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Judge refuses murder suspect's guilty plea

Fri, 9/12/2014 2:46 PM

 

A judge refused to accept the guilty plea Friday of a Hephzibah man accused of murder in connection to a 2012 attempted armed robbery in Columbia County.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. would not accept the plea from Anthony Terrell Graddy, 37, at a sentencing hearing in Evans after Graddy said he had nothing to do with the attempted armed robbery and death of his cohort Patrick Smith, 33.

“If a client says he didn’t do it, I can’t accept his plea,” Blanchard said.

Graddy was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He and Smith were accused of trying to force their way into a home on Blanchard Road on Feb. 24, 2012, with the intent of robbing those inside, according to District Attorney Garon Muller. As they tried to get into the home, gunfire came from inside the house and authorities say Smith returned fire.

A man inside the home was shot in the back and paralyzed. Smith, who was shot in the abdomen, and Graddy left. Smith was found passed out inside a Chevrolet Suburban that crashed into a ditch on Blanchard Road. Graddy went to a nearby home to call 911.

“My client (Graddy) did go for help instead of just running away,” Graddy’s attorney John Lewis said at the hearing. He also said the handgun Graddy was given to use during the incident didn’t even function.

Muller said the victims in the case have not been cooperative and it would be difficult to prosecute to a conviction from a jury on the murder charge. So he offered Graddy a plea agreement that included 20 years in prison if he pled guilty to a lesser charge of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Graddy, who was diagnosed about 20 years ago with Bipolar Disorder and Paranoid Schizophrenia, spoke at the hearing.

“I’ve been locked up for almost three years on this murder charge,” Graddy told the judge. “I really didn’t have anything to do with this.

“Right now, I don’t even know what is going on.”

Blanchard immediately stated he wouldn’t accept a guilty plea from Graddy, who claimed he didn’t have anything to do with the crime.

“Try him,” Blanchard said. “I don’t want to see a writ of Habeas Corpus later because I sent a man who didn’t do it to prison.”

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Two killed in early-morning interstate wreck

Fri, 9/12/2014 9:14 AM

Two people were killed this morning in a traffic accident on Interstate 20 in Columbia County near the McDuffie County line.

The accident took place about 5 a.m. in the eastbound lane, Coroner Vernon Collins said.

The names of the victims have not been made public, but Collins said one was a man from Texas and a woman from South America.

Neither was wearing a seat belt.

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Newsmakers

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:17 AM
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Current Events

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:15 AM

UPCOMING

Cut-A-Thon

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Trendz Salon, 3670 Old Peterburg Road,Martinez; benefits Payton Wiggins, 2, who suffers from MPS Hurlers Syndrome and cardiomyopathy; free haircuts, polish changes, refreshments and activities for children

Grant program

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

Museum

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

Pageant Columbia County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant – Promoting and Protecting the Forestry Industry; March 7; queens will serve as host city queens to the 76th annual Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant held in Tifton; all contestants receive a trophy; winner and three runner-ups in each age group – Baby Miss birth to 23 months, Teeny Miss 2-3 years, Tiny Miss 4-6 years, Little Miss 7-9 years, Junior Miss 10-12 years, Teen Miss 13-16 years, Miss 17-24 years; $85 for Baby Miss through Teen Miss, $100 for Miss entries; optional categories of Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Photogenic, Prettiest Face, Best Personality and Photogenic $15 each; (706) 664-5010, columbiacounty
forestry@gmail.com Harlem council Forming a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to offer the citizens of Harlem and visitors a quality experience with performing arts, visual arts and history of Harlem exhibit; Janet Luckey-Short Luckey–janet@yahoo.com, Ann Blalock blalock@hotmail.com Reunion

Westside High 1994, Saturday, Oct. 18; family picnic lunch, Westside High School; party 7 p.m. Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, with dinner, drinks, DJ; $40 through Sept. 15; PayPal: click “send money to a friend” enter connettegayle@yahoo.com and amount, in notes section enter preferred e-mail; check: send payment to WHS 20 Year Reunion, 1317 Berwick Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

9/11 observance

Sept. 11 Remembrance Thursday, Sept. 11, Fort Gordon; 8:30 a.m. emergency vehicles positioned at key intersections and gates on Fort Gordon, employees will move outside; 8:45 a.m. one minute warning on the installation for execution by Department of Emergency Services Director; 8:46 a.m. sirens sound simulating the first strike on the World Trade Center, colors on the Signal Tower flagpole lowered to half staff during siren blare; 8:47 a.m. sirens end, playing of Taps, installation moment of silence; flag remains at half staff until retreat at 5 p.m.

County tribute

A Day of Remembrance and Reflection 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, Evans Towne Center Park Flag Pole, 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd.; ceremony with speakers, presentation of flag, moment of silence, music, prayer; on.fb.me/1uAZRRj

GOP women

Greater Columbia County Republican Women meeting; listen to a former New York Fire Department firefighter and 911 responder Thursday, Sept. 11, Be My Guest Catering and Events, 4216 Washington Road, Evans; social and dinner 6-7 p.m., $13, reservations required by Tuesday, Sept. 9, at info@gccrw.org;
meeting 7-8 p.m., free, open to the public on available space

Speed dating

6-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Augusta Christian Singles members $10, others $8; registration required 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; (762) 233-1978, christiandances.org

Border Bash

21st annual Border Bash 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Augusta Common, 836 Reynolds St.; Kristian Bush, The Joe Stevenson Band, University of South Carolina and University of Georgia cheerleaders,; vendors, food, drinks, games; $10 advance, $15 at gate; BorderBash.net

Speedway event

11th annual Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet; Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 4335 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah; banquet 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, tickets $20; reunion and car show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, free admission; (706) 829-6825

Masquerade ball

A Maleficent Ball, A Masquerade 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; presented by Columbia County Ballet; reservations required; (706) 860-1852, columbiacountballet.com

