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Mitchell Petras Evans High School

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:14 AM

 

If school is not in session and you need to find Mitchell Petras, look in the swimming pool.

The Evans High School senior trains up to six days a week, usually twice a day, and all the work has been paying off. After finishing 14th in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 IM in the 2013 state competition, Petras followed up in 2014 with a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast and a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM. He also helped the 200 free relay team and 400 free relay team to a fifth and eighth-place finish, respectively.

“I still feel like I have a lot of potential left,” said Petras. “There’s a lot of kids who will max out early in high school. Because of my training, there hasn’t been a ceiling to my expectations or performance at all.”

That training is in the pool with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League with a handful of others from the Evans team, which didn’t lose a meet last year and is 2-0 in the early stages of the 2014-15 season. It is being with those teammates that helps during the long hours.

“Practice is just somewhere you can get lost with the rest of your life,” Petras said. “It’s almost therapeutic in a sense. It can get boring sometimes, but I’m here with all my best friends, so there’s never really like a dull moment.”

Evans’ coach Tiffanie Douglas appreciates the hard work he puts in and what he does for the team in general.

“Even though he doesn’t swim with the other kids at practice, he’s still very aware of the team as a whole and doing what he can for the team and that kind of thing,” Douglas said.

Petras’ ASL coach, Neil Harper, thinks his dedication and determination are his best assets.

“He never misses, he’s here for every practice,” said Harper. “The only time he’s missed is when he’s had to go on visits to colleges. It’s been great.”

Over the summer, Petras had a chance to compete against Olympic swimmers and took a lot away from the experience.

“It’s one of those things where you never really understand how close you are to that upper-level, upper-echelon swimming until you’re actually in the pool with them,” Petras said. “It’s just a really big confidence boost when you can swim with them and they’re not looking down upon you or anything.”

While he wants to swim collegiately, going to a powerhouse Division I school isn’t necessarily at the top of the list for the potential aerospace engineer.

“I’ve applied to MIT (Mass-achussets Institute of Technology) and that’s probably one of my top choices right now,” Petras said, having visited the Division III school in October.

He wasn’t letting potential piles of snow on the ground and the cold scare him off.

“I’m betting on the fact they have a tunnel system there and I’ll never have to go outside,” he said, laughing.

And he was able to use a unique skill he’s picking up on his senior project on his college applications.

“It’s just one of those things, you watch Cake Boss every day and you’re like, I really want to do that,” Petras said. “I found someone my mom knew and I said I’m going to do cake decorating. I am pretty mediocre at it. I can do some intricate pipe work with icing, but I’m getting there.”

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:14 AM

Track and Field

Sports Academy South, Inc.’s registration for indoor track and field runs through Dec. 5.

Registration fee is $45, training fee is $75 a month, meet entry fee is $5-$20 depending on the meet and uniform cost is $30. Practice starts Dec. 8, time and place TBA. Call (706) 495-6663, e-mail samuellillyiv@yahoo.com or go to www.sportsacademysouth.com to register.

Baseball Camp

A-Team Winter Camp is Dec. 21 to Jan. 25, 2015 every Sunday at Riverside Park from 1 to 4 p.m. for those in grades sixth to 12th. Registration fee is $100 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7, after it is $125.

The camp aims to prepare players for the upcoming middle/high school season. Contact Adrian McCladdie at prideathletics00@yahoo.com or (706) 288-8511

Registration is at Hometown Sports.

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Prep Calendar for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:13 AM

Friday, Nov. 28

100 Black Men Tournament at Richmond Academy (Boys)

Evans vs Aquinas, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

100 Black Men Tournament at Richmond Academy (Boys)

Evans vs Glenn Hills, 1:45 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. North Augusta, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Augusta Christian at Fox Creek, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)

Evans vs. North Augusta, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)

Greenbrier at South Aiken, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 7 p.m. (girls)

Lakeside vs. Harlem, 6 p.m. (girls), 7:30 p.m. (boys)

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Greenbrier, Lakeside at Augusta Aquatic Center, 5:30 p.m.

Today, Nov. 26

Grovetown at Butcher’s Choice Duals at Grayson High School, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5:30 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Heathwood Hall, 6 p.m.

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Good 'Pack season comes to a close

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:13 AM

One step shy of their ultimate prize, the Greenbrier Pee Wee Wolfpack Pop Warner football team’s season came to a close.

Facing the Santa Fe Raiders in the third round of the Pop Warner Division III Southeast Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., the Wolfpack lost 21-7.

“It was a good run,” said Wolfpack coach Tony Carden, whose squad finished 8-3. “It’s the first time a Pop Warner team from this area has gotten that far.”

Having traveled the highway to Florida the past two weeks, the Wolfpack would have played for the championship the day after Thanksgiving in Orlando with a win.

“The team we played was pretty good. They were fundamentally sound, they threw the ball once or twice,” Carden said.

