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Greenbrier takes control of softball subregion race

Thu, 9/18/2014 11:55 PM

The rivalry softball game between host Greenbrier High School and Evans got a little weird Thursday night.
It had all the earmarks of a classic coming in. After Evans won the first meeting of the year 4-3 on Aug. 28, a second Evans win would all but lock up first place in Region 2A-AAAAA. Conversely, a Greenbrier win by more than a run would put the Lady Wolfpack squarely in the driver's seat with three region contests left.
The Lady Wolfpack hopped behind the wheel as they scored three first-inning runs, tacked on six runs in the fourth and rolled into first place with a 9-1 win that was stopped after Evans was retired in the top of the fifth.
If the Lady Wolfpack (17-3, 5-1 Region 2-AAAAA) win their remaining region games they will play host in the first round of the region tournament beginning Oct. 4 and would be the host throughout with a first-round win. The Lady Knights (14-5, 6-1 region) will finish second if they win their remaining region contests, also playing host to a first-round region tournament series.
Lady Wolfpack coach Garrett Black was just happy to see his team's bats come alive in a pressure situation as they had seven hits including two doubles and a home run.
"Tonight we got our strut back," Black said.
The weird, which included a call to the head of the umpires' association, came early and caused a 15-minute delay in the bottom of the first.
With Greenbrier leading 1-0 after Maddie Hunt scored on a Jordie Holt sacrifice fly, Monica Mullis came to bat with Kirsten Titus on first and two outs. Mullis belted a pitch over the left-centerfield fence for a two-run home run as her teammates mobbed her at home plate. She was subsequently ruled out, however, for her teammates touching her while she was in the field of play.
Evans coach Colette Cassedy noticed the home plate umpire talking to Black after the homer and asked the umpire about the play. She thought the umpire was giving Black a warning.
"When I went up to her I asked her,‘Did the players touch the girls, is that why you were talking to Garrett, did a player touch the girl?'" Cassedy said. "And she goes yes. I said is that an out and she went yes. So since I brought it up it's kind of like I appealed it."
Black challenged the ruling, called the head of the umpire's association, it was looked up in the rule book, Greenbrier was given a warning about touching a player in the field and Mullis' run was allowed to stand because she had not been assisted in any way.
"I was more mad than anything but in the end it turned out the right way," said Mullis of the incident.
It was a big night for Mullis who was playing her second game after missing a handful of games while sick. She added a fourth-inning single and scored from second base on a wild pitch.
The Lady Knights committed an error on the Lady Wolfpack's leadoff batter in the fourth inning. That ultimately led to six unearned runs with five scoring with two outs as the Lady Wolfpack took a 9-1 lead. Kirsten McMonigle had a RBI single before Holt amd Titus had back-to-back RBI doubles. Nicole Rogers joined Mullis with two hits in her two at-bats.
Senior hurler Titus (6-1) dominated from the start, striking out six and scattering three hits.
Cassedy told the team not to let the defeat be the thing that drives the rest of the year.
"We've had a good season and you can't let this one game get you down and how we do after this game defines you," Cassedy said.

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Local country group prepares for first record release

Wed, 9/17/2014 9:47 AM

By Charmain Z. Brackett



Montgomery Gentry concert goers will have the chance to hear a song from a local band that should hit the radio waves in early 2015.

Harlem’s Jeremy Graham recently signed a three-year contract with Dominion Entertainment, and he and his band, the Jeremy Graham Band, will perform the single, “Ride Out to Nowhere,” Friday at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion prior to Montgomery Gentry taking the stage.

“‘Ride Out to Nowhere’ is a song when you have a little something on your mind, and you need some alone time,” said Graham, the band’s lead singer and one of its songwriters.

And it’s “Ride Out to Nowhere” that will be the first recording released on his new record label.

Graham grew up in the 1990s listening to an eclectic mix of music, which has influenced his own style. His father loved rock ‘n roll while his mother enjoyed country music. Some of his influences include Garth Brooks, George Strait, Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

While it’s a solo contract, Graham said he’s keeping all the current band members and the sound engineer with him.

“I got to keep the band. I got to keep the guys I’ve been on the road with for eight years,” he said. “It was super important.”

The band calls Augusta its home and has played The Country Club on Washington Road several times. A concert is scheduled there on Saturday. In addition to Augusta concerts, the members have traveled extensively. They recently returned from the Vermont State Fair and have played across the country. They’ve also played in Europe and Japan on Armed Forces entertainment tours.

Some of the Jeremy Graham Band’s music can be found at the iTunes store and at ReverbNation.

Graham said he’s excited to be opening for Montgomery Gentry.

“I’ve always enjoyed their music. They play the fun-loving, Hell raising country music that I like,” he said.

Tickets to Montgomery Gentry are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the show.


