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Show in Augusta is biggest 4-H rabbit and cavy event in U.S.

 

Derek Poole held the ball of soft fur in his practiced hands, carefully examining its every aspect – length and consistency of the coat, the shape of the body and the broad head and the length and symmetry of the long ears – before making a pronouncement.

“This is my No. 1. That’s an excellent rabbit,” said Poole, referring to the white American fuzzy lops rabbit in one of several cages lining the judge’s table before him.

Poole, 43, was one of several certified American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) judges brought in from across the country to share his expertise at the fifth annual Augusta Masters of Rabbits and Cavies on the Green Show at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by CSRA Rabbit Breeders Association and the Columbia County 4-H Rabbit Club, is the largest regional rabbit show of its kind and the largest such event sponsored by a 4-H Club in the nation, according to Columbia County 4-H Rabbit Club volunteer and show organizer Marguerite Creekmore.

Creekmore said the show has more than 550 rabbits, representing 25 different breeds and also 85 cavies, more commonly known as Guinea pigs, entered in numerous categories throughout the day.

Most of the 4-H Club members entered in the youth category were from Georgia, including clubs in DeKalb and Burke counties, but in the “open” class, which included adults and children, many participants had traveled many miles and long hours for the show.

“We have people from as far away as Michigan, Texas and Florida,” Creekmore said.

Poole was among the out-of-towners. He lives in Rochester, N.Y., where he operates a literacy foundation and an antiques business, but many weekends he is out judging rabbit shows.

“I fly all over the world to judge shows,” he said, explaining that he was one of about 250 certified ARBA judges worldwide whose services are always in demand. “We travel as much as we want to work. I like to do about 20 shows a year.”

Rabbit shows might seem a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but Poole said the number of people who breed and show purebred rabbits is a more than most people realize.

This is his fifth year as a judge, but he has been involved in the world of rabbit shows for 35 years. Each year he tries to make it to the ARBA national convention, which will be held this year in San Diego.

“There will be somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 rabbits there,” he said.

The county 4-H Club held its first small rabbit show in 2011, and since then it has grown into a major event. Savannah Rapids Pavilion was packed wall-to-wall Saturday with all manner of bunnies and cavies stacked in colorful cages, while parents and children weaved through the warren of activity, hauling their pets to the judging table each time a new category was announced over the loudspeakers.

Pam Cox, a 4-H Club parent and volunteer, said the first time she went to a rabbit show she was bowled over by the enormity of the event.

“I thought, ‘What in the world exactly is going on here?’”

She got introduced to rabbit shows when her son Matthew got involved through 4-H. “It’s all his fault,” she joked.

Now, her 12-year-old daughter Rachel is the one competing. Saturday she brought along two cavies and a charcoal gray lionhead rabbit named Daisy, who came away with a first place showing.

The rabbits might have been more numerous, but the cavy owners were no less passionate.

Clarissa Dollar, 12, watched nervously while ARBA judge Travis Finkle and Jennifer Green, who was in training to become a judge, repeatedly examined and discussed their observations on which of 10 different cavies would be judged best of show.

Dollar was rooting for, P.J., a her Teddy cavy with a cream-colored body and jet black head.

“He’s named P.J. because his dad is Pongo, so Pongo Jr.,” she explained.

Minutes later, Clarissa was overwhelmed with joy as P.J. was announced as champion of the day.

The homeschooled seventh-grader from Newnan, Ga., said she is involved in 4-H in Coweta County, but she came to the show as an independent participant.

“My 4-H club will not allow cavies and I am determined to make them accept them,” she said.

Nearby sat Jimmy Crowder, 50, a veteran breeder of cavies and recognized authority at the show. Crowder, of Douglasville, Ga., downplayed his 14 years of experience, however.

“There are some people who have been doing this 30 or 40 years, so at 14 years I’m still new,” he said. “I’m still learning something at every show.”

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Show in Augusta is biggest 4-H rabbit and cavy event in U.S.

 

Derek Poole held the ball of soft fur in his practiced hands, carefully examining its every aspect – length and consistency of the coat, the shape of the body and the broad head and the length and symmetry of the long ears – before making a pronouncement.

“This is my No. 1. That’s an excellent rabbit,” said Poole, referring to the white American fuzzy lops rabbit in one of several cages lining the judge’s table before him.

Poole, 43, was one of several certified American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) judges brought in from across the country to share his expertise at the fifth annual Augusta Masters of Rabbits and Cavies on the Green Show at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by CSRA Rabbit Breeders Association and the Columbia County 4-H Rabbit Club, is the largest regional rabbit show of its kind and the largest such event sponsored by a 4-H Club in the nation, according to Columbia County 4-H Rabbit Club volunteer and show organizer Marguerite Creekmore.

Creekmore said the show has more than 550 rabbits, representing 25 different breeds and also 85 cavies, more commonly known as Guinea pigs, entered in numerous categories throughout the day.

Most of the 4-H Club members entered in the youth category were from Georgia, including clubs in DeKalb and Burke counties, but in the “open” class, which included adults and children, many participants had traveled many miles and long hours for the show.

“We have people from as far away as Michigan, Texas and Florida,” Creekmore said.

Poole was among the out-of-towners. He lives in Rochester, N.Y., where he operates a literacy foundation and an antiques business, but many weekends he is out judging rabbit shows.

“I fly all over the world to judge shows,” he said, explaining that he was one of about 250 certified ARBA judges worldwide whose services are always in demand. “We travel as much as we want to work. I like to do about 20 shows a year.”

Rabbit shows might seem a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but Poole said the number of people who breed and show purebred rabbits is a more than most people realize.

This is his fifth year as a judge, but he has been involved in the world of rabbit shows for 35 years. Each year he tries to make it to the ARBA national convention, which will be held this year in San Diego.

“There will be somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 rabbits there,” he said.

The county 4-H Club held its first small rabbit show in 2011, and since then it has grown into a major event. Savannah Rapids Pavilion was packed wall-to-wall Saturday with all manner of bunnies and cavies stacked in colorful cages, while parents and children weaved through the warren of activity, hauling their pets to the judging table each time a new category was announced over the loudspeakers.

Pam Cox, a 4-H Club parent and volunteer, said the first time she went to a rabbit show she was bowled over by the enormity of the event.

