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UPCOMING

Cut-A-Thon

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Trendz Salon, 3670 Old Peterburg Road,Martinez; benefits Payton Wiggins, 2, who suffers from MPS Hurlers Syndrome and cardiomyopathy; free haircuts, polish changes, refreshments and activities for children

Grant program

Tourism Grant Program to enhance visitor and tourism promotions efforts in Columbia County; available to qualifying agencies to promote activities, attractions and special events; overseen by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee; to apply, contact Shelly Blackburn for application or information; (706) 447-7677, sblackburn@choosecolumbiacounty.com

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

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, columbiacounty
forestry@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 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

9/11 observance

Sept. 11 Remembrance Thursday, Sept. 11, Fort Gordon; 8:30 a.m. emergency vehicles positioned at key intersections and gates on Fort Gordon, employees will move outside; 8:45 a.m. one minute warning on the installation for execution by Department of Emergency Services Director; 8:46 a.m. sirens sound simulating the first strike on the World Trade Center, colors on the Signal Tower flagpole lowered to half staff during siren blare; 8:47 a.m. sirens end, playing of Taps, installation moment of silence; flag remains at half staff until retreat at 5 p.m.

County tribute

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, Evans Towne Center Park Flag Pole, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; ceremony with speakers, presentation of flag, moment of silence, music, prayer; on.fb.me/1uAZRRj

GOP women

Greater Columbia County Republican Women meeting; listen to a former New York Fire Department firefighter and 911 responder Thursday, Sept. 11, Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans; social and dinner 6-7 p.m., $13, reservations required by Tuesday, Sept. 9, at info@gccrw.org;
meeting 7-8 p.m., free, open to the public on available space

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

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,; vendors, food, drinks, games; $10 advance, $15 at gate; BorderBash.net

Speedway event

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

Masquerade ball

A Maleficent Ball, A Masquerade 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; presented by Columbia County Ballet; reservations required; (706) 860-1852, columbiacountballet.com

Lynndale sale

Lynndale community yard sale 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, 1490 Eisenhower Drive, across from Augusta National, past ball fields and through the gates; refreshments and plants for sale; benefits Lynndale and services provided for adults with disabilities; tax deductible donations accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 9-12, in activity room at rear of building; no computer items

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; $5, $4 military and seniors, $2.50 children

Family Reunion

96.3 KISS Family Reunion 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Evans Towne Center Park; featuring Johnny Gill, Jagged Edge, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, Algerbra, Leela James, more; fun, food, music; gates open 2 p.m.; $20 advance, $30 day of show; kissfamilyreunion.com

Up In Smoke

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

Sleeping Beauty

Presented by Columbia County Ballet and Imperial Theatre; 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Imperial Theatre; tickets by phone or online; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.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, 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

Screen on Green

Back to the 80s Part II; showtime begins at dark, Columbia County Amphitheater, behind Columbia County Library; Sept. 26 The Karate Kid; Oct. 26 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; dress up in character for free glow necklace; $2, ages 2 and younger free; (706) 650-5005, columbiacountyga.gov

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 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, 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

McTier reunion

Descendants of Kendall McTier invited; registration 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1128 Reedy Creek Baptist Church Road, Stapleton, Ga., off Georgia Highway 17 between Wrens and Thomson; program 11 a.m.; covered dish lunch noon; casual dress; Steven or Sandy McTier (478) 956-8998

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

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

Archaeology

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Oct. 9, Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; dinner on own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, presenting The Allendale-Brier Creek Clovis Complex in the Central Savannah River Valley; (706) 829-1615

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

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Current Events

UPCOMING

Cut-A-Thon

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Trendz Salon, 3670 Old Peterburg Road,Martinez; benefits Payton Wiggins, 2, who suffers from MPS Hurlers Syndrome and cardiomyopathy; free haircuts, polish changes, refreshments and activities for children

Grant program

Tourism Grant Program to enhance visitor and tourism promotions efforts in Columbia County; available to qualifying agencies to promote activities, attractions and special events; overseen by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee; to apply, contact Shelly Blackburn for application or information; (706) 447-7677, sblackburn@choosecolumbiacounty.com

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

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, columbiacounty
forestry@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 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

9/11 observance

Sept. 11 Remembrance Thursday, Sept. 11, Fort Gordon; 8:30 a.m. emergency vehicles positioned at key intersections and gates on Fort Gordon, employees will move outside; 8:45 a.m. one minute warning on the installation for execution by Department of Emergency Services Director; 8:46 a.m. sirens sound simulating the first strike on the World Trade Center, colors on the Signal Tower flagpole lowered to half staff during siren blare; 8:47 a.m. sirens end, playing of Taps, installation moment of silence; flag remains at half staff until retreat at 5 p.m.

