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Police Blotter, Aug. 27, 2014

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

Dentist robbed at gunpoint

A Martinez dentist said she was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening.

Dr. Celia Dunn, 65, said she was leaving her practice on Blue Ridge Drive just after 7 p.m. After locking the back door and setting the alarm, she said she turned and a man wearing a black bandana over his face pointed a handgun at her. The man made her walk back in the building and demanded money.

Dunn said she gave her assailant an unknown amount of cash from her purse and from the business.

The alarm to the practice began going off and Dunn said she could tell her assailant was starting to get scared. She told him to just leave, so he ran out the back door into a wooded area.

A sheriff’s office tracking dog was unable to locate the robber.

Dunn described her attacker as a black man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall with short hair wearing a gray T-shirt and black pants.

Purse is taken in parking lot

A woman said someone snatched her purse from the parking lot of a Martinez home improvement store.

The 58-year-old woman said she was opening the passenger door of her husband’s truck at about 8 p.m. in the lot of Lowe’s on Bobby Jones. The woman said a man came up behind her and snatched her purse.

Witnesses said he ran to a silver passenger car with tinted windows parked several spaces away. It sped away toward Washington Road.

Would-be burglar runs

A Martinez woman told authorities that she saw the would-be burglar of her home run away late Friday.

The woman said she was asleep on the couch in her living room at about 11:30 p.m. when she was awakened by someone messing with the back door. She got up and saw a chubby man wearing a red shirt, jeans and a dark hat run from her back porch.

Phone hustler is reported

The owner of an Augusta donut shop called deputies Thursday after someone claiming to be with Georgia Power Co. called her and demanded payment.

The owner of Belair Donuts said she received a call from someone who identified himself as Allen Gray with Georgia Power just after 2 p.m. The caller said the power to her business on Jimmie Dyess Parkway would be disconnected unless she paid $350. He told the owner that he was on the way to disconnect the power unless she went to CVS and paid the $350.

It is unclear if the caller used his real name, but the owner said she didn’t pay the money and stopped answering the calls.

Employee sees thief

An employee of a Martinez electric company called authorities Thursday after discovering someone stole tools from a work truck.

The employee of Howell Electric said another employee said there were several tools and drills missing from the tool box on his work truck. She reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed an older model white vehicle park in front of the business on Wheeler Road at about 1:45 a.m. A man looked inside vehicles in the parking lot.

The man was seen taking tools from the toolbox of a truck.

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Police Blotter, Aug. 27, 2014

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

Dentist robbed at gunpoint

A Martinez dentist said she was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening.

Dr. Celia Dunn, 65, said she was leaving her practice on Blue Ridge Drive just after 7 p.m. After locking the back door and setting the alarm, she said she turned and a man wearing a black bandana over his face pointed a handgun at her. The man made her walk back in the building and demanded money.

Dunn said she gave her assailant an unknown amount of cash from her purse and from the business.

The alarm to the practice began going off and Dunn said she could tell her assailant was starting to get scared. She told him to just leave, so he ran out the back door into a wooded area.

A sheriff’s office tracking dog was unable to locate the robber.

Dunn described her attacker as a black man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall with short hair wearing a gray T-shirt and black pants.

Purse is taken in parking lot

A woman said someone snatched her purse from the parking lot of a Martinez home improvement store.

The 58-year-old woman said she was opening the passenger door of her husband’s truck at about 8 p.m. in the lot of Lowe’s on Bobby Jones. The woman said a man came up behind her and snatched her purse.

Witnesses said he ran to a silver passenger car with tinted windows parked several spaces away. It sped away toward Washington Road.

Would-be burglar runs

A Martinez woman told authorities that she saw the would-be burglar of her home run away late Friday.

The woman said she was asleep on the couch in her living room at about 11:30 p.m. when she was awakened by someone messing with the back door. She got up and saw a chubby man wearing a red shirt, jeans and a dark hat run from her back porch.

Phone hustler is reported

The owner of an Augusta donut shop called deputies Thursday after someone claiming to be with Georgia Power Co. called her and demanded payment.