“I thought, ‘What in the world exactly is going on here?’”

She got introduced to rabbit shows when her son Matthew got involved through 4-H. “It’s all his fault,” she joked.

Now, her 12-year-old daughter Rachel is the one competing. Saturday she brought along two cavies and a charcoal gray lionhead rabbit named Daisy, who came away with a first place showing.

The rabbits might have been more numerous, but the cavy owners were no less passionate.

Clarissa Dollar, 12, watched nervously while ARBA judge Travis Finkle and Jennifer Green, who was in training to become a judge, repeatedly examined and discussed their observations on which of 10 different cavies would be judged best of show.

Dollar was rooting for, P.J., a her Teddy cavy with a cream-colored body and jet black head.

“He’s named P.J. because his dad is Pongo, so Pongo Jr.,” she explained.

Minutes later, Clarissa was overwhelmed with joy as P.J. was announced as champion of the day.

The homeschooled seventh-grader from Newnan, Ga., said she is involved in 4-H in Coweta County, but she came to the show as an independent participant.

“My 4-H club will not allow cavies and I am determined to make them accept them,” she said.

Nearby sat Jimmy Crowder, 50, a veteran breeder of cavies and recognized authority at the show. Crowder, of Douglasville, Ga., downplayed his 14 years of experience, however.

“There are some people who have been doing this 30 or 40 years, so at 14 years I’m still new,” he said. “I’m still learning something at every show.”

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Columbia County charter school group announces changes for new petition

 

Organizers behind what would be Columbia County’s first charter school announced changes Monday as they plan their third attempt to seek state approval.

The Columbia County School for the Arts announced it will be submitting its petition to the State Charter Schools Commission this spring under a new name: SAIL (School for Arts-Infused Learning).

Steven Uhles, a spokesman for the SAIL charter school board, said the new name reflects changes in the group’s approach, which will include a statewide attendance zone, meaning that children from any Georgia county will be eligible to enroll. The change follows the enrollment approach of other charter schools, including the Geor­gia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah, which opened in fall 2015.

“We looked and we saw a lot of other charter schools were doing this, and we considered the counties around us,” Uhles said. “We did see that there was probably a demand for a school like this in McDuffie, Lincoln and Richmond counties.”

Uhles said much of the charter organization remains the same, although some board positions have changed, including a new chairwoman, Kristy Zgol.

Todd Shafer, the former Mar­ti­nez Elementary School teacher who spearheaded the effort to bring an “arts-infused” charter school to Co­lum­bia County, has stepped aside to serve in an advisory role, he said.

“This is the board stepping forward and taking the reins of the project,” Uhles said.

The previous two times the school has submitted charters, their petitions were rejected by the county Board of Education and by the State Charter Commission. The most recent denial came in August, when the charter commission staff cited seven areas in their petition where the group
fell short:

• The academic program lacked substantial plans for implementation.

• Lack of an adequate teacher recruitment plan

• The governing board failed to demonstrate clear understanding of its role.

• Doubts about proposed partnerships with community organizations

• No sufficient plan for special education

• Concerns about the board’s ability to secure financing

• Lack of understanding for the purchasing process

Uhles said the group is working to address each issue in the new petition, but there could be things that state regulators didn’t point out that also need work. He said the group is determined to succeed this time.

“What we discovered last time is that while we will work to address those things, the best thing we can do is put forward the strongest charter possible,” he said.

Because the school will have a statewide attendance zone, the charter petition will be presented this year to the local school board as “information only,” Uhles said. The state commission will have exclusive authority to approve the charter, he said.

The new school, if approved, will be open to students in kindergarten through seventh grades, and it will add another grade each subsequent year until it reaches its goal as “a full K-12 public charter school,” the announcement said.

Uhles said that although the group had an option on land for a proposed campus, the school location is “up in the air” while the board explores its options.

Uhles said the school’s board plans to hold public forums detailing the petition process, student admittance criteria and enrollment procedures in the near future.

For more information, parents can visit facebook.com/schoolforartsinfusedlearning.

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Columbia County charter school group announces changes for new petition

 

Organizers behind what would be Columbia County’s first charter school announced changes Monday as they plan their third attempt to seek state approval.

The Columbia County School for the Arts announced it will be submitting its petition to the State Charter Schools Commission this spring under a new name: SAIL (School for Arts-Infused Learning).

Steven Uhles, a spokesman for the SAIL charter school board, said the new name reflects changes in the group’s approach, which will include a statewide attendance zone, meaning that children from any Georgia county will be eligible to enroll. The change follows the enrollment approach of other charter schools, including the Geor­gia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah, which opened in fall 2015.

“We looked and we saw a lot of other charter schools were doing this, and we considered the counties around us,” Uhles said. “We did see that there was probably a demand for a school like this in McDuffie, Lincoln and Richmond counties.”

Uhles said much of the charter organization remains the same, although some board positions have changed, including a new chairwoman, Kristy Zgol.

Todd Shafer, the former Mar­ti­nez Elementary School teacher who spearheaded the effort to bring an “arts-infused” charter school to Co­lum­bia County, has stepped aside to serve in an advisory role, he said.

“This is the board stepping forward and taking the reins of the project,” Uhles said.

The previous two times the school has submitted charters, their petitions were rejected by the county Board of Education and by the State Charter Commission. The most recent denial came in August, when the charter commission staff cited seven areas in their petition where the group
fell short:

• The academic program lacked substantial plans for implementation.

• Lack of an adequate teacher recruitment plan

• The governing board failed to demonstrate clear understanding of its role.

• Doubts about proposed partnerships with community organizations

• No sufficient plan for special education

• Concerns about the board’s ability to secure financing

• Lack of understanding for the purchasing process

Uhles said the group is working to address each issue in the new petition, but there could be things that state regulators didn’t point out that also need work. He said the group is determined to succeed this time.

“What we discovered last time is that while we will work to address those things, the best thing we can do is put forward the strongest charter possible,” he said.

Because the school will have a statewide attendance zone, the charter petition will be presented this year to the local school board as “information only,” Uhles said. The state commission will have exclusive authority to approve the charter, he said.

The new school, if approved, will be open to students in kindergarten through seventh grades, and it will add another grade each subsequent year until it reaches its goal as “a full K-12 public charter school,” the announcement said.

