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Retirement party planned for longtime Evans band director

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The public is invited to attend a drop-in reception in celebration of retiring Evans High School band director Reid Hall from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Snelling Center in Augusta. Alumni, parents and colleagues are encouraged to drop by.

Funds are being collected to send Hall on a trip of her choosing.

“Hall has been a scuba diver and loves to see the world. She’s taken the bands to London, Hawaii, New York, Boston and Orlando to name a few,” said Cindy Coule. “In each place the Evans Band has performed in numerous events including parades, concerts and other special events. These are some of the highlights of her career, so we wanted to send her on a trip from the band members, old and new to return the joy and let her relax for a change.”

Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page Retirement trip for Reid Hall. If you cannot attend, cards may be sent to Coule at 428 Connemara Trail, Evans, Ga. 30809.

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Current events

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:03 AM

Chamber event

Columbia County Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m. May 23, Gerald Jones Auto Group, 4022 Washington Road; members only; columbiacountychamber.com

Republican meeting

CSRA Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. May 23, Jones Creek Clubhouse, 777 Jones Landing Ct.; RSVP for dinner only, dinner is $12; guest speaker, Professor Craig Albert, Political Science, Augusta University; (706) 830-5730

Auditions

Auditions: Nice Work if You Can Get It, 6:30 p.m. May 26, Dayspring Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; Greater Augusta Youth Theater; July 22-23 at Augusta Preparatory Day School;

Luncheon

Augusta Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Riverview United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1244 Furys Ferry Road, Evans; reservations required by May 21. Call Joy at (706) 650-9638 or randolphjoy@att.net.

Run for Epilepsy

Step Up for Epilepsy, 9 a.m. May 28, Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Dr.; $30, $25 students, $40 day of event; benefits the Epilepsy Foundation; pre-register until 5 p.m. May 27; registration begins at 8 a.m. day of run; email seizethemomentga@yahoo.com or call (706) 294-1750

Arts Camp

Harlem Arts Council presents Camp 1, Painting May 31 - June 2 from 10 a.m.- noon for 1st-3rd graders. Larger than life painting in the style of Georgia O’keefe. Cost is $75 plus a $5 supply fee. Teacher- Angelika & Gayla. Classes to be held at Tippy Cakes beside railroad tracks on N. Louisville in Harlem. For more information e-mail harlemartscouncil@gmail.com or call (706) 231-7199

Foster Parents orientation

Foster Parent Orientation, 10 a.m.-noon, May 31, Necco Augusta, 4424 Columbia Road Suite B; Necco is looking for parents to work with children ages birth to 21 years old; register by calling (706) 210-3435; necco.org

Beach Bash

Summer Beach Blast Friday, June 3 at Evans Towne Center Park featuring Soul Dimensions, The Tams and The Catalinas. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. $80 VIP tickets are going fast. Purchase tickets at any Associated Credit Union branch and at summerbeachblast.com.

Wildwood Games

All day, June 4-5, Wildwood Park, 3780 Wildwood Lane; USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, Wildwood Games, running, open water swimming, and more June 4; disc golf, trail races June 5; register at active.com; wildwoodgames.com

Sailing Club open house

Augusta Sailing Club Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4, Augusta Sailing Club, 5462 Sailing Road, Appling; grounds will be open for tours, mock regatta; various boat types available for intro sails; rlrhatcher@comcast.net, augustasailingclub.org

Men’s cancer walk

Cecil Herrin’s
Men’s Breast & Prostate Walk, 8 a.m. June 4, Columbia County Amphitheatre, 7022
Evans Towne Center Blvd.; all walkers welcome, any health level, any age; first 100 male survivors receive a free T-shirt; walk to raise awarness of male cancers; (706) 755-3957; facebook.com/GeorgiaCancerCenter/events

Home school book sale

CSRA Home Education Association Used Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. June 4, Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church, 136 N. Belair Road; sellers can contact kchan344@gmail.com to reserve a spot; shopping is free

Broadway Boogie

Columbia County Choral Society: Broadway Boogie, 7:30 p.m. June 4, Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; $15, $12 military, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; music selections from 100 years of Broadway, from Tin Pan Alley to contemporary Broadway; tickets at the door or online at columbiacountychoralsociety.org

Democratic meeting

Columbia County Democratic Party monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 6, Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr.; free; columbiacountydemocrats.wordpress.com

Outdoor expo

Southeastern Outdoors Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-5, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive; free; vendors, live demonstrations, barbecue, beer; seoutdoorsexpo.com

Anime Camp

Camp for teens ages 10-15; 1-3 p.m. June 7-9, Tippy Cakes Bakery, 203 N. Louisville St., Harlem; $80; learn to create your own characters for a graphic novel using manga style; all art classes held by the Harlem Arts Council; harlemartscouncil@gmail.com, (706) 231-7199

Jurassic World arts camp

Jurassic World Summer Arts Camp, 10 a.m.-noon June 14-16, Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road; $85; for ages 6-10; limited scholarships available to qualifying students; artistsguildcc.org

Candlelight, wine

Candlelight and Wine Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. June 18, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; bring seating and picnic; enjoy jazz, soul, R&B, spoken word, rock, funk and gospel music and art; (762) 233-5299

Weeknight dinners

Saturday Chef: Week Night Dinners, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; simple solutions to preparing items ahead of schedule; register at helmscontinuingeducation.com or call (706) 651-9707

Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence Workshop, 11 a.m.-2 :30 p.m. June 22, Thomson Depot, 111 Railroad St.; workshop for teens ages 13-19 and their parents; (706) 736-2499, safehomesdv.org

Classic Rock

Classic Rock Meets Classic South, 6 p.m.
June 23, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016
Evans Town Center
Blvd.; $25, $80 VIP; Little River Band with Atlanta Rhythm Section and FireFall; part of the Columbia County Community Concert Series; Columbia County has partnered with iHeart Radio for this event ; gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert following at 6 p.m.; tickets on sale now; classicrockclassicsouth.com

Water Skiing

Adaptive Water Skiing Event, 10 a.m. June 25, Pointes West Army Resort, 6703 Washington Road; free for children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities; lunch provided; register or volunteer at cmfa.us; (706) 364-2422 or email info@cmfa.us

Book Sale

Friends of the Columbia County Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; free; the Friends of the Columbia County Libraries will hold a big book sale on July 8-10, 2016 at the Evans
branch from 10-5 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-5 pm on Sunday. Books will be on display in the foyer of the library. There will be both fiction and non-fiction books for sale

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525
Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to- to Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance
for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grove-town Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Gold club

Gold Prospectors Association of America meets 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Live wrestling

First Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., bell time 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Hospital classes

Classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Zumba classes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

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Pet Adoptions

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:03 AM
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Police blotter

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:02 AM

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

Employees fight while on clock

Two employees at an Evans business got into a physical altercation after one bumped into the other.

