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Evans Barberitos donates to 2 charities

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:08 AM

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina recently presented donations to the Golden Harvest Food Bank and the Augusta Warrior Project at its newly opened Evans restaurant.

The Evans Barberitos opened last month, and 10 percent of all sales made during Aug. 10-15 was used to benefit the two area charit-

The Golden Harvest Food Bank is a community charity committed to providing food and grocery products to area residents who are in need.

The Augusta Warrior Project works to prevent or mitigate life crises by holistically addressing issues through collaborative relationships with local, state, and national organizations to ensure the support for local members of the military and their families.

The Southwestern grille is owned and operated by Brett McCullough, Lanier Scruggs and Cissy Hutchinson.

It is the second Barberitos to be opened in the Augusta metro area.

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Police blotter

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:08 AM

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

Man is charged with indecency

A 44-year-old man is facing charges after exposing himself to another motorist Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Steven Stallings was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on Sunday morning on a charge of public indecency – third or subsequent conviction.

Police stopped Stallings’ vehicle on Belair Road at Interstate 20 after a 32-year-old woman in the other car reported the incident.

She told police she was talking on the phone while in her parked car at the rear of Circle K, 403 S. Belair Road, about 11:30 a.m. when she noticed a man in a dark Nissan Maxima parked nearby staring at her.

He got out of his vehicle, walked in front of it, exposed his genitals and started to masturbate.

A Columbia County sheriff’s lieutenant was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot at the time, so the woman honked her horn to get his attention. The suspect fled but was later found by the officer.

Pupil threatens gun at school

A Greenbrier Elemen-tary School student admitted to school officials last week that he threatened to take a gun to school.

A parent contacted police after hearing that the child had exposed his genitals to other students and threatened to bring a gun to school. Police contacted the witnesses, who said they did not see the student expose himself but they did hear the threat.

After the students admitted to making the threat, he was charged with terroristic threats and released to his mother.

Cake shopper banned at DQ

A woman was warned not to return to a Dairy Queen after getting upset that the store would not take back a cake that she said had a hair in it.

The woman said she called the store, in the 4000 block of Jimmie Dyess Parkway, and spoke with the manager, who then told the woman to bring the cake back to exchange it.

She said she could not recall the name of the manager she said she spoke with on the telephone.

The manager asked her for evidence of a hair in the cake. She became upset and reportedly pushed the cake on the counter toward the manager standing on the other side.

The cake slid to the floor behind the DQ counter.

The woman left, and the manager called the sheriff’s office, who stopped the woman in traffic.

The manager told police that he had no note from other managers about the hair in the cake and refused to return it without evidence there was hair in the cake.

The manager did not want to prosecute but told police he did not want the woman back on the property.

The shopper said she understood that she should not to return to the property and that she would face charges of criminal trespass if she did.

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Evans High crowns homecoming court

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:07 AM
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Columbia County Orchestra to play

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:07 AM

East Georgia State College – Augusta will hold a night of music with the Columbia County Orchestra.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, the concert will be at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at 2500 Walton Way on Augusta University’s Summerville campus.

This concert is free and open to the public and is presented by East Georgia’s Vision Series.

The Columbia County Orchestra was founded in February 2008 by Rob Nordan, the music director, who is an area music educator, freelance musician and church musician. The purpose of the orchestra is to promote the musical arts, foster music appreciation and provide an outlet for amateur and professional musicians in the Augusta metro area.

The orchestra is the parent organization of Columbia County orchestras and the Columbia County Youth Orchestra. Instrumentalists come from across the area – Columbia, Richmond, Aiken, Emanuel, and Toombs counties. The groups hold more than 15 concerts annually.

The orchestra has a board of directors that administrates the nonprofit, 501c3 IRS-approved organization.

“The Columbia County Orchestra will be playing some of the best-known classics of all time,” Nordan said. “The Mozart symphony that is perhaps the most famous will be played – Symphony No. 40.

“We will also be playing the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5, Handel’s Water Music Suite, and the gypsy music standard, Csardas. The orchestra will be joined by Dr. Christine Crookall, long-time music professor of Augusta University, as well as Suzuki Strings of Augusta. We look forward to this fun musical evening.”

For more information about the concert, contact Nordan at

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Cooling centers throughout county to close

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:06 AM

Cooling centers throughout county to close

As fall approaches and the temperatures and heat indices are falling, cooling centers throughout the county will be closing as official cooling centers.

