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Riders fare well at nationals

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:07 AM

Riders under the care of Cynthia Cubbage of LLC Sports Horses continue to shine in the competition field.

At the end of July, Cubbage took four girls from her stable on Belair Road next to Paradise Kennels, one from Atlanta and one from Tennessee, to the 2015 Youth Nationals Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show in Alberquerque, N.M., with all winning at least one national championship.

“It’s very rewarding to go to a show with six girls, basically, and have everybody win a national championship, it’s really fun,” Cubbage said.

Sarah Adams, 16, who attends Greenbrier High School, was the old hand in the local group, participating in her third consecutive national. She won two national championships on her gelding TL Lonestar and did well with her other horse Daisy, with whom she shares a birthday.

“The first year I only brought Daisy because she was my main focus back then, I really only rode her,” Adams said. “Last year I just brought TL Lonestar and then this year I brought both of them. I’ve learned how to handle them much better. The first year I was getting lugged around, this year I could handle it. Daisy did really well. We got a lot of top 10s with her.”
Adams was with two other 16 year olds, Cubbage’s working student Cody Chamberlain and Alexandra Dudich, who won two national championships. Adams likes the family atmosphere among the girls.

“So while it was still a competition between us, we still had a blast with each other and if somebody won we congratulated them and if somebody got kicked out it was a sad moment for all of us,” Adams said.

Sydney MacGregor, 11, has been riding for seven years but it was her first nationals and Cubbage was impressed with her student.

“It was Sydney’s first time and Buttercup’s first time – Amarillo Sky is the pony – and Sydney was unanimous national champion in both of her equitation classes,” Cubbage said. “I’ve never seen it done before. She won both of hers on two different horses.”

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Augusta commercial development firm changing name

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:06 AM

An Augusta commercial real estate developer is shedding its decades-long identity to reflect its regional reach through the Southeast.

Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp. will assume the name Southeastern De­velopment Associates on Thursday.

“So much has happened in

30 years. We’re now in seven states,” said Vic Mills, the chief executive officer.

The Blanchard and Calhoun name is known locally for real estate and insurance, but it was confusing to regional customers of the commercial company, Mills said. The new name will be more indicative of what the company does.

“It’s something we’ve been working toward for a number of years and we’ve got the name we feel good about,” Mills said.

The firm has more than 50 employees and offices in Augusta; Hilton Head, S.C.; Bluffton, S.C.; Charleston, S.C.; and Knoxville, Tenn. Mark Senn, the company president, said the firm has 17 projects in different stages currently. One of the projects is a hotel near Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Senn said there is about

$500 million
in investment under development this year, from Marriott and Hilton hotels to Kroger-anchored shopping centers to apartment complexes.

Locally, Southeastern Development As­sociates is developing the mega-Kroger store along Interstate

20 near Grovetown.

Mills, Senn and Thomas Blanchard started the company almost

30 years ago.

When Blanchard died, the name remained, and the Blanchard family retained a small portion of ownership interest.

The minority interests in the companies have been sold.

“We value our long-term relationship with the Blanchards,” Mills said.

Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr. President of Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Co. sais he “wished them well in the future.”

Blanchard said Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Co. will continue on under the same name in both the residential and commercial sides of the business, he said.

“We are going to continue what we have been doing as a full service real estate company,” he said.

Blanchard said in addition to commercial leasing and management, they will be seeking development opportunities as well.

“Our intention is to grow in every business we are in,” Blanchard said.

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Deputy injured in chase crash

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:06 AM

A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was injured during a chase late Wednesday when his patrol car was hit by an SUV.

Sgt. Ron Koch and the driver of the SUV were treated for minor injuries after the crash on Bobby Jones Expressway at Old Trail Road, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris.

Koch was in pursuit of Cecil Preston Herrin Jr., a 45-year-old Martinez man wanted in connection with an earlier assault, on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 9:15.

The SUV, whose driver was taking a left turn out of Old Trail Road, hit the passenger side of his patrol car, according to Morris.

Authorities were called to a home on Candlewood Drive just after 9 p.m. about a domestic dispute. Herrin’s girlfriend called authorities after she said they argued and he punched her leg, attempted to choke her and yanked her by her hair, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Herrin left on his motorcycle and his girlfriend said he called to see if she called authorities. A deputy talked to Herrin by phone and he admitted they argued, but denied any physical contact. He also refused to meet with the deputy to make a written statement.

Koch saw Herrin at about 9:13 p.m. on Bobby Jones headed toward Richmond County. He turned on his emergency equipment and chased Herrin for about .6 miles before the crash.

Herrin was wanted Thursday for simple battery and pending traffic charges, according to Morris.

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Columbia County commission District 3 candidate forum

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:06 AM

Candidates for the Columbia County Commission District 3 seat gathered at the Performing Arts Center on Sept. 29 for a forum and answered a series of questions from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia County News-Times and the audience. Here are excerpts from some of their answers:

“The most recent Special Local Option Sales Tax – there was a project on there, the cultural center. It’s a $9 million project that is going to be built at Evans Towne Center. Recently, Chairman Ron Cross said the project is likely to cost more than planned, maybe $12 or $13 million. Where should that money come from and how do you feel about these sorts of quality-of-life projects on Special Local Option Sales Tax lists?”

Greg Grzybowski: “I like the SPLOST approach because it provides the citizens the opportunity to vote something up or down. I don’t like money from the general fund to be used for things like that.”

Gary Richardson: I also agree with the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax because everybody participates. We have people from all different communities coming through Columbia County driving or whatever, staying at motels, shopping at our restaurants and convenience stores. That gives them a chance to participate and help pay for some of these things that as a community we’d like to have. ... I think it could easily draw acts that would continue to sell out. That, I think, would offset the operating costs to run the building.”

Frank Spears – “Government can’t solve everything. We’ve got to build public/private partnerships when we move on something of the big arena-type events of construction. We’ve got to think a little bit outside the box.”

Russell Wilder: If nothing else, if push comes to shove, look for somebody like a sports team or a sponsorship to make up the difference. ... That’s going to be a tough nut to crack to make up another $3 or $4 million. ... I don’t have a quick solution for that. But the private partnership idea was something that came to mind for me. I think that’s something to explore.”

Jim Bartley: “I think it needs to be slowed down a little bit and looked at. The cultural center is fine, but not at the expense of the people and their homes. The county does not make money by doing anything other than fees, fines and taxes. ... I just think it’s time to slow down a little bit and don’t spend.”

“Columbia County is growing very rapidly, but we’ve been blessed that it is a great place to live. Tremendous schools, churches, facilities the county has. How do we balance this continuing growth while preserving the lifestyle we’ve all come to enjoy and love?”

