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Volunteers needed for Thurmond Lake cleanup

Wed, 8/26/2015 12:15 AM

Volunteers are needed for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign.

The cleanup will run for one month starting Thursday, but it will conclude with a major, organized cleanup day on Sept. 26, which is also National Public Lands Day. The final cleanup will consist of a variety of projects including debris cleanup, brush clearing and trail and park cleanup around the shorelines, islands, recreation centers, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.

The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking Scouting groups, civic organization, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals to help complete the projects.

To participate in the cleanup, submit a registration form online or call Corps Park Ranger Ron Woodall at (864) 333-1131 by Sept. 12. Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to Thurmond Project Office at 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C. 29821. Forms can also be faxed to Woodall at (864) 333-1150 or e-mailed to

Volunteers interested in helping throughout the month can choose an area of shoreline to remove any glass, paper, plastic or abandoned items. Trash bags are available at the visitor center or volunteers can bring their own bags.

All volunteers are invited to a community cleanup and picnic on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. Check-in is in the Lake Springs Recreation Area group shelter, 3900 Lake Springs Road in Appling. All volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and bring plenty of water. Participants will receive T-shirts while supplies last and a one-day pass to any federal park.

The event will be canceled in the event of severe weather. For more information, call the Thurmond Project Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1131.

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Pet Adoptions

Wed, 8/26/2015 12:14 AM
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Current Events

Wed, 8/26/2015 12:14 AM


2015 Skill Development Training Tuesdays and Thursdays through October, Sting Gym, 6000 Columbia Road, Grovetown; $25 per day or $35 per week;

Euchee Creek

School council meeting 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, Euchee Creek Elementary School, 795 Louisville Road, Grovetown; (706) 556-4000,

Demolition bids

Residential Demolition Program: Project Release for Bids; specifications for released projects to be bid on will be onlined each date and copies available at Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building Procurement Department, 535 Telfair St., Suite 605 – Aug. 27, Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 2, 16, 30; from choose the ARCBID application to view projects

Open house

Helms College open house 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, Helms College, 2145 Washington Road; learn about the culinary programs, tour the campus; financial aid options for those who qualify, questions answered; light refreshments;

Field trip

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society field trip 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson; meet at Kathwood Ponds; walk around ponds looking for waders and shorebirds; beginners welcome; free;

Literary event

Toasting With the Authors 2015 noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, White Columns Inn, 1890 Washington Road, Thomson; literary exposé showcasing up-and-coming, talented and creative authors; meet and greet with several authors, free; $15, receive an autographed book, a toast and have a photograph taken with an author; $25 also sit in VIP with the authors;!toasting-with-the-authors/c23y1

Red Party

Stop Da Stigma Fighters Red Party 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Henry H. Brigham Community Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; bringing awareness of HIV and AIDS; entertainment, raffles, door prizes, open bar; benefits Fatty Marshall Foundation and Stop Da Stigma Fighters; donations welcome; $20 advance, $25 at door; (706) 421-4320, (706) 231-0876,,,


Brian Free & Assurance 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, Grace Baptist Church, 4945 Hardy McManus Road, Evans; free, donations accepted; (706) 868-9729,


Kiwanis Pre-organizational Meeting – Columbia County 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; new club sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs of Uptown Augusta and Augusta; Q&A; Lt. Gov. for Georgia District of Kiwanis International Rick Berry, speaker; (803) 426-1333,

Forestry pageant

Deadline to enter Miss Richmond County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant Sept. 1; event to be held Oct. 10 in Evans; winners advance to Miss Georgia Forestry State Pageant; e-mail or call for application;, (706) 664-5010

Genealogy program

The General and His Lady 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; Augusta Genealogical Society program covering the life of Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown Stuart and his wife, Flora Cooke Stuart; Wayne Jones speaking about Jeb and Mrs. Stuart, their life together and the hardships they endured; (706) 722-4073,

Audubon meeting

Augusta-Aiken Audubon meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; Matt Johnson of Francis Beidler Forest speaking on Prothonotary Warbler tracking; free;

Evans reunion

Evans High School 1985 class reunion Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12; contact Kelley Cross Sleeper (706) 860-6151,