According to Columbia County Emergency Management director Pam Tucker, while daily operations continue at the seven designated cooling center locations, they are typically advertised as Cooling Centers from June 1 through Sept 30.

Tucker added that if anyone still needs a place to go to get out of the heat, they are still available after Sept 30.

“We want to publicly thank the facility ­operators for welcoming those without air conditioning to come and cool off when temperatures were ­soaring above 100 degrees,” Tucker said in a news release.

– From staff reports

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Saintly Gifts to reopen

Wed, 9/28/2016 12:00 AM

Saintly Gifts will have a special grand reopening celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, a local priest will be present to bless the store, and there will be a rosary recited by children.

Columbia County Commissioner Gary Richardson will be on hand to cut the yellow ribbon, and a local author will be on hand to sign his book, Freedom Heist: The Left’s Theft of

Saintly Gifts can be found in LaPetite Plaza at 3857 Rose Lane in Martinez.

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Current Events

Tue, 9/27/2016 12:26 PM

Fair pageant

Deadline to enter the 2016 Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant is Oct. 15; single women ages 17-23 are eligible to compete; judging will be in interview, fitness wear and evening gown; pageant will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Evans High School; applications available at; (706) 863-7645

Music Cruise

Moonlight Music Cruise, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; $25; tours depart Savannah Rapids Park; passengers may bring food and beverages; reservations required; (706) 823-0440, ext. 4;

Anniversary reopening

Saintly Gifts will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a grand re-opening Saturday, Oct. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Saintly Gifts is in LaPetite Plaza 3857 Rose Lane in Martinez. For more information, contact (706) 863-1235

Harlem reunion

The Harlem High School Class of 1965 is holding a reunion for all Harlem High School students. The class will hold a covered-dish lunch beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Kiokee Pavilion in Appling, at Appling Harlem and White Oak roads. Casual and open to students of all classes, graduates and those who did not graduate. Class of 1965 will provide plates, napkins, silverware and drinks. Alumni may bring a covered dish, but is not required. For information, contact Bobby Culpepper at (706) 833-6622.

POP Walk

People of Parkinson’s Walk, 9 a.m. Oct. 1, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; registration begins at 9 a.m., walk at 10; interactive exercises, entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities and raffle; no charge, donations accepted;,, or (706) 364-1662

Pumpkin patch

Marvin Corner Pump­kin Patch, Oct. 1-31, 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road; pumpkins, gourds, mums and straw for sale; supports missions and community outreach;

Buddy Walk

CSRA Buddy Walk, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1, Columbia County Amphi­theater, 7022 Faircloth Drive; observes Down Syn­drome Awareness Month; free, supports advocacy, edu­cation and research;

Special adoption event

Kitty Konnection will host a Cats vs. Dogs fundraiser and bake sale Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1-5 p.m. at Petco in Evans, located at 4209 Washington Road. The event will include an adoption event, bake sale and gifts for humans and pets.

Chamber golf tourney

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce 12th annual Golf Tournament, registration, 7 a.m. tee time 8:30 p.m., Oct. 3, West Lake Country Club, 3556 West Lake Drive;

Wood stained art

Artists’ Guild of Columbia County presents Wood Stained Images. Adult/teen classes will be Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $65 a session and $10 supply fee. The location for classes is at Church of Our Savior, at 4227 Columbia Rd. Check the website for new listings dates and registration. Limited scholarships available to qualifying students. Visit

Homeschool art

Homeschooler art kindergarten through sixth grade with Angelika Bondar, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 5, 12 and 19, Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop, 203 N. Louisville St., Harlem; $15 class, includes all supplies; Ann Blalock, (706) 556-6656 or Angelika Bondar, (706) 394-4682

Seniors pottery

Pottery-making for seniors with Angelika Bondar; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Harlem Senior Center, 405 W. Church St.; $60 plus $20 materials fee; must be at least 55; no experience needed; register at; Ann Blalock, (706) 556-6656 or Angelika Bondar, (706) 394-4682

Breast cancer

MythBusters! Women’s Health, Genetics and Breast Cancer: Fact vs. Fiction, 6 p.m. Oct. 6, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; physician panel will discuss myths; refreshments served; (706) 774-7770 for reservations

Cancer tourney

Tee Off Fore Tatas, 9 a.m. Oct. 7, Jones Creek Golf Club, 777 Jones Landing Court; $120 single player, $400 for team; presented by Apartment Association of Greater Augusta; breakfast and registration at 8 a.m., lunch and awards at 1 p.m.; or (706) 814-6537

