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Security changes for Fort Gordon visitors coming in spring

Mon, 1/19/2015 11:09 PM

Tighter security measures requiring background checks for civilians entering Fort Gordon won’t be implemented until spring, according to a base spokesman.

Until more details are announced, visitors using the post’s recreation facilities, dinner theater or visiting a family member can continue to show a driver’s license at the visitor control center, said Fort Gordon’s Public Affairs Officer J.C. Mathews.

“It is no different than yesterday or last month or last summer,” he said.

In November, the Army announced changes that will limit public access to its installations. Visitors without a Department of Defense identification card will be required to undergo a background check or have an authorized escort while on the post.

Fort Gordon has been working to complete background checks on Defense Department contractors since the announcement, Mathews said. In late January or early February, checks will be conducted for non-DOD individuals and vendors conducting business on the post.

Mathews said the post is trying to maintain its connection to the community while following the Army directive.

“When the policy was first changed, we knew this would change a lot of peoples’ lives and routines they have become accustomed to,” he said.

For large public events such as the Oktoberfest and July Fourth festivals, Mathews said Fort Gordon exceptions to the background check mandate are likely, but that has not been confirmed and he had no other details.

Until Fort Gordon implements background checks for general visitors, Mathews suggested allowing extra time to get a pass at the visitors center at Gate 1 off Gor­don Highway at Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

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Wind spreads yard fire to house

Mon, 1/19/2015 10:39 PM

A Martinez man escaped unharmed when his outbuilding and house caught on fire Monday afternoon.

Freddy Jones of 1326 Collins Drive was burning leaves in his backyard when wind picked up his controlled burn, spreading it across his back yard and onto the structures. Jones tried to extinguish the blaze himself but could not.

“I got it stopped in different areas then it was too much – got water on the side of the shack and the blaze was going up over there ... said, ‘I can’t stop it now,’” Jones said.

“It was a controlled burn that went south,” said Columbia County Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Lovett, who said the shed fire was pretty much down when they arrived just after 3 p.m.

“The wind took it down and brought it back around. They had it under control a couple of times and the wind picked up and it got back away from them.”

The fire destroyed Jones’ shed and caused damage inside the home as well as charring in his entire backyard.

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Texas owners looking to sell Tracy-Luckey plant

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:14 AM

The Texas company that has owned a piece of Harlem history since 2010, is planning to sell the Tracy-Luckey plant.

San Saba Pecan LP, a Texas-based pecan orchard and processing operation, purchased Lucky Lady Pecans, Gifts & More, also known as Tracy-Luckey Co., in January 2010.
Keith Shahan, the company’s chief financial officer and acting CEO, said this week that the Harlem plant, which was founded in 1937, no longer fit with San Saba’s business strategy.

“The fact is that we are actively seeking a buyer right now,” Shahan said. “We have been for quite a while.”

Shahan said he could not discuss potential buyers or any current negotiations. He also denied that the company had any immediate plans to shut down the plant if a buyer could not be found.

Shahan said the plant, which employees about 50 workers, would remain open for now.

“Shutting down a plant is always an option, but it is worth a whole lot more if it is a going concern,” he said. When reached for comment, Ruth Tracy, the former CEO, declined to discuss the plant’s status.

Tracy, the granddaughter or Tracy-Luckey founder Francis Tracy, parted ways with the company earlier this month, but did not want to discuss the circumstances of her departure. She had been with the company for 29 years.

Harlem Mayor Bobby Culpepper said news the plant was being shopped to other buyers was a surprise, but not completely.

Culpepper said after they bought Tracy-Luckey, San Saba officials came to Harlem with plans to build a new cold storage facility on the property, but that plan never came to fruition. He said it seemed their interest in the plant waned after that plan fell through.

“They talked about making an investment and they never did,” he said.

Culpepper said the company has a long history of being an integral part of the city and that founder Francis Tracy, who also served as mayor of Harlem, was a very generous benefactor over the years.

“He did an awful lot for the city, especially during the prosperous years,” he said.