County tribute

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, Evans Towne Center Park Flag Pole, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; ceremony with speakers, presentation of flag, moment of silence, music, prayer; on.fb.me/1uAZRRj

GOP women

Greater Columbia County Republican Women meeting; listen to a former New York Fire Department firefighter and 911 responder Thursday, Sept. 11, Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans; social and dinner 6-7 p.m., $13, reservations required by Tuesday, Sept. 9, at info@gccrw.org;
meeting 7-8 p.m., free, open to the public on available space

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

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,; vendors, food, drinks, games; $10 advance, $15 at gate; BorderBash.net

Speedway event

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

Masquerade ball

A Maleficent Ball, A Masquerade 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; presented by Columbia County Ballet; reservations required; (706) 860-1852, columbiacountballet.com

Lynndale sale

Lynndale community yard sale 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, 1490 Eisenhower Drive, across from Augusta National, past ball fields and through the gates; refreshments and plants for sale; benefits Lynndale and services provided for adults with disabilities; tax deductible donations accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 9-12, in activity room at rear of building; no computer items

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; $5, $4 military and seniors, $2.50 children

Family Reunion

96.3 KISS Family Reunion 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Evans Towne Center Park; featuring Johnny Gill, Jagged Edge, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, Algerbra, Leela James, more; fun, food, music; gates open 2 p.m.; $20 advance, $30 day of show; kissfamilyreunion.com

Up In Smoke

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

Sleeping Beauty

Presented by Columbia County Ballet and Imperial Theatre; 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Imperial Theatre; tickets by phone or online; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.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, 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

Screen on Green

Back to the 80s Part II; showtime begins at dark, Columbia County Amphitheater, behind Columbia County Library; Sept. 26 The Karate Kid; Oct. 26 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; dress up in character for free glow necklace; $2, ages 2 and younger free; (706) 650-5005, columbiacountyga.gov

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 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, 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

McTier reunion

Descendants of Kendall McTier invited; registration 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1128 Reedy Creek Baptist Church Road, Stapleton, Ga., off Georgia Highway 17 between Wrens and Thomson; program 11 a.m.; covered dish lunch noon; casual dress; Steven or Sandy McTier (478) 956-8998

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

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

Archaeology

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Oct. 9, Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; dinner on own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, presenting The Allendale-Brier Creek Clovis Complex in the Central Savannah River Valley; (706) 829-1615

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

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County History

The Columbia County News-Times is assisting a local group to establish a digital photo archive of life in Columbia County prior to 1960.

Photos that depict school activities or show buildings or businesses that are no longer around are of particular interest.

E-mail photos to staff photographer Jim Blaylock at jim.blaylock@augustachronicle.com or deliver them to the Columbia County News-Times at 4272 Washington Road in the Publix Shopping Center.

Photos will be copied and returned.

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County History

The Columbia County News-Times is assisting a local group to establish a digital photo archive of life in Columbia County prior to 1960.

Photos that depict school activities or show buildings or businesses that are no longer around are of particular interest.

E-mail photos to staff photographer Jim Blaylock at jim.blaylock@augustachronicle.com or deliver them to the Columbia County News-Times at 4272 Washington Road in the Publix Shopping Center.

Photos will be copied and returned.

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Police Blotte

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

Man, intruder exchange fire

A Harlem man called authorities early Friday after he said his son-in-law exchanged gunfire with an intruder in the back yard.

The 30-year-old man while he and his family ate dinner at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, he noticed a light in the backyard. He saw a man wearing a light blue shirt and shorts carrying a flashlight in the yard. The man said his son-in-law went outside to tell the intruder to leave. He yelled at the intruder, who shot at the man’s son-in-law. He returned fire with a rifle at the fleeing stranger.

The man said he went outside, saw the intruder and yelled for him to stop. But the intruder seemed aggressive, so he also shot at the stranger with a pistol.

Man pretends to be employee for company

The manager of Martinez auto parts store said someone pretended to be a construction company employee to get tools.

The manager of NAPA Auto Parts on Washington Road said Friday that a man came into the store twice in August falsely representing himself as an employee of Blair Construction Co. or Sitemaster Inc. to obtain tools. The manager said he was contacted by someone from Blair Construction questioning a bill they received. The company representative said they didn’t order tools they were billed for and never sent an employee to get the tools. He also said Blair Construction doesn’t have an employee matching the description of the man who picked up the tools.

The manager then learned from the company bookkeeper that the same man is suspected of pulling the same scam representing Sitemaster Inc. at that store and Beam Contracting Inc. at the Augusta store on Reynolds Street. He provided invoices for all three transactions and Richmond County authorities are investing the incident at the Augusta store.

Upset customer throws a jar

The owner of a Martinez fish store told deputies Saturday that an unhappy customer threw a jar at his employee.

The owner of Bob’s Tropical Fish said that just after noon, a man came into the store on Old Petersburg Road complaining about the pH of the water in his fish tank.

