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Divorces, Oct. 12, 2014

Sun, 10/12/2014 12:12 AM

Jason M. Johnson and Jessica M. Johnson, Sept. 10, 2014.

Michael Lamar Adams and Darlene Bowie Adams, Sept. 17, 2014.

Julie M. Gibson and Gerry L. Gibson, Sept. 23, 2014.

Sonya Carol Card and Darnelle Antoine Card, Sept. 29, 2014.

Aaron D. Tanner and Lauren E. Tanner, Sept. 29, 2014.

Stanley Coss and Mollie Coss, Sept. 30, 2014.

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Sun, 10/12/2014 12:12 AM

Out of School Youth Day Camp

On Monday and Tuesday, Sports Academy South, Inc. will hold its third Out of School Youth Day Camp at the Liberty Park Community Center in Grovetown from 7 a.m. (early dropoff) until 5:30 p.m. (late pickup). Boys and girls between 5 and 16 years old will play sports and games, and a hot breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided. Cost is $50, second sibling is $45 and third sibling is $40. Register at or call (706) 495-6663.

Golf Tournament

The Evans High School baseball team will be holding its annual golf tournament on Oct. 25 at Jones Creek Golf Club. Lunch will be served about 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Fees are $70 per player, $280 per four-man team and hole sponsorships are available for $100 a hole. Contact Ricky Beale at

Baseball Tournament

The Georgia Regents University Augusta Dugout Club is playing host to the first Jaguar Baseball Golf Tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club on November 21 at 9 a.m. Cost is $400 for a four-person team and sponsorships for $100 a hole are available. Call Matt Morrison at (706) 533-6875, Coach Rau at (706) 726-7917 or Clint Hardy at (706) 339-3661.

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 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 nonmembers. Contact Chris Pinto at or (706) 922-9618.

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Early voting begins Monday

Sun, 10/12/2014 12:08 AM

Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins Monday.

Voters can cast their ballots at the Columbia County Board of Elections office in Evans from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31, according to Board of Elections Executive Director Nancy Gay.

The office has Saturday voting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25 at three locations – the Board of Elections office, Stevens Creek Community Church on Stevens Creek Road in Martinez and Patriots Park on Columbia Road.

Advance voting continues weekdays through Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the same three locations.

No voting will be held Nov. 3. Voters must go to their assigned polling location on election day.

Gay recommends all registered voters confirm their registration information prior to the election by going to the Columbia County Web site, and click on the Board of Elections page, which has a link to the My Voter page. She also suggests confirming polling locations because a few have changed.

Voters throughout Columbia County will have an opportunity to pick one of three candidates running for tax commissioner – Wayne Bridges, Tom Schneider and Les Walden.

Some county voters will choose between Republicans Zollie “Trip” Derryberry, Brett McGuire and Mack Taylor and Democrat Floyd B. Everett to fill the unexpired term of former county District 3 commissioner Charles Allen. Incumbent Bill Morris and Vernon Thomas are vying for the District 4 seat.

Grovetown residents will choose between Renee McDowell, Eric Blair and David W. Payne in a special election to fill the unexpired term of former city councilman Dale Stoddard, who died in June.

Incumbent John Barrow and Rick Allen will face off for the 12th District congressional seat, and Jody Hice and Ken Dious are competing for Paul Broun’s 10th Congressional District seat.

On the state level, there are races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, school superintendent, agriculture commissiner, insurance commissioner and labor commissioner.

David Perdue, Michelle Nunn and Amanda Swafford are vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxy Chambliss.

For more information, visit the Board of Elections Web site or call the office at (706) 868-3355.

When: Columbia County Board of Elections, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E in Evans

Where: Columbia County Board of Elections, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E in Evans; Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road in Martinez; Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road near Grovetown

Categories: Local

Animal aid group offering fun night out

Sun, 10/12/2014 12:08 AM

Animal lovers are invited to an evening out to help homeless pets in the area.

The Pawprints Foun-dation is holding its fifth annual Wags to Wishes “Paw-ty for the Animals” at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Taylor BMW in Evans.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting rescue groups by promoting animal adoption and spay-neutering, education and fundraising to support shelters and animal rescue groups.

This year’s event features the casual coastal tunes of Leo Dean, live and silent auctions, shopping, food and a cash bar.

Tickets cost $20 each or $30 per couple. They will be available at the door.

