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Augusta golfer enjoys playing in US Junior Am

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:13 AM

Jake Forgay used the word “awesome” on several occasions to describe his experience playing in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship this past week.

The Augusta Prep rising senior posted rounds of 78-77 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. He missed advancing to match play by four shots.

“It played like a mini-U.S. Open for juniors,” he said. “If you hit a bad shot, you were punished.”

Forgay said the tournament was like a PGA Tour event.

His caddy sported Forgay’s name on the back of his bib. Forgay also had his name listed on the driving range.

And the course played like a PGA Tour course as well.

The greens, he said, were running about 14 on the Stimpmeter in practice rounds.

After some rain in the area, the greens slowed a bit to 12. Still, they weren’t easy, especially if you missed above the hole.

“You had to play 30-foot putts like they were eight feet,” he said.

Forgay said he was a “nervous wreck” when he teed off No. 1 in the first round.

He three-putted from 60 feet for bogey, but he settled down and was just 2-over through 11. Then, he carded bogeys on four of his next five holes.

“The first day, I hit the ball great,” he said. “I just left myself in some bad positions and couldn’t get up and down.”

In the second round, he started on No. 10 and got to even par for his round after rolling in a six-foot birdie putt at No. 1. At the time, he was inside the cut line for making match play. Then, his round fell apart.

Forgay pulled his drive left at the par-5 second hole, punched out of the trees and made bogey. At the par-3 third, he missed the green and then lipped out his 10-foot par putt. He went on to bogey Nos. 4, 5 and 8.

Despite missing the cut, he tied for 99th place, beating out 57 players in the field.

He took encouragement from the finish.

“I now realize I can compete with the top juniors in the country,” he said. “This gives me a boatload of confidence.”

Forgay, 17, said he has to sharpen up his iron play if he’s going to break through. As for the mental aspect, he said he’s confident in his game, especially with a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event this month at Forest Hills Golf Club and an American Junior Golf Association tournament next month in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Also, he’s received an invitation to play in the prestigious Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational in August.

“If I believe in my ability,” he said, “the sky is the limit.”

Categories: Local

3 players from Aquinas transfer to Grovetown

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:12 AM

With football season about to begin, Grovetown has added three standout players transferring from Aquinas.

Rising senior Verenzo Holmes Jr., a defensive back, and rising junior running back D’Angelo Durham are becoming Warriors again. They will join former Aquinas receiver Justin Gibbs at Grovetown.

Both Holmes, who tweeted in June he picked up offer No. 13 from Cincinnati, and Durham had previously been with Grovetown before transferring to Aquinas. Due to family reasons, the two are back at the Columbia County school.

“We’ve never had this type of situation before, with so many kids coming in this close to the season,” said Warriors coach Damien Postell, who was an assistant when Durham and Holmes were previously at Grovetown.

“Those guys know each other and our guys know them. That kind of helps.”

Durham rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore with the Fighting Irish to grab First Team All-Area honors.

Holmes’ biggest highlight in 2015 came when he returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the GHSA Class A state title
game.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Gibbs, who battled injuries but still earned a third team All-Area selection, had 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

He also turned heads as a sophomore when he caught four passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns
in a 49-21 win against Tattnall Square.

Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Mississippi State and Wake Forest are among the schools to extend an offer to the star receiver.

Aquinas coach James Leonard said he supports the players 100 percent as they continue their high school careers and hope to play at the next level.

Categories: Local

Author Doster to give talk on Elijah Clarke

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:12 AM

Elijah Clarke is known locally as the “Hero of the Hornets Nest” and he fought bravely throughout the Southern campaign of the American Revolution. Clarke was wounded four times during the war.

After the war, he become a large landowner. He later served in the State Legislature and his son John Clark (who dropped the “e” from his name) became governor of Georgia. Clarke County is named for Elijah Clarke.

