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A Damn Good Dawg: Dan Magill dies at age 93

ScottMichaux.com - Sun, 8/24/2014 11:51 AM

Saddened by the passing of a collegiate insitution in Athens, Dan Magill. Here is the press release issed Sunday by the University of Georgia:

 

Dan Magill, described by many as the greatest Georgia Bulldog of all time, died Saturday night in Athens at the age of 93.
 

An Athens native, Magill began his 60-year association with University of Georgia athletics as a baseball batboy in the 1930¹s and continued in numerous roles until his retirement in 1995.

Magill had no peer as an innovator and promoter, and is known nationally for building over time the country¹s finest collegiate tennis facility<one that now bears his name.  But his contributions to the University, the Athletic Association, and perhaps most of all to the Georgia people have been great and many.
 

 "I don¹t know of anyone who contributed more to our program through his time, his commitment, his life," said former UGA athletic director and head football coach Vince Dooley.  "He, more than anyone else, has always been the true Bulldog spirit of the Georgia people."

Magill retired as tennis coach following the 1988 season after leading the tennis Bulldogs for 34 years and becoming one of the most influential men in the history of collegiate tennis.
 

He remained on the Georgia athletic staff through 1995 as Director of Men¹s and Women¹s Tennis as well as Assistant Athletic Director for Public Relations and the Georgia Bulldog Clubs.  During his long tenure with the University, he also served 27 years as sports information director and 25 years as secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club, which he founded in 1953.
 

His time as sports information director is well documented and he was known as one of the country¹s greatest team publicists.  In recognition of his long tenure as sports information director, the press box at Georgia's Sanford Stadium was named in honor of Dan Magill during a ceremony prior to the Oct. 23, 1999, game between the Bulldogs and Kentucky.  A marker was unveiled inside the press box for Magill, who served as Sports Information Director from 1949-1977.
 

In 1996, Magill was inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor -- the highest honor for former coaches and athletes at Georgia -- and was a recipient of the 1994 Bill Hartman Award which goes annually to a former athlete or coach who has made a significant impact in his chosen career. He¹s also a member of the National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.
 

As a tennis coach, his brilliant 34-year record at Georgia was a staggering 706-183 making him the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history at the time.  His team won a record 13 Southeastern Conference outdoor championships and eight indoor league titles.  He won two NCAA national championships in 1985 and ¹87.  His 1985 Bulldogs performed the unmatched 'hat trick" -- they ranked No. 1 in the final national team rankings, No. 1 in individual singles (Mikael Pernfors), and No. 1 in doubles (Mikael Pernfors and Allen Miller).
 

His players won five national collegiate individual championships: Pernfors, NCAA national singles champion, 1984 and ¹85, and Volvo All-America singles champion in ¹84; Allen Miller and Ola Malmqvist, ITCA indoor doubles in ¹82 and NCAA national doubles champions in ¹83.
 

Magill has been the recipient of both the NCAA National Coach of the Year and the J.D. Morgan Awards -- the two most prestigious honors a college coach can receive.
 

He is also responsible for bringing the NCAA national men¹s tennis championships to Athens 25 times including 13 in a row from 1977-89.  He developed the Georgia tennis complex into the finest on-campus tennis facility in the country which includes 12 outdoor courts, four indoor, and grandstand and private box seating for 3,000.  He also spearheaded the move to locate the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame facility on the Georgia campus which was financed by country music singer Kenny Rogers who lived near Athens at the time.  For his efforts, the entire facility was officially named the "Dan Magill Tennis Complex" in 1993.
 

While in college and managing Georgia¹s tennis courts in the summer, Magill originated the Crackerland Championship which developed into one of the South¹s largest sectional tournaments.  He also instituted the State Collegiate Championships, Southern Collegiate Championships, and SEC Coaches Indoor Championships.
 

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Reynaud Magill and three children: Hamilton III and daughters Shannon and Mollie. A private funeral will be held Thursday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m.  A celebration of Magill¹s life is scheduled for noon Thursday at the Athens Country Club.

 

On Dan Magill: Comments through the years from those who knew him:
 

'I¹ve been in college athletics for over 57 yearsSas a player and coach, and I have met some fine people who have been great for college athletics, but none greater than Dan Magill.  I¹ll tell you how strong he wasShe took an average student like me and promoted me where I was named Academic All-America!  That¹s something."

-- Pat Dye, former UGA All-American and head coach at Auburn
 

'He was a straight shooter and wanted to promote the University of Georgia teams and players to receive the maximum recognition and publicity. I think we all agree he was a great character, always full of humor and goodwill.  Nobody loves Georgia more than Dan Magill."

 

-- Zippy Morocco, former Georgia multi-sport athlete
 

'When I first got to Georgia, I was introduced to Coach Magill as Georgia¹s greatest fan, and now that I have been around him for all those years, I realize that is so true.  Additionally, he is both an unforgettable and lovable character. He named me the General and that nickname worked out in my favor. A lot of us probably got to know his wife before we knew him. She taught freshman English.  She was a very good teacher.  When I came through Georgia, all the athletes knew Mrs. Magill the teacher and Coach Magill, Mr. Everything in Bulldog athletics."