Lynndale sale

Lynndale community yard sale 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, 1490 Eisenhower Drive, across from Augusta National, past ball fields and through the gates; refreshments and plants for sale; benefits Lynndale and services provided for adults with disabilities; tax deductible donations accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 9-12, in activity room at rear of building; no computer items

Rummage sale

CSRA Humane Society Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; fall rummage sale at the no-kill shelter on the corner of Milledge Road by Lake Olmstead; benefits the shelter pets; csrahumanesociety.org

Cat show

Cattyshack Cat Club Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta; featuring Bengals, Maine Coons, Sphynx, Persians, household pets and more; vendors; $5, $4 military and seniors, $2.50 children

Family Reunion

96.3 KISS Family Reunion 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Evans Towne Center Park; featuring Johnny Gill, Jagged Edge, Freddie Jackson, Ce Ce Peniston, Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, Algerbra, Leela James, more; fun, food, music; gates open 2 p.m.; $20 advance, $30 day of show; kissfamilyreunion.com

Up In Smoke

Up In Smoke tour featuring Cheech & Chong and War 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18; a night of music and comedy; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; $29.50-$77.50; tickets available at box office, online and by phone; (877) 428-4849, www.georgialinatix.com, bit.ly/X5AwUK

Arts in the Heart

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

Sleeping Beauty

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

iRun Man 5k

ECE’s iRun Man 5k 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Euchee Creek Elementary School; 1 Mile Fun Run for children under age 12 8:30 a.m.; 5K open to all ages 9:30 a.m.; vendors, after-race party; $25 adults, $15 children, advance registration includes T-shirt; eucheecreek.wix.com/ece5k

Night walk

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

Job fair

Goodwill Job Fair 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25; celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month; meet with employers, community resources; job fair boot camps 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Spanish, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in English; interview workshops noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23; (706) 447-5195, goodwillworks.org/jobconnection

Screen on Green

Back to the 80s Part II; showtime begins at dark, Columbia County Amphitheater, behind Columbia County Library; Sept. 26 The Karate Kid; Oct. 26 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; dress up in character for free glow necklace; $2, ages 2 and younger free; (706) 650-5005, columbiacountyga.gov

MADD walk

Walk Like MADD 5k Community Walk 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; to raise awareness in the community about efforts to eliminate drunk driving and support victims of this crime; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremony 8:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m.; live entertainment, food, demonstrations, prizes, contests, more; madd.org/walkaugusta

iCan 4 iPads

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; fundraiser to provide tools and training for adults with cognitive and communication challenges; register to participate in one or more of the events - 5k run/walk, 10k cycle and 10k kayak; vendors, food, raffle; ican4ipads.org

Cleanup, picnic

Community Cleanup and Picnic 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, West Dam Park, 3946 West Dam Park Road, Appling; wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, bring plenty of water; arrive early for check-in and safety briefing; trail maintenance, underbrushing, bluebird boxes, litter cleanup;
(864) 333-1150, CESAS-OPT@usace.army.mil

McTier reunion

Descendants of Kendall McTier invited; registration 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Reedy Creek Baptist Church, 1128 Reedy Creek Baptist Church Road, Stapleton, Ga., off Georgia Highway 17 between Wrens and Thomson; program 11 a.m.; covered dish lunch noon; casual dress; Steven or Sandy McTier (478) 956-8998

Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Saturday, Sept. 27, Ezekiel Harris House, 1840 Broad St., and Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets; (706) 722-8454

Marvin golf

Marvin United Methodist Church fourth annual golf tournament noon Saturday, Sept. 27, Gordon Lakes Golf Course, 537 Range Road, Fort Gordon; $70 per person, $240 per team, includes lunch and dinner; a best ball tournament with a free golf cart and range balls; prizes; benefits Marvin UMC and The Mikey Foundation; sandyleathers@knology.com, olmsteadmc@att.net

Hardy Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Harlem; vendor booths open 9 a.m., parade starts 10 a.m.; live entertainment, movies at Laurel and Hardy Museum; harlemga.org/community/events

Archaeology

Augusta Archaeological Society meeting Thursday, Oct. 9, Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill, 4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway; dinner on own 6:30 p.m., program 8 p.m.; Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, presenting The Allendale-Brier Creek Clovis Complex in the Central Savannah River Valley; (706) 829-1615

Shredding event

Free community paper-shredding 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, parking lot of The Cleveland Group, 3740 Executive Center Drive, Martinez; open to households and small businesses; shredded materials recycled; free coffee and pastries; held by Professional Organizers of Augusta

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County History

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:15 AM

The Columbia County News-Times is assisting a local group to establish a digital photo archive of life in Columbia County prior to 1960.

Photos that depict school activities or show buildings or businesses that are no longer around are of particular interest.

E-mail photos to staff photographer Jim Blaylock at jim.blaylock@augustachronicle.com or deliver them to the Columbia County News-Times at 4272 Washington Road in the Publix Shopping Center.

Photos will be copied and returned.

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Police Blotte

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:14 AM

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

Man, intruder exchange fire

A Harlem man called authorities early Friday after he said his son-in-law exchanged gunfire with an intruder in the back yard.

The 30-year-old man while he and his family ate dinner at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, he noticed a light in the backyard. He saw a man wearing a light blue shirt and shorts carrying a flashlight in the yard. The man said his son-in-law went outside to tell the intruder to leave. He yelled at the intruder, who shot at the man’s son-in-law. He returned fire with a rifle at the fleeing stranger.

The man said he went outside, saw the intruder and yelled for him to stop. But the intruder seemed aggressive, so he also shot at the stranger with a pistol.

Man pretends to be employee for company

The manager of Martinez auto parts store said someone pretended to be a construction company employee to get tools.

The manager of NAPA Auto Parts on Washington Road said Friday that a man came into the store twice in August falsely representing himself as an employee of Blair Construction Co. or Sitemaster Inc. to obtain tools. The manager said he was contacted by someone from Blair Construction questioning a bill they received. The company representative said they didn’t order tools they were billed for and never sent an employee to get the tools. He also said Blair Construction doesn’t have an employee matching the description of the man who picked up the tools.

