Georgia state school Superintendent Richard Woods and staff received feedback Wednesday on what they say is the beginning of creating a “blueprint” for education in Georgia.
During a visit to Columbia County, Woods held his first of eight feedback sessions planned for throughout the state to gather public input for creating new education standards specifically designed for Georgia schools and students.
Under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, states have flexibility in designing their own methods to reach set standards.
According to Woods, ESSA provides states unprecedented flexibility.
“We now actually as states have the ability to decide what we want to do. This is flexibility that has been unheard of,” Woods said before the meeting. “I think we need to take full advantage of what we’ve been given, and I think we are ready to do so.”
The two-hour session divided participants into five groups highlighting specific areas of feedback, with a facilitator in each. Participants were able to discuss and brainstorm ideas for each subject during two 40-minute sessions.
The five areas of feedback were assessments, accountability, education of the whole child, educator and leader development and federal programs. Participants were then encouraged to fill out comment cards on each subject.
Before the feedback session Wednesday, Woods visited Riverside Elementary, where he was given a tour of the school by fifth-grade students.
“One thing that was very evident is that they are very proud of their school,” Woods said. “Also, it was good to hear from teachers that maybe they feel that some of the stress has kind of been peeled back a little bit and they can actually get to know their kids and do what they got into the profession to do.”
Woods said it was an exciting time in Georgia and that he felt there was a renewed sense of excitement with ESSA among the education community.
“I think our best days are ahead. I think that for myself, just seeing a renewed twinkle in the eye of many, and that goes from students all the way up to superintendents, and teachers and administrators. There’s a different wind in the air right now, so I’m excited about that,” Woods said.
For more information on ESSA or how to submit feedback visit gadoe.org/ESSA.
A Grovetown resident filed a petition for an application to begin the formal recall process to remove city councilman Dennis Trudeau, a former longtime mayor, from office.
Allen Transou, who has lived in Grovetown since 2005, turned in an application Friday to the Columbia County Board of Elections office with more than 100 signatures from residents living within the city limits.
Transou said that he voted for Trudeau in the November 2015 election but that it is time for “new blood.”
“Based off of what (Trudeau) presented when he ran, I felt like he was going to do the right thing for the city, I felt like he was going to support the new mayor,” Transou said. “But it’s turned out that all he’s done is create havoc and discord amongst the council and it’s become an embarrassment to the city.”
The petition accuses Trudeau of violating his oath of office. Transou said the accusation stemmed from a threat made to Mayor Gary Jones in the presence of others.
Trudeau admitted he made the threat, and while Transou called it an “idle threat,” he considers it a violation of office.
“I guess when the investigation initially started, I wasn’t there, but the current mayor had mentioned to me that when the investigation first started (Trudeau) showed up at city hall when he found out the investigators were there and he threatened the mayor then,” Transou said. “My thing is as a city council member, if there is any type of wrongdoing he should support the mayor, especially if he uncovers something wrong instead of threatening the mayor or making what I would say was an idle threat, but whatever you preface it with, it was still a threat.”
Transou referenced a federal investigation that began in March by the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department that uncovered evidence of a misappropriation of city funds. Longtime city clerk Vicky Capetillo, Trudeau’s stepdaughter, was placed on paid administrative leave and later submitted her resignation. The city has a lawsuit pending against Capetillo to recover the misappropriated funds. No criminal charges have been filed against her, and the investigation is ongoing.
A second allegation on the petition accuses Trudeau of misconduct in office. Transou said that relates to a special called meeting Trudeau lawfully initiated until he failed to personally contact each member of the council, specifically Jones and Councilman Eric Blair.
The meeting was a request by Trudeau and Councilwoman Vicky Cook to hire an attorney independent of city attorney Brendan Fleming to investigate actions of the mayor’s office. That request was voted down by the council.
Board of Elections director Nancy Gay said her staff will have five business days to verify the 115 signatures on the petition. In order to sign the petition, voters must have been eligible to vote during the November 2015 election.
If the petition is verified, Transou will then need a little more than 1,400 signatures, which is 30 percent of Grovetown’s eligible voters in November 2015. He will have 30 days to collect the signatures. Gay will then have 30 days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, to verify those signatures.
If the petition is found to be valid, a recall election will be held asking voters whether Trudeau should be recalled. If Trudeau is recalled, then a special election will be held. The city will be held responsible for funding the election unless it is called in conjunction with an election on a countywide issue.
Transou said he did not have trouble getting the first 100 signatures and that he doesn’t anticipate any problems getting more.
“People are frustrated. People are tired,” Transou said. “And now the people understand that Dennis Trudeau is the spearhead of all the discord.”
Trudeau said he is not worried about the petition. He will be allowed to run in the recall election to keep his seat, and he said he will run to continue his public service to Grovetown.
Trudeau, who was recently hospitalized for blood pressure issues, said he is home recovering. He insists that Jones continues to break city ordinances by taking action on issues without the council’s approval.
“He works for the council and the citizens. He doesn’t work for himself. He is the mayor but everything has to be approved by the council,” Trudeau said. “I’m just going to let the people vote. Whatever they want to do. I have put about 30 years in this city and (Jones) is just tearing it apart.”
But Grovetown is no stranger to petitions for recall. According to Augusta Chronicle archives, two recalls in 1986 saw the removal of three sitting city council members.
According to the Chronicle, that year the city had two recalls which successfully ousted sitting council members Bob Deckert, Jack Herkel and Bob Hunsucker, after the controversial termination of the city’s then police chief Val Barnett.
Detour will remain
The newly renovated Keg Creek Bridge remains closed to thru-traffic but opened Friday to local Keg Creek Drive traffic only.
According to a news release from Georgia Department of Transportation, the major detour will remain in place until the road construction is complete between Keg Creek Drive and Eubank Drive later this year.
According to the release, the current “Road Closed Bridge Out” signs at Dogwood Lane will be changed to “Road Closed to Thru-Traffic.” Keg Pointe Road will also be closed at the highway. The contractor is maintaining access to the church at the corner of SR 47 and Eubank Drive.
“This local neighborhood traffic switch over the Keg Creek Bridge heading back toward Pollard’s Corner permits contractors to do the remaining grading and other work between Eubank Drive and Keg Creek Drive,” the news release said.