 

-- George Patton, former UGA All-American football player

 

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Property Transfers, Aug. 24, 2014

Mill Branch Investors LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611888, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611876, $42,500.

Herrington Partners LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611860, $42,500.

ACSC Properties LLC to Eben Gray, parcel ID 048348, $80,000.

Michael R. Tiller to Brandon J. Crandall, parcel ID 073L073, $147,500.

Kwi H. Barton to Michael R. Tiller, parcel ID 078705, $264,900.

Kiet Van Ho to Kailash Kailash, parcel ID 078531, $163,000.

Leslie W. Lyle aka Leslie Lyle to Amanda Quackenbush, parcel ID 073A516, $128,000.

Oakdale Custom Homes Inc. to Rodney D. Harvey, parcel ID 0611782, $239,900.

Jeremy J. VanVeelen to Joshua D. Diggs, parcel ID 0621901, $188,110.

Rosemary L. Fields to Stephen A. Shiver and Jennifer L. Shiver, parcel ID 081109, $665,000.

Debbie L. Sellers to William H. Lariscy III, parcel ID 060311, $177,900.

Fred H. Reid o Arnold Lawrence Gonzales and Pia Maria Gonzales, parcel ID 042272, $55,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Eboni Gazaway, parcel ID 0622489, $182,628.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Matthew William Forshee and Allison Forshee, parcel ID 0601023, $294,943.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Steven M. Murray Jr., parcel ID 0622488, $184,004.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Michael Harris and Sohyun Han, parcel ID 0671640, $266,759.

Grovehar LLC to G. Wayne Peloquin, parcel ID 077009E and 077009I, $551,310.

Timothy J. Reimer to Gary Speed, parcel ID 0621349, $199,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Rastassia N. Armstrong and Jerald Lawrence Armstrong, parcel ID 0641884, $255,000.

Southern Homesites LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 060968, $54,900.

Eric P. Igel to David Poston and Ashley Poston, parcel ID 082I253, $229,000.

Alexander H. Von Plinsky IV to Joel Daniel Vangura, parcel ID 061536, $129,900.

Marie Thomae to Tara Ford Romes and Charles Romes, parcel ID 061645, $149,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC, 226 Asa Way, $29,300.

South Georgia Custom Homes LLC to Parrell R. Newsom, parcel ID 059206, $259,900.

Lydia D. Jackson to Patrick Parr, parcel ID 078224, $163,900.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Lewis P. Johnson, parcel ID 059175, $219,500.

Gary S. Cruiksbank to Joseph B. Klecha IV and Stephanie E. Klecha, 1823 Champions Circle, $899,000.

Michael Phelps to Eric C. Odem and Ingrid T. Odem, 403 Hastings Place, $230,000.

Selahattin Aslaner and Joann Aslaner to Erin C. Isaacs and Salah S. Hourani, 1133 Midford Court, $205,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Anthony C. Dehn and Hadessah N. Dehn, 1986 Kenlock Drive, $152,000.

Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to Curtis C. Bearden V and Shelby L. Bearden, 455 Sebastian Drive, $170,350.

Jennifer A. Ligon to Michelle M. Ellison, 820 Paisley Lane, $182,000.

JJ & Z Builders LLC to Tracy M. Bryant, 3447 Conifer Trail, $276,800.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Kemo N. Edwards and Jacqueline Y. Williams, 1433 Dooley Lane, $249,950.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Jason S. Jorgensen and Susan B. Jorgensen, 669 Shipley Ave., $186,775.

Dustin M. Colson to August S. Van Brink and Clara Mae Van Brink, parcel ID 032055E, $76,000.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to James W. Quick and Sharon L. Quick, 127 Broadleaf Trail, $285,145.

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Property Transfers, Aug. 24, 2014

Mill Branch Investors LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611888, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611876, $42,500.

Herrington Partners LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611860, $42,500.

ACSC Properties LLC to Eben Gray, parcel ID 048348, $80,000.

Michael R. Tiller to Brandon J. Crandall, parcel ID 073L073, $147,500.

Kwi H. Barton to Michael R. Tiller, parcel ID 078705, $264,900.

Kiet Van Ho to Kailash Kailash, parcel ID 078531, $163,000.

Leslie W. Lyle aka Leslie Lyle to Amanda Quackenbush, parcel ID 073A516, $128,000.

Oakdale Custom Homes Inc. to Rodney D. Harvey, parcel ID 0611782, $239,900.

Jeremy J. VanVeelen to Joshua D. Diggs, parcel ID 0621901, $188,110.

Rosemary L. Fields to Stephen A. Shiver and Jennifer L. Shiver, parcel ID 081109, $665,000.

Debbie L. Sellers to William H. Lariscy III, parcel ID 060311, $177,900.

Fred H. Reid o Arnold Lawrence Gonzales and Pia Maria Gonzales, parcel ID 042272, $55,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Eboni Gazaway, parcel ID 0622489, $182,628.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Matthew William Forshee and Allison Forshee, parcel ID 0601023, $294,943.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Steven M. Murray Jr., parcel ID 0622488, $184,004.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Michael Harris and Sohyun Han, parcel ID 0671640, $266,759.