The manager then learned from the company bookkeeper that the same man is suspected of pulling the same scam representing Sitemaster Inc. at that store and Beam Contracting Inc. at the Augusta store on Reynolds Street. He provided invoices for all three transactions and Richmond County authorities are investing the incident at the Augusta store.

Upset customer throws a jar

The owner of a Martinez fish store told deputies Saturday that an unhappy customer threw a jar at his employee.

The owner of Bob’s Tropical Fish said that just after noon, a man came into the store on Old Petersburg Road complaining about the pH of the water in his fish tank.

The customer was holding a Mason jar of water with rocks in it.

The customer got angry when an employee said he couldn’t just check the water in the jar, but also needed to check the source of the water without rocks in it. He then threw the jar, which shattered when it hit the ground. The irate customer then left in a white Nissan Sentra.

 

Stranger scares woman several times at home

An Appling woman said Saturday that a stranger keeps coming to her home.

The 37-year-old woman said the same man comes onto her property every night. Every time she confronts the man, he runs into a nearby woodline. The woman said she feels threatened by the stranger and is afraid of what he might do, so she now carries a handgun with her at all times.

A man who lives right down the road from the woman called authorities late Saturday after discovering a stranger in his yard. The 22-year-old man said he went outside to smoke a cigarette just before 11 p.m. and heard a noise. He shined a flashlight in the direction of the noise and the light hit the face of a man standing under a tree. He ran after the stranger, but couldn’t catch him.

Man suspects ex tampered with cell phone

A Grovetown man told authorities Sunday that he thinks his ex-girlfriend has hacked into or otherwise tampered with his phone.

The man said he and the woman ended their long-term relationship about three months ago.

Since then, he said his cell phone has done strange things. When he took the phone to his service provider, he was told it probably had a virus, so he bought a new one.

Within a few days, the man said his new phone began acting strangely like the old one. He found an app on the phone that he didn’t install called Google Help.

When he opened the app, he found a geographic log of his whereabouts and Internet sites he’s visited.

He also noticed several changes to his Facebook account that he didn’t make.

The man said he suspects his ex-girlfriend hacked into his phone and has been tracking him, watching his Internet usage and making changes to his Facebook account.

Men receive fake deputy calls

Two man recently told authorities that they received calls from people falsely representing themselves as law enforcement officers.

A Martinez man said he received a call on Friday from a man who identified himself as Sgt. Randolph Riley from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said there was a bench warrant issued for the man because he missed jury duty on Aug. 28.

The caller said the man could pay the fine by getting a money card from Walmart and giving him the number. The man got a phone number to reach the caller, but never got the cash
card.

Another Martinez man said Saturday that he received a similar call on Sept. 1. The caller, who identified himself as a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy, left a message asking the man to return his call.

The man said he went to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office substation in Evans hoping to meet the deputy. No deputy matching the name the caller left on the man’s message machine works for the sheriff’s office.

The man requested an investigation because he’s concerned it might be a scam.

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Lady Knights hold on for win

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:13 AM

In the end, it was the Region 2-AAAAA frontrunnners who were able to hold on for the win Thursday night.

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning at Lakeside High School, the Evans Lady Knights needed a Brooke Buck strikeout with two on and two out to stop a Lakeside uprising, winning 10-7.

Each team was able to take advantage of the other’s miscues, with the Lady Knights (8-2, 3-0 region) committing four errors while the Lady Panthers commited three.

Evans coach Colette Cassedy was glad for the win.

“A good team can find a way to win, whether you’re sluggish, sore, hadn’t played in a while, or semi-banged up, you find a way,” Cassedy said.

Trailing 2-1, the Lady Knights struck for six runs (two earned) in the second inning to take control. The Lady Panthers committed two errors, with the Lady Knights’ Taylor Hayes, Savannah Gabriel, Ashton Odom and Jenna Cliatt each driving in a run.

Lady Panthers sophomore pitcher Sydney Fisher was tagged with the loss, allowing the 10 runs (six earned) with two strikeouts and four walks.

Fisher said the team was anything but demoralized after the game.

“I just think that we know we can do it, and we know we can push to get it because we always have that one bad inning that kind of costs us the game,” said Fisher, who also led the team with two hits. “We’re a little more pumped and we know if we come out here and do our job right we can upset some of these teams.”

Samantha Davis, who usually comes in on the late innings in relief of Buck, started and like the Lady Knights got off to a slow start, allowing two runs in the first inning while walking three.

She started finding her groove in the second inning with one out and the bases loaded. A strikeout and pop-up ended the inning and she went on to fan four of the next five batters. She got the win while going six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts and five walks.

“It took her a little while to warm up, but when she does warm up she’s usually spot on,” said Lady Knights’ senior catcher Samantha Peka, who had two hits including an RBI triple and scored three times.

Odom led the Lady Knights with three hits and scored twice.

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Sports Calendar

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:13 AM

Baseball Tournament

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

 

Golf Tournament

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

 

Swim Lessons

Join the Family Y in continuing your swimming prowess with specific training in endurance and stroke work. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Session dates are Sept. 16-Oct.10, Oct.14-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 12.

Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Contact Chris Pinto at cpinto@thefamilyy.org or (706) 922-9618.

Fall Ball

Registration is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for Martinez-Evans Little League’s 2014 fall baseball season. Leagues include: Wee Ball (4 years old); Tee-Ball (5-6); Junior Machine Pitch (6 with Tee-Ball experience, 7 without experience); Senior Machine Pitch (7-8); Minors/Majors (9-12), Juniors (13-14), Seniors (15-16) and Bigs (17-18). Registration is Sept. 14 for Juniors and Sept.12 for all other leagues.

Registrants need one proof-of-age document, such as a birth certificate. Go to www.mellbaseball.org or contact MELL at MartinezEvansLittle
League@outlook.com.