The owner of Belair Donuts said she received a call from someone who identified himself as Allen Gray with Georgia Power just after 2 p.m. The caller said the power to her business on Jimmie Dyess Parkway would be disconnected unless she paid $350. He told the owner that he was on the way to disconnect the power unless she went to CVS and paid the $350.

It is unclear if the caller used his real name, but the owner said she didn’t pay the money and stopped answering the calls.

Employee sees thief

An employee of a Martinez electric company called authorities Thursday after discovering someone stole tools from a work truck.

The employee of Howell Electric said another employee said there were several tools and drills missing from the tool box on his work truck. She reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed an older model white vehicle park in front of the business on Wheeler Road at about 1:45 a.m. A man looked inside vehicles in the parking lot.

The man was seen taking tools from the toolbox of a truck.

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Reunion

John Pierce Blanchard Consolidated High School reunion; Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; semiformal; Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; tickets $30 per person; hosted by Class of 1964; (706) 860-6495

Museum

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

Zumba classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org Scholarship pageant Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as host city queens to the 76th annual Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant held in Tifton; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each;
(706) 664-5010, columbia
countyforestry@gmail.com Harlem council Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–janet@yahoo.com, Ann Blalock blalock@hotmail.com Westside reunion

Westside High 1994, Saturday, Oct. 18; family picnic lunch, Westside High School; party 7 p.m. Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, with dinner, drinks, DJ; $40 through Sept. 15; PayPal: click “send money to a friend” enter connettegayle@yahoo.com and amount, in notes section enter preferred e-mail; check: send payment to WHS 20 Year Reunion, 1317 Berwick Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Expo at fort

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

Harlem reunion

Harlem High 1964 50-year class reunion Aug. 30, Appling; call for details; Patti Culpepper Moore (706) 394-5934

Trail cameras

Cabela’s Trail Camera Use and Features 101 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Cabela’s, 833 Cabela Drive; learn the full features of trail cameras; free; cabelas.com/augusta

Square dance

Square dance lessons open house 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Fleming Complex/Bernie Ward Center, 1915 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, next to Butler High School gymnasium; enter back right end of building; (706) 790-4019

Weightlifting

Augusta Barbell Club – Weightlifting Meet 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, CrossFit 4 Everyone, 3475 Old Petersburg Road; diverse group of lifters, from unique backgrounds; not a USAW registered event, great opportunity for lifters of all levels to get their feet wet; register online; weigh-in 8:30 a.m, competitive lifting 12:30 p.m.; free for spectators; $15 to participate; augustabarbell.com

Senior pageant

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

Golf tournament

AFCEA Technet Augusta Scholarship Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; $75, online advance registration only, includes green fees, cart, bag lunch, barbecue dinner, range balls; benefits AFCEA Educational Foundation; team prizes, door prizes; Joe Yavorsky (706) 421-3360, yavorskyjs@aol.com, Bob Damen (706) 855-0099

Civil War

Civil War Roundtable of Augusta Sept. 8, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; supper by Edgar’s $12 6 p.m., program 6:45 p.m.; Gary W. Gallagher, speaker; open to the public; group usually meets third Mondays; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

Speedway reunion

11th annual Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet; Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 4335 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah; induction banquet 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, tickets $20; racers reunion and car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, free admission; (706) 829-6825

Border Bash

21st annual Border Bash 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Kristian Bush, The Joe Stevenson Band, University of South Carolina and University of Georgia cheerleaders, mascots Hairy Dawg and Cocky; vendors, food, drinks, games; $10 advance, $15 at gate; BorderBash.net

Speed dating

6-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Augusta Christian Singles members $10, others $8; registration required 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Rummage sale

CSRA Humane Society Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; fall rummage sale at the no-kill shelter on the corner of Milledge Road by Lake Olmstead; benefits the shelter pets; csrahumanesociety.org

Cat show

Cattyshack Cat Club Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; featuring Bengals, Maine Coons, Sphynx, Persians, household pets and more; vendors with cat trees, toys and cat beds; $5, $4 military and seniors, $2.50 children