Richardson –

“Columbia County is a different county than it has been in the past. But I think we are addressing issues as we go The growth is tremendous. ... We’re going to continue to grow and continue to develop. As we develop, we’ll get commercial that comes along with it. That way, we’ll be able to finance some of these projects that are going on. ... We’re just going to have to continue to move forward and develop in a quality way.”

Spears: “This is an incredibly good problem to have. It’s an opportunity to make life better for everybody. ... With more people, you’ve got to make quality of life an important piece. ... The best way to lead growth and manage growth is have experienced leadership that starts planning ahead.”

Wilder: “I want everybody who wants to live in Columbia County to have that option. I don’t want to say, ‘You can’t live in Columbia County because we aren’t ready for you.’ I want to try the best we can going forward to be ready with traffic infrastructure, not just water and sewer. ... Let the people come. Let’s get the roads ready.”

Bartley: “You can’t keep sitting here saying everything is great and sunny. It’s a great community. It’s in good hands. But these people who are building and developing are here today and gone tomorrow. They don’t care what problems they create. They are going to ring the register and be gone, and you’re going to pay.”

Grzybowski: It’s good that we’re growing because that’s opportunity, but there are challenges with infrastructure. My concern is from a different perspective, which is losing our sense of self or sense of community. ... It’s active coordination. That’s how you build bridges. That’s how you bring a community together. That’s how you solve problems. As a team.”

“This past year, the state required Columbia County to advertise a small tax increase, not because the millage rates went up but because the property values went up, increasing the overall tax revenue for the county. In general, do you think the commission should roll back taxes whenever possible, or should they benefit from increased property values whenever the tax digest grows?”


“Government is a business. Money comes in and money comes out. You can’t print it. ... I absolutely feel very strongly that I am glad property values are going up. I am glad that we are asking for more increases in services. But we have to pay for those services with something. There is no free lunch.”

Wilder: “It takes a lot of money to run a quality county like we’ve got. So for right now, I don’t see the need for it. Possibly down the road, we can reduce taxes.”

Bartley: “I think you should keep them the same. ... You should always look at how not to raise the property tax. ... Let the people decide what they want. Instead of a few people who are going to be deciding. They are going to be here two terms and they are gone or one term and they are gone. And again, you are left with the mess. I don’t like raising taxes on people.”


“Philosophically, I can’t stand property taxes. ... My personal position is a consumption tax. You should never be fearful that your property can be seized because you can’t pay the taxes on it. That’s a disgrace to the Constitution. That being said, we can’t abolish the property taxes right now. It’s a long-term battle. So we have to balance the current commitments. ... I definitely do not agree with additional taxes.”

Richardson: “Every-body wants their property values increased. ... I think the citizens of Columbia County, I don’t think they want their taxes to go up. But as long as the county is being good stewards of the money and they are seeing services, I don’t think they are opposed to that. I don’t think a rollback is a must at this time.”

(Audience): “A significant number of District 3 residents do not have access to public utilities like county water and sewer. What would you do to ensure all taxpayers get access to these services?”

Wilder –

“I can’t sit up here and say if I’m elected, everybody is getting county water and sewer. I can promise you that you’ll have somebody who cares about that part of the county. ... I think it’s time. If we’re going to be a modern county on this end, why can’t we be a modern county on that end?”

Bartley: “I’ll do all I can. ... I’ll fight for everybody in District 3.”

Grzybowski: “District 3 needs to have a plan. ... The good news for District 3 is it is growing immensely, so there is going to be opportunity to greatly improve the infrastructure. The question is in what directions. ... We’re all paying for it. It’s all coming out of our pockets. It’s not free money. I think it needs to be a community discussion, not just one group of people looking to get something from everybody else. It’s a team effort. We have to have a district plan.”

Richardson: “Water, I think that’s something that we need to try and get to as many citizens in all parts of the district as we can. Will I be a voice for District 3 and fight for all services we can possibly have and that we can get them to those people? Absolutely. ... I want to meet citizens (to learn) the needs they have and do my best to get District 3’s share of the pie.”

Spears: There’s no way in the world we can sit here and promise to run a water line to every single house. We can’t do it. If they want the services, let’s work together. Let’s put a coalition of people together.”

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State House District 122 candidate forum

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:05 AM

Candidates for Columbia County House District 122 were at the Performing Arts Center on Sept. 29 for a forum and answered a series of questions from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia County News-Times and the audience. Here are excerpts from some of their answers:

“There is a discrepancy with the growth numbers in Columbia County versus the sales tax revenue. The concern is that taxes collected in the 30907 ZIP code, which spans both Richmond and Columbia County, are going to Richmond County rather than Columbia County. How would you address this?”

Jodi Lott:

“I figure we need to be able to track which locations specifically are generating the sales tax. ... We should be able to determine where the business is located, Columbia or Richmond County, no matter the ZIP code.”

Joe Mullins: “It’s very easy. In business, we have forms that we fill out. One way we could do is make it a county-friendly form, specifically focused on the county. If you’re in Columbia County, make it a different color, make it easy to fill out, make sure it gets to the state. State revenue can make sure it gets back to us. ... Simply put, we just need to work on making sure we get the county funds here.”

Mack Taylor: “The problem is there is no transparency in the Department of Revenue. Sales tax dollar are being collected and sent to Atlanta. When they get back to the county, we don’t know where they came from. That’s got to be changed. We need to be able to track that.”

Pat Goodwin: “Why can’t we look at the ZIP code changes? Why not ask for that? Make it simple.

“When and if you get to Atlanta after being elected, what is your legislative priority going to be? In what area? Is it going to be transportation? Healthcare? Economic development? Tax reform? And why?”


“I think the first and foremost thing that I am realizing in this community is property tax relief. As a homeowner here in Columbia County, and from talking to many homeowners, property tax relief is one of the top topics that we need. ... My close second would be the roads.”

Taylor: “The Religious Freedom bill. It’s an important bill, especially in light of all the challenges that we have been seeing lately with people not wanting to make wedding cakes for weddings and the matter of what’s going on in Kentucky with the clerk. I think it’s about time we stand on our religious freedoms and constitutional rights for the First Amendment.”

Goodwin: “House Bill 445. What that would do is reduce the state income tax down from 60 percent to 40 percent. What it will do over time, it will eliminate some tax credits that do exist. ... I would support that and anything else I can do to help give us some competitive edge with economic development, including reducing the economic incentive tiered system that we have.”

Lott: “It is important for me that our education decisions are made locally. I think we’ve gotten away from that over the years. There have been so much legislation passed on the federal level that can relive some of the mandates to our state and education decisions are going to come back to Georgia. When they come, I think it’s important that we are able to put these on a local level. I think it’s important that our teachers have freedom to be creative and to make decisions.”

“What programs would you support for technical education that will help make sure the state has an adequate workforce?”


