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Grovetown farmer grew up in gardening

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:13 AM

Foster Olson has long known that good things come from the Earth. In fact, as owner of Grovetown Farm and Gardens and Clyde’s Fresh Produce, the Grovetown resident has been tilling soil and planting crops ever since he was a
child.

“I grew up in Columbia County,” said Olson. “My granddad was a dairy farmer and a truck farmer. My mom grew up being a truck farmer.”

It’s only natural that Olson, too, would grow up working the land. Growing up, he was responsible for tending a patch of farmland that his dad had planted with melons and other vegetables. In order to earn his spending money, Olson, along with his siblings, would tend the crops, later picking and selling them.

Olson says he’s always had a large garden. For the past 16 years, he has owned Grovetown Farm and Gardens. It is at his shop that many purchase his tomatoes, squash, okra, cucumbers, melons and beans.

It was in the summer of 2013 that Olson decided to establish Clyde’s Fresh Produce and begin selling his vegetables through Augusta Locally Grown’s Evans Towne Farmers Market.

“Most of our land is horse pastures,” he said. “But we have land on which to produce extra vegetables.”

Earlier this fall, Augusta Locally Grown organized a crop mob at Olson’s property. The nearly 40 participants helped to plant fruit trees and blueberry and raspberry plants, as well as scuppernong vines.

“We planted about 40 trees and 30 blueberries and raspberries,” said Olson, who uses no insecticides or pesticides on his plants. “We’ve since planted 40 more trees, including some pecan trees.”

Olson is looking to create a retirement fund from his fruit and vegetable sales and, in the process he plans to meet the demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables head on by doubling much of his crop production.

“This coming year, we plan to double our tomato and melon crops,” he said. “We have about 900 strawberry plants that will produce in May and June.

“Basically, from this is going to become my retirement fund,” added Olson, who hopes to retire in the next 5 to 10 years.

Currently, Olson has carrots, cabbage and lettuce planted and is selling those items through Augusta Locally Grown’s online market.

“This is the really slow time of the year,” he said. “The peak of winter will be February, March and April.”

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Grovetown farmer grew up in gardening

Foster Olson has long known that good things come from the Earth. In fact, as owner of Grovetown Farm and Gardens and Clyde’s Fresh Produce, the Grovetown resident has been tilling soil and planting crops ever since he was a
child.

“I grew up in Columbia County,” said Olson. “My granddad was a dairy farmer and a truck farmer. My mom grew up being a truck farmer.”

It’s only natural that Olson, too, would grow up working the land. Growing up, he was responsible for tending a patch of farmland that his dad had planted with melons and other vegetables. In order to earn his spending money, Olson, along with his siblings, would tend the crops, later picking and selling them.

Olson says he’s always had a large garden. For the past 16 years, he has owned Grovetown Farm and Gardens. It is at his shop that many purchase his tomatoes, squash, okra, cucumbers, melons and beans.

It was in the summer of 2013 that Olson decided to establish Clyde’s Fresh Produce and begin selling his vegetables through Augusta Locally Grown’s Evans Towne Farmers Market.

“Most of our land is horse pastures,” he said. “But we have land on which to produce extra vegetables.”

Earlier this fall, Augusta Locally Grown organized a crop mob at Olson’s property. The nearly 40 participants helped to plant fruit trees and blueberry and raspberry plants, as well as scuppernong vines.

“We planted about 40 trees and 30 blueberries and raspberries,” said Olson, who uses no insecticides or pesticides on his plants. “We’ve since planted 40 more trees, including some pecan trees.”

Olson is looking to create a retirement fund from his fruit and vegetable sales and, in the process he plans to meet the demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables head on by doubling much of his crop production.

“This coming year, we plan to double our tomato and melon crops,” he said. “We have about 900 strawberry plants that will produce in May and June.

“Basically, from this is going to become my retirement fund,” added Olson, who hopes to retire in the next 5 to 10 years.

Currently, Olson has carrots, cabbage and lettuce planted and is selling those items through Augusta Locally Grown’s online market.

“This is the really slow time of the year,” he said. “The peak of winter will be February, March and April.”

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Property Transfers, Dec. 14, 2014

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:12 AM

Emily F. McKenney and Robbie Bryant to Sung Yong Kim and Mal Soon Kim, parcel ID 074450, $165,000.

Asa J. High to Cara D. Wilson, parcel ID 07I852, $218,000.

Amy M. Teston to Hadi A. Hameed, parcel ID 066772, $76,500.

