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Police Blotter, Sept. 17, 2014

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

Trespasser chased away

Neighbors on Jacqueline Drive in Appling recently called authorities twice after they chased someone trespassing on their property.

A 33-year-old man said he was inside his home at about 11 p.m. Friday when he heard someone banging on the side of his house then someone trying to open the door to the crawl space. He called his neighbor to come over and sneak up on the trespasser to try and catch him.

The neighbor said he approached the house in the area the man heard the noise and a man took off running into nearby woods. A woman who left the home before deputies arrived said she saw a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white tank top, running in the wood line of a nearby home.

The same man called authorities again just before 1 a.m. Sunday. He was at a neighbor’s house and heard a loud noise at his home. The same neighbor who helped him previously went to check out the noise and yelled. The man said he jumped on his ATV, hurried home and saw a man running on a trail alongside his property. He couldn’t chase the trespasser in the thick brush.

Naked student found in class

A Lakeside High School student was found naked inside a portable classroom on Friday.

An employee of the school in Martinez told deputies that he tried to open the door to a portable classroom to clean it at about 12:30 p.m. The door wouldn’t open and he could feel someone holding the door closed from the inside. The employee pushed the door open and found a 14-year-old student with no clothes on.

The employee said he told the student to get dressed and waited outside. He then escorted the teen to the office.

When talking to the assistant principal and his mother, the teen said he’s done this before and feels the need to get naked whenever he feels pressured.

The deputy contacted a Columbia County Juvenile Court intake officer, and the teen was released to his mother.

Store deposit stolen by “good Samaritan”

An assistant manager of an Evans retail store told deputies late Friday that she believes someone trying to help her with car trouble stole the business’ bank deposit.

The assistant manager of the Dollar Tree at 4459 Washington Road said she closed the store and went to her vehicle at about 10:20 p.m. She put the bank deposit on the passenger seat and rolled down the window.

The car wouldn’t start, so she checked under the hood and found the battery cable disconnected.

A man approached the assistant manager and asked if she needed help. She refused the man’s help, reconnected the battery cable and drove to a nearby Wells Fargo
bank.

But when she got to the bank, the assistant manager said the bank deposit was gone. She went back to the Dollar Tree parking lot, but didn’t find the deposit or anything else missing from her car.

Metal stolen from field

A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had stolen scrap metal from her property.

The 75-year-old woman said her husband keeps a large pile of scrap metal on the back of their property, which is accessible by a dirt path from a nearby road.

She checks the area daily as she tends to the horses.

The woman said the theft happened between Sept. 5 and Thursday. Deputies found a large portion of the fence had been cut and could see where a truck had backed up to the area.

A neighbor told the woman that she’d seen a rusty red truck occupied by an older man and two teens on the path one night.

The neighbor’s son spoke to the older man, who said he was bringing his grandsons out to see the stars.

The stolen scrap metal is estimated to be worth about $6,000.

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Police Blotter, Sept. 17, 2014

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

Trespasser chased away

Neighbors on Jacqueline Drive in Appling recently called authorities twice after they chased someone trespassing on their property.

A 33-year-old man said he was inside his home at about 11 p.m. Friday when he heard someone banging on the side of his house then someone trying to open the door to the crawl space. He called his neighbor to come over and sneak up on the trespasser to try and catch him.

The neighbor said he approached the house in the area the man heard the noise and a man took off running into nearby woods. A woman who left the home before deputies arrived said she saw a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white tank top, running in the wood line of a nearby home.

The same man called authorities again just before 1 a.m. Sunday. He was at a neighbor’s house and heard a loud noise at his home. The same neighbor who helped him previously went to check out the noise and yelled. The man said he jumped on his ATV, hurried home and saw a man running on a trail alongside his property. He couldn’t chase the trespasser in the thick brush.

Naked student found in class

A Lakeside High School student was found naked inside a portable classroom on Friday.

An employee of the school in Martinez told deputies that he tried to open the door to a portable classroom to clean it at about 12:30 p.m. The door wouldn’t open and he could feel someone holding the door closed from the inside. The employee pushed the door open and found a 14-year-old student with no clothes on.

The employee said he told the student to get dressed and waited outside. He then escorted the teen to the office.