This story is well known and is about what one would expect for a Revolutionary War hero. There is a chapter that is not told often, however, about how Elijah Clarke attempted to create his own small country within Georgia after the war, complete with defensive forts and its own constitution.

The governor of Georgia, under pressure from the federal government, had to get involved to put down the insurrection.

Gary Doster will cover this unusual chapter of Georgia’s history 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 4 in the May House at the Lincoln County Historical Park when he speaks on “General Elijah Clarke’s So-Called Trans-Oconee Republic.”

“This talk is ... about something that is unheard of today and perhaps doesn’t exactly match our notion of the actions of a Revolutionary War hero. However, it did happen and students of history want to know what really occurred, not just what we want to remember,” said Lincoln County Historical Society president Gary Edwards. “It’s also useful to put his actions in their historical context and avoid judging people from Revolutionary War times by today’s standards. Gary Doster has the background and perspective to do just that.”

Doster was born in Athens, Ga., and except for a brief time when he was a child, has lived in the Athens area all his life.

Doster is a certified wildlife biologist and is retired from the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, headquartered at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Doster has a lifelong interest in U.S. history, especially Georgia and Athens history.

He has collected historical memorabilia and artifacts since childhood. His collecting interests include Georgia obsolete currency from the colonial period through the Civil War, pre-1920 Georgia picture postcards, Confederate documents, early Georgia letters, Confederate soldiers’ letters, early Georgia photographs, slavery documents, Indian relics, antique guns, and almost any other collectibles involving Georgia history.

The History in the Park lectures are held at the Lincoln County Historical Park, 147 Lumber St., Lincolnton, Ga. on the first Thursday of the month. Desserts, water, coffee and tea will be served after the presentation, allowing plenty of time to speak individually with the speaker.

There is no admission fee, however donations to the Historical Society will be accepted. The Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

For questions, contact Edwards at (757) 831-9556.

Categories: Local

Foundation gets a home

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:12 AM

A new community service foundation that serves middle school children and the community dedicated its new home last week.

Ms. Myrt’s House, at 110 Hardy Drive in Grovetown, will provide food and a free place for middle school children to go to get help with homework and learning job skills, and will also offer students opportunities to participate in hobbies including photography, web design and consumer sciences such as cooking, with help from volunteers.

The foundation’s founder, Deena J. Youngblood, says a community garden is in the works for next year.

According to Young­blood, the foundation has seen success with contributions and was able to donate 100 turkeys at Thanksgiving and help provide a Christmas to remember for 10 local families last year.

The foundation is planning a bookbag giveaway and back-to-school bash for Sunday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. at Ms. Myrt’s House.

Youngblood says the event will be a chance for students to have one last blowout before school starts the next day.

Food, water slides and more will be included in the event.

Categories: Local

State Senate runoff set for Tuesday

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:11 AM

Advance voting ended in Columbia County on Friday leaving voters with just one last opportunity to select a GOP candidate in the state Senate District 24 runoff.

At the end of advance voting Friday, 2,067 voters had cast their ballots early in Columbia County.

District 24 voters will return to the polls Tuesday for a final showdown between Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski.

The winner will face Democrat Brenda Jordan in November.

This Republican primary runoff Tuesday is only for those voters in Senate District 24.

– From staff reports

Categories: Local

Road work should help ease congestion, officials say

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:11 AM

Road work at the newly constructed River Watch Parkway extension and Blue Ridge Drive is not expected to impact school traffic at three Columbia County schools, but is instead expected to ease congestion in the area, according to Georgia Department of Transportation officials.

Drivers to and from Lakeside high and middle schools and Blue Ridge Elementary on Blue Ridge Drive can expect no more traffic than normal when students return to school Aug. 8, according to Penny Jackson, the assistant superintendent.

Jackson said that while construction initially caused buses to be rerouted for transporting summer school students, working around construction is something the district has grown accustomed to.

