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Police Blotter

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:10 AM

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

 

Jenson’s Wymberly clubhouse burglarized

The manager of a senior living community in Martinez said early Thursday that someone kicked in the door to the community center overnight.

The manager of Jenson’s Wymberly said he arrived at work at about 6:30 p.m. and found the back door of the building unlocked. Walking through the building, he found a vase broken in the hallway. He thought it was broken accidentally and picked part of it up.

When the janitor arrived, she discovered the front door of the building kicked open. She told the manager and they later discovered even more damage to the building.

The burglar damaged two doors, some walls and a refrigerator.

Deputies found blood on the walls of the community center.

 

Men fight over discovered tryst

A Martinez man told deputies late Saturday that a married man he caught in a tryst had attacked him.

The 30-year-old man said he was hosting a surprise party for his wife Saturday evening and noticed a man and woman missing from the party. The man found the couple behind a shed. He said the woman was lying with her skirt up to her waist and the man, fully clothed, was kneeling in front of her.

The host said he took the man home because a married man shouldn’t be doing that. But the man returned a short time later and yelled and attacked the party host. He punched the host until two other party-goers pulled him off. He then left the house.

The man told deputies he was urinating behind the shed when the woman, who was extremely intoxicated, fell down. He was helping her up when the host found them. He said he came back to the home to see if the host and others wanted to go to the store with him. He said the host and another man attacked him.

Everyone involved said they’d been drinking.

 

Insulation taken from work site

A contractor called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had stolen more than $10,000 worth of materials from a construction site.

The employee of Arango Insulation said he arrived at the construction site of Lullwater at Riverwood Apartments the previous afternoon and found several bags of insulation missing from inside the building. The employee said the insulation, worth $14,000, was inside 16 Franklin Ridge, the apartment building he was working in, on July 3. The building was not secure, though the construction site is fenced and is locked after work hours.

The employee wasn’t able to determine the value of the different types of insulation stolen, but company management confirmed it to be worth at least $14,000.

Four-wheeler damaged

A Grovetown woman told deputies Thursday that someone damaged her four-wheeler.

The 50-year-old woman said her husband noticed a pick axe stuck in the rear tire of their Yamaha four-wheeler at about noon.

The pick ax is normally stored behind a shed, she said.

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Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin touts importance of Little League game

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:09 AM

 

Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin got started in the sport by playing Little League baseball. He knows the importance of the program both on and off the field.

“It’s so encouraging to see it thrive and see it get stronger,” Stricklin said. “Not to mention the talent in the state of Georgia is off the charts.”

Stricklin was the guest speaker for the Martinez-Evans Little League banquet Friday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

The Senior League program played host to the Georgia Senior League State Championship Saturday and Sunday at Evans High School, with the Martinez-Evans Senior League Little League team winning.

A team from Martinez-Evans Little League is among those bidding for a state title.

Stricklin has appeared as a guest speaker at several functions since becoming head coach of the Bulldogs on June 3, 2013. He said he understands the importance of spreading the word about his program.

“I think it’s important for the University of Georgia to be very visible in this state in every way, shape and form,” he said. “I think it’s very important that people know the University of Georgia and our program value what Little League Baseball teaches.”

Stricklin, 42, led Georgia back to the SEC Tournament in his first year as coach in 2014. The Bulldogs battled injuries to key players but improved their record to 26-29-1, including 11-17-1 in the conference.

Stricklin is also heading a renovation of Foley Field, Georgia’s ballpark since 1966. Tabbed as the Foley Field Revival, updates include improved locker rooms, and new field and skybox seats.

The renovation is expected to be complete for the 2015 season.

Along with an updated stadium, Stricklin has a talent-rich state to help the recruiting process. Many players continue to begin their careers on Little League fields, and Stricklin recognizes that potential.

“We want to make sure we try to keep the best players in the state of Georgia and play in the SEC for Georgia,” he said. “We’re trying to create Georgia baseball fans among our young kids.”

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Sports Calendar for Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:09 AM

Camps

• The East Georgia Pop Warner Local Heroes 2nd Annual Football Camp, hosted by ATHELITE and featuring former Georgia Bulldog and now Kansas City Chief Sanders Commings, is Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grovetown High School. Cost is $100. Go to Eastgapopwarner.com.

• Sports Academy South, Inc. Sports & Education Summer Day Camp has sessions for ages 5 to 15. Cost is $110 per week; $100 for second sibling and $90 for a third sibling. Registration is $45 per sibling if not a member. July dates are Monday to July 25, July 28 to August 1 and then finishes on August 4 to August 5. Call (706) 860-7691.

Tennis Play Days

The CSRA Professional Tennis Association has Grand Slam Play Days for tennis players 10 years old and younger. There will be four events corresponding with the professional events. Cost is $15 with online registration. Call Petersburg Racquet Club at (706) 860-9288 or go to www.prctennis.com.

Tryouts

• The 9U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team-oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006. Contact Chris Halliday at (706) 691-6954.

• 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.

The 11U Augusta River Bandits Travel Baseball Team is seeking outstanding players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Our coaches are looking for experienced, team oriented ball players and families with a strong work ethic and love for the game. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Please contact Daniel Dykstra at 678-358-8645 to schedule a tryout. • CSRA Force fastpitch travel softball is having tryouts for all teams on Saturday and July 20 for the 2014 and 2015 season. Call Dusty Kay about 10U tryouts at (706) 401-5465; call Wayne Wilson about 12U at (706) 564-5357 and call Kathy Guin for 14U and David Fernandes for 16U at(706) 832-2220.

• The 11U Georgia Lightning baseball team needs players for the upcoming season. Players can’t turn 12 before May 1, 2014. Contact Call Billy Kelley at (706) 825-9898.

• Former Chicago White Sox player and Curtis Baptist baseball coach Chico Valdez has tryouts for a 10-year-old travel ball baseball team. Players can’t have turned 10 before May 1, 2013. Contact Call Van Dixon at (706) 830-2806 for dates of tryouts.