Grovehar LLC to G. Wayne Peloquin, parcel ID 077009E and 077009I, $551,310.

Timothy J. Reimer to Gary Speed, parcel ID 0621349, $199,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Rastassia N. Armstrong and Jerald Lawrence Armstrong, parcel ID 0641884, $255,000.

Southern Homesites LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 060968, $54,900.

Eric P. Igel to David Poston and Ashley Poston, parcel ID 082I253, $229,000.

Alexander H. Von Plinsky IV to Joel Daniel Vangura, parcel ID 061536, $129,900.

Marie Thomae to Tara Ford Romes and Charles Romes, parcel ID 061645, $149,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC, 226 Asa Way, $29,300.

South Georgia Custom Homes LLC to Parrell R. Newsom, parcel ID 059206, $259,900.

Lydia D. Jackson to Patrick Parr, parcel ID 078224, $163,900.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Lewis P. Johnson, parcel ID 059175, $219,500.

Gary S. Cruiksbank to Joseph B. Klecha IV and Stephanie E. Klecha, 1823 Champions Circle, $899,000.

Michael Phelps to Eric C. Odem and Ingrid T. Odem, 403 Hastings Place, $230,000.

Selahattin Aslaner and Joann Aslaner to Erin C. Isaacs and Salah S. Hourani, 1133 Midford Court, $205,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Anthony C. Dehn and Hadessah N. Dehn, 1986 Kenlock Drive, $152,000.

Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to Curtis C. Bearden V and Shelby L. Bearden, 455 Sebastian Drive, $170,350.

Jennifer A. Ligon to Michelle M. Ellison, 820 Paisley Lane, $182,000.

JJ & Z Builders LLC to Tracy M. Bryant, 3447 Conifer Trail, $276,800.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Kemo N. Edwards and Jacqueline Y. Williams, 1433 Dooley Lane, $249,950.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Jason S. Jorgensen and Susan B. Jorgensen, 669 Shipley Ave., $186,775.

Dustin M. Colson to August S. Van Brink and Clara Mae Van Brink, parcel ID 032055E, $76,000.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to James W. Quick and Sharon L. Quick, 127 Broadleaf Trail, $285,145.

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Marriage Licenses, Aug. 24, 2014

Nolan James Lowe and Elaine Marie Sutton applied for a marriage license on July 16, 2014, and were married Aug. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Ashutosh Singh and Lauren Elizabeth Graves applied for a marriage license on June 25, 2014, and were married Aug. 8, 2014, in Evans.

Benjamin Joseph Velky and Sara Frances Kennedy applied for a marriage license on June 20, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Zachary Dale Barnes and Caitlin Galena Ross applied for a marriage license on July 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Grovetown.

Bryan Thomas Baker and Elisabeth Lee Randall applied for a marriage license on Aug. 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 11, 2013, in Evans.

Christopher Charles Rains and Shannon Marie Marshall applied for a marriage license on July 10, 2014, and were married Aug. 2, 2014, in Grovetown.

Eric William Heinl and Kaitlin Marie Conway applied for a marriage license on Aug. 8, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Martinez.

Dylan Edward Fitzpatrick and Jolene Mitchell applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Nathan Clay Covington and Kelsey Leah Covington applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Eric Alan Voss and Shani Layla Graham applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Edward Devrayl Dennis and Takeisha Cherie Barnes applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Quashawn Deanthony Cooper and Britany Suzanne Pham applied for a marriage license on Aug. 13, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

John Ira Parker and Journey Yvonne Tatum applied for a marriage license on July 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Savannah.

Frederick Eric Tyson Jr. and Janis Renea Cook applied for a marriage license on July 25, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Cameron Rashard Jenkins and Jessica Carmen Algarin applied for a marriage license on Aug. 13, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Paul Gerald Guidry and Dawn Hollowood Turner applied for a marriage license on July 10, 2014, and were married Aug. 6, 2014, in Lincolnton, Ga.

Marcus Deshaun Sanford and Tanganyika Diano Cummings applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Christopher David Brandon Edwards and Jassica Catrice Dial applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Eric Jordan Buffet and Kimberly Elaine Stewart applied for a marriage license on July 30, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Appling.

Zachary Ryan Walker and Emilie Marie Houghtling applied for a marriage license on Aug. 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Appling.

Christopher Jerome Reid and Tamiko Laticia Anderson applied for a marriage license on May 2, 2014, and were married July 25, 2014, in East Point, Ga.

Matthew Palmer Pearson and Bethany Marie McDaniel applied for a marriage license on Aug. 6, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Augusta.

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Marriage Licenses, Aug. 24, 2014

Nolan James Lowe and Elaine Marie Sutton applied for a marriage license on July 16, 2014, and were married Aug. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Ashutosh Singh and Lauren Elizabeth Graves applied for a marriage license on June 25, 2014, and were married Aug. 8, 2014, in Evans.

Benjamin Joseph Velky and Sara Frances Kennedy applied for a marriage license on June 20, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Zachary Dale Barnes and Caitlin Galena Ross applied for a marriage license on July 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Grovetown.