The customer was holding a Mason jar of water with rocks in it.

The customer got angry when an employee said he couldn’t just check the water in the jar, but also needed to check the source of the water without rocks in it. He then threw the jar, which shattered when it hit the ground. The irate customer then left in a white Nissan Sentra.

 

Stranger scares woman several times at home

An Appling woman said Saturday that a stranger keeps coming to her home.

The 37-year-old woman said the same man comes onto her property every night. Every time she confronts the man, he runs into a nearby woodline. The woman said she feels threatened by the stranger and is afraid of what he might do, so she now carries a handgun with her at all times.

A man who lives right down the road from the woman called authorities late Saturday after discovering a stranger in his yard. The 22-year-old man said he went outside to smoke a cigarette just before 11 p.m. and heard a noise. He shined a flashlight in the direction of the noise and the light hit the face of a man standing under a tree. He ran after the stranger, but couldn’t catch him.

Man suspects ex tampered with cell phone

A Grovetown man told authorities Sunday that he thinks his ex-girlfriend has hacked into or otherwise tampered with his phone.

The man said he and the woman ended their long-term relationship about three months ago.

Since then, he said his cell phone has done strange things. When he took the phone to his service provider, he was told it probably had a virus, so he bought a new one.

Within a few days, the man said his new phone began acting strangely like the old one. He found an app on the phone that he didn’t install called Google Help.

When he opened the app, he found a geographic log of his whereabouts and Internet sites he’s visited.

He also noticed several changes to his Facebook account that he didn’t make.

The man said he suspects his ex-girlfriend hacked into his phone and has been tracking him, watching his Internet usage and making changes to his Facebook account.

Men receive fake deputy calls

Two man recently told authorities that they received calls from people falsely representing themselves as law enforcement officers.

A Martinez man said he received a call on Friday from a man who identified himself as Sgt. Randolph Riley from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said there was a bench warrant issued for the man because he missed jury duty on Aug. 28.

The caller said the man could pay the fine by getting a money card from Walmart and giving him the number. The man got a phone number to reach the caller, but never got the cash
card.

Another Martinez man said Saturday that he received a similar call on Sept. 1. The caller, who identified himself as a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy, left a message asking the man to return his call.

The man said he went to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office substation in Evans hoping to meet the deputy. No deputy matching the name the caller left on the man’s message machine works for the sheriff’s office.

The man requested an investigation because he’s concerned it might be a scam.

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Police Blotte

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

Man, intruder exchange fire

A Harlem man called authorities early Friday after he said his son-in-law exchanged gunfire with an intruder in the back yard.

The 30-year-old man while he and his family ate dinner at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, he noticed a light in the backyard. He saw a man wearing a light blue shirt and shorts carrying a flashlight in the yard. The man said his son-in-law went outside to tell the intruder to leave. He yelled at the intruder, who shot at the man’s son-in-law. He returned fire with a rifle at the fleeing stranger.

The man said he went outside, saw the intruder and yelled for him to stop. But the intruder seemed aggressive, so he also shot at the stranger with a pistol.

Man pretends to be employee for company

The manager of Martinez auto parts store said someone pretended to be a construction company employee to get tools.

The manager of NAPA Auto Parts on Washington Road said Friday that a man came into the store twice in August falsely representing himself as an employee of Blair Construction Co. or Sitemaster Inc. to obtain tools. The manager said he was contacted by someone from Blair Construction questioning a bill they received. The company representative said they didn’t order tools they were billed for and never sent an employee to get the tools. He also said Blair Construction doesn’t have an employee matching the description of the man who picked up the tools.

The manager then learned from the company bookkeeper that the same man is suspected of pulling the same scam representing Sitemaster Inc. at that store and Beam Contracting Inc. at the Augusta store on Reynolds Street. He provided invoices for all three transactions and Richmond County authorities are investing the incident at the Augusta store.

Upset customer throws a jar

The owner of a Martinez fish store told deputies Saturday that an unhappy customer threw a jar at his employee.

The owner of Bob’s Tropical Fish said that just after noon, a man came into the store on Old Petersburg Road complaining about the pH of the water in his fish tank.

The customer was holding a Mason jar of water with rocks in it.

The customer got angry when an employee said he couldn’t just check the water in the jar, but also needed to check the source of the water without rocks in it. He then threw the jar, which shattered when it hit the ground. The irate customer then left in a white Nissan Sentra.

 

Stranger scares woman several times at home

An Appling woman said Saturday that a stranger keeps coming to her home.

The 37-year-old woman said the same man comes onto her property every night. Every time she confronts the man, he runs into a nearby woodline. The woman said she feels threatened by the stranger and is afraid of what he might do, so she now carries a handgun with her at all times.

