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Tigers wear down Bulldogs

Sat, 9/27/2014 12:21 AM

The Harlem High School Bulldogs played Swainsboro tough in the first half Friday night but were overwhelmed in the second half.
The Bulldogs trailed the Tigers just 14-6 at halftime, but the Tigers scored two plays into the third quarter and rolled to the 48-12 win.
"We were outmanned," said Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis, who thought his team played well in the first half. "In the second half we gave out, but I'm proud of the effort, they gave everything they had the whole night."
The Tigers rushed for 90 yards in the first half and kept the ball on the ground exclusively in the second half, finishing with 312 rushing yards on 48 carries. Taking the second half kickoff, they scored on a Terry Buley 18-yard run after Stanford ripped off a 33-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage and they went on from there.
Conversely, the Bulldogs rushed for 54 yards led by Bailey Postell who toted it 18 times for 54 yards.
"We sent him in there to see what he could do," said Lewis of Postell. "They were just too big up front, they stopped us up front. It's hard to run when you're giving away 40-50 pounds a man."
The win gave the Tigers (2-3, 1-0) a leg up in both squads' foray into Region 3-AA play as the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4, 0-1.
The halftime score could have been much different but the Tigers were able to take advantage of two Bulldogs' miscues.
After the Tigers defense sacked Bulldogs quarterback Hunter Rippe and recovered the ensuing fumble, Tigers quarterback Trey Amerson found Eddie Braswell running free down the middle for a 34-yard touchdown with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
It was the only completion for Amerson who attempted just two passes.
The Bulldogs defense was effective in th first half, holding on downs and forcing three punts. The Bulldogs shot themselves in the foot at the end of the half, however. A 24-yard punt from their own 16 and a personal foul penalty gave the Tigers first down at the Bulldogs' 25. Timothy Stanford rushed for 23 yards down to the 2 and punched it in on the next play with 2:10 left in the half.
The sophomore Stanford paced the Tigers' attack carrying the ball 18 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Unable to run, the Bulldogs' aerial attack clicked. Rippe was 13-of-19 for 155 yards and threw scoring strikes of eight yards and one yard.
Down 7-0, Harlem mixed runs and passes on an 11-play, 62-yard scoring drive. Under pressure on third down from the 8, Rippe stood tall in the pocket and found Kurt Muns in the middle of the end zone for the touchdown.

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One positive reaction to TB test at Martinez Elementary

Fri, 9/26/2014 5:13 PM

One person at Martinez Elementary School reacted positively to a tuberculosis skin test a week after a fourth-grader was removed from school for possible exposure to the disease.

The Columbia County Health Department administered the test to 62 children and adults at the school in Evans on Sept. 24 and results were disclosed on Friday, said the health department’s county Nurse Manager Linda Graves.

“We had one person to react,” Graves said. “That person is not considered a respiratory threat to anyone else.”

Graves would not say if the person who tested positive was a child or adult, but that they were not removed form the school setting.

“That person will have a follow-up evaluation, which will be a chest X-ray,” Graves said.

The health department was informed on Sept. 18 by a doctor that the fourth-grader had an abnormal chest X-ray and was possibly exposed to TB. He was sent home until he could be further evaluated. It has not been confirmed that he has TB.

As a precaution, the health department provided free TB tests to the boy’s classmates, teachers and those who ride the school bus with him.

“This is still a suspect case,” Graves said. “We want to make sure that everyone who was possibly exposed at this point, until we have confirmation, has the opportunity to be tested,” Graves said.

School system Super-intendent Dr. Sandra Carraway said the boy moved from an overseas country and enrolled in school in late August. Immigrants are typically required to take a TB test, Graves said.

Carraway said the school system is “cooperating to the fullest degree” and will take any necessary steps when the TB status of the boy and the person who reacted positively are confirmed. “Literally, we’ll have to wait and see,” Carraway said.

Graves said if both of the tests are negative, then nothing further needs to be done. If one of the tests confirms tuberculosis, then all the people who tested negatively on Wednesday will be retested in eight-10 weeks.

TB is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria that attacks the lungs. Repeated exposure over a long period of time to a person who is contagious is usually required to contract the disease, according to the letter sent to parents from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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Murder suspect indicted, extradited

Fri, 9/26/2014 2:54 PM

A Florida man recently indicted in the August 14 murder of a Martinez man was extradited back to Columbia County Friday.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, of Jacksonville, arrived at the Columbia County Detention Center just before 2 p.m., according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Robinson was captured more than a month ago, several hours after police say he shot William "Bill" DaVitte, 55, and assaulted his wife in the parking lot of Marvin United Methodist Church.