Ernest Donald Thorne aka Ernest D. Thorne and Sandra L. Thorne to Jimmy W. Boan and Amy M. Boan, parcel ID 065421, $296,000.

Terence V. Price to Teresa Annette Watts, 6494 Washington Road, $23,972.

Richard T. Rose and Karen L. Rose to Michael S. Parrish, parcel ID 065551, $418,500.

William Few Partners LLC to Designer Homes and Construction LLC, parcel ID 059213, 059240 and 059236, $152,000.

Michael S. Parrish to James E. Rugg, parcel ID 065876, $519,000.

DEW Land Development Co. to Scott D. Starling and Rebecca L. Starling, 5331 Linder McCurdy Road, $89,900.

Chamblin Partners to CCB Properties LLC, a portion of parcel ID 061085, $365,000.

David F. Keener and Joyce A. Keener to Nicholas G. Voss and Jessica Y. Voss, parcel ID 081D017, $263,000.

Jeff J. Miller to Houda Miloudi, parcel ID 077B544, $71,000.

Patrick J. Meagher and Elizabeth A. Meagher to Matthew John Ritz and Hallie Wylds Ritz, parcel ID 077311, $235,000.

The estate of William Nagy to Adam Cook and Janna Cook, parcel ID 078C264, $146,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 058057, $51,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 058057, $51,500.

Southern Homesites LLC to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., parcel ID 0601100, 06010963, 0601128, 0601123 and 0601122, $304,500.

Donald Kaake to Joshua A. Green and Pa Yang, parcel ID 063363, $136,000.

Mark S. Stover to Steven Michael Nunely and Heather H. Nunley, parcel ID 072P107, $208,000.

William R. Thompson to Beth Porter Moorhead, parcel ID 077I051, $165,000.

Shannon L. Nelson fka Shannon Neal to Tracy Allen Palmer, 4673 Clifden Ave., $103,000.

Robert Maldonado to Merrick M. Martin and Patricia E. Martin, 3022 Kilknockie Drive, $197,500.

Elizabeth Ann Smith to Veronica Rountree, 1000 Windmill Parkway, $85,000.

Herbert Homes Inc. to Joshua M. VanEpps and Kimberly A. VanEpps, 4449 Grove Landing Drive, $152,900.

JP Morgan Chase Bank to Leland A. Unruh, 3715 Cactus Trail, $67,725.

Gary A. Hill to Frederick J. Akeley and Joy D. Akeley, parcel ID 072P36, $186,500.

Christia R. Ashmore to Alexander Thaddeus Skinner and Ratchineekorn Skinner, 3359 Evans to Locks Road, $120,000.

Adam J. Alvarez to Jose M. Medina Carrill, 8015 Battle St., $178,000.

Gabor Patonay to Luis M. Conception and Mercedes I. Vazquez, parcel ID 078C777, $119,900.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, a portion of parcel ID 0622385, $30,500.

Ivey Residential LLC to John S. Rogers, 1999 Kenlock Drive, $171,920.

Lauren O. Eubanks to Hazina K. Bellamy, parcel ID 082H461, $176,000.

Morgan Close to Gary J. Waters, parcel ID 066610, $210,000.

William Few Partners LLC to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., parcel ID 059235, $49,000.

MBH Holdings Inc. to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 0622518, $471,900.

MBH Holdings Inc. to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 0622518, $429,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 2429 Newbury Ave., $37,000.

Benchmark Augusta Homes Ltd. to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 6057 Reynolds Circle, $175,000.

Travis Atkins to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 611 Cornerstone Place, $202,500.

Nathan R. Gorka to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 790 Michelle Court, $130,000.

Southfork Homes LLC to Jorge L. Change DePina, 505 Split Pine Trail, $197,900.

Michael W. Smith to Andre M. LaPlume, 460 Belgralde Road, $110,000.

Amber O. Perry to Brian K. Taber and Karen S. Taber, parcel ID 081167, $615,000.

James R. Buckingham Jr. to N.P. Dodge, 820 Prairie Lane, $194,900.

N.P. Dodge to Matthew Roberston and Katherine Robertson, 820 Prairie Lane, $194,900.
Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Ashworth Homes LLC, 501 Fothergill Court, $90,000.

Champions Golf Properties LLC to Tower 3 Golf, Champions Retreat, a portion of parcel ID 065894, $60,000.

Jesse Strickland to Larry L. Terrell and Rosalie R. Terrell, 795 Osprey Lane, $175,000.

The estate of Brenda E. McDaniel to Jacob R. Herron and Lauren N. Herron, parcel ID 054025A, $97,500.