A man who lives right down the road from the woman called authorities late Saturday after discovering a stranger in his yard. The 22-year-old man said he went outside to smoke a cigarette just before 11 p.m. and heard a noise. He shined a flashlight in the direction of the noise and the light hit the face of a man standing under a tree. He ran after the stranger, but couldn’t catch him.

Man suspects ex tampered with cell phone

A Grovetown man told authorities Sunday that he thinks his ex-girlfriend has hacked into or otherwise tampered with his phone.

The man said he and the woman ended their long-term relationship about three months ago.

Since then, he said his cell phone has done strange things. When he took the phone to his service provider, he was told it probably had a virus, so he bought a new one.

Within a few days, the man said his new phone began acting strangely like the old one. He found an app on the phone that he didn’t install called Google Help.

When he opened the app, he found a geographic log of his whereabouts and Internet sites he’s visited.

He also noticed several changes to his Facebook account that he didn’t make.

The man said he suspects his ex-girlfriend hacked into his phone and has been tracking him, watching his Internet usage and making changes to his Facebook account.

Men receive fake deputy calls

Two man recently told authorities that they received calls from people falsely representing themselves as law enforcement officers.

A Martinez man said he received a call on Friday from a man who identified himself as Sgt. Randolph Riley from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said there was a bench warrant issued for the man because he missed jury duty on Aug. 28.

The caller said the man could pay the fine by getting a money card from Walmart and giving him the number. The man got a phone number to reach the caller, but never got the cash
card.

Another Martinez man said Saturday that he received a similar call on Sept. 1. The caller, who identified himself as a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy, left a message asking the man to return his call.

The man said he went to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office substation in Evans hoping to meet the deputy. No deputy matching the name the caller left on the man’s message machine works for the sheriff’s office.

The man requested an investigation because he’s concerned it might be a scam.

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Lady Knights hold on for win

In the end, it was the Region 2-AAAAA frontrunnners who were able to hold on for the win Thursday night.

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Lakeside High School, the Evans Lady Knights needed a Brooke Buck strikeout with two on and two out to stop a Lakeside uprising, winning 10-7.

Each team was able to take advantage of the other’s miscues, with the Lady Knights (8-2, 3-0 region) committing four errors while the Lady Panthers commited three.

Evans coach Colette Cassedy was glad for the win.

“A good team can find a way to win, whether you’re sluggish, sore, hadn’t played in a while, or semi-banged up, you find a way,” Cassedy said.

Trailing 2-1, the Lady Knights struck for six runs (two earned) in the second inning to take control. The Lady Panthers committed two errors, with the Lady Knights’ Taylor Hayes, Savannah Gabriel, Ashton Odom and Jenna Cliatt each driving in a run.

Lady Panthers sophomore pitcher Sydney Fisher was tagged with the loss, allowing the 10 runs (six earned) with two strikeouts and four walks.

Fisher said the team was anything but demoralized after the game.

“I just think that we know we can do it, and we know we can push to get it because we always have that one bad inning that kind of costs us the game,” said Fisher, who also led the team with two hits. “We’re a little more pumped and we know if we come out here and do our job right we can upset some of these teams.”

Samantha Davis, who usually comes in on the late innings in relief of Buck, started and like the Lady Knights got off to a slow start, allowing two runs in the first inning while walking three.

She started finding her groove in the second inning with one out and the bases loaded. A strikeout and pop-up ended the inning and she went on to fan four of the next five batters. She got the win while going six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and five walks.

“It took her a little while to warm up, but when she does warm up she’s usually spot on,” said Lady Knights’ senior catcher Samantha Peka, who had two hits including an RBI triple and scored three times.

Odom led the Lady Knights with three hits and scored twice.

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Lady Knights hold on for win

In the end, it was the Region 2-AAAAA frontrunnners who were able to hold on for the win Thursday night.

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Lakeside High School, the Evans Lady Knights needed a Brooke Buck strikeout with two on and two out to stop a Lakeside uprising, winning 10-7.

Each team was able to take advantage of the other’s miscues, with the Lady Knights (8-2, 3-0 region) committing four errors while the Lady Panthers commited three.

Evans coach Colette Cassedy was glad for the win.

“A good team can find a way to win, whether you’re sluggish, sore, hadn’t played in a while, or semi-banged up, you find a way,” Cassedy said.

Trailing 2-1, the Lady Knights struck for six runs (two earned) in the second inning to take control. The Lady Panthers committed two errors, with the Lady Knights’ Taylor Hayes, Savannah Gabriel, Ashton Odom and Jenna Cliatt each driving in a run.

Lady Panthers sophomore pitcher Sydney Fisher was tagged with the loss, allowing the 10 runs (six earned) with two strikeouts and four walks.

Fisher said the team was anything but demoralized after the game.