One of those passes helped turn the tables on the Wolfpack. Trailing 8-7, the Wolfpack missed on a fourth-and-goal, turning the ball over on downs. The Raiders then ran a middle screen that popped for a healthy chunk of yardage and they went on to a score for a 14-7 lead.

“That was a momentum changer,” said Carden.

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Be safe while cooking Thanksgiving meal

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:10 AM

The star of Thanksgiving, the feast, begins in the kitchen. But so does some of the most dangerous fire threats of the holiday.

Last year, 17 people died statewide as the result of cooking-related fires, and many of those were from a stove being accidentally left on, according to the Ralph Hudgens, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Dr. Fred Mullins, president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers Inc., warns about the dangers to children in the kitchen.

He recommends a 3-foot safety zone to keep children away from hot surfaces, scalding foods and other dangerous items.

Though a deep-fried turkey is yummy, Mullins suggests leaving frying turkeys to professionals. It is easy to overflow the oil from a turkey fryer into the flame below, causing an explosion. He suggests putting the turkey into the empty pot and slowly filling it with water. When the water level reaches 2 inches above the turkey, pull the bird out, mark the water level and fill it with oil to the mark.

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Police Blotter, Nov. 26, 2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:04 AM

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

Sitter scammed before first day

An Evans woman looking for a baby-sitting job said someone tried to scam her.

The 20-year-old woman said she met a man who identified himself as James C. Martins while searching on www.SitterCity.com. She and the man were negotiating a contract for her to baby-sit his 2-year-old daughter.

The man sent the woman two $950 MoneyGrams and instructed her to deposit the money orders, take her $230 first week salary and send the rest of the money back to him in Illinois so he can buy furniture.

The woman said the situation seemed odd and the man would only send text messages and e-mails. When she received the package containing the money orders, the sender was shown as Leonard Martin, not the original James C. Martins she said she was messaging.

Resident chases thief down road

A Grovetown man told deputies Sunday that he confronted a stranger he found rifling through his vehicle.

The 38-year-old man said he was asleep when his fiancee woke him at about 1 a.m. saying there was a man outside opening the door of his vehicle. The man has surveillance cameras outside the house with monitors in his bedroom. The man’s fiancee said she was watching TV and saw the stranger on the monitors.

The man said he grabbed a pellet gun and went outside to confront the stranger, who ran down Sylvan Lake Drive and between two houses. The man chased him and found the stranger stopped by a fence. The man said he had a gun and the stranger stood there for about two minutes before either going through or over the gate.

The man wasn’t able to get a clear look at the stranger, but said he was only in the vehicle about 20 seconds before he was confronted. Nothing was missing from the vehicle.

A nearby resident reported a man of a similar description in a neighbor’s vehicle late Sunday. The man said that at about 11:30 p.m., he was on his front porch on a street that backs up to the other man’s home. He saw the stranger get out of the vehicle with a flashlight and run into the woods. He notified his neighbor, who called authorities.

Items were thrown around inside the vehicle, but nothing appeared to have been stolen. The woods the stranger ran into lead to Miland Passage, Bowen Falls and Sylvan Lake Drive.

Scammer uses woman’s children as dependents

An Evans woman told authorities Thursday that someone using her identity also listed her children as dependents on a tax return.

The 23-year-old woman said she was incarcerated from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, when numerous credit accounts were opened in her name. Whoever was using the woman’s personal information also listed her children as dependants on an Internal Revenue Service tax return.

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Be thankful for the merciful Lord

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:03 AM

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits... He is compassionate, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy... He does not treat us as our sins deserve.”

– from Psalm 103

Hardly a Thanksgiving goes by that I don’t recall an incident that happened more than 20 years ago, when I had something to be thankful for I knew I didn’t deserve.

“You’re a real trooper, Barbara, and I don’t mean the kind with the flashing blue lights on top.”

I couldn’t believe this choice of words. Earlier in the week I had completed a rush job for a magazine, and the editor was writing to thank me. I also couldn’t believe his thank-you gift: a $100 bonus, the exact amount of the speeding ticket I received just a few hours before. A trooper, flashing lights and all, had clocked me at 15 mph over the speed limit on Skinner Mill Road.

For as long as I can remember I’ve lived by the verse, “God shall supply all your need...” (Philippians 4:19), but a traffic fine, too?

Though it’s been a long time since that up and down day, I still can’t forget the irony of this experience in supply and demand, or a God who cares that much for His wayward child – and I was wayward. It had been 15 years since I’d had a traffic violation. Still, as the Psalmist said, one of God’s many benefits is being “plenteous in mercy.”

Another of the “benefits is my birth into a family with strong, Christian roots.

Sunday School and worship and a lifestyle that shaped my life more than any competing influence I ever encountered. The stories and verses I learned continue to guide my decisions and calm my fears whenever flashing blue lights appear in my rear-view window. For example:

“My, that’s a big one,” the doctor said of the lump I had discovered in my abdomen a few days before. “We won’t know if it’s cancer until we get in there, but you leave the worrying to us.”