For more information, send an e-mail to or visit

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Local candidates will face off at Thursday public forum

Sun, 10/12/2014 12:07 AM

The public is invited to hear Columbia County candidates speak Oct. 16 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

The forum gives candidates for tax commissioner and two county commission seats the opportunities to answer questions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Eight candidates will speak.

For Tax Commissioner: Wayne Bridges, Tom Schneider and Les Walden.

For Commission District 3: Zollie “Trip” Derryberry, Brett McGuire, Mack Taylor and Floyd B. Everett.

For Commission District 4: Incumbent Bill Morris and Vernon Thomas.

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Grovetown High educator named Columbia County Teacher of the Year

Fri, 10/10/2014 9:58 AM


Stepping out of her new BMW 320i Thursday evening, Kim Buchanan struggled to put what she was feeling into words after being named Columbia County’s Teacher of the Year.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Buchanan, who teaches the art of expression and rhetoric as an AP Language Arts teacher at Grovetown High School.

Buchanan said it was strange being honored by her peers, but she knew this morning she would be facing the same challenges as the day before, teaching class after class of 11th graders.

“I’m just Mrs. ‘B’ to them,” she said.

Buchanan was among five finalists from across the county selected by a panel of outside judges, said Associate Superintendent Jeff Carney. The final selection was made after the judges observed the finalists in their classrooms and interviewed them one-on-one.

“When it comes to school improvement and making a difference in the way students view challenges in life, Mrs. Buchanan is not a bystander, she is a game changer,” said Carney, reading the words of Grovetown High School Principal Craig Baker in his remarks about Buchanan. “Mrs. ‘B,’ as her students have called her over the years, has the ability to make students believe they can achieve their goals.”

Buchanan will represent Columbia County in the state Teacher of the Year competition, which has an even more rigorous process, including a 25-page application.

The system honored all the teachers who had been selected by their schools with prizes and plaques at a banquet Thursday at West Lake County Club.

Delta Casey of Greenbrier Middle School was named the county’s Media Specialist of the Year. Buchanan left with the grand prize, a new silver BMW sedan from Taylor BMW, which she will get to drive for the next year.

Patty McDonald, the previous Teacher of the Year, told the winner to “savor the moment” and be thankful to teach in Columbia County.

“Enjoy the best year of your career,” McDonald said, “and drive that BMW slowly.”

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Coughing man causes Ebola scare at tag office

Fri, 10/10/2014 9:53 AM

A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.

“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”

The man, who Tucker said is an anesthesiologist, had recently moved to Georgia from Senegal, a country located in West Africa – the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak.

The man’s name was not provided.

“He got his drivers license on Oct. 7 and was at the tag office (Thursday) getting his tag,” Tucker said. “From my understanding, he had lived in Senegal for a while.”

Tucker was notified of the issue between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m., and within a half-hour, public health officials had tracked the man down.

“I followed our protocol and immediately notified public health,” she said. “They located the individual and notified me that he had not had any contact with anyone with Ebola.”

Tucker said the man was not transported to the hospital and tests were not performed.

“No further action was needed,” she said. “They went thru the protocol and established he had not been near any Ebola patients. The protocol is clear and the fact that this man was contacted within 30 minutes of walking out of the tag office shows that we are all taking Ebola very seriously.”

Tucker said she is pleased with the concern of local citizens and hopes the awareness remains heightened.

“I think it’s a very positive sign that citizens in our community have such a high level of concern,” she said. “I urge people to keep doing the same. This is obviously a very serious issue and any suspicion needs to be addressed.”

Categories: Local

Authorities searching for missing man

Wed, 10/8/2014 11:45 AM


Columbia County authorities are looking for a missing man who might be in danger.

They are looking for Todd Edward Caron, 45, of Old Evans Road in Martinez. He is a former firefighter.

Caron’s 19-year-old daughter told police on Tuesday that she hasn’t heard from her father since Thursday night, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The teen, who lives in Elberton, Ga., said she received a text from Caron on Thursday telling her to take care of his dog because he was not going to be around any more, according to the report. She’s been trying to reach him since Friday morning with no success. She said he’s threatened suicide in the past and it is unlike him to not answer her calls for five days.

Deputies went to Caron’s home on Sunday, where nothing appeared out of place. His 1995 black Dodge Ram 1500 was not at his home. Deputies confirmed that Caron was not at his parent’s Aiken home and he’s not in any area hospitals or jails.

Anyone with information about Caron’s whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.

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