A Columbia County Grand Jury indicted Robinson this week on charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to court records released Friday.

After discussions with Florida authorities, District Attorney Ashley Wright said they opted to pursue the most serious charges first, the Columbia County murder charge. Florida authorities were holding Robinson on several charges including motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, reckless driving, trespassing and driving without a license, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office records.

Robinson is being held in the jail without bond.

Authorities said that DaVitte's wife was sitting in the passenger seat of their 2010 gold Nissan Murano in the parking lot at about 10:30 p.m. when police say Robinson approached her.

"He tapped on the window and demanded she open the door," Morris said after the incident. "And he started beating her with the handgun."

DaVitte came running when he heard his wife scream and honk the horn. As he approached, police say Robinson shot him three times. Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said he pronounced DaVitte dead at the scene. His wife was treated at Georgia Regents Medical Center for her injuries.

Morris said Robinson fled in the couple's vehicle.

Morris said they believed Robinson was headed toward Florida and notified Florida authorities about the incident. They spotted the vehicle just before 5 a.m. near Jacksonville and a pursuit ensued, Morris said. Robinson abandoned the vehicle and ran. Authorities set up a perimeter and he was quickly captured.

Robinson has been held by Jacksonville authorities since his arrest.

Since 2011, Robinson has been arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at least seven times. Records indicate Robinson got out of jail in February.

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Authorities looking for sex offender

Wed, 9/24/2014 11:11 AM


Columbia County authorities are trying to find a registered sex offender who moved without notifying police.

Authorities say Kenneth Ray Straughn Jr., 37, registered his address at 960 Haverhill Drive in Harlem with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on July 8. According to family members, Straughn no longer lives at that address and may be residing in Richmond County, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Straughn was charged with rape and child molestation involving a 13-year-old victim in 1999. He pled guilty to child molestation and aggravated child molestation in 2000, according to court records.

It is the second time Straughn has moved and not reported his address change to the sheriff’s office. He was charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry law in March.

Straughn’s whereabouts are not know, but he is believed to be in the Augusta area.

Anyone with information about Straughn’s whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Pet adoptions

Wed, 9/24/2014 1:10 AM

 Call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services.

The kennel is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for adoptions and visiting with the aninmals and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reclaim a lost pet and all other services.

The facility is located at 1940 William Few Parkway in Grovetown.

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Police Blotter, Sept. 24, 2014

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:14 AM

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

Reports of fake deputies filed

Several Columbia County residents called authorities recently saying they were targets of people claiming to be sheriff’s deputies asking for cash cards.

Between Thursday and Saturday, six people reported they’d received calls from someone claiming to be a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office sergeant or deputy with the last name Faris or Farrish. Each time, the caller identified himself as working for the sheriff’s office and told the residents they’d missed jury duty and warrants were issued for their arrest. The caller said the residents could avoid arrest if they obtained cash cards and paid their fines over the phone.

A 47-year-old woman said she received a call at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The caller informed the woman she had two warrants for her arrest – one for missing jury duty on Sept. 10 and a second for failing to appear in court to answer the charge of failing to appear for jury duty. She was told she could avoid jail by paying cash fines totaling $690.

The woman followed the caller’s instructions and obtained Green Dot cash cards. She called him back with the card numbers and realized later it was a scam.

A man and a woman, who were contacted separately, went as far as obtaining the cash cards. The man provided the caller the card numbers before he went into the sheriff’s office in Appling on Friday. The woman said the caller told her she’d be arrested if she went inside without providing the card numbers. But the woman said she didn’t feel right about the situation, went inside anyway and was told it was a scam.

Other targets of the scam said they hung up the phone and didn’t divulge information or lose money.

Woman scares away burglar

An Evans woman said that she scared away a burglar Thursday evening.

The woman said she was in bed at about 10 p.m. at her apartment at the Haven at Reed Creek when she saw a man trying to open her bedroom window. The woman said she yelled at the intruder, who ran away through the complex.

Thieves steal car batteries

Owners of two Martinez vehicle-related businesses told authorities Friday that someone stole batteries from vehicles on their property.