When talking to the assistant principal and his mother, the teen said he’s done this before and feels the need to get naked whenever he feels pressured.

The deputy contacted a Columbia County Juvenile Court intake officer, and the teen was released to his mother.

Store deposit stolen by “good Samaritan”

An assistant manager of an Evans retail store told deputies late Friday that she believes someone trying to help her with car trouble stole the business’ bank deposit.

The assistant manager of the Dollar Tree at 4459 Washington Road said she closed the store and went to her vehicle at about 10:20 p.m. She put the bank deposit on the passenger seat and rolled down the window.

The car wouldn’t start, so she checked under the hood and found the battery cable disconnected.

A man approached the assistant manager and asked if she needed help. She refused the man’s help, reconnected the battery cable and drove to a nearby Wells Fargo
bank.

But when she got to the bank, the assistant manager said the bank deposit was gone. She went back to the Dollar Tree parking lot, but didn’t find the deposit or anything else missing from her car.

Metal stolen from field

A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had stolen scrap metal from her property.

The 75-year-old woman said her husband keeps a large pile of scrap metal on the back of their property, which is accessible by a dirt path from a nearby road.

She checks the area daily as she tends to the horses.

The woman said the theft happened between Sept. 5 and Thursday. Deputies found a large portion of the fence had been cut and could see where a truck had backed up to the area.

A neighbor told the woman that she’d seen a rusty red truck occupied by an older man and two teens on the path one night.

The neighbor’s son spoke to the older man, who said he was bringing his grandsons out to see the stars.

The stolen scrap metal is estimated to be worth about $6,000.

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Judge refuses murder suspect's guilty plea

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea Friday from a man who said he had nothing to do with a 2012 attempted armed robbery that led to the death of his friend.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. would not accept the plea from Anthony Terrell Graddy, 37, at a sentencing hearing in Evans after Graddy said he had nothing to do with the attempted armed robbery and death of Patrick Smith, 33, in Columbia County.

“If a client says he didn’t do it, I can’t accept his plea,” Blanchard said.

Graddy was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller said the victims in the case have not been cooperative and it would be difficult to prosecute to a conviction from a jury on the murder charge. So he offered Graddy a plea agreement that included 20 years in prison if he pled guilty to a lesser charge of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

“This is a resolution the state feels is appropriate based on the facts of the case and based on the difficulty of prosecuting some of the counts,” Muller said. “The state (finds it) very difficult to prove those cases and prosecute those cases in a jury trial.”

Graddy, who was diagnosed about 20 years ago with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, spoke at the hearing.

“I’ve been locked up for almost three years on this murder charge,” Graddy told the judge. “I really didn’t have anything to do with this.

“Right now, I don’t even know what is going on.”

Blanchard said he wouldn’t accept a guilty plea from Graddy, who claimed he didn’t have anything to do with the crime.

“Try him,” Blanchard said. “I don’t want to see a writ of habeas corpus later because I sent a man who didn’t do it to prison.”

In statements to authorities, Graddy initially said he’d found his friend in the vehicle. He later admitted they’d gone to the house with the intent to rob the occupants.

Graddy and Smith were accused of trying to force their way into a home on Blanchard Road on Feb. 24, 2012, with the intent of robbing those inside, Muller said. As they tried to get into the home, gunfire came from inside the house and authorities say Smith returned fire.

A man inside the home was shot in the back and paralyzed. Smith, who was shot in the abdomen, and Graddy left. Smith was found passed out inside a Chevrolet Suburban that crashed into a ditch on Blanchard Road. Graddy went to a nearby home to call 911. Smith died the next day from his injuries.

“My client (Graddy) did go for help instead of just running away,” Graddy’s attorney, John Lewis, said at the hearing.

Lewis said Graddy was naive, even used a handgun that didn’t work, and went along with the plan with his friend.

“My client is not the instigator of this thing,” Lewis said. “Being a follower is no defense. But he definitely is easily influenced by others. He was a follower, not a leader, not an instigator.”

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Judge refuses murder suspect's guilty plea

A judge refused to accept a guilty plea Friday from a man who said he had nothing to do with a 2012 attempted armed robbery that led to the death of his friend.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. would not accept the plea from Anthony Terrell Graddy, 37, at a sentencing hearing in Evans after Graddy said he had nothing to do with the attempted armed robbery and death of Patrick Smith, 33, in Columbia County.