Up In Smoke tour

Up In Smoke tour featuring Cheech & Chong and War 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18; a night of music and comedy; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; $29.50-$77.50; tickets available at box office, online and by phone; (877) 428-4849, www.georgialinatix.com, bit.ly/X5AwUK

Arts in the Heart

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

iRun Man 5k

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

Night walk

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

Job fair

Goodwill Job Fair 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25; celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month; meet with employers, community resources; job fair boot camps 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Spanish, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in English; interview workshops noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23; (706) 447-5195, goodwillworks.org/jobconnection

MADD walk

Walk Like MADD 5k Community Walk 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; to raise awareness in the community about efforts to eliminate drunk driving and support victims of this violent crime; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremony 8:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m.; live entertainment, food, demonstrations, prizes, contests, more; madd.org/walkaugusta

iCan 4 iPads

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; fundraiser to provide tools and training for adults with cognitive and communication challenges; register to participate in one or more of the events - 5k run/walk, 10k cycle and 10k kayak; vendors, food, raffle; ican4ipads.org

Cleanup and picnic

Community Cleanup and Picnic 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, West Dam Park, 3946 West Dam Park Road, Appling; wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, bring plenty of water; arrive early for check-in and safety briefing; trail maintenance, underbrushing, bluebird boxes, litter cleanup; (864) 333-1150, CESAS-OPT@usace.army.mil

Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Saturday, Sept. 27, Ezekiel Harris House, 1840 Broad St., and Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets; (706) 722-8454

Marvin golf

Marvin United Methodist Church fourth annual golf tournament noon Saturday, Sept. 27, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; $70 per person, $240 per team, includes lunch and dinner; a best ball tournament with a free golf cart and range balls; prizes; benefits Marvin UMC and The Mikey Foundation; sandyleathers@knology.com, olmsteadmc@att.net

Oliver Hardy Festival

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

Shredding event

Free community paper-shredding 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, parking lot of The Cleveland Group, 3740 Executive Center Drive, Martinez; open to households and small businesses; shredded materials recycled; free coffee and pastries; held by Professional Organizers of Augusta

ONGOING

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; alcohol and smoke free; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

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

Farmers market

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

Fire information

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

Food pantry

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

Hospital classes

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

Live wrestling

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

Meditations

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

MOMS Club

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

Orchestras

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

Public speaking

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

Scholarships

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

Survivors

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez, for ages 55 and older; (706) 868-0120 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Wine tastings

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

Women vets

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

Writers group

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

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Reunion

John Pierce Blanchard Consolidated High School reunion; Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; semiformal; Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; tickets $30 per person; hosted by Class of 1964; (706) 860-6495

Museum

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

Zumba classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org Scholarship pageant Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as host city queens to the 76th annual Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant held in Tifton; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each;
(706) 664-5010, columbia
countyforestry@gmail.com Harlem council Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–janet@yahoo.com, Ann Blalock blalock@hotmail.com Westside reunion

Westside High 1994, Saturday, Oct. 18; family picnic lunch, Westside High School; party 7 p.m. Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, with dinner, drinks, DJ; $40 through Sept. 15; PayPal: click “send money to a friend” enter connettegayle@yahoo.com and amount, in notes section enter preferred e-mail; check: send payment to WHS 20 Year Reunion, 1317 Berwick Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Expo at fort

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

Harlem reunion

Harlem High 1964 50-year class reunion Aug. 30, Appling; call for details; Patti Culpepper Moore (706) 394-5934

Trail cameras

Cabela’s Trail Camera Use and Features 101 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Cabela’s, 833 Cabela Drive; learn the full features of trail cameras; free; cabelas.com/augusta

Square dance

Square dance lessons open house 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Fleming Complex/Bernie Ward Center, 1915 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, next to Butler High School gymnasium; enter back right end of building; (706) 790-4019