The owners of Geor-gialina Auto and On-Call Roadside Assistance, which has a storage lot behind Georgialina Auto on Washington Road near Baston Road, said batteries were stolen from vehicles at both businesses late Thursday or early Friday.

The owner of On-Call Roadside Assistance said he arrived at the vehicle storage lot at about 9:30 a.m. Friday and noticed the hoods up on several vehicles and all those vehicles were missing batteries. The vehicles were secure at about 10 p.m. Thursday.

Woman cheated out of $4,000

A Grovetown woman told police Friday that she’d been scammed out of $4,000.

The 85-year-old woman said she got a call two days earlier from someone claiming to be her grandson Phil, who said he’d been arrested for driving under the influence in Florida and needed money to pay his fine. Phil said he was going to let her talk to his court-appointed attorney, who told the woman to get five $500 Green Dot cash cards. She bought the cards and provided the caller the card numbers.

The next day, the woman got another call from Phil, who said he needed another $1,500 in cash cards to pay off his fines and vehicle fees. The woman asked her sister to help with the money. She bought the cards and gave Phil” the card numbers.

A few days later, the woman called her grandson to make sure everything was taken care of. Her grandson said he hasn’t been in Florida and the woman realized she’d been scammed.

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District 3 candidates share views at debate

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:13 AM

Two of the GOP candidates hoping to fill a vacant Columbia County commission seat answered questions and discussed their ideas in front a crowd at the Evans Government Center Monday night.

Brett McGuire, a retired manager of the former Sweetheart Cup plant in Augusta, and Mack Taylor, a former assistant district attorney now in private practice, spent an hour explaining to those gathered why they should be the next commissioner for District 3, which was vacated in March when Charles Allen resigned.

All four candidates had originally agreed to participate in the debate, which was organized by a group of Columbia County residents, headed by Karen Wright, and cosponsored by the News-Times, but two bowed out at the last minute. Floyd Everett, the lone Democrat, had to attend a funeral in Atlanta on Monday. The other Republican, Z. “Trip” Derryberry, said he had an out-of-town business meeting that couldn’t be postponed.

Both Taylor and McGuire expressed doubts about the upcoming November SPLOST referendum, which will continue the penny sales tax from 2017-2022 if passed.

McGuire said he had questions about a proposed $17 million courthouse expansion and parking garage that cost more than the judicial center itself. He also said it was unwise to push through the SPLOST vote without someone representing the interests of District 3.

“I wouldn’t support any plan that didn’t include input from the people of District 3,” he said.

Taylor said the county needed to concentrate more money in road widening and improvements and less on “quality of life” projects, such as the $9 million cultural center proposed for Evans Towne Center.

His talks with residents of District 3 have given him insight into their main concerns: traffic congestion and getting a county hospital.

“My platform isn’t what’s important,” he said. “It’s the platform of voters in District 3 that is important.”

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Kirsten McMonigle Greenbrier High School

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:12 AM

Kirsten McMonigle has been focused on softball for a long time – and it shows.

The Greenbrier High School junior has been first team All-Region 2-AAAAA and first team All County since she made her debut as a third baseman for the Lady Wolfpack as a freshman. Even with her accolades, the 5-foot-2 McMonigle, nicknamed “Little Bit,” is all about team.

Greenbrier coach Garrett Black moved McMonigle to shortstop this year and she has continued her high level of play.

“I don’t have a preference,” said McMonigle of playing third or shortstop. “He (Black) moved me over. He told me to trust him, and I trust coach Black. I want to do whatever is best for my teammates, whatever to get us to state.”

Versatility is just one of the things Black likes about McMonigle, who he says has taken over leadership responsibilities for what is essentially a new infield.

“You could market her a lot of different ways,” Black said. “She can play anywhere in the infield, she can play outfield, and she used to pitch a little bit.”

While she still has a year before she can sign, McMonigle is on track to making a dream become reality.

“I committed to Georgia State over the summer,” McMonigle said. “I went on an unofficial visit and I loved it. It was my dream to go to a D-I college and they have really good coaches, I love their coaches. I liked the school and there were different things that led to that decision.”

Her team-first attitude showed up during the recruiting process.

“I will play wherever my (Georgia State) coach wants me to play,” she said. “I’ll do whatever is best for the team, but he recruited me for middle infield. That’s what we’ve mostly talked about.”