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Police Blotter, Sept. 17, 2014

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:13 AM

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

Trespasser chased away

Neighbors on Jacqueline Drive in Appling recently called authorities twice after they chased someone trespassing on their property.

A 33-year-old man said he was inside his home at about 11 p.m. Friday when he heard someone banging on the side of his house then someone trying to open the door to the crawl space. He called his neighbor to come over and sneak up on the trespasser to try and catch him.

The neighbor said he approached the house in the area the man heard the noise and a man took off running into nearby woods. A woman who left the home before deputies arrived said she saw a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white tank top, running in the wood line of a nearby home.

The same man called authorities again just before 1 a.m. Sunday. He was at a neighbor’s house and heard a loud noise at his home. The same neighbor who helped him previously went to check out the noise and yelled. The man said he jumped on his ATV, hurried home and saw a man running on a trail alongside his property. He couldn’t chase the trespasser in the thick brush.

Naked student found in class

A Lakeside High School student was found naked inside a portable classroom on Friday.

An employee of the school in Martinez told deputies that he tried to open the door to a portable classroom to clean it at about 12:30 p.m. The door wouldn’t open and he could feel someone holding the door closed from the inside. The employee pushed the door open and found a 14-year-old student with no clothes on.

The employee said he told the student to get dressed and waited outside. He then escorted the teen to the office.

When talking to the assistant principal and his mother, the teen said he’s done this before and feels the need to get naked whenever he feels pressured.

The deputy contacted a Columbia County Juvenile Court intake officer, and the teen was released to his mother.

Store deposit stolen by “good Samaritan”

An assistant manager of an Evans retail store told deputies late Friday that she believes someone trying to help her with car trouble stole the business’ bank deposit.

The assistant manager of the Dollar Tree at 4459 Washington Road said she closed the store and went to her vehicle at about 10:20 p.m. She put the bank deposit on the passenger seat and rolled down the window.

The car wouldn’t start, so she checked under the hood and found the battery cable disconnected.

A man approached the assistant manager and asked if she needed help. She refused the man’s help, reconnected the battery cable and drove to a nearby Wells Fargo

But when she got to the bank, the assistant manager said the bank deposit was gone. She went back to the Dollar Tree parking lot, but didn’t find the deposit or anything else missing from her car.

Metal stolen from field

A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had stolen scrap metal from her property.

The 75-year-old woman said her husband keeps a large pile of scrap metal on the back of their property, which is accessible by a dirt path from a nearby road.

She checks the area daily as she tends to the horses.

The woman said the theft happened between Sept. 5 and Thursday. Deputies found a large portion of the fence had been cut and could see where a truck had backed up to the area.

A neighbor told the woman that she’d seen a rusty red truck occupied by an older man and two teens on the path one night.

The neighbor’s son spoke to the older man, who said he was bringing his grandsons out to see the stars.

The stolen scrap metal is estimated to be worth about $6,000.

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On vacation

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:12 AM

A small group traveled with Greg and Teresa Brooks to Canada and Nova Scotia the first week of September. Leaving from NYC the group visited St. John's New Brunswick, seeing the Bay of Fundy and Halifax, and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. They traveled on the Carnival's ship Splendor.

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Current Events

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:12 AM


Grant program

Tourism Grant Program to enhance tourism in Columbia County; available to qualifying agencies to promote activities, attractions and special events; overseen by Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing committee; to apply, contact Shelly Blackburn for application or information; (706) 447-7677,

Grants available

Columbia County Forward Foundation accepting applications for five $1,000 grants to be awarded to organizations to encourage and promote philanthropy in Columbia County; compete application at and provide a 300-500 word proposal; application deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31; information: Jessica Perry,


Grovetown Museum, 106 E. Robinson Ave.; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; children must be accompanied by adult; no charge for tours, donations accepted; (706) 863-1867


Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as hosts at the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant in Tifton, Ga.; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each; (706) 664-5010, columbiacounty

Harlem council

Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–, Ann Blalock


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide needs volunteers to prepare tax returns, greet program users and ensure things run smoothly at locations throughout Georgia and nationwide; sign up to train for the 2015 tax season at

Fair pageant

2014 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Greenbrier High School, 5114 Riverwood Parkway, Evans; for ladies ages 17-23 who are residents of or attend school in the Central Savannah River Area; judging in interview, swimsuit, evening gown, overall review; entry deadline Monday, Oct. 20; winner will represent Columbia County at state
pageant; applications
online at or call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645


Augusta Area Newcomers Club meeting and luncheon 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, e-mail for location; membership open to those who have moved into the area within the last 5 years;,

Arts in Heart

2014 Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Broad Street and Augusta Common; fine arts, fine crafts market, performers of all kinds, young artist market (for school-age artists), children’s area; no pets or coolers; weekend pass $5 advance, $10 at gate;