Washington Road lanes to close daily
Eastbound lanes of Washington Road near the Towne Center Drive intersection will be closed daily beginning Monday.
The lanes will be closed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to remove curb, gutter and other debris as part of the River Watch expansion project in Columbia County.
– From staff reports
Elvin Wyman Dubose, Jr. to Diana Lynn Dubose; 740 Michelle Court; $0; Divorce based transfer
Charles J. Colvin to Dean R. Loss; Map & parcel number: 084126; $415,000
Lynda J. Watts to David Watts and Lynda J. Watts, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 084A, 092; $10
Christy J. Fleming to James B. Watts; Map & Parcel number: 066, 682; $86,500
Michael Wayne McDougal and Joanne Lisa McDougal to Matthew I. Giddens and Laura E. Giddens, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081, 305; $393,900
Ashishkumar Amin to Ashishkumar Amin; 322 Beech Lane; $0
Steven J. Gasperini, in his capacity as Adm. Of the Est. of Deborah Louise Gasperini, dec. of Col Co. to Steven J. Gasperini and Shelby Renee Caldwell; Map & Parcel number: 072K331; $0; Estate Deed
Betty Louise Herring, Executrix for Robert R. Herring to Betty Louise Herring; 240 Barrett St.; $0; Estate Deed
Sheila Ann Hall, Executrix, Estate of Dorothy G. Pringle to Sheila Ann Hall; 11 Kingberry Ct.; $0; Estate Deed
Thomas H. Hogan, Jr. to Michael E. Pruett; 3572 Carnoustie Dr.; $875,000
Michael E. Pruett to Thomas H. Hogan, Jr; 3737 Pebble Beech Dr.; $530,000
Pennymac Loan Services, LLC to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; 715 Spalding Ct.; $0; Government/nonprofit public corp.
Corey L. Eichelberger to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E057; $125,000
Cory Hays to Phillippe Erramuzpe; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000
Adams H. Thompson to Nicholas A. Bloch; Map & Parcel number: 050, 480; $124,000
Kingsbury Custom Homes, Inc. to James R. Grady; Map & Parcel number: 060, 1300; $269,900
Burgh Construction, LLC to Kenneth D. Pindell, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 068, 424; $322,000
Latasha C. Parnell to Anthony Pape Orlowski; Map & Parcel number: 069, 467; $157,500
Kimberley Jones Lowe to Heather Rae Stock; 111 Magnolia Dr.; $105,200
Kelly C. Wellman to James T. Lemay; Map & Parcel number: part of 067, n829; $1
Donna M. Tuten to James Vernon Barrett; 465 Barrett St.; $89,500
Faircloth Homes, Inc. to James M.A. Koppert Revocable Trust; Map & Parcel number: 0601342; $240,000
Winifred J. Davis to Brandon R. Sikes; Map & Parcel number: 053, 211; $97,000
Ivey Residential, LLC to Davette G. Campbell; Map & Parcel number: 0622733; $300,400
Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Lonnie Colbert; Map & Parcel number: 051559; $289,900
Alexander N. Simeneta to Marianne M. Simeneta; 166 S. Old Belair Rd.; $0; Estate Deed
James C. Kilpatrick to Eugene Whatley; Map & Parcel number: 077I, 308; $207,000
Sandy Kit-Fun Ma to Sandy Kit-Fun Ma; Map & parcel number: 081F, 001; $0; Joint tenant division
Fulcher Exchange, LLC to Benjamin L. McDaniel and Jennifer L. McDaniel, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 078A017; $158,500
William Jared Gay to Jeffrey B. Shuman; Map & Parcel number: 065, 814D; $381,000
Charles T. Milton, III and Jessica Milton fka Jessica L. Campbell to Jimmy R. Hines and Mary F. Hines, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 699; $155,000
Fred M. Hannan, Sr. and Diane M. Hanan to Frederick J. Stokes, III and Katherine B. Stokes, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 077H, 022; $349,900
Roberto C. Zapata to 131 West Church Street, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 078D, 117; $310,000
Elangovan Gopal to Gregory P. Stewart, Jr.; 397 Connemara Trail; $155,000
Jacqueline Ferguson to Jacqueline H. Ferguson as Trustee of Jacqueline H. Ferguson Trust Dated July 2, 2006; 442 Flowing Creek Dr.; $0; Estate Deed
Wilene S. Hooks Living Trust to Charles R. Hayes; 836 Willow Lake; $325,000
Pierwood Construction Co. to Qui N. Nguyen; 3267 Windwood St.; $212,900
Pierwood Construction Co. to Ernest Timmons, Jr.; 1005 Spotswood Circle; $390,600
Kathryn M. Harski to Jerad Ryan Harski; 562 Stirling Bridge Rd.; $0; Deed of gift
Michelle L. McCluney to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $159,000
Raymond T. Lewis to Raymond T. Lewis; 499 Lory Lane; $0; Deed of gift
Wilson Parker Homes of Southwind Village, Inc. to Bernie F. Curry II; 919 Innisbrook Dr.; $261,690
Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place to Joseph E. O’Hanlon III; 828 Burch Creek Dr.; $325,000
William Snatra Smith to David Tennant, Jr.; 45 Legends Way; $177,400
Winchester Homes of Ga Inc. to Steven Denney; 2619 Kirby Ave.; $335,650
King Taylor, LLC to Mauel Kasperian; 4230 Aerie Circle; $198,000
Riverwood Land, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 530 Kirkwood Dr.; $47,000
Russell R. Morgan to Brian E. Farr; Map & Parcel number: 084146; $535,000
Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Richard L. Capers, Jr. and Giulia Capers, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 224,900
Robert Marion Grzeskiewicz to Michael Grzeskiewicz; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1188; $75,000
Miles Reed Cone and Cornelia Cone to Richard L. Davidson and Melody R. Davidson, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 199; $168,500
Jamie R. Boynton to Ronald William Matthews; 4039 Raintree Dr.; $137,500
Bob. C. Kim and Hyan Hwa Kim to Samuel S. Mekhail; Map & Parcel number: 065A-1033; $253,500
Kathleen F. Pokrzywinksi as Executrix of the estate of Gerald Jay Pokrzywinksi; Map & parcel number: 051, 038; 051, 041; 073D132; $0; Estate Deed
JJ&Z Builders, LLC to Kellye K. Panke and Chris A. Panke, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 060, 961; $230,825
David J. Johnston to Jonathan Richards and Kristine Richards; Map & Parcel number; 061, 1185; $182,000
James V. Digieso and Lynne N. Digieso to Mark Hall Haddon and Adelle Frankum Haddon, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081B, 375; $442,000