McMonigle considers softball her safe haven.

“Just the fact that I can lose myself on the field and know that eveything that happens outside of the field will be OK,” McMonigle said. “I can leave everything out on the field, and I have teammates to back me up and I have a coach that is there for me and he looks out for me and (is) someone that I can trust.”

Perhaps the most intense player on the field for the Lady Wolfpack, McMonigle has had to overcome perceptions about her stature along the way. Not that she’s let that affect her.

“People have told me that I’m not good enough,” said McMonigle. “It’s just my size is different and people look at me like I’m not the typical type of a softball player. I let my playing do the talking.”

And her passion for the sport is evident.

“The thing with Little Bit that I wish all kids had, and I’m sincere when I say this, is she’s still a kid when she goes out there to play softball,” Black said. “It’s fun, you watch her during batting practice, at third base or shortstop, and every ball hit to her is like the seventh inning of the state championship game. She loves playing softball.”

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Sports Calendar

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:12 AM

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


• Young Life Augusta is sponsoring the third annual Robert L. Shanks Memorial Golf Tournament, on Monday, beginning at 8 a.m. at Champions Retreat. The two-man team, best- ball event will be played on all three courses – Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). Cost is $500 per two-man team or $250 per individual and all proceeds will support the ministry of Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry to high school students. Call (706) 733-2507 or visit

• The Evans High School baseball team will be holding its annual golf tournament on Oct. 25 at Jones Creek Golf Club. Lunch will be served about 11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Fees are $70 per player, $280 per four-man team and hole sponsorships are available for $100 a hole. Contact Ricky Beale at


Baseball Tournament

The Georgia Regents University Augusta Dugout Club is playing host to its 1st Annual Jaguar Baseball Golf Tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club on November 21 at 9 a.m. Cost is $400 for a four-person team and sponsorships for $100 a hole are available. Call Matt Morrison at (706) 533-6875, Coach Rau at (706) 726-7917 or Clint Hardy at (706) 339-3661.


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 September 16-October 10, October 14-November 6, November 11-December 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 or (706) 922-9618.


• Georgia Stealth fastpitch travel ball has tryouts on October 5 for a 14U and a 16U team. Tryouts begin at 2 p.m. at the Harlem City Park. Call (706) 825-5355 or (706) 840-0749.



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Prep Calendar

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:12 AM

Saturday, Sept. 27

Greenbrier, Grovetown, Evans at Aubrae Gunderson Invitational, 8:20 a.m.

(all games 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 26

Augusta Christian at Wilson Hall

Augusta Prep vs. Pinewood Prep

Evans at Cross Creek

Greenbrier at Northside, Warner Robins

Grovetown at Jones County

Harlem vs. Swainsboro

Lakeside vs. Houston County

Saturday, Sept. 27

Augusta Eagles vs. North Georgia

Today, Sept. 24

Greenbrier at Walnut Grove, 5:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Oglethorpe, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Evans vs. Grovetown,
5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Thomson,
5:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Greenbrier,
6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Lakeside tripleheader at Eisenhower Park, TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Lakeside at Burke County, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Lakeside at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Evans at Cross Creek,
5:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Grovetown, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Augusta Christian at First-Baptist-Charleston, TBA


Today, September 24

Augusta Prep vs. Fox Creek, 6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier at Midland Valley, 5 p.m.


Thursday, September 25

Augusta Christian at Hammond, 5:30 p.m.

Augusta Prep at Young Americans, 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Cross Creek at Lakeside, 6 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Cross Creek, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 27

Augusta Prep at Bethlehem Christian, 11:30 a.m.

Evans at Prince Avenue Play Day, TBA

Greenbrier, Grovetown at Region Play Day at Houston County, 5 p.m.


Monday, September 29

Augusta Christian at South Aiken Christian, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30

Evans vs. Augusta Prep, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Grovetown at Evans, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. Grovetown, 7 p.m.

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Disc golf tournament is big showcase for women

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:10 AM

Instead of the usual weekend warriors, for three days the International Disc Golf Center at Wildwood Park was filled with the sport’s top women.

The IDGC, also the home of the Professional Disc Golf Association, played host to the 2014 United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship Friday through Sunday. There were 98 women representing 21 states participating, with 36 professionals vying for a total cash purse of just under $11,000.