“The biggest challenge I think for our school system is too much state involvement. I talked to school teachers, they are not allowed to teach to the needs of the children. They are being mandated by our state government. I think getting government out of the way and allowing teachers to identify the needs of the area.”

Goodwin: I think we have an excellent opportunity. I would like to see us have a dedicated technical high school or career academy.”

Lott: I think we are on the right path in Columbia County. We have the great technical and agricultural programs that have been started in the high schools. ... I’d like to see those (extended into) middle schools.”

Mullins: I would say cyber education and film and television production. Both fields are very big in Georgia right now.”

“Would you support the incorporation of Evans as a city, such as to provide more community oversight and control?”

Goodwin: “I think that’s a decision that needs to be left up to the voters. I think that should come from them. I think they should have a say-so in that.’’

Lott: “It certainly makes me wonder what we’re going to do with the rest of the county. ... I like it just the way it is. ... I like the bigger community a good bit better. I’d stick with this unless I get better information.”

Mullins: “With the title ‘city’ comes a lot more taxes, a lot more layers that we’ve got to break through, a lot more laws, a lot more organizations. I think government right now is complicated enough. I think we’ve got too many laws, too many issues we’re not dealing with.”

Taylor: “Really, you have to look at what the need is. ... It would complicate things. Quite frankly, I just don’t think it’s needed. Again, I’m always up to leaving things up to the voters. It’s their choice.”

(Audience): “What evidence do we have that we can trust you? How have you demonstrated your honesty and integrity?”

Taylor: “Getting out and getting to know people, going door to door. ... We just passed 2,000 thresholds. That’s just me knocking on a door asking to speak to anybody that would come to the door and hearing from them and getting to know them on a personal level. That’s what’s important to me. As much as I can, in that short period of time, share my heart with them. ... I’m concerned about this country. I’m concerned about this state. I’m concerned about this county.”

Goodwin: “I will try to do right, and if elected, I will go to Atlanta and I will work hard for you. If I’m not elected, I’ll come back to Columbia County and I’ll do what I’ve always done, and that’s be a public servant, because I believe in giving back.”

Lott: “I want to get the job done. I want to do it right for you. ... This is not a paying job, a real paying job. We do this because we want to do this and we want to work for you and we want to represent you.”

Mullins: “It’s simple. It’s just like the charity events I do. I want to serve my town. I’m from here. I love this community. I want to be able to give the people a voice. When I commit to you, when I make a promise to you as I’ve done in my past, I will not break that promise.”

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Property Transfers, Oct. 4, 2015

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:04 AM

Shamsunder K. Shete to Beatriz A. Barrientos, parcel ID 082241, $213,000.

Cheryl G. Brudi fka Cheryl G. Thorn as alternate executor of the estate of Gilbert Guerrero to Leonard G. Worley,

parcel ID 042B022, $28,000.

Celita Rivera to Kellie N. Ashu,

parcel ID 052595, $172,000.

Christopher R. Smith to Eric Yamarino,

401 Keesaw Glen, $238,900.

Joshua Alexander Scott to Jason Pon and Kristen Pon,

parcel ID 0671379, $276,000.

DEW Land Development Co. to Curtis R. Pracanica and Catherine E. Pracanica,

parcel ID 073M011, $181,500.

Douglas E. Crutchley Jr. to James T. Becker and Shannon M. Becker,

parcel ID G09273, $155,300.

Jefferson E. Gibitz to Brian Brooks,

parcel ID 074417, $183,500.

Shane M. Courchane to Scott T. Reimer and Leah M. Reimer,

parcel ID 0621972, $209,900.

IDK Homes Inc. to Earl E. Rose,

parcel ID 0601069, $338,690.

Billy R. Blakely to Lauren B. Ladun,

parcel ID 074I117, $150,000.

Kevin Beasley to Joseph Morris,

1444 Sawmill Trail, $233,000.

Natalie Hope Duke fka N. Hope Todd to Tyler D. Bernstein and Ashley E. Bernstein,

609 Dunrobin, $145,000.

Travis R. Barlow to Jennifer Brown,

parcel ID 077E317, $135,000.

Foy R. Roberts Jr. to Christopher Majors,

529 Stevens Creek Road, $150,000.

Michael W. Smith to Amy Beard,

246 Edwards Drive, $20,000.

David E. Engstrom to James R. Franks and Rebecca H. Franks,

3515 Pebble Beach Drive, $245,000.

Lonnie P. Burns to Setordji Abotsi and Cynthia Akpene Afedo,

882 Pollo Domino Circle, $261,000.

Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes Inc.,

parcel ID 052688, $34,900.

Jeri Ann Beckworth to Zachary A. Sapp,

3148 Alexandria Drive, $152,000.

Victor M. Figueroa to Kiara Q. Anderson,

8037 High Vista Lane, $15,500.

Rzoland A. Fritsch to Hryhoriy Luhofet and Lyudmla Luhofet,

4150 Bald Eagle Place, $165,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Amy E. Wheeler,

1343 Royal Oak St., $187,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Calenia Waddy,

3237 Windwood St., $179,000.

B.E.C. Custom Homes and Development Inc. to Louis P. Ciamillo Jr. and Pamela L. Ciamillo,

1587 River Island Parkway, $875,000.

Leonard G. Worley to C & C Holdings,

4504 Harrowgate Road, $83,500.

David Paul Hicks to Sami Hourani and Inez Hourani,

535 Edgecliff Lane, $85,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Scott A. Kleinfield and Michelle L. Kleinfield,

736 Neville St., $205,900.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Gia A. Gardere,

3250 Windwood St., $174,400.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Elizabeth Joseph,

3236 Windwood St., $208,900.

Paul C. Hickey to Allen D. Barry and Sara D. Barry,

4131 Quinn Drive, $145,000.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Andrew Archer and Kristi J. Archer, 3215 Windwood St., $194,900.

Angeline Walker to Marasri Gonzalez,

4638 Brittany Court, $179,900.

John Randal Johnson to Kristopher A. Medlen,

3014 Drake Court, $1,185,000.

Frank R. Lazzara to Russell I. Gambrell and Marscha R. Gambrell,

515 Hardwick Court, $260,000.

Vicki L. Petty to Clifford V. Thomasson,

parcel ID 073E389, $172,000.

Roger D. Maphis and Misty R. Maphis to Robert C. Meek,

parcel ID 068494, $249,900.

Robert Eugene Pentecost to John Martin Downey and Cynthia L. Downey,

2603 Ray Owens Road, $1,395,000.

Keith Austin to Arlon H. Jahnke and Janet E. Jahnke,

579 Country Place Lane, $210,500.

Christina K. Allen to Clayton J. Dye,

577 Country Place Lane, $224,000.

Fannie Mae fka Federal national Mortgage Association to Jeanette Morris,

407 Avrett Way, $269,000.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to R. Lewis Construction LLC,

parcel ID 0601133, $78,500.