Oh, sure. Even with a strong faith, I knew cancer was no discriminator of persons. Christians die prematurely, too.

When my friend heard the news, she quoted John 11:4: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.” Knowing those were the words Jesus spoke before He raised Lazarus from the dead, I wasn’t sure they would apply to me.

Still, I clung to the hope that they would. Six weeks later my benign tumor was removed and I’ve been tumor-free ever since.

Sometimes God’s benefits have been displayed when my behavior needed surgery, like the time I wrestled with a choice between what I knew to be right, and what I wanted to do anyway.

My thoughts were on that decision, and not on the bell-bottom trousers I wore as I descended the staircase in my home. Halfway down, one foot became caught in the other cuff and I started to fall. Thankfully, I was able to grab the railing just as these words came to mind: “Unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before His presence with exceeding joy...(Jude 24).

I don’t know why God took care of my fine, spared my body from cancer or a fall when others succumb to circumstances every day. I don’t know why his mercy can be so plenteous or his grace so amazing and undeserved.

The only answer I can think of is that God’s benefits do not depend on how good his children are, but on how merciful He is.

BARBARA SEABORN IS A LOCAL, FREE-LANCE WRITER, AND AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, AS LONG AS THE RIVERS RUN: HIGHLIGHTS FROM COLUMBIA COUNTY’S PAST. E-MAIL COMMENTS TO SEABARA@AOL.COM.

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Many reasons to be grateful this year

Wed, 11/26/2014 12:02 AM

We all have things in our life that we are grateful for, some of us more than others. Myself? Well, I do consider my life great and have many things for which to give thanks.

Of course, you all know how important my family is to me. Tommy is my only son but, when it comes to doing things for me, he can do the work of ten. He is my heart and always will be. He is a man every one considers giving love beyond question, help when needed and a role model to his kids.

Then there’s my grandchildren. Jay just graduated college, is living in Charleston and starting a new job this month. It will be the first time he has been out on his own. Learning about life is tough, but I know he’ll do great. He will be going to medical school next year and told me he couldn’t wait to start taking care of me.

Sarah will start as a flight attendant with Delta in January. She begins training in December. We all are so proud of her. Only bad thing is this will be her first Christmas away from home. We are planning on talking to her online and opening our presents together. I will always worry about her but that’s nothing new.

I’ve always been very protective of Sarah and that’s something I’ll never stop. Thank you, Monique, for taking care of everybody.

Then, of course, there’s little Landon. He turned one last week. What an angel! He’s walking, getting into everything, trying very hard to talk and, definitely, keeps us all on our toes. He loves Mickey Mouse so the kids painted a play room for him in Disney colors. One wall black, one wall yellow and the other red. If he’s being a little too “active”, all you have to do is pop in a DVD with Mickey in it and he instantly becomes mesmerized.

This holiday season I realized how thankful I am for America. I hope all of you reading this knows what a glorious country we live in. Politicians come and go. They come because we vote them into office
and they go because we vote them out.

Don’t ever take this country for granted. Give thanks for this United States. Use your voice to support your beliefs without being afraid of prosecution.

I am especially grateful for Columbia County and my readers for the past three decades. Do you realize that I wrote my first column (which used to be called Pat’s Chatter) in the Spring of 1978. Maybe it’s time for me to retire.

Until then, Happy Thanksgiving, Columbia County, and may your holidays be blessed.

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Developer withdraws rezoning petition

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:21 AM

Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday to allow a developer to withdraw a petition to rezone more than 200 acres off of William Few Parkway to build a new 280-home neighborhood.

Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co. was facing a determined and organized opposition to the rezoning petition from other property owners in the area, many of whom came to a Nov. 6 Planning Commission meeting to voice their concerns.

A motion to approve the rezoning, which would have altered the R-A zoning to the R-2 designation, allowing smaller lots and more dense development, failed for lack of a second at the Planning Commission meeting.

On Nov. 13, Blanchard and Calhoun President Thomas M. Blanchard Jr. sent the board a written request to withdraw the petition, which was granted.

In other business, commissioners voted to appoint nine members to the new Columbia County Develpoment Advisory Committee, which was created to replace two other advisory boards commissioners voted to dissolve last month.

Commissioners unanimously approved:

Mark Ivey, residential contractor; Steve Clifton, commercial contractor; Rob Zapata, licensed subcontractor; Bill Boatman, developer; Robert Titus, engineer; Nathan Vick, architect and design; and Mickey Lonergan, site contractor. Tim Tyler and Oliver Owens were apppointed as “citizens at large” non-voting members.

Officials expect the new board will hold its first meeting in December.

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Police Blotter, Nov. 23, 2014

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:21 AM

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

Stolen checks cashed in Utah

Two Columbia County residents recently told authorities that their mailed checks were stolen and cashed in Utah.