Bryan Thomas Baker and Elisabeth Lee Randall applied for a marriage license on Aug. 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 11, 2013, in Evans.

Christopher Charles Rains and Shannon Marie Marshall applied for a marriage license on July 10, 2014, and were married Aug. 2, 2014, in Grovetown.

Eric William Heinl and Kaitlin Marie Conway applied for a marriage license on Aug. 8, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Martinez.

Dylan Edward Fitzpatrick and Jolene Mitchell applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Nathan Clay Covington and Kelsey Leah Covington applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Eric Alan Voss and Shani Layla Graham applied for a marriage license on Aug. 12, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Edward Devrayl Dennis and Takeisha Cherie Barnes applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Quashawn Deanthony Cooper and Britany Suzanne Pham applied for a marriage license on Aug. 13, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

John Ira Parker and Journey Yvonne Tatum applied for a marriage license on July 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Savannah.

Frederick Eric Tyson Jr. and Janis Renea Cook applied for a marriage license on July 25, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Cameron Rashard Jenkins and Jessica Carmen Algarin applied for a marriage license on Aug. 13, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Paul Gerald Guidry and Dawn Hollowood Turner applied for a marriage license on July 10, 2014, and were married Aug. 6, 2014, in Lincolnton, Ga.

Marcus Deshaun Sanford and Tanganyika Diano Cummings applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Christopher David Brandon Edwards and Jassica Catrice Dial applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Aug. 14, 2014, in Evans.

Eric Jordan Buffet and Kimberly Elaine Stewart applied for a marriage license on July 30, 2014, and were married Aug. 9, 2014, in Appling.

Zachary Ryan Walker and Emilie Marie Houghtling applied for a marriage license on Aug. 11, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Appling.

Christopher Jerome Reid and Tamiko Laticia Anderson applied for a marriage license on May 2, 2014, and were married July 25, 2014, in East Point, Ga.

Matthew Palmer Pearson and Bethany Marie McDaniel applied for a marriage license on Aug. 6, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Augusta.

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Divorces, Aug. 24, 2014

Robert A. Beachum and Mary L. Beachum, Aug. 15, 2014.

Cynthia Denise Morrall and Steven Morrall III, Aug. 11, 2014.

Brendon Neely-Otts and Fredlene Neely-Otts, Aug. 11, 2014.

Patricia M. Lord and Charles E. Lord Jr., Aug. 6, 2014.

Lisa A. Patterson and Joseph E. Patterson, Aug. 15, 2014.

Tracy L. Johnson and Loretta H. Johnson, Aug. 11, 2014.

Stephen R. Croft and Janet L. Davis, July 22, 2014.

Bridgett Berry Wells and Joseph Nicholas Wells, Aug. 4, 2014.

Tiffany Johnson and Jerry Johnson, July 31, 2014.

Reena Sue Settle and Marvin Brown Settle, Aug. 5, 2014.

Maricela Meers and Timothy L. Meers, Aug. 4, 2014.

Deborah Childers Martin and Scott Michael Martin, Aug. 11, 2014.

Cortez Vincent Bailey and Sharon L. Bailey, Aug. 6, 2014.

Preston Brooks Keel and Joanna Dille Keel, Aug. 11, 2014.

Casey Ritch Vause and Shaun Mitchell Vause, Aug. 11, 2014.

Mark Robert Daugherty and Heather Ann Daugherty, Aug. 11, 2014.

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Divorces, Aug. 24, 2014

Robert A. Beachum and Mary L. Beachum, Aug. 15, 2014.

Cynthia Denise Morrall and Steven Morrall III, Aug. 11, 2014.

Brendon Neely-Otts and Fredlene Neely-Otts, Aug. 11, 2014.

Patricia M. Lord and Charles E. Lord Jr., Aug. 6, 2014.

Lisa A. Patterson and Joseph E. Patterson, Aug. 15, 2014.

Tracy L. Johnson and Loretta H. Johnson, Aug. 11, 2014.

Stephen R. Croft and Janet L. Davis, July 22, 2014.

Bridgett Berry Wells and Joseph Nicholas Wells, Aug. 4, 2014.

Tiffany Johnson and Jerry Johnson, July 31, 2014.

Reena Sue Settle and Marvin Brown Settle, Aug. 5, 2014.

Maricela Meers and Timothy L. Meers, Aug. 4, 2014.

Deborah Childers Martin and Scott Michael Martin, Aug. 11, 2014.

Cortez Vincent Bailey and Sharon L. Bailey, Aug. 6, 2014.

Preston Brooks Keel and Joanna Dille Keel, Aug. 11, 2014.

Casey Ritch Vause and Shaun Mitchell Vause, Aug. 11, 2014.

Mark Robert Daugherty and Heather Ann Daugherty, Aug. 11, 2014.

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 26

Harlem vs. Screven County, Grovetown, Evans, Thomson, Burke County, Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 30

Augusta Christian at Hammond, 9 a.m.

FOOTBALL (ALL GAMES 7:30 P.M.)

