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Volunteer Spotlight

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camps

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

Tryouts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camps

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

Tryouts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRC tennis teams headed to state competition

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nguyen said the event isn’t just about winning.

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

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PRC tennis teams headed to state competition

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nguyen said the event isn’t just about winning.

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

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Commings headlines Pop Warner camp

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commings headlines Pop Warner camp

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anderson commits to Eagles

 

Evans High School’s Matt Anderson became the latest in a growing list of Columbia County athletes to commit to play for a Division I college program.

On Thursday, after making a visit to the Georgia Southern University campus, the Knights’ senior verbally committed to play baseball for the Eagles.

“They took their time to get to know me before they brought me on campus and that really had a big impact on me because it’s the next four years of my life in terms of where I go, so it’s a big deal,” said Anderson.

Evans head baseball coach Ricky Beale thinks Anderson made a great
decision.

“He’s a great kid and a hard worker,” said Beale. “I look forward to seeing him down at GSU. It is a great opportunity for him. The coaching staff down there does a great job.”

As a freshman, Anderson was Second Team All-County and was a First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and First Team All-County catcher. He had shoulder surgery in March 2014, which limited his playing time as a junior, but the Eagles were not deterred.

“They saw me play a lot in Atlanta this summer,” said Anderson. “That’s where they came and watched me a little bit more and got to know me better.”

They said what Anderson was hoping to hear.

“It really pushed me over the edge when they said I could come in and play right away and that they believed in me as a player,” said Anderson “Not only as a player but as a young man.”

Anderson’s twin brother Kyle committed to the University of South Carolina in 2013, so while they’ll still be brothers, after Evans’ 2015 season they won’t be teammates.

“It’s going to be difficult being away from him because I’ve been with him all my life,” Anderson said. “To see him go a separate way is going to be tough, but I’m proud of him and who he is now and who he’s going to continue to be and only grow more. It’s going to be different not having him there.”

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Anderson commits to Eagles

 

Evans High School’s Matt Anderson became the latest in a growing list of Columbia County athletes to commit to play for a Division I college program.

On Thursday, after making a visit to the Georgia Southern University campus, the Knights’ senior verbally committed to play baseball for the Eagles.

“They took their time to get to know me before they brought me on campus and that really had a big impact on me because it’s the next four years of my life in terms of where I go, so it’s a big deal,” said Anderson.

Evans head baseball coach Ricky Beale thinks Anderson made a great
decision.

“He’s a great kid and a hard worker,” said Beale. “I look forward to seeing him down at GSU. It is a great opportunity for him. The coaching staff down there does a great job.”

As a freshman, Anderson was Second Team All-County and was a First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA and First Team All-County catcher. He had shoulder surgery in March 2014, which limited his playing time as a junior, but the Eagles were not deterred.

“They saw me play a lot in Atlanta this summer,” said Anderson. “That’s where they came and watched me a little bit more and got to know me better.”

They said what Anderson was hoping to hear.

“It really pushed me over the edge when they said I could come in and play right away and that they believed in me as a player,” said Anderson “Not only as a player but as a young man.”

Anderson’s twin brother Kyle committed to the University of South Carolina in 2013, so while they’ll still be brothers, after Evans’ 2015 season they won’t be teammates.

“It’s going to be difficult being away from him because I’ve been with him all my life,” Anderson said. “To see him go a separate way is going to be tough, but I’m proud of him and who he is now and who he’s going to continue to be and only grow more. It’s going to be different not having him there.”

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IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE

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IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE

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Lakeside graduate gets speaking role in feature film

 

When Stephen “Stevo” Jones auditioned for Step Up: All In, the most he had hoped for was a dance role.

“I auditioned as a dancer, and they didn’t call me back. I assumed I didn’t get it. Then, I went away to the beach with my family, and I was called to read,” said Jones, who appears in the role of Jasper Tarik in Step Up All In, which is set for an Aug. 8 release.

Jones, a 2000 graduate of Lakeside High School, who trained initially as a ballet dancer under his father, Ron Jones, director of the Columbia County Ballet, was surprised when he was asked to read for the role of the leader of the rival dance crew in the fifth installment of the Step Up movie series, but he said he’s excited about his biggest appearance to date.

“I was tripping out. He’s a vital character,” he said. “I did more acting than dancing.”