Robert A. Smith to Conrex Residential Property Group 2013-1 LLC, parcel ID 073C108, $77,000.

Gregory A. Schmalfeldt to Andrew W. Liebig, parcel ID 077G1133, $198,900.

Timothy A. Bradley to Beatrice Y. Eberhart, parcel ID 072K047, $155,000.

Kyle W. Helmsderfer to Guru Darshuan LLC, 424 Fernhurst Lane, $240,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Peter C. Kersten and Lynnette C. Kersten, 1711 Opal Court, $329,900.

John Davitte to Richale L. Quinn, 4214 Quail Springs Circle, $244,900.

Sonia Shaun Owen to Julius Raynor and Alice R. Raynor, 1315 Hawkmoor Way, $320,000.

Larry B. Romanowski as trustee of the Larry B. Romanowski Living Trust to Joshua Riffe Anderson and Ashley Deyoung Anderson, 4525 Ridge Pine Drive, $298,000.

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Property Transfers, Dec. 14, 2014

Emily F. McKenney and Robbie Bryant to Sung Yong Kim and Mal Soon Kim, parcel ID 074450, $165,000.

Asa J. High to Cara D. Wilson, parcel ID 07I852, $218,000.

Amy M. Teston to Hadi A. Hameed, parcel ID 066772, $76,500.

Ernest Donald Thorne aka Ernest D. Thorne and Sandra L. Thorne to Jimmy W. Boan and Amy M. Boan, parcel ID 065421, $296,000.

Terence V. Price to Teresa Annette Watts, 6494 Washington Road, $23,972.

Richard T. Rose and Karen L. Rose to Michael S. Parrish, parcel ID 065551, $418,500.

William Few Partners LLC to Designer Homes and Construction LLC, parcel ID 059213, 059240 and 059236, $152,000.

Michael S. Parrish to James E. Rugg, parcel ID 065876, $519,000.

DEW Land Development Co. to Scott D. Starling and Rebecca L. Starling, 5331 Linder McCurdy Road, $89,900.

Chamblin Partners to CCB Properties LLC, a portion of parcel ID 061085, $365,000.

David F. Keener and Joyce A. Keener to Nicholas G. Voss and Jessica Y. Voss, parcel ID 081D017, $263,000.

Jeff J. Miller to Houda Miloudi, parcel ID 077B544, $71,000.

Patrick J. Meagher and Elizabeth A. Meagher to Matthew John Ritz and Hallie Wylds Ritz, parcel ID 077311, $235,000.

The estate of William Nagy to Adam Cook and Janna Cook, parcel ID 078C264, $146,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 058057, $51,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 058057, $51,500.

Southern Homesites LLC to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., parcel ID 0601100, 06010963, 0601128, 0601123 and 0601122, $304,500.

Donald Kaake to Joshua A. Green and Pa Yang, parcel ID 063363, $136,000.

Mark S. Stover to Steven Michael Nunely and Heather H. Nunley, parcel ID 072P107, $208,000.

William R. Thompson to Beth Porter Moorhead, parcel ID 077I051, $165,000.

Shannon L. Nelson fka Shannon Neal to Tracy Allen Palmer, 4673 Clifden Ave., $103,000.

Robert Maldonado to Merrick M. Martin and Patricia E. Martin, 3022 Kilknockie Drive, $197,500.

Elizabeth Ann Smith to Veronica Rountree, 1000 Windmill Parkway, $85,000.

Herbert Homes Inc. to Joshua M. VanEpps and Kimberly A. VanEpps, 4449 Grove Landing Drive, $152,900.

JP Morgan Chase Bank to Leland A. Unruh, 3715 Cactus Trail, $67,725.

Gary A. Hill to Frederick J. Akeley and Joy D. Akeley, parcel ID 072P36, $186,500.

Christia R. Ashmore to Alexander Thaddeus Skinner and Ratchineekorn Skinner, 3359 Evans to Locks Road, $120,000.

Adam J. Alvarez to Jose M. Medina Carrill, 8015 Battle St., $178,000.

Gabor Patonay to Luis M. Conception and Mercedes I. Vazquez, parcel ID 078C777, $119,900.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, a portion of parcel ID 0622385, $30,500.

Ivey Residential LLC to John S. Rogers, 1999 Kenlock Drive, $171,920.

Lauren O. Eubanks to Hazina K. Bellamy, parcel ID 082H461, $176,000.

Morgan Close to Gary J. Waters, parcel ID 066610, $210,000.

William Few Partners LLC to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., parcel ID 059235, $49,000.