Friday, August 29

Augusta Christian at Laurence Manning

Augusta Eagles vs. Carolina Wildcats

Harlem vs. Grovetown

Monday, August 25

Evans vs. Westside, 5 p.m.

Grovetown at Burke County, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Lakeside, 5 p.m.

Harlem at Swainsboro, 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 28

Evans vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Grovetown at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Screven County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27

Tuesday, August 26

Grovetown vs. Evans, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Aiken, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Orangeburg Prep, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Aquinas at Grovetown, 6 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Aquinas, 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 28

Evans vs. South Aiken, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken at Evans, 6 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Laney at Hephzibah, 6 p.m.

Lakeside at Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. Greenbrier, 7 p.m.

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 26

Harlem vs. Screven County, Grovetown, Evans, Thomson, Burke County, Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 30

Augusta Christian at Hammond, 9 a.m.

FOOTBALL (ALL GAMES 7:30 P.M.)

Friday, August 29

Augusta Christian at Laurence Manning

Augusta Eagles vs. Carolina Wildcats

Harlem vs. Grovetown

Monday, August 25

Evans vs. Westside, 5 p.m.

Grovetown at Burke County, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Lakeside, 5 p.m.

Harlem at Swainsboro, 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 28

Evans vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Grovetown at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Screven County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27

Tuesday, August 26

Grovetown vs. Evans, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Aiken, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Orangeburg Prep, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Aquinas at Grovetown, 6 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Aquinas, 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 28

Evans vs. South Aiken, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken at Evans, 6 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Laney at Hephzibah, 6 p.m.

Lakeside at Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. Greenbrier, 7 p.m.

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Roofer gets jail time for working without permits

A Jefferson County man was sentenced to four months in jail and banned from working in Columbia County for six months this week, after being found guilty of performing roofing work without a permit and operating a business without a license.

Sean Patrick Hughes, 48, of Wrens, was brought before a magistrate judge on Wednesday on mutliple violations of county ordinances, including working as a roofing contractor without a permit and failure to pay occupational tax for his business, Hughes Roofing.

Officials said Hughes had been representing himself as a licensed and bonded contractor to homeowners needing roof repairs after the February ice storm. Code enforcement officials said homeowners complained of Hughes taking money in advance to do repairs, which were never started or completed.

One Martinez man filed a theft by deception complaint against Hughes on May 18. Kenneth Bowles told deputies that Hughes had taken $500 in March for a $4,000 contract to repair his home on Stevens Court. Bowles said Hughes told him the work would begin on April 8. After many phone calls and excuses, Bowles said Hughes returned in May and removed a portion of the damaged shingles, but never returned to finish the job.

Hughes was arrested June 24 on theft by deception charges and released July 3 on $10,100 bond. He was arrested again on July 18 for the code violations.

The warrant for theft was dismissed Monday, according to Magistrate Court personnel, because prosecutors decided it was civil matter.

On Wednesday, however, the only thing dismissed were Hughes’ excuses. Columbia County Associate Magistrate Judge J. Grady Blanchard found Hughes guilty of two violations and sentenced him to 120 days in jail – two consecutive 60-day sentences with no credit for time already served. Hughes also was given six months probation, 50 hours of community service and a $1,360 fine, according to court records.

Blanchard also ordered Hughes to have no contact with the victim or work in Columbia County while he’s on probation.

The next day, Hughes was brought to Richmond County Magistrate Court to face simlar charges before Judge H. Scott Allen.

Hughes pleaded no contest to at least four violations, including working without a permit and no business license, according to Augusta Licensing Manager Larry Harris.

Allen sentenced Hughes to 60 days confinement for the violations and said he could serve the time concurrently with his Columbia County sentence.

“I will let you be Columbia County’s problem for the next two months,” Allen said.

Kathy and Robert Wiggins, who said they gave money to Hughes for work that was never finished on their home in Augusta, observed the proceedings.

Kathy Wiggins said Hughes told them he was a “licensed and bonded” contractor, but they didn’t confirm his claims.

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Roofer gets jail time for working without permits

A Jefferson County man was sentenced to four months in jail and banned from working in Columbia County for six months this week, after being found guilty of performing roofing work without a permit and operating a business without a license.

Sean Patrick Hughes, 48, of Wrens, was brought before a magistrate judge on Wednesday on mutliple violations of county ordinances, including working as a roofing contractor without a permit and failure to pay occupational tax for his business, Hughes Roofing.

Officials said Hughes had been representing himself as a licensed and bonded contractor to homeowners needing roof repairs after the February ice storm. Code enforcement officials said homeowners complained of Hughes taking money in advance to do repairs, which were never started or completed.

One Martinez man filed a theft by deception complaint against Hughes on May 18. Kenneth Bowles told deputies that Hughes had taken $500 in March for a $4,000 contract to repair his home on Stevens Court. Bowles said Hughes told him the work would begin on April 8. After many phone calls and excuses, Bowles said Hughes returned in May and removed a portion of the damaged shingles, but never returned to finish the job.

Hughes was arrested June 24 on theft by deception charges and released July 3 on $10,100 bond. He was arrested again on July 18 for the code violations.