The movie was filmed last summer. Actors spent about two weeks in rehearsal then they filmed in Vancouver and Las Vegas.

Jones said the actors were given liberty with their lines and allowed to improvise. One of his improvised lines ended up in the movie’s theatrical trailer.

While Jones’ early training was in classical ballet, his professional dance career has revolved primarily around hip hop.

Jones has been in the background for most of his other television and movie appearances. Early in his professional dance career, he worked in Atlanta dancing and choreographing for the Georgia Lottery; he also choreographed pieces for the Atlanta Hawks halftime events. He was a backup dancer for the hip hop artist Lloyd for several years, performing in his music videos and in his appearances on So You Think You Can Dance, Showtime at the Apollo and BET’s Hip Hop Awards. He also choreographed and danced in music videos for R&B artist, Jacob Latimore. Jones also had a role as a dancer in the 2011 remake of Footloose.

Jones now lives in Los Angeles, but he is currently touring as a dancer with violinist Lindsey Stirling. And he’s finally using some of his ballet training. During one of her pieces, he performs a presage, a move in which the male dancer lifts the female dancer above his head and walks with her in that position.

In this case, Stirling continues to play the violin while in the position.

Stirling has been touring the United States this summer and plans a European Tour in October.

 

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Lakeside graduate gets speaking role in feature film

 

When Stephen “Stevo” Jones auditioned for Step Up: All In, the most he had hoped for was a dance role.

“I auditioned as a dancer, and they didn’t call me back. I assumed I didn’t get it. Then, I went away to the beach with my family, and I was called to read,” said Jones, who appears in the role of Jasper Tarik in Step Up All In, which is set for an Aug. 8 release.

Jones, a 2000 graduate of Lakeside High School, who trained initially as a ballet dancer under his father, Ron Jones, director of the Columbia County Ballet, was surprised when he was asked to read for the role of the leader of the rival dance crew in the fifth installment of the Step Up movie series, but he said he’s excited about his biggest appearance to date.

“I was tripping out. He’s a vital character,” he said. “I did more acting than dancing.”

The movie was filmed last summer. Actors spent about two weeks in rehearsal then they filmed in Vancouver and Las Vegas.

Jones said the actors were given liberty with their lines and allowed to improvise. One of his improvised lines ended up in the movie’s theatrical trailer.

While Jones’ early training was in classical ballet, his professional dance career has revolved primarily around hip hop.

Jones has been in the background for most of his other television and movie appearances. Early in his professional dance career, he worked in Atlanta dancing and choreographing for the Georgia Lottery; he also choreographed pieces for the Atlanta Hawks halftime events. He was a backup dancer for the hip hop artist Lloyd for several years, performing in his music videos and in his appearances on So You Think You Can Dance, Showtime at the Apollo and BET’s Hip Hop Awards. He also choreographed and danced in music videos for R&B artist, Jacob Latimore. Jones also had a role as a dancer in the 2011 remake of Footloose.

Jones now lives in Los Angeles, but he is currently touring as a dancer with violinist Lindsey Stirling. And he’s finally using some of his ballet training. During one of her pieces, he performs a presage, a move in which the male dancer lifts the female dancer above his head and walks with her in that position.

In this case, Stirling continues to play the violin while in the position.

Stirling has been touring the United States this summer and plans a European Tour in October.

 

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Boat tours

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is offering free rides to teachers on the Petersburg tour boats during July; teachers can invite one guest; must present a school badge, name tag or ID card at the Discovery Center ticket desk, 1450 Greene St.; tours depart 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday in July; Civil War tour departs 1:30 p.m.; tours include free admission to the interactive Canal Discovery Center; reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4

Family matinee

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; doors open 12:30 p.m., movie begins 1 p.m. today, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; free; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult; (706) 650-5005

Driving course

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; participants may be eligible for auto insurance discount; AARP membership not required; bring lunch and beverage if desired; $20; registration required; (706) 863-2865

Movies on the Common

7:30 p.m. Fridays, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Despicable Me July 25, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Aug. 22; free; presented by Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities; fun for the entire family; pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.); get a seat early; vendors and concessions available; (706) 821-1754

Bike safety

Bike Safety Day 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; helmets provided while sizes and supplies last; course available for children who bring their own bike; puppet show; door prizes; (706) 721-7606, grhealth.org/safekids