“If a client says he didn’t do it, I can’t accept his plea,” Blanchard said.

Graddy was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller said the victims in the case have not been cooperative and it would be difficult to prosecute to a conviction from a jury on the murder charge. So he offered Graddy a plea agreement that included 20 years in prison if he pled guilty to a lesser charge of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

“This is a resolution the state feels is appropriate based on the facts of the case and based on the difficulty of prosecuting some of the counts,” Muller said. “The state (finds it) very difficult to prove those cases and prosecute those cases in a jury trial.”

Graddy, who was diagnosed about 20 years ago with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, spoke at the hearing.

“I’ve been locked up for almost three years on this murder charge,” Graddy told the judge. “I really didn’t have anything to do with this.

“Right now, I don’t even know what is going on.”

Blanchard said he wouldn’t accept a guilty plea from Graddy, who claimed he didn’t have anything to do with the crime.

“Try him,” Blanchard said. “I don’t want to see a writ of habeas corpus later because I sent a man who didn’t do it to prison.”

In statements to authorities, Graddy initially said he’d found his friend in the vehicle. He later admitted they’d gone to the house with the intent to rob the occupants.

Graddy and Smith were accused of trying to force their way into a home on Blanchard Road on Feb. 24, 2012, with the intent of robbing those inside, Muller said. As they tried to get into the home, gunfire came from inside the house and authorities say Smith returned fire.

A man inside the home was shot in the back and paralyzed. Smith, who was shot in the abdomen, and Graddy left. Smith was found passed out inside a Chevrolet Suburban that crashed into a ditch on Blanchard Road. Graddy went to a nearby home to call 911. Smith died the next day from his injuries.

“My client (Graddy) did go for help instead of just running away,” Graddy’s attorney, John Lewis, said at the hearing.

Lewis said Graddy was naive, even used a handgun that didn’t work, and went along with the plan with his friend.

“My client is not the instigator of this thing,” Lewis said. “Being a follower is no defense. But he definitely is easily influenced by others. He was a follower, not a leader, not an instigator.”

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On vacation

A small group traveled with Greg and Teresa Brooks to Canada and Nova Scotia the first week of September. Leaving from NYC the group visited St. John's New Brunswick, seeing the Bay of Fundy and Halifax, and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. They traveled on the Carnival's ship Splendor.

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On vacation

A small group traveled with Greg and Teresa Brooks to Canada and Nova Scotia the first week of September. Leaving from NYC the group visited St. John's New Brunswick, seeing the Bay of Fundy and Halifax, and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. They traveled on the Carnival's ship Splendor.

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Grant program

Tourism Grant Program to enhance tourism in Columbia County; available to qualifying agencies to promote activities, attractions and special events; overseen by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee; to apply, contact Shelly Blackburn for application or information; (706) 447-7677,
sblackburn@choosecolumbiacounty.com

Grants available

Columbia County Forward Foundation accepting applications for five $1,000 grants to be awarded to organizations to encourage and promote philanthropy in Columbia County; compete application at ccforwardfoundation.org and provide a 300-500 word proposal; application deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31; information: Jessica Perry, info@ccforwardfoundation.com

Museum

Grovetown Museum, 106 E. Robinson Ave.; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; children must be accompanied by adult; no charge for tours, donations accepted; (706) 863-1867

Pageant

Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as hosts at the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant in Tifton, Ga.; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each; (706) 664-5010, columbiacounty
forestry@gmail.com

Harlem council

Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–janet@yahoo.com, Ann Blalock blalock@hotmail.com

Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide needs volunteers to prepare tax returns, greet program users and ensure things run smoothly at locations throughout Georgia and nationwide; sign up to train for the 2015 tax season at aarp.org/taxvolunteer

Fair pageant

2014 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; for ladies ages 17-23 who are residents of or attend school in the Central Savannah River Area; judging in interview, swimsuit, evening gown, overall review; entry deadline Monday, Oct. 20; winner will represent Columbia County at state
pageant; applications
online at columbiacountyfair.net or call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645