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CMFA Chilly Chili Cook-off set for Saturday

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:12 AM

One of Champions Made From Adversity’s most popular events is back for its fourth iteration on Saturday.

The CMFA Chilly Chili Cook-Off returns to Evans Towne Center Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with proceeds going to the organization that helps advance the lives of those with physical disabilities through sport and leisure activities.

Admission is $5 and children under 12 get in free. Admission includes the traditional chili tasting, but there will be more for those who go to sample this year. In addition to the chili category, two new categories for soup and stew and cornbread have been added.

“We will also have a showmanship winner which will be based on decorating their 10x10 cook area and we will have a people’s choice award based on funds raised at each booth by the spectators voting for their favorites by putting money in their jar,” said Kelly Garcia, CMFA event organizer and office manager.

In addition to the food, there will be a live performance from the Center Stage Dance Academy, a wheelchair basketball expo and a free-throw contest. There will be a photo wall and also a photo contest.

Professional credentials are not needed to participate. Anyone with a chili recipe can enter.

“Anyone can go to www.cmfa.us to register to volunteer or cook,” Garcia said.

“This cook-off is the only fundraiser that CMFA does each year so it it very important to our organization so that we can continue to provide sport and leisure activities to persons with physical disabilities.”

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Mixed-use development proposed near Grovetown

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:11 AM

A mixed-use project is in the works near Grovetown.

The 12-acre development at the corner of Baker Place Road and William Few Parkway would consist of retail, professional office space and townhomes woven into a community interconnected by streets and sidewalks, said property owner and local dentist Dr. Andrew Allgood, who purchased the land in June.

“There’s just nothing close by,” Allgood said about the need for such services in the area. “I figure we’re going to be drawing a pretty big radius with all the rooftops that are around. That is really where most of the support will come from.”

Allgood’s first step in the project, named Warrior’s Walk, is rezoning approval at today’s Columbia County Planning Commission meeting.

Allgood seeks to pull
about 12 acres from the Hidden Creek subdivision near Grovetown High School and create his own development.

Allgood said he would like to provide retail shops, small restaurants and a nice convenience store on the 4-acre portion designated for commercial use. Businesses, such as a pawn shop or tattoo parlor, would be
prohibited from the development.

On an additional 2.5-acre section, Allgood wants to add medical and veterinary centers, professional offices and a day care facility.

The remaining 5.5 acres would be reserved for 44 townhomes and a playground and park.

The county’s planning staff has recommended approval with certain conditions, including that the developer screen dumpsters follow design guidelines approved by planning officials and meet with the Engineering Division to discuss traffic-calming measures.

After planning commissioners vote today, the final say will come from the full county commission in February.

If the rezoning is granted, Allgood said he envisions breaking ground on the project several months later.

“There’s still a lot of hoops to jump through,” he said.

Allgood said his own
dental practice would remain in its current location on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Through talking with physicians and others in the medical field about possibly locating on the property, Allgood said he knows the demand is there.

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Grovetown Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:11 AM

Third Grade A

Emma Anderson, Lorena Argenal, Genesis Cardenas Penaloza, Ryleigh Carroll,
Jamya Clark, Ethan Cuenca, Jocelyn Hernandez, Alexander Jackson III, Nicole Maia, Madelyn Myers, Kylie Peterson, Willy Powell, Madison Proctor, Simon Simpson and Ashley Tucker.

Third Grade A/B

JohnDaniel Bannister, Kevin Barbosa, Jalin Beard, Hannah Billedo, Lauren Birchfield, Jonathan Bright,
Trinity Butler, Alan Cadena, Yariel Ceballos, Jennifer Comunidad-Hernandez, John Cornelison,
Christina Cruz, Emily Darnell, Jeremiah Edwards,
Jamiah Ferbee, Armando Flores-Lopez, Ahviyona Floyd, Dominique Franklin, Dylan Fraticelli, Benjamin Gramer, Savannah Holmes, Kosygin Huff, Braeden Inabinett, Katelyn Luttrell, Amy
Maldonado, Julianna Perez, Jonathan Paso-Tagui, Adam Rogers, Reece Rosier, Owen Schiller, Nicholas Shorts, Adam Strelec, Destiny Thomas, Hannah Weatherford and Zachary Wilson.