Sleeping Beauty

Presented by Columbia County Ballet and Imperial Theatre; 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Imperial Theatre; tickets by phone or online; (706) 722-8341,

iRun Man 5k

ECE’s iRun Man 5k 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Euchee Creek Elementary School; 1 Mile Fun Run for children under 12 8:30 a.m.; 5K open to all ages 9:30 a.m.; Vendors, after-race party; $25
adults, $15 children, advance registration includes T-shirt;

Fishing rodeo

Fish for Life Kids’ Fishing Rodeo and Family Day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; for ages 2-8 and 9-13; bring pole and bait 9-11 a.m.; other activities include bounce houses, hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, nickles in a haystack, dunking booth; food and games are free;

Lydia work day

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans; cut material used for sewing Lydia totes for women with cancer;

Guitar Pull

Kicks 99 Guitar Pull presented by Boots, Bridles and Britches; show 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18: Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch; $35; tickets on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Champions Box Office only;

Emerging artists

For ages 13-19; 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, Columbia County Library meeting room, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; learn leadership skills and opportunities; bring a sample of your work; presented by Artists’ Guild of Columbia County

Night walk

Light The Night Walk 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; food vendors, pets welcome;

Yoga in the Park

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.; in celebration of National Yoga Month; sponsored by The Yoga Center, Dancing Dogs Yoga and SPACE yoga studios; six different 45 minute classes for all levels; chair yoga class for those with injuries or physical challenges; bring mat and water bottle; free, donations accepted;

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New restaurants in Evans

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:12 AM

Columbia County’s menu of dining options is growing.

Peter Patel and brother A.J. Patel, have opened their second Which Wich sandwich location in Mullins Crossing in Evans.

The restaurant opened Aug. 25 in the former Great Wraps location. The Patels also own the Which Wich on Wheeler Road.

The restaurant is known for its customizable sandwiches and creative ordering system. Patrons note their sandwich options on an ordering bag. “I think a lot of people love it,” Peter Patel said. “The biggest thing is the number of options that we offer.”

Patel said his sandwich shop offers 51 varieties of sandwiches, all of which can be prepared on white or wheat bread, a lettuce wrap or in a bowl. They can be customized using traditional toppings and condiments as well as options such as walnuts, cranberries and a variety of sauces.

The 30-seat restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Another new restaurant, PDQ, opened Sept. 7 on Washington Road at Belair Road. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant serves chicken fingers, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes.

Operations manager John Cox reused stones from the former Evans School teacher’s cottage, which was later the Strictly Country gift shop. The building was torn down to make way for the restaurant.

The stones were used for the sign base and an arch and pillar on the property. Historic photos of the Evans area are framed in the restaurant’s sunroom.

“We did the best we could,” Cox said of preserving the site’s history. “I’m pretty proud of it.”

The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

An Italian eatery also is on the way in Martinez.

Edward Mendoza is renovating the former Robolli’s Italian Bar & Grill space on Fury’s Ferry Road into his second area restaurant, Cucina 503.

Mendoza, who also runs Kitchen 1454 on Walton Way and food truck, said his plans are to include a full bar and private and public dining rooms in the 3,600-square-foot space.

He hopes to open the restaurant by Thanksgiving.

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Lady Wolfpack strike down Lady Warriors

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:11 AM

Led by their freshman pitcher, the Greenbrier High School Lady Wolfpack continued to build to Thursday’s region showdown with Evans.

Brianna Butler struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Lady Wolfpack beat Grovetown 9-0 in five innings Thursday night. The Lady Wolfpack improved to 12-3, 3-1 in Region 2-AAAAA, while Butler ran her record to 4-1.

“She threw the ball well tonight,” said Greenbrier coach Garrett Black. “She did exactly what we wanted her to do because today was a big day – region game. There is no next week unless we take care of today.”

Defensively, there wasn’t much for the Lady Wolfpack to do. First baseman Jayla Waugh recorded the first out in the bottom of the first unassisted, catcher Hannah Williamson threw out a would-be base stealer and Butler fielded a comebacker for the second and third outs of the third inning, respectively.

While Lady Warriors’ sophomore Megan McCook pitched well, scattering seven Lady Wolfpack singles, she was undone by six errors behind her. Of the nine runs, just three were earned. This coming while McCook was pitching with an injured toe on her plant foot.

“It easily could have been 2-0, 3-0 and that would would have been better but that’s kind of been our problem all year,” said Lady Warriors’ coach Jeff Davis. “We’ve been making a lot of mental mistakes and our defense has been struggling all year. We’ve got to keep working harder and getting better.”

Kirsten Titus led the Lady Wolfpack with three hits, Williamson had two RBI and Maddie Hunt contributed an RBI single in the Lady Wolfpack’s four-run second inning in which the Lady Warriors committed four errors.