“We just had to follow the detour, it’s very similar to what we are having to do on Robinson Avenue and several other places around the county,” Jackson said. “We are going to have to realize that there could possibly be delays if we don’t leave a little earlier, but we have been dealing with those for quite a few years at various places within the county.”

Crews closed off access to Blue Ridge Drive at the intersection of Old Evans Road last week and reopened it Friday, tying the new $35 million River Watch Parkway extension into Old Petersburg Road.

The detour connected drivers to Blue Ride Drive via Columbia Industrial Boulevard and Evans to Locks Road.

According to a news release from GDOT, the reopening of Blue Ridge Drive will be followed by the closure of Old Evans Road to thru-traffic from south of Blue Ridge Drive. Old Evans Road is expected to reopen July 25.

“When they close (Old Evans Road) off they have to lift that road up and reconstruct that whole area realigning it with Old Petersburg,” said Kyle Collins, a district communications officer for the department.

According to the release, the detour around the Old Evans Road closure includes McCormick Road over to Old Petersburg Road/River Watch Parkway. During the closure, nearby neighborhoods and businesses will still be accessible.

Collins said that before projects are started, the department works to minimize the impact on highly trafficked areas.

“Contract work restrictions on lane closures don’t allow interruptions from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday,” Collins said, adding that once the Blue Ridge intersection opens back up, the new extension tie-in will ease traffic congestion.

Jackson said that good communication between GDOT officials and school administrators has made dealing with the construction easier to work around.

“They give us good notice,” Jackson said of the department of transportation. “Like in this particular case we knew well before school was out that towards the end of our summer school run we were going to have some issues so we were able to prepare for it ahead of time and it does help having that good relationship with our county.”

And while the road work might serve as an obstacle for now, Jackson said it is a positive sign of progress.

“We remain optimistic because we know that the hardships we are experiencing right now, the grand plan will be to make it that much better for all of us because we are just so congested right now,” Jackson said.

And while construction is not expected to impact back-to-schoolers, Jackson said the first week of school brings its own traffic challenges for Lakeside high and middle schools and Blue Ridge Elementary.

“That first week is always a mess because we are trying to iron out bus routes, number of kids on the buses, as well as the parents driving as opposed to putting their kids on the bus,” Jackson said. “So we tend to have delays anyway that first week, but we just iron them out.”

Jackson added that Lakeside High and middle and Blue Ridge Elementary personnel will be keeping an eye out for any improvements that can be made to ease the flow of traffic.

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Police Blotter

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:10 AM

Suspicious man reported

A Martinez salon employee reported a suspicious man after he came inside the salon, cut the sleeves off of his T-shirt and left.

The employee said that the man stood at the front of the store and went through a cup that contained pens and scissors. The employee asked the man if she could help him. The man asked for a pair of nail clippers. The employee said that when she told the man they were about to close and that he needed to leave, he refused and proceeded to take off his shirt.

After a second request by the employee asking the man to leave was ignored, the man then cut the sleeves off of his T-shirt and left them on the floor. The employee said the man slowly gathered his things and left.

The employee a $10 bill that was nearby and had been left as a tip was also missing.

Police called to medical office

An Evans medical office employee called police after a patient’s husband became agitated over the time he was made to wait.

According to an incident report, the Evans Surgery Center employee was the only staff member on duty in the waiting room. The employee said that the man had driven from Savannah for his wife’s appointment and that he became frustrated that the staff wasn’t working them in quickly enough.

The employee reported that the man made the statement: “If I had a gun and was shooting people, I bet you would see her sooner.”

The employee told police she didn’t feel threatened, but said she wanted to address the fact that comments like that would not be tolerated, according to the report.

The man told police he was unaware that he made a direct threat. Police escorted the man to his vehicle.

Golf club reports scam

A scam was reported in which several realtors were contacted regarding advertisement space Jones Creek Golf club that did not exist.

According to the incident report, the manager of the club contacted police after he was notified that realtors had been contacted by a company called Golf Green, claiming that the club was changing their scorecards and selling advertisement space on the new cards.