Luncheon

Augusta Area Newcomers Club meeting and luncheon 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, e-mail for location; membership open to those who have moved into the area within the last 5 years; hospitality@augustanewcomers.net, augustanewcomers.net

Arts in Heart

2014 Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Broad Street and Augusta Common; fine arts, fine crafts market, performers of all kinds, young artist market (for school-age artists), children’s area; no pets or coolers; weekend pass $5 advance, $10 at gate; artsintheheart.com

 

Sleeping Beauty

Presented by Columbia County Ballet and Imperial Theatre; 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Imperial Theatre; tickets by phone or online; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com

iRun Man 5k

ECE’s iRun Man 5k 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Euchee Creek Elementary School; 1 Mile Fun Run for children under 12 8:30 a.m.; 5K open to all ages 9:30 a.m.; Vendors, after-race party; $25
adults, $15 children, advance registration includes T-shirt;
eucheecreek.wix.com/ece5k

Fishing rodeo

Fish for Life Kids’ Fishing Rodeo and Family Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; for ages 2-8 and 9-13; bring pole and bait 9-11 a.m.; other activities include bounce houses, hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, nickles in a haystack, dunking booth; food and games are free; chfishforlife.org

Lydia work day

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; cut material used for sewing Lydia totes for women with cancer; thelydiaproject.org

Guitar Pull

Kicks 99 Guitar Pull presented by Boots, Bridles and Britches; show 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch; $35; tickets on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Champions Box Office only; bit.ly/1qio14L

Emerging artists

For ages 13-19; 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Columbia County Library meeting room, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; learn leadership skills and opportunities; bring a sample of your work; presented by Artists’ Guild of Columbia County

Night walk

Light The Night Walk 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; food vendors, pets welcome;
lightthenight.org/ga

Yoga in the Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; in celebration of National Yoga Month; sponsored by The Yoga Center, Dancing Dogs Yoga and SPACE yoga studios; six different 45 minute classes for all levels; chair yoga class for those with injuries or physical challenges; bring mat and water bottle; free, donations accepted; theyogacenter.net

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Grant program

Tourism Grant Program to enhance tourism in Columbia County; available to qualifying agencies to promote activities, attractions and special events; overseen by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee; to apply, contact Shelly Blackburn for application or information; (706) 447-7677,
sblackburn@choosecolumbiacounty.com

Grants available

Columbia County Forward Foundation accepting applications for five $1,000 grants to be awarded to organizations to encourage and promote philanthropy in Columbia County; compete application at ccforwardfoundation.org and provide a 300-500 word proposal; application deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31; information: Jessica Perry, info@ccforwardfoundation.com

Museum

Grovetown Museum, 106 E. Robinson Ave.; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; children must be accompanied by adult; no charge for tours, donations accepted; (706) 863-1867

Pageant

Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as hosts at the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant in Tifton, Ga.; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each; (706) 664-5010, columbiacounty
forestry@gmail.com

Harlem council

Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–janet@yahoo.com, Ann Blalock blalock@hotmail.com

Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide needs volunteers to prepare tax returns, greet program users and ensure things run smoothly at locations throughout Georgia and nationwide; sign up to train for the 2015 tax season at aarp.org/taxvolunteer

Fair pageant

2014 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; for ladies ages 17-23 who are residents of or attend school in the Central Savannah River Area; judging in interview, swimsuit, evening gown, overall review; entry deadline Monday, Oct. 20; winner will represent Columbia County at state
pageant; applications
online at columbiacountyfair.net or call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645

Luncheon

Augusta Area Newcomers Club meeting and luncheon 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, e-mail for location; membership open to those who have moved into the area within the last 5 years; hospitality@augustanewcomers.net, augustanewcomers.net

Arts in Heart

2014 Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Broad Street and Augusta Common; fine arts, fine crafts market, performers of all kinds, young artist market (for school-age artists), children’s area; no pets or coolers; weekend pass $5 advance, $10 at gate; artsintheheart.com

 

Sleeping Beauty

Presented by Columbia County Ballet and Imperial Theatre; 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Imperial Theatre; tickets by phone or online; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com

iRun Man 5k

ECE’s iRun Man 5k 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Euchee Creek Elementary School; 1 Mile Fun Run for children under 12 8:30 a.m.; 5K open to all ages 9:30 a.m.; Vendors, after-race party; $25
adults, $15 children, advance registration includes T-shirt;
eucheecreek.wix.com/ece5k