Fundraising sale

Lynndale Advocates Indoor Yard Sale 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Lynndale Advocates, 1490 Eisenhower Drive, refreshments and plants for sale; tax deductible donations accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8-10

Cat show

Cattyshack Cats Champion and Household Pet Cat Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13, Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Auguta; learn about different breeds from Persian to Bengals; meet breeders, learn about cats; adoption agencies; cats from all over the United States competing for titles in seven judging rings; vendors; $5, seniors and ages 11 and younger $4, ages 2 and younger free;

Doc Severinson

The Legendary Doc Severinson and his Big Band, doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; $67; (706) 650-5005,

Crackerneck WMA

Augusta-Aiken Audubon Field Trip to Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, meet at sign-in area off Brown Road, Jackson; woods, fields, ponds and streams; from Augusta take Old Jackson Highway past U.S. Post Office in Jackson, turn right onto Brown Road just after the ball field, take Brown Road to sign for Crackerneck WMA, turn left onto dirt road, drive to sign-in area; beginners welcome; Anne Waters and Lois Stacey lead; free;

Girls’ camp

Girls Got Game Fall League Sept. 12-Oct. 24, Sting Gym, 6000 Columbia Road, Grovetown; basketball league for girls only; divisions for grade 6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12; playoffs Oct. 23-24; $200 per team or $75 individual; register online by Sept. 1;

Coffee roasting

The Art of Roasting: Why Better Beans Make Better Coffee 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee, 1858 Central Ave.; master roaster John Curry; American Culinary Federation Augusta Chapter, host; clothing drive to benefit Goodwill Industries; free;

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Backhoe pushed car through intersection, woman says

Wed, 8/26/2015 12:13 AM

An Evans man is facing charges after he pushed a woman’s vehicle through an intersection after she failed to move soon enough for the green light.

The 44-year-old woman called 911 about 10:45 a.m. Saturday to report a case of road rage.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report, a man in a backhoe behind her vehicle at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Augusta West Parkway used the backhoe to push her Subaru Forester through the intersection.

She followed the backhoe driver to a construction site at Augusta West Parkway and Amli Way, where he hopped out of the backhoe and into a pickup, fleeing the area.

After deputies tracked down the vehicle, the woman identified the pickup passenger, 46-year-old Robert Stanley, as the driver of the backhoe.

Stanley admitted to police that he had pushed the Subaru because he was frustrated that she didn’t go for the green light.

Stanley was charged with reckless conduct for the road rage incident.

He had active warrants in Richmond County for obstruction and three traffic citations.

A hold was placed on Stanley for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Athlete Spotlight for Wednesday, August 26, 2025 - Lakeside High School's Alyssa Hooker

Wed, 8/26/2015 12:10 AM


Disappointment during the 2014 track season may be bad news for cross country rivals of Lakeside High School’s Alyssa Hooker.

After winning the 2014 Class AAAAA state cross country championship, Hooker was running well late in the track season, winning the 3,200 meters and taking third in the 1,600 at the Region 2-AAAAA meet. An injury would curtail her from moving on.

“She was disappointed with how track ended,” said Lakeside coach Jerry Meitin. “She was injured and had to miss the state track meet.

‘‘I think that has motivated her to work hard. She’s been healthy and running strong.”

Fueled by how the track season ended, Hooker was motivated prior to the school year and believes her training is twice as good as it was a year ago at this same time.

“I ran every day during the summer, not necessarily a lot, but I was running with the boy’s team, which is a huge step,” said Hooker. “Running 4 miles (at) my pace versus 4 miles (at a) boy’s pace feels like 1,000 miles.”

That training should help with the way she likes to appproach her races.

“I’ve always had the strategy of going out slow and getting faster, so this year, since I’m training harder, I can start out fast and get faster,” Hooker said.

Her continued regimen is helping the team run to its potential.

“She’s taken to running with the lead guys and all but pushing a couple of them,” Meitin said. “They, of course, don’t like being beaten by a girl. There’s pressure on some of those guys to stay ahead of her.”

Even at an early age, Hooker liked to mentor runners younger than herself and she has continued to do that at Lakeside.

