Frederic Carl Metcalfe and Grace Elizabeth Pilialoha Culver applied for a marriage license May 9 and were married July 9 in Grovetown

Daniel Ray Rice and Macy Virginia Knowles applied for a marriage license June 10 and were married July 4 in Union Point

Julian Kirk Pilgrim and Camela Michelle Setzer applied for a marriage license June 17 and were married June 25 in Appling

Herbert Clair Wilson and Anastasia Alexis McClain applied for a marriage license June 20 and were married June 24 in Augusta

Kevin Matthew Stokes and Courtney Jean Shearer applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married June 25 in Martinez

Edward Matthew Maner and Brook Amber Finch Cason applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married July 2 in Grovetown

Tracy Celeste Courson and Amy Marie Moore applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 5 in Evans

Jeffrey Alan Thomas Hughes and Cassie Gail Johnson applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 2 in Martinez

Kevin Allen Krescanko and Lacreshia J. Andrews applied for a marriage license July 1 and were married July 1 in Martinez

Philip Thomas Hicks and Sarah Nicole Deltoro applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ron Abraham and Ritu Ramchandra Joshi applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 8 in Evans

James Patrick Caudill and Kaila Michele Cooper applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 9 in Augusta

Coty Brandon Bailey and Raven Taylor Lane applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ronald Greg Newsome Sr. and Jennifer Lynn Hyatt applied for a marriage license July 11 and were married July 11 in Harlem

Devin Alexander Critell and Azariah Scheherazade Hadarah applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 13 in Evans

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Appling golfer wins E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Alex Shead began the week with no college golf offers as he prepares to enter his senior year of high school.

He can soon expect that to change.

Shead posted a final-round, 1-under-par 71 for a two-shot victory Thursday in the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp at Jones Creek Golf Club.

An 18-year-old Appling resident, Shead claimed his first American Junior Golf Association win. He finished with a 3-under 213 total to defeat Spenser Slayden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., by two shots. Defending champion Jake Milanowski shot 72 and finished third at 218.

“I really wanted to win this tournament,” Shead said. “I had been playing great coming in. To finally win one and finish it off feels great.”

It was a big week for the three homeschooled Augusta Eagles golfers. While Shead claimed the victory, his teammate, Montgomery Harrison, who earned a spot in the tournament through Sunday’s qualifier, closed with 74 and tied for fourth. Colson Herrin, another Sunday qualifier, shot 80 and tied for 39th.

“It shows we can compete with pretty much every team around here,” Shead said. “It’s good for Montgomery to finally get a good tournament in against a big field. It’s great.”

“I played very well,” said Harrison, an 18-year-old Evans golfer who, like Shead, is entering his senior high school with no college offers yet. “I’m very happy with how I played. This gives me a big confidence boost.”

Elisa Yang of Norcross, Ga., won the girls competition in dominating fashion after closing with 70. The Georgia commit was the lone girl under par all week, finishing with a 211 total for an 11-shot victory over Gabriela Coello, another Georgia commit.

Yang chipped in for birdie at No. 1 and then rolled in a 36-foot birdie putt at No. 3 and put the rest of her round in cruise control. Yang led the field with 13 birdies for the week.

“One of my goals was to shoot consecutive rounds under par and I did that,” said Yang, a rising Wesleyan senior who wore red and black in the final round. “And another goal was to win an AJGA event. It feels great to win after all the hard work I’ve done.”

Entering the final round with a one-shot lead, Shead got off to a strong start in the final round when he spun a 105-yard sand wedge shot into the hole for eagle at the par-3 third. He followed with a double bogey at No. 4 and then bounced back with a pair of birdies at Nos. 5 and 6.

The 18-year-old Shead admitted to being “very nervous” on the back nine, when he led by one. Slayden birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to take a one-shot lead, but Shead rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe at No. 15 to tie for the lead.

After striping his drive at the par-4 17th, Shead watched Slayden hit his ball left into the trees.

Slayden went on to make double bogey, giving Shead an opportunity to close the door on the tournament. Instead, he lipped out a two-foot par putt.