Fishing rodeo

Fish for Life Kids’ Fishing Rodeo and Family Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; for ages 2-8 and 9-13; bring pole and bait 9-11 a.m.; other activities include bounce houses, hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, nickles in a haystack, dunking booth; food and games are free; chfishforlife.org

Lydia work day

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; cut material used for sewing Lydia totes for women with cancer; thelydiaproject.org

Guitar Pull

Kicks 99 Guitar Pull presented by Boots, Bridles and Britches; show 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch; $35; tickets on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Champions Box Office only; bit.ly/1qio14L

Emerging artists

For ages 13-19; 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Columbia County Library meeting room, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; learn leadership skills and opportunities; bring a sample of your work; presented by Artists’ Guild of Columbia County

Night walk

Light The Night Walk 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; food vendors, pets welcome;
lightthenight.org/ga

Yoga in the Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; in celebration of National Yoga Month; sponsored by The Yoga Center, Dancing Dogs Yoga and SPACE yoga studios; six different 45 minute classes for all levels; chair yoga class for those with injuries or physical challenges; bring mat and water bottle; free, donations accepted; theyogacenter.net

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New restaurants in Evans

Columbia County’s menu of dining options is growing.

Peter Patel and brother A.J. Patel, have opened their second Which Wich sandwich location in Mullins Crossing in Evans.

The restaurant opened Aug. 25 in the former Great Wraps location. The Patels also own the Which Wich on Wheeler Road.

The restaurant is known for its customizable sandwiches and creative ordering system. Patrons note their sandwich options on an ordering bag. “I think a lot of people love it,” Peter Patel said. “The biggest thing is the number of options that we offer.”

Patel said his sandwich shop offers 51 varieties of sandwiches, all of which can be prepared on white or wheat bread, a lettuce wrap or in a bowl. They can be customized using traditional toppings and condiments as well as options such as walnuts, cranberries and a variety of sauces.

The 30-seat restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Another new restaurant, PDQ, opened Sept. 7 on Washington Road at Belair Road. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant serves chicken fingers, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes.

Operations manager John Cox reused stones from the former Evans School teacher’s cottage, which was later the Strictly Country gift shop. The building was torn down to make way for the restaurant.

The stones were used for the sign base and an arch and pillar on the property. Historic photos of the Evans area are framed in the restaurant’s sunroom.

“We did the best we could,” Cox said of preserving the site’s history. “I’m pretty proud of it.”

The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

An Italian eatery also is on the way in Martinez.

Edward Mendoza is renovating the former Robolli’s Italian Bar & Grill space on Fury’s Ferry Road into his second area restaurant, Cucina 503.

Mendoza, who also runs Kitchen 1454 on Walton Way and food truck, said his plans are to include a full bar and private and public dining rooms in the 3,600-square-foot space.

He hopes to open the restaurant by Thanksgiving.

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New restaurants in Evans

Columbia County’s menu of dining options is growing.

Peter Patel and brother A.J. Patel, have opened their second Which Wich sandwich location in Mullins Crossing in Evans.

The restaurant opened Aug. 25 in the former Great Wraps location. The Patels also own the Which Wich on Wheeler Road.

The restaurant is known for its customizable sandwiches and creative ordering system. Patrons note their sandwich options on an ordering bag. “I think a lot of people love it,” Peter Patel said. “The biggest thing is the number of options that we offer.”

Patel said his sandwich shop offers 51 varieties of sandwiches, all of which can be prepared on white or wheat bread, a lettuce wrap or in a bowl. They can be customized using traditional toppings and condiments as well as options such as walnuts, cranberries and a variety of sauces.

The 30-seat restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Another new restaurant, PDQ, opened Sept. 7 on Washington Road at Belair Road. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant serves chicken fingers, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes.

Operations manager John Cox reused stones from the former Evans School teacher’s cottage, which was later the Strictly Country gift shop. The building was torn down to make way for the restaurant.

The stones were used for the sign base and an arch and pillar on the property. Historic photos of the Evans area are framed in the restaurant’s sunroom.