• A 9U travel baseball team needs players ages 8 and 9. Call Eddie Haley at (706) 726-1410.

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County baseball teams competing in All-Star tournaments

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:08 AM

The Martinez-Evans Little League Americans (11-12s) hope to get familiar with Warner Robins, Ga.

The Americans swept through the weeklong District 6 tournament in Master’s City unblemished, finishing with an 8-4 win over Elbert County on Saturday.

The Americans travel to Warner Robins for the state tournament, which begins Saturday. They hope to still be there when the southeast regional begins on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The winner of the southeast regional advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., beginning on Aug. 14.

Manager Robert Peel has high hopes for his squad, the majority of whom were on the 2013 10-11 year-old state champion and southeast region runner-up team.

“I think at the 12-year-old age, it’s probably one of the best teams to ever play in the county, probably in the last 10 years,” said Peel.

Peel likes the team’s pitching depth and they enter the state tournament with a single team-oriented goal.

“The kids have been just all about winning and advancing to the next level,” Peel said. “It’s not about what one player has done and the kids have really bought into that.”

In Harris County at the state tournament, the MELL Juniors lost 10-2 to Franklin County on Saturday and were slated to play West Point on Monday night.

Georgia Recreation and Parks Association baseball tournament play was held recently in Savannah, as well as in Augusta.

In Savannah, the Columbia County 9-10 All-Stars lost a close 5-4 contest on July 9 to the Atlantic All-Stars and then were eliminated 18-1 by the Red Sox squad.

Also in Savannah, the 11-12 All-Stars went 1-2 in tournament play. Their first two games were tight affairs. On July 8, the All-Stars dropped a tough 7-6 decision to the Savannah Southside Jaguars after leading 6-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The All-Stars rebounded on July 9 to win 7-6, but were eliminated that night by the Jonesboro Braves, 10-6.

In Augusta, the 13-14 All-Stars opened their tournament July 9 by jumping all over Warner Robins, winning 12-0 in five innings. On July 10, the All-Stars gave up seven runs in the third inning and eventually lost to South Augusta 12-10. On July 11, the All-Stars run came to an end with a loss to West Augusta.

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Sasser commits to Bulldogs

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:08 AM

 

Greenbrier High School slugger Adam Sasser has committed to Georgia.

The rising senior committed to the Bulldogs on Friday. He hit .389 with seven home runs and 38 RBI as a junior. The Wolfpack reached the Class AAAAA state semifinals.

Sasser, who said he re-ceived an offer July 1, also won four games as a pitcher. But he said Georgia is looking for him to be a hitter.

The first baseman also follows in his parents’ footsteps by picking Georgia.

“It’s been my dream school,” he said. “Growing up as a kid, I would watch on TV or go to games. I always wore red and black.”

By making his decision, Sasser said he can nowfocus on improving and helping Greenbrier.

He was also the second Greenbrier star to commit during the week as Nick Sandlin picked Southern Mississippi.

“In a way, they are more worried about finding a college than playing the game,” Sasser said about some players who haven’t committed. “So me committing will help me out stress-wise.”

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Newsmakers

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:07 AM
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Pet Adoptions

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Current Events

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:06 AM

UPCOMING

Boat tours

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is offering free rides to teachers on the Petersburg tour boats during July; teachers can invite one guest; must present a school badge, name tag or ID card at the Discovery Center ticket desk, 1450 Greene St.; tours depart 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday in July; Civil War tour departs 1:30 p.m.; tours include free admission to the interactive Canal Discovery Center; reservations suggested; (706) 823-0440 ext. 4

Family matinees

Doors open 12:30 p.m., movies begin 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.; today Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2; July 23 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; free; under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult; (706) 650-5005

Voter rally

Greater Columbia County Republican Women Get Out to Vote Rally 1 p.m. today, Augusta Cheer Academy, 4150 Washington Road, Evans; voter information, registration, absentee ballots

Meet candidate

Meet David Perdue, sign his RV 2 p.m. today, Augusta Cheer Academy, 4150 Washington Road, Evans

Education event

Educational Options Info Session 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Liberty Park, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; learn about the options available for students; games, prizes, raffle; free; vbacademy.net

Celebrity roast

Augusta Mini Theatre: Sunshine’s Roast & Toast Celebration 7 p.m. Thursday, Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1230 Laney-Walker Blvd.; honoring Clint Bryant, director of athletics at Georgia Regents University; benefits Mariah McKie Butler Memorial College Book Scholarship Fund; $50; tickets at theater, online or by phone at (706) 722-0598; to place an ad in the event journal call (706) 680-6712 or e-mail AugustaMiniTheatre@gmail.com, augustaminitheatre.com

Tribute to Elvis

Chasing The Dream Tour, A Tribute To Elvis Presley 7 p.m. Friday, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Theater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; Elvis tribute artist Travis Powell, with special guest Jeff Barnes; recreating magical moments from the career of Elvis Presley from the 1950s through the 1970s; elvisfestival.com

Boat races

28th annual Augusta Southern Nationals July 18-20; gates open 8 a.m., races start 9 a.m.; no coolers, food, drink, pets; bring chairs, blankets, cameras; umbrellas allowed on top of grassy area; debit/credit cards (Visa/Master Card) accepted at gates and souvenir stands and at concession stands with a minimum $5 charge; $22 advance, $30 at gate; good all three days; benefits Georgia Special Olympics; augustasouthernnationals.org

Live After 5

Tony Williams & The Blues Express 6 p.m. Friday, July 18, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic dinner; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Outreach

Philippine Embassy Consular Outreach Mission 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Henry H. Brigham Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; processing applications for issuance or renewal of Philippine passport, processing of authentication/acknowledgement of legal documents, processing application for reports of births and marriages, administration of oaths to former Filipinos under the dual citizenship law; Vicky Umayam (706) 294-1841, philippineembassy-usa.org

Community Fun

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur-day, July 19, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 4804 Technology Drive, Martinez; motivational speaker/rapper Diversity, gang social media awareness presentation by Devon Harris, face painting, balloon twisting, puppet show, arts, crafts, games, food; free