According to reports, one employee stated she was working when another employee bumped into her.

The pair then got into a verbal argument before one hit the other in the mouth with her hand.

One woman stated she began to defend herself and the two started pulling each other’s hair and fell to the ground.

The manager separated the women and one of the employees left the scene before deputies responded. Police reported small cuts on one woman’s lip and disheveled hair. She declined medical treatment.

Man, son report robbery with gun

A man called police after his son told him some of his friends were robbed at gunpoint on a playground.

According to reports, the man stated that his son said several friends were hanging out at the playground at Blue Ridge Elementary School when an unknown male suspect approached them, pulled out a firearm and demanded their wallets.

The man told police his son was not there, but his friends told him about it. No victims or witnesses have come forward to report the crime.

Police urged the man to tell the juveniles’ parents to contact authorities.

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Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to hold second event in 2016 Executive Luncheon

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:02 AM

 

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will hold the second event in the 2016 Executive Luncheon Series on June 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Keynote speaker Lynn Billing, Senior Vice Pres­ident of Spherion Staffing Services, poses the question, “Is your workforce engine high octane?” Your workforce is the fuel that powers your business.

You need it firing on all burners all the time. Do you have the right people on your team? Have you provided training that optimizes productivity? Is your workforce engaged?

Lynn will discuss topics that include workforce recruitment and retention, and she will share Spherion’s latest Emerging Workforce study. This landmark research initiative provides a comprehensive portrait of the changes and trends shaping the American workforce. Now in its 19th year, the study offers insights to help employers find, engage and retain the best workforce.

Tickets are available through the Columbia Coun­ty Chamber’s Web site columbiacountychamber.com or by calling (706) 651-0018.

Chamber members are $25, and non-members are $35. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Rachel Ellefson, Programs Manager for the Columbia County Chamber, at rachel@columbiacountychamber.com.

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Fleet of Fiats used to entice drivers

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:02 AM

A fleet of Fiat 500 cars can be seen zipping around Fort Gordon clad in Dominos logos with drivers who have made a career with the pizza delivery business.

Leading those drivers and some 23 other stores, including a new one opening in Martinez, throughout Columbia and Richmond counties, Charleston and Myrtle Beach is Australian native Kerri Saunders.

Saunders began making pizzas for Dominos when she was just 15 years old in Australia and now, 28 years later, has brought everything the business she loves has to offer to the East coast.

“I started in Australia when there was only 17 stores and today there are over 900 stores in Australia,” Saunders said. “Then I moved over to the UK to be an operations director for 800 stores over there, they have five countries in their business, and I really wanted to get back into being a franchisee myself and so the opportunity came up to buy stores over here.”

Saunders said a retiring owner was her ticket to becoming a franchisee again, and now she’s opening doors for others who may want a chance at a career with the company she credits for her success.

“I basically just started making pizzas when I was 15 and I showed initiative, I showed courage and willingness to do the job,” Saunders said, adding that she originally had plans to attend college for acting, but things turned out differently.

“I actually failed my interview, I forgot my lines on the first day. I said I would do it again next year, but then I became a manager and started earning some really good money and loving what I was doing,” Saunders said. “I just love Dominos. It’s a big part of my life.”

Now, Saunders’ newest initiative is to hire some 50 delivery drivers and other staff and reverse the stereotype that delivery drivers cannot earn a living. Saunders referenced driver Jimmy Ward who works at the Fort Gordon store as a delivery driver and driving coach for Dominos. Ward drives one of the company’s Fiat 500 delivery vehicles.

“It makes them think of pizza but also hopefully we’ll get some more delivery drivers because a lot of our drivers they may never have driven a new car, but they get to drive a brand new car with air conditioning, GPS, and save on fuel,” Saunders said. “Some of our highest paid drivers are in Augusta.”

Saunders added that Ward’s career with Dominos will be featured on pizza boxes soon in an attempt to draw in new employees.

“I think the career element is the big part people don’t realize. They think delivering pizzas you can’t earn much money doing that, but our guys earn some serious money and our top 100 drivers earned over $30,000,” Saunders said. “So just trying to get people to understand that there is a big career opportuntiy and that every franchisee that you see around the world they probably started out making pizzas.”

Saunders says although she lives in Charleston, she likes to think of herself as a local because of her active involvement with her stores.

“We come and we take orders and make pizzas with the guys and do promotions with the guys. We are very invested in our team,” Saunders said. “If our team enjoys being here and our team are well trained that will automatically flow through to great customer service.”

Applications can be found at jobs.dominos.com or taken in store. Saunders says they are hiring to help staff one of the new stores opening off of S. Belair Road.

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Wildwood Games will return to park

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:01 AM

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The third annual Wildwood Games will be held in Columbia County June 4 and 5. The multi-sport competition will feature the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships. Additional competition will include trail running, disc golf, and open water swimming. This year organizers are also offering BMX and a skateboard competition at Blanchard Woods Park.

“This event was created to bring people to visit Columbia County, and as a way of promoting our great natural resources. It has served its purpose well,” said Columbia County CVB executive director, Randy DuTeau

Competition will begin with the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. More than 200 riders from across the country are expected to compete on the 60-mile course that utilizes the Bartram Trail from Wildwood Park to West Dam Recreation Area on Clarks Hills Lake, and the Keg Creek trail and Mistletoe State Park trails to the west of Wildwood Park.

At 10 a.m. open water swimmers will take off from the Wildwood Park mega-boat ramps for either a 1.5 or 3-mile swim. For the safety of the swimmers, the boat ramps will be closed to all non-event boat traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Competition at Blanchard Woods Park will kick-off with BMX at noon. Skateboard Park competition will begin at 6 p.m. Registration for both events will be on-site only. Skateboard and BMX are subject to cancelation in the event of rain.