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An electric offense shocks Greenbrier

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:11 AM

On a night at Greenbrier High that included a 45-minute weather delay, it was the Jones County Greyhounds who struck like lightning.

Leading 21-6 at halftime, the Greyhounds scored three touchdowns in a span of 39 seconds late in the third quarter as they went on to the 43-6 victory.

The win ran the Greyhounds’ record to 3-0 and 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA while the Wolfpack fell to 1-2, 0-2.

Big plays ruled the night and it was the Greyhounds making most of them. After the Wolfpack stopped the Greyhounds on fourth down in their end of the field on their first possession, the Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 32. Facing a fourth-and-6, quarterback Adam Sasser’s pass was tipped into the hands of Greyhound defensive back Tyric Solomon, who raced down the sideline for an 80-yard score.

Solomon was a thorn in the Wolfpack’s side all night. After Greyhounds quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt threw a 37-yard touchdown pass at 3:53 of the third quarter, Solomon added a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play of the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession. His third pick of the night, on the Wolfpack’s second play of their next offensive series, led to a 45-yard strike from Hunnicutt to Keaton Gordon at the 3:14 mark of the quarter, good for a 41-6 lead.

“We let it get away from us and the difference is that weight room once we get tired,” said Wolfpack coach Jarrett Troxler. “We’ve got to continue to get better and try to build off the positives of the night and keep working.”

The Wolfpack couldn’t run the ball up the middle but they found success working the edges. They avoided the shutout in the second quarter as they put together an eight-play drive covering 62 yards. On a fourth-and-1 from the Greyhound 5, Warren Coombs took a handoff, swept to the left sideline and found his way into the end zone. He would finish with 48 yards on seven carries.

That trimmed the Greyhounds’ lead to 14-6, but Hunnicut hit Nick Singleton for a 56-yard score to push the lead to 21-6 with 1:06 left in the half.

The Wolfpack drove to the Greyhounds’ 29, but Sasser’s pass into the end zone as time expired was incomplete.

“Take away the (first) pick six and we catch that ball right before halftime and we score, we’re down one score and we get the ball after halftime,” said Troxler.

After throwing mainly receiver screens in the first half, Hunnicutt went vertical in the second half and finished 12 of 14 for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’ve got to do a better job of recognizing that and breaking down and making plays and staying under control,” said Troxler.

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Augusta Prep takes second at tournament

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:10 AM

At the end of two days of volleyball, the Augusta Preparatory Day School squad finished second at its 18th Annual Volleyball Fall Classic.

Playing in the gold bracket Saturday, the Lady Cavaliers (13-5) twice couldn’t get by Trinity Christian. The Lady Cavaliers faced the Lady Lions in the championship game where they were toppled 25-18, 25-22. Earlier, the Lady Cavaliers had taken the Lady Lions to three sets in pool play, losing 25-16, 23-25 and 15-11.

“Overall the team had a good weekend,” said Lady Cavaliers’ coach Rich Bland. “We beat everyone we played except Trinity, who is a top notch team and defending state champion. I feel that if we put together a complete match against them we will beat them. Our serving and passing was spotty at points while playing Trinity.”

Earlier in Saturday pool play, the Lady Cavaliers downed South Aiken (26-24, 25-14) and Wardlaw Academy (25-19, 16-25, 15-8).

Friday afternoon, the Lady Cavaliers raced out to a fast start.

Facing Alleluia, they used a 11-0 run in the first set to break a 10-10 tie, winning 25-12, then went on a 8-0 run in the second set, finishing 25-15.

The Lady Cavaliers would win their next two Friday night matches, beating Loganville (25-23, 25-17) and Dominion Christian (25-16, 25-16).

In the first set against Alleluia, Brooke Stevens served 10 of the 11 points during the run. She had one ace but her tough serves kept Alleluia off balance and teammates like Kathryn James and Savina Patheja were able to set themselves for kills during the run.

Once again, Stevens served six of the eight points in the second-game run, with an ace and kill of her own and two kills from Patheja.
Bland said Stevens was good about getting her serves in and making them tough.

“She’s good about placement and she’s very accurate,” Bland said.

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Ribbon cuttings

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:10 AM
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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:09 AM

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 and September 28 at the Augusta Greenjackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

Golf Tournament

• The 4th Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is Sept.27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are available. Call Sandy Leathers at (706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

• Young Life Augusta is sponsoring the third annual Robert L. Shanks Memorial Golf Tournament, on Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. at Champions Retreat. The two-man team best-ball event will be played on all three courses – Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). The cost is $500 per two-man team or $250 per individual and all proceeds will support the ministry of Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry for high school students. Call (706) 733-2507 or visit

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Athlete Spotlight for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Wed, 9/17/2014 12:00 AM

In just her third year of playing volleyball, there’s no telling how good Grovetown High School’s Tiara Ramey can become.