Sarah Nicholson, who works for the PDGA, won the amateur division in 2012 and turned pro shortly thereafter. She enjoyed the influx of professional players on her home courses.

“It’s really awesome,” said Nicholson, who finished in a three-way tie for 11th. “There’s not a whole lot of local women who play around here so it’s really cool to see these top pros come in and play on courses I play on every day and see how well they can be played.”

The site’s three courses showed their degree of difficulty as Plano, Texas native Paige Pierce was the only golfer in the field to finish with red numbers, shooting a 4-under-par 252 to win the Open Women Division.

She entered as a two-time world champion and wanted to add the United States title.

“I’ve never won that before so I’d like to win that for sure, but with these tight wooded courses, anything can happen,” said Pierce after the third round.

Pam Reineke of Orlando, Fla., won the Grandmasters Women division.

Grovetown’s Suzanne Graham was second in the Advanced Masters Women division.

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Libraries closed Wednesday

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:09 AM

Library staff day

All libraries in the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System will be closed on Wednesday.

All libraries in Columbia, Lincoln, Warren and Burke counties will be closed for a staff development day, according to Library Director Mary Lin Maner.

Online resources will be available at

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Allen and Barrow to speak at public forum today

Wed, 9/24/2014 12:08 AM

The two men vying for U.S. House of Representatives 12th District seat will square off for a public forum on issues today.

The debate between incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. John Barrow and his Republican opponent Rick Allen will take place at 3 p.m. at the Evans Government Center auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive.

The candidates will make remarks on issues and answer a series of questions from the organizers and also some submitted by the audience.

The forum is sponsored by the Islamic Society of Augusta and is free and open to the public. Columbia County News-Times publisher Steve Crawford will serve as moderator.

Barrow, a native of Athens, Ga., has represented the 12th District since 2004, when he defeated Republican incumbent Max Burns. He is seeking his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Allen, founder of R.W. Allen & Associates, a construction corporation with offices in Augusta and Athens, is seeking his first elected office. The Augusta native won the Republican nomination in May by defeating four other candidates without a runoff.

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Columbia County Orchestra announces 2014-15 schedule

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:11 AM

The Columbia County Orchestra is about to begin its 2014-15 concert season, with a theme of Celebrating Columbia County. The primary venues for the season will include Powell Baptist Church in Harlem and St. Teresa Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown. Other venues for the season will include: East Georgia State College/Augusta, the historic Appling courthouse, and East Georgia State College in Swainsboro.

CONCERT I: Sept. 27, 3 p.m.

“Pops Concert” at Powell Baptist Church, Harlem. Columbia County Youth Orchestra members will also perform with the CCO on this concert.

CONCERT II: Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

Sixth Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-In/Powell Baptist Church, Harlem.

SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFOR-MANCES: Arts in Appling, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appling Courthouse. Music all day featuring CCO chamber ensembles and other area ensembles.

CONCERTS III & IV: Dec. 12, 13, 6:30 & 7:00 p.m. Community Christmas Concerts featuring the orchestra and the choir at St. Teresa Avila Church, Grovetown.

CONCERT V: April 24. Spring 2015 Handel’s Messiah Sing-In featuring walk-in choir/St. Teresa Avila Catholic Church, Grovetown.


Music Mentors Concert/St. Teresa Avila Catholic Church, Grovetown. Featuring area students and Suzuki Strings of Augusta Senior Ensemble performing with Columbia County Orchestra members.

Go to for more directions, details and times for each program. Programs are free.

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Property Transfers, Sept. 21, 2014

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:11 AM

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611877, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611856, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611887,

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611886, $44,500.

IDK Homes Inc. to William J. Ramsey Jr. and Vickie H. Ramsey, parcel ID 0611840, $229,900.

Sherri Mason to Bryan C. Waller and Aleesha M. Waller, parcel ID 062838, $129,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Kate C. Long, 1989 Kenlock Drive, $158,900.

Riverwood Land LLC to Kevin R. Hefner Construction Inc., 724 Bishops Circle, $120,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Bradley Posadas and Ellen Posadas, 1033 Ardrey Circle, $216,000.

Oconee Capital Invest-ments LLC to Nisha S. Patel, parcel ID 0611793, $249,900.

Edward Perry Shelfer Jr. to Emily S. Dorn and Brandon J. Dorn, parcel ID 061066, $169,900.