MBH Holdings Inc. to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 0622518, $471,900.

MBH Holdings Inc. to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 0622518, $429,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 2429 Newbury Ave., $37,000.

Benchmark Augusta Homes Ltd. to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 6057 Reynolds Circle, $175,000.

Travis Atkins to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 611 Cornerstone Place, $202,500.

Nathan R. Gorka to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 790 Michelle Court, $130,000.

Southfork Homes LLC to Jorge L. Change DePina, 505 Split Pine Trail, $197,900.

Michael W. Smith to Andre M. LaPlume, 460 Belgralde Road, $110,000.

Amber O. Perry to Brian K. Taber and Karen S. Taber, parcel ID 081167, $615,000.

James R. Buckingham Jr. to N.P. Dodge, 820 Prairie Lane, $194,900.

N.P. Dodge to Matthew Roberston and Katherine Robertson, 820 Prairie Lane, $194,900.
Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Ashworth Homes LLC, 501 Fothergill Court, $90,000.

Champions Golf Properties LLC to Tower 3 Golf, Champions Retreat, a portion of parcel ID 065894, $60,000.

Jesse Strickland to Larry L. Terrell and Rosalie R. Terrell, 795 Osprey Lane, $175,000.

The estate of Brenda E. McDaniel to Jacob R. Herron and Lauren N. Herron, parcel ID 054025A, $97,500.

Robert A. Smith to Conrex Residential Property Group 2013-1 LLC, parcel ID 073C108, $77,000.

Gregory A. Schmalfeldt to Andrew W. Liebig, parcel ID 077G1133, $198,900.

Timothy A. Bradley to Beatrice Y. Eberhart, parcel ID 072K047, $155,000.

Kyle W. Helmsderfer to Guru Darshuan LLC, 424 Fernhurst Lane, $240,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Peter C. Kersten and Lynnette C. Kersten, 1711 Opal Court, $329,900.

John Davitte to Richale L. Quinn, 4214 Quail Springs Circle, $244,900.

Sonia Shaun Owen to Julius Raynor and Alice R. Raynor, 1315 Hawkmoor Way, $320,000.

Larry B. Romanowski as trustee of the Larry B. Romanowski Living Trust to Joshua Riffe Anderson and Ashley Deyoung Anderson, 4525 Ridge Pine Drive, $298,000.

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Marriage Licenses, Dec. 14, 2014

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:12 AM

Jordan Guerrero and Julie Kristine Schwartz applied for a marriage license on Sept. 23, 2014, and were married Nov. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Stephen Alfred Hochgesang and Alexandria Brooke Sims applied for a marriage license on Dec. 3, 2014, and were married Dec. 3, 2014, in Evans.

Luke Austin Maxwell Sawyer and Samantha Lynn Eckert applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec. 2, 2014, in Evans.

Timothy Alan Gobel and Rebecca Lynn Chance applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec 2, 2014, in Evans.

Jesus Maldonado and Rachel Ella Marin applied for a marriage license on Nov. 14, 2014, and were married Nov. 21, 2014, in Savannah.

Travis Lynn Arnett and Amanda Leigh Saul applied for a marriage license on Dec. 4, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Jeffrey Andrew Tankard II and Jacqueline Hofmann applied for a marriage license on Dec. 4, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Benjamin Andrew Benedict and Monica Lynn Rowland applied for a marriage license on Dec. 3, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Eugene Wade Edwards Jr. and Simona Adele McCoy applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Findley James Henderson III and Tonisha Renee Hall-Byrd applied for a marriage license on Nov. 20, 2014, and were married Nov. 27, 2014, in Augusta.

Jamie Avery Lynn Riner and Tonya Lynn Meier applied for a marriage license on Nov. 19, 2014, and were married Nov. 22, 2014, in Martinez.

Douglas Cole Verdell and Sarah Lynn Price applied for a marriage license on Oct. 10, 2014, and were married Oct. 18, 2014, in Waynesboro, Ga.

Tristan Chase Roth and Erin Elizabeth Jacob applied for a marriage license on Nov. 12, 2014, and were married Dec. 6, 2014, in Martinez.

Anthony Joseph Miscuraca and Courtney Ann Lowe applied for a marriage license on Nov. 14, 2014, and were married Nov. 22, 2014, in Martinez.

Emilio Steven Pedroza and Brittany Mirinda-Mae Phillips applied for a marriage license on Nov. 18, 2014, and were married Dec. 5, 2014, in Evans.