On June 5, the trail races will kick-off at 7 a.m. There will be four distances offered: 50K (ultra-marathon), Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10K. and at 9 a.m. the first of two rounds will begin at the International Disc Golf Center.

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Greenbrier senior to play ball for Lions at Mars Hill

Wed, 5/25/2016 12:01 AM

Justen Hartfield has had a spring he’ll always remember.

Earlier this month, the Greenbrier point guard signed a college basketball offer to play at Mars Hill in the fall. Later, he was named the Region 2-AAAAA Baseball Player of the Year.

In basketball, Hartfield earned first-team, all-county honors three years in a row. He earned first-team, all-region honors three years in a row.

Hartfield scored more than 1,400 points in his prep career, leaving Greenbrier as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Also, he was earned the 2015-16 Eric Marshall Award, given to the top basketball player in Columbia County.

Hartfield joins a Mars Hill program that competes on the NCAA Division II level. Last season, the Lions, who play in the South Atlantic Conference, went 9-19 last season.

In baseball, Hartfield helped lead the Wolfpack to a 20-8 record and an appearance in the second round at state this past season. He also was a member of Greenbrier’s state championship squad junior year.

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Property transfers

Sun, 5/22/2016 12:01 AM

PDH Builders, Inc. to Jordan D. Mellinger and Brittany Mellinger as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 058, 176; $308,500

John R. Brose to Marque Jackson; 1211 Pinnacle Dr.; $161,000

Bobby B. Brown to Kristopher R. Vanderbilt; 2096 Magnolia Parkway; $177,500

Cedar View Farms, LLC to Polestar Exchange Ga Grovetown Wrightsboro, LLC; Map & Parcel number: G01, 004; $2,500,000

Charles L. Whigham to Polestar Exchange Ga Grovetown Wrightsboro, LLC; Map & Parcel number: G01, 003; $535,000

Cedar View Farms, LLC to Polestar Exchange Ga Grovetown Wrightsboro, LLC; Map & Parcel number: G01, 004; $0; Deed Confirming Title Already Vacated

Charles L. Whigham to Polestar Exchange Ga Grovetown Wrightsboro, LLC; Map & Parcel number: G01, 003; $0; Deed Confirming Title Already Vested

Mary Louise Desormeaux to David A. Desormeaux; 3521 Stardust Dr.; $0

Wells Fargo Bank, NA to Jose E. Gutierrez; 112 Laura Lane; $30,000

McKendry Family Partnership LLP to Joseph Patrick Johnson; Map & Parcel number: portion of 049, 001G; $80,000

Frederick H. Reed, Jr. to David L. Dorn; Map & Parcel number: 074C, 174; $144,522

Ronald Wilson to Brooks Whitmire; Map & Parcel number G18, 002; $135,000

Gateway storage, LLC to TLC Properties, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: easement ouf ot 061, 030L; $0

James William Mrogik to Patricia Josephine Mrogik; 7272 Moontown Rd.; $0; Deed of gift

James William Mrogik to Patricia Josephine Mrogik; 7287 Moontown Rd.; $0; Deed of gift

Bradley C. Moon to Joel McClellan; 901 Mitchell Lane; $155,494; First Transferee Foreclosure

Cynthia J. Wilson to Capitol RE, LLC; 303 Hornhead Dr.; $79,000; First transferee Foreclosure

Dalton J. Jackson to Dana Ocrowley; 3591 Westhampton Dr.; $66,000; First transferee Foreclosure

Mary G. Dyke to Beneficial Financial I Inc. successor by merger to Beneficial Mortgage Co. of Georgia; 3717 Pine Ridge Run; $93,324; First transferee Foreclosure

Jospeh J. Bivona to Joesph J. Bivona, trustee of the Joseph J. Bivona Trust Dated May 3, 2016; Map & Parcel number: 007-035; $0; Estate deed

Pierwood Constructions Company to Sean Garza; 3308 Alexandrai Dr.; $209,900

Angela Owens Turner to Clay D. Capps; 404 Arthurs Court; $118,000

Wesley A. Daniels, Jr. to Dee Eston Burdette; 5088 Sussex Dr.; $234,900

William H. Lowe, III to Caitlin E. Angelette; 449 Parliament Rd.; $210,000

Metro Homesites, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 283 Crown Heights Way; $38,500

Metro Homesites, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 284 Crown Heights Way; $38,500

Metro Homesites, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 287 Crown Heights Way; $38,500

Metro Homesites, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 291 Crown Heights Way; $38,500

Metro Homesites, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 285 Crown Heights Way; $38,500

Rhodes Farm, LLC to Jennifer Samuelson; Map & Parcel number: 084, 099; $61,667

Kenneth R. Patterson to Derrick M. Scott and Shelby A. Scott, as JTROS; 4501 Country Glen Circle; $170,000

Federal National Mortgage Association to Patric Moore; 2011 Sylvan Lake Dr.; $150,000; Government/nonprofit

Jessica Cooper to John S. Smith; 1211 Greenwich Pass; $224,900

Kristen Vegh to Andrew Johnston; 4393 Sandy Ridge Place; $118,000

Drew Land Development Co. to Mike Osbon; 6690 Washington Rd.; $60,000

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 5/22/2016 12:01 AM

Jayson Dwayne Wheatley and Sara Rachael Hof applied for a marriage license Nov. 11, 2015 and were married Nov. 13, 2015 in Evans.