“We did the best we could,” Cox said of preserving the site’s history. “I’m pretty proud of it.”

The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

An Italian eatery also is on the way in Martinez.

Edward Mendoza is renovating the former Robolli’s Italian Bar & Grill space on Fury’s Ferry Road into his second area restaurant, Cucina 503.

Mendoza, who also runs Kitchen 1454 on Walton Way and food truck, said his plans are to include a full bar and private and public dining rooms in the 3,600-square-foot space.

He hopes to open the restaurant by Thanksgiving.

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Lady Wolfpack strike down Lady Warriors

Led by their freshman pitcher, the Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack continued to build to Thursday’s region showdown with Evans.

Brianna Butler struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Lady Wolfpack beat Grovetown 9-0 in five innings Thursday night. The Lady Wolfpack improved to 12-3, 3-1 in Region 2-AAAAA, while Butler ran her record to 4-1.

“She threw the ball well tonight,” said Greenbrier coach Garrett Black. “She did exactly what we wanted her to do because today was a big day – region game. There is no next week unless we take care of today.”

Defensively, there wasn’t much for the Lady Wolfpack to do. First baseman Jayla Waugh recorded the first out in the bottom of the first unassisted, catcher Hannah Williamson threw out a would-be base stealer and Butler fielded a comebacker for the second and third outs of the third inning, respectively.

While Lady Warriors’ sophomore Megan McCook pitched well, scattering seven Lady Wolfpack singles, she was undone by six errors behind her. Of the nine runs, just three were earned. This coming while McCook was pitching with an injured toe on her plant foot.

“It easily could have been 2-0, 3-0 and that would would have been better but that’s kind of been our problem all year,” said Lady Warriors’ coach Jeff Davis. “We’ve been making a lot of mental mistakes and our defense has been struggling all year. We’ve got to keep working harder and getting better.”

Kirsten Titus led the Lady Wolfpack with three hits, Williamson had two RBI and Maddie Hunt contributed an RBI single in the Lady Wolfpack’s four-run second inning in which the Lady Warriors committed four errors.

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Lady Wolfpack strike down Lady Warriors

Led by their freshman pitcher, the Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack continued to build to Thursday’s region showdown with Evans.

Brianna Butler struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Lady Wolfpack beat Grovetown 9-0 in five innings Thursday night. The Lady Wolfpack improved to 12-3, 3-1 in Region 2-AAAAA, while Butler ran her record to 4-1.

“She threw the ball well tonight,” said Greenbrier coach Garrett Black. “She did exactly what we wanted her to do because today was a big day – region game. There is no next week unless we take care of today.”

Defensively, there wasn’t much for the Lady Wolfpack to do. First baseman Jayla Waugh recorded the first out in the bottom of the first unassisted, catcher Hannah Williamson threw out a would-be base stealer and Butler fielded a comebacker for the second and third outs of the third inning, respectively.

While Lady Warriors’ sophomore Megan McCook pitched well, scattering seven Lady Wolfpack singles, she was undone by six errors behind her. Of the nine runs, just three were earned. This coming while McCook was pitching with an injured toe on her plant foot.

“It easily could have been 2-0, 3-0 and that would would have been better but that’s kind of been our problem all year,” said Lady Warriors’ coach Jeff Davis. “We’ve been making a lot of mental mistakes and our defense has been struggling all year. We’ve got to keep working harder and getting better.”

Kirsten Titus led the Lady Wolfpack with three hits, Williamson had two RBI and Maddie Hunt contributed an RBI single in the Lady Wolfpack’s four-run second inning in which the Lady Warriors committed four errors.

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An electric offense shocks Greenbrier

On a night at Greenbrier High that included a 45-minute weather delay, it was the Jones County Greyhounds who struck like lightning.

Leading 21-6 at halftime, the Greyhounds scored three touchdowns in a span of 39 seconds late in the third quarter as they went on to the 43-6 victory.

The win ran the Greyhounds’ record to 3-0 and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA while the Wolfpack fell to 1-2, 0-2.

Big plays ruled the night and it was the Greyhounds making most of them. After the Wolfpack stopped the Greyhounds on fourth down in their end of the field on their first possession, the Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 32. Facing a fourth-and-6, quarterback Adam Sasser’s pass was tipped into the hands of Greyhound defensive back Tyric Solomon, who raced down the sideline for an 80-yard score.