Camp music

The Nearly Normal String Band, 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road; $5 vehicle fee; acoustic music in the campground

Fall Festival

3:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road; $10 per vehicle; snake program, pumpkin scavenger hunt, nature hike, apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games, making corn husk dolls, music and storytelling; Friends of Mistletoe will offer $2 hayrides and a cake walk;

Yard sale

When Help Can’t Wait Yard Sale, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, When Help Can’t Wait, 3843 Martinez Blvd. Suite 101; proceeds benefit area nursing home residents; (706) 650-9467,

Game Day

Game Day at Lady A, 4 p.m. Oct. 8, Evans Towne Center Park, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; streaming college football;

Graphic novel

Artists’ Guild of Co­-
lumbia County presents Illustrating Your Own Graphic Novel. Students ages 9-15 will learn basic styles to illustrate their story. Classes will be Sun-
days from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Costs $80 per four-week session. Held at the Church of Our Savior. Limited scholarships available. Visit for listings, dates and registration.

Gourd painting

Gourd painting with Rebecca Pittman, 10 a.m. Oct. 10; Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop; 203 N. Louisville St.; $20; apron or other protective clothing urged; register at; Ann Blalock at (706) 556-6656, (706) 513-2634 or email

Oil painting

Oil Painting with Min-ette Hatcher, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24; Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop, 203 N. Louisville St.; $20;; Ann Blalock at (706) 556-6656 or (706) 513-2634 or

Blues Traveler

5 p.m. Oct. 14, Lady Antebellum Pavilion, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; $25; presented by Friends with Benefits; benefits Press On, which helps fund pediatric cancer research,

Wreath making

Thanksgiving Wreaths with Jeanie Bohler, 10 a.m. Oct. 21, Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop, 203 N. Louisville St.; $28, includes all supplies; register at or call Ann Blalock at (706) 513-2634, or email

Guitar lessons

Guitar Lessons with Jeff Jordan, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 22, Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop,
203 N. Louisville St.;
$30; register at harlem; Ann Blalock, (706) 556-6659 or (706) 513-2634 or

Acrylic painting

Acrylic Painting with Gayla Espiritu, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28, Tippy Cakes Bakery and Gift Shop, 203 N. Louisville St.; $30; (706) 556-6659, (706) 513-2634 or


Sylvia, 7 p.m. Sept. 22-24, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100 Third Ave.;

Veterans Day

Harlem Memorial Cemetery is planning a Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at the cemetery.

Eyeglass help

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

Food pantry

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

Female veterans

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

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.; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978

Gold prospectors

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

Stress reduction

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

Mind­body Stress Reduct­ion Programs, 4210 Colum­bia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15, $5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935,

Writers group

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


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

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New judge selected

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:09 AM

Juvenile court judge selected

A new member for the juvenile court bench in the Augusta Judicial Circuit has been selected.

The eight members of the Superior Court bench selected Amanda Heath to become the newest juvenile court judge for the circuit which includes Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Heath served as
an assistant district
attorney and practiced law as a private attorney since graduating from the law school at
Mercer University and being admitted to the
bar in December

Jennifer McKinzie and Douglas Flanagan were re-appointed to their full-time judgeships, and Keith Johnson was re-appointed to his part-time position on the bench.

Pam Doumar chose not to reapply for a position on the juvenile court bench after her latest four-year term.

– From staff reports

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Food pantry marks 20 years

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:08 AM
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Columbia County triathletes to compete in Ironman 70.3 Augusta

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:08 AM

Among the 3,700 athletes registered for today’s Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition, several people with Columbia County ties are expected to race.

The eighth annual event, the largest half-Ironman in the United States with 3,700 registered athletes, sold out in February. The contestants who made the trek to Augusta will start with a 1.2-mile swim down the Savannah River. After a transition to the bike, they will then ride a 56-mile loop into South Carolina and back to downtown Augusta, where they will transition into the start of the 13.1-mile run. The race will finish in front of the Augusta Common on Broad Street.

Chad Gossett of Evans is competing in the Ironman 70.3 Augusta for the first time. The 45-year-old senior small group leader of the Noncommissioned Office Academy at Fort Gordon grew up in Kentucky playing baseball, basketball and football in his youth. In middle school and high school, he ran cross country and track.