The Lady Warriors have jumped out to a 17-1 start to the season, due largely to Ramey, who has the ability to take over a game from her outside hitter position.

“I didn’t know what volleyball was when I first started because I started out playing basketball,” said Ramey, who played basketball her freshman and sophomore years. “I went to a summer camp to see how volleyball would turn out and then I just started getting more attached to it because I loved hitting the ball so much.”

That summer camp was before her sophomore year and she has worked hard to get her game to the level she has achieved. As well as her hitting, she is a dangerous server and produces in the other aspects of the game.

She thinks she has gotten better from the end of her junior year in which she was a First Team All-Area 2-AAAAA player.

“I really wasn’t an all-around player when I first started,” said Ramey. “I just started hitting and then I’d sit out. But now I started killing more, I started (serve) receiving and passing and digging.”

Grovetown coach Amy Slagle noted Ramey’s rise corresponded with the amount of effort she put into getting better.

“She’s a hard worker,” said Slagle. “She does have the talent and she’s done everything I’ve asked – weight training, conditioning, playing club. She goes to camps over the summer. Obviously she wants to play in college, so she has to do what she needs to do.

‘‘She started as a sophomore. Her dad realized we had to make up the time missed. She’s come along quickly, like a rocket.”

One of the areas she’s made large strides in is her jumping ability, which the 5-foot-9½ inch left hander uses to her advantage. And being left handed doesn’t hurt either.

“For lefty’s, it’s kind of hard to block us because everybody’s going to block this way and we’re going to hit it the other way,” Ramey said. “We just hit differently. It’s kind of hard to figure it out. We’re confusing.”

Ramey knows her role on the team is as a leader, but it helps that others are right there with her in their desire for the team to be successful.

“Everybody out here does want to win as anybody does,” Ramey said. “We are just a linked team because we’ve all been together for the last three or four years, so that’s really helped us out.”

Ramey has been sending highlight videos to colleges and getting some responses, but is taking her time with the selection process.

“I’ve got some in mind, but I still want to wait and see until I find the right one,” said Ramey, who wants to get into the physical therapist field.

No matter where she goes, Slagle, who wishes she could have Ramey one more year with Grovetown, thinks she has potential yet to be tapped.

“I don’t think she’s reached her limit,” Slagle said.

“I don’t even think she knows her strength – the strength that she has inside of her.”

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Evans woman escapes house fire unharmed

Tue, 9/16/2014 11:02 AM

An Evans woman wasn’t injured Tuesday morning after trying to extinguish a blaze that extensively damaged her home.

Carolyn Culbreath, 78, called 911 just before 9 a.m. when she noticed smoke inside her home on River Lane.

“I saw smoke coming from the bedroom wall and I was upstairs,” Culbreath said. “I came on outside, I got the hose and tried to get up there.”

Columbia County Fire Rescue units responded and extinguished the blaze. The fire is believed to have begun in the attic, but the exact cause is under investigation accoring to Batt. Chief Danny Kuhlmann.

Firefighters dealt with no accessible fire plug by shuttling water to the fire using trucks.

“That’s not a problem, we train for that,” said Batt. Chief Jimmie Paschal.


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School officials make two administrative appointments

Mon, 9/15/2014 4:55 PM

Columbia County school officials made two administrative appointments this week, which resulted in changes in leadership at two schools.

Don Brigdon, who had served as Evans High School principal for the past 13 years was named as the county’s school system’s Hearing Officer and director of Discipline and School Climate.

Brigdon replaces John L. Padgett Jr., who resigned Aug. 25 after being placed on administrative leave.

Padgett, 52, was arrested on Aug. 22 and charged with failure to report suspected child abuse. On Aug. 9, a 17-year-old girl told Columbia County deputies that Padgett and another family member had sexually abused her since she was 15. Padgett has not been charged with any crimes related to the girl’s accusations, but Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Padgett’s job legally requires him to report any suspected child abuse.

According to a press release, Brigdon was selected in part because “his administrative knowledge and experience will be a welcomed support to system efforts to maintain a positive, safe environment for students and employees.”

Replacing Brigdon at Evans High will be Evans Middle School Principal Michael Johnson. Johnson has served in that role for nine years, a press release said.
Schools Superintendent Sandra Carraway said the administrative appointment was made because the need to fill the position was urgent.

“We have been without a hearing officer for several weeks and needed to fill that position,” she said in an e-mail. “The board doesn’t meet for another week, and waiting would delay further the subsequent new hires we will have.”

Carraway said she will ask school board members to give official approval of her appointments at the next meeting on Sept. 23.

Moving Johnson to Evans High will leave an opening at Evans Middle that the school system will move to fill as soon as possible. Officials hope to have a new principal by Oct. 1, when Brigdon and Johnson take on their new official duties.