“I call them peeps, I don’t know why,” Hooker said. “I take little young ones under my wings, basically. I’ve done this for years. As an eighth-grader I took in sixth-graders on the track team and now as a junior I’m taking in freshmen, because I get along with younger people.”

Race day doesn’t begin and end for Hooker with her own meet; she stays active encouraging the runners on the Lakeside squads.

“I cheer on everyone because I like to see everybody win and I don’t really like attention,” Hooker said. “Everybody’s doing their best and my best may be first and their best may be third or slower, like place-wise, but I still think the best is the best, so their best is what they’re giving, and that’s amazing to me.”

With the success she’s had, Hooker knows there’s a target on her back. And even after winning a state title, she doesn’t necessarily feel like the frontrunner.

“I have heard people talk about me,” Hooker said. “They sound so scared talking about me. I guess it’s a good feeling inside that people are nervous to run against me, but at the same time I am just as nervous to run against you, I can guarantee you that. I don’t ever go into a meet thinking I can win.”

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Special election for vacant commision seat set for November

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:15 AM

The Columbia County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to set a special election date for the seat vacated by former District 3 Commissioner Mack Taylor.

The board’s decision sets the special election on Nov. 3, which will coincide with another special election for State House District 122 and municipal elections in Harlem and Grovetown.

Five candidates have already declared their intentions to seek that office: Jim Bartley, Greg Grzybowski, Gary Richardson, Frank Spears and Russell Wilder.

All of them, and any other candidates who might intend to run, must officially qualify at the Board of Elections office in Evans between 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, and noon on Sept. 2. The qualifying fee is $195.

The special election became necessary last month when Taylor announced he would resign to seek the House seat being vacated by State Rep. Ben Harbin, who had resigned to take a job with a political lobbying firm. Gov. Nathan Deal’s office has said they will call for a special election to fill the District 122 seat next month, 60 days prior to the Nov. 3 election date.

According to county Elections Director Nancy Gay, the last day to register to vote for the special election will be Oct. 5.

Voters can obtain absentee ballots from the Board of Elections office starting Oct. 12, and Oct. 30 will be the last day absentee ballots are available.

Gay said early voting also will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., from Oct. 12 through Oct. 30 at the Board of Elections office at 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans. For more information, call (706) 868-3355.

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State panel expected to deny charter school petition

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:15 AM

The group behind Columbia County’s proposed arts-infused charter school is bracing for its second rejection in as many years from the State Charter Schools Commission.

Board members of the Columbia County School for the Arts have been informed that the Charter Commission staff is recommending that their petition be denied at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday.

Todd Shafer, founding member of the charter school group and school leader, said the board was hoping to delay the commission’s vote and address the commission’s concerns.

“Our board attorney is preparing an official response to this and we are hoping that, best case scenario, they allow use to respond to these seven issues and postpone the vote for our petition until the September meeting,” Shafer said. “That’s what we are hoping for.”

Last year, the charter commission staff recommended denying the petition for Columbia County School for the Arts for three reasons; a lack of management, and oversight over the school leaders, no clear plan to be ready for the 2015-16 school year and no clear strategy for acquiring a facility for students in that time frame.

Shafer said the group had been working during the past years to address those issues, including a plan to build a new facility near Blanchard Woods ark in Evans. The group thought that they had done what was necessary for a successful petition this year, so the new list of issues caught them by surprise.

Shafer said when they went to the Atlanta on July 24 to address the panel, the interview seemed to go well.

“The majority of the interview was spent on academics and we feel that the questions that were asked were answered by folks on our governing board who have a number of years of educational background and experience,” he said. “We walked out of the interview feeling really good about what was going on.”

The state commission staff cited about seven areas in the charter petition where the group fell short:

– The academic program lacked substantial plans for implementation

- Lack of an adequate teacher recruitment plan

- The governing board failed to demonstrate clear understanding of its role

- The commission had doubts about proposed partnerships with community organizations

- No sufficient plan for special education

- Concerns about boards ability to secure financing

-Lack of understanding for the purchasing process

Shafer said those specifics were not raised at the July meeting. He expected that any concerns would have been addressed with requests for more information.

“We felt that for a returning petition, that would have been the course of action instead of a straight out denial,” he said. “All seven of those points, we can go through and we have answers for every one of them.”