A 62-year-old man said Monday that someone endorsed his $1,233.57 monthly retirement check and cashed it. The check typically arrived in his P.O. box around the first of the month. After failing to receive it, the man said he contacted the check issuer and was told it as cashed at a Wal-Mart in West Valley City, Utah. The store will release store video surveillance footage to law enforcement.

The man said he doesn’t know who may have endorsed or cashed the check or how they stole it.

A 78-year-old Grovetown woman told police a similar story on Tuesday. She said someone stole the $1,185 she receives from her late husband’s military service. The check typically arrives in the mail around the first of every month. When the check didn’t arrive, the woman called the issuer, who said it was endorsed and cashed at a different Utah Walmart store. She also has no idea how the check was stolen or who stole it.

Evans student pulls fire alarm

An Evans High School student was charged after he admitted to activating the school fire alarm on Tuesday.

The school’s assistant principal said the fire alarm at the school went off at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday. The school was evacuated and searched by Columbia County Fire Department personnel.

The student is shown on school video surveillance footage activating the alarm. He came to the office on Wednesday morning and admitted he’d activated the alarm.

The teen was arrested for transmitting a false report of a fire.

Woman hears home intruder

A Martinez woman told deputies Tuesday that someone walked into her home.

The 43-year-old woman said she heard the door to her home open at about 9 p.m. She thought it was her son opening the door for the cat.

But the woman heard a man’s voice just inside the doorway. He then ran out the door and into the woods.

The woman said she never saw the intruder and only heard him when he opened the door. She said the door was locked, but deputies found no evidence of forced entry.

Woman doused with Gatorade

A woman called authorities Tuesday after she said her ex-boyfriend poured Gatorade on her.

The woman said she left her workplace at PDQ at about 2 p.m. to go with her ex to a nearby grocery store. They argued about the clothes she was wearing.

The woman said her ex got so angry that he poured a bottle of Gatorade on her. She went back inside the restaurant and waited for her mother to arrive.

Suspicious call frightens woman

A woman said a suspicious call on her husband’s phone left her nervous.

The woman said her husband’s phone rang at about 3:15 p.m. with an unknown caller ID number, so she answered it.

She said the male caller asked if she still lived at her current address. When she didn’t answer, the caller said that he knows about her family and that she was home at the time with a baby.

The woman said she didn’t recognize the caller’s voice, but his threatening comments made her nervous.

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Thanksgiving closings

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:19 AM

Columbia County – Government buildings will be closed Thursday and Friday

Grovetown – Government buildings will be closed Thursday and Friday

Harlem – Government buildings will be closed Thursday and Friday

Columbia County School System – Schools and administration buildings will be closed Monday through Friday

– Valerie Rowell,
staff reporter

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Martinez woman wins $1.25 million on Cash Bonanza instant ticket

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:18 AM

A Martinez woman recently won $1.25 million on a Cash Bonanza instant ticket purchased at a Richmond County gas station.

Susan Jones claimed her prize Nov. 14 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Augusta
after purchasing the ticket at the Sprint Food Store on the 3100 block of Peach Orchard Road, according to a statement from Georgia Lottery media relations manager Kimberly Starks.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $15.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

– From staff reports

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Bulldogs hold off Knights to stay perfect

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:17 AM

Tuesday night at Evans, the Harlem High School Bulldogs walked off the floor 3-0 on the young basketball season, with two wins against county rivals.

After taking control of the game early in the fourth period, the Bulldogs held off a late Evans rally, winning 68-64.

“I knew this was going to be a tough game for us, and it’s been 10 years since we’ve beaten Evans, so I’m pretty proud,” said Bulldogs’ coach Kim Chambers.

Reggie Reid paced the Bulldogs with his third triple-double of the year, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. With the Bulldogs nursing a late lead, Reid went 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. His only miss came with the Bulldogs leading 63-61 with 40 seconds to play, but Rayshun Morris was there for the offensive rebound. He was fouled and sank two free throws to stretch the lead back to four.

“That was huge,” said Evans coach Kevin Kenny. “That was the perfect situation where we wanted it. We put them on the line and they missed and fundamentally we didn’t do a god job of getting the rebound. That was definitely hard to overcome right there.”

Evans’ freshman Serron Spann drilled his third 3-pointer of the night and Harlem’s Dakota Madigan hit one of two from the charity stripe to make the Bulldogs lead 66-64 with 17 seconds left in the game.

Spann was fouled with nine seconds left and with a chance to tie missed both free throws, with Reid grabbing the rebound and salting it away with two free throws.

“It’s a tough situation for a freshman with those two free throws,” said Kenny. “He (Spann) played well, he played very well that second half and he actually gave us a lift.”

Morris scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, which was big as senior Torien Beard fouled out at the beginning of the fourth period. “When Reggie (Reid) would dribble through and penetrate, I would just get ready to shoot and go to the hole,” said Morris.