 

Tryouts

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

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Prep Calendar

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:13 AM

Thursday, Sept. 11

Harlem at Thomson,
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier at Carrollton Meet, 8 a.m.

Grovetown at Ray Miller Invite at Magnolia Springs Park, Millen, Ga., 9 a.m.

Augusta Prep Invitational (Augusta Christian),
10 a.m.

Lakeside at Furman Invitational, TBA

 

FOOTBALL (ALL GAMES 7:30 P.M.)

Friday, Sept. 12

Augusta Christian vs. Westminster

Augusta Prep at Briarwood

Greenbrier vs. Jones County

Grovetown vs. Evans

Harlem vs. Warren County

Lakeside at Northside, Warner Robins

 

Today, Sept. 10

Greenbrier at Westside, 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Metter, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah at Patriots Park, 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Thomas County Central, 10:30 a.m.

Harlem vs Harris County, 10:30 a.m.

Greenbrier vs. Oconee County, 2:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Heritage Conyers, 2:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Richmond Hill at Patriots Park, 2:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Grovetown vs. Thomson, 5 p.m.

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

Lakeside at Butler, 6 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans at Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Jefferson County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Augusta Christian at Hilton Head Christian, TBA

 

Today, Sept. 10

Augusta Prep vs. Bethlehem Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken, 6:30 p.m.

Grovetown at Midland Valley, 6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

Augusta Christian at Heathwood Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Evans,
5 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Grovetown at North Augusta, 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

 

Friday, Sept. 12

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Augusta Christian vs. Community Christian, 4 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Alleluia, 4 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Harvester Christian, 5 p.m.

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

Augusta Prep vs. Loganville Christian, 6 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Wardlaw Academy, 7 p.m.

Augusta Prep JV vs. Augusta Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Dominion Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. South Aiken, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Clarke-Central, 10 a.m.

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Games TBA, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 15

Augusta Christian vs. Alleluia, 6 p.m.

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

 

Tuesday, Sept.16

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah, 5 p.m.

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

Greenbrier at Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Westside, 7 p.m.

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Pigskin Picks

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:12 AM

Week 2 winners

There were 70 qualified entries for the second week of the contest. No contestants picked all 10 games correctly because of the tied game between Augusta Prep and Edmund Burke. Thirty-eight picked nine games correctly, 18 picked eight games correctly and 14 picked seven games correctly. Thirteen contestants did not pick at least seven games correctly in order to qualify for the drawing.

Week 2 winners of the Pigskin Picks T-shirt are David Whitfield, of Martinez, Jimmie D. Edenfield, of Martinez, and Devin T. Long, of Martinez.

Winners should call the News-Times office at (706) 868-1222 in order to pick up their prizes.

Week 2 qualifiers:

David Whitfield, Jimmie D. Edenfield, Devin T. Long, Janis Long, Ronnie Long, Jim Riordan, Shirley A. Smith, Waunice Aldridge, Bill Gray, Neal Johnson, Earle Maxwell, Tripp Maxwell, Donald Long, Mike Edenfield, Charles Beale, Phillip Dominy, Barbara E. Johnson, Sherwood Vaughn, Pat Hickson, Donna Park, P.J. Rodgers, Shelia Hilson-Rodgers, Ed Manders, Michael Fatolitis, Debbie Holloway, Corky Holloway, Nancy Berry, Evva Holloway, Rosalyan Talley, Shirlean Talley, Billy Kelley, Kyle Klofenstine, Bob Klofenstine, Alvin M. Davis, Greg Davis, Joey Hall, Jean Edenfield, Patricia Screws, Moyeen K. Azhar, Lenton R. Griffin, Bethany Fleming, Byron Ray Wren, Zach Thurman, Samantha Smith, D. Scott Clifton, Terry Meeks, Jim Park, Pete Moody, Donald Randolph, Gary Irvin, Evelyn J. Gray, Clint Hardy, Freddie Lewis, Susan Sumner, Bethany Sumner, Juanita W. Curry, Lori Randolph, Frances M. Bagley, Kathy Enright, William D. Choice, Nancy Edenfield, Jimmy Hickson, Mark Vaughn, Bill Jones, Latasha Mead, Mark Jones, Nancy Libengood, Stephanie Moye, Norma Griffin and Zach Azhar.

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Greenbrier adds to its Hall of Fame rolls

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:12 AM

On Saturday, Kristan Glover-Martin became the fourth player inducted into the Greenbrier High School Hall of Fame.

Glover joined coach Terry Holder, longtime supporter Ed Amerson and coach Mark Moseley on a day in which the 2004 Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state championship-winning team was honored between games of a Lady Wolfpack doubleheader with Marist.

Glover-Martin was a key cog in the Lady Wolfpack’s 35-5-1 team in 2004. When she was finished, Glover-Martin was just the fourth pitcher in Georgia to record 1,000 strikeouts and 100 wins in a career, was a four-time region pitcher of the year, three-time state pitcher of the year, the 2004 AAAA State Player of the Year and the 2004 Augusta Chronicle Player of the Year.

“I’m very excited, very surprised and very honored,” said Glover-Martin, who thought she was just there for the 10-year celebration. “There are some great people in the Greenbrier Hall of Fame and it’s really an honor to join them, especially Mr. Ed (Amerson) and Coach Mo (Mark Moseley), those were two very special people.”

Greenbrier coach Garrett Black noted her determination to win the state championship.

“She was determined and out of every kid I coached, talk about a bulldog in a person, well, she had it and it got contagious with the rest of our kids,” Black said. “She drove our bus.

Black also talked about the 2004 team’s place in history, the first county team to win a fastpitch state title.

“Whenever you talk about fastpitch softball in Columbia County, you’ll always talk about the 2004 Greenbrier state championship team because they set the bar,” Black said.

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Athlete Spotlight: Evans High School's Ty Brooks

Wed, 9/10/2014 12:11 AM

Evans High School’s Ty Brooks has been running for a long time.