Uhles said that although the group had an option on land for a proposed campus, the school location is “up in the air” while the board explores its options.

Uhles said the school’s board plans to hold public forums detailing the petition process, student admittance criteria and enrollment procedures in the near future.

For more information, parents can visit facebook.com/schoolforartsinfusedlearning.

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Police Blotter, Feb. 3, 2016

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

Man’s ID stolen on Facebook

A Grovetown man told deputies Friday that a man interested in buying a firearm stole his personal information through Facebook.

The 41-year-old man said that on Dec. 8, he received a suspicious post on Facebook from someone who was interested in a buying a firearm from him. The stranger asked for the man to show proof of his identity before he’d do business. So the man sent an image of his drivers license. The potential buyer then stopped communicating with the man.

A few days later, the man said he discovered that someone created a fake Facebook profile using his picture, name and personal information to sell guns online.

On Jan. 16, the man received a suspicious letter which listed him as the sender. The letter contained a typed request for a bank loan from Augusta Metro Credit Union, which
was supposedly from him and included a fake signature. The letter, which was originally mailed in December, was returned because of an incorrect address for the bank.

Church credit card stolen

The financial director of an Evans church said Friday that someone stole the pastor’s church credit card from her office.

She said that someone went into her office at Journey Church on Hardy McManus Road between Jan. 21 and Thursday and stole a church credit card named to the pastor. She said the thief activated the card using the last four digits of the pastor’s Social Security number and used it at a night club in Augusta.

When she contacted the pastor, he said he didn’t have the card and was very concerned that his Social Security number was used. The financial director believes the thief got the information from files in her church office.

Gardening containers

An Evans man called authorities Friday after discovering that trespassers damaged and burned his gardening containers.

The 75-year-old man said he put at least three FarmDaddy self-watering gardening containers in the woods near the backyard on Nov. 26. He returned and found them missing. On Friday, the man found one of the containers broken and thrown into a creek. Two others appeared to have been burned.

The man said two male juveniles that appear to be teens have been trespassing on the property. He couldn’t give a detailed description because he only saw them from a distance. Deputies saw several juveniles walking past the home, but said they haven’t been on the property and doesn’t know who has been.

Man avoids scam

A Harlem man told deputies Friday that he narrowly escaped a scam to steal his money by someone posing as his friend.

The man said he received an e-mail from a friend on Jan. 27 about a way to make money. After he responded to the e-mail, the man said he began receiving text messages about how to turn $550 into $70,000. He provided his “friend” with his full name, date of birth and said he wouldn’t have $550 until early February.

While waiting until he had the money, the man said his friend contacted him and said his e-mail had been hacked. The man never sent any money.

Trailer stolen

A Grovetown woman said Saturday that someone stole a trailer full of furniture form her property.

The 68-year-old woman said the trailer was parked next to a large storage building on the back side of her property about 100 yards from the main house and out of view from the street. The only access to the property is through a main gate.

The padlock that had to be cut or broken to hitch the trailer was missing. A large truck or van would be needed to pull the trailer because is was full of furniture and other items when it was stolen.

Computer hijacked

A Grovetown woman called authorities Friday after she said someone hijacked her computer and demanded money.

The 73-year-old woman said she was working on her computer at about 9 a.m. Jan. 26 when the screen suddenly went black. A few minutes later, she received a phone call from a man telling her she needed to pay him if she wanted to use her computer again. The man withdrew $179.99 from her bank account.

During a second phone call, the caller demanded the woman send money to him in China. When she tried to send the money through Western Union, the transaction wouldn’t go through. So she sent $720 to Sen Yang in China using MoneyGram.

Man sees trespasser

A Grovetown man said Friday that he saw a man trespassing on his property.

The 29-year-old man said he heard his outdoor grills opening and closing at about 2 a.m. When he looked outside, he saw a man standing near the fence looking at the sky. When he attempted to confront the trespasser, he jumped the fence and ran away.

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Police Blotter, Feb. 3, 2016

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

Man’s ID stolen on Facebook

A Grovetown man told deputies Friday that a man interested in buying a firearm stole his personal information through Facebook.

The 41-year-old man said that on Dec. 8, he received a suspicious post on Facebook from someone who was interested in a buying a firearm from him. The stranger asked for the man to show proof of his identity before he’d do business. So the man sent an image of his drivers license. The potential buyer then stopped communicating with the man.

A few days later, the man said he discovered that someone created a fake Facebook profile using his picture, name and personal information to sell guns online.

On Jan. 16, the man received a suspicious letter which listed him as the sender. The letter contained a typed request for a bank loan from Augusta Metro Credit Union, which
was supposedly from him and included a fake signature. The letter, which was originally mailed in December, was returned because of an incorrect address for the bank.

Church credit card stolen

The financial director of an Evans church said Friday that someone stole the pastor’s church credit card from her office.

She said that someone went into her office at Journey Church on Hardy McManus Road between Jan. 21 and Thursday and stole a church credit card named to the pastor. She said the thief activated the card using the last four digits of the pastor’s Social Security number and used it at a night club in Augusta.

When she contacted the pastor, he said he didn’t have the card and was very concerned that his Social Security number was used. The financial director believes the thief got the information from files in her church office.

Gardening containers

An Evans man called authorities Friday after discovering that trespassers damaged and burned his gardening containers.

The 75-year-old man said he put at least three FarmDaddy self-watering gardening containers in the woods near the backyard on Nov. 26. He returned and found them missing. On Friday, the man found one of the containers broken and thrown into a creek. Two others appeared to have been burned.

The man said two male juveniles that appear to be teens have been trespassing on the property. He couldn’t give a detailed description because he only saw them from a distance. Deputies saw several juveniles walking past the home, but said they haven’t been on the property and doesn’t know who has been.

Man avoids scam

A Harlem man told deputies Friday that he narrowly escaped a scam to steal his money by someone posing as his friend.

The man said he received an e-mail from a friend on Jan. 27 about a way to make money. After he responded to the e-mail, the man said he began receiving text messages about how to turn $550 into $70,000. He provided his “friend” with his full name, date of birth and said he wouldn’t have $550 until early February.

While waiting until he had the money, the man said his friend contacted him and said his e-mail had been hacked. The man never sent any money.