Dwayne De’Von Gaffney and Sandra Ivelis Santoago applied for a marriage license on Nov. 26, 2014, and were married Dec. 1, 2014, in Augusta.

David Walter Colvin and Terri Lynn Wright applied for a marriage license on Dec. 8, 2014, and were married Dec. 8, 2014, in Evans.

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Marriage Licenses, Dec. 14, 2014

Jordan Guerrero and Julie Kristine Schwartz applied for a marriage license on Sept. 23, 2014, and were married Nov. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Stephen Alfred Hochgesang and Alexandria Brooke Sims applied for a marriage license on Dec. 3, 2014, and were married Dec. 3, 2014, in Evans.

Luke Austin Maxwell Sawyer and Samantha Lynn Eckert applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec. 2, 2014, in Evans.

Timothy Alan Gobel and Rebecca Lynn Chance applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec 2, 2014, in Evans.

Jesus Maldonado and Rachel Ella Marin applied for a marriage license on Nov. 14, 2014, and were married Nov. 21, 2014, in Savannah.

Travis Lynn Arnett and Amanda Leigh Saul applied for a marriage license on Dec. 4, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Jeffrey Andrew Tankard II and Jacqueline Hofmann applied for a marriage license on Dec. 4, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Benjamin Andrew Benedict and Monica Lynn Rowland applied for a marriage license on Dec. 3, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Eugene Wade Edwards Jr. and Simona Adele McCoy applied for a marriage license on Dec. 2, 2014, and were married Dec. 4, 2014, in Evans.

Findley James Henderson III and Tonisha Renee Hall-Byrd applied for a marriage license on Nov. 20, 2014, and were married Nov. 27, 2014, in Augusta.

Jamie Avery Lynn Riner and Tonya Lynn Meier applied for a marriage license on Nov. 19, 2014, and were married Nov. 22, 2014, in Martinez.

Douglas Cole Verdell and Sarah Lynn Price applied for a marriage license on Oct. 10, 2014, and were married Oct. 18, 2014, in Waynesboro, Ga.

Tristan Chase Roth and Erin Elizabeth Jacob applied for a marriage license on Nov. 12, 2014, and were married Dec. 6, 2014, in Martinez.

Anthony Joseph Miscuraca and Courtney Ann Lowe applied for a marriage license on Nov. 14, 2014, and were married Nov. 22, 2014, in Martinez.

Emilio Steven Pedroza and Brittany Mirinda-Mae Phillips applied for a marriage license on Nov. 18, 2014, and were married Dec. 5, 2014, in Evans.

Dwayne De’Von Gaffney and Sandra Ivelis Santoago applied for a marriage license on Nov. 26, 2014, and were married Dec. 1, 2014, in Augusta.

David Walter Colvin and Terri Lynn Wright applied for a marriage license on Dec. 8, 2014, and were married Dec. 8, 2014, in Evans.

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Divorces, Dec. 14, 2014

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:10 AM

George Patton and Lisa Ann Patton, Nov. 25, 2014.

Alicia Nicole Barnes and Alrice William Barnes, Nov. 25, 2014.

Karen Best and Kenny Best, Dec. 4, 2014.

Cynthia Kneece Donald­son and John Richard Donaldson, Dec. 4, 2014.

Sachiyo Kawaguchi Chambers and James Edwin Chambers Jr., Dec. 8, 2014.

Ricardo Torez Ball and Tiffany Hill, Dec. 8, 2014.

Robert Shawn Thigpen and Erica Leigh Thigpen, Nov. 25, 2014.

Paris D. Elahee and Nazier C. Elahee, Nov. 20, 2014.

Emily Mae Vanveelen and Jeremy Joseph Vanveelen, Dec. 4, 2014.

Mitchell Mays and Lori Michelle Andrews Mays, Dec. 5, 2014.

Julie McDaniel Langston and John Edward Langston, Nov. 25, 2014.

Lisa Michelle Venuti and John James Venuti, Nov. 26, 2014.

Deneen Annette Griffin and Bruce Edward Griffin, Dec. 2, 2014.

Alice Kay Sacadura and Jupiter Juvenal Sacadura, Dec. 12, 2014.

Cara James and Michael James, Dec. 2, 2014.

Hubert Bailey and Britney Bailey, Dec. 1, 2014.

Julia Louise Haffa and Jeffrey Allen Haffa, Nov. 26, 2014.

Kristen Leigh Allen Owens and Bradley Stephen Owens, Dec. 4, 2014.

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Divorces, Dec. 14, 2014

George Patton and Lisa Ann Patton, Nov. 25, 2014.