Gregg Stevens, deputy director of the State Charter School Commission, said that the staff guidance was “never meant to be comprehensive,” and the commission is always looking for petitions to improve.

“This year a different review panel took a look at the improvements that they made and some things they didn’t change and decided that additional improvements were needed to establish the high-quality option for Columbia County,” he said. “Typically our guiding principal is the mission statement of the commission, which is to approve charter schools which provide students a better educational opportunity than their local district.”

At the July meeting, the Columbia County School District was the only local school system to take advantage of the commission’s offer to speak before the board, Stevens said.

School Superintendent Sandra Carraway said the district also sent a delegation last year to speak in opposition to the charter school ‘s petition.

“They gave us 20 minutes to talk, so basically we shared with them a summary of our review of the petition and the reasons we choose to deny it,” she said.

The Board of Education voted unanimously in June to deny the group’s petition at the local level. The state panel is the arts school’s final chance this year to receive approval for its plan.

“We serve to provide the students in our county with the best education possible and to maximize the use of taxpayer funds to do so,” Carraway said. “Accordingly, we believe it was our duty to share with the review committee how the proposed school falls far short from what our schools offer students”

Stevens said it would be up to the commission’s chairman to decide whether the Columbia County group can address the issues and delay the vote until September.

Shafer said the board is waiting for that final decision before deciding how to proceed.

“The board will review whether we we want to move forward into a third cycle,” he said.

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Police Blotter, Aug. 23, 2015

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:15 AM

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

Women’s info posted online

Two Columbia County women told deputies Monday that someone posted their personal information online to harass them.

A 28-year-old Martinez woman said she received text messages at about 3:30 a.m. from another woman who warned her not to send messages to her boyfriend. The sender said if the woman sent another message to her boyfriend, she’d post the woman’s photo on

The woman said a few hours later, she began getting calls from strangers asking what kind of skills she has. She went on the online site for buying, selling and trading goods and services and found her photo and phone number posted in an ad. She didn’t post the ad, which stated she wanted men to contact her for pleasure. She believes the other woman posted the ad, just as she threatened to.

A Harlem woman said she believes her brother’s ex-girlfriend posted her contact information online. She said her brother went on a few dates with his ex before breaking up. His ex began stalking him. When he refused to respond to her, she eventually stopped text messaging him. The woman said her brother’s ex then began sending her text messages after repeated requests to stop.

Just after 9 a.m., the woman said she began receiving text messages from strange men. Some of the messages contained vulgar language and others included vulgar photos. The woman believes her brother’s ex posted her phone number on dating Web sites.

Woman says she was groped

A woman said she was groped by a construction worker while walking near Grovetown Tuesday morning.

The woman said she was walking alongside the road to a job interview at the Waffle House in Grovetown at about 8:40 a.m. She saw a heavyset man cross over the road toward her.

He excused himself as he approached and the woman moved over to let the man pass her. As he went by her, the woman said the man grabbed her buttocks, then crossed back over the road.

She said he came from the construction site near the Verizon store and returned to that site after groping her, and he had red mud on his boots.

A deputy spoke to the site foreman, who said he saw each of the three people who worked for him when they arrived, but did not see any of them cross the road.

Vacation site scam reported

An Evans woman called authorities Tuesday after discovering she’d been scammed by someone using a popular online vacation rental site.

The 31-year-old woman said she reserved a vacation home on from a man who identified himself as Chad Reagin, the owner of the property.

Per his instructions, the woman deposited a $2,070 cashiers check payment for the rental into an account under the name Maria Tolbert. Reagin provided the routing and account number. When she arrived at the rental property, she was unable to reach Reagin to get in.

When she called the number Reagin provided to her, a woman answered and told the woman that she’d never heard of Reagin and hopes he’s caught.

She also called and was told no one at the company was familiar with a man named Reagin with a property for rent and it was likely a fraudulent rental listing.

Fake ring left
to taunt woman

A Martinez woman said she believes a fake diamond ring was left on her porch early Monday to taunt her.

The 39-year-old woman said another woman, who is accused of stealing a ring from her in 2012, is stalking her. She was awakened at about 3:45 a.m. by her barking dogs and the sound of her door opening. She saw the woman drive by her home.