Trailer stolen

A Grovetown woman said Saturday that someone stole a trailer full of furniture form her property.

The 68-year-old woman said the trailer was parked next to a large storage building on the back side of her property about 100 yards from the main house and out of view from the street. The only access to the property is through a main gate.

The padlock that had to be cut or broken to hitch the trailer was missing. A large truck or van would be needed to pull the trailer because is was full of furniture and other items when it was stolen.

Computer hijacked

A Grovetown woman called authorities Friday after she said someone hijacked her computer and demanded money.

The 73-year-old woman said she was working on her computer at about 9 a.m. Jan. 26 when the screen suddenly went black. A few minutes later, she received a phone call from a man telling her she needed to pay him if she wanted to use her computer again. The man withdrew $179.99 from her bank account.

During a second phone call, the caller demanded the woman send money to him in China. When she tried to send the money through Western Union, the transaction wouldn’t go through. So she sent $720 to Sen Yang in China using MoneyGram.

Man sees trespasser

A Grovetown man said Friday that he saw a man trespassing on his property.

The 29-year-old man said he heard his outdoor grills opening and closing at about 2 a.m. When he looked outside, he saw a man standing near the fence looking at the sky. When he attempted to confront the trespasser, he jumped the fence and ran away.

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County launches new planning and zoning information app

Columbia County residents now have an easy, online way to find out about those Public Hearing signs often seen on roadsides.

The county launched an interactive Notification of Public Hearings system on Jan. 25. The system allows citizens to find out key information about land use requests and public hearings county-wide.

“The best thing about it is I think it is easily understood and easily navigable,” said county Planning Director Andrew Strickland. “It’s easy to get in it and find the information you need.”

The user-friendly application is maintained through the county’s GIS and Planning department. It displays all current information for property parcels that are subject to planning and zoning changes. If a resident sees a Public Hearing sign, they can go online and get the important information about that parcel.

The information includes the request that was filed, public hearing dates, what actions have been or will be taken, zoning applications and full staff reports.

Strickland said his office gets numerous calls requesting information for parcels under review for planning and zoning changes.

“It really gives all the information that we would normally give anyone who calls,” Strickland said. “It just puts it out there so it is freely available. Of course, people can still call us directly. We’ll be happy to talk to them. This is just another avenue.”

Strickland said he hopes that the information will help get more residents involved in the process.

“It’s been in development for a while,” Strickland said. “This is something that’s been a little while coming.”

The system includes a tutorial video and a printable step-by-step use guide.

The smartphone app, tutorial and user guide are available on the county Web sitecolumbiacountyga.gov. Click on the Notification of Public GHearings Map hyperlink under Latest News or go directly to the system at columbiagagis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=d508fb6d5b9b49f4bd00cb586da2b1ca.

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County launches new planning and zoning information app

Columbia County residents now have an easy, online way to find out about those Public Hearing signs often seen on roadsides.

The county launched an interactive Notification of Public Hearings system on Jan. 25. The system allows citizens to find out key information about land use requests and public hearings county-wide.

“The best thing about it is I think it is easily understood and easily navigable,” said county Planning Director Andrew Strickland. “It’s easy to get in it and find the information you need.”

The user-friendly application is maintained through the county’s GIS and Planning department. It displays all current information for property parcels that are subject to planning and zoning changes. If a resident sees a Public Hearing sign, they can go online and get the important information about that parcel.

The information includes the request that was filed, public hearing dates, what actions have been or will be taken, zoning applications and full staff reports.

Strickland said his office gets numerous calls requesting information for parcels under review for planning and zoning changes.

“It really gives all the information that we would normally give anyone who calls,” Strickland said. “It just puts it out there so it is freely available. Of course, people can still call us directly. We’ll be happy to talk to them. This is just another avenue.”

Strickland said he hopes that the information will help get more residents involved in the process.

“It’s been in development for a while,” Strickland said. “This is something that’s been a little while coming.”

The system includes a tutorial video and a printable step-by-step use guide.

The smartphone app, tutorial and user guide are available on the county Web sitecolumbiacountyga.gov. Click on the Notification of Public GHearings Map hyperlink under Latest News or go directly to the system at columbiagagis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=d508fb6d5b9b49f4bd00cb586da2b1ca.

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Authorities warn of scams involving IRS, Census Bureau

Columbia County authorities are warning residents of two ongoing scams involving government agencies.

The IRS and local authorities have received numerous reports of a phone scam where callers identify themselves as IRS agents attempting to get people to pay a fine immediately threatening with arrest or revocation of a driver license if the fine isn’t paid, according to information released from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sometimes, the scammers give follow-up calls posing as local authorities or the state motor vehicle division.

The scammer’s story varies sometimes claiming that a person owes money or pretends to be with the IRS trying to steal money or identities.

“Most legitimate government agencies will not demand immediate payment in the form of green dot cars or money orders,” sheriff’s Capt. Andy Shedd said. “Be very cautious if this happens.”

The scammers often use fake names and IRS badge numbers using common names. They may be able to recite the last four digits of the person’s Social Security number.

They are often able to hack the IRS toll-free line to show up the caller ID and they may send bogus e-mails to support the fake calls.

If someone calls claiming to be with the IRS, residents should call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to confirm if any back taxes are owed. Authorities recommend hanging up immediately and reporting the call totreasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. If you are unsure if you owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to confirm if any back taxes are owed.

Others looking to scam residents are claiming to be with the Census Bureau and ask for personal information.

“Most legitimate government agencies will not ask you for person information like your date of birth or Social Security number over the phone,” according to Shedd.

“Be very leery about giving any personal information to anyone. Once things like passwords or account numbers are given out, it’s hard to stop someone from accessing your accounts and stealing from you.”

The Census Bureau never asks for your full Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your full bank account or credit card numbers or your mother’s maiden name.

If someone visits your home to complete a survey, always check for a valid U.S. Census Bureau identification badge. For further confirmation, residents can call the bureau at (800) 923-8282.

Mail, calls or e-mails can be verified through the regional offices that can be found by visitingcensus.gov.

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Authorities warn of scams involving IRS, Census Bureau

Columbia County authorities are warning residents of two ongoing scams involving government agencies.