Park Jammin’

4-11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Harlem City Park, 385 Church St.; concert, inflatables, dunking booth, vendors, food; gates open 4 p.m., concert 7 p.m.; $10 general admission, $20 reserved, $180 VIP (includes six tickets, parking pass, table with seating); benefits Columbia Theatre Restoration Project; eventbrite.com/e/jammin-in-the-park-tickets-11863454913

Eubanks concert

The Eubanks Family in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; $20 members, $25 others; ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres; augustajcc.org

Driving course

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; participants may be eligible for auto insurance discount; AARP membership not required; bring lunch and beverage if desired; $20; registration required; (706) 863-2865

Movies on the Common

7:30 p.m. Fridays, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Despicable Me July 25, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Aug. 22; free; presented by Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities; fun for the entire family; pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.); get a seat early; vendors and concessions available; (706) 821-1754

Bike safety

Bike Safety Day 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26, Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; helmets provided while sizes and supplies last; course available for children who bring their own bike; puppet show; door prizes; (706) 721-7606, grhealth.org/safekids

Girl prep

Back-to-School Girl Prep! 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, Liberty Park Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; tips to prep girls for a great new school year and give a self-esteem boost; attitudes, basic etiquette, confidence; for girls ages 7-10 and 11-13; $25; registration required; csragirls.org

Benefit concert

Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots Double Nickel Rock ‘N Roll Reunion Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $20, $25, $30; benefits childhood cancer research; tickets on at Imperial Box Office; (706) 836-9192, williamsonlynda@aol.com

Paddlefest

Savannah Riverkeeper eighth annual Paddlefest 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Savannah Riverkeeper, 103 Riverfront Drive; canoe, kayak, SUP, homemade raft extravaganza; live music, vendors, food trucks, beverages; e-mail Marisa Harris with questions; marisah@savannahriverkeeper.org, facebook.com/events/716103895114181

Backpack blessing

Blessing of the Backpacks 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; bring backpacks to be blessed; school supplies given to students in need; participants receive a special gift for the school year; (706) 210-1133, holycomforterchurch.org

School starts

First day of school for Columbia County public schools is Wednesday, Aug. 6; information online; follow the ‘Our Schools’ link on the right side of the Columbia County School System site to find individual school’s web pages; ccboe.net

New West Guitar Group

Presented by Augusta Amusements 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans; featuring Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith performing popular covers and original music; acoustic and electric guitar create their signature sound; doors open 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of elegant jazz and walk the red carpet; $25, $30; augustaamusements.com

Storks & Corks

Storks & Corks, An Evening With An Endangered Species 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; $50, benefits Silver Bluff Audubon Center, connecting people with nature; reservations required; (803) 471-0291

Live After 5

Hazy Ray (New Orleans) 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Augusta Riverwalk Eighth Street Plaza; bring seating and picnic; free; information and vendor/sponsor opportunities (706) 821-1754

Augusta Beerfest

Augusta Beerfest noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; two sessions: Noon to 3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; ticket includes a souvenir cup and beer samples; food vendors; rain or shine; $30 advance, $35 at door, no refunds; bit.ly/1ngT0Hv

Archaeological meeting

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Aug. 21, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; archaeological author Lloyd E. Schroder presenting a symposium on Southeastern Indian pottery; dinner 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; dinner on own, free program; (706) 829-1615

Wildwood Games

7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, Wildwood Park, 3828 Wildwood Lane, Appling; mountain biking and trail running event; online registration required by 10 a.m. Aug. 22; bikereg.com/wildwood-games and facebook.com/wildwoodgames

Genealogy seminar

Augusta Genealogical Society 2014 AGS Homecoming 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; Researching the Past – Moving Toward the Future, theme; Robert Scott Davis, Michele Simmons Lewis, speakers; $40 members, $45 others; (706) 722-4073, augustagensociety.org

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; Traditional country musicians; Chris and Taylor Malpass, opening for Merle Haggard since 2008; with Thom Bresh; doors 6:30 p.m.; wear styles of retro country era; $27.50, $32.50; (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; country music legend; doors open 7 p.m.; $37.50, $47.50, $57.50; tickets at Champion’s Box Office at James Brown Arena, online at www.georgialinatix.com and by phone at (877) 428-4849, bit.ly/1kMxUUs

Community expo

Leadership of Fort Gordon-CSRA Community Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Gordon Conference & Catering Center, Building 39102, Fort Gordon; 120 local attractions, businesses, community organizations; door prizes; free Papa John’s pizza and Coca-Cola beverages; held by Fort Gordon Spouses’ & Civilians Club; free; fgscc.com

 

ONGOING

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; alcohol and smoke free; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; Barbara Nash (803) 640-2075, christiandances.org

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents to purchase eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club; write to 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; family-friendly, pet-friendly; local farmers committed to all-natural growing practices, handcraft artisans, music, children’s activities, cooking demos and vegetable gardening education; Augusta Locally Grown, host; kim@augustalocallygrown.org, evanstownefarmersmarket.com

Fire information

Advice to Columbia County residents on whether homes would be in danger from brush or wildfires; Georgia Forestry Commission, Columbia County Unit; (706) 556-3962

Food pantry

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

Hoop dance for beginners

8 p.m. Thursdays, Sho Fusion Dance Arts Studios, 4460 Columbia Road No. 12, Martinez; for ages 12 and older; covers basics of modern hula hooping; $8 with own hoop, $10 to borrow one; Christina Berkshire, instructor; information (253) 266-0162, cj.berkshire@gmail.com; reservations (706) 339-6836

Hospital classes

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

Live wrestling

Live action 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; flatlineprowrestling.com

Meditations

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

MOMS Club

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

Orchestras

Columbia County Orchestra and Columbia County Youth; weekly meetings; musicians needed; information online; columbiacco.org

Public speaking

7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, room 3; Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club; Sharma Pogula (706) 855-1081, 7106.toastmasterclubs.org

Scholarships

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 enrolled in a college or technical school; applications available from school counselors’ offices and online; need-based; deadline to apply and submit documents May 30; ccfchildren.com

Senior pageant

2014 Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant Saturday, Sept. 6, Kroc Center; contestant interviews underway; open to women of both Georgia and South Carolina, ages 55 and above; Pat Schlipp (706) 664-3896

Survivors

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

Volunteers

• 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 in warehouse; (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, jthompson@columbiacountyga.gov

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

Wine tastings

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

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

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Automotive business expands into Evans

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:06 AM

 

A longtime area automotive business recently expanded farther into Columbia County.