Ashley M. Amerson to Sean M. Confer and Donna L. Confer, parcel ID 074209, $160,000.

Vincent A. Velez to Ramy Dh Yassin and Asma Nadir, parcel ID 063243, $130,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Walter E. Yoho and Stephanie J. Yoho, parcel ID 0611761, $171,800.

Herbert Homes Inc. to Vincent A. Velez and Laurie A. Velez, 1024 Arlington Way, $429,900.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Brian James Grotz Sr., 934 Golden Bell Lane, $250,325.

Bartram Sunbury LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc., 5633 Sunbury Loop, $45,000.

Bartram Sunbury LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc., 5636 Sunbury Loop, $43,000.

Bartram Sunbury LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc., 5637 Sunbury Loop, $45,000.

Mary N. Moye Irrev-ocable Income Only Trust dated Sept. 12, 2008, to Kapeel Kumar, 260 Full Circle, $157,000.

The estate of Joseph Wayne Perry to RGB Investments Properties LLC, parcel ID 053323, $11,500.

Stephen F. Schonke to John R. Talman and Traci W. Talman, parcel ID 072431, $315,000.

Ming Quang Pham to D.B. Blackburn LLC, 537 Pheasant Run, $52,000.

Matthew Jude Rovan to Emilia Odi, 719 Hidden Lane, $120,000.

Linda Rich-Mason to David Bauer and Young Bauer, parcel ID 059100, $89,000.

Despard Earl Potter Jr. to Jubriel E. Meneses, parcel ID 067C187, $182,700.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Hope O. Bogan, 932 Golden Bell Lane, $255,790.

Randy L. Dowell to Corey J. Miller, 2154 Sylvan Lake Drive, $129,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 8842 Crenshaw Drive, $43,000.

Augusta Land Invest-ments LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc., 313 Zier Court, $45,750.

Ivey Residential LLC to Lance E. Hunter and Rachel L. Hunter, 264 Palamon Drive, $210,000.

Mark B. Character to Jessica A. Corbin, parcel ID 077C126, $110,000.

Cynthia Edenfield to Kevin M. Hebert, 961 Cammaron Way, $80,000.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC to PDH Builders Inc., 2091 Egret Circle, $58,000.

Wendell F. Johnson to Matthew W. Baldwin, parcel ID 073285, $143,000.

Charles White to River Island Property Owners Association Inc., 1578 River Island Parkway, $111,500.

Wilmoth Snyder to Sheng Fu Chen, 236 Flowing Wells Road, $105,000.

Glenn Bedell to Irfan Azeem, parcel ID 081B1176, $375,000.

Michael A. Lombardo to Harley Rodriguez, parcel ID 0622212, $267,000.

Augusta Land Investments LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc., 309 Zier Court, $45,750.

Augusta Land Investments LLC to Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc., 311 Zier Court, $45,750.

Karla Grimaud to Thomas E. Hand and Betty C. Hand, 350 Arthur Grimaud Way, $30,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 8809 Crenshaw Drive, $42,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611912, $34,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Joseph Moore, parcel ID 0611905, $160,200.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Kenneth Santiago, parcel ID 611756, $181,500.

Amanda Alford to Amy V. Hodge, parcel ID 077362, $145,000.

The United States Department of Urban Development of Washington D.C. to Brian Fossell, parcel ID 032179, $80,300.

Joseph Napier Ford to Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc., parcel ID 059143, $179,400.

Alex G. Beacham to Jeffrey L. Lacombe, parcel ID 072311, $6,881.

Denise D. Smith to Paul W. Hogan, parcel ID 071A030C, $325,000.

Anthony J. Moretti to Jeramie P. Martin and Katie J. Martin, parcel ID 065675A, $505,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Luke Garland Maffey and Sarah Allison Maffey, 5418 Everlook Circle, $229,900.

Michael J. Oddi Sr. to Martha H. Hudgins, 407 Sandleton Way, $194,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to John Arthur Rockelmann III and Jennifer M. Rockelmann, 507 Mauldin Drive, $415,000.

Herbert Homes Inc. to Kevin M. Morris and Stephanie A. Morris, 4439 Grove Landing Drive, $159,900.

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Marriage Licenses, Sept. 21, 2014

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:10 AM

Christopher Brian Gregory and Elaine Nadimen Rendon Perea applied for a marriage license on Sept. 5, 2014, and were married Sept. 5, 2014, in Evans.