He moved in November 2014 to Augusta and began signing up for as many local running races as he could find. Earlier this year, he joined the TriAugusta club after seeing several members at area half-marathons and other competitions.

“They just seemed like they were always having a good time,” he said.

In April, he decided to sign up for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta. The event had sold out earlier in the year, but he requested a charity slot. Gossett reached the $2,500 fund-raising goal for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.

In anticipation of making the competition, Gossett began a weekly routine of biking 150 miles and running 25 miles in April. Then, he added 5,000-yard weekly swims in July after learning how to swim.

Gossett said he has a time of goal of finishing in six hours or less. If all goes well, Gossett said he’ll consider competing in the 2017 Ironman Louisville, a full 140.6-mile event, in his home state.

While Gossett is making his foray into the event, Jeff Brandenburg of Columbia is a veteran triathlete making his second Augusta appearance. The 50-year-old medical director of the consultation/liaison service at Palmetto Health is a 1984 Evans High School graduate.

Brandenburg earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. While going through medical school, he said he lived a sedentary lifestyle, working long hours, eating in the cafeteria.

He didn’t run, bike or swim any before 2000. Then, one of his partners threatened to put him on medicine to treat hypertension. Brandenburg said to give him six months, and he began running every day and biking. Then, he learned how to swim and soon after he competed in his first sprint triathlon in 2001 in Charlotte, N.C.

“There began the obsession,” he said. “It was extremely addictive.”

Brandenburg lost 30 pounds as he kept training for triathlons. Now, he’s competed in 14 full Ironmans, including a trip last year to the World Championship in Hawaii. He ­finished in the top 25 percent.

“Not bad for an old man,” he said.

Brandenburg, who’s busy almost every weekend with some sort of athletic competition, said he’s partaken in more than a dozen half-Ironman events and many other sprint and Olympic distance competitions. In total, he’s competed in more than 100 triathlons, qualifying him for the USA Triathlon Century Club.

Brandenburg is competing in Augusta for the first time in six years. The reason? To try to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships next year in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Augusta event offers 50 spots broken down by age group – Brandenburg said he probably needs to finish in the top three in his age group.

Brandenburg said he wants to beat his time of 4 hours, 23 minutes he posted in his first Ironman 70.3 Augusta. With the temperature expected to reach 90 degrees today, Brandenburg said he plans to manage the heat by going steady on the swim and bike events and also by properly hydrating and eating throughout.

“I love Augusta,” said Brandenburg, who expects to have several family members and friends supporting him. “It’s been a great course for me.”

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Greenbrier goes to ground game to remain unbeaten

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:08 AM

As the Greenbrier players huddled up near the end zone after the game, the Wolfpack marching band chanted “Un-de-fea-ted! Un-de-fea-ted!”

Greenbrier focused on ground game in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points to roll to a 35-7 win over Cross Creek. With the victory, the Wolfpack head into their bye week at 5-0, the second-best start in school history. Greenbrier will try to match the program’s record 6-0 start set in 1997 when it plays Oct. 7 at Lakeside.

“It’s the first time I’ve been alive that Greenbrier’s been 5-0,” senior quarterback Caleb Clark said. “It’s just a great feeling. We’ve been working hard.”

Wolfpack coach Tony Kramer added: “Every team aspires to be in this position. We have to be humble. We’re not the first team to get to this point. It’s all about how you handle and respond to good situations and bad situations. This is a good one.”

With the game tied at 7 in the second half, Greenbrier focused on its running game. The Wolfpack found success, rushing for 213 of their 305 yards the final two quarters. Clark, who attempted 13 passes in the first half, did not throw a pass after intermission. Clark tossed an 18-yard touchdown­ pass to Drew Wall in the first half and later added a 1-yard touchdown run. Hayden Harrison, who rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries, scored on a 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. John Waters added a 14-yard scoring run.
Sophomore running back JQ Brown posted another solid ­performance, rushing 19 times for 159 yards to push his season total near 700. Brown scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter and had a 20-yard run in the fourth marked down at the 1.

“JQ is an awesome runner, but he also pass blocks very well,” Harrison said. “He’s just an overall good running back.”

Cross Creek (3-2) managed 194 yards of total offense, one-fifth of that coming on Devon Hicks’ 41-yard touchdown run in the second half. The Razorbacks committed 14 penalties and had a botched snap in the third quarter.