Vanessa Whittington to Aric Weitzel,

402 Cashew Drive, $105,000.

Dena H. Schumacher to Charles Patrick Hawman and Gemma Yunson Hawman,

640 Cornerstone Place, $229,900.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to William Boone,

2421 Newbury Ave., $202,35.

RT Bailey Construction Inc. to Julie A. Kurek and Michael G. Ehrie III,

506 Sumter Landing Court, $410,040.

Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc. to Corey M. Towns,

305 Firelight Drive, $262,165.

Jeffrey M. Keck to Wayne Elden Simon,

582 Tudor Branch Drive, $302,000.

Duane E. Newman to Matthew Porter and Kymberlie Porter,

4415 Pierwood Way, $222,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Matthew D. Heaton,

parcel ID H07066, $179,900.

Downeast Homebuilders Inc. to Jose A. Ruiz and Dorothy C. Ruiz,

712 Neville St., $187,500.

Samuel Flood to Nathan J. Jeffcoat and Ashley H. Jeffcoat,

4884 Orchard Hill Drive, $167,500.

All Weathers Construction Co. LLC to Stephen D. Harris,

6306 Southbroom Drive, $349,000.

Adriana Maria Broome and Jerry L. Broome to Norris R. Harod and Georgia C. Harod,

915 Windmill Parkway, $270,000.

North Star Home Builders LLC to Crystal R. Johnson and Bernard J. Johnson,

874 Leyland Lane, $337,362.

Daniel M. Evans to the Robert Eugene Pentecost Living Trust dated May 22, 2009,

3084 Inverness Way, $607,000.

Nitin D. Shah to Kelley Lawrence dba Kelley Lawrence Agency,

parcel ID 066065A, $360,000.

Christopher A. Palmer to Michael E. Steele Jr.,

parcel ID 072A318, $146,000.

Shasit S. Dhru to Jason Ho Kim,

parcel ID 078359, $255,000.

Terry L. Schartung Jr. to Daniel S. Sonnier and Patricia A. Sonnier,

parcel ID 061698, $131,000.

Joshua T. Watson to Enrico K. Handrick,

parcel ID 07711011, $430,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Wesam Hoblos,

parcel ID 069738, $211,244.

Christopher W. Hamilton to Jeffrey J. Stanton,

parcel ID 062996. $199,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Jordan A. Davis, 527 Brantley Cove Circle, $167,020.

Jacqueline Davis Saber fks Jackie Davis and Julie Davis Harris fka Julie Davis to FDS Holdings LLC,

parcel ID 006070C, $372,250.

Leigh Ann Keels to Robert A. Rawls and Heather M. Rawls,

1230 Hardy Pointe Drive, $239,900.

Joseph William Edge III to Cliff Channell,

5128 Windmill Place, $200,000.

Davis Keith McElwain to Sweet Grove Investments LLC,

502 Great Falls, $149,000.

Kenneth D. Kerns to Ackam Realty LLC,

6890 Elephant Way, $25,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Julianna M. Rodriguez and Jesus Rodriguez,

parcel ID 079199, $247,900.

Charles Robert Michael to Barbara J. Champlin,

parcel ID 077H513, $413,000.

Robert A. Davidson to Donald D. Smith Jr. and Brandi D. Smith,

parcel ID 060942, $190,000.

Clifford B. Sanders to Philip V. Gasparovic and Alicia N. Gasparovic,

parcel ID 060952, $178,900.

Jordan L. Dant to Thomas J. Winowiecki,

parcel ID 0621914, $195,000.

Christine Walker as administrator of the estate of Sholan Kessing to Christopher D. Walker and Christine M. Walker,

2235 Wortham Lane, $192,850.

Juana C. Haroldson to Evan N. Galloway and Ashley Galloway,

parcel ID 077G290, $144,000.

James M. McAlvey to Lauren C. Jensen,

parcel ID 050375, $206,000.

James T. Green to William David Johnson and Diana Ashley Johnson,

parcel ID 0621564, $177,000.

Joe Lynwood to Charles R. Cadle and Elaine R. Cadle,

parcel ID 082J296, $160,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Robert O. McClellan and Klaudia McClellan,

746 Coventry Ave., $264,265.

Lewiston Few Partners LLC to The Kroger Co.,

parcel ID 061A021, 061A022, 061A023, 061A024 and 061A025, $6,936,156.

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Marriage Licenses, Oct. 4, 2015

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:03 AM

Otis George Cartledge III and Angela Harriett Crook applied for a marriage license on Sept. 4, 2015, and were married Sept. 12, 2015, in Augusta.

Bryan Christopher Hood and Cherie Ann Hogue applied for a marriage license on Sept. 9, 2015, and were married Sept. 20, 2015, in Appling.

William Franklin Roberts Jr. and Lydia Diane Braselton applied for a marriage license on Sept. 15, 2015, and were married Sept. 18, 2015, in Grovetown.

Richard Ray Wiebe III and Hannah Marie Moore applied for a marriage license on Aug. 31, 2015, and were married Sept. 12, 2015, Augusta.

Cody Ryan Pope and Darien Wynter Churchville applied for a marriage license on June 9, 2015, and were married Sept. 12, 2015, in Augusta.

Bradley Michael Miller and Chasity Faith Bishop applied for a marriage license on Sept. 4, 2015, and were married Sept. 12, 2015, in Thomson.

Justin Daniel burns and Tiffani Regan Bender applied for a marriage license on Sept. 10, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Evans.

Kevin Daniel Munro and Ryan Michele Allen applied for a marriage license on Sept. 10, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Hephzibah.

Steven Charles Larson and Morgan Lydeah Byrd applied for a marriage license on Sept. 10, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Evans.

Russell Lee Harrell and Carol Moyer Bryant applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Appling.

Mark Allen Woody and Joni Dietz Church applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2015, and were married Sept. 11, 2015, in Augusta.

Chester Peter Raduszewski and Hee Na Chong applied for a marriage license on June 9, 2015, and were married Sept. 23, 2015, in Evans.

Thomas Lewis Watkins III and Brittney Faith Parker applied for a marriage license on Sept. 8, 2015, and were married Sept. 12, 2015, in White Plains, Ga.

Joshua Brantley Gillebeau and Samantha Lynne Leogrande applied for a marriage license on Sept. 14, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Appling.

Krishnan Rangarajan and Sheila Lakshmi Venkatesh applied for a marriage license on Aug. 26, 2015, and were married Aug. 27, 2015, in Martinez.