Butler Automotive opened its fourth location on May 1 at 4726 Washington Road, near Blanchard Road in Evans.

“It just seemed like the natural direction to head into,” Butler Automotive co-owner Matt Rychly said. “We’ve got a lot of customers who live in Evans. We wanted to reach out and serve them, our existing customers. There’s so much growth out there. We wanted to do what we can to be a part of that growth in Evans.”

The property is the former location of Mike Gavalas Auto Service. Most of the core staff was retained.

Butler Automotive officials also plan to hire additional employees, extend hours to include Saturdays and upgrade the building and diagnostic equipment as well as offer customer service features like free pick-up and delivery, mobile battery service and towing.

Butler Automotive was founded by Bill Butler in 1975. The original location was on 12th Street in downtown Augusta. The Evans location, managed by Greg Kernaghan, makes four Butler Automotive locations also including 187 Baston Road in Martinez, 1401 Reynold St. and 3359 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

For more information, call the Evans location at 706-869-0003 or visit www.butlerautomotive.com.

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Harlem concert benefits theater renovation

Wed, 7/16/2014 12:06 AM

 

Harlem City Park will be rocking Saturday with a family-friendly concert to benefit the former Columbia Theatre.

Jammin’ in the Park will feature Ray Fulcher and County Line, The Remedy (formerly Steel Cross) and J.C. Birdwell and the Psychohillbillies.

“It’s going to be a ton of fun,” said Stacie Hart, Har-lem Community Services and Events coordinator.

The gates open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.

Hart said the festival-type event also includes inflatables for the children, a playground and vendors.

“We’ll have kettle corn and funnel cakes and Kona Ice,” Hart said. “And we’re going to have barbecue.”

Hart said the concert is a way to show what Harlem has to offer and the city’s support of the military and Fort Gordon.

“We’re expecting quite a few military,” Hart said. “We want to show off our town. This is an awesome town. It’s not only going to benefit the Columbia Theatre, it will showcase Harlem. It’s a family-friendly town. We like to have fun out here.”

Proceeds from the event go toward the renovation of the former Columbia Theatre in downtown Harlem. Plans are to turn the theater into a cultural center available to rent for special events.

“It’s just going to take a lot of money,” Hart said. “It’s going to take as much help as possible. It’s going to take a village.”

General admission tickets to the concert cost $10. Reserved seating inside the ball field cost $20. VIP seating, which includes at-park parking, cost $180 for a table of six. Children 10 and under get in free with an adult ticket purchase.

Hart said no coolers or pets will be allowed, but concert-goers should bring blankets and chairs.

No parking will be allowed at the park. Parking will be available next to Harlem United Methodist and Harlem Baptist churches and at Starling Funeral Home. Shuttles will be provided. Golf car parking is allowed at the park.

Tickets will be available at the gate or in advance at www.eventbrite.com.

 

 

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Shooting injures Evans man

Mon, 7/14/2014 9:47 AM

An Evans man was shot in the leg early Monday after four people tried to rob him outside his apartment.

Jamal Antwan Fielding, 25, was sitting on a bench behind the clubhouse at Westwood Club Apartments on Washington Road at about midnight when he said four people – two men and two women – approached him demanding cash and jewelry, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

When he refused, one of the men shot Fielding in the thigh. The four people then ran away without stealing anything, Morris said.

Fielding described his assailants as: a black man wearing a dark T-shirt with a cross and ball cap and a light-skinned black man wearing a black tank top, a larger gold chain with a cross and gold teeth. The two black women appeared to be in their late teens. One light-skinned woman was wearing a light-colored T-shirt and the other was dark-skinned wearing a bun and tight shorts.

After the shooting, Fielding ran to his apartment, where his girlfriend called 911, Morris said. His injuries are not life-threatening.

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MELL seniors successfully defend baseball title at home

Sun, 7/13/2014 7:19 PM

After not having to play a district tournament, the Martinez-Evans Little League Senior League baseball team quickly passed its first step.

Playing host to the 2014 Georgia Little League Senior League Baseball State Championship at Evans High School, MELL split their two games on Saturday but defended their 2013 state title with a resounding 7-1 win over Hart County on Sunday.

Three games in two days in 90-degree heat was just one of the reasons manager Charlie May thought the team didn’t excessively celebrate their win when pitcher Tyler Avret recorded his only strikeout of the game for the final out.

“Our goal was to get to the next level which is the southeast region, this was just another link in the chain,” May said.

MELL, which advanced all the way to the 2013 Senior League World Series semifinals, will next head to Safety Harbor, Fla. on Saturday, August 2 in defense of their 2013 Southeast Regional title.

In the three-team tournament beginning Saturday, Hart County beat West Point 5-4, MELL beat Hart County 10-4 and then MELL lost to West Point 1-0. With the three splitting it came down to a runs-allowed ratio which MELL won. With head-to-head the next determiner, West Point was the odd man out.

“The rule was applied correctly and fairly,” said Tom Phillippo, the District 6 assistant district administrator. “The problem is the rules are complicated and convoluted and it’s hard to understand them sometimes.”

In both games against Hart County, MELL catcher Jose Nogueras was the team’s offensive powerhouse. Saturday, he had doubles in in the sixth and seventh inning, driving in four runs as MELL scored all 10 runs in the final two stanzas.

Avret pitched three scoreless innings, Thomas Murphy allowed one run in two innings of work while getting the win, Austin Matthews pitched 1 2/3 innings before Daniel Lee came on to record the game’s final out.