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Nov. 4 General and Special Election dates set

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:13 AM
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Police Blotter, Sept. 14, 2014

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:12 AM

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

More suspicious people seen on Appling road

Residents on an Appling road reported suspicious people lurking near their homes.

Seven residents of one home on Jacqueline Drive told deputies Monday that they were trying to find a person who trespassed on a neighbor’s property at about 8 p.m. They said the person ran toward another home and into a wooded area near an abandoned home.

Two deputies went into the woods and cleared the abandoned house after seeing a flashlight moving in the woods. They did not find anyone. The residents spread out on the road to help track the person’s movements. While the deputies were in the woods, the residents said they saw two other lights in the woods at the end of the road and a third was seen behind a nearby home.

The trespassing reports have become a trend during the past two weeks. Other residents on the same road reported an attempted forced entry into one home, and another reported a stranger standing on his porch. The incidents usually happen late at night. The person has been able to flee the area, possibly by vehicle, before deputies arrive.

The homeowner of the house that reported the attempted burglary called authorities again Tuesday after chasing a man from his yard. He said he chased the stranger at about 10 p.m. behind his house, down a trail that leads to the end of Bumpus Road and into nearby woods. The man said he stopped chasing the person when he lost sight of him in the woods.

Students share explicit photos

A coach at Augusta Christian School called authorities Monday stating an obscene photograph has been circulating electronically around the student body.

The coach said two photos were edited to be in the same image, side by side. The first is of a woman resembling a 17-year-old female student performing oral sex on a man. The second is a photo of the student. A classmate said she was sent the picture by another student asking whether it was the teen in the photo performing the sexual act. The student who sent the photo said she got them both from Instagram. The teen’s classmate said she forwarded it to one student.

The student who received the photo said she was walking back with a friend from a tennis match when the subject of the photo came up. The teen who originally received the photo then showed it to her two classmates and asked that the photo be forwarded to the teen to verify whether the photo was of her.

The teen received the picture from her classmate and said it was not her in the explicit photograph.

Worker for tree service makes illegal charge

A Martinez woman called authorities Tuesday after discovering a tree service company foreman stole her payment.

The 71-year-old woman said she hired a company to remove some trees from her property on Aug. 21. She wrote a $1,000 check as payment and gave it to the foreman.

She then found an unauthorized charge to her bank account of $284.93 to Suddenlink Inc. in the foreman’s name.

The foreman has since been fired from the company and couldn’t be reached for comment.

Woman tries to use fake money to post bond

A Columbia County sheriff’s sergeant told a deputy Monday that a women tried to use counterfeit money to bond out a family member.

The sergeant said that at about 3:30 p.m. a woman came to the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling to post bond for a family member. The $50 she tried to use did not show the proper color when marked with a counterfeit-detecting pen.

The woman said she got the cash from an ATM at her bank that day.

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School lunch menu

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:12 AM


Cheese or pepperoni pizza

Cheese and fruit plate

PB&J sandwich

Steamed corn

Romaine garden salad

Chocolate chip cookie

Seasonal fresh fruit


Chicken sliders

Ham chef salad

Yogurt snack pack

Sweet potato fries

Steamed peas

Chilled pears

Oatmeal bar


Flatbread pizza

Cheese quesadilla, nachos

PB&J sandwich


Fresh fruit

Thursday (Early Release)

Ham and cheese sandwich

PB&J sandwich

Yogurt snack pack

Fresh fruit, vegetables


Chicken nuggets, roll

Shrimp and fish

PB&J sandwich

Mashed potatoes

Fruit, vegetables

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:09 AM

Baseball Tournament

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is September 27 and September 28 at the Augusta Greenjackets’ stadium. Call Adrian McCladdie at
(706) 288-8511.

Golf Tournament

• The 4th Annual September Swing Golf Tournament sponsored by Marvin United Methodist Church and the Mikey Foundation is September 27 at Gordon Lakes on Fort Gordon; 1 p.m.; Cost is $280 per team with meals and prizes included and sponsorships are
available. Call Sandy Leathers at
(706) 833-4093 or Margaret Olmstead at (706) 210-0893.

• Young Life Augusta is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Robert L. Shanks Memorial Golf Tournament, on September 29,
beginning at 8 a.m. at Champions Retreat.
The two-man team best ball event will be played on all three courses – Jack Nicklaus (Bluff), Arnold Palmer (Island) and Gary Player (Creek). Cost is $500 per two-man team or $250 per individual and all proceeds will support the ministry of Young Life, a Christian outreach
ministry to high school students. Call
(706) 733-2507 or visit

Swim Lessons

Join the Family Y in continuing your swimming prowess with specific training in endurance and stroke work. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Session dates are August 19-September 12, September 16-October 10, October 14-November 6, November 11-December 12. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Contact Chris Pinto at or (706) 922-9618.