Emerson Montgomery Yadon and Sarah Elizabeth Hakala applied for a marriage license on Aug. 31, 2015, and were married Sept. 13, 2015, in Augusta.

Erika Kelly Liptai and AmyPage Woodfield applied for a marriage license on Sept. 16, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

Michael Benjamin Cartee and Heather Schylea Smalley applied for a marriage license on Aug. 31, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

James Samuel Horne IV and Emily Lewis Finger applied for a marriage license on Sept. 18, 2015, and were married Sept. 19, 2015, in Martinez.

Chauncey Jarvis Wilson and Jasmine Samone Haley applied for a marriage license on Sept. 24, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

Nicholas Andreas Henderson Sr. and Rebecca Cheriese Dempsey applied for a marriage license on Sept. 24, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

Daniel Rivera Martinez and Belsey Sarahi Robles Bustillo applied for a marriage license on Sept. 18, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

Ethan Scott Willer and Abigail Chandley Breckinridge applied for a marriage license on Sept. 21, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

Michael Daniel moon and Robin Eddy Fehr applied for a marriage license on Sept. 9, 2015, and were married Sept. 25, 2015, in Evans.

William Dakota Norton and Sophia Nicolette Davidson applied for a marriage license on Sept. 25, 2015, and were married Sept. 27, 2015, in Grovetown.

Mark Lequin Fernandes and Deletha Ann Sommers applied for a marriage license on Aug. 3, 2015, and were married Aug. 15, 2015, in Lincolnton.

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School lunch menu

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:03 AM


Hamburger, whole wheat bun

Hot dog, whole wheat


Potato wedges

Baked beans

Fruit mallow

Fresh fruit


Chili Mac, roll

Beef dippers, roll

Yogurt snack pack

Steamed peas

Sweet potatoes


Juice slush


Popcorn chicken, roll

Corn dog


Steamed corn

Steamed broccoli

Chilled pears

Fresh fruit


Spaghetti, breadstick

Chicken sandwich

Yogurt snack pack

Green beans

Steamed carrots

Chilled peaches



Cheese or pepperoni pizza

Cheese, fruit plate


Steamed corn

Romaine garden salad


Fruit cup

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Police Blotter, Oct. 4, 2015

Sun, 10/4/2015 12:00 AM

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

School reports fraud attempt

A Columbia County school system employee called authorities Monday after discovering that someone was trying to scam the school system for cash.

An assistant chief financial officer told deputies that she received three e-mails Monday morning from someone posing as her boss. The sender wanted the employee to facilitate a wire transfer of $14,820 to a Bank of America account in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The employee got suspicious because that is not how her supervisor typically does business and the e-mails were being sent from an iPhone because each included a “Sent from my iPhone” stamp at the bottom. Her boss doesn’t have an iPhone.

The employee contacted the school system’s Internet Technology department and the staff was able to determine and block the IP address from which the e-mails were sent. No money was transferred.

Man suspected in death of cat

An Evans man told deputies Monday that he believes his neighbor strangled and beat his lost cat to death.

The 55-year-old man said his neighbor’s wife called him Monday and said she knew what happened to his cat, Tux, that was lost since the end of June. She said her husband was home alone at the end of June while she and their children were out of town. When she returned, the woman said he noticed scratches on her husband’s arms. He then confessed to his wife that he’d strangled the cat and beat it in the head until it died.

The man said the couple lives a street over from him. Occasionally, Tux would go to their home and their cat would come to his with no issues he knew of. The cat went missing on June 29 and his family put up posters around the neighborhood.

PetCo worker victim of scam

An employee of an Evans pet supply store said Tuesday that someone who knew the inner-workings of the store scammed her into sending money.

The employee of Petco in Evans said she received a phone call at about 6:35 p.m. on Monday from a restricted number. The caller identified herself as Donna with loss prevention.

The caller asked if the employee had a personal cellphone because the matter she wanted to discuss was confidential. She then called the employee on her cellphone.

The caller said the store was under investigation after someone fell there on Sept. 15. The employee said no one fell inside the store, but someone did fall in the parking lot on Sept. 15. The caller then asked several questions about employees and their employee ID numbers. She said the caller already knew the answers to her own questions and the only way for her to know that information was to be logged into the company Web site.

The caller said the falling incident was under investigation and was not being handled at the corporate level, so it needed to be handled at the store level, so the employee couldn’t use her corporate card. She instructed the employee to use $810 from the register to send a $798 MoneyGram to someone in Texas. She got a coworker to cover for her while she sent the money from Wal-mart in Evans. The employee said the caller stayed on the phone until she left the store and gave step-by-step instructions on sending the money. She was then told to file a report with the district manager and send out an e-mail letting other stores know about the incident.

The employee said she didn’t suspect any foul play since the caller knew about employees working at the time of the incident. But once she got home, the employee said she realized what happened and called her manager, who told her to call authorities.

Prowler reported at home

A woman called authorities early Tuesday after seeing a prowler behind her house.

The woman said she woke at about 3 a.m. to a strange noise on her back deck. She saw someone walking around the home she’d just moved into a couple of days prior.

Deputies found no one, but they did find an arm and hand print on the double glass French doors that appeared to be fresh.

Ex-girlfriend charges card

A Grovetown man told deputies Monday that his ex-girlfriend stole his credit card.

The 23-year-old man said he got a call from his credit card company about some Sept. 16 transactions he didn’t authorize.

He said his ex-girlfriend used his credit card to go shopping at Augusta Mall. She exceeded the card’s $668 limit at mall stores.

The man said he and his ex are no longer together and he wants to prosecute her.

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Expected Saturday rains cancel three outdoor Columbia County events

Fri, 10/2/2015 12:19 PM

The anticipated downpour expected to rain down on the area from Hurricane Joaquin led the cancellation of several outdoor events in Columbia County.

The rains are expected to begin today and continue through the weekend dropping an expected several inches of rain.

Harlem official’s opted to cancel the city’s 27th annual Oliver Hardy Festival slated for Saturday and the Jammin’ in the Park concert that was scheduled for Saturday night in the Harlem City Park.

“Lots of work goes into (the festival) and we hate to have to cancel it, but the weather has forced our hand here,” City Manager Jason Rizner said.

He said that more than half of the expected 200 arts and crafts vendors called by 10 a.m. Friday and backed out because of the expected weather. He doesn’t expect to rescheduled the annual festival.

“It’s basically a year-long planning process,” Rizner said. “The festival is such a big endeavor, we probably wouldn’t be able to reschedule that.

“We might look at rescheduling the concert. We’ll talk about that in the next few days.”

The wet forecast also forced the cancellation of the three-day 2015 Gold Cup East BMX finals, according to Columbia County spokes woman Calie Cook. The USA BMX event was slated to begin Friday evening and continue through Sunday at the BMX Track at Blanchard Woods Park.