“I just think that we know we can do it, and we know we can push to get it because we always have that one bad inning that kind of costs us the game,” said Fisher, who also led the team with two hits. “We’re a little more pumped and we know if we come out here and do our job right we can upset some of these teams.”

Samantha Davis, who usually comes in on the late innings in relief of Buck, started and like the Lady Knights got off to a slow start, allowing two runs in the first inning while walking three.

She started finding her groove in the second inning with one out and the bases loaded. A strikeout and pop-up ended the inning and she went on to fan four of the next five batters. She got the win while going six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and five walks.

“It took her a little while to warm up, but when she does warm up she’s usually spot on,” said Lady Knights’ senior catcher Samantha Peka, who had two hits including an RBI triple and scored three times.

Odom led the Lady Knights with three hits and scored twice.

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Sports Calendar

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 at the Augusta GreenJackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

 

Golf Tournament

The Fourth Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is September 27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are available. Call Sandy Leathers at (706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

 

Swim Lessons

Join the Family Y in continuing your swimming prowess with specific training in endurance and stroke work. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Session dates are Sept. 16-Oct.10, Oct.14-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 12.

Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Contact Chris Pinto at cpinto@thefamilyy.org or (706) 922-9618.

Fall Ball

Registration is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for Martinez-Evans Little League’s 2014 fall baseball season. Leagues include: Wee Ball (4 years old); Tee-Ball (5-6); Junior Machine Pitch (6 with Tee-Ball experience, 7 without experience); Senior Machine Pitch (7-8); Minors/Majors (9-12), Juniors (13-14), Seniors (15-16) and Bigs (17-18). Registration is Sept. 14 for Juniors and Sept.12 for all other leagues.

Registrants need one proof-of-age document, such as a birth certificate. Go to www.mellbaseball.org or contact MELL at MartinezEvansLittle
League@outlook.com.

 

Tryouts

• The Georgia Rockers fastpitch softball organization has open tryouts for the 2014-2015 seasons for the 12U, 16U and 18U teams on Sunday at Patriots Park at 2 p.m. Contact Ike Branch at (706) 373-9581.

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Sports Calendar

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 at the Augusta GreenJackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

 

Golf Tournament

The Fourth Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is September 27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are available. Call Sandy Leathers at (706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

 

Swim Lessons

Join the Family Y in continuing your swimming prowess with specific training in endurance and stroke work. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Session dates are Sept. 16-Oct.10, Oct.14-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 12.

Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Contact Chris Pinto at cpinto@thefamilyy.org or (706) 922-9618.

Fall Ball

Registration is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for Martinez-Evans Little League’s 2014 fall baseball season. Leagues include: Wee Ball (4 years old); Tee-Ball (5-6); Junior Machine Pitch (6 with Tee-Ball experience, 7 without experience); Senior Machine Pitch (7-8); Minors/Majors (9-12), Juniors (13-14), Seniors (15-16) and Bigs (17-18). Registration is Sept. 14 for Juniors and Sept.12 for all other leagues.

Registrants need one proof-of-age document, such as a birth certificate. Go to www.mellbaseball.org or contact MELL at MartinezEvansLittle
League@outlook.com.

 

Tryouts

• The Georgia Rockers fastpitch softball organization has open tryouts for the 2014-2015 seasons for the 12U, 16U and 18U teams on Sunday at Patriots Park at 2 p.m. Contact Ike Branch at (706) 373-9581.

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Prep Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 11

Harlem at Thomson,
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier at Carrollton Meet, 8 a.m.

Grovetown at Ray Miller Invite at Magnolia Springs Park, Millen, Ga., 9 a.m.

Augusta Prep Invitational (Augusta Christian),
10 a.m.

Lakeside at Furman Invitational, TBA

 

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

Friday, Sept. 12

Augusta Christian vs. Westminster

Augusta Prep at Briarwood

Greenbrier vs. Jones County

Grovetown vs. Evans

Harlem vs. Warren County

Lakeside at Northside, Warner Robins

 

Today, Sept. 10

Greenbrier at Westside, 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Metter, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah at Patriots Park, 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Thomas County Central, 10:30 a.m.

Harlem vs Harris County, 10:30 a.m.

Greenbrier vs. Oconee County, 2:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Heritage Conyers, 2:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Richmond Hill at Patriots Park, 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Grovetown vs. Thomson, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Burke County, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside at Butler, 6 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Jefferson County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Augusta Christian at Hilton Head Christian, TBA

 

Today, Sept. 10

Augusta Prep vs. Bethlehem Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken, 6:30 p.m.

Grovetown at Midland Valley, 6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Augusta Christian at Heathwood Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Evans,
5 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Grovetown at North Augusta, 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Augusta Christian vs. Community Christian, 4 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Alleluia, 4 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Harvester Christian, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Trinity Christian, 6 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Loganville Christian, 6 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Wardlaw Academy, 7 p.m.