The IRS and local authorities have received numerous reports of a phone scam where callers identify themselves as IRS agents attempting to get people to pay a fine immediately threatening with arrest or revocation of a driver license if the fine isn’t paid, according to information released from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sometimes, the scammers give follow-up calls posing as local authorities or the state motor vehicle division.

The scammer’s story varies sometimes claiming that a person owes money or pretends to be with the IRS trying to steal money or identities.

“Most legitimate government agencies will not demand immediate payment in the form of green dot cars or money orders,” sheriff’s Capt. Andy Shedd said. “Be very cautious if this happens.”

The scammers often use fake names and IRS badge numbers using common names. They may be able to recite the last four digits of the person’s Social Security number.

They are often able to hack the IRS toll-free line to show up the caller ID and they may send bogus e-mails to support the fake calls.

If someone calls claiming to be with the IRS, residents should call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to confirm if any back taxes are owed. Authorities recommend hanging up immediately and reporting the call totreasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. If you are unsure if you owe taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to confirm if any back taxes are owed.

Others looking to scam residents are claiming to be with the Census Bureau and ask for personal information.

“Most legitimate government agencies will not ask you for person information like your date of birth or Social Security number over the phone,” according to Shedd.

“Be very leery about giving any personal information to anyone. Once things like passwords or account numbers are given out, it’s hard to stop someone from accessing your accounts and stealing from you.”

The Census Bureau never asks for your full Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your full bank account or credit card numbers or your mother’s maiden name.

If someone visits your home to complete a survey, always check for a valid U.S. Census Bureau identification badge. For further confirmation, residents can call the bureau at (800) 923-8282.

Mail, calls or e-mails can be verified through the regional offices that can be found by visitingcensus.gov.

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Publisher of 'Columbia County News-Times' steps down

Morris Publishing Group on Tuesday announced Steve Crawford will step down as publisher of The Columbia County News-Times effective Feb. 12.

Crawford, who has headed the community-focused news and information source since July 2013, is leaving to take a position in his family-owned real estate venture, which operates in the Augusta metro area.

“It has been a great pleasure getting to know the people of Columbia County and covering the issues and personalities that make it a great place to live,” Crawford said. “The News-Times plays an important role in this community and I will miss being a part of that public service.”

Morris Publishing has owned the News-Times since 1998.

Stephen Wade, general manager of The Augusta Chronicle, the Morris-owned property overseeing the News-Times’ management and production, said Crawford’s replacement will be tasked with continuing an enhancement program that launched in October with the News-Times’ delivery as a standalone print product.

Wade said improvements in the coming weeks and months will enable the News-Times to deliver news and information through digital and traditional print channels more quickly and comprehensively.

“We’ve made some strategic decisions to make the News-Times a better reflection of this very important part of our market,” Wade said. “Columbia County deserves its own identity, and the News-Times should be a positive reflection of that.”

Wade said a replacement search for Crawford already is underway.

Crawford held several reporting and editing jobs at The Chronicle during the past two decades, including several years in its Columbia County Bureau.

“I appreciate everything he has done for the News-Times and his dedication to the craft throughout the years,” Wade said. “He will be missed.”

Categories: Local

Publisher of 'Columbia County News-Times' steps down

Morris Publishing Group on Tuesday announced Steve Crawford will step down as publisher of The Columbia County News-Times effective Feb. 12.

Crawford, who has headed the community-focused news and information source since July 2013, is leaving to take a position in his family-owned real estate venture, which operates in the Augusta metro area.

“It has been a great pleasure getting to know the people of Columbia County and covering the issues and personalities that make it a great place to live,” Crawford said. “The News-Times plays an important role in this community and I will miss being a part of that public service.”

Morris Publishing has owned the News-Times since 1998.

Stephen Wade, general manager of The Augusta Chronicle, the Morris-owned property overseeing the News-Times’ management and production, said Crawford’s replacement will be tasked with continuing an enhancement program that launched in October with the News-Times’ delivery as a standalone print product.

Wade said improvements in the coming weeks and months will enable the News-Times to deliver news and information through digital and traditional print channels more quickly and comprehensively.

“We’ve made some strategic decisions to make the News-Times a better reflection of this very important part of our market,” Wade said. “Columbia County deserves its own identity, and the News-Times should be a positive reflection of that.”

Wade said a replacement search for Crawford already is underway.

Crawford held several reporting and editing jobs at The Chronicle during the past two decades, including several years in its Columbia County Bureau.

“I appreciate everything he has done for the News-Times and his dedication to the craft throughout the years,” Wade said. “He will be missed.”

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Police Blotter, Jan. 31, 2016

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

Man barges into home

A man was arrested Wednesday after a woman said he barged into her home.

An Appling 19-year-old said she was home with her sister at about 7:45 p.m., when she heard a loud banging on the door and went to see who it was. As she neared the door, the man opened it and barged in toward she and her sister. The teen asked him to leave multiple times, but he refused.

Fearing for their safety, the teen said she and her sister went to the kitchen and got a knife. The man asked if any men were home and how old they were. The girls immediately called 911. While she was on the phone with authorities, the man went to the front porch.

When deputies arrived, they found the man, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, stumbling in the front yard and reeking of alcohol. He nearly fell several times, so the deputy asked him to sit on the porch steps. He told deputies that he knew the girls and they had let him into the home.

The teen said she wanted to press charges for barging into their home and refusing to leave. He was charged with criminal trespass.

Wedding ring stolen online

An Evans woman said Wednesday that someone scammed her online and stole her wedding ring.

The 40-year-old woman said she posted her wedding ring for sale on www.eBay.com on Monday. The next day, a potential buyer expressed interest. He asked for the woman’s cellphone number so he could get more details on the ring. He then asked for the woman’s e-mail address and Paypal account number so he could transfer funds to pay for the ring.

Within two hours, the woman said she received what she believed was an official e-mail from PayPal stating the money was received and would be held until receiving confirmation the ring had shipped. The woman immediately shipped the ring to the name and address listed in the e-mail.

On Wednesday, the woman received an e-mail from PayPal stating that her account was overpaid and that she needed to send a $1,750 MoneyGram to another person. The woman became suspicious, contacted PayPal and was told the company would never asked customers to do that or send out such e-mails.

Caller poses
as deputy

The owner of a Harlem business called authorities Wednesday after someone posing as a deputy called asking about a terminated employee.