Arun Ambalal Amin and Santosh Misra applied for a marriage license on July 31, 2015 and were married May 9, 2016 in Evans

Mitchell Dye Hauff and Katie Victoria Arasi applied for a marriage license on March 16 and were married May 7 in Colbert

Amber Nicole Niklinski and Kala Nichole Linaweaver applied for a marriage license on March 18 and were married May 6 in Tybee Island

Jeffrey Scott Todd and Victoria Lynn Cunningham applied for a marriage license on March 21 and were married March 26 in Glynn

Albert Newsome Jr. and Deidra Lurine Jones applied for a marriage license on March 31 and were married April 16 in Augusta

David Franklin Reynolds II and Taylor Eleni Frazier applied for a marriage license on April 21 and were married May 14 in Augusta

Drew Philip Hawthorne and Suzanne Marie Warren applied for a marriage license on April 22 and were married May 7 in Grovetown

Jeffrey Brandon Shuman and Sara Jaudon Shuman applied for a marriage license on April 22 and were married May 10 in Evans

Christopher Scott Futo and Tiffany Michelle Futo applied for a marriage license on April 26 and were married May 14 in Helen

Walter Lee Watson and Gennielle Napualei Sanchez Walker applied for a marriage license on April 27 and were married May 7 in Martinez

Glover Addie Youngblood and Taylor Marie Wolbert applied for a marriage license on May 2 and were married May 14 bin Augusta

Raymond Demar Harris and Ashleigh Lines applied for a marriage license on May 4 and were married May 7 in Evans

Andrew Francis Gillis and Florence Nicola Jones applied for a marriage license on May 5 and were married on May 13 in Evans

Daniel Peter O’Brien Jr. and Holly Anne Sweat applied for a marriage license on May 9 and were married May 9 in Savannah

Edward Ralph Stanley and Tuesday Louise Marable applied for a marriage license on May 9 and were married May 13 in Harlem

James Anthony Mumford and Megan O’Grady Armstrong applied for a marriage license on May 10 and were married May 10 in Augusta

Kevin Gerald Tschida and Susan Denise Hubbard applied for a marriage license on May 10 and were married May 14 in Greensboro

Charles James Combahee and Erica Lindsay Meeks applied for a marriage license on May 12 and were married May 12 in Evans

Talon Matthew Bohannon and Kathleen Paige Koles applied for a marriage license on May 12 and were married May 12 in Warrenton

Bryan Michael Cook and Stephanie Dianne Luque applied for a marriage license on May 12 and were married May 12 in Appling

Brian Keith Hymer Jr. and Brittnee Nicole Doying applied for a marriage license on May 12 and were married on May 14 in Augusta

Patric Logan Alexander and Abagail White Skinner applied for a marriage license on May 13 and were married May 13 in Evans

David Hiram Gay III and Savannah Rose Rowell applied for a marriage license on May 16 and were married May 16 on Tybee Island

 

 

Joshua Edward Beisel and Sharon Jennifer Weland applied for a marriage license on May 16 and were married May 17 in Evans

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Current events

Sun, 5/22/2016 12:01 AM

Chamber event

Columbia County Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m. May 23, Gerald Jones Auto Group, 4022 Washington Road; members only; columbiacountychamber.com

Republican meeting

CSRA Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. May 23, Jones Creek Clubhouse, 777 Jones Landing Ct.; RSVP for dinner only, dinner is $12; guest speaker, Professor Craig Albert, Political Science, Augusta University; (706) 830-5730

Women’s luncheon

Augusta Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Riverview United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1244 Furys Ferry Road, Evans; reservations required by May 21. Call Joy at (706) 650-9638 or randolphjoy@att.net.

Run for Epilepsy

Step Up for Epilepsy, 9 a.m. May 28, Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Dr.; $30, $25 students, $40 day of event; benefits the Epilepsy Foundation; pre-register until 5 p.m. May 27; registration begins at 8 a.m. day of run; email seizethemomentga@yahoo.com or call (706) 294-1750

Summer Arts Camp

Harlem Arts Council presents Camp 1, Painting May 31 - June 2 from 10 a.m.- noon for 1st-3rd graders. Larger than life painting in the style of Georgia O’keefe. Cost is $75 plus a $5 supply fee. Teacher- Angelika & Gayla. Classes to be held at Tippy Cakes beside railroad tracks on N. Louisville in Harlem. For more information e-mail harlemartscouncil@gmail.com or call (706) 231-7199

Wildwood Games

All day, June 4-5, Wildwood Park, 3780 Wildwood Lane; USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, Wildwood Games, running, open water swimming, and more June 4; disc golf, trail races June 5; register at active.com; wildwoodgames.com

Sailing Open House

Augusta Sailing Club Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4, Augusta Sailing Club, 5462 Sailing Road, Appling; grounds will be open for tours, mock regatta; various boat types available for intro sails; rlrhatcher@comcast.net, augustasailingclub.org

Broadway Boogie

Columbia County Choral Society: Broadway Boogie, 7:30 p.m. June 4, Grace United Methodist Church, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; $15, $12 military, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; music selections from 100 years of Broadway, from Tin Pan Alley to contemporary Broadway; tickets at the door or online at columbiacountychoralsociety.org

Democratic meeting

Columbia County Democratic Party monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 6, Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr.; free; columbiacountydemocrats.wordpress.com

Outdoor expo

Southeastern Outdoors Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-5, Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive; free; vendors, live demonstrations, barbecue, beer and more; seoutdoorsexpo.com

Candlelight, wine series

Candlelight and Wine Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. June 18, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; bring seating and picnic; enjoy jazz, soul, R&B, spoken word, rock, funk and gospel music and art; (762) 233-5299

Weeknight dinners

Saturday Chef: Week Night Dinners, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; simple solutions to preparing items ahead of schedule; register at helmscontinuingeducation.com or call (706) 651-9707

Civil War meeting

Civil War Roundtable meeting, 6 p.m. June 20, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; $12 for dinner; dues are $25 per year; speaker is Kittrell Rushing, professor of political science at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and editor of Reminiscences of an Old Georgia Lawyer and Journal of a Georgia Woman; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com

Classic Rock

Classic Rock Meets Classic South, 6 p.m. June 23, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $25, $80 VIP; Little River Band with Atlanta Rhythm Section and FireFall; part of the Columbia County Community Concert Series presented by Columbia County and Associated Credit Union; Columbia County has partnered with iHeart Radio for this event – who will be providing concert details via their stations Eagle and WBBQ; gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert following at 6 p.m.; tickets on sale now; classicrockclassicsouth.com

Water Skiing

Adaptive Water Skiing Event, 10 a.m. June 25, Pointes West Army Resort, 6703 Washington Road; free for children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities; lunch provided; register or volunteer at cmfa.us; (706) 364-2422 or email info@cmfa.us

Book Sale

Friends of the Columbia County Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; free; the Friends of the Columbia County Libraries will hold a big book sale on July 8-10, 2016 at the Evans
branch from 10-5 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-5 pm on Sunday. Books will be on display in the foyer of the library. There will be both fiction and non-fiction books for sale

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525
Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to- to Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance
for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grove-town Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Gold club

Gold Prospectors Association of America meets 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Live wrestling

First Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., bell time 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Hospital classes

Classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Zumba classes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

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Police Blotter

Sun, 5/22/2016 12:00 AM

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

Dog abused, woman claims

A woman has accused her roommates of animal abuse.