Randy DuTeau, county Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director, called the decision to cancel a “bummer.”

“Obviously it’s the right decision to make for the athletes and the facility. It’s disappointing because the Blanchard Woods BMX folks and the Columbia County staff have done such a remarkable job putting the facility together and getting it ready. It looks great.

“Postponing the event will hopefully have the weather work to our advantage and finally get to show off the track.”

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Pet Adoptions

Wed, 9/30/2015 3:16 AM
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Current Events

Wed, 9/30/2015 3:09 AM

Voter registration

Board of Elections representatives will conduct a voter registration drive this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem.

Tax preparation

AARP Foundation providing free tax assistance and preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers; (706) 726-3101,

Fruit fundraiser

Evans High School Marching Band Boosters annual fruit sales fundraiser through Nov. 4; delivery date Dec. 7; order online or by phone; (706) 863-1198,

Watercolor class

Watercolor Painting for Adults 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Attic Treasures, 575 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem; held by Harlem Arts Council and Attic Treasures; $30 plus $10 supply fee; (706) 692-2119,


Fort Gordon Oktoberfest 2015, 4-10 p.m. Oct. 1, 4-10:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 3, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4, Barton Field, Rice Road at Brainard Avenue, Fort Gordon; traditional food and drinks, shopping, live entertainment; fun opportunities and giveaways; use #Oktoberfest15; free; (706) 791-4300,

BMX racing

2015 Gold Cup East finals Friday-Sunday, Oct. 2-4, Blanchard Woods Park, 4600 Blanchard Woods Drive, Evans; competition open to all ages, male and female, riders must be USA BMX members; spectators free admission

Aiken birding

Aiken County Migration Count 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, meet at Kathwood Ponds, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; beginners welcome, spotters needed; bring lunch and meet at 1 p.m. at Education Building for countdown; continue after lunch, optional; free;


Mothers Against Drunk Driving Walk Like MADD 5K 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; live entertainment, food, activities for kids, teens and parents; marketplace of products and services, ignition interlock demonstrations, contests, prizes, more; registration 8 a.m., opening ceremony 9:30 a.m., walk 10 a.m.;

Pet fundraiser

Yard sale and pet food drive 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Health Center Credit Union, 4339 Washington Road, Evans; benefits local rescues; (706) 863-2067,


Oliver Hardy Festival Saturday, Oct. 3, Harlem; vendors 9 a.m.; parade 10 a.m.; live entertainment all day; Laurel and Hardy Museum playing movies;


American Legion Unit 192 annual Oktoberfest and Silent Auction, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 275 Legion Drive, off Owens Road, Evans; Silent Auction from 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., dinner plates available for $8.00: Schnitzel or Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes, Desserts; Extra Meat $2, take out available, 4:00 p.m. until sold out; tickets at the door or call (706) 495-4318.

Stamp show

GAPEX’15 Stamp Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; Stamp exhibits, USPS substation, show cancel and commemorative Civil War cover, children’s table, stamp dealers; Greater Augusta Stamp Club, host; free;

Phillips reunion

Phillips family reunion Saturday, Oct. 3, Boiling Springs Baptist Church, Georgia Highway 86 at Boiling Springs Road, Treutlen County, Ga.; family meeting 11 a.m., covered dish lunch noon

Marker dedication

Dedication of Grave Marker Honoring Service of Revolutionary War Patriots 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Marshall Historical Site, off Tubman Road, Appling; Col.William Few Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, dedication of grave marker honoring the service of Revolutionary War Patriots the Revs. Daniel Marshall and Abraham Marshall, John Marshall, Zaccheus Marshall, Levi Marshall and Joseph Marshall; reception follows at site of old 1805 era Kiokee Baptist Church, just a mile up the road; refreshments provided by the College Hill Chapter, DAR; view the interior of the old church, hear its history; live music on period instrument; free

Pumpkin patch

Marvin Corner Pumpkin Patch Oct. 4-31 Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road; 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Sunday; pumpkins, mums, gourds, straw bales; (706) 863-0510, (706) 855-9786,,

Cedar Ridge

School council meeting 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Cedar Ridge Elementary School, media center, 1000 Trudeau Trail, Grovetown; (706) 447-2100,

Book club

Book Club: The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha C. Nussbaum 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Columbia County Library, second floor, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; copies available at The Book Tavern;

Art class

Children’s Drawing and Painting 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays in October, Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez; for ages 8-12; Session 2 Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29; Session 3 Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3; held by Artists’ Guild Columbia County; $80 plus $5 supply fee per four-week session;

Demolition bids

Residential Demolition Program: Project Release for Bids; specifications for released projects to be bid on will be online each date and copies available at Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building Procurement Department, 535 Telfair St., Suite 605 – Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 2, 16, 30; from choose the ARCBID application to view projects

Bass tournament

Paralyzed Veterans of America Souteastern Chapter 2015 Bass Fishing Tournament Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, Wildwood Park, 3780 Wildwood Lane, Appling; make donations to Southeastern PVA, 4010 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, GA 30815; (800) 292-9335

Hispanic festival

Festival Hispano – Hispanic Festival 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 9, noon-11 p.m. Oct. 10, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 11, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; folkloric groups, musical groups, authentic food stands from several countries, arts and crafts, children’s activities; $5 per day, ages 12 and younger free;

ARC reunion

50-year reunion 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; (706) 364-7830,

Family Fall Fest

Family Fall Fest 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling; activities for the entire family; pumpkin and scarecrow scavenger hunts, apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games, making corn husk dolls, music, face painting, fall crafts and story telling; Birds of Prey program by a Georgia Falconry Association member 6:15 p.m.; $10 per vehicle; hayrides $2, cake walk $1, bingo $1;

Miss Columbia County

2015 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; entry deadline Oct. 5; for single women ages 17-23 who are residents of the area; contestants must be 17 by Dec. 31; judging in interview, casual wear and evening gown competition; (706) 863-7645,,

Simple Faith

Simple Faith in concert 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez; free, donations accepted; (706) 863-1222, and

Drawing lesson

Still Life Drawing 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez; for teens and adults; held by Artists’ Guild Columbia County; $80 plus supply fee;

Broadway Boys

Broadway Boys doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $43; (706) 726-0366,


Augusta Archaeological Society Meeting 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; Dr. Albert Goodyear presenting Recent Investigations of the Clovis Culture in the South Atlantic Slope Area; dinner (on your own) 6:30 p.m., p.m., program 8 p.m.; open to anyone interested in the archaeology of the area; (706) 829-1615

Georgia-Carolina Fair

Opens 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 16-25, Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 308 Hale St.; entertainment, exhibits, competitions, rides, food, more; (706) 722-0202,