Shawn Michael Baskin and Shannon Renee Baskin applied for a marriage license on July 29, 2014, and were married Aug. 1, 2014, in Evans.

Nicky Allen Lind and Margo Lynn Pulliam applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Aug. 29, 2014, in Evans.

Dorris Joe Harmon and Barbara Penrow Autry applied for a marriage license on Aug. 19, 2014, and were married Aug. 31, 2014, in Martinez.

Zachary David Lewallen and Kathryn Ann Simpson applied for a marriage license on Sept. 4, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Appling.

Daniel Cole Brooks and Shelly Lareesa Voss applied for a marriage license on Aug. 27, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Milledgeville, Ga.

Jeffrey Charles Butler and Debbie Delores Waddell applied for a marriage license on July 29, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Augusta.

Jason Morton Danil-ovich and Kate Elizabeth Brown applied for a marriage license on July 8, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Augusta.

Clifton Davis Brown and Sanquenetta Worden applied for a marriage license on Sept. 9, 2014, and were married Sept. 9, 2014, in Augusta.

Terry Gene Shockey and Lisa Michelle Walker applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Augusta.

Edward G. Benton Jr. and Tabetha Ann Seigler applied for a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Augusta.

Dewayne S. Williams and Dekeishia Ann Rogers applied for a marriage license on Sept. 11, 2014, and were married Sept. 11, 2014, in Evans.

Bradley W. Whitaker and Geri Lyn Floyd applied for a marriage license on Sept. 11, 2014, and were married Sept. 11, 2014, in Evans.

John Bradford Fuller and Priscilla Elizabeth Lowman applied for a marriage license on Sept. 10, 2014, and were married Sept. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Cody Aaron Blackmon and Erika Kaitlynn Hopkins applied for a marriage license on Aug. 22, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Appling.

Timothy Charles Brown II and Ryan Ashley Bargeron applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Appling.

Jarvis Levell Smith and Latashia Ann Kennedy applied for a marriage license on Sept. 12, 2014, and were married Sept. 12, 2014, in Evans.

John Bradford Lesko and Katelyn Elizabeth Waldrup applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Martinez.

Robert Wesley Wahl and Celina Marie Zapata applied for a marriage license on Sept. 5, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Augusta.

Kevin Dwayne Smith and Stacey Elaine Bartholomew applied for a marriage license on Aug. 11, 2014, and were married Sept. 6, 2014, in Appling.

Wyatt Dean Spencer and Brittni Nicole Embry applied for a marriage license on Sept. 12, 2014, and were married Sept. 12, 2014, in Evans.

Ross Godwin Peterson and Amy Elizabeth Bumpas applied for a marriage license on July 24, 2014, and were married Sept. 13, 2014, in

Daniel Jose Alsdorf and Emily Elizabeth Hammond applied for a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2014, and were married Sept. 13, 2014, in Augusta.

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Divorces, Sept. 21, 2014

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:10 AM

Jeffrey Nichols Domen-ech and Stephanie Nicole Domenech, Sept. 4, 2014.

William M. Brickle and Katherine F. Brickle, Sept. 2, 2014.

Karla Brinkman and Steven C. Brinkman, Aug. 28, 2014.

Angel A. Torres and Traci P. Torres, Sept. 3, 2014.

Jackson Derisca and Charmika Shuntel Derisca, Sept. 11, 2014.

Troy D. Burke and Pamela S. Burke, Aug. 27, 2014.

Phillip G. Wittenburg and Julie M. Wittenburg, Sept. 8, 2014.

Frederick M. Koppel-mann and Andrea A. Kop-pelmann, Sept. 16, 2014.

Elizabeth M. Pecora and Shields B. Hull, Sept. 8, 2014.

Priscilla Bradford and Kyle Bradford, Sept. 2, 2014.
Narine Ramtahal and Sandra Dahydeen-Ramtahal, Sept. 12, 2014.

Patrick Sommers and Deletha Sommers, Sept. 2, 2014.

Mikell B. Dodd and Stacey M. Dodd, Sept. 2, 2014.

Joanna Rivera and Aaron David Gernon, Sept. 8, 2014.
Frederick George Clayton and Ranya Clayton, Sept. 10, 2014.

Delonna Aurae Rauls and Christopher A. Rauls, Sept. 3, 2014.