When she went to the front door, the woman found a balled up note with a fake diamond ring inside it.

The note read, “ha ha,” and the ring, which had pink fake diamonds, resembled the ring the other woman is accused of stealing.

She also filed a report with authorities on Aug. 12 about damage to her property and surveillance cameras.

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Man arrested for kicking baby

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:10 AM

A Grovetown man remained in jail Thursday after his wife said he kicked their baby over the weekend.

Alvaro Sales-Alvarado, 25, of Phinizy Street, was charged with cruelty to children for causing excessive physical or mental pain and three counts of third degree cruelty to children. He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $29,300 bond, according to jail records.

The 26-year-old mother called authorities to the home they share about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. She told an officer Sales-Alvarado kicked their newborn out of her bouncer seat. Sales-Alvarado followed her onto the porch and admitted he’d kicked the bouncer, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report.

Sales-Alvarado’s wife said he came home drunk. When she asked what took him so long, he got angry and raised his voice. He then kicked the bouncer seat sending the baby airborne and onto the floor, according to the report. She said he knew the baby was in the seat when he kicked it.

Three other children witnessed the incident.

Sales-Alvarado told officers that he argued with his wife and got angry. He admitted that he kicked a pillow sitting on top of the bouncer seat, but didn’t realize the baby was under the pillow. He said it was an accident and that he knew he was in trouble.

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Property Transfers, Aug. 23, 2015

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:08 AM

Faircloth Homes Inc. to Peter M. Davis and Kimberly D. Davis, 262 Crown Heights Way, $179,550.

Ivey Residential LLC to Daniel Pillsbury, 535 Brantley Cove Circle, $155,000.

Anthony Sealey to Scott A. Villemain and Jessica C. Villemain, 709 Bishops Circle, $643,135.

Faircloth Homes Inc. to Sharaya S. Rutherford and Johnathan M. Rutherford, 259 Crown Heights Way, $198,300.

Paul J. Brucker to Dwain A. Hadden Jr. and Dana K. Hadden, 998 Napiers Post Drive, $287,900.

Faircloth Homes Inc. to Kelly Schwamb and Derek Schwamb, 731 Southwick Ave., $233,377.

Faircloth Homes Inc. to Samuel J. Good, 275 Seaton Ave., $290,250.

Blackstone Development Co. LLC and River Island Development Co. LLC to Deborah P. Huguenin, 912 Kestrel Drive, $85,000.

Designer Homes and Construction LLC to Phillip H. Lukens, parcel ID 068988, $198,900.

Catherine Paradise to Amanda B. Bryan, parcel ID 006088, $320,000.

Medallion Construction to Dennis G. Grooms and Mona L. Grooms, parcel ID 0601123, $271,425.

Medallion Construction to Jon R. Howard and Charlotte Howard, parcel ID 0601142, $364,300.

Vernon R. Dendy to Howrd Chaney Jr. and Ricarda Y. Chaney, parcel ID 0671141, $239,900.

Bryan D. Rossebo to Candice B. Cason and Christopher A. Cason, parcel ID 063291, $140,000.

Marylyn G. Locksmith as trustee of the Marylyn G. Locksmith Living Trust dated Jan. 24, 2001, to Anthony Bernardo, 3532 West Lake Drive, $197,900.

Marylyn G. Locksmith to Anthony Bernardo and Nicole Troutman, 3532 West Lake Drive, $197,950.

Hall-Augusta Properties LLC to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, a portion of parcel ID 061030C and 061031, $2,183,760.

Margaret P. McGowan to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5152 Bluegrass Trail, $300,000.

Charles A. Youmans to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5153 Bluegrass Trail, $300,000.

James M. Wilkins to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5155 Bluegrass Trail, $200,000.

Victoria Tyree to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5158 Bluegrass Trail, $825,000.

Marie M. Powell as trustee of the Marie M. Powell living trust dated March 17, 2008, to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5157 Bluegrass Trail, $295,000.

Michael L. Jones to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5159 Bluegrass Trail, $415,000.

Bobby L. Shuman to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5160 Bluegrass Trail, $415,000.