The warrant for theft was dismissed Monday, according to Magistrate Court personnel, because prosecutors decided it was civil matter.

On Wednesday, however, the only thing dismissed were Hughes’ excuses. Columbia County Associate Magistrate Judge J. Grady Blanchard found Hughes guilty of two violations and sentenced him to 120 days in jail – two consecutive 60-day sentences with no credit for time already served. Hughes also was given six months probation, 50 hours of community service and a $1,360 fine, according to court records.

Blanchard also ordered Hughes to have no contact with the victim or work in Columbia County while he’s on probation.

The next day, Hughes was brought to Richmond County Magistrate Court to face simlar charges before Judge H. Scott Allen.

Hughes pleaded no contest to at least four violations, including working without a permit and no business license, according to Augusta Licensing Manager Larry Harris.

Allen sentenced Hughes to 60 days confinement for the violations and said he could serve the time concurrently with his Columbia County sentence.

“I will let you be Columbia County’s problem for the next two months,” Allen said.

Kathy and Robert Wiggins, who said they gave money to Hughes for work that was never finished on their home in Augusta, observed the proceedings.

Kathy Wiggins said Hughes told them he was a “licensed and bonded” contractor, but they didn’t confirm his claims.

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Volunteers needed to keep lake areas clean

The public is invited to help keep Clarks Hill Lake parks and shoreline clean as part of the Thurmond Lake Cleanup Campaign.

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter and debris along public lands and waters of the lake including the shoreline, islands, recreation areas, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.

The campaign is part of National Public Lands Day, a nationwide day of service for volunteering at local, state and federal public lands. It is also part of Georgia’s statewide Rivers Alive program.

The volunteer effort begins Wednesday and runs through National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

The goal of the effort is to keep the lake and nearby recreational areas clean and ready for use, according to Chrissy Alford, Recreation Chief Ranger for the Corps’ Savannah District.

“They can opt to do some shoreline clean-up any day between now and Public Lands Day,” Alford said.

Scouting groups, civic organizations, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals are welcome to participate. They can choose an area of shoreline and remove any glass, paper, plastic or abandoned items. Trash bags are available at the Visitors Center or volunteers can bring their own bags. Collected trash can be dropped off at trash receptacles near Corps-operated boat ramps.

Volunteers are also invited to a community clean-up and picnic 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27 at West Dam Recreation Area group shelter on West Dam Road in Appling.

“We usually try to get some projects done that day,” Alford said. Those projects usually include cleaning up trails, cleaning out underbrush, building bluebird boxes. “Projects that can be done to improve the (parks).”

The morning will consist of clean-up and improvement activities followed by a volunteer appreciation picnic.

Participants will receive T-shirts while supplies last.

Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and bring plenty of water. They should arrived a few minutes early for check-in and a safety briefing.

Wildwood Park Manager Jamey Rabun said a trail clean-up is planned for the park on Sept. 27. Volunteers for that should report at about 8 a.m. to Pavilion E or contact the gatehouse for more information.

Volunteers for the Corps effort should sign up in advance at the Visitors Center, by calling (864) 333-1129 or by submitting a form online at http://bit.ly/thurmondsignup. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Thurmond Lake Project Office at 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C., or faxed to (864) 333-1150, or can be submitted by e-mail to CESAS-OP-Y@usace.army.mil.

For more information, call (800) 533-3478, extension 1129.

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Volunteers needed to keep lake areas clean

The public is invited to help keep Clarks Hill Lake parks and shoreline clean as part of the Thurmond Lake Cleanup Campaign.

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter and debris along public lands and waters of the lake including the shoreline, islands, recreation areas, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.

The campaign is part of National Public Lands Day, a nationwide day of service for volunteering at local, state and federal public lands. It is also part of Georgia’s statewide Rivers Alive program.

The volunteer effort begins Wednesday and runs through National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

The goal of the effort is to keep the lake and nearby recreational areas clean and ready for use, according to Chrissy Alford, Recreation Chief Ranger for the Corps’ Savannah District.

“They can opt to do some shoreline clean-up any day between now and Public Lands Day,” Alford said.

Scouting groups, civic organizations, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals are welcome to participate. They can choose an area of shoreline and remove any glass, paper, plastic or abandoned items. Trash bags are available at the Visitors Center or volunteers can bring their own bags. Collected trash can be dropped off at trash receptacles near Corps-operated boat ramps.

Volunteers are also invited to a community clean-up and picnic 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27 at West Dam Recreation Area group shelter on West Dam Road in Appling.

“We usually try to get some projects done that day,” Alford said. Those projects usually include cleaning up trails, cleaning out underbrush, building bluebird boxes. “Projects that can be done to improve the (parks).”

The morning will consist of clean-up and improvement activities followed by a volunteer appreciation picnic.

Participants will receive T-shirts while supplies last.

Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and bring plenty of water. They should arrived a few minutes early for check-in and a safety briefing.

Wildwood Park Manager Jamey Rabun said a trail clean-up is planned for the park on Sept. 27. Volunteers for that should report at about 8 a.m. to Pavilion E or contact the gatehouse for more information.