Sunday, MELL, playing as the visitors, jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Lee led off with a single, Elliott Melton walked and Lee scored as Hart County threw away a Matthews sacrifice bunt attempt. Nogueras then drove in Melton and Matthews on a ground rule double over the left-field fence.

“It was the same thing just like yesterday,” said Nogueras. “I was looking to hit a good pitch and I did and it felt pretty good coming off the bat.”

Nogueras also singled in the sixth inning, hustling down the line to beat the throw on what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt.

Staked to the lead, Avret scattered seven singles and turned things over to the defense after an error led to a Hart County unearned run in the bottom of the first.

Shortstop Elliott Melton snagged a line drive up the middle for the final out of the second inning with Hart County threatening with two runners on; third baseman Matthews started a 5-4-3 double play to end the third and then they got the sequence of the tournament in the fourth.

With the bases loaded and one out, Matthews fielded a tough grounder and from his knees threw to Nogueras for the force at the plate. Nogueras threw to first baseman Elyssa Melton to try to complete the double play but the runner was ruled safe. The alert Melton then threw back home to Nogueras to nail the runner who was trying to score from second on the play.

“Team defense was outstanding, Austin Matthews played a tremendous third base and he was really up for the challenge,” said May, who also had high praise for Elyssa Melton. MELL added a run in the sixth inning as Isaiah Davila got Matthews home from third on a suicide-squeeze play. Elyssa Melton singled to start the seventh and came home on Lee’s double and Lee eventually scored from third on a balk.

In post-tournament awards, Elliott Melton and Lee were named gold glove recipients.

 

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Property Transfers, July 13, 2014

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:10 AM

SCGA Property LLC to Megan L. Globensky and Richard B. Globensky, 303 Founders Lane, $155,000.

TAWKIDS to R.W. Rowland Enterprises LLLP, parcel ID 057002, $525,000.

JJ & Z Builders Inc. to Mitchell C. Russell and Jennifer L. Russell, 811 Leyland Lane, $281,900.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to James Cooper, 1650 Cedar Hill Drive, $174,900.

Rebecca Carter to Michael Brown, 571 Oak Brook Drive, $214,500.

Bill Beazley Homes Inc. to Sonja S. Landrum, 782 Whitney Pass, $159,900.

Kimberly Ann Poss to Murst Birlik, 6034 Great Glen, $198,000.

James Slusher to Kimberly A. Poss and Michael R. Poss, 2109 Oak Ridge Road, $202,000.

Jared J. Brown to Daniel P. Fisher and Michaelene R. Fisher, 4081 Dewaal St., $317,500.

Larry G. Ennis and Mark Davidson to Jennette Loop, 6174 Keg Creek Drive, $430,000.

Richard Percival to Darlene M. Asuncion, 220 Cavalier Drive, $119,900.

Tindall Construction LLC to Alaina Marie Smithers and Adam Christopher Jones, 755 Murel Lake Court, $222,000.

Norman K. Logan to Harold Andrew Hall and Leah Hall, 4387 Marshall Way, $180,000.

Michael J. Wiggins to James A. Lombardo and Amanda J. Lombardo, 1187 Sumter Landing Circle, $279,500.

Brittannie L. Edwards to Lynda B. Edwards, 330 Browning Dr., $79,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Ryan R. Torey and Melissa Nichole Torey, 2533 Ravenna Lane, $311,900.

Pierwood Construction Co. to Donald J. Peters, 820 Watermark Drive, $165,000.

Michael W. Tabor and Judith K. Tabor to Andrew J. Hague, 4331 Bahama Lane, $110,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Judy L. Cruz, parcel ID 060874, $250,500.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Ira O. Moore, parcel ID 069699, $212,294.

Grenelefe Park Properties LLC to Amy Boulineau and Benjamin D. Boulineau, 863 Tyler Parkway, $42,900.

Trisha J. Sorrells to Glenn M. Hodge Jr. and Brittany Hodge, 973 Woody Hill Circle, $233,500.

Benny C. Brandenburg to Gregory A. Riebe and Deanne M. Riebe, 745 Hickory Oak Hollow, $139,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 208 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 140 Broadleaf Trail, $42,000.

Widehunt Porpeties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 215 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 207 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 203 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 204 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 214 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

Wisehunt Properties Inc. to JR Homes of Alabama LLC, 220 Dripping Rock Pass, $42,000.

JR Homes of Alabama Inc. to Dan E. Jones, 1411 Highwoods Pass, $244,323.

JR Homes of Alabama LLC to Reginald T. Vandiver Jr., 1518 Highwoods Pass, $273,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Brian J. Bunyard and Kristy L. Bunyard, parcel ID 0622484, $184,483.

Sky Rentals LLC to David O. Philmon Jr., parcel ID 078C635, $123,000.

Amber Leissner as trustee of the GRSW Stewart Real Estate Trust dated July 2, 2009, to Scott Hamilton and Emily Marie Hamilton, 553 Ernestine Falls Circle, $178,000.

Mark A. Plants to Rosendo Vicente, 3938 Columbia Road, $160,000.

George R. Leynes III to Andrew M. Brown and Sonia R. Brown, parcel ID 068178, $290,000.

Patriots Ridge Investments LLC to IDK Homes Inc., parcel ID 0611789, $44,000.

Bryan L. Mudrak to Keith A. Garwold and Stephanie M. Garwold, parcel ID 071D237, $262,300.

Raymond J. Stoeck to Robert Peel Jr., 774 Folly Court, $79,000.

Ivey Residential LLC to Tyler Willis and Mickenzi V. Willis, 106 Kenosha Court, $161,400.

Polymatic Properties Inc. to Michael W. Brands and Kelley A. Brands, 601 Cloisters Way, $399,900.

James R. Mobley to Clifford C. Russell and Crystal B. Russell, 4391 Deerwood Lane, $185,000.

Patricia Elaine Bryan to William R. Anderson, 4367 Quail Creek Road, $116,400.

Burleigh W. Scammon to Mary Leann Evans and Charles E. Evans, 622 Stevens Crossing, $349,900.