Augusta Prep JV vs. Augusta Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Dominion Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. South Aiken, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Clarke-Central, 10 a.m.

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Games TBA, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Augusta Christian vs. Alleluia, 6 p.m.

Lakeside at Fox Creek, 6:15 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian at Cardinal Newman, 5:30 p.m.

Greenbrier at Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Westside, 7 p.m.

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Prep Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 11

Harlem at Thomson,
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier at Carrollton Meet, 8 a.m.

Grovetown at Ray Miller Invite at Magnolia Springs Park, Millen, Ga., 9 a.m.

Augusta Prep Invitational (Augusta Christian),
10 a.m.

Lakeside at Furman Invitational, TBA

 

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

Friday, Sept. 12

Augusta Christian vs. Westminster

Augusta Prep at Briarwood

Greenbrier vs. Jones County

Grovetown vs. Evans

Harlem vs. Warren County

Lakeside at Northside, Warner Robins

 

Today, Sept. 10

Greenbrier at Westside, 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Metter, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah at Patriots Park, 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Thomas County Central, 10:30 a.m.

Harlem vs Harris County, 10:30 a.m.

Greenbrier vs. Oconee County, 2:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Heritage Conyers, 2:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Richmond Hill at Patriots Park, 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Grovetown vs. Thomson, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Burke County, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside at Butler, 6 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Jefferson County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Augusta Christian at Hilton Head Christian, TBA

 

Today, Sept. 10

Augusta Prep vs. Bethlehem Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken, 6:30 p.m.

Grovetown at Midland Valley, 6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Augusta Christian at Heathwood Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Evans,
5 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Grovetown at North Augusta, 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Augusta Christian vs. Community Christian, 4 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Alleluia, 4 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Harvester Christian, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Trinity Christian, 6 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Loganville Christian, 6 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Wardlaw Academy, 7 p.m.

Augusta Prep JV vs. Augusta Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Dominion Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. South Aiken, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Clarke-Central, 10 a.m.

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Games TBA, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Augusta Christian vs. Alleluia, 6 p.m.

Lakeside at Fox Creek, 6:15 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

Augusta Christian at Cardinal Newman, 5:30 p.m.

Greenbrier at Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Westside, 7 p.m.

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Pigskin Picks

Week 2 winners

There were 70 qualified entries for the second week of the contest. No contestants picked all 10 games correctly because of the tied game between Augusta Prep and Edmund Burke. Thirty-eight picked nine games correctly, 18 picked eight games correctly and 14 picked seven games correctly. Thirteen contestants did not pick at least seven games correctly in order to qualify for the drawing.

Week 2 winners of the Pigskin Picks T-shirt are David Whitfield, of Martinez, Jimmie D. Edenfield, of Martinez, and Devin T. Long, of Martinez.

Winners should call the News-Times office at (706) 868-1222 in order to pick up their prizes.

Week 2 qualifiers:

David Whitfield, Jimmie D. Edenfield, Devin T. Long, Janis Long, Ronnie Long, Jim Riordan, Shirley A. Smith, Waunice Aldridge, Bill Gray, Neal Johnson, Earle Maxwell, Tripp Maxwell, Donald Long, Mike Edenfield, Charles Beale, Phillip Dominy, Barbara E. Johnson, Sherwood Vaughn, Pat Hickson, Donna Park, P.J. Rodgers, Shelia Hilson-Rodgers, Ed Manders, Michael Fatolitis, Debbie Holloway, Corky Holloway, Nancy Berry, Evva Holloway, Rosalyan Talley, Shirlean Talley, Billy Kelley, Kyle Klofenstine, Bob Klofenstine, Alvin M. Davis, Greg Davis, Joey Hall, Jean Edenfield, Patricia Screws, Moyeen K. Azhar, Lenton R. Griffin, Bethany Fleming, Byron Ray Wren, Zach Thurman, Samantha Smith, D. Scott Clifton, Terry Meeks, Jim Park, Pete Moody, Donald Randolph, Gary Irvin, Evelyn J. Gray, Clint Hardy, Freddie Lewis, Susan Sumner, Bethany Sumner, Juanita W. Curry, Lori Randolph, Frances M. Bagley, Kathy Enright, William D. Choice, Nancy Edenfield, Jimmy Hickson, Mark Vaughn, Bill Jones, Latasha Mead, Mark Jones, Nancy Libengood, Stephanie Moye, Norma Griffin and Zach Azhar.

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Pigskin Picks

Week 2 winners

There were 70 qualified entries for the second week of the contest. No contestants picked all 10 games correctly because of the tied game between Augusta Prep and Edmund Burke. Thirty-eight picked nine games correctly, 18 picked eight games correctly and 14 picked seven games correctly. Thirteen contestants did not pick at least seven games correctly in order to qualify for the drawing.