Back to school

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Back to School Blast 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 809 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Grovetown; free; (706) 860-5616

Girl prep

Back-to-School Girl Prep! 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; tips to prep girls for a great new school year and give a self-esteem boost; attitudes, basic etiquette, confidence; for girls ages 7-10 and 11-13; $25; registration required; csragirls.org

Musical extravaganza

The Disciples of Praise Musical Extravaganza 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Rosemont Association Building, 5463 Burks Mountain Road, Appling; groups invited to sign in at door; dinner served;
free

Benefit concert

Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots Double Nickel Rock ‘N’ Roll Reunion Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $20, $25, $30; benefits childhood cancer research; tickets on at Imperial Box Office; (706) 836-9192, williamsonlynda@aol.com

Paddlefest

Savannah Riverkeeper eighth annual Paddlefest 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Savannah Riverkeeper, 103 Riverfront Drive; canoe, kayak, SUP, homemade raft extravaganza; live music, vendors, food trucks, beverages; e-mail Marisa Harris with questions; marisah@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/716103895114181

Blanchard reunion

Blanchard Family Reunion 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, White Oak Campground, 7285 White Oak Campground Road, Harlem; descendants and allied members of Florence Ethel Blanchard Jones Benton and Revolutionary War soldier Reuben Blanchard and Confederate soldier Ayers Cartledge Blanchard; pool with lifeguard $5 noon-6 p.m.; covered dish noon, paper products, utensils supplied; Pat West Watson (706) 825-7089, Carolyn Eidson (706) 399-7227

Backpack blessing

Blessing of the Backpacks 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; bring backpacks to be blessed; school supplies given to students in need; participants receive a special gift for the school year; (706) 210-1133, holycomforterchurch.org

School starts across county

First day of school for Columbia County public schools is Wednesday, Aug. 6; information online; follow the ‘Our Schools’ link on the right side of the Columbia County School System site to find individual school’s web pages; ccboe.net

Guitar Group

Presented by Augusta Amusements 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; featuring Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith performing popular covers and original music; acoustic and electric guitar create their signature sound; doors open 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of elegant jazz and walk the red carpet; $25, $30; augustaamusements.com

Storks & Corks

Storks & Corks, An Evening With An Endangered Species 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; $50, benefits Silver Bluff Audubon Center, connecting people with nature; reservations required; (803) 471-0291

Live After 5

Hazy Ray (New Orleans) 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Augusta Beerfest

Augusta Beerfest noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; two sessions: Noon to 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; ticket includes a souvenir cup and beer samples; food vendors; rain or shine; $30 advance, $35 at door, no refunds; bit.ly/1ngT0Hv

Archaeological meeting

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Aug. 21, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; archaeological author Lloyd E. Schroder presenting a symposium on Southeastern Indian pottery; dinner 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; dinner on own, free program; (706) 829-1615

Wildwood Games

7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; mountain biking and trail running event; online registration required by 10 a.m. Aug. 22; bikereg.com/wildwood-games and facebook.com/wildwoodgames

Genealogy

Augusta Genealogical Society 2014 AGS Homecoming 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Researching the Past – Moving Toward the Future, theme; Robert Scott Davis, Michele Simmons Lewis, speakers; $40 members, $45 others; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Traditional country musicians; Chris and Taylor Malpass, opening for Merle Haggard since 2008; with Thom Bresh; doors 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of retro country era; $27.50, $32.50; (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

Loretta Lynn
will perform

Loretta Lynn in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; country music legend; doors open 7 p.m.; $37.50, $47.50, $57.50; tickets at Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena, online at www.georgialinatix.com and by phone at (877) 428-4849, bit.ly/1kMxUUs

Community expo at fort

Leadership of Fort Gordon-CSRA Community Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gordon Conference & Catering Center, Building 39102, Fort Gordon; 120 local attractions, businesses, community organizations; door prizes; free Papa John’s pizza and Coca-Cola beverages; held by Fort Gordon Spouses’ & Civilians Club; free; fgscc.com

Oliver Hardy Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Harlem; vendor booths open 9 a.m., parade starts 10 a.m.; live entertainment, movies at Laurel and Hardy Museum; harlemga.org/community/events

 

 

ONGOING

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; alcohol and smoke free; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents to purchase eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; local farmers committed to all-natural growing practices, children’s activities, cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Fire information