James Michael Wilkins to Lewiston Few Partners LLC, 5162 Bluegrass Trail, $825,000.

Lewiston Few Partners LLC to Michael L. Jones and Christy Hollins Jones, 468 Brandywine, $366,000.

Ashworth Homes LLC to Kenneth J. Erley and Danielle Erley, 2124 Fothergill Drive, $289,900.

V. Douglas Schronce to Thomas Eugene McBride and Mary Jo McBride, 853 Park Chase Drive, $275,000.

Beazley Builders Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes Inc., parcel ID 052704, $34,900.

Spencer M. Carlton to Zachary A. Marino, 3955 High Chaparral Drive, $220,000.

K & N Construction Co. Inc. to James A. Webb and Lana E. Webb, 805 Tyler Parkway, $315,000.

Robert B. Jackson as trustee of the Robert B. Jackson Trust UAD dated Nov. 19, 2003, to David A. Wall and Jennifer B. Wall, 453 Connemara Trail, $149,000.

David A. Wall to Frederick B. Goodell and Mary K. Goodell, 1363 Shadow Oak Drive, $247,000.

William R. Tadlock to Chris A. Wade and Kim Y. Wade, 968 Mitchell Lane, $259,900.

Denise Carter to Lindsay Hipsley and Taylor L. Harris, 105 Morgan Drive, $162,500.

Frank M. Pennebaker III to Lakela C. Lofton, 4227 Aerie Circle, $199,900.

Larry S. Prather to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID H07078, $29,000.

Le Chi to Roger A. Throne, parcel ID 066676, $87,000.

Keystone Homes Inc. to Mathew Curtis Mays, parcel ID 0611960, $164,400.

Alan B. Cunningham to Jonathan Myers and Mary C. Myers, parcel ID 076152, $323,000.

Christine J. Maike to Christopher Mead, parcel ID 067221, $104,900.

Larry S. Prather to Keystone Homes Inc., parcel ID H97085, $29,000.

Rhodes Farm LLC to J.L. Judson Construction Inc., parcel ID 084003, $70,000.

Brad Hodge Builders Inc. to Dean W. Meyer and Jacqueline C. Meyer, parcel ID 068989, $188,900.

Riverwood Land LLC to Russell E. Markwalter and Gena L. Markwalter, parcel ID 065451, $91,600.

Timothy L. Duncan to August Murdock and Alicia T. Murdock, 2025 Sumter Landing Circle, $292,000.

Kenner E. Rodgers Jr. to Christopher L. Montillo, 157 Holiday Drive, $154,000.

William T. Monroe to Victory88 Inc., 403 Flowing Creek Drive, $81,000.

Katherine L. Hill to Victory88 Inc., 515 Edgecliff Lane, $80,000.

George S. Foster and Jean B. Foster fka Jean Boatright, parcel ID 078C081, $129,900.

Janice E. Harden to Michael L. Seidel II, 217 Foxdale Drive, $119,000.

Christine Futch Pickrell to Dominic Miglionico and Susan Miglionico, 651 Brook Trail, $83,000.

Darrell H. Horton to Timothy Pinkerton and Tula Pinkerton, 3758 Roscommon South, $250,000.

Connie W. Washington aka Connie W. Holloway to Gerol J. Revills, 338 Connor Circle, $125,500.

John W. Turner to Lauren Stalcup, 985 Reynolds Farm Road, $112,000.

Paul T. Forstythe Jr. to Derek Glenn Tallent and Michelle Lynn Tallent, 743 Wickham Drive, $185,500.

Mark S. Weinberger to Westmoreland Inc., parcel ID 0681061, $2,750,000.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Duane C. Woods, parcel ID 069756, $195,090.

D.R. Horton-Crown LLC to Wayne O. Mackey and Angela R. Mackey, parcel ID 0601018, $290,649.

Walter L. Sellers to Gregory Lee Wickens, 200 Kestwick Drive West, $267,900.

Sherry J. Stewart fka Sherry J. Hickman to Bradley Byrd, 4422 Summerlin Drive, $125,000.

Oconee Capital Investments LLC to He Yung Hwang, 423 Purbeck Lane, $296,855.