Daniel E. Kraus and Kristine G. Kraus to Laura J. Austin; Map & Parcel number: 061, 802; $147,900
Estate of Donna Jane Brown to Daniel Aaron Brown; 936 Cannock St.; $0; Estate Deed
Fury Properties, LLC to IDK Homes, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002E; $61,000
Furey Properties to IDK Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 017, 002D; $56,000
Scott David Guyer and Cynthia Lynn Guyer to Benjamin Leo Bateman and Sarah Jo Elizabeth Bateman, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 650; $204,000
Anthony Harold Arnold to Deborah K. Arnold; 311 Second Ave.; $1; Estate Deed
Chetankumar P. Patel to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; Map & Parcel number: Portion of G12, 040; $0
Mahi Patel, LLC to MYRA Real Estate Investments, LLC; 317 E. Robinson Ave.; $0
Steven D. Chapman and Lynn H. Chapman to Lynn H. Chapman; 950 Deercrest Circle; $0
Ingrid E. Havens and Linda P. Grooms to Select Property Management, LLC; 406 Parkway Dr; $0
Columbia County Rental Properties, LLC to Select Property Management, LLC; 1406 Andover Ct.; $0
Gerald P. Havens/Estate of Tim D. Grooms by Linda P. Grooms, Executrix; 481 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0
Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Tammy Andrews; 718 Edenberry St.; $169,500
Michael Zapata to Kelley Michelle Zapata; 910 Cannaron Way; $10
Christina E. Henschke to Christina E. Henschke n/k/a Christina Elizabeth Burkett; Map & Parcel number: 073H475; $0; Deed of gift
Jason E. Movius to Jeffrey Mark Alexander; 2001 Sumter Landing Circle; $299,000
Bank of America to Kirk L. Driggers; 224 Brook Ct.; $98,000
Valarie B. Alexander to Kevin A. Speed; 4421 Pierwood Way; $225,000
Gina M. Annis to Debra Elaine Berry; 965 Windmill Lane; $430,000
Hatcher Properties, LLC 1 to Howard G. Roberts III; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $0; Deed of gift
Howard G. Roberts, III to K & N Construction Company, Inc.; 1455 Old Appling Harlem Highway; $45,000
Kristie Dozier to S&D Construction, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 031, 123B; $16,668
Myron K. Burditt to Columbia County, Ga.; Map & Parcel number: Easments on 077I, 127; $820; Government/nonprofit public corp.
Raymond Hiott to Greene Street Restorations, LLC; 4494 Hickory Dr.; $40,000
Brent A. Parnell and Merritt M. Parnell to Christopher M. Ayers and Lauren F. Ayers; 3690 Inverness Way; $440,900
Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 077E153; $125,000; Individual to company transfer
Phillippe Erramuzpe to Augusta Rentals, LLC; Map & parcel number: 077E057; $125,000; Individual to company transfer
Brenda Gail Newell to James Michael Herrington; 112 Bellewood Dr.; $1
Regis Development Co. to Lee Builders, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 024-212; $51,500
Keystone Homes, Inc. to Paris N. McDonald; Map & Parcel number: 0612096; $177,500
Brian K. Lugenbeel and Shauna Lugenbell to Scott Roberts and Diane Jean Roberts; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 443; $334,900
Thomas L. Flynn and Charlene A. Czuszak to Phillip Holiday and Aleksandriya Holiday, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: G06, 099; $97,000
Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 170; $65,000
Rhodes Farm, LLC to Oakdale Custom Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 084, 171; $65,000
James D. Tate to Lora F. Huddleston and Elvin D. Mullins, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 072A237; $123,000
Ginger L. Diaz to Shelia S. Ash; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 156; $99,300
Sarah E. Gay New and Michael D. New to Robert Bruce Carlin; Map & Parcel number: 062, 1489; $130,581
Jose E. Laracuente-Rivera to Joshua Hill and Shakema Hill, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 050, 031; $199,900
After getting off to a slow start to the season, Grovetown is starting to find its groove.
The Lady Warriors extended their winning streak to five after they defeated Evans, 25-15, 25-20, in a nonregion contest Tuesday afternoon.
Grovetown has bounced back after losses to Greenbrier and Lakeside to start the season. Lady Warriors coach Amy Slagle said playing in Lakeside’s “Play Day” last Saturday helped get her team back on track. That day, Grovetown defeated all four of its opponents, including new region foes Alcovy and Heritage in a pair of contests that didn’t count toward the region standings.
“Those tournaments are good for camaraderie,” Slagle said. “They get to know one another better. They hang out a little bit. They giggle. They act silly. Girls love that.”
Grovetown has a new setter in senior Faith Myers, who moved from the outside. Myers, who recorded 19 assists against Evans, entered play Thursday with 78 assists (4.3 per game) and 63 digs.
“That’s an integral position,” Slagle said. “I know she can do it. She just doesn’t have the years of experience. But I know she’s going to pick it up.”
Evans, which graduated eight seniors, played tough against Grovetown, bouncing back from an early deficit in the second set to threaten the Lady Warriors. Coach Nicole Abbott, who spent the past two seasons at Greenbrier, said her young squad has played well early this season, the Lady Knights winning five of their first six matches.
“We’re a young team and we’re doing really well,” Abbott said. “We’re learning every game and coming out strong. That’s all you can ask.”
The teams will play another two weeks before jumping into region play in early September. All four Columbia County schools (Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside) will vie for a chance to make the state playoffs in their new six-team Region 3-AAAAAA.
Harlem opened the season in style with a blowout win Friday.
Lane Phillips rushed for 173 yards as the Bulldogs knocked off Glascock County on the road, 56-13.
Phillips, a senior quarterback, opened the game with a 6-yard scoring run. In the third quarter, he added a 37-yard touchdown run.