Up one entering No. 18, Shead hit his drive into the middle of the fairway and knocked his approach to 16 feet. While Slayden missed the green and made bogey to finish with 71, Shead two-putted for par to seal the victory.

Shead, who tied for eighth at the AJGA’s Davis Love III Junior Open in June, isn’t done playing golf this summer.

He is playing in a U.S. Amateur qualifier, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Ga.

He’s also entered in an AJGA tournament next month in Tennessee.

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Appling golfer wins E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Alex Shead began the week with no college golf offers as he prepares to enter his senior year of high school.

He can soon expect that to change.

Shead posted a final-round, 1-under-par 71 for a two-shot victory Thursday in the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp at Jones Creek Golf Club.

An 18-year-old Appling resident, Shead claimed his first American Junior Golf Association win. He finished with a 3-under 213 total to defeat Spenser Slayden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., by two shots. Defending champion Jake Milanowski shot 72 and finished third at 218.

“I really wanted to win this tournament,” Shead said. “I had been playing great coming in. To finally win one and finish it off feels great.”

It was a big week for the three homeschooled Augusta Eagles golfers. While Shead claimed the victory, his teammate, Montgomery Harrison, who earned a spot in the tournament through Sunday’s qualifier, closed with 74 and tied for fourth. Colson Herrin, another Sunday qualifier, shot 80 and tied for 39th.

“It shows we can compete with pretty much every team around here,” Shead said. “It’s good for Montgomery to finally get a good tournament in against a big field. It’s great.”

“I played very well,” said Harrison, an 18-year-old Evans golfer who, like Shead, is entering his senior high school with no college offers yet. “I’m very happy with how I played. This gives me a big confidence boost.”

Elisa Yang of Norcross, Ga., won the girls competition in dominating fashion after closing with 70. The Georgia commit was the lone girl under par all week, finishing with a 211 total for an 11-shot victory over Gabriela Coello, another Georgia commit.

Yang chipped in for birdie at No. 1 and then rolled in a 36-foot birdie putt at No. 3 and put the rest of her round in cruise control. Yang led the field with 13 birdies for the week.

“One of my goals was to shoot consecutive rounds under par and I did that,” said Yang, a rising Wesleyan senior who wore red and black in the final round. “And another goal was to win an AJGA event. It feels great to win after all the hard work I’ve done.”

Entering the final round with a one-shot lead, Shead got off to a strong start in the final round when he spun a 105-yard sand wedge shot into the hole for eagle at the par-3 third. He followed with a double bogey at No. 4 and then bounced back with a pair of birdies at Nos. 5 and 6.

The 18-year-old Shead admitted to being “very nervous” on the back nine, when he led by one. Slayden birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to take a one-shot lead, but Shead rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe at No. 15 to tie for the lead.

After striping his drive at the par-4 17th, Shead watched Slayden hit his ball left into the trees.

Slayden went on to make double bogey, giving Shead an opportunity to close the door on the tournament. Instead, he lipped out a two-foot par putt.

Up one entering No. 18, Shead hit his drive into the middle of the fairway and knocked his approach to 16 feet. While Slayden missed the green and made bogey to finish with 71, Shead two-putted for par to seal the victory.

Shead, who tied for eighth at the AJGA’s Davis Love III Junior Open in June, isn’t done playing golf this summer.

He is playing in a U.S. Amateur qualifier, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Ga.

He’s also entered in an AJGA tournament next month in Tennessee.

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Sports announcements

Baseball team looking for youth talent

The 11U Augusta Rivercats are looking to add a player for the upcoming fall season. This is for children entering 5th and 6th grade and who did not turn 11 before May 1, 2016. For tryout information, please contact Bill Cleveland at 706-495-9502 or bwcleveland8@gmail.com.

Augusta Prep is holding a volleyball camp

Augusta Prep’s 13th annual summer volleyball camps is July 25-28. There are two sessions per camp, Middle School from 9 a.m.-noon (grades 5-8), and High School from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (grades 9-12). The cost is $130 for the camp. For more info please contact Coach Rich Bland at (706) 414-6145, rich.bland@augustaprep.org or visit www.augustaprep.org/CampCavalier

Evans is holding two cheerleading camps

Evans High School is holding a cheerleading kiddie camp, July 18-22. The camp, for ages 5-12, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Cost is $100.