Spann and Trevon Caberrus led the Knights (0-1) with 13 points while Michael Steflick had 12.

Free-throw shooting hurt the Knights as they finished 14 of 33 from the stripe while the Bulldogs were 14 of 21.

In girls’ play, a young Evans team saw its lone senior, Elyssa Melton, take charge as the Lady Knights beat the Lady Bulldogs (0-3) 67-16.

Starting the second period, Melton scored from all over the court, pouring in 12 of the team’s first 16 points as the Lady Knights took a 35-6 lead. She would finish with a game-high 20 points.

“This year early on her (Melton) being able to say I’m willing to take some shots from different spots on the floor, she’s my workhorse,” said Evans’ coach Ryan Morningstar, who started two freshmen, a sophomore and junior with Melton. “She’s definitely going to keep this team together.”

Freshman Kiyana Nelson showed her versatility adding 15 and junior Camille Saunders pitched in with 10.

Leah Wangness scored a team-high seven for the Lady Bulldogs. Coach Bill Madigan noted his young team will have to go through growing pains but liked the effort they put out on the floor Tuesday.

“I thought the second half we hustled more, we played a little bit harder,” Madigan said. “We have to play hard every time we’re on the court and look to improve every game and it’ll come.”

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:15 AM

Track and Field Registration

Sports Academy South, Inc.’s registration for indoor track and field runs thru Dec. 5. Registration fee is $45, training fee is $75 a month, meet entry fee is $5-$20 depending on the meet and uniform cost is $30. Practice starts December 8, time and place to be announced. Call (706) 495-6663, e-mail samuellillyiv@yahoo.com or go to www.sportsacademysouth.com to register.

Thanksgiving Day Camp

Sports Academy South, Inc. is holding a youth day camp for the Thanksgiving holiday, from Monday through Wednesday at the Liberty Park Community Center in Grovetown for boys and girls ages 5 to 16. Cost is $25 per day for first child and $20 per day for additional child. Call (706) 495-6663, e-mail samuellillyiv@yahoo.com or sign up at www.sportsacademysouth.com.

Baseball Camp

A-Team Winter Camp is December 21 to January 25, 2015 every Sunday at Riverside Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those in grades six to 12. Registration fee is $100 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7, after it is $125. The camp is to prepare players for the upcoming middle/high school season. Contact Adrian McCladdie at prideathletics00@yahoo.com or (706) 288-8511. Registration is at Hometown Sports.

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:15 AM

Monday, Nov. 24

Grovetown at Warren County Tournament, TBA (boys)

Evans Girls Thanksgiving Classic

Lakeside vs. Aquinas, 4:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Cedar Shoals, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. South Aiken, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Augusta Christian at Charleston Collegiate, 6 p.m. (boys)

Evans Girls Thanksgiving Classic, TBA

Grovetown vs. Aquinas, 4:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. South Aiken, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. Cedar Shoals, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

100 Black Men Tournament at Richmond Academy (Boys)

Evans vs Aquinas, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

100 Black Men Tournament at Richmond Academy (Boys)

Evans vs Glenn Hills, 1 :45 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. North Augusta, 5:45 p.m.

WRESTLING

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Grovetown at Butcher’s Choice Duals at Grayson High School, 8 a.m.

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Property Transfers, Nov. 23, 2014

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:11 AM

Jason A. Bradford to Richard L. Flake III, 146 Evergreen Drive, $138,000.

Destiny A. Biggs to Matthew D. Kitchens and Jessica L. Kitchens, 5098 Autumn Trail, $371,000.

Baldwin Hamptons LLC to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 0681125, $46,000.

Baldwin Hamptons LLC to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 0681122, $46,000.

Eastmoor Acres Realty Co. to ARCP CK Martinez GA LLC, 695 Furys Ferry Road, $700,000.

Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC to Alexander J. Friedman, 226 Asa Way, $,214,873.

Ivey Residential LLC to Steven R. Simmons Jr. and Monique M. Simmons, 1217 Absolon Court, $245,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Bryant Mack III, 2620 Waites Drive, $205,500.

Village at Hereford Farms LLC to ARCP MT Grovetown GA LLC, 5155 Columbia Road, $8,718,448.

Kathy L. Donaldson to Mathis Abrams Jr., 709 Stillwater Drive, $165,000.

Robin L. Guiney to Lydia L. Watters, 4064 Corners Way, $148,000.

Lisa Ann Patton to George Patton, 1194 Rivershyre Drive, $205,000.

CSRA Blackstone LLC to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 82406, $57,250.

Champions Golf Properties LLC to Tower 3 Golf, Champions Retreat, LLC, a portion of parcel ID 065894C, 065003K, 0651248 and 065889, $4,543,000.