Alicia Nicole Barnes and Alrice William Barnes, Nov. 25, 2014.

Karen Best and Kenny Best, Dec. 4, 2014.

Cynthia Kneece Donald­son and John Richard Donaldson, Dec. 4, 2014.

Sachiyo Kawaguchi Chambers and James Edwin Chambers Jr., Dec. 8, 2014.

Ricardo Torez Ball and Tiffany Hill, Dec. 8, 2014.

Robert Shawn Thigpen and Erica Leigh Thigpen, Nov. 25, 2014.

Paris D. Elahee and Nazier C. Elahee, Nov. 20, 2014.

Emily Mae Vanveelen and Jeremy Joseph Vanveelen, Dec. 4, 2014.

Mitchell Mays and Lori Michelle Andrews Mays, Dec. 5, 2014.

Julie McDaniel Langston and John Edward Langston, Nov. 25, 2014.

Lisa Michelle Venuti and John James Venuti, Nov. 26, 2014.

Deneen Annette Griffin and Bruce Edward Griffin, Dec. 2, 2014.

Alice Kay Sacadura and Jupiter Juvenal Sacadura, Dec. 12, 2014.

Cara James and Michael James, Dec. 2, 2014.

Hubert Bailey and Britney Bailey, Dec. 1, 2014.

Julia Louise Haffa and Jeffrey Allen Haffa, Nov. 26, 2014.

Kristen Leigh Allen Owens and Bradley Stephen Owens, Dec. 4, 2014.

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Woman charged with toddler's murder could face trial this spring

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:09 AM

The case against an Augusta woman charged with murder in the death of her toddler could go before a jury as early as February.

Marina Mae Middle­brooks, 30, was indicted on murder and cruelty to children charges in July.

The case could go to trial Feb. 9, said Hank Syms, the Assistant District
Attorney.

Middlebrooks was arrested on May 2 in connection to the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Sky Allen.

Authorities said Mid-dlebrooks’ car ran off Ray Owens Road in front of North Columbia Elementary School.

Sky was found dead and facedown on the floorboard, covered with fresh and dried blood, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta showed that Sky died from a stab wound to the throat, Collins said.

Middlebrooks’ attorney, Richard Allen, has filed a notice of his intent to raise the issue of insanity, according to records filed with the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without
bond.

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Woman charged with toddler's murder could face trial this spring

The case against an Augusta woman charged with murder in the death of her toddler could go before a jury as early as February.

Marina Mae Middle­brooks, 30, was indicted on murder and cruelty to children charges in July.

The case could go to trial Feb. 9, said Hank Syms, the Assistant District
Attorney.

Middlebrooks was arrested on May 2 in connection to the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Sky Allen.

Authorities said Mid-dlebrooks’ car ran off Ray Owens Road in front of North Columbia Elementary School.

Sky was found dead and facedown on the floorboard, covered with fresh and dried blood, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta showed that Sky died from a stab wound to the throat, Collins said.

Middlebrooks’ attorney, Richard Allen, has filed a notice of his intent to raise the issue of insanity, according to records filed with the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without
bond.

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Fee increase part of broad plan

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:09 AM

Increasing the monthly rate for Stormwater Utility fees is one facet of a larger plan to get a handle on Columbia County’s stormwater problems.

Stormwater Utility Manager Gary Bennett said the proposed increase, which would more than double the rate charged to property owners over the next three years, is necessary first and foremost to fund repairs and maintenance to the county’s aging stormwater infrastructure.

Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to approve the rate changes, which will begin in January 2015, and rise again at the beginning of the next two years, according to the proposal that passed on its first reading by a 3 to 1 vote.

Bennett estimated that in 2015, the new rate will raise about $612,000 in additional revenue for stormwater projects. He said the numbers for successive years were more difficult to estimate because of unknown variables, including the number of parcels that will be added to the Stormwater Utility service area as new neighborhoods are constructed and more commercial properties are developed.

One of the changes Bennett hopes to implement is to speed up the way properties are added to the service area, and thus begin to be billed for stormwater fees.

“Right now if a new subdivision is built adjacent to our service area, we have to go to the (Board of Commissioners) to add it,” he said.

Bennett said the county is looking at making that process more automated, so that it becomes part of the plan approval process. The intention is to make changes so that the moment infrastructure is turned over to the county to maintain, the associated properties will already be incorporated into the Stormwater Utility service area.

“We just want to streamline the process,” he said.

Officials also plan to review how rate discounts are applied to properties to ensure that all those getting reduced stormwater fees are properly qualified, Bennett said.