For more information, contact Sarah Holtzner 706-863-1198 sarah.holtzner@ccboe.net

Augusta University holding baseball camp

The Jaguar baseball team is holding its third-annual NIKE Baseball camp, July 18-21, at Jaguar Field located next to Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The camp offers instruction in fundamentals and team play from the Augusta coaching staff and players in a safe, healthy and fun environment. The four-day camp, for boys ages 7-12, costs $235 per person and lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 each day. Campers are expected to bring lunch, cleats, sneakers, glove and a water bottle.

The camp features an eight-to-one camper to instructor ratio, daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and skills, an official NIKE camp T-shirt, prizes, and a NIKE Baseball Camp graduation certificate.

For more details, call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (1-800-645-3226).

If you have an announcement you’d like to run in the News-Times, send an email to Chris Gay at chris.gay@augustachronicle.com

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Sports announcements

Baseball team looking for youth talent

The 11U Augusta Rivercats are looking to add a player for the upcoming fall season. This is for children entering 5th and 6th grade and who did not turn 11 before May 1, 2016. For tryout information, please contact Bill Cleveland at 706-495-9502 or bwcleveland8@gmail.com.

Augusta Prep is holding a volleyball camp

Augusta Prep’s 13th annual summer volleyball camps is July 25-28. There are two sessions per camp, Middle School from 9 a.m.-noon (grades 5-8), and High School from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (grades 9-12). The cost is $130 for the camp. For more info please contact Coach Rich Bland at (706) 414-6145, rich.bland@augustaprep.org or visit www.augustaprep.org/CampCavalier

Evans is holding two cheerleading camps

Evans High School is holding a cheerleading kiddie camp, July 18-22. The camp, for ages 5-12, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Cost is $100.

For more information, contact Sarah Holtzner 706-863-1198 sarah.holtzner@ccboe.net

Augusta University holding baseball camp

The Jaguar baseball team is holding its third-annual NIKE Baseball camp, July 18-21, at Jaguar Field located next to Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The camp offers instruction in fundamentals and team play from the Augusta coaching staff and players in a safe, healthy and fun environment. The four-day camp, for boys ages 7-12, costs $235 per person and lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 each day. Campers are expected to bring lunch, cleats, sneakers, glove and a water bottle.

The camp features an eight-to-one camper to instructor ratio, daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and skills, an official NIKE camp T-shirt, prizes, and a NIKE Baseball Camp graduation certificate.

For more details, call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (1-800-645-3226).

If you have an announcement you’d like to run in the News-Times, send an email to Chris Gay at chris.gay@augustachronicle.com

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Current events

Registration open at Christian academy

Registration is open for fall classes in grades 6-12 at Evans Christian Academy. For more information, call (706) 364-3565.

Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Roundtable of Augusta meeting, 6 p.m. July 18, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; dinner, $12; speaker, Edward Hightower, professor of history at Clark Atlanta University, will speak about Georgia’s penal system during Reconstruction; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com

GOP Breakfast

Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast, 9 a.m. July 23, The Garlic Clove, 4534 Washington Road; $8 for breakfast; speakers are Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski, candidates for Georgia Senate District 24; ccgagop.org

Tutus for Cancer 5K

Tutus for Cancer 5K, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; supports breast cancer awareness; displays and giveaways; wear pink performance gear; (706) 791-4300, fortgordonrunseries.com

10 Miler Qualifier

Army 10 Miler Qualifier, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; open to all runners, but only active duty military members stationed at Fort Gordon will be considered for the Fort Gordon Army 10-Miler team; fortgordonrunseries.com

Cupcake class

Saturday Chef – Cupcakes, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; learn to prepare different flavors and simple decorating techniques; taught by Helms College professionals; (706) 651-9707

Wounded Spirits PTSD

Wounded Spirits PTSD Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23, Holiday Inn at I-20, 441 Park West
Drive; free; biblical approach to dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress; free admission and materials; seating is limited; register by calling (703) 606-3858

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling-Harlem
Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