Champions Retreat Golf Founders LLC fka Big Three Golf Founders LLC to Tower 3 Golf, Champions Retreat, LLC, a portion of parcel ID 065894K, 065003K, 0651248 and 065889, $2,100,000.

Bernice Marie Cook to John D. Estep, 3591 Marlboro St., $130,000.

Linda Gail Long to Roger Wayne Peck, 528 Hardy Drive, $24,000.

John S. Stewart to Gary A. Hill, parcel ID 072M311, $262,000.

Greystone Construction Servics LLC to Lucas W. McCuistain and Angela R. McCuistain, parcel ID 003013, $316,500.

Wayne F. Wynn to Peter Groya and Lindsay Anne Groya, 104 Fall Creek Lane, $142,100.

George H. Alexander to Nancy A. Ocque, 4097 Amherst Way, $128,500.

Lester T. Walden III to Jon M. Zumbro Sr. and Lesie A. Zumbro, parcel ID 072M187, $240,000.

Kelli T. Middleton to Kevin Holt, parcel ID 078H497, $231,900.

John Philip Rainchuso and Lori Rainchuso to Jessica E. Kendall, parcel ID 068A079, $76,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Elizabeth Cornejo, parcel ID 0611893, $242,700.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Kurt Boyd and Jessica Boyd, parcel ID 0611856, $219,900.

Tasha Ann Welch to Thomas B. McBride, 1408 Valleybrook Drive, $118,168.

Columbia Road Ventures LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0671510, $28,000.

Gordon David Hamilton and Glenda A. Hamilton to Chelsea L. Hanson, parcel ID 078C849, $89,900.

Bartles Farm LLC to Brett Andrew Cantey and Aniela Renee Cantey, parcel ID 015067, $70,000.

Jutco Inc. to Laurie B. Livingston, parcel ID 068900, $188,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Jerry Ray Phillips and Lisa Phillips, parcel ID 0611855, $198,500.

Alice June Lambert aka Alice J. Lambert to Peggy Benoit, parcel ID 042113, $132,000.

Margie F. Campbell to Raymond Randolph Murphy Jr. and Deanne Yeomans Murphy, parcel ID 071058, $379,900.

Raymond R. Murphy Jr. and Deanne Y. Murphy to Kenneth E. Foringer and Angela M. Foringer, parcel ID 071E031, $193,000.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Danny M. Street and Nancy R. Street, parcel ID 059144, $158,765.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Ryan G. Buttner and Kendra Lynn Buttner, parcel ID 0611868, $221,100.

Lance E. Penton and Juanita Joleigh Penton to Leslie S. Mills, parcel ID 067647, $160,000.

John Davitte to Billy R. Price and Connie Price, parcel ID 035A036, $106,500.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Miriam B. Brooks, 1236 Cypress Trail, $226,900.

Kathleen Williams to Patrick Michael Conley, parcel ID 081B127, $345,500.

Patrick M. Conley to Eric P. Barna, parcel ID 030154, $375,000.

William Teets to Victor Valenzuela, parcel ID 040185, $66,000.

Robert A. Beacham to Jing Wang and Fulei Tang, 3714 El Cordero Ranch Springs Road, $216,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Kristen Holmes and Ryan Holmes, 1016 Ardrey Circle, $261,400.

Bekey Barsh to Rudolph D. Falana II, 514 Casey Court, $138,000.

James E. Pierce III to Ryan P. McKilligan, 1138 Hunters Cove, $216,500.

T & F LLC to David Munos Picado, 1116 Brighton Drive, $17,000.

Dinsh P. Frank to Robert J. Kroleski and Lisa M. Kroleski, parcel ID 0621484, $117,900.

Ronda E. Gray to Marvin Story and Claude Wayne McKettrick, 5461 Wrightsboro Road, $98,000.

Daniel W. Pasch to Joseph B. Lowe and Vickie B. Lowe, 5023 Red Bud Drive, $224,500.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Timothy Kolody, 2409 Newbury Ave., $177,827.

JJ & Z Builders LLC to Catita S. Prather, 8842 Crenshaw Drive, $239,900.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Jonathan A. Hellyer, 2439 Newbury Ave., $184,370.

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Bryant K. Blue, 1510 Old Spruce Lane, $218,330.

All Weathers Construction Co. LLC to Steven C. Giese and Leann M. Giese, 825 Glencoe Way, $271,390.

Riverwod Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, parcel ID 058110, $193,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6335 Southbroom Drive, $49,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6331 Southbroom Drive, $49,000.

Riverwood Land LLC t o First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6325 Southbroom Drive, $51,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6321 Southbroom Drive, $49,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6304 Southbroom Drive, $53,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to First Choice Homebuilders LLC, 6308 Southbroom Drive, $51,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to All Weathers Construction Co. LLC, parcel ID 058109, $301,500.