“In elementary school, Westmont had a track team – it was like an unofficial track team, we didn’t go to any meets or anything – I still went there and ran,” Brooks said.

In his second year on the Knights’ cross country team, the sophomore is seen as one of the squad’s top runners.

And he thinks he’s on pace to be better than he was a year ago.

“My PR (personal record) was 17:50 last year and two races ago I got like 18 seconds off of that, so I think I’m doing pretty good this year,” Brooks said. “I’m probably going to PR pretty soon.”

Coach Steve Aaronson called him a humble guy who doesn’t give himself enough credit.

“He really doesn’t know his potential,” said Aaronson of Brooks, who was 15th in the Region 2-AAAAA meet and 78th in the class AAAAA state meet a year ago as a freshman. “It’s going to be really interesting to see just how fast and how far he will go.”

Playing baseball in middle school, Brooks might not have been a high school runner without a firm nudge by his parents.

“I kind of stopped running and in eighth grade my parents noticed I was getting lazy,” Brooks said. “They decided to tell me to do cross country for high school in eighth grade.”

And running also occupies his spring semester.

“I do track, too,” said Brooks, who plans to run the 400 meter, the 800, the 4X400 relay and the 1600. “That’s why I did baseball in middle school and decided to do track in high school, because I think I’m better at track than I am at baseball.”

While upperclassmen take care of leadership roles, Brooks is one to help foster an interesting atmosphere. He’s doled out nicknames like Beige Pterodactyl and White Billy Goat to teammates after he was stuck with the moniker Black Sheep a year ago.

“I forget why, it’s probably for a stupid reason, but it just stuck,” said Brooks of his nickname.

Aaronson calls Brooks laid back but said that once he gets to the starting line, his demeanor changes.

“Race day, he just kind of nonchalantly makes his way to the starting line and you kind of think ‘What’s going on?’” Aaronson said. “But when the race starts, it’s all business. It’s kind of like I’m coming through, get out of the way.”

Aaronson is looking forward to what the next two cross country seasons hold for Brooks.

“Next year, that’s the one you’re going to be watching,” Aaronson said. “That’s the young man we’re going to be watching.”

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:20 AM

Tennis Clinics

Tennis clinics are ongoing at Patriots Park for those ages 5 to 12. Clinics run Monday through Thursday, led by Tammy Zawacki. Adult clinics will begin in mid-September at Patriots Park, offering cardio tennis on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Call (706) 513-2202 or go to Tennis Time with Tracy on Facebook.

Baseball

The 14U Lake Olmstead Classic is Sept. 20 and 21 at the Augusta GreenJackets’ stadium. Registration deadline is Sept. 5. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

• The 12U Little Big League Showdown is Sept. 27 an28 at the Augusta GreenJackets’ stadium. Field dimensions will be 50/70 with a 200-foot outfield. Call Adrian McCladdie at (706) 288-8511.

Golf

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

Swim lessons

Join the Family Y’s swimming program. Must be able to swim 50 yards of the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Session dates are Sept.16-Oct. 10, Oct. 14-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 12. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $55 for members and $85 for non-members. Contact Chris Pinto at cpinto@thefamilyy.org or (706) 922-9618.

Fall Ball

Registration is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 for Martinez-Evans Little League’s 2014 fall baseball season. Leagues include: Wee Ball (4 years old); Tee-Ball (5-6); Junior Machine Pitch (6 with Tee-Ball experience, 7 without); Senior Machine Pitch (7-8); Minors/Majors (9-12), Juniors (13-14), Seniors (15-16) and Bigs (17-18). Registration is open through Sept. 14 for Juniors and Friday for all other leagues. Registrants need one proof-of-age document. Go to www.mellbaseball.org or MartinezEvansLittleLeague
@outlook.com.

Tryouts

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

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

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:20 AM

Monday, Sept. 8

Harlem at Screven County, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Harlem at Thomson,
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Evans at AT&T Panther Classic, Fayetteville, Ga., 8 a.m.

Greenbrier at Carrollton Meet, 8 a.m.

Grovetown at Ray Miller Invite at Magnolia Springs Park, 9 a.m.

Augusta Prep Invitational (Augusta Christian),
10 a.m.

Lakeside at Furman Invitational, TBA

FOOTBALL (ALL GAMES 7:30 P.M.)

Friday, Sept. 12

Augusta Christian vs. Westminster

Augusta Prep at Briarwood

Greenbrier vs. Jones County

Grovetown vs. Evans

Harlem vs. Warren County

Lakeside at Northside, Warner Robins

Monday, Sept. 8

Grovetown at Burke County, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Aquinas,
5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Elbert County, 5:30 p.m.

Harlem at Washington-Wilkes, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Grovetown vs. Evans,
5 p.m.

Harlem at East Laurens, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Lakeside, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Greenbrier at Westside, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Evans vs. Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Greenbrier, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Metter, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Grovetown vs. Hephzibah at Patriots Park, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Thomas County Central, 10:30 a.m.

Harlem vs Harris County, 10:30 a.m.

Harris County vs Heritage Conyers, 12:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Oconee County, 2:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Richmond Hill at Patriots Park,
2:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Heritage Conyers, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Augusta Christian at Hilton Head Christian, TBA

Tuesday, Sept.9

Greenbrier vs. North Augusta, 5 p.m.

Lakeside at Westside,

5 p.m.

Augusta Christian at Orangeburg Prep,

5:30 p.m.

Grovetown at Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Evans vs. North Augusta at Greenbrier, 6 p.m.

Augusta Prep at Gatewood, 6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Evans,
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep. 10

Augusta Prep vs. Bethlehem Christian,
6:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. South Aiken, 6:30 p.m.

Grovetown at Midland Valley, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Augusta Christian at Heathwood Hall,
5:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Evans,
5 p.m.

Evans vs. Richmond Academy, 6 p.m.

Grovetown at North Augusta, 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Augusta Christian vs. Community Christian, 4 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Alleluia, 4 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Harvester Christian, 5 p.m.