Leland A. Unruh to Howard R. Storey, 2915 Doral Drive, $109,500.

Rental Properties & Moore LLC to Katelyn M. Leszcynski, 583 Wendover Way, $129,900.

Millennium Venture Group Inc. to Medlock Properties Group LLC, 4015 Gateway Blvd., $1,600,000.

B.E.C. Custom Homes and Development Inc. to Eric McIntyre, 305 Ash Court, $510,000.

Robert J. Kirkland to Brandon L. Vanorden and Andrea L. Manus, 1358 Shadow Oak Drive, $194,000.

Judy Fish to Bryce Klockenga, parcel ID 065A531, $209,000.

Brandon Gage Coleman to Preston James, parcel ID 0611075, $121,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to Robert Lee Collins III, parcel ID 0671329, $321,900.

Robert W. Gates III to Bernard M. Christian and Jean T. Christian, parcel ID 066449, $290,000.

William Sailors to King E. Prescott Jr. and Carole H. Prescott, parcel ID 072095, $90,000.

IDK Homes Inc. to Duane J. Harris and Deanna M. Harris, parcel ID 0611869, $240,900.

Brandee Severson to Harold L. Clack and Wanda D. Clack, parcel ID 074400, $106,000.

PDH Builders Inc. to Kelly T. Davison, parcel ID 0651230, $299,800.

PDH Builders Inc. to Nathaniel A. Piper and Angelique Piper, parcel ID 0651239, $292,000.

Jorge L. Rivera to David Richard Bernier and Shirley K. Bernier, parcel ID 062864, $159,900.

Joyce Burkhart to Ann M. Hunnicutt, parcel ID 077519, $126,000.

Deborah J. Wolfe to Matthew J. Wubben, parcel ID 065801H, $253,000.

Michael T. Kerns to Boyd William Simmons, parcel ID 060397, $255,000.

Edna R. McGahee Enterprises LLC to Kim Ann Burdeshaw, 1831 Champions Circle, $188,000.

CSRA Blackstone LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, 416 Jade Drive, $57,250.

CSRA Blackstone LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, 412 Jade Drive, $57,250.

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Tough weeds can be controlled with right treatments

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:09 AM

Weed control issues are the hot topic this summer. The majority of questions posed to the Extension Office have related to identification and eradication of weeds in the lawn and weeds in landscape plants. The latter is the focus of this discussion. The weeds that have been showing up in ornamental plants have been vines.

There are three main weedy vines in our area that will consume the landscape if left unchecked. They are greenbriar, Virginia creeper, and poison ivy. All of these can be controlled when treated properly.

Greenbriar can be a tough weed to get rid of in your beds. It is often found growing in and among other plants, and usually will appear in the middle of a shrub.

It also will wrap itself around the branches of the plant as it grows. Greenbriar is the common name for plants of the genus Smilax, which contains around 15 species. Its leaves are heart-shaped and appear waxy. Female plants bear seeds with a hard coat that can remain viable for several years.

When greenbriar shows up in the landscape it seems to “pop-up” over night. Greenbriar is able to survive low light conditions and can easily survive in the deep shade under the canopy of a shrub. It usually takes two or three years to “pop-up” from plants canopy that it has been hiding in. During this time it will have developed an extensive underground rhizome/tuber system.

This tuberous system makes greenbriar somewhat difficult to control. The tuber stores carbohydrates for regrowth; so simply cutting the top off of the plant won’t control it.

The best control for greenbriar is to dig up the tuber and dispose of it.

Virginia creeper and poison ivy are often confused with one another. Virginia creeper has leaflets of five, while poison ivy has leaflets of three. Both are vigorous growers and can quickly consume landscape plants.

There are two control options for poison ivy and Virginia creeper growing amongst landscape plants. First, unravel the vines from around the tree or shrub.

Use protective wear when handling poison ivy or both if you can’t correctly identify the plant you’re trying to remove. Glyphosate needs to be applied directly to poison ivy foliage.

The best control is achieved when glyphosate is applied on a warm, sunny day when plants are actively growing. Glyphosate requires a one-hour rain-free period for maximum activity. Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide and is translocated throughout plant leaves, stems and roots. Lay the vine on bare ground or a piece of plastic and spray a 5-percent solution of glyphosate.

A second option is to cut the vine as close to the ground as possible. Immediately paint the cut stem (leading to the roots) with concentrated 41-percent glyphosate. Make this application with a foam paintbrush.

Simply soak the foam brush in the glyphosate herbicide and dab it on the cut stump.

Unfortunately, there are no selective herbicides available today that can be used on these vines without harming the plants they are growing on.

If the vines are growing away from other landscape plants, use products containing 2, 4-D and dicamba, glyphosate, or triclopyr for best control. These products can also be combined for better results but always read and follow the labeled instructions for these applications.

Remember to shield ornamental plants when using these products.

If these herbicides come in contact with the desired plant material it could be harmed or killed.

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The Great Tomato Sandwich Contest

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:09 AM

Nothing says summer has arrived more than a tomato sandwich made with homegrown tomatoes. Six local chefs will add their twists to making the perfect sandwich during the Great Tomato Sandwich Contest, which will be held at this week’s Evans Towne Farmer’s Market.

“There’s something so old-school romantic about a tomato sandwich,” said Kim Hines, an organizer of the Evans Market. “This is a simple way for some really talented local chefs to showcase fresh, heirloom tomatoes grown right here in Columbia County.”

The contest’s participants will be Chef Lonnie Stephenson, of Edgar’s Grille; Chef Dave McCluskey, of Local Pop; Chef Chris Byrd, of The Retreat; Chef Charleen Tinley, of Culinary Connections; Chef Kit Stiles-Williams, of Matters of the Heart; and Chef Matthew Wallace, of A Table and A Season blog.

The contest, which is being sponsored by AgGeorgia Farm Credit will be held Thursday at the Evans Market. Sandwich preparation begins at 5 p.m. and tasting and judging will be held at 6 p.m.