Fourth Grade A

Bryan Angeles, Braxton Miller, Sean Moore,
Tierra Pressley, Emma Grace Robison, Grayson Wood and Emily
Woods.

Fourth Grade A/B

Dante’ Blitchington, JeKorei Boyd, William Butler, Rachel Carter, Janet Comunidad-Hernandez, Pablo Cox, Luis Delgado, Beverly Disciplina, Madalynn Fife, Jamil Foster, Connor Gibbs, Austin Gresham, Harrison Gresham, T’Niya Gunning, Rowyn Hall, Marcos Kutzler, Makenzee Lewis, Makayla McCord, Kayla Meek-Smith, Zoe Meleski, Maria Mendez-Grimaldo, Arianna Morales-Russell, Maria Munoz-Cortez, Avery Padilla, Cristian Reyes, Za’Camron Robinson, Jourdyn Sampay, Lucas Simpson, Natalie Smalley, Brandon South, Kayden Taylor, Madison Tucker, Jermel Turner, Sergio Violante, Zoey Wagner, Kendall Williams, Peyton Wombles and Mustafa Yassin.

Fifth Grade A

Twyla Bonesteel, Rosa Cruz-Onofre, Cameron Cunningham, Howard Hefner, Piper Ingalls-Fischer, Zora McCain, Kristina Morris and Nathaniel Rodgers.

Fifth Grade A/B

Kaytlynn Alanis, Trice Anderson, Daniela Banuel, Gage Beard, Dalton Birchfield, John-Alan Birchfield, Rebekah Braswell, Lea Bryan, Wesley Clark, Hannah Coonce, William Cosnahan, Brandon Cox, Aiden Cuenca, Jonavon Ducey, Dawson English, Shanya Freund, Kholten Fuller, Frederick
Geem, Brisa Gomez-Delacruz, D’Mya
Griffin, Aiyana Harper, Jarrett Harper, Sydney Hatchette, Jalien
Jackson, Destiny Koch, Alyson Lowe, Joel Maldonado-Pagan, Joel Massas, Emily Osorio, Karsen Patteson, Stefanie Pippin, Alyce Plato, Alynn Plato, Davin Roebuck, Felix Rosas, Chloe Scogin, Brionna Sequin and Reina Way.

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School Lunch Menu

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:10 AM

Monday

Schools are closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Tuesday

BBQ sandwich

Chicken nuggets, roll

Yogurt snack pack

Sweet potato fries

Steamed peas

Chilled pears

Fresh fruit

Wednesday

Soup, grilled cheese

Popcorn chicken, sweet and sour sauce, roll

Peanut butter, jelly
sandwich

Wild rice

Chilled fruit cup

Steamed broccoli

Chocolate chip bar

Thursday

Spaghetti, breadstick

Ham and cheese melt

Yogurt snack pack

Romaine garden salad

Baby carrots, dip

Mixed fruit

Juice tube

Friday

Shrimp and fish, roll

Chicken noodle soup, crackers

Peanut butter, jelly sandwich

Peas and carrots

Chilled peaches

Fresh fruit

Chocolate chip cookie

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:07 AM

Baseball registration

Spring registration is now open for Martinez-Evans Little League at mellbaseball.org for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 with a new Big League for 17- to 18-year-olds.

GRU golf tournament

A Georgia Regents University golf tournament to benefit the Lady Jaguars softball team is Jan. 30 at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson. Cost is $400 per four-man team.

Contact Wayne Wilson (706) 564-5357, Coach Melissa Brocatto (706) 495-0723, Coach Evan Smith (706) 248-7482 or Greg Stokes (706) 394-9508.

Bulls Soccer Club

The Bulls Soccer Club is accepting boys and girls U-8 to U-14 for spring the season. Most games are on the weekend and within an hour drive of the CSRA. Go to www.ga-scbulls.com, e-mail bullsdoc12@gmail.com or call (706) 550-2858.