The manager said there was no such adspace.

The manager was unaware if anyone has given Golf Green money.

Man arrested on battery charge

A man was arrested after reportedly causing lacerations and bruising to his mother’s wrists while hallucinating from taking drugs.

The woman, 74, told police she was asleep when her son, who she said has a drug addiction, came into her room and was screaming for her car keys. The man was screaming that someone was after his girlfriend.

The woman told police she grabbed her purse, which contained the keys to her car.

The man then began to aggressively pull on her arms and wrists, causing bruising, lacerations and bleeding. After the man let go, the woman got ready for work and left.

The woman called police after she did not feel safe going back home.

Police made contact with the man and found him passed out on the couch. The man confirmed his mother’s statements, adding that he felt unknown people had taken his girlfriend hostage in South Carolina.

The man was arrested and charged with simple battery and was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Man missing after welfare check

A man could not be found after his girlfriend told police that he had not been acting normal and had been talking to voices in his head.

Police responded to perform a welfare check in the 4400 block of Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown.

The woman told police her boyfriend believes people were living in the walls of their home and has been taking walks in the woods acting like he is in the military.

The woman left the residence and called police to have her boyfriend evaluated and make him leave the property.

When police arrived, the door to the residence was open.

The woman’s boyfriend could not be located.

Categories: Local

Property transfers

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:01 AM

Thomas Almon Rugh to Jeffery Dean Ford;
447 Buxton Lane; $410,000

William M. Getha to Brandon Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Drive; $184,000

Brandon Murphy to Angel K. Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Drive; $0; Deed of gift

Edward A. Whealan to Racy Freeman; 306 Brentford Ave.; $237,000

Jereme R. Schultz to David A. Bowman; 8796 Crenshaw Drive; $213,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Amanda L. Russell; 221 Torrey Pine Trail; $220,530

Christopher Majors to Douglas Edward Carter; 3501 Saint Andrews Way; $300,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Matthew Brien Davis; 455 Kirkwood Drive; $273,490

Gary C. Williams to Joseph P. McBride; Map & Parcel number: 071D071; $216,900

Leta F. Allmond to Randall C. White; Map & Parcel number: 065, 660A; $239,900

David P. Jones to Diana S. Butler; Map & Parcel number: 072L041; $215,000

George Cuylor
Leverett to David R. Urbizo; Map & Parcel number: 065, 1030; $273,000

John T. Hammonds to Jason W. Sargent; Map & Parcel number: G19-135; $205,000

Herbert Homes, Inc. to Paul Allen Jeffers Morris; 1036 Arlington Way; $345,000

Bro-Con Development, Inc. to Connor Place Home Owners Association, Inc.; $0; Deed of gift

CNL APF Partners, LP to SCFRC-HW-G LLC; 227 Bobby Jones Expressway; $1,217,458

Estate of Donnie Bramblet to Patricia Bramblet; Map & Parcel number: 069-254 and 074A025; $0; Estate Deed

Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari to Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari; Map & Parcel number: 077G891; $0; Deed of gift

Ralph Shady Smith to Glenda Smith; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 198; $0

James Steven McNair and Stephanie C. McNair to Michael L. Carnley and Christina E. Carnley, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A333; $227,500

Nationstar Mortgage, LLC to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development c/o Information Systems Corp. Shepherd Mall Off; 129 Crawford Drive; $112,870; Government/nonprofit public corp.