Jacob Matthews also had a big night for Harlem, rushing eight times for 46 yards and three scores. He scored on a 1-yard run and later added a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He added a 7-yard scoring run in the second quarter as the Bulldogs cruised into intermission with a 49-7 lead.
Jody Cooper rushed six times for 59 yards for Harlem and scored on runs of 3 and 6 yards in the first half.
The Bulldogs will seek their first win over Warren County since 2003 when they travel Friday night to Warrenton.
• Greenbrier rallied with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 24-18 win over Butler.
Sophomore Jonquavous Brown led Greenbrier with 125 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
The Wolfpack will try to go 2-0 when they play host to Josey on Friday.
• Grovetown coach Damien Postell notched his first victory as the Warriors defeated North Oconee 20-9. Grovetown held a 13-9 lead in the fourth quarter when Taylor Youngblood scored on a 2-yard run to extend the lead to 13. The Warriors (1-1) travel Friday night to Lincoln County.
• Lakeside fell to 0-2 on the season, losing at home to Jefferson County, the No. 5 team in Class AA, 24-7. The Panthers got on the board first when Nick Reid scored on a 4-yard run late in the first quarter. From there, the Warriors took over. Lakeside has a bye this week before traveling to Burke County.
Columbia County residents William Brandeburg and Chase Johnson stand one iconic venue away from reaching another.
Brandenburg, an 8-year-old Evans resident, finished second in his division of the subregional for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition recently at Augusta Country Club. He and Johnson will compete in the regional finals at Pinehurst, N.C., on Sept. 4. If they win their respective age groups, they will qualify for the National Finals on April 2 at Augusta National Golf Club.
“I’d just be excited,” Brandenburg said after receiving his second place medal.
Johnson of Appling won the boys 14-15 division with 149 points, and Garrison Beggs of Augusta placed second with 140.
Golf has been nearly a lifelong affair for Brandenburg. He started playing when he was 18 months old, and he has learned the game at West Lake Country Club.
William accumulated 100 points by finishing first in driving and third in putting.
What will he work on the most between now and his trip to Pinehurst?
“I’ll practice chipping the most,” he said.
Golfers received points in the three categories that make up the name of the competition. The top two in each age division – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – for boys and girls advanced to Pinehurst.
In addition to the gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three competitors in each category, similar prizes were awarded in each of the individual disciplines.
The Drive, Chip and Putt competition is now in its fourth year. As part of its “grow the game” initiative, the Masters Tournament Foundation partnered with the U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America to create the event.
There were examples of sportsmanship all around, including the young boy who came up and congratulated William Brandenburg after he advanced.
For Brandenburg, he could be the first golfer from the Augusta area to make it all the way to the National Finals.
That would be a thrill for the entire family, his father said.
“We love golf, we love the Masters and we usually get to go,” Beau Brandenburg said. “But it would be a different feeling walking through if he were to make it that far. We know he’ll try his best and we’re proud of him either way.”
Student voter drive
Staff members from the Columbia County Board of Elections office will conduct voter registration drives at three area high schools beginning Monday, Aug. 29: @ Lakeside High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 31 @ Harlem High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Evans High School 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Time Out Lunch
Time Out Lunch at the First Baptist Church of Evans is a fellowship ministry for the community on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11:50 a.m. It will be the last such luncheon. The meal costs $6. Make reservations at (706) 863-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon Wednesday.
The Columbia County Chamber will hold an Executive Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. It costs $25 for members and $35 for others. The speaker will be Mark Rauckhorst, the executive vice president of Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction.
A Fort Gordon natural resources public information meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Darling Hall, Fort Gordon; information on natural resource management, fish and game harvest, iSportsman call-in system; Mike Juhan, (706) 791-2397 or Steve Camp, (706) 726-0098
The Augusta Archaeological Society will meet at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; speaker, Rob Benseon, cultural resource management archaeologist with Southeastern Archaeological Services in Athens, Ga.; dinner at 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce: Membership 101; 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 7; members only; for new members or
members wanting a refresher course; columbiacountychamber.com
Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Columbia County Military Wall, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. (behind library); remembrance of the victims of 9/11, including law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians; live stream available at columbiacountyga.gov/pr
County bond meeting
The final public meeting for the proposed 2017 general obligation bond, will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Exhibition Center Meeting Room in Grovetown, 212 Partnership Drive. Staffers will provide a proposed project list feedback and suggestions on improvements they would like to see. The list will be voted on Nov. 8 during the general election. Visit www.columbiacountyga.gov or call the commissioners’ office at (706) 868-3379.
Elvis tribute artist
Jeff Barnes is performing as Elvis Presley at 7 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Center. Reserved-seat tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson County High School Agriculture program. For tickets, call (706) 394-3916.
The Columbia County Orchestra will present a Fall Pops Concert on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Complex, Building A commissioners auditorium in Evans. It will include music from Lord of the Rings, Pan, George Gershwin and World of Warcraft. Visit www.columbiacco.org.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman held in biker’s death
A Martinez woman has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle after a motorcycle crash last month.
Thomas von Ray Carter, 60, of Augusta, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in the July 19 wreck.
Carter was traveling north on South Belair Road near the Holly Road intersection on a 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra motorcycle about 11:51 a.m.
Beverly Lorick Dunn, 32, who was in a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, was stopped at the Holly Road stop sign. Dunn failed to see Carter and tried to enter the center turn lane, but hit the motorcycle. Dunn was found at fault in the crash.
After Carter’s death, Dunn agreed to surrender. She was booked into the Columbia County jail Sunday on charges of homicide by vehicle in the second degree and failure to yield.
Camera nabs Goodwill theft
A 27-year-old man is facing a charge of stealing items from the outdoor donation drop-off area at Goodwill.
Robert Lynn Johnson II pulled up at the Goodwill at 4074 Washington Road about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and dropped off a children’s racetrack toy. He then began putting items left in the drop-off area into his trunk and seat. A sign states, “Any items left on our premises during or after hours are considered Goodwill property.”
An employee monitoring the cameras from Macon, Ga., alerted police. A deputy arrived just as the man was driving away. When the deputy questioned Johnson about the trash bags of items in his car, he said he was going to drop them off at another location. He voluntarily opened his trunk, where the officer found jeans.