Benefit dinner and auction

A dinner, bake sale and silent auction to benefit the Greenbrier High School band, cheerleading, baseball and softball programs is Feb. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Greenbrier High School cafeteria. Cost is $10 per-person in advance or $12 per-person at the door. Bids must be placed by 7 p.m.

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Athletics part of rezoning dilemma

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:07 AM

Barring any developments between the rezoning meeting at Greenbrier High School on Tuesday and the Columbia County Board of Education vote on Jan. 27, up to 200 Greenbrier students will be heading to Lakeside for the 2015-16 school year.

How will that affect the Wolfpack athletic program, which has brought home two state championships in the past year while being perennial contenders in others?

Wolfpack athletic director and 2014 state championship-winning softball coach Garrett Black, who has been at the school since day 1, is adopting a wait-and-see stance.

“I’ve been through enough of these,” said Black, noting that some of the parameters of the rezoning plan have already changed since its first proposal. “Until the board votes, I can’t worry about it.”

With the fall season complete and the winter season nearing completion, there has been speculation that some students in spring sports but tagged for movement to Lakeside would be handled differently than those who will remain. Black and his coaches wanted to quickly dispel that notion.

“I am only worried about tryouts this year and the guys that are playing at Greenbrier now,” said baseball coach Jason Osborn, whose tryouts begin tomorrow. “The student-athletes that may be rezoned deserve coaches that will give them everything they have and teach them the game of baseball. The coaches on this staff would never sell a player short because of something that may happen in the future. This program will be committed to the players that are right here right now.”

Chip Harrison is concerned about athletics as a part of the transition, to include academics and clubs, and has a ninth-grade son who plays football and will be playing baseball. He hates that his son will get into a system and then be uprooted.

“We just don’t want him to start over,” said Harrison. “Like the academic side, we want him to stay.”

Seniors with transportation next year will be allowed to remain under the current plan. Harrison would like to see that expanded.

“Let the three grades go,” Harrison said. “If you step foot in that school, you finish that school and then everyone will have a fresh start.”

In addition to moving into the new zone for Greenbrier, others may be considering hardship waivers to remain at the school and 456 such waivers were granted for the 2014-15 school year excluding those for school and county employees. If they meet the criteria as set forth in the CCBOE policy and it is granted, their son or daughter would not have to sit out a year, as long as they do not enroll at a new school. Once they do that and return to their old school, then they would be forced to sit out a year.

Steve Figueroa of the Georgia High School Association reiterated that.

“If the student was eligible before the rezoning and if that student remains at the same school where he/she was eligible, they would remain eligible in the eyes of the GHSA. Period.”

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Property Transfers, Jan. 18, 2015

Sun, 1/18/2015 12:05 AM

Faircloth Homes Inc. to Justin B. Cook, 1448 Summit Lane, $214,000.

James A. Anderson to Thuy H. Tran, parcel ID 073A393, $113,000.
Mary Ann Helm nka Mary Ann Lesenmayer to David A. Watkins II, 321 Hackamore Trail, $121,000.

Stephen M. Ivey to Eugenia B. Poole, 5445 Kiokee Ridge Road, $431,500.

Ivey Residential LLC to Kimberly Nicole Montes, 1227 Yost Drive, $348,795.

Lori Callaway to David Morrical, 4080 Oregon Trail, $147,000.

Donald Lamar Battle to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 512 Great Falls, $133,500.

Nekly O. Thompson to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 2104 Magnolia Parkway, $160,000.

Clyde B. Jackson to Kevin L. Miller and Michelle K. Miller, 6229 Otis Way, $29,654.

R. Garrard Properties LLC to David A. Krzywda, 5755 Broad Oak Drive, $120,000.

Thomas R. McDaniel to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 1165 Parkside Trail, $171,500.

The estate of Cornelius Edward Redd Jr. to Roy S. Young, 1048 Douglas Road, $59,900.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 061083F, $35,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Justin W. Miles, parcel ID 069713, $243,021.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Patrick B. Bryan, parcel ID 0622479, $168,471.