Week 2 winners of the Pigskin Picks T-shirt are David Whitfield, of Martinez, Jimmie D. Edenfield, of Martinez, and Devin T. Long, of Martinez.

Winners should call the News-Times office at (706) 868-1222 in order to pick up their prizes.

Week 2 qualifiers:

David Whitfield, Jimmie D. Edenfield, Devin T. Long, Janis Long, Ronnie Long, Jim Riordan, Shirley A. Smith, Waunice Aldridge, Bill Gray, Neal Johnson, Earle Maxwell, Tripp Maxwell, Donald Long, Mike Edenfield, Charles Beale, Phillip Dominy, Barbara E. Johnson, Sherwood Vaughn, Pat Hickson, Donna Park, P.J. Rodgers, Shelia Hilson-Rodgers, Ed Manders, Michael Fatolitis, Debbie Holloway, Corky Holloway, Nancy Berry, Evva Holloway, Rosalyan Talley, Shirlean Talley, Billy Kelley, Kyle Klofenstine, Bob Klofenstine, Alvin M. Davis, Greg Davis, Joey Hall, Jean Edenfield, Patricia Screws, Moyeen K. Azhar, Lenton R. Griffin, Bethany Fleming, Byron Ray Wren, Zach Thurman, Samantha Smith, D. Scott Clifton, Terry Meeks, Jim Park, Pete Moody, Donald Randolph, Gary Irvin, Evelyn J. Gray, Clint Hardy, Freddie Lewis, Susan Sumner, Bethany Sumner, Juanita W. Curry, Lori Randolph, Frances M. Bagley, Kathy Enright, William D. Choice, Nancy Edenfield, Jimmy Hickson, Mark Vaughn, Bill Jones, Latasha Mead, Mark Jones, Nancy Libengood, Stephanie Moye, Norma Griffin and Zach Azhar.

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Greenbrier adds to its Hall of Fame rolls

On Saturday, Kristan Glover-Martin became the fourth player inducted into the Greenbrier High School Hall of Fame.

Glover joined coach Terry Holder, longtime supporter Ed Amerson and coach Mark Moseley on a day in which the 2004 Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state championship-winning team was honored between games of a Lady Wolfpack doubleheader with Marist.

Glover-Martin was a key cog in the Lady Wolfpack’s 35-5-1 team in 2004. When she was finished, Glover-Martin was just the fourth pitcher in Georgia to record 1,000 strikeouts and 100 wins in a career, was a four-time region pitcher of the year, three-time state pitcher of the year, the 2004 AAAA State Player of the Year and the 2004 Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year.

“I’m very excited, very surprised and very honored,” said Glover-Martin, who thought she was just there for the 10-year celebration. “There are some great people in the Greenbrier Hall of Fame and it’s really an honor to join them, especially Mr. Ed (Amerson) and Coach Mo (Mark Moseley), those were two very special people.”

Greenbrier coach Garrett Black noted her determination to win the state championship.

“She was determined and out of every kid I coached, talk about a bulldog in a person, well, she had it and it got contagious with the rest of our kids,” Black said. “She drove our bus.

Black also talked about the 2004 team’s place in history, the first county team to win a fastpitch state title.

“Whenever you talk about fastpitch softball in Columbia County, you’ll always talk about the 2004 Greenbrier state championship team because they set the bar,” Black said.

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Greenbrier adds to its Hall of Fame rolls

On Saturday, Kristan Glover-Martin became the fourth player inducted into the Greenbrier High School Hall of Fame.

Glover joined coach Terry Holder, longtime supporter Ed Amerson and coach Mark Moseley on a day in which the 2004 Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state championship-winning team was honored between games of a Lady Wolfpack doubleheader with Marist.

Glover-Martin was a key cog in the Lady Wolfpack’s 35-5-1 team in 2004. When she was finished, Glover-Martin was just the fourth pitcher in Georgia to record 1,000 strikeouts and 100 wins in a career, was a four-time region pitcher of the year, three-time state pitcher of the year, the 2004 AAAA State Player of the Year and the 2004 Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year.

“I’m very excited, very surprised and very honored,” said Glover-Martin, who thought she was just there for the 10-year celebration. “There are some great people in the Greenbrier Hall of Fame and it’s really an honor to join them, especially Mr. Ed (Amerson) and Coach Mo (Mark Moseley), those were two very special people.”

Greenbrier coach Garrett Black noted her determination to win the state championship.

“She was determined and out of every kid I coached, talk about a bulldog in a person, well, she had it and it got contagious with the rest of our kids,” Black said. “She drove our bus.

Black also talked about the 2004 team’s place in history, the first county team to win a fastpitch state title.

“Whenever you talk about fastpitch softball in Columbia County, you’ll always talk about the 2004 Greenbrier state championship team because they set the bar,” Black said.