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

Augusta Prep vs. Loganville Christian,
6 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. Wardlaw Academy, 7 p.m.

Augusta Prep JV vs. Augusta Christian, 9 p.m.

Augusta Prep vs. Dominion Christian,
9 p.m.

Augusta Eagles vs. South Aiken, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Greenbrier vs. Clarke-Central, 10 a.m.

17th Annual Augusta Prep Fall Classic

Games TBA, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Police Blotter, Sept. 7, 2014

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:18 AM

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

Garden center fountain stolen

The owner of a Martinez garden center told deputies two men stole a fountain from in front of the business.

The owner of Green Thumb West on Davis Road said that he arrived at the business Aug. 31 and discovered a decorative pot from the garden center in the parking lot of a neighboring business. He watched the business surveillance footage and saw a truck pull into the neighboring business at about 3:30 a.m. and two men get out and walk to Green Thumb. The video shows the men taking parts from a $699 fountain and a glazed pot and loading them into the truck. .

The man carrying the fountain quickly loaded it into the truck bed. The man set down the pot and they both got into the truck and left.

Store’s payroll checks faked

An employee of Augusta Harley-Davidson called authorities Tuesday after discovering several fraudulent checks written on the business account.

The employee produced five checks made out to nonemployees from the account of the business on Belair-Frontage Road. She said the payee signature on the checks was that of a former employee that hasn’t worked at the dealership since February. The total amount of the checks is $19,300. All five checks were written to different people from various states.

Burglar steals rifle, silver

An Evans man recently called authorities after discovering someone burglarized his home.

The 56-year-old man said on Aug. 31 that someone came into his home and stole a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom closet. The man said the burglar also opened a safe in the closet and stole 6,000 ounces of silver worth about $114,000.

The man thinks whoever opened the safe used a key he keeps in his truck that only close family members know about.

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Property Transfers, Sept. 7, 2014

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:13 AM

Charity L. Bowers to Jeffrey J. Bowers, parcel ID 061244A, $137,000.

Bruce Lyons to Michael J. Sizemore and Daniel S. Sizemore, parcel ID 082A190, $88,500.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to George E. Smith, parcel ID 059176, $224,000.

Michael K. Lazar to Carolyn Sue Powers, parcel ID 073275, $141,700.

Robert R. Burnett to James C. Holloway Jr., parcel ID 073D293, $114,000.

Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Sara Floyd, parcel ID 074418, $175,900.

Southfork Homes LLC to Alexander Adorno Muniz, 1211 Cypress Trail, $203,600.

Matt Wooten to Jennifer Webster Bradford and Scott Kenneth Bradford, parcel ID 067858, $192,000.

William C. Caywood to Walter J. Stilphen Jr. and Carolynne Stilphen, parcel ID 077682, $184,500.

Tammy L. Coker to Jason J. Moseley, parcel ID 073D486, $150,000.

Doug Wilder to Crystal Orzechowski, parcel ID 063D020, $43,500.

Timothy M. Harris to David G. Barnes Jr., parcel ID 065A017, $161,200.

William F. Boggs to Edward James Sonak and Ruth Jane Sonak, 4648 Walnut Hill Drive, $205,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 944 Erika Lane, $31,535.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 942 Erika Lane, $26,285.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 940 Erika Lane, $26,285.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 938 Erika Lane, $31,535.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 1511 Old Spruce Lane, $42,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 1509 Old Spruce Lane, $42,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1703 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1705 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1707 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1709 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1711 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1704 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1715 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1712 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1710 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1708 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1702 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1729 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Riverwood Land LLC to Winchester Homes of GA Inc., 1717 Edenburg Way, $43,000.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ &Z Builders LLC, 304 Faldo Court, $46,000.

Steve C. Brinkman to Paul T. Riesenman, 513 Pineview Court, $537,500.

Bakers Group LLC to JJ & Z Builders LLC, 305 Faldo Court, $46,000.

JJ & Z Builders LLC to Kelsey A. Marshall, 955 Erika Lane, $132,585.

Kin Tai Fong to Jared D. Macky, 1385 Shadow Oak Drive, $291,500.

Wilson Parker Homes Retreat at Baker Place Inc. to Adam Cincar, 302 Clearwater Lane, $265,165.

Pep Jen Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 078034A, $40,000.

Pep Jen Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 078034A, $40,000.

Pep Jen Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of parcel ID 078034A, $40,000.

Cody W. Grizzle to Leonard E. Tankersley, 6176 Old Union Road, $74,000.

Pep Jen Development LLC to Oconee Capital Investments LLC, a portion of 078034A, $40,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Christopher J. Lohmeyer, parcel ID 0622483, $183,481.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Chad G. Watson and Rebecca Watson, parcel ID 060872, $254,090.

Pillon Communities Inc. to D.R. Horton-Crown LLC, parcel ID 0622499, 0622496, 0622494 and 0622493, $157,500.

Matthew J. O’Donnell to E. Larry Lujan, parcel ID 081D988, $487,500.

Southern Homesites LLC to Medallion Construction Co. Inc., parcel ID 060174, $64,900.

Cory S. Horras to Denins J. McVey, parcel ID 050549, $197,500.

Leann Schumaker to Maureen E. Fitzgerald, parcel ID 078215, $160,000.

Kenneth Florentine to Rebecca K. Yeater, parcel ID 72P25, $200,000.

David S. Blair to Hector Rivera and Iris N. Rivera, parcel ID 60156, $450,000.

Henry C. Fuqua IV to James M. Smith, parcel ID 052004A, $194,000.

Medallion Construction Co. Inc. to Howard J. Achilles and Mellanie W. Achilles, parcel ID 060971, $343,000.

T. Mark McClure to Rachel A. Farias and Jesus Rodriguez-Roque, parcel ID 052054F, $22,000.

Harriss Eugene Sullivan to Ibrahim Canbaz, parcel ID 059A063, $280,000.