Glenda Smith to Jeff Keller; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 198; $45,000

Martyce D. Lewis to Joshua A. Lassiter; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 027; $167,000

Alice R. Johnson to Rachel Brewer; Map & Parcel number: 074G, 097; $125,000

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Caleb A. Rowell; Map & Parcel number: 073E, 454; $108,000

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Washington D.C. to Zachary T. Lawrence; Map & Parcel number: 077E, 033; $118,415

Thomas L. Mosley to Judith R. Work; Map & Parcel number: 067, 326; $126,900

Clifford C. Russell to Crystal B. Russell; Map & Parcel number: 071, 048C; $0; Deed of gift

South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC to Daniel F. Kuntz; Map & Parcel number: 065, 1297; $289,900

James & Caleb Inc. to Oconee Capital Investments LLC; Map
& Parcel number:
065, 1319, 065, 1301
; $103,000

Ashley B. Fehrman to Vaughn Taylor; Map & Parcel number: 076, 132; $1,175,000

Joseph Waylon Whitfield to Joseph Waylon Whitfield; Map & Parcel number: 77I, 885; $0; Joint tenant division

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Brian S. Hansen; Map & Parcel number: 051895; $301,600

Ivey Residential, LLC to Brandy Sachau; Map & Parcel number: 0671104; $349,900

Ivey Residential,
LLC to Matthew M. Embernate; Map & Parcel number: 0622769; $265,500

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Geoffrey O. Ongubo; Map & Parcel number: 051744; $296,000

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Nicole M. Richardson; 326 Firelight Drive; $287,500

Barbar Krummel to Richard Hughes and Amy Hughes, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 035A035; $182,350

IDK Homes, Inc. to Christine M. Hearn; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1991; $259,900

Joseph M. Cioffi and Mary B. Cioffi; Map & Parcel number: 073K275; $179,900

Sheryl B. Hodge to Jared L. Brown and Ashley N. Brown; Map & Parcel number: portion of 025, 036G; $10

Sheryl H. Hunt to Seryl H. Hunt; Map & Parcel number: 067, 131; $0; Joint Tenant Division

William R. Nicholson to Marle Roebuck; Map & Parcel number: 065, 662B; $215,000

Richard L. Hinson to Richard L. Hinson; Map & Parcel number: 077I, 940; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Jerry Elizabeth Stukas to Jerry Elizabeth Stukas and Randolph Richard Stukas, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 060, 025; $1

Heather Ann Linn to Rudy D. Altman; Map & Parcel number: 067D012; $0; Deed of gift

Estate of Rienhold C. Koenig to Steven V. Bisso; Map & Parcel number: 068, 003J; $0; Estate Deed

Riley J. Ledesma to Riley J. Ledesma; Map & Parcel number: 062, 2313; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Jeffrey Rockefeller to Jeffrey Rockefeller; Map & Parcel number: 0472E: 097; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Ogechukwu M. Onuoha to Ogechukwu M. Onuoha; Map & Parcel number: 060, 912; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Heng Li to Heng Li; Map & Parcel number: 082H, 020; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Joseph B. Peterson to Michelle L. Peterson; Map & Parcel number: 073E, 261; $0; Deed of gift

Rick Rogers Development Company, Inc. to Sathyanarayana aka Sathy Gupta and Mayura Sathyanarayana; Map & Parcel number: 081B851; $0

Rick Rogers Development Company, Inc. to Lloyd B. Schnuck, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 081B850; $0

Sathyanarayana aka Sathy Gupta and Mayura Sathyanarayana to Lloyd B. Schnuck, Jr.; Map & Parcel number: 081B850; $0

Lloyd B. Schnuck Jr. to Sathyanarayana aka Sathy Gupta; Map & Parcel number: 081B851; $0

Sathy Gupta and Mayura Sathyanarayana to Allison Rebecca McMullen; Map & Parcel number: 081B851; $0

South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC to Aaron J. Alpuche; Map & Parcel number: 059, 267; $321,917

South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC to Jacob W. Cousins; Map & Parcel number: 059, 283; $258,900

Daniel Roberts to Charles V. Wagner; Map & Parcel number: 072K294; $182,000

Whispering Pines of Evans, LLC to South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC; Map & Parcel number: 059, 285; $45,750

U.S. Bank, N.A. to Secretary of Housing and Urban development, Washington D.C. and/or his/her successors and/or associates; 4021 Battery Drive; $176,265; Govt/Nonprofit public corp.