Riverwood Land LLC to All Weathers Construction Co. LLC, 6333 Southbroom Drive, $49,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to All Weathers Construction Co. LLC, 6327 Southbroom Drive, $51,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to All Weathers Construction Co. LLC, 6323 Southbroom Drive, $49,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to All Weathers Construction Co. LLC, 6306 Southbroom Drive, $51,500.

Southfork Homes LLC to Muneer Othman Awad, 515 Split Pine Trail, $198,900.

Southfork Homes LLC to Arthur F. Garcia, 511 Split Pine Trail, $191,600.

MBH Holdings Inc. to Herbert Homes Inc., a portion of parcel ID 0622518, $257,400.

Henry Chlupsa to Crystal Durham, parcel ID 073C209, 073C208, 073C224 and 073C225, $356,000.

Jeff McNair Construction Inc., to Cheryl G. Bunn, 102 Morgan Drive, $180,000.

Robert Boggs to Robert E. Amerson Sr. and Michelle Amerson, 1975 Shoreline Drive, $135,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc. to Kevin B. Purcell and Tamara S. Purcell, 5652 Sunbury Loop, $257,000.

Wilson Parker Homes of Sunbury at Bartram Trail Inc. to John A. Morgan and Mallory A. Morgan, 5658 Sunbury Loop, $280,950.

Albert Dial to Jessica C. Algarin, 917 Burlington Court, $207,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5527 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5525 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5517 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5515 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5519 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1716 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Brenda M. Dolittle nka Waters as trustee of Item III of the Carey G. Doolittle Trust to RT Bailey Construction Co. Inc., 919 Windmill Lane, $80,000.

Bro-Con Development Inc. to RT Bailey Construction Inc., 5545 Connor Drive, $36,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 726 Southwick Ave., $41,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 728 Southwick Ave., $41,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 732 Southwick Ave., $41,000.

Canterbury Farms LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 730 Southwick Ave., $41,000.

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Marriage Licenses, Nov. 23, 2014

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:11 AM

Shane Christopher Dorris and Amber Lynn Mattingly applied for a marriage license on Oct. 23, 2014, and were married Oct. 25, 2014, in Appling.

Jonathan Paul Mixon and Jana West Anderson applied for a marriage license on Sept. 16, 2014, and were married Oct. 25, 2014, in Appling.

Samir Hasmukh Shah and Chandni Rajesh Amin applied for a marriage license on Nov. 7, 2014, and were married Nov. 7, 2014, in Evans.

Matthew Thomas Lawhorne and Jenelle Elizabeth Plotts applied for a marriage license on Oct. 17, 2014, and were married Oct. 25, 2014, in Dearing.

Michael Ryan Wynkoop and Heather Marie Peebles applied for a marriage license on Nov. 10, 2014, and were married Nov. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Damien Michael Lucree and Chloe Elizabeth Taylor applied for a marriage license on Oct. 29, 2014, and were married Nov. 8, 2014, in Evans.

Kevin Tuan Vo and Angelique Nichole Knight applied for a marriage license on July 18, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in
Augusta.

Brian Wesley Garrett and Kristina Renee Hall applied for a marriage license on Oct. 13, 2014, and were married Nov. 8, 2014, in Appling.

Philip Lee Lingen and Brilynn Marie Schrader applied for a marriage license on Nov. 10, 2014, and were married Nov. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Michael Andrew Tanner and Ashley Elizabeth Jones applied for a marriage license on Nov. 10, 2014, and were married Nov. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Bryan Charles Levy and Michele Erin Greely applied for a marriage license on Nov. 5, 2014, and were married Nov. 8, 2014, in Augusta.

Brian Joseph Huber and Caitlin Grace Jackson applied for a marriage license on Oct. 17, 2014, and were married Nov. 2, 2014, in Snellville, Ga.

Jason Tyler Kramer and Vanessa Austin applied for a marriage license on Oct. 30, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Evans.

William Floyd Crawford and Tiffany Marie Nickles applied for a marriage license on May 2, 2014, and were married May 3, 2014, in Evans.

Billy Ray Hunt and Gwendolyn Yvonne Williams applied for a marriage license on Nov. 4, 2014, and were married Nov. 4, 2014, in Grovetown.

Roberto Jose Abreu and Maria Gabriela Troconis applied for a marriage license on Nov. 6, 2014, and were married Nov. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Tyler James Gehle and Haley Brooke Henderson applied for a marriage license on Nov. 6, 2014, and Nov. 10, 2014, in Evans.

Jeffrey Keith Phipps Jr. and Hailey Elizabeth Booth applied for a marriage license on Nov. 10, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Evans.

Robert Curtis Phelps and Teodora Mullet Dullano applied for a marriage license on Nov. 13, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Evans.

Xavier Omar Enriquez-Rivera and Kacie Amber Kelly applied for a marriage license on Nov. 13, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Martinez.

James Morgan Smith Jr. and Krista Lynn Miller applied for a marriage license on Nov. 13, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Evans.