More than 20,000 of the 37,800 properties being billed for stormwater fees receive a discounted rate of some kind. Those discounts added up to about $400,000 in reduced fees in 2014, according to county documents.

Bennett said property owners can apply for certain discounts under the stormwater code for various reasons, including having ponds or commercial water management systems.

Bennett also hopes to add more inspectors and more equipment, such as camera that can give them a look at pipes while they are still in the ground, to better manage and maintain infrastructure as it is added to the county’s growing stormwater system.

The county’s stormwater fee has not increased since it was established in 2000. The fee is based on the amount of impervious surface, such as rooftops and paved driveways and parking lots.

The current monthly rate is about 8.75 cents per 100 square feet of impervious surface. According to county data, the median amount for impervious surface is about 3,300 square feet, which would cost about $2.89 per month or $34.65 per year. Commissioners propose to raise the rate by 3 cents per 100 square feet in January, with identical raises in 2016 and 2017.

In the end, the monthly rate will be 17.75 cents per 100 square feet, which would cost about $70.29 each year for a property with 3,300 square feet of impervious surface.

According to a 2013 survey of rates by the Southeast Stormwater Association, that would put the final rate above the Georgia average, which is about 12 cents per 100 square feet. The average across the southeast is about 17.3 cents, according to the survey.

Commissioners are expected to take up the proposal at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Evans Government Center auditorium.

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Fee increase part of broad plan

Increasing the monthly rate for Stormwater Utility fees is one facet of a larger plan to get a handle on Columbia County’s stormwater problems.

Stormwater Utility Manager Gary Bennett said the proposed increase, which would more than double the rate charged to property owners over the next three years, is necessary first and foremost to fund repairs and maintenance to the county’s aging stormwater infrastructure.

Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to approve the rate changes, which will begin in January 2015, and rise again at the beginning of the next two years, according to the proposal that passed on its first reading by a 3 to 1 vote.

Bennett estimated that in 2015, the new rate will raise about $612,000 in additional revenue for stormwater projects. He said the numbers for successive years were more difficult to estimate because of unknown variables, including the number of parcels that will be added to the Stormwater Utility service area as new neighborhoods are constructed and more commercial properties are developed.

One of the changes Bennett hopes to implement is to speed up the way properties are added to the service area, and thus begin to be billed for stormwater fees.

“Right now if a new subdivision is built adjacent to our service area, we have to go to the (Board of Commissioners) to add it,” he said.

Bennett said the county is looking at making that process more automated, so that it becomes part of the plan approval process. The intention is to make changes so that the moment infrastructure is turned over to the county to maintain, the associated properties will already be incorporated into the Stormwater Utility service area.

“We just want to streamline the process,” he said.

Officials also plan to review how rate discounts are applied to properties to ensure that all those getting reduced stormwater fees are properly qualified, Bennett said.

More than 20,000 of the 37,800 properties being billed for stormwater fees receive a discounted rate of some kind. Those discounts added up to about $400,000 in reduced fees in 2014, according to county documents.

Bennett said property owners can apply for certain discounts under the stormwater code for various reasons, including having ponds or commercial water management systems.

Bennett also hopes to add more inspectors and more equipment, such as camera that can give them a look at pipes while they are still in the ground, to better manage and maintain infrastructure as it is added to the county’s growing stormwater system.

The county’s stormwater fee has not increased since it was established in 2000. The fee is based on the amount of impervious surface, such as rooftops and paved driveways and parking lots.

The current monthly rate is about 8.75 cents per 100 square feet of impervious surface. According to county data, the median amount for impervious surface is about 3,300 square feet, which would cost about $2.89 per month or $34.65 per year. Commissioners propose to raise the rate by 3 cents per 100 square feet in January, with identical raises in 2016 and 2017.

In the end, the monthly rate will be 17.75 cents per 100 square feet, which would cost about $70.29 each year for a property with 3,300 square feet of impervious surface.

According to a 2013 survey of rates by the Southeast Stormwater Association, that would put the final rate above the Georgia average, which is about 12 cents per 100 square feet. The average across the southeast is about 17.3 cents, according to the survey.

Commissioners are expected to take up the proposal at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Evans Government Center auditorium.

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Police Blotter, Dec. 14, 2014

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 12/14/2014 12:08 AM

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

Car stolen by truck driver

A Grovetown woman called police Monday and said a tow truck driver stole her vehicle.