According to reports, the victim came home and found the dog’s collar tightened around its neck so tight it urinated on itself.

The woman stated that she took the Boston-Terrier mix to St. Francis Animal Hospital, where she was told the injuries could not have been self-inflicted. The report also stated that the animal had sustained skull trauma.

The woman said that two roommates lived at the residence with the woman and the dog.

When questioned, one roommate told police he left and went at Wal-Mart. The second roommate said he did not know what happened to the dog and that he went to his bedroom after eating dinner. But that he was the only one at the residence at the time. The roommate told police he would look for a new place to live.

The woman said she wants to press charges if a suspect is identified.

Juvenile steals from parents

A Martinez juvenile was arrested for attempting to steal his parent’s vehicle and money.

According to the report, the couple heard their car alarm going off around 11 p.m. They located their son in the car attempting to leave.

The juvenile returned and the parents learned that he had stolen a debit card. He then gave back the car keys and debit card and left the residence on foot. When police were called, the juvenile returned.

After being questioned about the money, he admitted the theft and that he returned the money to his mother. He was placed in custody.

Deputy assists stranded driver

A deputy assisted a stranded motorist on Interstate 20. According to the report, a deputy responded to the location in reference to a disabled vehicle. The driver told the deputy his truck was low on fuel.

The deputy took the driver to the Pilot gas station on Jimmie Dyess Parkway. Next, the deputy transported the driver to the Wal-Mart in Grovetown to purchase starter fluid.

The vehicle was still unable to be started and the deputy contacted a tow truck.

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Property transfers

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:02 AM

Oconee Captial Investments, LLC to Sarah S. Tripp; Map & Parcel number: 079, 210; $250,900

R. Lewis Construction, LLC to Robert Yarbrough; Map & Parcel number 060, 181; $430,000

Silverwood Land, LLC to PDH Builders, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 058, 170 & 158, 171; $120,000

Robert O. Yarbrough to John H. Earwood; Map & Parcel number: 067, 1352; $198,000

Michael Knoblauch to Matthew Duke Wright; Map & Parcel number: 061, 613; $200,000

Tindall Construction, LLC to Philip White; Map & Parcel number: 068, 992; $205,500

Id Qin Zhu to Xiao Ying Lin; Map & Parcel number: G19, 120; $10

Lauren Akins, fka Lauren Wiggins to Jonathan Grabb; Map & Parcel number: 072K, 082; $130,000

Department of Housing and Urban Development to Carlos Melender; Map & Parcel number: 054, 027J; $0; Government/Nonprofit public corporation.

Justin B. Brown to Neale M. Alanis, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 077E, 137; $155,500

Estate of William N. Agostas, Jr. to Trust fbo Haley Agostas under Item V u/w Willim N. Agostas, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 052, 031; $0; Estate of Deed

Ola G. Screws, Trustee of the Ted H. Screws, Sr. and Ola G Screws Living Trust and Ola G. Screws to Lisa Kay Endredi; Map & Parcel number: 082B, 153; $0

Sheri Overstreet to Lisa Kay Endredi; Map & Parcel number: 082B, 120; $0

Hubert A. Wallace to Travis A. Woods; Map & Parcel number: 062, 531; $143,000

James Neil Osbon to Georgette C. Osbon; Map & Parcel number: 078A, 212; $0 Deed of gift

Michael S. Lewis to Gregory D. Sharpless; Map & Parcel number 060609; $247,500;

Ahmed S. Abdelgawad to Karen A. Abdelgawad; Map & Parcel number 077E, $0 Deed of Gift

Paul C. Maxwell to Marion Cofer, II; Map & Parcel number 073P, 194; $149,000

Shane Rhyan Cutlip to Jesse D. Bennett; $154,500

Clinton E. Hubbard to Latoya S. Johnson; Map & Parcel number 077P, 255; $125,000

Casey J. Comeaux to Tyler M. Newsome; Map & Parcel number 077G, 088; $138,900

Jose M. Castillo to Jeffrey F. Peil; Map & Parcel number 068-944A; $211,000

Eric W. Rasmussen to Paul C. Maxwell; Map & Parcel number 061, 092; $200,000

Robbie David Sikes to Clinton E. Hubbard; Map & Parcel number 065A, 062; $192,900

IHD Investments, Inc, to Logan Chase Johnson; 923 N. Willowick Dr.; $109,500

Heather Hoope to Ditech Financial LLC fka Green Tree Servicing LLC; 4707 Durham Rd.; $0; First Transferee Foreclosure

Ditech Financial LLC fka Green Tree Servicing LLC to Federal National Mortgage Association; Map & Parcel number 067, 296; $111,500; Government, Nonprofit public corporation

Rachel Noats to U.S. Bank National Association; Map & Parcel number 072H081; $137,060; First transferee Foreclosure

Michael Lynn to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Eight, LLC A Delaware Limited Liability Company; Map & Parcel number 071D171; $177,347; First Transferee Foreclosure

Lina I. Rackard to Harrison Taylor; 595 Blue Ridge Crossing; $169,900

Walter R. Adnrae to Mark P. Borrain; 551 Brandermill Road; $207,000

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Tiara Parks; 1623 Tralee Court; $164,900

Beasley Builders, Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 921 Avalon Court; $35,500

COEL Development Company Inc and Stephen Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 1626 Tralee Court; $39,900

COEL Development Company Inc and Stephen Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 1637 Tralee Court; $33,900

COEL Development Company Inc and Stephen Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 1635 Tralee Court; $33,900

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Thomas Beeson; 923 Avalon Court; $169,900

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Jermaine Ocean; 746 Neville St.; $203,900

Ryan Seth Straughn to Ryan Seth Straughn; 3712 Winchester Trail; $0; Deed of gift

Reena S. Garrett to Dean 401(k) Jerry Dean Trust; 706 Talon Court; $150,000

S&D Construction, LLC to Demetris Carson; 5361 Cemetery Road; $255,000

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Christine Nofuente Santos; 1813 Mallow St.; $337,350

Christine Nofuente Santos to Christine Nofuente Santos; 1813 Mallow St.; $0; Deed of gift

Walter L. Quiller to Richard Vonherbulis; 7641 Main St.; $157,000

Phillip R. Donohue to Drew Madsen; 712 Muscadine Ct.; $190,000

Drew Madsen to Drew Madsen; 712 Muscadine Ct.; $0; Deed of gift

Darren Michael Snyder to Horne J. Griffin; 268 High Meadows Circle; $152,500

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:02 AM

Scott Marney Uzpurvis and Tara Cherie Moreno applied for a marriage license on April 7 and were married April 29 in Augusta.