Volunteers for the Corps effort should sign up in advance at the Visitors Center, by calling (864) 333-1129 or by submitting a form online at http://bit.ly/thurmondsignup. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Thurmond Lake Project Office at 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C., or faxed to (864) 333-1150, or can be submitted by e-mail to CESAS-OP-Y@usace.army.mil.

For more information, call (800) 533-3478, extension 1129.

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Columbia County approves $700,000 in incentives for development

Columbia County officials have agreed to give $700,000 in economic incentives to a project that could bring a Wal-Mart “competitor” and as many as 500 jobs to the area outside of Grovetown near Interstate 20.

The Columbia County Commission approved the incentive money at its meeting Tuesday night.

According to county documents, $400,000 will be awarded to Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial as reimbursement for costs associated with infrastructure improvements to make way for a potential development on Lewiston Road at William Few Parkway. An additional $300,000 was approved for traffic improvements in the area.

County documents indicate the incentive money will come from a “variety of transportation discretionary funds” available for such projects.

Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the incentive money will be paid only after the development is completed – if it does come to fruition.

Cross described the anchor for the development as a retailer hoping to build a 140,000-square-foot building that would offer groceries, clothing and household items.

“It is supposed to be a large grocery chain,” he said. “This will be its largest store of this type east of the Mississippi.”

When fully developed, the project could bring as many as 500 jobs to the area, Cross said.

Commissioner Ron Thigpen said the potential tax revenue and job growth that the project would provide will more than pay for the economic incentives provided by the county.

To make way for the development, officials plan to move the intersection of William Few Parkway farther north along Lewiston Road and away from I-20.

Cross acknowleged the new development would create more traffic pressure in the area, but pointed out that there are plans to widen Lewiston Road from I-20 to Columbia Road. That, however, is dependant second tier transportation sales tax funding, so isn’t likely to happen until four or five years from now, he said.

Vic Mills, the CEO of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial, said the company already controls several parcels of land in the area and has acquired options for other properties that will be needed for the potential development.

“We still have a lot of work to do on this,” Mills said. “But we do have great interest in this location from several prospective tenants.”

Mills said it was too early to name those potential tenants, but he said he was optimistic that if things continued to progress, more details will be available soon.

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Columbia County approves $700,000 in incentives for development

Columbia County officials have agreed to give $700,000 in economic incentives to a project that could bring a Wal-Mart “competitor” and as many as 500 jobs to the area outside of Grovetown near Interstate 20.

The Columbia County Commission approved the incentive money at its meeting Tuesday night.

According to county documents, $400,000 will be awarded to Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial as reimbursement for costs associated with infrastructure improvements to make way for a potential development on Lewiston Road at William Few Parkway. An additional $300,000 was approved for traffic improvements in the area.

County documents indicate the incentive money will come from a “variety of transportation discretionary funds” available for such projects.

Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the incentive money will be paid only after the development is completed – if it does come to fruition.

Cross described the anchor for the development as a retailer hoping to build a 140,000-square-foot building that would offer groceries, clothing and household items.

“It is supposed to be a large grocery chain,” he said. “This will be its largest store of this type east of the Mississippi.”

When fully developed, the project could bring as many as 500 jobs to the area, Cross said.

Commissioner Ron Thigpen said the potential tax revenue and job growth that the project would provide will more than pay for the economic incentives provided by the county.

To make way for the development, officials plan to move the intersection of William Few Parkway farther north along Lewiston Road and away from I-20.

Cross acknowleged the new development would create more traffic pressure in the area, but pointed out that there are plans to widen Lewiston Road from I-20 to Columbia Road. That, however, is dependant second tier transportation sales tax funding, so isn’t likely to happen until four or five years from now, he said.

Vic Mills, the CEO of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial, said the company already controls several parcels of land in the area and has acquired options for other properties that will be needed for the potential development.

“We still have a lot of work to do on this,” Mills said. “But we do have great interest in this location from several prospective tenants.”

Mills said it was too early to name those potential tenants, but he said he was optimistic that if things continued to progress, more details will be available soon.

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Police Blotter, Aug. 24, 2014

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

Intoxicated man falls asleep in
drive-through

A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he passed out in the drive-through line of a fast food restaurant.

Timothy Hayes, 22, was charged with driving under the influence and obstruction of law enforcement.

A deputy was in the drive-through line at McDonald’s at 4264 Washington Road in Evans at about 2:30 a.m., behind a Toyota that had stopped moving. The deputy approached the Toyota and found the driver’s side window rolled all the way down and the driver, Hayes, asleep in the drivers seat. The deputy woke Hayes and asked him to pull into a parking space.

When the deputy approached the car again, he said Hayes rolled the window up leaving a 5-inch opening. When asked for his license, Hayes asked if he was being detained. The deputy could smell alcohol on Hayes’ breath and asked him to step out of the car, but he refused and said he didn’t have to talk to police. The deputy said he was conducting a DUI investigation and again asked Hayes to get out of the car, he again refused.

Hayes said he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right and not talk to the deputy. He then rolled the window up leaving only an open crack.

When a supervisor arrived, Hayes was repeatedly asked to get out, but he continued to say he was not getting out and covered his mouth with his hand when he talked.