“We’ll have a panel of four judges who will award the first-place trophy,” said Hines, adding that the trophy will be locally made by Handcrafted Cutting Boards of Augusta. “The public will be invited to taste too. That’s the fun part!”

McCluskey says his strategy for preparing the perfect tomato sandwich will include the basic components – tomatoes, bread and mayo.

“The tomato; it really is all about this summer favorite,” McCluskey said. “I’ll be hoping for something ripe firstly, and then I’ll look for one of the flavorful heirlooms if they’re to be had.”

McCluskey said he’ll more than likely use Duke’s mayonnaise as a base and then “enhance it with a few other ingredients.” He’ll likely opt for fresh-baked bread, preferably a white sandwich loaf. However, he notes that rolls also work well.

“I’ll use salt and pepper, of course,” he said. “How the tomatoes taste will depend on what else I might add.”

The contest is an effort by market organizers to highlight local growers and their products.

“At Augusta Locally Grown, we know that chefs will necessarily be at the forefront of building a stronger local food system in the CSRA. This contest is just a start,” Hines said.

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Court abstractor accused of stealing records sentenced

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:07 AM

A courthouse researcher charged with taking official records from the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court’s office last summer changed her plea mid-trial Tuesday.

Vanessa Robin Waldron, 54, was an employee of Augusta-based Lawyers Abstract Co., in June 2013, when she was charged with two counts of stealing or altering public documents. She was indicted on those charges in March.

Clerk of Court Cindy Mason called authorities on June 13 after Waldron brought to her attention that four pages were missing from indexes to grantor books that contain index cards used to guide researchers to original property documents.

Mason offered to share video surveillance footage of the area with investigators, who arrested Waldron the next day.

Waldron’s trial began Monday at the Evans courthouse with the prosecution’s case.

When court resumed Tuesday morning, Waldron changed her plea and pled nolo contendre to criminal trespass, a lesser included charge, according to court documents.

Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Waldron to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

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Plan for new trauma center not welcomed by all

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:06 AM

ATLANTA — Hospital chain HCA’s push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state’s hospital industry.

A trauma center is a medical facility that’s specially equipped and staffed to treat seriously injured people. Georgia authorizes four levels of such centers, depending on their capabilities.

The critics of the HCA effort point to the trauma center growth in the Florida market.

Such centers in the Sunshine State are charging a “response fee” – essentially an entry fee into the hospital – for each trauma case that averages more than $10,000 per patient, according to a Tampa Bay Times investigation in March.

Doctors Hospital

HCA’s Doctors Hospital said through a spokesman that if it receives trauma center status, it plans to set its trauma activation fee at about $9,900 for each such case at the Augusta facility.

The two current trauma centers in Augusta, Georgia Regents Medical Center and Trinity Hospital, said they charge activation fees of $1,949 and zero, respectively, for a comparable Level III trauma patient.

Nashville-based HCA’s bid for trauma designation has drawn strong opposition from the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, an organization of nonprofit hospitals.

In a recent letter to a Department of Public Health official, the Georgia Alliance said the HCA effort to get trauma designations is targeting areas of the state “that are already well served by existing hospital trauma centers and will be adversely impacted.’’

HCA has seven hospitals in Georgia. An HCA spokesman, Adam Landau, told GHN on Wednesday that Doctors Hospital is the only HCA affiliate in Georgia currently planning to open a trauma center.

“We have been providing lifesaving trauma services to Augusta residents and visitors for 20 years, and now we are seeking formal designation as a Level III trauma center,” said Landau in an email statement.

One HCA hospital, Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, already has a Level III trauma designation.

That means the hospital can provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients, and emergency operations.

Levels I and II must offer a full range of trauma resources 24 hours a day to handle all types of traumatic injury.

A national study found that the risk of death is 25 percent lower when care is provided in a Level I trauma center compared to a non-designated hospital.

Funding is a recurring issue

Trauma care has been a major health issue in Georgia for several years.

Health care experts, calling the state’s trauma network inadequate, have estimated that on average, 700 lives are lost per year in Georgia because of the lack of accessible trauma services.

A survey of the 17 hospitals within the Georgia trauma network in 2007 showed that the combined operating loss on trauma services exceeded $70 million.

In 2010, a referendum was put before Georgia voters to impose a $10 annual fee on vehicle license tags to help pay for trauma care. It was narrowly defeated.

Money in the current Trauma Commission budget helps defray the expenses of operating such a center, including uncompensated care of patients who have no ability to pay.

In recent years, despite the funding situation, several new trauma centers have been established at Georgia hospitals, including WellStar Kennestone in Marietta and Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Atlanta Medical Center’s trauma center was upgraded to a Level I status – the kind that handles the most serious cases.

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta is a Level I trauma center.

A total of 27 trauma centers exist in Georgia currently, though one of them, Lower Oconee Community Hospital, has recently closed.

Wide areas of South Georgia remain largely uncovered by this network, Jim Pettyjohn, executive director of the Georgia Trauma Commission, told GHN on Wednesday.

When asked about trauma activation fees, Pettyjohn said, “We don’t get into internal financial activities of trauma centers.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported that since 2006, at least 120,000 Florida patients have been charged a trauma fee, with the most expensive hospital regularly charging $33,000. The fees are intended to help offset the high costs of specialists and equipment needed to save the most severely injured.

HCA’s average $28,000 trauma response fee is the highest in the state, the Tampa Bay newspaper reported. “The hospitals do not collect every dollar they charge,’’ the article said. “But trauma centers commonly are paid a percentage of what they bill, meaning the more they charge, the more they stand to make.”

There is virtually no government oversight on these fees, the Tampa article reported.

Poor allocation of surgeons?

The letter from the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals’ Monty Veazey said trauma centers must have a certain volume of patients to remain high-quality and cost-effective. He said trauma surgeons may end up being shared between HCA trauma centers and existing ones, thus hampering the surgeons’ ability to serve patients.

Landau said Wednesday that Doctors Hospital “was first approached by local EMS providers to consider applying for Level III trauma status, and our application to the state was unanimously approved by the Regional EMS Council.”