Paul E. Fultz to Renaissance Properties LLC; 4726 Brookwood Drive; $62,200

Emily Mumford to James A. Mumford; 452 Buxton Lane; $0; Deed of gift

Andrew W. Shedd and Lisa Shedd to Virgil Webber and Sunny Eicke, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 078, 497; $387,000

Herbert S. Stillings to Daniel L. Phillips; Map & Parcel number: 060, 410; $248,000

Daniel L. Phillips to Daniel L. Phillips and Georgianne H. Phillips, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 060, 410; $10

Donald M. Dent as Administrator of Estate of Carrie Luke to Estate of Annette L. Dent; Map & Parcel number: 047, 074; $0; Estate Deed

Robert S. Siegle to Andrew Ralph Walton; Map & Parcel number: 67D023; $154,900

Chris Theodosakis to Tracy D. Wilson; Map & Parcel number: 065, 915; $216,500

TRC Global Mobility, Inc. to Jennifer C. Grimes; Map & Parcel number: G05, 034; $92,000

RELO Direct, Inc. to Michael J. Philbin; Map & Parcel number: 059A264; $335,000

Ramjelall Brijbukhan to JaMia R. Dees; 4202 Hyannis Court; $142,900

The Estate of William Gerald Pardue to Teresa Ann Barnes; 611 Spring Creek Lane; $0; Estate Deed

Ronald K. Pope to Ronald K. Pope; 389 Walton’s Ford Road; $0

Glenda Joann Pileggi to Glenda Joann Pileggi; Map & Parcel number: 078C786; $0; Deed of correction

Ahmed Fouitah to Makka Raouf Fouitah; 1401 Big Holley Court; $0

Larry S. Prather Sr. to Keystone Homes, Inc; Map & Parcel number: H06-183; $28,000

Larry S. Prather Sr. to Keystone Homes, Inc; Map & Parcel number: H07-073; $29,000

Larry S. Prather Sr. to Keystone Homes, Inc; Map & Parcel number: H07-077; $29,000

Estate of Freddie V. Coley to Jewell Dean Coley; 3810 Pine Knoll Ct.; $0; Estate Deed

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Presle Alford; Map & Parcel number: 079, 202; $228,150

Jason S. Matthews and Virginia R. Matthews to Robert A. Strough and Laura L. Stough, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 081B922; $323,000

Louisville Storage & Loan Company to Paul B. Fischer and Shireen Moore, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 034, 008/034, 006; $185,000

Virgil Webber and Sunny Eicke to Charlie Bryant, Jr. and Kathy Bryant; Map & Parcel number: 069, 193; $369,900

Daniel P. Ferrel to John Zebro and Lucero Zebor, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 062, 894; $142,000

U. Steve Duffie to Michael D. Johnson; 2514 Louisville Road; $0; Deed of Correction

Corey M. Garvin to Corey M. Garvin; 4416 Jeffery Lane; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Frank E. Tovar to Frank E. Tovar; 720 Low Meadow Drive; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Todd R. Daniel to Todd R. Daniel; 5508 Meghan Lane; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc, to Zachary L. Bartlett; 213 Torrey Pine Trail; $250,340

Wilson Parker Homes of Hidden Creek Inc. to Robert L. Heist; 8519 Crenshaw Drive; $247,990

Robert L. Heist to Robert L. Heist; Map & Parcel number: 051, 231; $0

Wael R. Elsayed to Andrew White; 534 Jutland Way; Map & Parcel number 065, 826; $417,000

Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc. to Andrew M. McNeil; 838 Mitcham Ave.; $275,000

Celia Suzanna Henderson to Zachary Higgins; 3049 Parkridge Drive; $230,000

Baker Place Development, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc.; Map & Parcel number:051, 1266,1267,1268,1269; $200,000

Wendell Corey Clark to Carroll Wesley Chance; 4 Plantation Hills Drive; $21,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Coltin S. Lira; 416 Kirkwood Drive; $0; Deed of Correction