Joseph Randall Darvin Byrd and Kristin Nicole Schoenfelder applied for a marriage license on Nov. 13, 2014, and were married Nov. 13, 2014, in Evans.

John Harold Gray and Rhonda Lane Smith Lane applied for a marriage license on Nov. 3, 2014, and were married Nov. 9, 2014, in Martinez.

Gregory Alan Price and Angela Warner Randall applied for a marriage license on Oct. 21, 2014, and were married Nov. 8, 2014, in Evans.

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Divorces, Nov. 23, 2014

Sun, 11/23/2014 12:11 AM

Mariel Nazario and Carlos O. Vargus, Nov. 17, 2014.

Tammy Leedom Vaughn and William Dean Vaughn, Sept. 19, 2014.

Kevin J. Masserant and Brandi A. Masserant, Nov. 6, 2014.

Helen B. Samuels and Welborn L. Samuels, Nov. 6, 2014.

Rachel E. Cooper and Micah W. Cooper, Nov. 6, 2014.

Addison Zarnow and Catherine Zarnow, Nov. 7, 2014.

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Police Blotter, Nov. 19, 2014

Wed, 11/19/2014 12:23 AM

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

Woman finds dogs poisoned

A Harlem woman called authorities Friday after discovering someone had poisoned her dogs.

The 31-year-old woman said she went out of town on Nov. 2 with her two children and one of her three dogs. When she returned Friday, she found her Chihuahua dead. Another dog, a Pit Bull terrier, was sick, so she took it to the veterinarian. The vet told the woman the dog appeared to have been poisoned. The vet said it was likely the Chihuahua was poisoned as well, but died faster because it is much smaller than the pit bull.

The woman said she believes someone poisoned her dogs in an attempt to intimidate her.

Earlier Friday, a deputy responded to an alarm at the woman’s home, but nothing appeared to be out of place. Later, the woman discovered a key missing from a container in her living room.

Loan scammer issues threat

A Martinez woman told deputies Friday that a phone scammer threatened her with deportation.

The 35-year-old woman said she filled out an online application for a loan at Lending Tree a few months ago. In mid-October, the woman said she began receiving phone calls from a number she didn’t recognize and only answered one of the calls on Friday. The caller told the woman she was approved for a loan for up to $5,000 and was asked to provide her bank information and Social Security number, which she did. The caller then told the woman to purchase a $204 “Vanilla” of “Green Dot” cash card. She got the card and called back with the card number as instructed, but was told to wait an hour and the $5,000 would be deposited into her account.

The woman said she got a call back telling her she needed to provide an additional $500 to cover a new government regulation because she wasn’t a full citizen. When she said to cancel the loan because she didn’t have the money, the caller tried to get her to ask friends and family for the money and call back on Monday. When she repeated she didn’t have the money, the caller said she needed it for a government loan and that the police would send her back to Germany if she didn’t pay by Monday. The caller hung up.

The woman spoke with the caller three times on Friday about the loan. She went to the sheriff’s office substation, where a deputy told her to go directly to the bank and close her account.

At the bank, the woman put a hold on the account and was told no unauthorized money had been taken out of it.

Gun found in parking lot

A man called police Saturday morning after finding a gun in the parking lot of a Martinez business.

The man said about 10:45 a.m., he found a pistol in a holster in the parking lot of Dollar General on Baston Road. The man said he didn’t touch the weapon, but called authorities.

Deputies were not able to locate the owner.

They ran the firearm through a state and
federal database and
nothing appeared suspicious.

Statue broken in attempted theft

A man said Sunday morning that someone tried to steal an angel statue from his
yard.

The 74-year-old man said the previous night, someone tried to steal the statue from his front yard. It broke in half when someone tried to lift it.

He found the statue moved about 6 inches from where it was
standing the day
before.

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Early voting begins Wednesday in Columbia County commission District 3 runoff

Wed, 11/19/2014 12:23 AM

Early voting begins today in the runoff election to decide the Colum­bia County Board of Com­missioners’ District 3 seat.

Elections Director Nancy Gay said early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 26 at the Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, in Evans.

Gay said absentee ballots must be requested by Nov. 26 and returned to the elections office by Dec. 2. There will be no weekend voting, Gay said.

The election will be limited to voters who live in District 3 and were eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 election. District 3 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

Trip Derryberry, a Martin­ez businessman, and Mack Taylor, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, were the top two vote-getters Nov. 4 in the field of four vying to fill the seat vacated by Charles Allen, who resigned in March.

The following precincts are the only precincts that will be participating in the Special Election Runoff:

015 - Lewis Memorial Methodist Church

017 - Patriots Park

050 - George W. Jones Community Center

051 - Damascus Baptist Church

060 - Columbia County Board of Education

061 - Greenbrier High School

062 - Redeemer Presbyterian Church

063 - Riverside Elementary School

064 - Grace Baptist Church

065 - Christ Sanctified Church

130 - West Acres Baptist Church

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