Surveillance footage, reviewed by police, showed Johnson placing a bag of girls’ clothing into the front seat. He then tore open other bags left outside and pulled out several pair of blue jeans, which he put into his trunk.
Johnson was booked into the Columbia County jail on a charge of shoplifting.
Boat seller finds scam
A Martinez man uncovered a fraud scheme when he tried to sell a boat.
He told police he was contacted by text message by someone claiming to to be Bill Wikins, who agreed to the $12,100 price for the boat.
Wikins sent him a check for $17,300 to pay for the boat and told him to use the difference of $5,200 to pay for shipping the boat. The owner became suspicious after researching the cost of transporting the boat from other companies. He found the cost was much less than what Wikins paid him. He took the check to his bank, which confirmed it was fraudulent.
A man was arrested after head-butting a woman in the face after she asked him to leave because he was intoxicated.
Police found the woman in the 3600 block of Old Ferry Road in Martinez on the front porch bleeding from her nose. She said that Bradley Kirkland, 32, came home drunk and that she asked him to leave because she was tired of his being drunken all the time. She was standing over the bed where Kirkland was lying when he rose to his knees and butted her in the nose. The blow knocked her into the wall.
Kirkland was charged with battery and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
Lightning bolt hits I-20
A lightning strike caused damage to a portion of Interstate 20 in Martinez.
A witness said the strike made contact with the asphalt and “exploded,” causing several pieces of the road to strike her vehicle.
Police received calls about the strike and discovered damage to the road east of exit 194. A second vehicle was also damaged from the debris.
Women fight in auto
Police had to separate two women after a fight in the drive-through of an Evans restaurant.
A woman went to pick up Ashley Kathryn Shaw, 29, in Statesboro, Ga., after her car ran out of gas. The driver told police that on the way back to Augusta, Shaw became paranoid and threw her car keys out of the moving vehicle.
Back in Augusta, they went through the drive-through of McDonald’s on Washington Road. Shaw got out of the vehicle to smoke a cigarette, but Shaw again became paranoid and pulled the keys out of the ignition of the victim’s car and threw them across the parking lot.
After she retrieved the keys, the car would not start and had to be pushed out of the drive-through.
Shaw began to remove children from the vehicle, but the victim told her not to. Shaw grabbed the woman by the shirt, swung at her and pushed her to the ground. Police found that Shaw had her driver by the shirt collar and separated them.
Police charged Shaw with battery and family violence and turned the two juveniles over to the driver.
Couple get physical
A man was charged with beating and dragging a woman by her hair after he accused her of cheating on him.
Police dispatchers received a call over which a man was heard threatening and a woman crying.
In the 1300 block of Old Louisville Road in Grovetown, police found the woman outside the residence on a cellphone saying everything was OK.
Police searched the residence and found illegal narcotics. They found Kevin James Sizemore, 31, in woods behind the residence.
The woman said the fight began when Sizemore looked at her cellphone and accused her of cheating on him. She added that he was angry at her because her job as a pizza delivery driver was causing wear and tear on her vehicle.
Sizemore dragged her by her hair and pushed her outside, she said. She had injuries on her knees and feet. He told police the fight ensued when he looked through her phone and threatened to leave her.
Sizemore was charged with battery, terroristic threats and posession of schedule 2 narcotics; he was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
In an effort to reach more vendors around the area, Columbia County will be using Periscope Holdings to provide web-based bidding services to all suppliers and contractors, according to a news release.
Columbia County is the 16th largest county in the state and will be the 2nd county in the state of Georgia to move away from paper bid response in favor of electronic bid submissions.
Periscope’s BidSync Links tool makes it easier for prospective business owners and vendors to immediately receive and respond to business opportunities from Columbia County than their paperless system, which in turn will save the end user time and money.
The BidSync LinksTM registration process is free, open to all contractors and suppliers and will take less than five minutes to register.
Below is the list of vendor benefits for utilizing BidSync Source software:
• Vendors are able to register and manage their accounts via a no-cost online process.
• Vendors can receive daily bid notification alerts of relevant opportunities and invitations from Columbia
• Vendors can participate in online question and answer sessions, eliminating the need for nonmandatory pre-bid or pre-proposal meetings.
• Vendors can electronically submit solicitation responses directly to Columbia County, which will eliminate the cost of producing multiple hard copies along with drive time and shipping-relating costs.
• BidSync will ensure accurate data submission of bid responses, eliminating mathematical errors.
• BidSync will reduce costs and resources by obtaining all bid data electronically.
• BidSync will extend new opportunities to our vendors by having access to more than 1,000 government agencies, improving bid discovery.
Contact Columbia County’s Procurement Department at (706) 868-3305 for more information.
Georgia joins a national effort to get drunken drivers off the road in time for a safe and sober Labor Day weekend. Local law enforcement will be joining the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to help put an end to DUI.
The high-visibility enforcement campaign will run through Sept. 5 (Labor Day). During this period, local law enforcement will launch increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints with the aim of reducing drunken driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. Particular attention will be paid to Labor Day weekend as motorists hit the road for one last summer vacation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people died annually in drunken driving crashes from 2010-2014. In Georgia alone in 2014, there were 8,931 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in 5,250 injuries and 165 fatalities. Just during the Labor Day weekend that same year, 40 percent of traffic fatalities nationwide involved drunken drivers. Nighttime is even worse, with 83 percent of the drunken driving fatalities during the 2014 holiday weekend occurring between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., as compared with 50 percent during that time frame during the rest of the year.
“People need to realize that drunk driving is not only deadly, but illegal, and it’s illegal 24/7/365,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said. “Unfortunately, drunk driving is still a problem in Georgia, with far too many people becoming statistics. It’s not only your responsibility to drive sober, but to also be on the lookout for other drivers who could be drunk. It’s everybody’s business because everybody is put at risk when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel.”
GOHS urges all those who plan to celebrate Labor Day weekend to download the Drive Sober, Georgia smartphone app before hitting the road. The app provides a list of sober ride programs by region and can be a potentially lifesaving tool when downloaded ahead of time because if your designated driver forgets their responsibilities, there’s another one just a phone call away.