“We have made significant investments to increase access to trauma care and recruited surgeons and other staff from outside Georgia’s existing trauma network,” he said.

Landau said the trauma activation will be based on the costs of assembling the trauma team.

“Patients who do not have insurance (including third party liability coverage) receive an uninsured discount, including a 100 percent discount on trauma activation,’’ he said. “Insured patients are only responsible for their out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays or deductibles.”

Still, Dr. Patrick O’Neal, the director of health protection for the state Department of Public Health, who will make the decisions on trauma designation, said he was concerned about adding trauma centers, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

“My great concern with the HCA situation is that there may be a fairly marked change in the number of cases that a given trauma surgeon is able to handle because they get divided up among more hospitals than they need to be,” he said.

The long-established view that trauma hospitals lose money has been changing, Kaiser Health News reported in 2012.

That’s especially true in suburban communities, where trauma patients are more likely to be car crash victims who have health or auto insurance to pay for their care.

“Trauma centers make money,” Mike Williams, president of the consulting firm Abaris Group in Martinez, Calif., told KHN.

“If a hospital is not making money on trauma, then it’s not structured the right way,” he said.

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Police Blotter, July 13, 2014

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:06 AM

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

Construction site damaged repeatedly

Someone has repeatedly damaged a road construction site in Grovetown.

Someone with the company extending Canterbury Farms Parkway said Monday that the road is being extended for new home construction. It was recently paved and ends in a dirt road that will eventually connect to Seaton Avenue.

The contractor said someone tampered with the pre-curbing set-up for the third time over the July Fourth weekend. He said there are tall metal stakes placed about five feet apart along 2,600 feet with a line set by surveyors designating where the concrete curb should be built. On Monday, the employee said he found the neon green line cut and about half of the metal stakes pulled up or moved. The person who moves the stakes must be strong, the contractor said, as the stakes are heavy and driven deep into the ground.

The employee said there are always trucks and ATVs in the area of the nearby fishing pond. The only way to access the pond is to go through the construction site damaging progress. The contractor said he has to redo the pre-construction process and the typical $2,000 job has cost him about $6,000 so far.

The site does not have a “keep out” sign so residents often let their children ride ATVs in the area. The area was previously blocked by large equipment, but county inspectors will fine the contractor if the equipment blocks the site entrance. The contractor said he might hire a private security guard to keep an eye on the site until the curb is finished.

Caregiver accused of theft from man

An elderly Evans man told deputies he was duped out of money by his caregiver.

The daughter of the 97-year-old man told authorities that her father’s temporary caregiver tricked him into signing a check to her. Deputies met with the man’s current caregiver, who said she’d been caring for the man for about eight months, but had to take two months off and the woman filled in for her.

The man’s daughter said she has power of attorney and handles all of her father’s financial business. His daughter was made aware that the temporary caregiver forged a $6,500 check on June 13. The check was made out to a third party for a vehicle. The man said he remembers the temporary caregiver writing the check, but was confused about why. The woman also took the man into an Evans bank on June 12 and withdrew $5,000 from his savings account.

The longtime caregiver told deputies she knows the woman’s family and was told she’d purchased a BMW from her sister, to whom the check was written. The woman told her family that the man had bought the car for her as a gift.

The man’s daughter said the handwriting on the check and deposit slip are not her father’s and the woman took advantage of him.

The man wasn’t able to give a detailed statement, but did tell deputies that the woman “milked him like a cow.”

Men try to steal construction equipment

A construction company official called authorities Wednesday after he said he chased men stealing construction equipment from a site.

The officials said a Grovetown man called him stating he saw taillights at the end of Grimaude Boulevard, where the contractor stores equipment.

The man said he went home located next to the property at about 8:45 and heard an engine start. He called the contractor, who yelled at two men to stop.

He saw a man in camouflage pants run into a nearby wooded area and another take off in a blue and silver Dodge Dakota. The driver asked the contractor not to “call the law.”

The contractor then followed the truck into Interstate 20, where the truck driver sped more than 100 miles per hour. The contractor lost the truck, came back to the storage site.

The men attempted to take a large piece of construction equipment and created some sort of pulley system to pick up counter weight pads. They moved three of the four weight pads closer to where the equipment was parked. A fourth pad was hanging from the pulley structure by ratchet straps.

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Sun, 7/13/2014 12:04 AM

Camps

• The East Georgia Pop Warner Local Heroes 2nd Annual Football Camp, hosted by ATHELITE and featuring former Georgia Bulldog and now Kansas City Chief Sanders Commings, is Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grovetown High School. Cost is $50. Go to Eastgapopwarner.com.

• Sports Academy South, Inc. Sports & Education Summer Day Camp has sessions for ages 5 to 15. Cost is $110 per week; $100 for second sibling and $90 for a third sibling. Registration is $45 per sibling if not a member. July dates are July 21 to July 25, July 28 to August 1 and then finishes on August 4 to August 5. Call (706) 860-7691.

Tennis Play Days

The CSRA Professional Tennis Association has Grand Slam Play Days for tennis players 10 years old and younger. There will be four events corresponding with the professional events. Cost is $15 with online registration. Call Petersburg Racquet Club at (706) 860-9288 or go to www.prctennis.com.

Tryouts

• The 9U Augusta Braves travel baseball team is seeking experienced, team-oriented players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Players must be born between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006. Contact Chris Halliday at (706) 691-6954.

• 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.

The 11U Augusta River Bandits Travel Baseball Team is seeking outstanding players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Our coaches are looking for experienced, team oriented ball players and families with a strong work ethic and love for the game. Players must be born between May 1, 2003 and April 30, 2004. Please contact Daniel Dykstra at 678-358-8645 to schedule a tryout. • CSRA Force fastpitch travel softball is having tryouts for all teams on Saturday and July 20 for the 2014 and 2015 season. Call Dusty Kay about 10U tryouts at (706) 401-5465; call Wayne Wilson about 12U at (706) 564-5357 and call Kathy Guin for 14U and David Fernandes for 16U at(706) 832-2220.

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