Solomon was a thorn in the Wolfpack’s side all night. After Greyhounds quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt threw a 37-yard touchdown pass at 3:53 of the third quarter, Solomon added a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play of the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession. His third pick of the night, on the Wolfpack’s second play of their next offensive series, led to a 45-yard strike from Hunnicutt to Keaton Gordon at the 3:14 mark of the quarter, good for a 41-6 lead.

“We let it get away from us and the difference is that weight room once we get tired,” said Wolfpack coach Jarrett Troxler. “We’ve got to continue to get better and try to build off the positives of the night and keep working.”

The Wolfpack couldn’t run the ball up the middle but they found success working the edges. They avoided the shutout in the second quarter as they put together an eight-play drive covering 62 yards. On a fourth-and-1 from the Greyhound 5, Warren Coombs took a handoff, swept to the left sideline and found his way into the end zone. He would finish with 48 yards on seven carries.

That trimmed the Greyhounds’ lead to 14-6, but Hunnicut hit Nick Singleton for a 56-yard score to push the lead to 21-6 with 1:06 left in the half.

The Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 29, but Sasser’s pass into the end zone as time expired was incomplete.

“Take away the (first) pick six and we catch that ball right before halftime and we score, we’re down one score and we get the ball after halftime,” said Troxler.

After throwing mainly receiver screens in the first half, Hunnicutt went vertical in the second half and finished 12 of 14 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’ve got to do a better job of recognizing that and breaking down and making plays and staying under control,” said Troxler.

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An electric offense shocks Greenbrier

On a night at Greenbrier High that included a 45-minute weather delay, it was the Jones County Greyhounds who struck like lightning.

Leading 21-6 at halftime, the Greyhounds scored three touchdowns in a span of 39 seconds late in the third quarter as they went on to the 43-6 victory.

The win ran the Greyhounds’ record to 3-0 and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA while the Wolfpack fell to 1-2, 0-2.

Big plays ruled the night and it was the Greyhounds making most of them. After the Wolfpack stopped the Greyhounds on fourth down in their end of the field on their first possession, the Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 32. Facing a fourth-and-6, quarterback Adam Sasser’s pass was tipped into the hands of Greyhound defensive back Tyric Solomon, who raced down the sideline for an 80-yard score.

Solomon was a thorn in the Wolfpack’s side all night. After Greyhounds quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt threw a 37-yard touchdown pass at 3:53 of the third quarter, Solomon added a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play of the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession. His third pick of the night, on the Wolfpack’s second play of their next offensive series, led to a 45-yard strike from Hunnicutt to Keaton Gordon at the 3:14 mark of the quarter, good for a 41-6 lead.

“We let it get away from us and the difference is that weight room once we get tired,” said Wolfpack coach Jarrett Troxler. “We’ve got to continue to get better and try to build off the positives of the night and keep working.”

The Wolfpack couldn’t run the ball up the middle but they found success working the edges. They avoided the shutout in the second quarter as they put together an eight-play drive covering 62 yards. On a fourth-and-1 from the Greyhound 5, Warren Coombs took a handoff, swept to the left sideline and found his way into the end zone. He would finish with 48 yards on seven carries.

That trimmed the Greyhounds’ lead to 14-6, but Hunnicut hit Nick Singleton for a 56-yard score to push the lead to 21-6 with 1:06 left in the half.

The Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 29, but Sasser’s pass into the end zone as time expired was incomplete.

“Take away the (first) pick six and we catch that ball right before halftime and we score, we’re down one score and we get the ball after halftime,” said Troxler.

After throwing mainly receiver screens in the first half, Hunnicutt went vertical in the second half and finished 12 of 14 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’ve got to do a better job of recognizing that and breaking down and making plays and staying under control,” said Troxler.

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Augusta Prep takes second at tournament

At the end of two days of volleyball, the Augusta Preparatory Day School squad finished second at its 18th Annual Volleyball Fall Classic.

Playing in the gold bracket Saturday, the Lady Cavaliers (13-5) twice couldn’t get by Trinity Christian. The Lady Cavaliers faced the Lady Lions in the championship game where they were toppled 25-18, 25-22. Earlier, the Lady Cavaliers had taken the Lady Lions to three sets in pool play, losing 25-16, 23-25 and 15-11.

