While waiting for Thursday’s semifinals to begin, the eight teams in the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer national championships took time out Wednesday to visit Columbia County schools and spent time with students.
The Carson-Newman University Eagles men’s team spent an hour with students and staff at Martinez Elementary School in the morning.
“I think it’s important for these guys to be involved and give back to the commmunity,” said Eagles’ head coach Richard Moodie. “We’ve got practice today and a banquet tonight, but I think the timing’s perfect for us to do it.”
Players read to students, sang and danced with them and fielded a myriad of questions in the process.
Senior midfielder Bryce Berry was smiling answering questions in Todd Shafer’s fifth-grade class and enjoyed the overall experience.
“We get so much as athletes, so it’s nice to give back as much as you can,” said Berry. “Just getting to take an hour out of our day to come down here has been awesome.”
Principal Wade White was glad his school was able to be involved in the community outreach.
“It was great to partner with the NCAA and Carson-Newman, those guys are a class act,” White said. “I just like my kids being around postive role models and these are role models my kids can look up to. We talk about study habits, we talk about discipline and responsibility and these guys are the epitome of that.”
A Grovetown teen charged with sex with under-
age girls turned 17 on Mon-day and was transferred from a juvenile facility to the Columbia County Detention Center.
Leo Vassar Tanguay was arrested June 21 and was held in the Regional Youth Detention Center after a judge refused to grant Tanguay a bond.
Tanguay was indicted on July 31 with four counts of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
He is accused of having sexual relations with a girl under the age of 16 on two occasions in June and with a girl, 14 or 15 at the time, on two occasions between September 2012 and July 1, 2013, according to the indictment. Tanguay also is accused of having three lewd photos of one of the girls, according to the indictment.
Tanguay’s attorney, Danny Durham, filed a motion to transfer the case to Columbia County Juvenile Court, but no ruling has been made on the motion, according to court records.
Two Milledgeville, Ga., men were arrested after they were caught transporting marijuana through Harlem early Monday.
At about 9:45 a.m., a Harlem Department of Public Safety officer tried to stop a 2002 Honda Accord on Milledgeville Road (U.S. Highway 78/278). The driver, later identified as Thaddius Hall, 21, fled for more than a mile before stopping near the McDuffie County line, according to Chief Gary Jones.
The car smelled like marijuana, so officers called in a canine unit from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety. Officers found about a pound of marijuana packaged for distribution, according to Jones.
Hall and his passenger, Douglas P. Jones, 23, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Hall also was charged with violation of a permit, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, fleeing and attempting to elude and a seat belt violation, according to Jones.
Both are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center.