The owner of a moving and car hauling business said she received a call at about 3:30 p.m. from a woman who identified herself as Dep. Morgan.

The caller said she was calling on behalf of a former employee that the owner had terminated earlier that day.

The caller asked if the former employee was getting paid.

The owner asked the caller if she was with Columbia or Richmond County. After hesitating, the caller said Columbia County. There is no Dep. Morgan employed at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

When she called the number back, the owner said a man answered with “Hello,” then hung up.

Shoplifter hits coin store

A Martinez coin store owner told deputies Monday that a shoplifter made away with some coins.

An owner of Clein’s Rare Coins said that between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 22, a woman came into the store and walked around looking at coins, but never purchased any. He said the woman has been in the store previously, but has never bought anything.

On Monday, the owner said he checked the inventory and noticed that 280 quarters, worth $92.75, and 40 Mexican pesos, valued at $200, were missing. He review store surveillance video footage and saw the woman stealing the coins.

Woman found passed out in Martinez car lot

A Martinez car lot employee called authorities Monday after finding a woman passed out in a car on the lot.

An employee of Gerald Jones Honda said he found a woman sleeping inside
a green Mazda 3 at about 10:30 p.m.
She was unresponsive and unconscious.
It took several attempts to wake the woman, who said she dropped off her white Toyota for service earlier in the
day.

She said she didn’t remember getting into the Mazda.

The woman told deputies her name and date of birth, but had no identification or keys for her vehicle. The vehicle was found on the lot, but no one could find the keys.

Deputies transported the woman to a hospital for an evaluation. They also called her husband, who said she has episodes when she sometimes passes out.

Dog scared would-be burglar in Harlem

A Harlem woman said her barking dog scared away a potential intruder Monday morning.

The 38-year-old woman said she was home at about 10 a.m., when she said someone turned the back door knob attempting to get inside. She also saw a shadow of a person at the back door window. He dog barked and the shadow disappeared.

Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find anyone suspicious or prints, marks or evidence on the property.

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Police Blotter, Jan. 31, 2016

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

Man barges into home

A man was arrested Wednesday after a woman said he barged into her home.

An Appling 19-year-old said she was home with her sister at about 7:45 p.m., when she heard a loud banging on the door and went to see who it was. As she neared the door, the man opened it and barged in toward she and her sister. The teen asked him to leave multiple times, but he refused.

Fearing for their safety, the teen said she and her sister went to the kitchen and got a knife. The man asked if any men were home and how old they were. The girls immediately called 911. While she was on the phone with authorities, the man went to the front porch.

When deputies arrived, they found the man, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, stumbling in the front yard and reeking of alcohol. He nearly fell several times, so the deputy asked him to sit on the porch steps. He told deputies that he knew the girls and they had let him into the home.

The teen said she wanted to press charges for barging into their home and refusing to leave. He was charged with criminal trespass.

Wedding ring stolen online

An Evans woman said Wednesday that someone scammed her online and stole her wedding ring.

The 40-year-old woman said she posted her wedding ring for sale on www.eBay.com on Monday. The next day, a potential buyer expressed interest. He asked for the woman’s cellphone number so he could get more details on the ring. He then asked for the woman’s e-mail address and Paypal account number so he could transfer funds to pay for the ring.

Within two hours, the woman said she received what she believed was an official e-mail from PayPal stating the money was received and would be held until receiving confirmation the ring had shipped. The woman immediately shipped the ring to the name and address listed in the e-mail.

On Wednesday, the woman received an e-mail from PayPal stating that her account was overpaid and that she needed to send a $1,750 MoneyGram to another person. The woman became suspicious, contacted PayPal and was told the company would never asked customers to do that or send out such e-mails.

Caller poses
as deputy

The owner of a Harlem business called authorities Wednesday after someone posing as a deputy called asking about a terminated employee.

The owner of a moving and car hauling business said she received a call at about 3:30 p.m. from a woman who identified herself as Dep. Morgan.

The caller said she was calling on behalf of a former employee that the owner had terminated earlier that day.

The caller asked if the former employee was getting paid.

The owner asked the caller if she was with Columbia or Richmond County. After hesitating, the caller said Columbia County. There is no Dep. Morgan employed at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

When she called the number back, the owner said a man answered with “Hello,” then hung up.

Shoplifter hits coin store

A Martinez coin store owner told deputies Monday that a shoplifter made away with some coins.

An owner of Clein’s Rare Coins said that between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Jan. 22, a woman came into the store and walked around looking at coins, but never purchased any. He said the woman has been in the store previously, but has never bought anything.

On Monday, the owner said he checked the inventory and noticed that 280 quarters, worth $92.75, and 40 Mexican pesos, valued at $200, were missing. He review store surveillance video footage and saw the woman stealing the coins.

Woman found passed out in Martinez car lot

A Martinez car lot employee called authorities Monday after finding a woman passed out in a car on the lot.

An employee of Gerald Jones Honda said he found a woman sleeping inside
a green Mazda 3 at about 10:30 p.m.
She was unresponsive and unconscious.
It took several attempts to wake the woman, who said she dropped off her white Toyota for service earlier in the
day.

She said she didn’t remember getting into the Mazda.

The woman told deputies her name and date of birth, but had no identification or keys for her vehicle. The vehicle was found on the lot, but no one could find the keys.

Deputies transported the woman to a hospital for an evaluation. They also called her husband, who said she has episodes when she sometimes passes out.

Dog scared would-be burglar in Harlem

A Harlem woman said her barking dog scared away a potential intruder Monday morning.

The 38-year-old woman said she was home at about 10 a.m., when she said someone turned the back door knob attempting to get inside. She also saw a shadow of a person at the back door window. He dog barked and the shadow disappeared.

Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find anyone suspicious or prints, marks or evidence on the property.

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Property Transfers, Jan. 31, 2016

Gary L. Lambert to Mikael Nersesyan and Natalya Nersesyan, 157 McBride Road, $293,000.

James Cleon Lucas to Adam Sherzai, 4442 Peregrine Place, $178,000.

Donald G. Turnbull to Ronnie J. Sikes and Christen S. Sikes, 407 Wade Plantation Drive, $245,000.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC to B.E.C. Custom Homes & Development Co. Inc., parcel ID 081270, $115,000.