Dylan James Rucker and Amanda Kathleen Furbee applied for a marriage license on April 8 and were married April 23 in Crawfordville.

Gilbert Price IV and Jessica Paje Hicks applied for a marriage license on April 11 and were married April 30 in Augusta.

Ryan Montgomery Barbin and April Lynn Morris applied for a marriage license on April 11 and were married April 30 in Thomson.

Clayton Foster Steves and Ashley MarieMinenna applied for a marriage license
on April 11 and were married on April 30 in Appling.

John Frederick Krueger II and Judy Elaine Strickland applied for a marriage license on April 13 and were married April 16 in Augusta.

Brian Norman Sweeting and Rachel Graces Jones applied for a marriage license on April 14 and were married April 16 in Augusta.

Kenneth Barton Jackson and Lindi Lauren Hammonds applied for a marriage license on April 18 and were married April 23 in Grovetown.

Marie Wilburn Wilson and Lauren Elizabeth Mathews applied for a marriage license on April 18 and were married April 23 in Augusta.

Jonathan Chase Grabb and Jamisen Lee McLendon applied for a marriage license on April 19 and were married April 30 in Appling.

Samuel Tyler Herring and Scarlett Ashton Sutton applied for a marriage license on April 20 and were married April 30 in Augusta.

John Adam McCormick and Valerie Leigh Weaver applied for a marriage license on April 21 and were married April 30 in Martinez.

James Aubry Hall Jr. and Heather Dianne Mobley applied for a marriage license on April 27 and were married April 27 in Matthews(cq).

Ollie Jerone Higdon Jr. and Kemberley Latoya Floyd applied for a marriage license on April 27 and were married May 2 in Evans.

James Albert Thomas and Claire Elizabeth Williams Ballard-Wicks applied for a marriage license on April 28 and were married April 29 in Evans.

Travis Recardo Robinson and Victoria Mae Anderson applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married April 29 in Evans.

Donald Wilson Harper and Daniell Astin Priebe applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married May 5 in Evans.

Nicholas Rafael Coronel and La Shaun Victoria Hammond applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married May 3 in Evans.

Christopher Kelly O’Connor and Melissa Ann Hagan applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married April 29 in Evans.

Benjamin Reed Fancher and Theresa Michelle Murray applied for a marriage license on May 2 and were married May 2 in Evans.

Sidney Kazuo Slown Jr. and Breena Casey Qattlebaum applied for a marriage license on May 3 and were married May 3 in Evans.

Joshua Dalton Glasscock and Haley Marie Mayfield applied for a marriage license on May 3 and were married May 3 in Evans.

Luis Miguel Osejo and Misti Dawn Hill applied for a marriage license on May 3 and were married May 3 in Evans.

Richard Denver Connors and Emma Jane Coleman applied for a marriage license on March 22 and were married May 7 in Appling.

Jarrod Wade Pass and Kelley DeAnna Neidlinger applied for a marriage license on March 23 and were married on April 30 in Springfield.

James Dwight Tutt and Willette Jane Henderson applied for a marriage license on April 1 and were married May 7 in Augusta.

Patrick Michael O’Connor and Kelly Deanne Crawford applied for a marriage license on April 8 and were married April 23 in Greensboro.

Nikolas Eugene Teasley and Jamy Wade McCullough applied for a marriage license on April 12 and were married May 1 in Clayton

Steve Allen Hargrave and Kimberly Kay Olson applied for a marriage license on April 12 and were married May 7 in Appling.

Hubert Doak Haire III and Rhonda Elaine Adams applied for a marriage license on April 15 and were married April 30 in Appling.

Jeffery Allen Davis and Jada Elise Poole applied for a marriage license on April 15 and were married April 30 in Midville.

Barry Bernard Davis and Tina Michelle Grunfelder applied for a marriage license on April 18 and were married April 23 in Appling.

Drake Chandler Smallwood and Kaitlyn Rebecca Arthur applied for a marriage license
on April 19 and were
married April 30 in Martinez.

Jonathon Lyle Myers and Rachel Michelle Kerley applied for a marriage license on April 21 and were married April 23 in Appling.

Keller Williams Galpin and Kaila Ashley Parham applied for a marriage license on April 27 and were married April 30 in Eatonton.

Joseph Lloyd Hubbard and Hannah King applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married April 29 in Athens.

Donald Wilson Harper and Daniell Astin Priebe applied for a marriage license on April 29 and were married May 5 in Evans.

Daniel Stevens Fitzgerald and Sarah Pauline Outley applied for a marriage license on May 2 and were married May 5 in Evans.

Justin Turner Frost and Kayla Gail Taylor applied for a marriage license on May 3 and
were married May 7 in Athens.

Tanner Thomas Stueber and Taylor Brooke Ferrell applied for a marriage license on May 3 and were married May 4 in Augusta.

Edward Allen Rentz and Holly Kay Perry applied for a marriage license on May 4 and were married May 7 in Hephzibah.

Luis Christobal Gutierrez and Alejandra Aguilar applied for a marriage license on May 4 and were married May 4 in Augusta.

Curtis Allen Gilreath and Kristen Elizabeth Teffeteller applied for a marriage license on May 5 and were married May 7 in Augusta.

Zachary Caleb Beisel and Sarah Ashley Sexton applied for a marriage license on May 5 and were married May 5 in Evans.

Kyle Robert Bohnen and Savannah Marie Grooms applied for a marriage license on May 5 and were married May 5 in Evans.