It appeared Cross Creek was going to challenge Greenbrier in the second half, but the Wolfpack responded with a 66-yard drive in six plays to take the lead for good. Harrison broke off runs of 16, 7 and 3 yards before punching it in the end zone.

“After they scored in the third quarter, we kind of felt dead,” Harrison said. “I knew I had to come in and just spice everybody up, get everybody motivated.”

A botched snap on Cross Creek’s next possession, resulted in a 26-yard loss which pushed the Razorbacks back to 5. Three plays after a Cross Creek punt, Waters scored to extend the lead to 21-7. Then, Brown followed with a touchdown on Greenbrier’s next possession.

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:07 AM

Shawn Patrick Walsh and Samantha Anne Goode applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 12 in Evans

John Haitas and Abby Leigh Weinberger applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married Sept. 17 in Evans

Leonard Keeffe Pulley and Kimberly Ann Lever applied for a marriage license Aug. 26 and were married Sept. 17 in Augusta

James Garrett III and Jewels Elizabeth Craig applied for a marriage license Aug. 30 and were married Sept. 4 in Harlem

Mark David Woelzlein and Shagofa Hussaini applied for a marriage license Sept. 1 and were married Sept. 10 in Augusta

Joseph Andrew Milton and Aprid Dianne Mejia Stokes applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 11 in Augusta

Diego Valverde and Sarah Frances Sims applied for a marriage license Sept. 6 and were married Sept. 10 in

Taylor Joseph Kise and Elaine Nicole Heim applied for a marriage license Sept. 6 and were married Sept. 17 in Grovetown

Joshua David Mccall and Dawn Lynn Sammons applied for a marriage license Sept. 9 and were married Sept. 12 in Augusta

William Byrd Lee V and Brandy Dawn Kruger applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 17 in Augusta

Robert Adam Henderson and Cynthia Diane Lampkin applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 18 in Augusta

Ian Michael Nielson and Lacy Richelle Young applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 17 in Martinez

Barry Bernard Davis Jr. and Caitlin Allison Seidel applied for a marriage license Sept. 15 and were married Sept. 18 in Augusta

Darius Timothy Woodland and Timothy Allen Chancellor King applied for a marriage license Sept. 16 and were married Sept. 16 in Augusta

Santonio Antoine Hobbs and Angela Denise Cunningham applied for a
marriage license Sept. 19 and were married Sept. 19 in Augusta

James Willie Richards and Betty Williams Newson applied for a marriage license Sept. 19 and were married Sept. 19 in Grovetown

Kennyon Lamardre Brown and Emoni Shai Townes applied for a marriage license Sept. 20 and were married Sept. 20 in Augusta

Jacky Chau Nguyen and Nguyet Thi Le applied for a marriage license Sept. 21 and were married Sept. 21 in Augusta

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Sports announcements

Sun, 9/25/2016 12:07 AM

Softball team holding tryout

The Smashhouse Training Facility is holding a tryout for its 10U team at 2:30 p.m., today at Patriots Park (Field 16). Registration begins at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Ashlyn Masters (850-533-0964), Ike Branch (706-373-9581) or Chris Conner


Baseball team looking players

The 14U Columbia County Coyotes are looking to add players for the upcoming fall season. This is for boys in eighth or ninth grade and who will not turn 15 before May 1, 2017. For tryout information, please contact John Morrison at 706-373-7827 or

AU holding golf tournament

The Augusta University baseball team’s dugout club is holding its annual fund-raising golf tournament at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Cost is $400 per team with a limit of 30 teams. Entry fee includes prizes, beverages and food.

For more information, call (706) 731-7925.

Fishing tournament

A local high school sports team is holding a fishing tournament, Oct. 29, at the Wildwood Park Boat Ramp.

Cost is $125 per two-man team. Based on a 50-boat registration, first prize will be $2,000, with second place receiving $700 and third place $350, fourth place $200 and fifth place $150.

For more information, contact Kevin Waters at (706) 399-3154.

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Marshall Square defendant agrees to pay millions to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sun, 9/18/2016 2:29 AM

One of the defendants in the Marshall Square civil litigation agreed to pay a $5.55 million penalty in connection with the model of a heating and air unit it manufactured and was installed in the Columbia County retirement complex that caught fire last year.

The Goodman Company entered a consent decree although it did not admit it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act for allegedly failing to properly report the heating and cooling unit posed a fire danger, and for allegedly down-playing the number of fires caused by the defective unit.