• The Georgia Rockers fastpitch softball organization has open tryouts for the 2014-2015 seasons for the 12U, 16U and 18U teams on Sunday at Patriots Park at 2 p.m. Contact Ike Branch at (706) 373-9581 or

• The 10U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2005. Call Wesley Teston at (706) 306-4791.

• The 11U Augusta River Bandits travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Call Daniel Dykstra at (678) 358-8645.

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:09 AM

Thursday, Sept. 18
Greenbrier County Meet at Wildwood Park, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Augusta Prep at Lexington, 9 a.m.

(all games 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 19

Augusta Christian at Cardinal Newman

Augusta Eagles at Nat Green

Augusta Prep at Curtis Baptist

Greenbrier vs. Richmond Academy

Grovetown vs. Cross Creek

Harlem at Glascock County

Lakeside vs. Evans

Monday, Sept. 15

Grovetown vs. Thomson, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Burke County, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside at Butler, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Evans at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Jefferson County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Grovetown vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Harlem vs. Swainsboro, 5 p.m.

Lakeside at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Evans, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Harlem at Glascock County, 5 p.m. Evans at Elite Sports Classic, TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

Evans at Elite Sports Classic, TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

Augusta Christian at Pinewood Prep, TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Augusta Christian vs. Alleluia, 6 p.m.

Lakeside at Fox Creek, 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

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

Greenbrier at Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Westside, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Augusta Prep vs. Wardlaw Academy, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Augusta Christian vs. Ben Lippen, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Greenbrier, Grovetown at Conyers Tournament, TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

Greenbrier, Grovetown, Lakesidez at Conyers Tournament, TBA

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Property Transfers, Sept. 14, 2014

Sun, 9/14/2014 12:08 AM

Charles H. Lewis to Joshua L. Peyton, parcel ID 078A028, $116,500.

Tina A. McCall to Charles H. Lewis, parcel ID 066751, $88,000.

Wayne C. McGugan to Coltin S. Lira, parcel ID 074H166, $149,900.

Arthur W. Juhasz to Steven N. Feigh, parcel ID 077G836, $237,000.

Robert Maddox to Lacey Stephens Adkins, 224 Pamletto Drive, $108,500.

Charles E. Kirk to Cliff R. Payne, 4862 Whitehall Drive, $207,800.

Jason K. Burris to Mary J. Cooper and Tyrone B. Cooper, 315 Bobwhite Trail, $263,000.

John R. Talman to Isaac B. Annan and Ernestina N. Annan, 814 Old Stevens Creek Road, $520,000.

Douglas Stephen Bird and Jessica L. Bird to Fredrick B. Robinson and April L. Robinson, 1017 Spotswood Circle, $243,000.

Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC to Kenneth T. Flack, 231 Asa Way, $192,400.

Ernie Blackburn Homebuilders LLC to Edward R. Gibson and Misty M. Gibson, 206 Dixon Court, $418,550.

Euchee Forest LLC to Ivey Residential LLC, 2645 Waites Drive, $38,500.

Susan Losgar Masters to W. Brent Watkins and Elizabeth Moody Watkins, a portion of parcel ID 071008, $20,000.

Jemaane Faulks to Devin Paul Burnside, parcel ID 062715, $133,000.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Frances Sue Leamons, parcel ID 059155, $162,900.

Randy O. Tillman to Melissa Marie Saldana, parcel ID 072103A, $293,700.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Jay W. VanBrumble, parcel ID 060824, $305,467.

Park Ridge Builders Inc. to John Carl Haines, parcel ID 0681084, $250,000.

KHO Development LLC to Clay S. Antonakos, 717 Bonnie Oaks Lane, $25,000.

Charles B. Latham to Daniel T. Leonard and Sandra B. Leonard, 300 Evans Lake Way, $83,000.

Christine L. Gilmour to Daniel T. Leonard and Sandra B. Leonard, 4524 Derryclare Lane, $105,000.

Esther V. Frank to Carol F. Powell and Russell G. Powell, 361 Bowen Falls, $107,660.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Katie L. Phelps and Kristopher B. Ward, 1153 Waltons Pass, $231,925.

Jeffrey J. Neigh to Nathan E. Brace and Brandi M. Brace, 5076 Sussex Drive, $232,000.

Amanda M. Foster to Omar Pabon, 126 Lisa Court, $132,900.

Winchester Homes of GA Inc. to Vctor Manuel Delgado and Orfelina Del Carmen Tejada Garcia, 934 Cranbrook Way, $238,000.

Linda F. Riddle to Brett W. Creech, parcel ID 074H239, $193,000.