Robert Toombs Anderson to William J. Hopkins, Jr.; Map &
parcel number: portion 040, 055A
; $0; Deed of gift

KHO Development, LLC to Kyle H. O’Neal; Map & Parcel number: 009, 019; $0; Company to individual Transfer

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Katelyn E. Russell; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1979; $226,900

Roy C. Brown and Cheryl M. Brown to Dominic R. Lovello and Amelia M. Lovello, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 067, 1526; $296,000

Oconee Capital Investments to Joel K. Sausman; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2003; $226,900

River Island Development Company, LLC and Blackstone Development Company, LLC to Southeastern Family Homes, Inc.; Map & Parcel number: 081, 450; $50,000

Otis Reginald Thomas to Andrew Shedd and Lisa Shedd, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 078, 463; $75,000

Marian R. Lamb to Theresa Barrow; Map & Parcel number: 073N007; $80,000

South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC to Brandon K. Riles; Map & Parcel number: 059, 301; $211,000

South Georgia Custom Homes, LLC to Brandon Emory Willett; Map & Parcel number: 059, 281; $250,000

Brenda Creech Epps to Kathleen K. Jones; Map & Parcel number: 073H, 027; $175,000

Zalak Patel to Bhavin Patel and Manisha Patel, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 082, 397; $325,000

Salvatore A. Arria to Kristina Borup Hakes; Map & Parcel number: G06, 102A; $88,500

Jerry B. Bedicheck to Sergey S. Progushev; Map & Parcel number: 077F200; $147,500

Robert M. Burns to John H. Colonna; 824 Watermark Drive; $184,900

Karen Griesel to Dana Jeffery Curl; 970 Windmill Pkwy; $465,000

Rodney Scott Benfield to Randall L. Blumberg; Map & Parcel number: 050-391; $214,000

Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc. to John L. Saunders Jr.; 6525 River Bluff Trail; $0; Deed of gift

Joseph I. Meyer to Cara M. Jones; 822 Herrington Drive; $249,900

Cara M. Jones to Cara M. Jones; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1706; $0

Tammy K. Andrews to Blake A. Boe; 1453 Knob Hill Circle; $314,000

Cara M. Collins to Rodney Wayne Surrett; 4016 Culver St.; $144,500

Wilson Parker Homes of Southwind Village Inc. to Ashley N. Young; 904 Innisbrook Drive; $256,000

Melvin W. Dyer and Mary C. Dyer to TTES of the Melvin and Mary Dyer Irrevocable Living Trust Dated June 15, 2016; Map & Parcel number: 082, 025C; $0; Deed of gift

Ronald West Tasket and Barbara Ann Tasket, TTES of the Ronald and Barbara Tasket Living Trust Dated April 13, 2010; Map & Parcel number: 078K016; $0; Deed of gift

Jessica Lee Harris to Jessica Lee Harris; 209 Iris Glen Court; $0; Deed of gift

Chang Kyu Chin to II Bong Ham; Map & Parcel number: 077G;915; $0; Deed in lieu of foreclosure

Daniel Joseph Berthold to Kristin Louise Berthold; 4202 Aerie Circle; $1; Joint Tenant Division

Barry D. Bowdre to Sirena Avery; 5473 Tubman Rd.; $50,000

Magnolia Valley Plantation, LLC to Faircloth Homes, Inc.; 349 Bella Rose Drive; $58,900

Anna Jean Hill to Koray S. Baker; Map & Parcel number: 074H470; $205,000

Charles S. Needham and Maggie M. Needham to Alfred A. DuMond; Map & Parcel number: 069, 270; $218,000

Elizabeth A. Newcomb to Victor Y. Turchany and Kathry M. Turchany, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 069, 450; $149,000

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:00 AM

Tracy Celeste Courson and Amy Marie Moore applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 5 in Evans