BEC Custom Homes and Development Inc. to Patrick M. Aquilina and Lisa A. Aquilina, parcel ID 081140, $770,000.

Ivey-Residential LLC to David H. Gedutis, 5456 Everlook Circle, $252,900.

Crawford Creek Homebuilders LLC to Brian M. James, 4059 Payten Place, $216,500.

Juan E. Lugo to Randall Allen Burch and Callie M. Burch, 4703 Cutter Mill Road, $140,000.

Bradley P. Canady to Nathan L. Simmons, parcel ID 060459, $229,900.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., 6009 Tyne Lane, $33,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., 6014 Tyne Lane, $33,000.

Metro Homesites LLC to Keystone Homes Inc., 6004 Tyne Lane, $33,000.

Baldwin Hamptons LLC to Alpheus M. Davis III, parcel ID 0681126, $46,000.

Baldwin Hamptons LLC to Alpheus M. Davis III, parcel ID 0681116, $42,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Ryan Tate and Jennifer L. Tate, parcel ID 0671412, $219,500.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Robert H. Pregram III, parcel ID 0622487, $169,427.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marriage Licenses, Sept. 7, 2014

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:13 AM

Zackary Thomas Beckham and Deserei Leigh Pack applied for a marriage license on Aug. 20, 2014, and were married Aug. 20, 2014, in Evans.

Logan Spencer Gilson and Emily Elizabeth Grix applied for a marriage license on Aug. 21, 2014, and were married Aug. 21, 2014, in Evans.

Terrence Tarrel Vawters and Adrian Lynn Brown applied for a marriage license on Aug. 21, 2014, and were married Aug. 21, 2014, in Evans.

Andre Bernard Wingo and Treasy Heard applied for a marriage license on Aug. 21, 2014, and were married Aug. 21, 2014, in Evans.

Adam Dwane Jones Sr. and Rhonda Allyn O’Connor applied for a marriage license on Aug. 22, 2014, and were married Aug. 22, 2014, in Evans.

Brandon Lynn Taylor and Lisa Parham Wertz applied for a marriage license on July 10, 2014, and were married July 26, 2014, in Martinez.

Edward Dee Sousa Jr. and Lillian Elizabeth Lee Hall applied for a marriage license on Aug. 22, 2014, and were married Aug. 22, 2014, in Martinez.

David Sean Owens and Kristin August Hayes applied for a marriage license on Aug. 7, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Jekyll Island, Ga.

Christopher John McGeorge and Melissa Cadicamo applied for a marriage license on Aug. 15, 2014, and were married Aug. 22, 2014, in Evans.

John Marcus Eubank and Chelsea Noelle Brown applied for a marriage license on Aug. 20, 2014, and were married Aug. 23, 2014, in Appling.

Andrew Noah Vineyard and Kelly Marie Bowles applied for a marriage license on July 3, 2014, and were married Aug. 16, 2014, in Hephzibah.

D’Aundre Raymone Trottie and Ashly Amber Bostic applied for a marriage license on Aug. 25, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Jimmy Rayford Quick Jr. and Sarah Jane Frazier applied for a marriage license on July 18, 2014, and were married Aug. 23, 2014, in Martinez.

Joseph Melvin Duncan and Carol Ann Chester applied for a marriage license on Aug. 19, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Michael Brandon Lee and Natasha Michelle Maslowski applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Ronald Lawrence Dearth II and Alysha Rachael Knapp applied for a marriage license on Aug. 19, 2014, and were married Aug. 21, 2014, in Evans.

John Emory Ashley West and Pearl Lucille Jiles applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Timothy Lee Daniels and Wendy Denise Harper applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Robert Christopher Barrieau and Courtney Michelle Fuller applied for a marriage license on Aug. 21, 2014, and were married Aug. 21, 2014, in Evans.

Sergey Figueroa-Arroyo and Anet Ramirez applied for a marriage license on Aug. 27, 2014, and were married Aug. 29, 2014, in Evans.

Kahlil Gibran Wyche II and Janelle Louise Bundy applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Aug. 29, 2014, in Evans.

Michael Joseph McClure and Katherine Lydia Binder applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Aug. 29, 2014, in
Evans.

Robert Alan Deckert and Brittany Erinn McGahee applied for a marriage license on Aug. 26, 2014, and were married Aug. 28, 2014, in Evans.

Caleb Michael Hanlon and Jordan Katherine Hunter applied for a marriage license on Aug. 29, 2014, and were married Aug. 29, 2014, in Evans.

Steven Yune and Carmen Jean Simons applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 30, 2014, in Martinez.

Willie Lacorey Leach and Natasha Nicole Russell applied for a marriage license on Aug. 28, 2014, and were married Aug. 30, 2014, on Fort Gordon.

Justin Buddy Story and Sabrina Marie Shafer applied for a marriage license on Aug. 15, 2014, and were married Aug. 30, 2014, in Thomson.

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DUIs, Sept. 7, 2014

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:12 AM

Silvestie Aquas Hernandez, 24, of the 500 block of Stirling Bridge Road in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on April 20, 2014, and was sentenced to three days in jail, 12 months probation and was fined $1,570.

Edward Keith Smith, 26, of the 3200 block of Gordon Highway in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on April 27, 2014, and was fined $1,055.

Charles Randolph Dunn, 59, of the 300 block of Bobwhite Trail in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 22, 2014, and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 12 months probation and a $1,080 fine.

Jae Jung Shin, 55, of the 1000 block of Amli Way in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 23, 2014, and was fined $1,080.

Taywan Tikey Butler, 30, of the 1400 block of Avery Landing in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on June 19, 2014, and was fined $1,055.

Emily Michele Gambill, 34, of the 800 block of Player Way in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on May 16, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $1,570.

Antonio Jermaine Norris, 32, of the 4600 block of Clifden Avenue in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on June 1, 2014, and was sentenced to three days in jail, 12 months probation and was fined $1,570.