Amy D. Villa to Michael W. Towns, 5737 Wrightsboro Road, $120,848.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Wilson Home Builders LLC, parcel ID 060998, $65,000.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to Wilson Home Builders LLC, parcel ID 060976, $65,000.

Laura J. Gill to Noel DeJesus Jr., parcel ID 052246, $139,800.

Patricia Brassell to Loan Luong and Yung Vong, parcel ID 073B141, $109,900.

Timothy J. Hallford to Johnny C. Hayward, parcel ID 0622171, $217,500.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC to Paula T. Troupe and Michael R. Troupe, parcel ID 081376, $72,000.

Euchee Creek Investors Inc. to R. Lewis Construction Co. LLC, parcel ID 060181, $42,500.

Euchee Creek investors Inc. to R. Lewis Construction Co. LLC, parcel ID 0601006, $65,000.

Joseph E. Bingham to Eben Gray’s Tree Service LLC, parcel ID 048036, $150,000.

Chadwick S. Widener to Matthew Van Winkle and Rendi J. Van Winkle, parcel ID 0621722, $240,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Robert C. Frashuer, parcel ID 082371, $296,990.

Vickie Leonard to William L. Orr, parcel ID 072C125, $93,000.

Kelvin A. Moses to Donald Bray, parcel ID 065327, $385,000.

Thomas Lamar Walker to Mark J. Hutchinson and Melissa J. Hutchinson, parcel ID 068119, $375,000.

Michelle Rickerson to Chaffin Roseberry and Jason R. Sullivent, parcel ID 02014D, $308,000.

William D. Wall to Jacqueline L. Brunet, parcel ID 065A375, $204,900.

Mary Gabrielle Helfgott to Thomas Lamar Walker to Particia A. Walker, parcel ID 081090, $850,000.

CSRA Property Group LLC to George S. Chapman, 4083 Briarwood Drive, $101,900.

Ivey Residential LLC to Rex Ivan Bell II and Tammy C. Hill, 1032 Highgrass Court, $289,900.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to Patricia and Hammonds and James Edward Hammonds, 137 Broadleaf Way, $339,960.

Designer Homes and Construction LLC to Brian K. Owen and Crystal R. Owen, parcel ID 0681099, $223,400.

William Few Partners LLC to South Georgia Custom Homes LLC, parcel ID 059211, $49,900.

Designer Homes and Construction LLC to Jartress M. Gaines and Jose M. Castillo, parcel ID 068944A, $204,500.

PDH Builders Inc. to Riverwood Land LLC, parcel ID 065870, $55,553.

Ivey Residential LLC to Riverwood Land LLC, parcel ID 065872, $54,652.

R.T. Bailey Construction Inc. to Riverwood Land LLC, parcel ID 065871, $55,295.

John Stephen Claxton to Bret Mason, parcel ID 073E422, $133,000.

Victor S. Yannuzzi to Stephen A. Disch, parcel ID 067D116, $177,000.

Susan Raburn to William L. Ogletree and Susan L. Ogeltree, parcel ID 067293, $45,000.

Ron Meardy to Ryan Murphy, parcel ID H01047, $87,000.

Virginia Ware Hoffman to Mary Radford, parcel ID H03140, $54,500.

Jane E. Holm to Patricia L. Stewart, parcel ID 074B102, $105,400.

Bartles Farm LLC to Richard D. Inglett and Sandra Inglett, parcel ID 015048, $60,900.

Jonathan Trumble to Justin L. Peeples and Stephanie A Peeples, parcel ID 082315, $198,000.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611892, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611894, $42,500.

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611893, $42,500.

Justin A. Funderburg to Christopher Manders and Melissa Manders, 4532 Colonial Drive, $100,000.

Mark Frerich to Richard C. Weatherford and Carmen H. Weatherford, 201 High Point Way, $82,000.

JJ & Z Builders LLC to David Lee Smith, 8628 Crenshaw Drive, $251,000.

Paul Michaud to Thomas E. Norris and Carolyn E. Morris as trustees of the Thomas E. Norris and Carolyn E. Morris Family Trust, 2064 Wythe Drive, $294,500.

Barbara Lacombe to Jesse K. Carter, 3147 Georgia Ave., $88,000.

R. Steven Powell Sr. to James C. Broome, 1833 Champions Circle, $192,500.

Louis J. Herzner III to Alex Joseph Andrews, 4138 Kemper Court, $140,000.

Allen W. Joiner to Laura Y. Howard, parcel ID 078B056C, $269,000.

Melba G. McNorrill, Michael Joseph McNorrill and Benjamin David McNorrill to Durelle C. Morris and Shirley Morris, portion of parcel ID H02070, $500,000.

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

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

Mill Branch Investors LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, parcel ID 0611887, $44,500.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Nisha S. Patel, parcel ID 0611793, $249,900.

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

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

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

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

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

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