Orchestral classics

Columbia County Orchestra: Fall 2015 Classics Concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Maxwell Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; featuring Augusta University Music Professor Dr. Martin Jones on the Grieg Piano Concerto; free, donations accepted; and

Western Carolina Fair

Opens 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-31, Aiken Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive, I-20 Exit 22, Aiken; rides, shows, food, games; (803) 648-8955,

Astronomy meeting

Astronomy Club of Augusta meeting 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; Dr. John Sutherland, recently appointed Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, CSM, speaking on NASA and Space Radiation;

Naturalist trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon field trip to Jackson Boat Landing Road Saturday, Oct. 24; meet at at Kathwood Ponds, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, Silver Bluff Road, Jackson, to carpool; looking for migrant birds; beginners welcome; free;

Billy Joel tribute

Billy Joel Tribute Experience: The Stranger featuring Mike Santoro; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $35; (706) 726-0366,

Columbia County Fair

Opens 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 5-15, Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown; rides, games, food, fun;

Evans council

School council meeting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, Evans High School media center conference room, 4550 Cox Road; (706) 863-1198,

Collin Raye

An Acoustic Evening with Collin Raye doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $52; (706) 726-0366,

Christmas concert

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $49; (706) 726-0366,

Live From Nashville

Live From Nashville doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $43; (706) 726-0366,

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $43; (706) 726-0366,

Muttville Comix

Johnny Peers and his Muttville Comix doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $29.50, ages 11 and younger $12.50; (706) 726-0366,

Evans council

School council meeting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, Evans High School media center conference room, 4550 Cox Road; (706) 863-1198,

McCartney tribute

Band on the Run The McCartney Years doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $45; (706) 726-0366,

Country concert

Evening in the Round starring Linda Davis, Lang Scott and Bill Whyte doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $40; (706) 726-0366,

Henry Gross

Henry Gross One Hit Wanderer doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $43; (706) 726-0366,

Adam Trent

The Futurist Adam Trent doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., 30809 Evans; $40; (706) 726-0366,

Evans High council

School council meeting 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Evans High School media center conference room, 4550 Cox Road; (706) 863-1198,


Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans-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,

Eyeglass help

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

Farmers market

4:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Evans Towne Farmers Market; cooking demos and vegetable gardening education;,

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., belltime 8 p.m., Patriots Park Gymnasium, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $10 front row, $7 general admission, 5 and younger free;

Hospital classes

Variety of classes each month; Doctors Hospital; (706) 651-2450,


4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mindbody Stress Reduction Programs, 4210 Columbia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; experience deeper awareness and stress reduction through guided meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935,


MOMS Club of Augusta meets 10 a.m. first Wednesdays (except December); chapter includes Augusta, Martinez and North Augusta; e-mail for location;,


Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information can be found online;

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club;


Barbara C. Beazley Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Columbia County Foundation for Children; must be a Columbia County resident and intend to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; grants are need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30;


Fort Gordon’s Survivor Outreach Services, for families of deceased soldiers; (706) 787-4767,

USA Dance

USA Dance Greater Augusta Chapter 6074 8-11 p.m. third Saturdays through November, American Legion Post 63, 90 Milledge Road; ballroom dancing; $8 members, $10 others, $5 military, $3 students; (803) 215-4010,


• Grovetown Senior Center; volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins needed; (706) 210-8699

• Regency Hospice; training provided; Nancy Browning (706) 868-4422

• Golden Harvest Food Bank; help sort donations; (706) 736-1199

• Safe Kids East Central Georgia; help with events; lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

• Columbia County Library, Evans; (706) 863-1946,

• American Cancer Society Augusta chapter; drivers for Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients, needed; (706) 731-9900

• Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 4210 Columbia Road Suite 13A, Martinez, for ages 55 and older; (706) 868-0120 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

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,

Women vets

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,

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Walk Like MADD event Saturday in Evans

Wed, 9/30/2015 12:04 AM

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Augusta is holding its Walk Like MADD 5K community walk on Saturday.

The walk is to raise awareness about MADD’s efforts to eliminate drunk driving and support victims as well as raise funds for the Augusta organization.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:45 a.m.

There will be activities for children, teens and adults as well as products and services for sale. Participants are encouraged to bring a framed photo of a victim or survivor of drunk driving for display on the victims table and make a craft in honor of a loved one.

For more information, Call (877) ASK-MADD or visit

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Police Blotter

Wed, 9/30/2015 12:03 AM

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

Man receives suspicious calls

An Evans man called authorities Friday after discovering calls he received from an attorney’s office was a scam.

The man said he had been receiving voicemails for a few days from someone who identified herself as Lavolo, a pretrial investigator for Barton Phillips & Associates.

In the messages, she said the man needs to have his attorney contact her firm because he had committed several violations of federal bank fraud.

The man said he searched for the group online and learned that many have been scammed by similar calls. He called deputies because he was concerned because he’s a victim of previous identity theft.

Woman abused by ex, she says

An Evans woman told deputies Saturday that the father of her child beat her up and took their baby.

The 27-year-old woman said she was in an argument with her child’s father at her home at about 10 p.m. when he became angry and starting touching her in an insulting and intimidating nature including poking her in the forehead with his finger.

The woman said he then head-butted her, grabbed and wrenched her nose, pulled her back by her ponytail, knocked off her glasses and back-handed her across the nose and eye.

While she tended to her bloody nose, the woman said the man took their baby and left.

The deputy who responded to the home noted the woman’s nose was swollen and there were bloody tissues in the trashcan.

Beer stolen from Circle K

Employees of three Martinez Circle K stores called authorities over the weekend stating that people were stealing cases of beer.

A clerk at the store at 4473 Columbia Road said that a white man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a woman came into the store at about 11:40 p.m. The man left with a case of beer. The woman came back inside and asked the clerk if the man paid for it. She said he didn’t purchase it and called authorities.

Deputies responded to the store at 3934 Washington Road for a 911 hang-up at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They spoke to the clerk, who said two black men came into the store. One of the men purchased items and left. The second ran out of the store with a 30-pack of Bud Light and a 30-pack of Budweiser. They left in a 4-door gold Ford Sport Trac.

The same clerk called authorities again early Monday.

He said a black man in his 60s wearing a hat, glasses, long yellow shirt and black pants came into the store at about 12:45 a.m.

A customer the clerk was assisting told him the man was leaving with a 30-pack of Budweiser.

He watched the man leave without paying for the beer.

The man left in a burgundy Ford Taurus with a female driver.

A clerk at the store at 190 Baston Road said that two black men walked into the store just before 1 a.m. on Sunday.

One asked to use the bathroom while another looked around the store.

When one came out of the bathroom, they walked toward the door.

One opened the door, while the other grabbed and left with two cases of beer. They left in a silver truck.