Weightlifting

Augusta Barbell Club – Weightlifting Meet 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, CrossFit 4 Everyone, 3475 Old Petersburg Road; diverse group of lifters, from unique backgrounds; not a USAW registered event, great opportunity for lifters of all levels to get their feet wet; register online; weigh-in 8:30 a.m, competitive lifting 12:30 p.m.; free for spectators; $15 to participate; augustabarbell.com

Senior pageant

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

Golf tournament

AFCEA Technet Augusta Scholarship Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; $75, online advance registration only, includes green fees, cart, bag lunch, barbecue dinner, range balls; benefits AFCEA Educational Foundation; team prizes, door prizes; Joe Yavorsky (706) 421-3360, yavorskyjs@aol.com, Bob Damen (706) 855-0099

Civil War

Civil War Roundtable of Augusta Sept. 8, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; supper by Edgar’s $12 6 p.m., program 6:45 p.m.; Gary W. Gallagher, speaker; open to the public; group usually meets third Mondays; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

Speedway reunion

11th annual Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet; Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 4335 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah; induction banquet 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, tickets $20; racers reunion and car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, free admission; (706) 829-6825

Border Bash

21st annual Border Bash 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Kristian Bush, The Joe Stevenson Band, University of South Carolina and University of Georgia cheerleaders, mascots Hairy Dawg and Cocky; vendors, food, drinks, games; $10 advance, $15 at gate; BorderBash.net

Speed dating

6-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Augusta Christian Singles members $10, others $8; registration required 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Rummage sale

CSRA Humane Society Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; fall rummage sale at the no-kill shelter on the corner of Milledge Road by Lake Olmstead; benefits the shelter pets; csrahumanesociety.org

Cat show

Cattyshack Cat Club Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; featuring Bengals, Maine Coons, Sphynx, Persians, household pets and more; vendors with cat trees, toys and cat beds; $5, $4 military and seniors, $2.50 children

Up In Smoke tour

Up In Smoke tour featuring Cheech & Chong and War 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18; a night of music and comedy; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; $29.50-$77.50; tickets available at box office, online and by phone; (877) 428-4849, www.georgialinatix.com, bit.ly/X5AwUK

Arts in the Heart

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

iRun Man 5k

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

Night walk

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

Job fair

Goodwill Job Fair 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25; celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month; meet with employers, community resources; job fair boot camps 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Spanish, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in English; interview workshops noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23; (706) 447-5195, goodwillworks.org/jobconnection

MADD walk

Walk Like MADD 5k Community Walk 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; to raise awareness in the community about efforts to eliminate drunk driving and support victims of this violent crime; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremony 8:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m.; live entertainment, food, demonstrations, prizes, contests, more; madd.org/walkaugusta

iCan 4 iPads

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; fundraiser to provide tools and training for adults with cognitive and communication challenges; register to participate in one or more of the events - 5k run/walk, 10k cycle and 10k kayak; vendors, food, raffle; ican4ipads.org

Cleanup and picnic

Community Cleanup and Picnic 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, West Dam Park, 3946 West Dam Park Road, Appling; wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, bring plenty of water; arrive early for check-in and safety briefing; trail maintenance, underbrushing, bluebird boxes, litter cleanup; (864) 333-1150, CESAS-OPT@usace.army.mil

Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Saturday, Sept. 27, Ezekiel Harris House, 1840 Broad St., and Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets; (706) 722-8454

Marvin golf

Marvin United Methodist Church fourth annual golf tournament noon Saturday, Sept. 27, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; $70 per person, $240 per team, includes lunch and dinner; a best ball tournament with a free golf cart and range balls; prizes; benefits Marvin UMC and The Mikey Foundation; sandyleathers@knology.com, olmsteadmc@att.net

Oliver Hardy Festival

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

Shredding event

Free community paper-shredding 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, parking lot of The Cleveland Group, 3740 Executive Center Drive, Martinez; open to households and small businesses; shredded materials recycled; free coffee and pastries; held by Professional Organizers of Augusta

ONGOING

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to-Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; alcohol and smoke free; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