Advice on fire danger for Columbia County resident; Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Live wrestling

Live action first Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; experience deeper awareness, clarity and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; registration required;
(706) 496-3935,
mindbodystressreduction.com

MOMS Club

MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location; membership@momsclubofaugusta.org, www.momsclubaugusta.org

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081,
7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30;
ccfchildren.com

Senior pageant

2014 Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant Saturday, Sept. 6, Kroc Center; contestant interviews underway; open to women of both Georgia and South Carolina, ages 55 and above; Pat Schlipp (706) 664-3896

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767, myarmyonesource.com

Volunteers

• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations in warehouse; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

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

Women vets

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

Writers group

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

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Boat tours

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is offering free rides to teachers on the Petersburg tour boats during July; teachers can invite one guest; must present a school badge, name tag or ID card at the Discovery Center ticket desk, 1450 Greene St.; tours depart 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday in July; Civil War tour departs 1:30 p.m.; tours include free admission to the interactive Canal Discovery Center; reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4

Family matinee

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; doors open 12:30 p.m., movie begins 1 p.m. today, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; free; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult; (706) 650-5005

Driving course

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; participants may be eligible for auto insurance discount; AARP membership not required; bring lunch and beverage if desired; $20; registration required; (706) 863-2865

Movies on the Common

7:30 p.m. Fridays, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Despicable Me July 25, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Aug. 22; free; presented by Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities; fun for the entire family; pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.); get a seat early; vendors and concessions available; (706) 821-1754

Bike safety

Bike Safety Day 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; helmets provided while sizes and supplies last; course available for children who bring their own bike; puppet show; door prizes; (706) 721-7606, grhealth.org/safekids

Back to school

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Back to School Blast 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 809 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Grovetown; free; (706) 860-5616

Girl prep

Back-to-School Girl Prep! 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; tips to prep girls for a great new school year and give a self-esteem boost; attitudes, basic etiquette, confidence; for girls ages 7-10 and 11-13; $25; registration required; csragirls.org

Musical extravaganza

The Disciples of Praise Musical Extravaganza 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Rosemont Association Building, 5463 Burks Mountain Road, Appling; groups invited to sign in at door; dinner served;
free

Benefit concert

Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots Double Nickel Rock ‘N’ Roll Reunion Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $20, $25, $30; benefits childhood cancer research; tickets on at Imperial Box Office; (706) 836-9192, williamsonlynda@aol.com

Paddlefest

Savannah Riverkeeper eighth annual Paddlefest 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Savannah Riverkeeper, 103 Riverfront Drive; canoe, kayak, SUP, homemade raft extravaganza; live music, vendors, food trucks, beverages; e-mail Marisa Harris with questions; marisah@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/716103895114181

Blanchard reunion

Blanchard Family Reunion 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, White Oak Campground, 7285 White Oak Campground Road, Harlem; descendants and allied members of Florence Ethel Blanchard Jones Benton and Revolutionary War soldier Reuben Blanchard and Confederate soldier Ayers Cartledge Blanchard; pool with lifeguard $5 noon-6 p.m.; covered dish noon, paper products, utensils supplied; Pat West Watson (706) 825-7089, Carolyn Eidson (706) 399-7227

Backpack blessing

Blessing of the Backpacks 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; bring backpacks to be blessed; school supplies given to students in need; participants receive a special gift for the school year; (706) 210-1133, holycomforterchurch.org

School starts across county

First day of school for Columbia County public schools is Wednesday, Aug. 6; information online; follow the ‘Our Schools’ link on the right side of the Columbia County School System site to find individual school’s web pages; ccboe.net

Guitar Group

Presented by Augusta Amusements 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; featuring Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith performing popular covers and original music; acoustic and electric guitar create their signature sound; doors open 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of elegant jazz and walk the red carpet; $25, $30; augustaamusements.com

Storks & Corks

Storks & Corks, An Evening With An Endangered Species 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; $50, benefits Silver Bluff Audubon Center, connecting people with nature; reservations required; (803) 471-0291

Live After 5

Hazy Ray (New Orleans) 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Augusta Beerfest

Augusta Beerfest noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; two sessions: Noon to 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; ticket includes a souvenir cup and beer samples; food vendors; rain or shine; $30 advance, $35 at door, no refunds; bit.ly/1ngT0Hv