Daniel Louis Rivera Jr. and Audrey Michelle Bradley applied for a marriage license on May 6 and were married May 9 in Evans.

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Columbia County school employees might see pay increase

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:02 AM

Columbia County school employees might see a three percent pay increase should the board of education approve the 2016-17 budget proposed this week.

“Our governor originally said they put into the budget three percent for all state employees, we have been saying teachers, but the governor’s intentions was that it be budgeted for all state employees,” said Dr. Sandra Carraway,
superintendent of Columbia County Schools.

Carraway presented the $211,506,838 budget proposal for the second round of questioning before the board Tuesday.

Highlights from the proposal include the $4.6 million for the raises, $2.4 million for step increases for promotions and $2.8 million in new positions, many of which Carraway attributes to growth including staffing the new Parkway Elementary School. Included in the cost for new positions at Parkway are certified personnel including a principal, assistant principal, media specialist, counselor and instructional specialist along with 4.5 non­­certified positions including two secretaries, a media clerk, nurse and a part-time office clerk. The budget also includes $200,000 for pay rate increases for substitute teachers to bring the pay to $10 an hour and even more for specialized substitutes.

Another bright spot in the Columbia County Schools’ budget is that though the allocation received per student ranks in the bottom 10 percent of the state, the county’s testing scores ranked in the top 10 percent.

Other changes include the elimination of middle school golf teams for a savings of $4,800. According to Carraway, the middle school students will be allowed to play with high school teams, but not competitively.

The budget proposal also includes the millage rate to remain the same as last year at 18.3 mills and includes a deficit of $5,987,960 described as merely planning for a “worst case scnario,” by staff.

The budget is expected to be tentatively approved
May 24; however the deadline for final approval, including any changes, is June 14.

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Police Blotter

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:01 AM

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

Netflix password topic in threats

A woman called police after she said her daughter threatened her over social media after changing the password to her Netflix account.

The mother said her daugther moved to Illinois for a treatment program facility.The daughter became angry after she discovered the mother changed the password on her Netflix account. The mother said her daughter left the facility and moved in with a man and his family in Illinois.

When the mother stated she would no longer be sending her money, the daughter sent an email saying that she hoped the mother’s other daughter got into a car accident and if not, that she would take care of it when she got back.

The mother said she later saw a Facebook post from her daughter asking for any gangs in Evans to contact her.

The victim called police to report the incident for informational purposes, according to the report.

6 cards opened in man’s name

An Evans man filed a report after he said six credit cards were opened in his name. The man received a phone call from a credit card company saying he would need to activate his credit card. The man said he only recevied a Kohl’s credit card in the mail.

The man said he discovered credit cards opened to Bloomingdale’s, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and Zales.

– From staff reports

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Current events

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:01 AM

Football registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 Evans Pop Warner fall football and cheer season. Participants
who register before June 1 will receive a $20 discount. For more information, visit to evanspopwarner.com.

Civil War Roundtable

The Civil War Roundtable of Augusta will meet at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road. Dinner is $12 and will be catered by Edgar’s Restaurant. Dues are $25 per year. The speaker for May is Charen Fink of Wilmington, N.C., presenting The Women’s Role During the War. For more information, call (706) 736-2909 or email gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com.

Manager Training

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19, Columbia County Extension Office, 6420 Pollards Pond Road; $140;
for food service managers/employees and/or anyone who needs
food safety training; no refunds for cancellations, but substitutions are allowed; first-come, first-serve
registration; class size is limited
to 20 participants; registration deadline is April 29; no on-site registration available; Betty English, benglish@uga.edu; fcs.uga.edu/ext/servsafe

Roller Derby

Roller Derby Low Down
Throw Down, noon May 20-22; Columbia County Exhibition
Center, 212 Partnership Drive; $15 day, $25 weekend; soulcitysirens.com

Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars of Augusta
Dance to End Alzheimer’s, 6 p.m. May 20; Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St.;
local celebrities are paired with
professional dancers to raise
money in a dance competition;
tickets at DancingStarsofAugusta.com

Health expo

Health Screenings and Health Education Expo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21, Patriots Park Gym, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; University Health Care System
and Grovetown High School
STEM Program; free screenings include plaque scans (carotid
artery ultrasounds that identify
signs of heart disease), blood pressure, cholesterol checks (full lipid profile including LDL/HDL/Triglycerides/Total Cholesterol), blood sugar; health education includes information on heart attack and stroke prevention, diabetes, breast health, nutrition, orthopedic services, women’s services, cancer and more

Cake Decorating

Saturday Chef: Cake Decorating, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 21, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; learn piping techniques, how to use fondant and buttercream; register at helmscontinuingeducation.com or call (706) 651-9707

Thunder Over Evans

11 a.m. May 21, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evns Town Center Blvd.; free; celebration of Armed Forces Day; fireworks, lumberjack show, motocross, boxing exhibition, K9 working dogs, skydive drop-in; Signal Corps Band; thunderoveraugusta.com

Basketball Camp

William Avery Summer Basketball Camp, 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. May 23-27, Old Columbia Middle School, 6000 Columbia Road; for boys and girls in first through eighth grades; early drop off and late pick up for additional fee; $125 if registered before April 24 and $175 after; willaverybasketballcamps.com

Chamber After Hours

Columbia County Chamber
After Hours, 5-7 p.m. May 23, Gerald Jones Auto Group, 4022 Washington Road; members only; columbiacountychamber.com

Papa Joe’s
Banjo-B-Que

4 p.m. May 27, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $60 weekend pass; featuring Willie Nelson and Family, Old Crow Medicine Show, Steep Canyon Rangers, Blitzen Trapper, Mountain Faith, Sarah Jaroz, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Susto, Ben Miller, Have Gun Will Travel, Guthrie Brown & the Family Tree, and more; Little Roy & Lizzie Show and more; Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbecue competition; craft beer, petting zoo, pig races and more; banjobque.com

Auditions

Auditions: Nice Work if You Can Get It, 6:30 p.m. May 24 and 26, Dayspring Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; Greater Augusta Youth Theater; July 22-23 at Augusta Preparatory Day School;

Women’s Luncheon

Augusta Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Riverview United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1244 Furys Ferry Road, Evans; reservations required by Saturday, May 21. Call Joy at (706) 650-9638 or randolphjoy@att.net.