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

Farmers market

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

Fire information

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

Food pantry

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

Hospital classes

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

Live wrestling

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

Meditations

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

MOMS Club

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

Orchestras

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

Public speaking

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

Scholarships

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

Survivors

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez, for ages 55 and older; (706) 868-0120 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Wine tastings

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

Women vets

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

Writers group

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

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County History

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Mega Millions - 08/26/2014

Georgia Lottery - Wed, 8/27/2014 12:00 AM
29-31-51-60-64 Mega Ball: 01 Megaplier: 5X Estimated Jackpot: $20 Million
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Fantasy 5 - 08/26/2014

Georgia Lottery - Wed, 8/27/2014 12:00 AM
04-11-15-18-39 Estimated Jackpot: $100,000
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United Way of the CSRA Campaign Kickoff

Spotted - Tue, 8/26/2014 8:00 PM


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Evans vs Grovetown volleyball

Spotted - Tue, 8/26/2014 7:23 PM


Evans vs Grovetown volleyball
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Wildwood Games exceed expectations

Mountain bikers started assembling at Wildwood Park long before the sun started rising over Clarks Hill Lake on Saturday morning.

And Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Randy DuTeau, staff and volunteers were already there to greet them.

Saturday morning was just Day 1 of the inaugural Wildwood Games. Beginning just after 7 a.m., 68 riders faced either an 80-kilometer or 50K route. On Sunday, runners tackled 10K, half-marathon, marathon and 50K trail running races with some of the courses following Bartram Trail.

While they were races in and of themselves, Saturday’s 80K mountain bike course was also a dry run for the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships.

“I think in terms of participation it far exceeded what we were expecting,” DuTeau said Saturday. “I think when you put on a first-time event there’s always going to be the good and there’s going to be the glitches. I think doing the test event this year was a really smart thing to do and we’re getting some really valuable feedback.”

The 80K course was originally scheduled to be a 100K event, but with temperatures expected to soar into the 100s – which they did – DuTeau made the decision on Friday to cut off a 20K loop through Mistletoe State Park.

While DuTeau was disappointed to do that, some appreciated it on race day.

“I’m definitely happy that we didn’t do another 20K, I was definitely cooked by the 80K mark,” said Jafer Beizer from Conyers, Ga., who came across the line first at just over 3:26. Beizer was at the race previewing it for the national championships like others.

Evans resident Matt Ivey has been a rider for years and signed up to ride the 50K at the end of June.

“Hopefully I’m ready for it, but it being the inaugural event, I wanted to support the county and support the event,” Ivey said before the race.

Abbey Alexiades, traveling south while on a move from upstate New York to Ecuador, was the first overall 80K female finisher. She enjoyed the course.

“It was beautiful, it was probably some of the best trails I’ve ever raced,” she said. “Being next to the resevoir and the twisty trails and the woods was so much fun, it was amazing.”

Augusta’s Greig McCully enjoyed riding the 50K course as well.

“It was a good course and real fast and there was very little technical on the short course, but it was real fun,” McCully said.

On Monday, DuTeau was happy with the way the weekend turned out.

“The Wildwood Games ended up surpassing our expectations,” said DuTeau. “We ended up with 224 total athletes. Our next step is to sit down with all of the partners to review all aspects of the event in order to plan for 2015. The event seemed to resonate with the athletes and there is genuine excitement about this new annual event.”

 

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Wildwood Games exceed expectations

Mountain bikers started assembling at Wildwood Park long before the sun started rising over Clarks Hill Lake on Saturday morning.

And Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Randy DuTeau, staff and volunteers were already there to greet them.

Saturday morning was just Day 1 of the inaugural Wildwood Games. Beginning just after 7 a.m., 68 riders faced either an 80-kilometer or 50K route. On Sunday, runners tackled 10K, half-marathon, marathon and 50K trail running races with some of the courses following Bartram Trail.

While they were races in and of themselves, Saturday’s 80K mountain bike course was also a dry run for the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships.

“I think in terms of participation it far exceeded what we were expecting,” DuTeau said Saturday. “I think when you put on a first-time event there’s always going to be the good and there’s going to be the glitches. I think doing the test event this year was a really smart thing to do and we’re getting some really valuable feedback.”