Barbara Lacombe to Christina L. Oglesby and Archie E. Lee, 6639 Washington Road, $97,350.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Dennis J. Rodriguez, 1707 Edenburg Way, $215,895.

David P. Marana to Scott Kirby, 402 Connemara Trail, $156,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Bryan Paul Rhodes and Allison Stultz Rhodes, 2632 Waites Drive, $199,900.

Sylvia Harte to Albert J. Rapp IV, 642 Hamden Drive, $185,000.

Carlos Huff to Thomas Sparks, parcel ID 072C198, $92,500.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Timothy C. Tennant Jr., 2412 Newbury Ave., $192,805.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Trent Joseph Hoppman, 1504 Old Spruce Lane, $205,500.

Jeff McNair Construction Inc. to Jimmy R. Ivey Jr. and Amanda C. Ivey, 620 Louisville St., $189,000.

RT Bailey Construction Inc. to Clayton Gilchrist, 5545 Connor Drive, $185,700.

Laura J. Harriss nka Johnson to Mary E. Opacity, 138 Moss Creek Drive, $139,900.

Larry Landrum as administrator of the estate of Faye P. Landrum to David V. Parrish and Laurie A. Parrish, 19 Plantation Hill Drive, $171,500.

Mary Kelly Cox to John Louis, 659 Clinton Way West, parcel ID 073L175, $132,000.

Michael W. Coggins to David J. Honea and Amy K. Honea, 1308 Woody Hill Court, $339,000.

Regis Development Co. Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes Inc., parcel ID 0621415, $28,900.

Kenneth James Echols to Clayton P. Snider and Ashley A. Snider, 2037 Edenton Trail, $228,000.

Sylvia M. Mooney to Carol Dickerson, 4344 Ridge Cliff Drive, $112,000.

Jeremy P. Hutton to Daniel T. Novak and Amanda R. Novak, 3503 Wakefield Court, $174,000.

Deborah Breazeale Benassi to Joseph N. Hervais, 3684 Johns Road, $74,094.

Albert J. Rapp IV to Shawn P. Hammond, 4056 Raintree Court, $80,500.

Robert E. Miller to Sheila M. Hardy, 1662 Cedar Hill Drive, $192,500.

Bill Beazley Homes LLC to Nicholas S. Christensen and Megan C. Christensen, 1331 Royal Oak St., $169,900.

Alex Higgins to William W. Hawn, 967 Mitchell Lane, $250,000.

Shawn Vangelder to Matthew Blessing, 162 Crawford Drive, $128,000.

Min L. Todd to Joern Baumgarten, 3715 West Lake Drive, $370,500.

Todd A. Harig to Johnny Darren Teague, 4012 Braddock St., $145,000.

Kaden J. Jacobs to Lindsay K. Adler and Justin L. Vezina, 4034 Dowling Drive, $177,500.

Christopher Marc Pinto to Jennifer Louise Hardy, 7544 Lucas Ave., $247,000.

Robert S. Thigpen to Chad R. Griffin, 1017 Highgrass Court, $230,000.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Damian D. Brewster, 629 Goodale Lane, $90,000.

Park Ridge Builders Inc. to Rex I. DeFord and Laura A. DeFord, parcel ID 0681085, $223,900.

Adam D. Deas IV to Andrew E. Damm, parcel ID G19139, $207,400.

Mark Bars to Dew Land Development Co. parcel ID 017B007, 017B008 and 017B009, $60,000.

Aileen Christmas aka Aileen Ballard Christmas to Bryce Huckabee, parcel ID 078C153, $40,000.

Dina C. Wise to Rachel L. Neely, 582 Bradford Lane, $165,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Brian James Bradley and Lori Faith Bradley, 726 Southwick Ave., $251,910.