Audra Harris-Davis and Joel Everette Davis, Sept. 9, 2014.

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County History

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:10 AM

Grovetown residents today know the intersection of Old Wrightsboro Road and Robinson Avenue as the location of City Hall and Memorial Park. What newcomers to the city might not realize, however, is that the intersection has always been the business hub of the city.
The Grovetown Railroad Depot dominated the intersection, but, at one time, two different post office buildings were located on the corner. Many oldtimers in Grovetown also remember Poole’s Store and Clifford’s Store which occupied oposite sides of Robinson Avenue.

Poole’s Store shared space with the post office in the early 1940s when Fort Gordon was built and soldiers from the fort often came to town to mail their packages. Josephine Brand was the Postmistress at the time.

Grovetown historian Charles Lord recalls that Clifford’s Store advertised that they carried everything from groceries to caskets.

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Police Blotter, Sept. 21, 2014

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:09 AM

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

Employee has meth at work

A manager at a Martinez golf and country club was recently arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Edilberto Morales Diaz, 35, is the manager of the Men’s Grille at West Lake Country Club. He was arrested Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Diaz’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities from both counties arrested Diaz, of Lakeside Loop in Hephzibah, outside of West Lake on Monday evening, according to Morris. Deputies searched the Toyota truck he was driving and his office at the country club. They found 59 grams of methamphetamine in his truck and another 15 grams in his office, Morris said.

Diaz is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Caller wants information

An Evans woman said she recently received phone calls from someone asking questions about her computer.

The woman said she got two calls on Sept. 11 and Wednesday from someone claiming he needed to log onto the woman’s computer because error messages were being sent to him.

The caller had a foreign accent didn’t provide any more information.

When the woman tried to call the caller back, no one answered. She believes the calls are some sort of scam.

Debit card thief deposits money

A woman told deputies Monday that whoever stole her debit card made a deposit into her account.

The 26-year-old woman said she lost her debit card at Border Bash a couple of days before.

She noticed it missing when she came home, so she began monitoring her bank account online.

The woman said she saw a $1,300 ATM deposit into her account followed immediately by a $400 ATM withdrawl at an ATM location on Davis Road.

Items stolen at dealership

A representative of a Martinez car dealership said a man stole items from the business while his car was serviced.

The employee of Gerald Jones Honda said on Tuesday that a man brought his car into the dealership on Washington Road on Sept. 12.

While waiting for his car to be serviced, the employee said the man put several items from the waiting area into a bag.

When his car was finished, he took the bag of items worth more than $500 and left in his car.

A deputy reviewed video surveillance footage and saw a man put items into a bag.

The man got into a red car and left without paying for the items.

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Former Grovetown chief a sheriff's deputy

Sun, 9/21/2014 12:06 AM

Grovetown’s former Department of Public Safety director is now a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office’s new traffic deputy.
Gary Owens started as a deputy in the sheriff’s office Traffic Unit on Tuesday.

“He’s an experienced officer,” Sheriff Clay Whittle said. “We’re glad to have him.”

Owens served the Grovetown department for 22 years between 1983, when he started as a part-time dispatcher, and his resignation on Aug. 22. He became a certified police officer in 1986 and worked for the department for nine years before opting for other jobs for the Georgia Department of Corrections in Atlanta and the Atlanta Olympics internal police force.

He worked for the corrections department in Augusta for a few years before returning to Grovetown as an assistant chief in 2001. Owens took over as director of the department in June 2012 after the resignation of former Chief Al Robinson.

Grovetown officials suspended Owens for two days in early August for misconduct in the handling of two men who escaped from the department’s temporary detention facility on July 26.

Mayor George James said Owens created a “hostile work environment for his employees” and hindered the operation of recovering the two escapees.

City officials gave Owens the option of resigning or being terminated just days after a man accused of helping the escaped prisoners submitted a petition to have Owens fired. The man said he didn’t know the men had escaped when he gave them a ride and that he spent 21 days in jail because Owens wouldn’t listen to him.

Whittle said he’s always shared mutual respect and a good working relationship with Owens. He had no qualms about hiring him.

Owens applied for the position and had to go through the interview process and background check, “just like any other deputy,” Whittle said.

The main function in Owens’ new position is traffic enforcement and investigating wrecks as well as pro-active policing and any other calls for service. He is not a supervisor and reports to the Special Operations Division supervisors.

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