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Outdoor burn ban endsThursday

Wed, 9/30/2015 12:01 AM

The annual ban on outdoor burning ends Thursday allowing residents to burn yard waste.

Columbia County Fire Rescue Operations Chief Danny Kuhlmann said, he expects that many residents will take advantage of the ability to burn.

“The end of the burn ban is coming up, so everybody is going to start burning,” Kuhlmann said.

The statewide ban on outdoor burning prevents residents from burning yard debris from May through September because it contributes to ground-level ozone and poor air quality, according to the Environmental Protection Division.

In order to burn legally, residents need to obtain a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission by calling 1 (877) OK-2-BURN or visiting Permits are issued based on weather conditions and manpower, said Chief Ranger Larry Felix Jr., who oversees the Columbia-Richmond County forestry office. They are good for one day.

The permit allows residents to burn hand-piled vegetation such as leaves, pinestraw, limbs and twigs on their own property. Burning man-made materials – tires, shingles, plastic and garbage – is not allowed.

Fires must be put out by dusk.

“Once you have a permit, we encourage individuals to have a water hose and shovel handy in order to help control the fire,” Felix said. “And never leave your fire unattended and have someone there to monitor the fire at all times.”

Keep burning piles small and controllable and never use accelerants such as gasoline, which can be dangerous, Felix said.

“Be courteous to the neighbors,” Kuhlmann said, adding that smoke from a fire can aggravated medical or respiratory conditions such as asthma.

If neighbors complain, firefighters will respond and ask the homeowner to extinguish the fire, even if it is properly permitted.

If an unpermitted burn gets out of control, the homeowner could be liable for the fire-suppression charges.

Though burning is allowed, Felix suggests other means of disposing of yard debris.

“Other alternatives include mulching, garbage service and composting,” Felix said.

To obtain a permit or for questions, call 1 (877) OK-2-BURN (652-2876) or visit

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Jammin' in the Park concert Saturday in Harlem

Sun, 9/27/2015 12:06 AM

A Harlem concert will allow some time to unwind after the Oliver Hardy Festival Saturday.

The second annual Jammin’ in the Park is an acoustic-style concert featuring artists Daniel Johnson, Dennis Pickens, Miranda P, Lindsey Fields and special guest Jeremy Graham.

“It’ll kind of be like a Guitar Pull-type setting,” said Stacie Hart, Harlem’s Community Services and Events coordinator. “We’ll be giving away 20 pairs of Guitar Pull tickets the
night of Jammin’ in the Park.”

Gates open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 each and are available in advance from and will be available at the gate. VIP tables for six are also available for $100.

“All proceeds go to the restoration for the theater,” Hart said. “Besides that, it’s just a fun night.”

For more information, call (706) 556-0043.

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News-Times, Chamber host candidate forum on Tuesday

Sun, 9/27/2015 12:04 AM

Voters have a chance to hear and meet candidates who hope to represent them in state and county government on Tuesday, when the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the

Columbia County News-Times will sponsor a candidates forum in Evans.

Nine candidates in all, four running for the state House District 122 seat, and five seeking to fill the open seat for Columbia County Commission District 3, will come together at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Theater at the Columbia County Library.

Commission District 3 candidates Jim Bartley, Gregory Grzybowski, Gary Richardson, Frank Spears and Russell Wilder will take the stage first for a question and answer session, followed by state House District 122 candidates Pat Goodwin, Jodi Lott, Joe Mullins and Mack Taylor, in a separate session.

Steve Crawford, publisher of the

News-Times, and Ed Burr, a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, will take turns asking questions for each candidate, whose answers will be limited to two minutes. Questions from the audience also will be asked, if time allows, event organizers said.

Candidates will also have two minutes each to make opening and closing statements.

The free event is open to the public.

In addition, on Oct. 13, the Chamber and the

News-Times will host another forum at 6 p.m. at Euchee Creek Library for candidates runnning for mayor of Grovetown, Grovetown City Council and Harlem City Council.

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School menus

Sun, 9/27/2015 12:04 AM


Chicken nuggets, roll

Fish sandwich, whole wheat bun

Peanut butter, jelly

Mixed vegetables

Collard greens

Mixed fruit

Fresh fruit


Soft taco, chips

Barbecue chicken, roll

Yogurt snack pack

Green beans

Refried beans

Fruit cocktail

Juice slush


Chicken sliders

Italian sub

PB&J sandwich

Sweet potato fries

Peas and carrots

Apple sauce

Orange wedges





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Sports Calendar for Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Sun, 9/27/2015 12:02 AM

Golf tournament

The second annual GRU Jaguar Baseball Golf Tournament is Oct. 16 at Forest Hills Golf Course. Teams are $400 each and sponsorships are available. Call Coach Eller at (706) 255-8545 or Clint Hardy at (706) 339-3661.

Baseball registration

Martinez-Evans Little League registration for fall baseball is open at for boys and girls ages 4 to 18.

Basketball training

Sports Academy South, Inc. Basketball and Speed and Agility Training will be held at Patriots Park Gym 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $75 for speed and agility training and $10 per session for basketball shooting and ball handling training. Go to

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Sun, 9/27/2015 12:02 AM

Cross country

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Augusta Prep at Heathwood Hall Invitational, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Grovetown at Washington County Invitational,

5 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 2

Augusta Christian at Pinewood Prep

Augusta Prep vs. Gatewoood

Evans vs. Warner Robins

Harlem vs. Screven County

Lakeside at Jones County


Monday, Sept. 28

Lakeside at Hephzibah,
5 p.m.

Harlem at Morgan County, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Evans vs. Cross Creek,
5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Harlem at Jefferson County, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Greenbrier at Thomson, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Harlem at Swainsboro, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Region 2-AAAAA Tournament, TBA


Thursday, Oct. 1

Augusta Christian vs. Cardinal Newman,
4 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 28

Augusta Prep at Monsignor Donovan,
4 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Augusta Eagles, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Evans vs. Grovetown,
5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Lakeside, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Harlem at Evans, 6 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Gray at Greenbrier, 6 p.m.

Evans vs. Harlem, 7 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Gray,
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Evans vs. Fox Creek,
5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Midland Valley, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Aquinas, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Augusta Prep vs. Cross Creek at Lakeside,
5 p.m.

Augusta Christian vs. Cardinal Newman,
5:30 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Cross Creek at Lakeside,
6 p.m.

Harlem vs. Westside,
6 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Augusta Prep, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Evans vs. Northside, Warner Robins at Houston County, Noon

Greenbrier vs. Warner Robins at Houston County, Noon

Augusta Prep at Loganville Christian Academy, 12:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Warner Robins at Houston County,
1 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Northside, Warner Robins at Houston County, 1 p.m.

Evans/Greenbrier at Houston County, 2 p.m.

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