B.E.C. Custom Homes & Development Inc. to Michael S. Newhouse and Ashley A. Newhouse, 914 Kestrel Drive, $430,000.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 4053 Ellington Drive, $45,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Kawanis B. Collier and Betty Ann Collier, 3402 Amberley Drive, $254,160.

First Choice Homebuilders LLC to Phillip Tyson Ramsey and Deborah E. Ramsey, 418 Buxton Lane, $357,400.

Robby L. Rosell to Fox Creek Associates LLC, parcel ID 078503, $401,728.

Rhodes Farm LLC to First Choice Home Builders LLC, 6518 River Bluff Trail, $70,000.

North Star Home Builders LLC to Richard J. Nasser, 406 Tugaloo Court, $339,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Terry A. Halmstad Sr. and Vickie D. Halmstad, parcel ID 0601108, $278,950.

Dennis F. Coke to James Ray Hall and Suzanne P. Hall as trustees of the Hall Family Trust dated July 21, 2014, parcel ID 065A652, $213,000.

Lewiston Few Partners LLC to Sara L. Taylor, parcel ID 061A031, $170,000.

McClure Investments LLC to Jeffrey Eric Fowler and Magnolia Macarayo Fowler, parcel ID 019026C, $44,900.

Rhodes Farm LLC to Aileen M. Clark and John K. Clark,

Thomas J. Deves to Miguel Perez-Martinez and Laura Perez-Martinez, parcel ID 066150, $315,000.

Christopher R. Salas to David R. Rhee, parcel ID 052308, $135,000.

Charles Edward Jones II to David B. Neuman, parcel ID 052607, $167,500.

Glynn S. Bruker to Park Ridge Builders Inc., parcel ID 0681120, $42,000.

Park Ridge Builders Inc. to Lucas A. Wilder and Nikki R. Wilder, parcel ID 0681109, $227,500.

Marshalline N. Ansley Burgin
to Washington Road Self Storage
LLC, 4776 Washington Road, $400,000.

Walter C. Cheng to Joshua A. Hunt, 151 S. Belair Road, $110,000.

Richard Yzaguirre to Jeffery E. Florian and Tracey D. Florian, 827 Willow Lake, $320,000.

Pierwood Con­struction Co. to
Earl James Phillips and Eulonda Phillips, 736 Oakwood Court, $212,000.

Brittney Finch to Terrance Wilson, 3072 Parkridge Drive, $230,000.

Regis Development Co. to Bill Beazley Homes Inc., parcel ID 067920, $290,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Sarah J. Linnane, 748 Neville St., $169,900.

Brian K. Fennema to Randall K. Atchison, 1115 Highmoor Lane, $215,000.

Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC to Zachary C. McCabe and April Lynn McCabe, 438 Riley Lane, $199,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Michael F. Hurd and Judith A. Hurd, 3404 Amberley Drive, $265,230.

Christine E. Dron to Christopher P. Rogers, 793 Watermark Drive, $234,170.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Ellen K. Healey and James K. Healey, parcel ID 0601109, $299,900.

Whispering Pines of Evans LLC to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., a portion of parcel ID 059138C, $222,000.

Thomas R. Millering to Danny B. Elrod Jr., parcel ID 066757, $82,500.

Brandon S. Rutherford to Benjamin Ghann, parcel ID 073N045, $80,000.

Brandon Ray Harper to J. Brooke Kunstbeck and John P. Kunstbeck, a portion of parcel ID 015054, $325,450.

Katherine M. Criscenti to Christine M. Osborne, parcel ID 069357, $145,000.

Christopher Chapman Murphey and Phillip Austin Murphey as executors of the estate of Ann C. Murphey to Robert S. Clifton, parcel ID 072A141, $215,000.

Marvin Vanover to Randi Lassiter, parcel ID 081C013, $142,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612092, $37,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612017, $37,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612069, $37,000.

Jose M. Leon to Troy R. Adams, 1082 Rivershyre Drive, $229,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 918 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 916 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 914 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 300 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 902 Erika Lane, $29,000.

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Property Transfers, Jan. 31, 2016

Gary L. Lambert to Mikael Nersesyan and Natalya Nersesyan, 157 McBride Road, $293,000.

James Cleon Lucas to Adam Sherzai, 4442 Peregrine Place, $178,000.

Donald G. Turnbull to Ronnie J. Sikes and Christen S. Sikes, 407 Wade Plantation Drive, $245,000.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC to B.E.C. Custom Homes & Development Co. Inc., parcel ID 081270, $115,000.

B.E.C. Custom Homes & Development Inc. to Michael S. Newhouse and Ashley A. Newhouse, 914 Kestrel Drive, $430,000.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 4053 Ellington Drive, $45,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Kawanis B. Collier and Betty Ann Collier, 3402 Amberley Drive, $254,160.

First Choice Homebuilders LLC to Phillip Tyson Ramsey and Deborah E. Ramsey, 418 Buxton Lane, $357,400.

Robby L. Rosell to Fox Creek Associates LLC, parcel ID 078503, $401,728.

Rhodes Farm LLC to First Choice Home Builders LLC, 6518 River Bluff Trail, $70,000.

North Star Home Builders LLC to Richard J. Nasser, 406 Tugaloo Court, $339,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Terry A. Halmstad Sr. and Vickie D. Halmstad, parcel ID 0601108, $278,950.

Dennis F. Coke to James Ray Hall and Suzanne P. Hall as trustees of the Hall Family Trust dated July 21, 2014, parcel ID 065A652, $213,000.

Lewiston Few Partners LLC to Sara L. Taylor, parcel ID 061A031, $170,000.

McClure Investments LLC to Jeffrey Eric Fowler and Magnolia Macarayo Fowler, parcel ID 019026C, $44,900.

Rhodes Farm LLC to Aileen M. Clark and John K. Clark,

Thomas J. Deves to Miguel Perez-Martinez and Laura Perez-Martinez, parcel ID 066150, $315,000.

Christopher R. Salas to David R. Rhee, parcel ID 052308, $135,000.

Charles Edward Jones II to David B. Neuman, parcel ID 052607, $167,500.

Glynn S. Bruker to Park Ridge Builders Inc., parcel ID 0681120, $42,000.