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Marriage Licenses, Aug. 23, 2015

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:08 AM

Russell C. Kirkland and Christina Marie McDaniel applied for a marriage license on June 26, 2015, and were married Aug. 8, 2015, in Appling.

Terry Lee Taylor and Tonya Nichole Posey applied for a marriage license on June 26, 2015, and were married Aug. 7, 2015, in Evans.

Douglas William Hall and Jacqueline Lee Cochran applied for a marriage license on July 24, 2015, and were married Aug. 8, 2015, in Appling.

Martin R. Page and Jessica L. Hill applied for a marriage license on July 31, 2015, and were married Aug. 1, 2015, in Grovetown.

Kryeus Te’Veair Mustin and Samantha Shirley applied for a marriage license on Aug. 13, 2015, and were married Aug. 13, 2015, in Evans.

Seabrook Reed Jr. and Sharrell Grubbs Williams applied for a marriage license on Aug. 5, 2015, and were married Aug. 7, 2015, in Savannah.

Sergio Ivan Galo Rodriguez and Esmeray Gonzalez Villarreal applied for a marriage license on Aug. 14, 2015, and were married Aug. 14, 2015, in Evans.

Nicholas Wayne Williamson and Audrey Melissa Posey applied for a marriage license on July 29, 2015, and were married Aug. 14, 2015, in Appling.

Ethan Wayne Cartledge and Brittany Raye Gill applied for a marriage license on July 24, 2015, and were married Aug. 8, 2015, in Martinez.

Cedric Anton Thomas and Ashley Janae Jackson applied for a marriage license on July 27, 2015, and were married Aug. 1, 2015, in Augusta.

Kelowski Lorenzo Gibbons and Brittany Danielle Evans applied for a marriage license on July 6, 2015, and were married Aug. 15, 2015, in Harlem.

Joel Jackson Lamothe Jr. and Rose Marie Nguyen applied for a marriage license on Aug. 18, 2015, and were married Aug. 18, 2015, in Evans.

Eddie R.Clark and Aidhla M.N. Quinones applied for a marriage license on Aug. 7, 2015, and were married Aug. 7, 2015, in Augusta.

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Divorces, Aug. 23, 2015

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:08 AM

Sonia Childress and Anthony Childress, July 1, 2015.

Christopher Allen Cantwell and Laurie Angela Davis, Aug. 7, 2015.

Carla Shugarts and J. Bret Shugarts, Aug. 6, 2015.

Ashraf A. Syed and Naaz M. Syed, July 14, 2015.

Lana R, Hopkins and Robert Arnold Hopkins, July 9, 2015.

Katrina Lewis Moss and Darlyn L. Moss, Aug. 7, 2015.

Kim A. Bohne Ogletree and William Lawrence Ogletree, Aug. 6, 2015.

Lois Johnson and James E. Johnson, Aug. 13, 2015.

Robin E. Fehr and Neil R. Fehr, Aug. 13, 2015.

Melissa D. Wilson and David M. Wilson, Aug. 14, 2015.

Virginia Shave Franke and William Frederick Franke III, Aug. 6, 2015.

Deborah B. Stone and Richard A. Stone, Aug. 13, 2015.

Christy Ann McNutt and Phillip Paul McNutt, Aug. 13, 2015.

Gisselle Spiotta and John Spiotta, Aug. 7, 2015.

David Matthew Pauli and Cody Anne Pauli, Aug. 13, 2015.

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Sports Calendar for Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:06 AM

Sportsmen meet

The Fort Gordon Natural Resources Branch is hosting a public information meeting Sept. 3 in Darling Hall, Room 188 at 6 p.m. Contact Mike Juhan at (706) 791-2397 or Steve Camp at (706) 726-0098.

Fishing event

The Top Dawg Fishing Tournament will be September 12 at the Wildwood boat ramp in Appling beginning at safe light until 3 p.m. with two divisions: Adult and Under 18 High School.

High school division entrants must have one parent/guardian to drive the boat and they cannot fish.