Hasson Sherif Parsons, 21, of the 100 block of Shady Grove Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on June 17, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $1,199.

Christian Nicholas Diggs, 31, of the 1500 block of Caldwell Place in Hephzibah, was charged with driving under the influence on July 1, 2014, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Ronald Jones, 24, of the 2700 block of Spirit Creek Road in Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on April 20, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,080 fine.

Jacob Michael Jones, 34, of the 2000 block of Clark Street in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on May 15, 2014, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Carolyn Ragin Haines, 50, of the 300 block of Green Forest Court in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 7, 20124, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,570 fine.

Robert Todd Lillard, 20, of the 100 block of West Lynne Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on June 28, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,080 fine.

Steven Lewis Sullivan, 50, of the 2400 block of Arsenal Avenue in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on April 27, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,080 fine.

Marshall Kirkland Crocker, 28, of the 800 block of Hickman Road in Augusta, was charged with driving under the influence on July 8, 2014, and was sentenced to a day in jail, 12 months probation and a $1,080 fine.

Steven M. Drawdy, 22, of the 8400 block of Veterans Parkway in Columbus, Ga., was charged with driving under the influence on July 25, 2014, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Gary Maurice Johnson, 32, of the 200 block of High Point Way in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on March 9, 2014, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and was fined $1,080.

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Commercial rezoning granted for land next to Mullins Crossing

Sun, 9/7/2014 12:10 AM

Columbia County commissioners approved the rezoning of property next to Mullins Crossing shopping center in Evans for commercial development.

The unanimous vote came Tuesday night at the regular commission meeting. On Aug. 21, the county planning commission had approved a request by developer Frank Mullins, whose family owns the property, to zone the land as general commercial from single-family residential.

The 21-acre site at 4263 Wash­ington Road has long been pegged for the second phase of Mullins Cross­ing, a Target-anchored retail center which opened in Evans in 2005. In 2009, the second phase was put on hold by developers, who blamed the economy for halting plans. A $600,000 economic incentive package approved by the Columbia County Commission for the second phase was never used. In late 2010, commissioners rezoned the parcel from commercial to single-family residential to correct a zoning error that occurred during the initial rezoning in 2006. Officials said the commercial zoning was invalid because the signature of partial property owner Robert “Fred” Mullins, the medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, was missing from the application.

In 2010, then county attorney Doug Batchelor said the commission would initiate another rezoning to switch it back to commercial; however, they never did.

By reverting back to a residential zoning, the landowners have paid thousands of dollars less in property taxes.

A sign on the property says the second phase covers more than 200,000 square feet.
According to notes prepared by Columbia County planning staffers that were attached to the meeting agenda, Frank Mullins indicated “the site will be graded in preparation for commercial development at a later date.”
Messages left with Mullins were not returned.

The rezoning application must receive final approval by the county commission and is scheduled to be heard at the meeting Tuesday.

Though a time frame for the work was not listed, county planner Andrew Strickland said developers have already submitted grading plans.

“I would imagine they’ll begin immediately after the plans are approved,” Strickland said in an e-mail.

County documents said any soil removed from the site during the grading will be used in the River Watch Parkway extension project on Old Evans Road behind Mullins Crossing.

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Knights fall short against Eagles

Fri, 9/5/2014 11:49 PM

In their first Region 2-AAAAA game of the year, the Evans High School Knights faced a tough measuring stick Friday night.

After beating Westside two weeks ago, the Knights took a step up as they went up against the No. 1 team in class AAAAA. The Knights came up short, falling to the Eagles of Northside, Warner Robins, 38-6.

“We probably faced one of the top three in the state for sure,” said Evans’ coach Marty Jackson. “It is a long season. Things are never as bad as they seem and things are never as good as they seem.”

The Knights (1-1, 0-1 region) struggled offensively against the Eagles. They didn’t get the first of their eight first downs until 6:49 of the second quarter and finished with 102 total yards.

“They’re a good football team they pushed us around a little bit,” said Knights’ coach Marty Jackson. “They beat us up front.”

Meanwhile, the Eagles (2-0, 1-0) had little problem offensively. After the Knights forced a punt on the Eagles’ first possession, they responded by driving 62, 56 and 55 yards on their next three possessions to take a 21-0 lead with 7:40 left in the half.

Eagles’ senior quarterback Jurmon Weaver went out with appendicitis before the first game of the year, but sophomore backup Tobias Oliver looked like a seasoned veteran in his second game as a starter. He completed his first seven passes and expertly guided the Eagles’ option attack.

By the end of the game, the Eagles had rushed for 259 yards and Oliver completed 9 of 11 attempts for 141 yards. Willie Jordan led the Eagles in rushing with 82 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns.

The Knights showed signs of life at the end of the second quarter as they went 80 yards in 12 plays for a score, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 21-6. Knights’ quarterback Matlin Marshall, who was under duress for most of the night, had a 16-yard scramble, hit William Millwood for a 20-yard completion, connected with Micah Garret for 14 yards then found Millwood in the front corner of the end zone for the 12-yard touchdown.

After the score, the defense made a play as Tyler Spence picked off Oliver, but they had just 20 seconds left in the half and couldn’t score again.

“I liked the way we fought at the end of the first half,” Jackson said. “We had a big drive, scored, and then the defense held them and we took a shot downfield and then we got the ball to start the second half.”

The Eagles decided to run the ball in the second half, attempting one pass which was a drop in the end zone on their first possession. They settled for a 20-yard field goal building the lead to 24-6.

With 4:04 left in the third quarter, Evans went for it on 4th-and-5 from midfield. Marshall was sacked for a loss of 15 yards and Northside scored four plays later to seal the game.

The Knights hope the defeat will fuel their resolve.

“We’ve just got to work harder, keep fighting and try to get to the playoffs,” said junior Derrick Mims. “We just couldn’t click as a team but I feel like when we go to practice on Monday we’re going to get it right, we’re going to watch film, we’re going to study hard for our next opponent and come out with a ‘W.’”.

 

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