CSRA Republican Women’s meeting

CSRA Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. July 25, Jones Creek Country Club, 777 Jones Creek Drive; speaker, Mary Cunningham, coordinator for Health Care for Homeless Veterans; social and dinner begin at 6 p.m.; dinner costs $12; business meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free; RSVP on or before July 21; (706) 830-5730

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks at (706) 868-5601

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans to Locks Road; dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978

Gold prospectors

Gold Prospectors Association of America, 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays,
Mind­body Stress Reduct­ion Programs, 4210 Colum­bia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15,
$5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction
.com

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays,
1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard
Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

For more local events or to post an upcoming event, visit events.augusta.com.

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Current events

Registration open at Christian academy

Registration is open for fall classes in grades 6-12 at Evans Christian Academy. For more information, call (706) 364-3565.

Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Roundtable of Augusta meeting, 6 p.m. July 18, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; dinner, $12; speaker, Edward Hightower, professor of history at Clark Atlanta University, will speak about Georgia’s penal system during Reconstruction; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com

GOP Breakfast

Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast, 9 a.m. July 23, The Garlic Clove, 4534 Washington Road; $8 for breakfast; speakers are Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski, candidates for Georgia Senate District 24; ccgagop.org

Tutus for Cancer 5K

Tutus for Cancer 5K, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; supports breast cancer awareness; displays and giveaways; wear pink performance gear; (706) 791-4300, fortgordonrunseries.com

10 Miler Qualifier

Army 10 Miler Qualifier, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; open to all runners, but only active duty military members stationed at Fort Gordon will be considered for the Fort Gordon Army 10-Miler team; fortgordonrunseries.com

Cupcake class

Saturday Chef – Cupcakes, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; learn to prepare different flavors and simple decorating techniques; taught by Helms College professionals; (706) 651-9707

Wounded Spirits PTSD

Wounded Spirits PTSD Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23, Holiday Inn at I-20, 441 Park West
Drive; free; biblical approach to dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress; free admission and materials; seating is limited; register by calling (703) 606-3858

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling-Harlem
Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

CSRA Republican Women’s meeting

CSRA Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. July 25, Jones Creek Country Club, 777 Jones Creek Drive; speaker, Mary Cunningham, coordinator for Health Care for Homeless Veterans; social and dinner begin at 6 p.m.; dinner costs $12; business meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free; RSVP on or before July 21; (706) 830-5730

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks at (706) 868-5601

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans to Locks Road; dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978

Gold prospectors

Gold Prospectors Association of America, 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays,
Mind­body Stress Reduct­ion Programs, 4210 Colum­bia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15,
$5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction
.com

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays,
1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard
Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

For more local events or to post an upcoming event, visit events.augusta.com.

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Pet Adoptions

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Partnership to teach disabled vets to flyfish

 

Project Healing Waters of Augusta and Augusta Warrior Project will hold a fly-fishing event at 8:30 a.m. on Friday to teach those with a 30 percent or more service-connected disability how to fly fish. The event will take place at Fort Gordon. Visitors should allow time to get through security and the gate. The initial meet-up will be at the post game check station at the intersection of 15th Street and North Range Road. The group will then convoy to the Clay Pit. Drinks and bug spray will be provided. If it rains the days before the event, anyone wishing to volunteer a four-wheel-drive vehicle may do so. Gear will be provided (if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it) and a fishing license will not be necessary. RSVP with augustaphwff@gmail.com.

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Partnership to teach disabled vets to flyfish

 

Project Healing Waters of Augusta and Augusta Warrior Project will hold a fly-fishing event at 8:30 a.m. on Friday to teach those with a 30 percent or more service-connected disability how to fly fish. The event will take place at Fort Gordon. Visitors should allow time to get through security and the gate. The initial meet-up will be at the post game check station at the intersection of 15th Street and North Range Road. The group will then convoy to the Clay Pit. Drinks and bug spray will be provided. If it rains the days before the event, anyone wishing to volunteer a four-wheel-drive vehicle may do so. Gear will be provided (if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it) and a fishing license will not be necessary. RSVP with augustaphwff@gmail.com.

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