“Overall the team had a good weekend,” said Lady Cavaliers’ coach Rich Bland. “We beat everyone we played except Trinity, who is a top notch team and defending state champion. I feel that if we put together a complete match against them we will beat them. Our serving and passing was spotty at points while playing Trinity.”

Earlier in Saturday pool play, the Lady Cavaliers downed South Aiken (26-24, 25-14) and Wardlaw Academy (25-19, 16-25, 15-8).

Friday afternoon, the Lady Cavaliers raced out to a fast start.

Facing Alleluia, they used a 11-0 run in the first set to break a 10-10 tie, winning 25-12, then went on a 8-0 run in the second set, finishing 25-15.

The Lady Cavaliers would win their next two Friday night matches, beating Loganville (25-23, 25-17) and Dominion Christian (25-16, 25-16).

In the first set against Alleluia, Brooke Stevens served 10 of the 11 points during the run. She had one ace but her tough serves kept Alleluia off balance and teammates like Kathryn James and Savina Patheja were able to set themselves for kills during the run.

Once again, Stevens served six of the eight points in the second-game run, with an ace and kill of her own and two kills from Patheja.
Bland said Stevens was good about getting her serves in and making them tough.

“She’s good about placement and she’s very accurate,” Bland said.

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Augusta Prep takes second at tournament

At the end of two days of volleyball, the Augusta Preparatory Day School squad finished second at its 18th Annual Volleyball Fall Classic.

Playing in the gold bracket Saturday, the Lady Cavaliers (13-5) twice couldn’t get by Trinity Christian. The Lady Cavaliers faced the Lady Lions in the championship game where they were toppled 25-18, 25-22. Earlier, the Lady Cavaliers had taken the Lady Lions to three sets in pool play, losing 25-16, 23-25 and 15-11.

“Overall the team had a good weekend,” said Lady Cavaliers’ coach Rich Bland. “We beat everyone we played except Trinity, who is a top notch team and defending state champion. I feel that if we put together a complete match against them we will beat them. Our serving and passing was spotty at points while playing Trinity.”

Earlier in Saturday pool play, the Lady Cavaliers downed South Aiken (26-24, 25-14) and Wardlaw Academy (25-19, 16-25, 15-8).

Friday afternoon, the Lady Cavaliers raced out to a fast start.

Facing Alleluia, they used a 11-0 run in the first set to break a 10-10 tie, winning 25-12, then went on a 8-0 run in the second set, finishing 25-15.

The Lady Cavaliers would win their next two Friday night matches, beating Loganville (25-23, 25-17) and Dominion Christian (25-16, 25-16).

In the first set against Alleluia, Brooke Stevens served 10 of the 11 points during the run. She had one ace but her tough serves kept Alleluia off balance and teammates like Kathryn James and Savina Patheja were able to set themselves for kills during the run.

Once again, Stevens served six of the eight points in the second-game run, with an ace and kill of her own and two kills from Patheja.
Bland said Stevens was good about getting her serves in and making them tough.

“She’s good about placement and she’s very accurate,” Bland said.

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Ribbon cuttings

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 and September 28 at the Augusta Greenjackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

Golf Tournament

• The 4th Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is Sept.27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are available. Call Sandy Leathers at (706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

• Young Life Augusta is sponsoring the third annual Robert L. Shanks Memorial Golf Tournament, on Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. at Champions Retreat. The two-man team best-ball event will be played on all three courses – Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). The cost is $500 per two-man team or $250 per individual and all proceeds will support the ministry of Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry for high school students. Call (706) 733-2507 or visit www.augusta.younglife.org.

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 and September 28 at the Augusta Greenjackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

Golf Tournament

• The 4th Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is Sept.27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are available. Call Sandy Leathers at (706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

• Young Life Augusta is sponsoring the third annual Robert L. Shanks Memorial Golf Tournament, on Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. at Champions Retreat. The two-man team best-ball event will be played on all three courses – Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). The cost is $500 per two-man team or $250 per individual and all proceeds will support the ministry of Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry for high school students. Call (706) 733-2507 or visit www.augusta.younglife.org.

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