“The cost of a ride sharing service or a cab ride is nothing compared to the thousands of dollars it will cost you if you are charged with impaired driving,” Blackwood said. “There is no price tag that can be placed on the lives of those who are lost in traffic crashes caused by drunk and impaired drivers.”
Being a sober driver or getting a sober driver is critical on travel holidays like Labor Day weekend. In 2014, 40 percent of crash deaths involved drivers with a .08 or higher blood alcohol concentration and 28 percent involved drivers with a .15 BAC or higher, which is virtually twice the legal limit.
“There are people who like to pretend that the laws don’t apply to them, but whether you stay in Georgia for the holiday weekend or head to one of the lakes or beaches offered by our 5 neighboring states, you’ll encounter zero tolerance for impaired drivers and a .08 BAC that will send you straight to jail,” GOHS Director Blackwood said.
For more information on Georgia’s programs to end impaired driving, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call (404) 656-6996.
Girl Scouts Azalea District is holding a STEM Expo in an effort to highlight careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
All middle and high school future scientists, tech enthusiasts and inventors are urged to attend the event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Stevens Creek Church Atrium, 600 Stevens Creek Road in Augusta.
The expo will include interactive displays, college representatives, information and workshops. Space is limited for the workshops, and registration is recommended.
General admission is free. Workshops cost $2 for Scouts for up to three workshops and $7 for non-Scouts. Fees are payable at the door. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/gqf3ysz.
Participants will receive a STEM fun patch.
The faculty and staff of the Augusta Campus of Helms College invite prospective students to tour the campus and explore their future career opportunities during an open house set for Saturday, Aug. 27.
The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Helms College campus at 3145 Washington Road. Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the campuses, meet instructors, and talk to admissions and financial aid counselors for information about enrollment. Refreshments will be provided, and participants will be treated to cooking and health care demonstrations by faculty and current students.
The Helms College computer lab will be available during the session for prospective students who need assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Helms College provides Diploma and Associates Degree programs in culinary arts at the School of Hospitality, and graduates are able to transfer credits to continue their education toward a Bachelor’s Degree at Johnson and Wales University’s culinary and hospitality programs. In addition, the Augusta Campus offers Certificate programs at the School of Health Services including Multi-Skilled Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Patient Care Technician. All Helms College programs are nationally accredited and eligible for Title IV funding and Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, with financial aid available for those who qualify. Enrollment is underway for the next quarterly class start on Oct. 10.
Helms College is a subsidiary of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, with an additional campus in Macon. For more information, contact admissions staff from Helms College at (706) 651-9707 or go to www.helms.edu.
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will hold the third event in the 2016 Executive Luncheon Series on Aug. 31 at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
Keynote speaker Mark Rauckhorst, the executive vice president of Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction, will discuss “Building the Future of Nuclear Power in America.”
Progress continues on one of the first new nuclear plants in the United States in more than three decades – a facility that will deliver more affordable and reliable energy for customers. The Vogtle project is the state’s largest job-producing construction project with more than 6,000 on-site construction workers and 800 permanent jobs expected once the new units begin operation.
Once all four units are online, Plant Vogtle is expected to generate more electricity than any other U.S. nuclear facility, enough to power more than one million homes and businesses. Rauckhorst will focus on the economic impact of Plant Vogtle on Columbia County.
Tickets are available through the Columbia County Chamber’s website (columbiacountychamber.com) or by calling (706) 651-0018. Cost of tickets for chamber members are $25, and non-members are $35 and reservations are required. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
For more information, please contact Rachel Ellefson, the programs manager for the Columbia County Chamber, at email@example.com.
After last season, Greenbrier coach Tony Kramer chatted with Houston County coach Von Lassiter and Warner Robins’ Bryan Way about their respective success.
Kramer picked their brains and found some things he could add to his program. One of the suggestions he added took place during the summer, when his team attended the Georgia Southern 7-on-7 camp.
“Coach Lassiter said that’s one of the best things he could do for his team,” Kramer said. “You can get good reps here in practice, but you don’t go up against number ones from other teams. It’s hard to get your best against best. When you go to a camp like that, you’re in helmets and shoulder pads. You’re going up against another team’s best. That’s two extra days of practice for us. It was a great opportunity.”
Kramer is looking for Greenbrier to have its own success this season. The Wolfpack, who open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Butler, are looking to bounce back from last year’s 2-8 campaign.
Greenbrier went from having 91 players in the program last season to 102 this year. One of the reasons: consistency. Kramer and every assistant coach from the 2015 season returned after the school went through three coaches from 2013-15 – the team won a total of four games in that span.
“We made some strides in the offseason,” Kramer said. “We’re definitely stronger. We’re a little bit quicker. When you come out of the offseason, that’s what you want to see.”
Greenbrier is seeking its first winning season since 2003, the last time the team advanced to the state playoffs. The Wolfpack are in the six-team, Region 3-AAAAAA, with an increased chance of making postseason play. While making the playoffs in on everyone’s mind, Kramer said he’s trying to focus solely on this week’s opponent.
“If we worry about this week, those other things will take care of themselves,”
he said. “I think everybody sees a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a chance for us to build our program and have some success.”
Kramer said if his team is going to find success this season the offensive line needs to remains healthy – he said Greenbrier didn’t start the same offensive line in consecutive games last season. Seniors Jordan Adams, Sam Grantham and George Zumbro will anchor the line. And behind Grantham and Zumbru, senior Caleb Clark (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) will start at quarterback for the Wolfpack. Junior Hayden Harrison is also expected to get to see some playing time.
“They both bring something to the table,” said Kramer, whose team averaged 7.9 points a game last season. “I’m not necessarily a fan of two quarterbacks, but in certain situations in some games it could benefit us.”
ATLANTA — State Representative Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) recently received a 2016 Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Legislative Service Award. ACCG presented Rep. Fleming with this award during the Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting on Aug. 9.
“I am honored and thankful to ACCG for this honor and recognition,” said Rep. Fleming. “Working to better Georgia’s counties is a consistent legislative priority to me, as this will ultimately lead to a better Georgia.”
ACCG chose to honor Rep. Fleming for sponsoring HB 547, a bill that changed the way unpaid property taxes of a surviving spouse are collected in counties.
He also played a key role in addressing ACCG’s concerns on numerous other bills both in committee and on the House floor.