Run for Epilepsy

Step Up for Epilepsy, 9 a.m. May 28, Lakeside High School, 533 Blue Ridge Dr.; $30, $25 students, $40 day of event; benefits the Epilepsy Foundation; pre-register until 5 p.m. May 27; registration begins at 8 a.m. day of run; email seizethemomentga@yahoo.com or call (706) 294-1750

Minor league football

The Augusta Ducks will host the Deep South Football Leaugue Super Bowl X at 5:30 p.m. May 28 at Evans High School, 4550 Cox Road. Admission is $10, free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, go to AugustaDucks.com.

Wildwood Games

All day, June 4-5, Wildwood Park, 3780 Wildwood Lane; USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, Wildwood Games, running, open water swimming, disc golf; music, food, vendors, non-competition activities; cycling race, open water swimming June 4; disc golf, trail running races June 5; register at www.active.com; wildwoodgames.com

Candlelight and Wine series

Candlelight and Wine Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. June 18, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; bring your own seating and picnic; enjoy jazz, soul, R&B, spoken word, rock, funk and gospel music and live art demos; (762) 233-5299

Week night Dinners

Saturday Chef: Week Night Dinners, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; this course will offer simple solutions to preparing items ahead of schedule; different meals using leftovers, one pot cooking, sous vide techniques and tips on proper sanitation and health tips; register at helmscontinuingeducation.com or call (706) 651-9707

Classic Rock

Classic Rock Meets Classic South, 6 p.m. June 23, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $25, $80 VIP; Little River Band with Atlanta Rhythm Section and FireFall; part of the Columbia County Community Concert Series presented by Columbia County and Associated Credit Union; Columbia County has partnered with iHeart Radio for this event – who will be providing concert details via their stations Eagle and WBBQ; gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert following at 6 p.m.; tickets on sale now; classicrockclassicsouth.com

Book Sale

Friends of the Columbia County Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; free; the Friends of the Columbia County Libraries will hold a big book sale on July 8-10, 2016 at the Evans branch from 10-5 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-5 pm on Sunday. Books will be on display in the foyer of the library. There will be both fiction and non-fiction books for sale

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-to- to Locks Road; dance lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance
for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grove-town Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown, GA 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Gold club

Gold Prospectors Association of America meets 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Live wrestling

First Saturday every month; doors open 7:30 p.m., bell time 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free; flatlineprowrestling.com

Hospital classes

Classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450, doctors-hospital.net

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction.com

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks (706) 868-5601

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, open to the public; for a critique, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Zumba classes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays, Evans Christian Academy, 213 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown; $5 per class; (706) 364-3565, evanschristianacademy.org

Wine tastings

4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, Vineyard Wine Market, 4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; (706) 922-9463, vine11.com

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Grovetown's DeAndra King to play volleyball at Life University

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:00 AM

Grovetown’s DeAndra King grew up wanting to take advantage of her height.

Instead of basketball, she chose volleyball. And Monday, she parlayed her success on the volleyball court into a college offer.

In front of family and friends, King signed to play volleyball with Life University.

King started playing volleyball about four years ago. She was looking for something to do to stay busy right before entering Grovetown High School.

“I never wanted to do basketball,” she said. “And I wanted to use this height for something. So volleyball is the next thing.”

The 5-foot-11 King, a middle blocker, played junior varsity her first year at Grovetown.

She joined the varsity program her sophomore year and helped the Lady Warriors win area titles in 2014
and 2015, her junior and season seasons.

The program went 35-15 this past season, including an appearance in the second round of the state
tournament.

“She was definitely one of our key players,” Grovetown coach Amy Slagle said. “Seeing her progress over three years has been amazing.”

Life University is an NAIA school located in Marietta, Ga. The Running Eagles went 16-14 in 2015, the program’s first season.

“I feel like it’s a fresh start to something new,” King said.

King had no plans to play college sports, but she chatted with Life coach Steve Wilcosky about four months ago. They set up a visit and King was hooked.

“At first, I wasn’t looking for a college to attend for volleyball,” King said. “But we set up a date to tour the school, I played with the team and just loved it.”

King said she plans to major in exercise science at Life University. She said her future goal is to become a physical therapist.

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Greenbrier's Harrison, Ort to play lacrosse at Piedmont College

Sun, 5/15/2016 12:00 AM

Matt Harrison and Noah Ortt believed their lacrosse-playing days were over.

Then Piedmont College came into the picture.

The Greenbrier duo recently signed with the Demorest, Ga., school, extending their stay in their favorite sport.

“I never really thought I’d play at the next level,” Harrison said. “Recently, I gave it some thought and it just made sense to me. I love lacrosse. Ever since I started playing, it’s just been awesome. Playing at the next level will be a great experience. I can’t wait.”

Ortt added: “I never really thought college lacrosse was an opportunity until my coach, Anthony Pelnar, came up and told me there were coaches interested in me.”

Ortt, a midfielder/defender, and Harrison, a defender, helped lead Greenbrier to a 12-5 record this past season. The Wolfpack posted the greatest lacrosse season in school history.

“We really just jelled together as a team this year and had a lot of firsts,” Ortt said. “The way we approached practice each day and worked together as a team led to our success.”

Harrison started playing lacrosse at the Family Y in eighth grade. He played football his freshman year at Greenbrier, but he decided to stick fully to lacrosse.

Ortt started playing football when he was 5. He played two years of junior varsity before coach Creswell Curtis asked him to try lacrosse.

“After playing lacrosse, I didn’t enjoy football anymore,” Ortt said. “Lacrosse is way more enjoyable to me.”

Now, Harrison and Ortt will join a Piedmont College program that competes on the NCAA Division III level. Last season, the Lions went 1-11 under first-year coach Tim Dunton.

“I love Piedmont, the campus and how it’s a small school,” Ortt said. “I really like the vision of the new coach. I really think we’re going to be able to do great things there.”

If nothing else, Harrison and Ortt won’t be alone. Ortt said he expects a former Greenbrier player to transfer in and maybe another Wolfpack teammate will join them.

“It’s going to be cool to have someone I know on the team who I can just chill and hang out with,” Harrison said.

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