Ronald Kelly Simpson to Justin W. Henry, 4034 Old Trail Road West, $130,000.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to William S. Gwinn Jr., 2416 Newbury Ave., $186,770.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Fitzgerald Wiggleton and Laqueta Wiggleton, 1518 Old Spruce Lane, $213,990.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Matthew D. Ruetz and Leslie D. Gorman, 1729 Edenburg Way, $274,585.

Gary L. Shaw to Clayton M. McCoy, 4351 Deerwood Lane, $630,000.

Wilson parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc. to Robert Earl Gray and Conie R. Gray, 5636 Sunbury Loop, $301,935.

Winchester Homes GA Inc. to Wilberto Maldonado and Madelyn Maldonado, 1709 Edenburg Way, $244,000.

D7MCK Inc. to D.R. Horton-Crown LLC, parcel ID 069720, $35,500.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Gregory Stewart, parcel ID 0671418, $240,779.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to David S. Hernadez, parcel ID 0671417, $225,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Nazeer Majeed, parcel ID 0622493, $185,745.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Miami Inc. to United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia Inc., parcel ID 072H036, $93,169.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, 518 Salterton Way, $45,000.

PDH Builders Inc. to Luis A. Perez and Sherry H. Perez, parcel ID 066847, $298,000.

Ronald Janelle Jr. to Jason A. Keltner and Tiarra Keltner, parcel ID 009016G, $363,695.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, 543 Salterton Way, $45,000.

David Lee Archer to Ruth Brosnahan, parcel ID 081G060, $220,000.

Anar Maurya and Vaidhav Maurya to TriCare Associates LLC, parcel ID 082322, $167,500.

Fakhar Ahmad and Tabinda Fakhar to Eric R. Crossan, parcel ID 078250, $402,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of 079022B, $45,000.

J.R. Krueger and Joy G. Krueger to Kris Cook, parcel ID 081B831, $357,500.

Patricia A. Smith to John T. Reeves Dr., parcel ID 074C150, $75,000.

M21AP LLC to Darren M. Owens and Jeannie Owens, parcel ID 081A066, $184,900.

Reagan Sommers to Yolanda B. White, 346 Bowen Falls, $113,000.
Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co. to Louis Phipps, parcel ID 073D743, $9,900.

Kyle A. Ferguson to Jason Betterson, 145 Seaton Ave., $248,000.

Michael J. Sizemore to Edmond Jamostak, 4495 Andover Drive, $225,000.

Edwin L. Everingham to S. Melnia Wisk, 226 Nicklaus Court, $149,000.

Gerald H. Boyd to Larry Blake, parcel ID 073E161, $90,000.

Robert H. Orth Jr. to Jonathan J. Jenkins and Jennifer M. Jenkins, parcel ID 074H329, $227,000.

Michelle R. Buff to Andrea E. Hirsch, parcel ID 072C208, $124,000.

George J. Arcos to Andrew D. Kastello, parcel ID 084116, $710,000.

Bartley Homes Inc. to Timothy D. Gillham and Sarah E. Gillham, parcel ID 065A990, $363,000.

Angela D. Padgett to Tonia J. Krause, parcel ID 078E329, $119,000.

Benjamin A. McRae to Johnie Clevenger and Melissa Clevenger, parcel ID 061520, $150,000.

Nicholas A. Christensen to Steven J. Thor, parcel ID 059A419, $287,900.

Rodney G. Coe to Kevin R. Douglas, parcel ID 0671450, $270,000.

Jeff McNair Construction Co. Inc. to Cornelius J. Stone Jr., parcel ID H07001, $196,000.

Blaine Joseph Wokutch to Paul F. Goodwin and Kelsey P. Goodwin, parcel ID 073A290, $125,000.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Shonnita Delisha King and Izell King II, parcel ID 0611774, $224,900.

Marty Brown to Christopher Young, parcel ID 073D530, $118,500.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Janie M. Hill, parcel ID 059178, $255,000.

Ronald G. Brown to Vance Courtney and Jaclyn Courtney, parcel ID 051543, $224,900.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., a portion of parcel ID 060968, $67,500.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., a portion of parcel ID 060968, $80,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 061083F, $35,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 061083F, $35,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Sone E. Land, parcel ID 0611922, $177,900.