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Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School's Ty Brooks

Evans High School’s Ty Brooks has been running for a long time.

“In elementary school, Westmont had a track team – it was like an unofficial track team, we didn’t go to any meets or anything – I still went there and ran,” Brooks said.

In his second year on the Knights’ cross country team, the sophomore is seen as one of the squad’s top runners.

And he thinks he’s on pace to be better than he was a year ago.

“My PR (personal record) was 17:50 last year and two races ago I got like 18 seconds off of that, so I think I’m doing pretty good this year,” Brooks said. “I’m probably going to PR pretty soon.”

Coach Steve Aaronson called him a humble guy who doesn’t give himself enough credit.

“He really doesn’t know his potential,” said Aaronson of Brooks, who was 15th in the Region 2-AAAAA meet and 78th in the class AAAAA state meet a year ago as a freshman. “It’s going to be really interesting to see just how fast and how far he will go.”

Playing baseball in middle school, Brooks might not have been a high school runner without a firm nudge by his parents.

“I kind of stopped running and in eighth grade my parents noticed I was getting lazy,” Brooks said. “They decided to tell me to do cross country for high school in eighth grade.”

And running also occupies his spring semester.

“I do track, too,” said Brooks, who plans to run the 400 meter, the 800, the 4X400 relay and the 1600. “That’s why I did baseball in middle school and decided to do track in high school, because I think I’m better at track than I am at baseball.”

While upperclassmen take care of leadership roles, Brooks is one to help foster an interesting atmosphere. He’s doled out nicknames like Beige Pterodactyl and White Billy Goat to teammates after he was stuck with the moniker Black Sheep a year ago.

“I forget why, it’s probably for a stupid reason, but it just stuck,” said Brooks of his nickname.

Aaronson calls Brooks laid back but said that once he gets to the starting line, his demeanor changes.

“Race day, he just kind of nonchalantly makes his way to the starting line and you kind of think ‘What’s going on?’” Aaronson said. “But when the race starts, it’s all business. It’s kind of like I’m coming through, get out of the way.”

Aaronson is looking forward to what the next two cross country seasons hold for Brooks.

“Next year, that’s the one you’re going to be watching,” Aaronson said. “That’s the young man we’re going to be watching.”

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Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School's Ty Brooks

Evans High School’s Ty Brooks has been running for a long time.

“In elementary school, Westmont had a track team – it was like an unofficial track team, we didn’t go to any meets or anything – I still went there and ran,” Brooks said.

In his second year on the Knights’ cross country team, the sophomore is seen as one of the squad’s top runners.

And he thinks he’s on pace to be better than he was a year ago.

“My PR (personal record) was 17:50 last year and two races ago I got like 18 seconds off of that, so I think I’m doing pretty good this year,” Brooks said. “I’m probably going to PR pretty soon.”

Coach Steve Aaronson called him a humble guy who doesn’t give himself enough credit.

“He really doesn’t know his potential,” said Aaronson of Brooks, who was 15th in the Region 2-AAAAA meet and 78th in the class AAAAA state meet a year ago as a freshman. “It’s going to be really interesting to see just how fast and how far he will go.”

Playing baseball in middle school, Brooks might not have been a high school runner without a firm nudge by his parents.

“I kind of stopped running and in eighth grade my parents noticed I was getting lazy,” Brooks said. “They decided to tell me to do cross country for high school in eighth grade.”

And running also occupies his spring semester.

“I do track, too,” said Brooks, who plans to run the 400 meter, the 800, the 4X400 relay and the 1600. “That’s why I did baseball in middle school and decided to do track in high school, because I think I’m better at track than I am at baseball.”

While upperclassmen take care of leadership roles, Brooks is one to help foster an interesting atmosphere. He’s doled out nicknames like Beige Pterodactyl and White Billy Goat to teammates after he was stuck with the moniker Black Sheep a year ago.

“I forget why, it’s probably for a stupid reason, but it just stuck,” said Brooks of his nickname.

Aaronson calls Brooks laid back but said that once he gets to the starting line, his demeanor changes.

“Race day, he just kind of nonchalantly makes his way to the starting line and you kind of think ‘What’s going on?’” Aaronson said. “But when the race starts, it’s all business. It’s kind of like I’m coming through, get out of the way.”

Aaronson is looking forward to what the next two cross country seasons hold for Brooks.

“Next year, that’s the one you’re going to be watching,” Aaronson said. “That’s the young man we’re going to be watching.”

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Mega Millions - 09/09/2014

Georgia Lottery - Wed, 9/10/2014 12:00 AM
25-34-55-70-71 Mega Ball: 01 Megaplier: 4X Estimated Jackpot: $52 Million
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Vogtle workers see both reactor projects

Some veterans of the nuclear industry were at the site south of Augusta to see the complex network of rebar and concrete rising out of the ground in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, they are back.
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