Goodman is named as a defendant in three pending lawsuits filed in Columbia County Superior Court by former residents of Marshall Square and by the daughter of 91-year-old Dorothy Carpenter, who died in the June 2, 2015 fire.

The Columbia County lawsuits contend Goodman is liable because they believe the fire was caused by a defective packaged terminal air conditioner/heater installed in the third-floor billiards room at Marshall Square.

The same unit is cited in the complaint filed Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

The complaint accuses Goodman of violating the legal requirements to immediately report, as within 24 hours, a product defect that could create a substantial product hazard, and to report that a product created a risk of serious injury or death.

The product is a heating and cooling unit manufactured by Goodman between January 2007 and April 2008. More than 223,000 units were made by Goodman and sold under the brand names Goodman, Amana, Comfort-Aire, Century and York International, according to the government’s petition.

Goodman should have known of a possible risk because an earlier manufactured unit was the subject of a recall in 2008 because of its potential for overheating, according to the complaint.

Beginning in May 2008, Goodman starting hearing complaints that the unit’s power cord overheated and melted wire and unit components, the complaint alleges. In August 2009, a hotel reported to Goodman that four of its units caught fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The complaints of melting components, smoke and fire continued from 2010 into 2013, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission wasn’t notified until Nov. 26, 2013, the complaint states. A recall was announced Aug. 27, 2014, and it was expanded Feb. 17 to include other products manufactured by Goodman that contained the same defective power cords.

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Columbia County rape suspect denied bond

Sun, 9/18/2016 12:05 AM

A man accused of raping a woman with a mental disorder was denied bond in Columbia County on Friday.

Paul Alvin Tabor, 61, is accused of raping and taking nude photos of a 39-year-old woman with the mental capacity of a 7- to 14-year-old.

Prosecuting attorney Natalie Paine said Tabor lived just a few doors from the woman and would tell his wife that he was going hunting or taking the dog for a walk, but would instead go to the woman’s home and have sex after her mother had left for work.

During an interview with the woman at the child advocacy center, held there because of her diminished mental capacity, she reportedly indicated that she told Tabor to stop, but he did not. Paine said the woman also indicated the encounters occurred at least five times.

When first questioned by police, Tabor denied interacting with the woman other than just waving hello if they saw each other passing by. A search of Tabor’s home uncovered two cameras and a computer, all containing sexually explicit images of the woman in the nude on her mother’s couch.

Paine said the woman’s mother was concerned that Tabor posed a safety risk to her daughter if released on bond because the avid outdoorsman has several firearms.

Tabor’s attorney requested that the elderly, ailing man be released on bond. Ta­bor has reportedly lived in Co­lum­bia County for more than 20 years, is retired from the military and is a former Co­lumbia County engineer with no prior criminal record.

Members of Tabor’s family, including his wife, two sons and his brother, were present in court to show support. The defense argued that Tabor, who walked into the courtroom with a cane, suffers from vertigo, migraines, dizziness and other physical ailments, is being issued six medications while in custody and would not pose a flight

Tabor was arrested Aug. 15 and is also charged with burglary and exploitation of a disabled adult in addition to the rape

Senior Judge William M. Fleming made no other statement after denying the request for bond.

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Police Blotter

Sun, 9/18/2016 12:05 AM

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

Man falls victim to phone scam

A man said that he fell victim to a potential phone scam after bailing his daughter out of jail.

According to the incident report, the victim told police that after he posted his daughter’s bond he received a phone call from an unknown person.

The unknown caller claimed to be a representative with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The caller told the victim his daughter would have to pay $250 to have his daughter’s license reinstated.

His daughter asked him to loan her the money to pay the fee since she could not afford it.

The victim said he realized it was a scam after he paid the fee using two Wal-Mart Money Transfers.

Store robbed for second time

Two people are facing charges after taking clothes from the donation area at the Columbia County Goodwill without permission.

According to previous reports this is now the second case of theft from the same location in less than a month.

On Monday, deputies were called to the thrift store located at 4074 Washington Road about 6:30 a.m. after a witness said they observed a couple taking items from the donation drop off area and putting them into a vehicle. Upon review of surveillance video confirmed the report.

The suspects later identified as Roger Gay Jr., 44, and Melinda Williford, 35, admitted to deputies they took the items. Both suspects were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of theft by taking.

The first incident occurred at the store location Aug. 21 when an employee monitoring the donation area cameras from a remote location saw a man who police identified as Robert Lynn Johnson, 27, loading items into his personal vehicle.