Dennis E. Mulhorn to Randall D. Amos, parcel ID 077E124, $119,900.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Michael B. Vickery and Elizabeth P. Vickery, parcel ID 0611917, $170,000.

Edward Parker Cudd to David Alemar and Beatriz Barrientos, 3502 Professional Circle, $90,000.

Ashley L. Terry to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight LLC, 5137 Saddle Circle, $148,000.

VIC-TO Enterprises LLC to Facundo Salinas Aguero, Miguel A. Salinas Aguero and Maribel Aguero Sanchez, 662 King Taylor Road, $125,000.

Santa Monica LLC to Pierwood Construction Co., 815 Watermark Drive, $104,700.

Santa Monica LLC to Pierwood Construction Co., 3230 Windwood St., $244,300.

Bridget McKnight Scott to Eben Taylor Gray, parcel ID 048012, $10,500.

Melissa N. Gravitt to Kimberlee P. Marsh, parcel ID 062196, $156,500.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Murray Road Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 079022B, $45,000.

Queensborough National Bank and Trust to Herman T. Lee, parcel ID 069125, $9,625.

Winchester Homes of GA Homes Inc. to Christine E. Vangelder and Shawn M. Vangelder, 2450 Newbury Ave., $181,505.

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New photos of attempted kidnapping suspects in Columbia County

Fri, 1/16/2015 9:00 AM

 

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has photos of two men they say tried to kidnap a man on Thursday.

The suspects were caught on tape at the Grovetown Walmart store prior to the incident, according to Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Morris.

When the man refused to go inside, the men fled and were later spotted on Belair Road by a Columbia County deputy. They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.

After a brief pursuit, the deputy was involved in a minor accident with the suspects and lost sight of them on Jimmie Dyess Parkway.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the men should call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (706) 541-2800.

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Police Blotter, Jan. 18, 2014

Thu, 1/15/2015 4:11 PM

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

Vandals return to damage park

Vandals hit Blanchard Woods Park again this past weekend.

On Monday morning, someone reported to authorities that someone busted several urinal pipes in the men’s bathroom between Jan. 10 and Monday morning.

Man reportedly shoots stranger

A Harlem man said Wednesday that he shot at a group of strangers who shot at him.

The man said he was smoking a cigarette on his front porch with his service dog at about 7:15 a.m., when the dog heard noises coming from the woods near the home. He went inside and got his 1911 handgun and AR-15 rifle.

When the man came back outside with the weapons, he saw five men who “seem to be of Muslim decent.”

One of the strangers had a sword and another had a firearm, which he shot toward the man. The man said he used the 1911 handgun to shoot back and hit one of the men. He said he emptied three eight-round magazines.

Deputies searched the area and found no evidence of the strangers. They did find a green and camouflage folding knife that the man and his wife said wasn’t theirs.

Man pulls knife on hotel guest

A guest at a hotel near Interstate 20 told police Monday that another guest pulled a knife on him in the elevator.

The man said he was a guest at the Travel Lodge on Park West Drive and went into the elevator at about 2:20 p.m. A guest from another room also got into the elevator.

As the elevator went up, the man said the other guest “bowed up” and said, “I’m crazy.” He replied he was crazy too. The other guest then pulled out a knife. The man said when the elevator doors opened, he pushed the knife-wielding guest out into the hallway. He tried to stab the man, who grabbed the top of the ice machine to block the knife.

The man said the other guests then ran down the stairs and outside. He was last seen on Park West Drive wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweat pants and black shoes.

The guest’s sister said he’d just gotten out of prison and was staying in the hotel with her and her husband because he had no place to stay.

He called the hotel while deputies were there, but refused to return to give his side of the story.

Man applying for job steals items

A man filling out an employment application stole from his potential employer.

While investigating another crime, a deputy discovered that a man took a portable DVD player from Atlantic Drywall on Camilla Avenue on Nov. 19.

The man was at the business filling out an employment application. He removed the DVD player from the box, put it down his pants and left.

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