The woman said she was driving on Interstate 20 near mile marker 192 on Dec. 1 between 9 a.m. and noon when she had to stop on the roadside because of car trouble. She pulled onto the shoulder and lifted the hood. A short time later, she said, a man driving a tow truck pulled in behind her. The woman said she didn’t see any patches or other insignia on the driver’s blue work clothes or signs or writing on the black truck.

The wrecker driver told the woman he could fix her car for about $200 and it would take about 10 days to order the parts and fix the vehicle. The woman agreed. The driver gave the woman a ride to her home and towed her car. He did not give her a business card, but said his name was Jeff and gave the woman a phone number. The woman hasn’t heard from the driver since.

On Dec. 5, the woman said she got a call from someone who identified himself as Inv. Traylor from Rockdale County, Ga. He told the woman that the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office found her car on I-20 in their jurisdiction.

Harassing calls

A Martinez woman called deputies Monday after she said someone keeps calling her claiming they are owed money. The woman said she got several phone calls from someone who would not give his name, but called from a 626 area code. The caller said Andrew Lewinski owed money on property. The woman said the caller got confrontational when she said she doesn’t know Andrew Lewinski. The woman’s son also received several similar calls the same day. A deputy called the number from which she was receiving the harassing calls and the caller refused to provide his name or the company he worked for.

Nails dumped

A woman said Wednesday that she believes her ex-boyfriend dumped nails in the road near her workplace. The woman said when she arrived at her Martinez workplace in the morning, she discovered nails dumped in the road by the entrance to the parking lot. She was concerned because her ex has harassed her since their break-up. The woman has called Aiken County authorities several times in the last few months because he possibly dumped nails in the road in front of her house.

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Police Blotter, Dec. 14, 2014

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

Car stolen by truck driver

A Grovetown woman called police Monday and said a tow truck driver stole her vehicle.

The woman said she was driving on Interstate 20 near mile marker 192 on Dec. 1 between 9 a.m. and noon when she had to stop on the roadside because of car trouble. She pulled onto the shoulder and lifted the hood. A short time later, she said, a man driving a tow truck pulled in behind her. The woman said she didn’t see any patches or other insignia on the driver’s blue work clothes or signs or writing on the black truck.

The wrecker driver told the woman he could fix her car for about $200 and it would take about 10 days to order the parts and fix the vehicle. The woman agreed. The driver gave the woman a ride to her home and towed her car. He did not give her a business card, but said his name was Jeff and gave the woman a phone number. The woman hasn’t heard from the driver since.

On Dec. 5, the woman said she got a call from someone who identified himself as Inv. Traylor from Rockdale County, Ga. He told the woman that the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office found her car on I-20 in their jurisdiction.

Harassing calls

A Martinez woman called deputies Monday after she said someone keeps calling her claiming they are owed money. The woman said she got several phone calls from someone who would not give his name, but called from a 626 area code. The caller said Andrew Lewinski owed money on property. The woman said the caller got confrontational when she said she doesn’t know Andrew Lewinski. The woman’s son also received several similar calls the same day. A deputy called the number from which she was receiving the harassing calls and the caller refused to provide his name or the company he worked for.

Nails dumped

A woman said Wednesday that she believes her ex-boyfriend dumped nails in the road near her workplace. The woman said when she arrived at her Martinez workplace in the morning, she discovered nails dumped in the road by the entrance to the parking lot. She was concerned because her ex has harassed her since their break-up. The woman has called Aiken County authorities several times in the last few months because he possibly dumped nails in the road in front of her house.

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North Augusta police say man fatally shot by wife

Latest News from North Augusta Today - Tue, 4/8/2014 4:06 PM

Police said a woman shot her husband in their North Augusta Gardens apartment while their four small children were home.

North Augusta Public Safety officers were called to Apartment 1701 at the Marion Avenue complex around 10:30 a.m. and discovered Dakota Cook, 21, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release.

Police have charged his wife of four years, 20-year-old Terry Cook, with murder. According to a news release, the shooting appears to be the result of an ongoing domestic dispute.

The couple’s four children, ages 4 months, 1, 3 and 4, were at home at the time of the shooting but were not injured, Lt. Tim Thornton said. The children are in the custody of their grandparents.

Reach Bianca Cain Johnson at

bianca.johnson@augustachronicle.com.

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Local Easter Egg Hunts: Send in your event

Latest News from North Augusta Today - Tue, 4/8/2014 12:36 PM

Easter is right around the corner and we’re compiling a list of Easter egg hunts in North Augusta and Belvedere. If your church, organization or business is having an Easter egg hunt, please send details to nikasha.dicks@northaugustatoday.com.

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