“ACCG is thankful to Rep. Fleming for his work on HB 547,” said ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller. “HB 547 is an important piece of legislation that will ultimately benefit Georgia’s taxpayers.”
Each year, ACCG presents legislative service awards to recognize Georgia House and Senate members who it believes demonstrate distinguished leadership and interest in working with county governments for the benefit of Georgia’s citizens. The annual awards have gained recognition among elected and appointed officials as a prestigious way to acknowledge Georgia lawmakers for exemplary leadership.
“ACCG is proud to recognize this year’s Legislative Service Award recipients for their devoted service to Georgia’s counties,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King.
“Their efforts are a true reflection of government working collaboratively for the overall benefit of its citizens.”
ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.
Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties.
Fleming represents the citizens of District 121, which includes portions of both Columbia and McDuffie counties. He was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Evans teacher under review
An Evans Elementary School teacher’s actions are under review after she recorded a video of a pupil and forwarded it to other teachers.
According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were called Tuesday after the teacher’s actions were questioned.
The teacher told officials that she saw the third-grader rocking in a strange manner in her desk Monday and recorded the child to get feedback from other educators. She said she forwarded the video to other teachers, some of whom told her it appeared the student’s actions might be inappropriate. The teachers who received the video told administrators that they immediately deleted the video after viewing it.
The teacher who recorded the video said she sent it to school administration. Later, she was contacted by school officials for a follow-up.
Deputies spoke with the child’s mother, who said she was upset about the teacher recording the child and sending the video to others, but she said she is comforted that the school board is investigating the incident.
The incident has been forwarded to the Board of Education for further review.
Woman defecates on sidewalk
Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were called to an Evans rehabilitation office after a woman defecated on the sidewalk by the building.
Surveillance footage showed a woman leave Evans Rehab, 415 Town Park Blvd., apparently without her purse Tuesday afternoon.
When she realized she had been locked out of the building, she began banging and kicking at the door. She left but returned, dropped her pants and defecated on the sidewalk.
Someone eventually came and let the woman in the building.
When deputies made contact with the woman, she stated that she was so nervous she couldn’t help it. The deputy told her she was no longer allowed at the property.
Deputies called to Greenbrier
Columbia County deputies were called to Greenbrier High School at least twice Wednesday because of difficulties with students.
In the morning, a bus driver smelled what seemed to be burning marijuana. The driver said he had smelled it several days earlier and had decided to report it to police if he smelled it again.
After speaking with students, a school police officer determined which student was involved. The student admitted to police that she did smoke marijuana on the bus. She showed police a Mentos container with a small amount of marijuana inside.
A report states that it was only enough for the officer to run a test sample and confirm it was marijuana.
The school has suspended the student.
On Wednesday afternoon, a student became angry that someone had pulled out her weave extensions.
The student said she was embarrassed and wanted to call a relative, but her teacher told her to wait. The student became angry and left the class anyway and went to the administrator’s offices, where she cursed at a faculty member and punched a fist into her other hand.
A report of an unruly juvenile was turned over to Juvenile Court.
Officer under the influence fired
A Grovetown police officer has been terminated for being under the influence of alcohol while on duty.
Kevin McDonald was still on probation as a new employee with the department, according to Grovetown Police Chief Scott Wheatley.
Wheatley said supervisors smelled alcohol on McDonald while he was completing paperwork after making a DUI, drug arrest Aug. 5. McDonald tested positive for alcohol and had a .087 blood alcohol level, which is over the legal limit of 0.08 for driving.
According to Wheatley, McDonald was placed on administrative leave and then terminated Aug. 8.
McDonald was not arrested since he was not seen driving while intoxicated. He was hired a few months ago from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Man finds lacquer in water bottle
A man told police an unknown person put lacquer in his water bottle.
The victim told police he left his water bottle inside a refrigerator at a Martinez auto mechanic business.
The victim stated that when he took a drink from the water bottle, he realized someone had replaced the water with lacquer, and immediately rinsed his mouth out.
The man said he would prosecute if a suspect was identified.
Woman says man exposed himself
An Evans woman told police a man playing on a golf course exposed his private parts to her after hitting a golfball onto her property.
According to the incident report, the woman called police to a home in the 2200 block of Fothergill Drive in Evans on the Bartram Trail Golf Course.
The victim and another witness told police that two men pulled onto her fenced off property while they were playing golf. The victim stated that she asked the men if they had not seen the “no trespassing” sign.
The victim said one of the men acted like he did not see the sign and then made a gesture sticking his butt out at her.
The victim stated that the man told her to go get her dog and let him come bite his butt, to which the victim replied she would just get her shotgun. At that time, the victim said the man unzipped his pants and exposed the victim to his genitals, before returning to playing golf.
Police located the man, who denied exposing himself to the victim and stated that when she threatened to get her shotgun if they did not get off her property, he told police he made the gesture of sticking his butt out at her and said he would give her something to aim for. The man’s golf partner also denied that the man exposed himself.
Due to conflicting statements and no physical evidence of criminal activity, police made no arrests.
Man reports strange behavior
A man told police a woman he met online came into his business unexpectedly acting strangely.
According to the incident report, the man texted the woman and asked how she was doing. The man told police the woman came to his place of business in the 500 block of Flowing Wells Road and said he needed to pay her.
He told police that when he asked her what he needed to pay her for, she said she came to the store thinking he needed her services. When he asked what she was talking about, she told the man that if he wanted to play dirty she can play dirty too. The man told police she then told him he didn’t need to worry and that they would meet him soon and then left the business.
The man told police he only met the woman a week ago on a website called Meet.com.
Man arrested for beating wife
A man was arrested for beating and choking his wife after a verbal altercation became heated.
According to the incident report, Kyle Brady Mangrum, 29, began punching his wife in the face after a verbal argument escalated. When the woman attempted to walk up the stairs of the home, he reportedly pushed her down the stairs causing visible injuries to her knees, elbows and face.
Mangrum then reportedly followed the woman into the bedroom, threw her on the bed and choked her before she could get away to call police.
According to the report, Mangrum admitted getting angry and pushing his wife, adding that he did not intend to injure her. Mangrum denied choking her and said he went outside and smoked a cigarette after he pushed her.