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On Vacation

Sun, 9/18/2016 12:04 AM
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Property transfers

Sun, 9/18/2016 12:03 AM

Robert H. Wilson to JR Homes, Inc.; 738 Richland Ave.; $0; Individual to company transfer

Robert Alan Cross and Keri Renee Cross to Robert Alan Cross, or his successor, as trustee of the Robert Alan Cross Living Trust; Map & parcel number: 071D151; $0; Deed of gift

Ernie Er-Yuh Lin and Grace Fu-Li Lin to Ernie Er-Yuh Lin, or his successor, as trustee of the Ernie Er-Yuh Lin Living Trust; Map & parcel number: 0771925; $0; Deed of correction

Susan Ruth Craig to Susan Ruth Craig as Trustee of the Susan Ruth Craig Trust; Map & Parcel number: 031-036; $0; Deed of gift

Dean R. Loss and Kathleen A. Loss to John C. Steed and Karen D. Steed; Map & Parcel number: 072M040; $315,000

Paul-Devin Kuettner to Justin A. Walker and Michelle L. Walker, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 062, 2075; $165,000

IDK Homes, Inc. to Melissa E. James-Thompson; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2058; $238,565

Melissa E. James-Thompson to Melissa E. James-Thompson and Marc A. Thompson, JTWROS; Map &
parcel number: 061, 2058
; $10

Southeastern Family Homes, Inc. to Ismael Valenzuela Jr. and Paula A. Valenzuela, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081, 453; $365,000

John E. Vigna to Christopher B. Vigna; 5061 Fairington Dr.; $274,000

Cindy A. Boatwright to Cindy A. Dye; Map & parcel number: 072K124; $0; Deed confirming title already vested

Thomas Kenney to Christopher M. Brown; Map & parcel number: 061, 1631; $227,000

Marrico V. Hicks to Stelton F. Powell Sr.; 8021 Battle St.; $202,500

Betty S. Adams to Crystal Collins Parten; 3171 Dozier Rd.; $80,000

Daniel Paul Boggs to Daniel Paul Boggs; Map & Parcel number: 069479; $0

All Weathers Construction Company, LLC to Rodney P. Cude; 1211 Carleton Court; $312,900

Richard H. Burrows Jr. to Diane N. Burrows and Richard H. Burrows Sr., JTWROS; Map & parcel number:072, 333; $59,883

David C. Clark and Maren A. Topham to Ierenimo Uini; Map & Parcel number: 067, 1539; $274,900

Lula Floyd to Larry G. Cheek and Ellen G. Cheek; Map & Parcel number: 052, 123; $103,000

River Island Development Company, LLC to River Island Property Owners Association, Inc.; Map & parcel number: 081, 146 H; $0; Corporation to Corporation

River Island Development Company, LLC & Blackstone Development Company, LLC to River Island Property Owners Association, Inc.; Map & parcel number: 081, 397; $0; Corporation to Corporation

Mary Jacobs to JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association; 543 Wendover Way; $120,700

Lynnette Simmons to Fulcher Exchange, LLC; 618 Matheny Ct.; $92,000; First Transferee Foreclosure

Michael A. Opacity and Mary E. Opacity to Michael Opacity; Map & Parcel number: 067752; $0

Beth Partridge to Beth Partridge; Map & Parcel number: 078e257; $10; Deed of gift

Ellois Brinson James to Valerie L. James; 4171 Barhams Ridge; $0; Estate Deed

Besa Development Group, LLP to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 36,000

Euchee Forest, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 0622764; $48,000

Besa Development Group, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; Map & parcel number: 0671710; $50,000

Euchee Forest, LLC to Ivey Residential, LLC; 437 Brantley Cove Circle; $32,500

Ivey Residential, LLC to Cassandra L. Garrison; Map & Parcel number: 0622684; $229,175

Pbung Do to Robert Parker; 4603 Millhaven Rd.; $185,400

Melanie Danielle Coxville to Julian P. James Jr.; 3773 Silver Mine Bluff Rd.; $139,900

Deborah Hatcher to Darwin N. Barton; 451 Northrop Place; $107,900

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to Daniel James; 1624 Tralee Court; $175,900

Shannon L. Majors to Billy Leon Taylor Jr.; 819 Bridgewater Lane; $292,000

Elaine Sharnell Johnson to Daniel D. Rogers; 4045 Raintree Dr.; $159,900

COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 224 Carlow Dr.; $45,900

COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes, Inc.; 1641 Tralee Court; $34,900