A deputy used a lock-out kit to unlock the passenger side door of Hayes’ vehicle. He then got out on his own and was arrested.

Hayes was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting a $6,200 bond, according to jailers.

Women receive threatening messages

Two Martinez women told deputies Tuesday that they received threatening text messages.

A 66-year-old woman said she received a text message from a 478 area code threatening her life stating “hey you, you better get back in touch with me before 24 hours, your lifes at stake.” A second message called her by name and asked her to text back. The woman texted back asking “who r u?” and received a last message that read, “im the assassin hired to kill u.”

Another woman called police a few hours later to report she’d received similar messages. The 59-year-old woman said she received the same message demanding a response and responded by saying she’d let law enforcement handle the matter. The messages continued. The woman said she then got a message that read, “my men are all over there now with there Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle, waiting for the last order.” The woman said she inadvertently called the number and immediately received a text that read, “Yes?”

A deputy called the number and waited for a return call. He then called again and left a message to have no more contact with the woman.

Woman finds hidden camera in home

A Martinez woman said Monday that she found a camera hidden in her home.

The 43-year-old woman said she was having her home air conditioning system service. She said the technician alerted her that there was a camera surveillance system in one of the air vents. The camera was positioned to provide a clear view of the living room, kitchen and entryway. The camera was attached to a transmitter/recorder and some wireless transmission device to allow for remote surveillance and possibly the ability to electronically eavesdrop on e-mails and other electronic communications.

The woman said she’s been through a highly contentious divorce and believes her husband installed the camera to electronically “stalk” her.

Metal stolen from college welding class

A welding teacher told authorities Monday that someone stole scrap metal from Augusta Technical College’s Grovetown campus.

The instructor said that between Aug. 7 and Monday, someone stole $2,300 worth of scrap metal used for the class.

He said 40 10-foot-long pieces of metal were taken from a container inside a locked fence. Some was in a container outside the gated area.

The total amount of metal stolen was 1,500 pounds.

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Police Blotter, Aug. 24, 2014

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

Intoxicated man falls asleep in
drive-through

A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he passed out in the drive-through line of a fast food restaurant.

Timothy Hayes, 22, was charged with driving under the influence and obstruction of law enforcement.

A deputy was in the drive-through line at McDonald’s at 4264 Washington Road in Evans at about 2:30 a.m., behind a Toyota that had stopped moving. The deputy approached the Toyota and found the driver’s side window rolled all the way down and the driver, Hayes, asleep in the drivers seat. The deputy woke Hayes and asked him to pull into a parking space.

When the deputy approached the car again, he said Hayes rolled the window up leaving a 5-inch opening. When asked for his license, Hayes asked if he was being detained. The deputy could smell alcohol on Hayes’ breath and asked him to step out of the car, but he refused and said he didn’t have to talk to police. The deputy said he was conducting a DUI investigation and again asked Hayes to get out of the car, he again refused.

Hayes said he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right and not talk to the deputy. He then rolled the window up leaving only an open crack.

When a supervisor arrived, Hayes was repeatedly asked to get out, but he continued to say he was not getting out and covered his mouth with his hand when he talked.

A deputy used a lock-out kit to unlock the passenger side door of Hayes’ vehicle. He then got out on his own and was arrested.

Hayes was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting a $6,200 bond, according to jailers.

Women receive threatening messages

Two Martinez women told deputies Tuesday that they received threatening text messages.

A 66-year-old woman said she received a text message from a 478 area code threatening her life stating “hey you, you better get back in touch with me before 24 hours, your lifes at stake.” A second message called her by name and asked her to text back. The woman texted back asking “who r u?” and received a last message that read, “im the assassin hired to kill u.”

Another woman called police a few hours later to report she’d received similar messages. The 59-year-old woman said she received the same message demanding a response and responded by saying she’d let law enforcement handle the matter. The messages continued. The woman said she then got a message that read, “my men are all over there now with there Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle, waiting for the last order.” The woman said she inadvertently called the number and immediately received a text that read, “Yes?”

A deputy called the number and waited for a return call. He then called again and left a message to have no more contact with the woman.

Woman finds hidden camera in home

A Martinez woman said Monday that she found a camera hidden in her home.

The 43-year-old woman said she was having her home air conditioning system service. She said the technician alerted her that there was a camera surveillance system in one of the air vents. The camera was positioned to provide a clear view of the living room, kitchen and entryway. The camera was attached to a transmitter/recorder and some wireless transmission device to allow for remote surveillance and possibly the ability to electronically eavesdrop on e-mails and other electronic communications.

The woman said she’s been through a highly contentious divorce and believes her husband installed the camera to electronically “stalk” her.

Metal stolen from college welding class

A welding teacher told authorities Monday that someone stole scrap metal from Augusta Technical College’s Grovetown campus.

The instructor said that between Aug. 7 and Monday, someone stole $2,300 worth of scrap metal used for the class.

He said 40 10-foot-long pieces of metal were taken from a container inside a locked fence. Some was in a container outside the gated area.

The total amount of metal stolen was 1,500 pounds.

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