The victim refused transport to the hospital and told police she would drive herself when she was able to find someone to watch her children. Police observed a possible hairline fracture on her cheek, as well as abrasions on her face and leg.
Mangrum was arrested for battery and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.
Gustavo Nicolas Tellez and Madeline Michelle Rivera applied for a marriage license July 7 and were married July 23 in Augusta
Michael Washington Wall and Angela Michelle Light applied for a marriage license July 12 and were married Aug 13 in Evans
Tyler Franklin Reese and Taylor Michelle Thomas applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married Aug. 6 in Tybee Island
Garrett William Smith and Stephanie Renee Moore applied for a marriage license July 14 and were married July 16 in Martinez
Donnie Edwin Connor and Robyn Michelle Lewis applied for a marriage license Aug. 3 and were married Aug. 12 in Evans
Michael Andrew Bish and Ariel Nicole Knight applied for a marriage license Aug. 5 and were married Aug. 13 in Eatonton
Micky Fredrick Newbegin and Renee Goodrich-James applied for a marriage license Aug. 15 and were married Aug. 15 in Evans
Nicholas Vincent Leone and Denisa Nevralova applied for a marriage license Aug. 16 and were married Aug. 16 in Augusta
Marcos Gabriel Casado and Samantha Lynn Straukas applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 23 in Ball Ground
Benjamin Alan Craig and Megan Lee Smith applied for a marriage license July 12 and were married Aug. 9 in Marble Hill
Ryan Hamilton Davis and Brianna Kathern Lovett applied for a marriage license July 15 and were married Aug. 6 in Appling
Thomas Edward Moriarity and Theresa Olive Swancy applied for a marriage license July 19 and were married Aug. 4 in Evans
Anton Paul Alewine and Carson Paige McDaniel applied for a marriage license July 21 and were married Aug. 6 in Grovetown
Andre’ Sterling Hubert and Aug. Leigh Wheeless applied for a marriage license July 22 and were married Aug. 7 in Appling
Nicholas Alan Connor and Tiffany Marie Myers applied for a marriage license July 22 and were married Aug. 11 in Evans
Keith Ray Wallace and Michele Denise Watts Nelson applied for a marriage license July 22 and were married Aug. 5 in Evans
Devin Matthew Verbist and Amber Lane Edenfield applied for a marriage license July 27 and were married Aug. 5 in Evans
Dustin Wayne Hadden and Karley Michelle Green applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Aug. 10 in Appling
Joel Thomas Emeneker and Angelique Dawn Burroughs applied for a marriage license Aug. 2 and were married Aug. 6 in Appling
Adam Michael Jaworsky and Jennifer Helen Gatliff McBride applied for a marriage license Aug. 5 and were married Aug. 5 in Evans
Sherrob Lamar Robinson and Lisa Dianne Cash applied for a marriage license Aug. 9 and were married Aug. 11 in Augusta
Joseph Eugene Glisson and Christie Marie Cobb applied for a marriage license Aug. 11 and were married Aug. 11 in Evans
Luke Ryan Starcher and Caitlinn Mariah Sinclair applied for a marriage license Aug. 11 and were married Aug. 11 in Evans
Jason Everett Prescott and Deirdre Culbreth Townsend applied for a marriage license February 15 and were married Aug. 13 in Evans
Abdel Joel Pizarro and Dalyn Evelyid Lopez applied for a marriage license April 25 and were married Aug. 25 in Evans
Anthony Markkel Hightower and Chudney Danyel Mcleod applied for a marriage license June 3 and were married Aug. 20 in Martinez
Daniel Paul Harper and Alicia Dianne Bentley applied for a marriage license June 13 and were married July 13 in Appling
Eric Chavda and Sheena Neda Sharifzadeh applied for a marriage license June 17 and were married Aug. 20 in Acworth
Michael Washington Wall and Angela Michelle Light applied for a marriage license July 12 and were married Aug. 13 in Evans
Lucious Demond Abrams and Tiffany Rinique Gordon applied for a marriage license July 18 and were married Aug. 20 in Augusta
Jason Scott Turner and Heather Loren Newman applied for a marriage license July 28 and were married Aug. 20 in Appling
James Ray Whitaker and Melissa Faye Conklin applied for a marriage license August 5 and were married August 19 in Evans
NORTH AUGUSTA — A little rain on North Augusta’s turf didn’t slow down DeJuan Bell and his defensive mates Friday night.
Bell and the Yellow Jackets’ defense set the tone early with multiple interceptions for touchdowns as North Augusta ran away with the season opener over Lakeside, 41-16, at the Jackets Nest. The two swapped touchdowns on opening possessions, but the close score ended as North Augusta picked off four Lakeside passes in the first half, returning three for touchdowns.
“After the second one, I thought we were done, but the defense kept stepping up,” Bell said. “I want to thank the defensive line. They put the pressure on them to force mistakes.”
Bell broke two interceptions for scores on consecutive series late in the first quarter, totaling 50 yards on the returns. After celebrating his second score, Bell had given the Yellow Jackets a 20-9 lead. It didn’t end there. After a Yellow Jacket touchdown pass, Bell’s defensive teammate, Robert Betosky, returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown and 34-9 lead going to halftime.
“You don’t get three interceptions for touchdowns in a game,” North Augusta coach Brian Thomas said. “That was special.”
North Augusta (1-0) let off the gas in the second half except for an 83-yard touchdown pass from Washington to Jack Smith. Lakeside (0-1) produced a fourth-quarter score on an 11-yard pass from Will Childers to Lathan McLaurin to cap the scoring.
“We got a win, and that’s the big thing,” Thomas said. “The defense settled in well. We had early mistakes, some of that from nerves.”
Washington recorded 123 passing yards on three completions, and he added 27 rushing yards. Derius Gibson ran 15 times for 103 yards.
Lakeside’s Childers and Nick Reid split time at quarterback, with Reid picking up 105 rushing yards and a touchdown but only three completions and two interceptions. Childers also had two interceptions but went 6 for 13 for 61 yards.
It marked the fifth consecutive win for North Augusta in the series. Similar to last year, the Yellow Jackets harassed Lakeside’s quarterback and shut down the line of scrimmage.
It was also Bell’s second big game against the Panthers after returning a punt for a touchdown in last season’s opener.