Park Ridge Builders Inc. to Lucas A. Wilder and Nikki R. Wilder, parcel ID 0681109, $227,500.

Marshalline N. Ansley Burgin
to Washington Road Self Storage
LLC, 4776 Washington Road, $400,000.

Walter C. Cheng to Joshua A. Hunt, 151 S. Belair Road, $110,000.

Richard Yzaguirre to Jeffery E. Florian and Tracey D. Florian, 827 Willow Lake, $320,000.

Pierwood Con­struction Co. to
Earl James Phillips and Eulonda Phillips, 736 Oakwood Court, $212,000.

Brittney Finch to Terrance Wilson, 3072 Parkridge Drive, $230,000.

Regis Development Co. to Bill Beazley Homes Inc., parcel ID 067920, $290,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Sarah J. Linnane, 748 Neville St., $169,900.

Brian K. Fennema to Randall K. Atchison, 1115 Highmoor Lane, $215,000.

Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC to Zachary C. McCabe and April Lynn McCabe, 438 Riley Lane, $199,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Michael F. Hurd and Judith A. Hurd, 3404 Amberley Drive, $265,230.

Christine E. Dron to Christopher P. Rogers, 793 Watermark Drive, $234,170.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Ellen K. Healey and James K. Healey, parcel ID 0601109, $299,900.

Whispering Pines of Evans LLC to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., a portion of parcel ID 059138C, $222,000.

Thomas R. Millering to Danny B. Elrod Jr., parcel ID 066757, $82,500.

Brandon S. Rutherford to Benjamin Ghann, parcel ID 073N045, $80,000.

Brandon Ray Harper to J. Brooke Kunstbeck and John P. Kunstbeck, a portion of parcel ID 015054, $325,450.

Katherine M. Criscenti to Christine M. Osborne, parcel ID 069357, $145,000.

Christopher Chapman Murphey and Phillip Austin Murphey as executors of the estate of Ann C. Murphey to Robert S. Clifton, parcel ID 072A141, $215,000.

Marvin Vanover to Randi Lassiter, parcel ID 081C013, $142,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612092, $37,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612017, $37,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0612069, $37,000.

Jose M. Leon to Troy R. Adams, 1082 Rivershyre Drive, $229,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 918 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 916 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 914 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 300 Erika Lane, $29,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 902 Erika Lane, $29,000.

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Marriage Licenses, Jan. 31, 2016

Terry Michael Kromka Jr. and Melissa Dawn Smith applied for a marriage license on Jan. 15, 2016, and were married Jan. 20, 2016, in Evans.

J. Cruz Peralta and Deisy Mineira Garcia Campos applied for a marriage license on Jan. 20, 2016, and were married Jan. 20, 2016, in Augusta.

Jorge Eduardo Chavez-Escalara and Rebecca Angelica Reyes applied for a marriage license on Dec. 15, 2015, and were married Jan. 9, 2016, in Grovetown.

David Gerald Barnes Jr. and Jordan Marie Welch applied for a marriage license on Dec. 28, 2015, and were married Jan. 16, 2016, in Evans.

Shaun Christopher Moseley and Lacy Danielle Thurmond applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in
Evans.

Edward Parker Henerey Cudd Jr. and Victoria Peyton Montgomery applied for a marriage license on Jan. 15, 2016, and were married Jan. 19, 2016, in
Appling.

Jalen Dante Craig and Carmen Elisa O’Bryant applied for a marriage license on Jan. 11, 2016, and were married Jan. 11, 2016, in Augusta.

John Ray Holland III and Elizabeth Anne Nelson applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in Evans.

Brian Chandler Appel and Joanna Ruth Erion applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in Evans.

Jonathan Delane Gregory and Suzanna Leogrande Marie Yana applied for a marriage license on Oct. 30, 2015, and were married Jan. 8, 2016, in Grovetown.

Christopher Lee Rockefeller and Shannon Marie Waege applied for a marriage license on Dec. 28, 2016, and were married Jan. 22, 2016, in Evans.

Mark Anthony Robinson and Randu Ann Blackburn applied for a marriage license on Jan. 13, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in
Grovetown.

Craig Wesley Loven and Christina Lee Waller Morton applied for a marriage license on Jan. 12, 2016, and were married Jan. 23, 2016, in Harlem.

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Marriage Licenses, Jan. 31, 2016

Terry Michael Kromka Jr. and Melissa Dawn Smith applied for a marriage license on Jan. 15, 2016, and were married Jan. 20, 2016, in Evans.

J. Cruz Peralta and Deisy Mineira Garcia Campos applied for a marriage license on Jan. 20, 2016, and were married Jan. 20, 2016, in Augusta.

Jorge Eduardo Chavez-Escalara and Rebecca Angelica Reyes applied for a marriage license on Dec. 15, 2015, and were married Jan. 9, 2016, in Grovetown.

David Gerald Barnes Jr. and Jordan Marie Welch applied for a marriage license on Dec. 28, 2015, and were married Jan. 16, 2016, in Evans.

Shaun Christopher Moseley and Lacy Danielle Thurmond applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in
Evans.

Edward Parker Henerey Cudd Jr. and Victoria Peyton Montgomery applied for a marriage license on Jan. 15, 2016, and were married Jan. 19, 2016, in
Appling.

Jalen Dante Craig and Carmen Elisa O’Bryant applied for a marriage license on Jan. 11, 2016, and were married Jan. 11, 2016, in Augusta.

John Ray Holland III and Elizabeth Anne Nelson applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in Evans.

Brian Chandler Appel and Joanna Ruth Erion applied for a marriage license on Jan. 21, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in Evans.

Jonathan Delane Gregory and Suzanna Leogrande Marie Yana applied for a marriage license on Oct. 30, 2015, and were married Jan. 8, 2016, in Grovetown.

Christopher Lee Rockefeller and Shannon Marie Waege applied for a marriage license on Dec. 28, 2016, and were married Jan. 22, 2016, in Evans.

Mark Anthony Robinson and Randu Ann Blackburn applied for a marriage license on Jan. 13, 2016, and were married Jan. 21, 2016, in
Grovetown.

Craig Wesley Loven and Christina Lee Waller Morton applied for a marriage license on Jan. 12, 2016, and were married Jan. 23, 2016, in Harlem.

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