Cost is $125 per two-man team with proceeds benefitting a local high school wrestling team. Prize money will be determined by the amount of boats entered. Contact Kevin Waters at (706) 399-3154 or


Sports Academy South, Inc. Basketball and Speed and Agility Training will be held at Patriots Park Gym 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $75 for speed and agility training and $10 per session for basketball shooting and ball handling training. Go to

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Prep Calendar for Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Sun, 8/23/2015 12:06 AM

Saturday, Aug. 29

Greenbrier, Lakeside at Battle of Atlanta, 8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 28

Augusta Christian vs. Laurence Manning

Harlem vs. Grovetown

Monday, Aug. 24

Evans vs. Burke County, 5 p.m.

Grovetown at Washington-Wilkes, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Westside,
5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Evans vs. Thomson,
5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Cross Creek, 5 p.m.

Harlem at Dublin, 5 p.m.

Lakeside vs. Grovetown, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Grovetown at Lincoln County, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Harlem at East Laurens, 5:30 p.m.

Lakeside at Cross Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Greenbrier vs. Evans,
6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Greenbrier at Georgia Military College,
1:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Parkview at Walnut Grove, 2 p.m.

Harlem at Walnut Grove, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Augusta Christian at Palmetto Christian, TBA

Thursday, Aug. 27

Augusta Christian at Hammond, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Evans vs. Lakeside, 5 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Statesboro, 5 p.m.

Greenbrier at Gray Collegiate, 5:30 p.m.

Harlem vs. Aquinas,
6 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Putnam County, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Harlem at Westside, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Greenbrier vs. Grovetown, 5 p.m.

Harlem vs. Glenn Hills,
5 p.m.

Augusta Christian at Hammond, 5:30 p.m.

Grovetown vs. Fox Creek at Greenbrier, 6 p.m.

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

Greenbrier vs. Fox Creek, 7 p.m.

Harlem vs. Richmond Academy, 7 p.m.

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Coyote confirmed rabid in Evans

Fri, 8/21/2015 11:56 AM

A coyote found near Evans neighborhoods was confirmed Friday to be rabid.

A coyote was seen acting ill on Aug. 15 near Knob Hill Farm Road. Columbia County Animal Services personnel collected the already-dead animal for testing, according to a letter from the Columbia County Health Department sent to people living in the Knob Hill subdivision and surrounding areas including Knob Hill Farm Road, Pryor Drive, Bryant’s Cove and the Homeowners Association of Knob Hill subdivision.

The coyote is the fourth confirmed case of rabies this year, said Linda Glasscock, manager of Columbia County Animal Services. The number of confirmed rabies cases has ranged from 12 in 2008 to two in 2010 and 2011.

There is no way to tell if the coyote had contact with other animals in the area.

Anyone with information or suspects other animals in the area are showing signs of rabies should call Animal Services at (706) 541-4077.

“If they do notice any animals acting strangely, they can always call,” said Leslie Lanier, an Environmental health Specialist at the Health Department.

The “furious” form of rabies is most commonly seen in infected carnivorous species such as cats and dogs. Symptoms include difficulty eating/drinking/swallowing, depression, profuse salivation, blindness, circling, fever, strained defecation, head-pressing, vocalization and increased sexual excitement or activity. All pets should have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

“That is so important,” said Glasscock.

“That is far more important than anything else.”

The rabies vaccination is the only one required by state law and county ordinance for pets.

It’s also relatively inexpensive to get through a veterinarian, at low-cost clinics or at the biannual Animal Services rabies clinics, when the vaccinations are $5.

“That’s the big thing to emphasize,” Lanier said. “People need to make sure that they do get the animals vaccinated.”

Rabies is usually fatal in unvaccinated animals. Those that are vaccinated simply get a booster shot and are monitored.

Pets that might have had contact with an infected animal have to be placed in isolation to ensure they don’t develop symptoms.

If animals suspected to be infected with rabies come onto property or into yards, Lanier recommends simply bringing pets inside and calling the Health Department.

Glassock said there are ways to help prevent common carriers of rabies such as raccoons, foxes, bats and coyotes from coming near homes. Remove any outdoor pet food, which can attract wild animals as well as spread rabies to pets, because the disease is transmitted by saliva of an infected animal.

Also, keep trash in sealed cans and it less likely to attract raccoons.

“Keep your areas clean around your house,” Glasscock said. “Don’t encourage wildlife to come into your yard.”

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