Archaeological meeting

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Aug. 21, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; archaeological author Lloyd E. Schroder presenting a symposium on Southeastern Indian pottery; dinner 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; dinner on own, free program; (706) 829-1615

Wildwood Games

7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; mountain biking and trail running event; online registration required by 10 a.m. Aug. 22; bikereg.com/wildwood-games and facebook.com/wildwoodgames

Genealogy

Augusta Genealogical Society 2014 AGS Homecoming 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Researching the Past – Moving Toward the Future, theme; Robert Scott Davis, Michele Simmons Lewis, speakers; $40 members, $45 others; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Traditional country musicians; Chris and Taylor Malpass, opening for Merle Haggard since 2008; with Thom Bresh; doors 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of retro country era; $27.50, $32.50; (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

Loretta Lynn
will perform

Loretta Lynn in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; country music legend; doors open 7 p.m.; $37.50, $47.50, $57.50; tickets at Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena, online at www.georgialinatix.com and by phone at (877) 428-4849, bit.ly/1kMxUUs

Community expo at fort

Leadership of Fort Gordon-CSRA Community Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gordon Conference & Catering Center, Building 39102, Fort Gordon; 120 local attractions, businesses, community organizations; door prizes; free Papa John’s pizza and Coca-Cola beverages; held by Fort Gordon Spouses’ & Civilians Club; free; fgscc.com

Oliver Hardy Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Harlem; vendor booths open 9 a.m., parade starts 10 a.m.; live entertainment, movies at Laurel and Hardy Museum; harlemga.org/community/events

 

 

ONGOING

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; alcohol and smoke free; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents to purchase eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; write to Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; local farmers committed to all-natural growing practices, children’s activities, cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Fire information

Advice on fire danger for Columbia County resident; Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Live wrestling

Live action first Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; experience deeper awareness, clarity and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; registration required;
(706) 496-3935,
mindbodystressreduction.com

MOMS Club

MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location; membership@momsclubofaugusta.org, www.momsclubaugusta.org

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081,
7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30;
ccfchildren.com

Senior pageant

2014 Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant Saturday, Sept. 6, Kroc Center; contestant interviews underway; open to women of both Georgia and South Carolina, ages 55 and above; Pat Schlipp (706) 664-3896

Survivors

Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767, myarmyonesource.com

Volunteers

• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations in warehouse; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

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

Women vets

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

Writers group

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

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Police blotter for July 23, 2014

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

 

Thieves steal air conditioners

Two new air-conditioning units were reported stolen last week from Pine Bluff subdivision.

Authorities were called Thursday to a house under construction at 3487 Conifer Trail in Evans. The job foreman for Kingsbury Homes showed a sheriff’s deputy where a 3-ton Rheem heat pump had been taken from a concrete pad at the home. The copper hose connecting the unit had been cut, probably by bolt cutters. The deputy found a large amount of blood leading away from the site, indicating that one of the thieves was injured while taking the unit.

It was discovered that a 2½-ton Rheem air-conditioning return system had been stolen from the house next door at 3488 Conifer Trail. The two pieces of equipment were valued at a total of $9,000.

Lawn mower isn’t returned

An Evans woman reported that a repairman hired through Craigslist had failed to return her lawn mower. The woman told a sheriff’s deputy on July 17 that on April 19, she had hired a man to repair her lawn mower.

She said the man went to her house on Plantation Hill Drive and took the mower. The man told her he was waiting for a part to arrive to finish the repair. She and he husband made several calls to retrieve the mower, but the man has either made rude comments or not returned calls.

On July 12, she called again, only to be told that the repairman "was dead.” The woman told the deputy she was certain the repairman had answered the phone.

Woman says
glass smashed

A Grovetown woman reported that someone broke out one of her car windows while she was driving Friday on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

She was driving by the Comfort Inn about 12:20 a.m. when she noticed someone duck between two parked cars. She then heard a loud noise as her rear passenger window was shattered. She turned around and saw a group of youths walking in front of Waffle House.

A responding deputy was not able to find any witnesses.

Online date takes her car

A Grovetown woman said that a boyfriend she had met through an online site six weeks ago took her car and kept it. He lived with her for about three weeks before he asked to borrow it Saturday. She said he is from Columbia and does not have any ties to the Augusta area.

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