The 80K course was originally scheduled to be a 100K event, but with temperatures expected to soar into the 100s – which they did – DuTeau made the decision on Friday to cut off a 20K loop through Mistletoe State Park.

While DuTeau was disappointed to do that, some appreciated it on race day.

“I’m definitely happy that we didn’t do another 20K, I was definitely cooked by the 80K mark,” said Jafer Beizer from Conyers, Ga., who came across the line first at just over 3:26. Beizer was at the race previewing it for the national championships like others.

Evans resident Matt Ivey has been a rider for years and signed up to ride the 50K at the end of June.

“Hopefully I’m ready for it, but it being the inaugural event, I wanted to support the county and support the event,” Ivey said before the race.

Abbey Alexiades, traveling south while on a move from upstate New York to Ecuador, was the first overall 80K female finisher. She enjoyed the course.

“It was beautiful, it was probably some of the best trails I’ve ever raced,” she said. “Being next to the resevoir and the twisty trails and the woods was so much fun, it was amazing.”

Augusta’s Greig McCully enjoyed riding the 50K course as well.

“It was a good course and real fast and there was very little technical on the short course, but it was real fun,” McCully said.

On Monday, DuTeau was happy with the way the weekend turned out.

“The Wildwood Games ended up surpassing our expectations,” said DuTeau. “We ended up with 224 total athletes. Our next step is to sit down with all of the partners to review all aspects of the event in order to plan for 2015. The event seemed to resonate with the athletes and there is genuine excitement about this new annual event.”

 

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High School Football: Westside at Evans

Spotted - Tue, 8/26/2014 2:48 AM


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Fantasy 5 - 08/25/2014

Georgia Lottery - Tue, 8/26/2014 12:00 AM
11-12-15-17-38 Estimated Jackpot: $210,000
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Decades of Dollars - 08/25/2014

Georgia Lottery - Tue, 8/26/2014 12:00 AM
01-09-32-33-37-38
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Loretta Lynn at the Bell Auditorium

Spotted - Mon, 8/25/2014 9:55 PM


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Football: Lakeside at North Augusta

Spotted - Mon, 8/25/2014 9:33 PM


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Football: Strom Thurmond vs. Aiken High

Spotted - Mon, 8/25/2014 8:58 PM


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School hearing officer arrested

A Columbia County School System employee was recently accused of not reporting allegations of child abuse.

John Leroy Padgett Jr., 52, is the school system hearing officer. He was arrested and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse on Aug. 22.

Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Padgett was put on administrative leave when the allegations were raised. School officials had planned to discuss Padgett’s at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

On Aug. 9, a 17-year-old girl told Columbia County deputies that Padgett had been molesting her since she was 15 with the most recent incident of abuse only a few days before.

The teen also said a family member had sexually abused her At the time, the teen said she got pregnant and had an abortion, according to the report.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said “her allegations are under investigation.”

Part of Padgett’s job is that he is legally required to report suspected child abuse.

“As a mandated reporter, he failed to report this sexual abuse, this molestation that occurred,” Morris said.

Padgett was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $1,000 bond, according to jailers.

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School hearing officer arrested

A Columbia County School System employee was recently accused of not reporting allegations of child abuse.

John Leroy Padgett Jr., 52, is the school system hearing officer. He was arrested and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse on Aug. 22.

Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Padgett was put on administrative leave when the allegations were raised. School officials had planned to discuss Padgett’s at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

On Aug. 9, a 17-year-old girl told Columbia County deputies that Padgett had been molesting her since she was 15 with the most recent incident of abuse only a few days before.

The teen also said a family member had sexually abused her At the time, the teen said she got pregnant and had an abortion, according to the report.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said “her allegations are under investigation.”

Part of Padgett’s job is that he is legally required to report suspected child abuse.

“As a mandated reporter, he failed to report this sexual abuse, this molestation that occurred,” Morris said.

Padgett was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $1,000 bond, according to jailers.

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