Bill Beazley Homes, Inc. to John A. Darren; 928 Avalon Court; $204,820

Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc. to S&D Construction, LLC; 2411 Telfair Lane; $42,000

Gregory C. Bryan to James E. Hadden; 3809 Inverness Way; $387,500

Michael Wayne Mordin to Eric H. Fight; 5183 Fairington Dr.; $195,000

DNA Investments, LLC to Christian Hirsch; Map & Parcel number: 077, 793; $170,000

Dean 401(k) Jerry Dean Trustee to Jason E. Tolle; Map & Parcel number: 077I574; $194,000

Tibor J. Horvath to Kerry C. Ezzell; Map & Parcel number: 081B019; $457,000

George M. Bacon Jr. to Daniel J. Stinemire; Map & Parcel number: 066-392; $252,500

Virginia Louise Drake as Executrix of the Estate of Janice Sarah Fryman to Virginia Louise Drake as Executrix of the Estate of Harold Glenn Fryman; Map & Parcel number: 082B129; $0; Estate Deed

Deidre D. Thigpen to Donna M. Tuten; Map & Parcel number: 073E, 338; $129,900

David W. Freeman and Teresa May Freeman to Jason C. Hough and Jenna Hough, JTWROS; Map & parcel number: 071A023c; $310,000

James A. Moragne Jr. to Brian R. Miner and Jessica Lyn Sharp; Map & parcel number: 043B, 029; $99,000

Joel P. White to James A. Moragne; Map & parcel number: 031, 253; $147,500

Robert W. Williams and Gwen F. Williams to Furey Properties, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 077, 652; $86,000

R. Lewis Construction, LLC to Janet G.
Johnson; Map & Parcel number: 084, 173; $434,400

Reneta S. Sikes to Kenneth L. Usry; Map & Parcel number: 078C, 599; $75,000

Rebecca P. Oellerich and William H. Ollerich III to Frederick Lee Ashley III; Map & Parcel number: 077, 565; $159,900

Regis Development Co. to Eban Gray; Map & Parcel number: 024, 220; $80,000

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 9/18/2016 12:03 AM

Daniel Austin Beard Jr. and Dakoata Ravon Nicholas applied for a marriage license April 18 and were married September 10 in Augusta

Jonathan Randolph Chabot and Glenda Kaye Wilson applied for a marriage license May 6 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

Herndon Rodriques Burns and Jamila Michelle Brown applied for a marriage license July 15 and were married Sept. 15 in Jekyll Island

Gabriel Glenn Gadson and Brooke Elnora Robertson applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Sept. 3 in Augusta

Zachary Alexander Miloni and Elizabeth Jean Napier applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Aug. 13 in Augusta

Christopher Conrad Alderson and Katlin Elizabeth King applied for a marriage license July 29 and were married Aug. 27 in Appling

Charles Alan Griffin and Birgit Ulrike Vogel applied for a marriage license Aug. 16 and were married Sept. 9 in Sandy Springs

Michael Eugene Dover and Linda Gwen Watkins applied for a marriage license Aug. 24 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

Carlos Vershawn Bates and Latheres Monique Glover applied for a marriage license Aug. 30 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

Justin Mckinley Branch and Jennifer Dawn Loyd applied for a marriage license Sept. 1 and were married Sept. 11 in Appling

Benjamin Howard Rickman and Courtney Renee Carter applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

Rudy Daniel Altman and Kandie Barr Buckley applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 15 in Evans

James Richard Bannister and Michelle Ann Young applied for a marriage license Sept. 2 and were married Sept. 9 in Appling

Ian Michael Mahoney and Eden Marie Morris applied for a marriage license Sept. 7, were married Sept. 10 in Appling

Neil Thomas Gainey and Rebecca Elizabeth Benton applied for a marriage license Sept. 7 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

Drew Fletcher Conner and Svetlana Joy Taylor applied for a marriage license Sept. 8 and were married Sept. 9 in Evans

David Earl Stukes and Ashly Michelle Walton applied for a marriage license Sept. 8 and were married Sept. 9 in Appling

Sarfarajali Momin and Shaheen Momin applied for a marriage license Sept. 9 and were married Sept. 13 in Evans

Shawn Patrick Walsh and Samantha Anne Goode applied for a marriage license Sept. 12 and were married Sept. 12 in Evans

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