Jeffrey Alan Thomas Hughes and Cassie Gail Johnson applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 2 in Martinez

Kevin Allen Krescanko and Lacreshia J. Andrews applied for a marriage license July 1 and were married July 1 in Martinez

Philip Thomas Hicks and Sarah Nicole Deltoro applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ron Abraham and Ritu Ramchandra
Joshi
applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 8 in Evans

James Patrick Caudill and Kaila Michele Cooper applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 9 in Augusta

Coty Brandon
Bailey and Raven Taylor Lane
applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ronald Greg Newsome Sr. and Jennifer Lynn Hyatt applied for a marriage license July 11 and were married July 11 in Harlem

Devin Alexander Critell and Azariah Scheherazade Hadarah applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 13 in Evans

Jeremy Curtis Parr and Caitlin Elizabeth Reed applied for a marriage license Oct. 29, 2015 and were married Nov. 6, 2015 in Augusta

Kenneth Wayne Robinson and Pamela Devona Bouttry applied for a marriage license May 12 and were married July 14 in Augusta

Gregory Cosby II and Lee Griffin applied for a marriage license May 25 and were married May 25 in Martinez

Daniel Carlyle Patterson Jr. and Emily Mae Vanveelen applied for a marriage license May 26 and were married June 11 in Dahlonega

Michael Dean Zwanziger II and Angela Pearl Brand applied for a marriage license June 16 and were married July 2 in Augusta

Aaron Lamont Forney II and Marisa Dawn Seraphin applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 21 in Evans

John Thomas Moody and Lauren Aliese Martinez applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 18 in Evans

Jimmy Calvin
Bridges and Grace Longshore Dewberry
applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married July 17 in Hephzibah

Michael Jamal Garner and Michelle Damarys Martinez-Velazquez applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 16 in Evans

Joseph Michael Peck and Linda Claribel Flores Bobadilla De Estrada applied for a marriage license July 7 and were married July 9 in Evans

Brian Andrew Decker and Miranda Mavis Rogers applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 17 in Evans

Jake Andrew Ivey Dali and Marguerite Sterling applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 18 in Evans

Brandon Wayne Bolyard and Tracy Lynn Thorne applied for a marriage license July 11 and were married July 11 in Augusta

Justin Alan Walker and Michelle Leanne Olson applied for a marriage license July 12 and were married July 20 in Evans

Samuel Mcneal Vallandingham and Sara Brittney Singleton applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 14 in Evans

Thomas Gordon Ziegler and Savannah Mamie Lucille Rosier applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 17 in Appling

Ricardo Andre Ellis and Sheryl Sarah-Marie Campbell applied for a marriage license July 14 and were married July 16 in Evans

Ian Michael Theil and Tara Ann Glynn applied for a marriage license July 14 and were married July 18 in Evans

Nicholas Conley Tippens and Sarah Margaret Porterfield applied for a marriage license July 14 and were married July 16 in Evans

George Byron Pearson and Carolyn Johnson Pritchett applied for a marriage license May 26 and were married May 26 in Appling

Robert Alphonso Philpot Jr. and Erica Vanessa Taylor applied for a marriage license July 14 and were married July 22 in Evans

Ruben Ortiz and Emily Faddies applied for a marriage license July 18 and were married July 18 in Evans

Chaz Reshun Jordan and Erika Alicia Broussard applied for a marriage license July 18 and were married July 18 in Evans

Eddie Duane Letbetter Jr. and Linzee Kaitlin Turner Hayes applied for a marriage license July 2 and were married July 20 in
Augusta

Matthew Gary Middleton and Jenna Marie Crowe applied for a marriage license July 21 and were married July 21 in Evans

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Evans Barberitos to open in August

Sun, 7/24/2016 12:00 AM

Evans’ first Barberitos restaurant is scheduled to open next week, and it is encouraging customers to visit by donating some of its opening week proceeds to local charities.

Ten percent of sales Aug. 2-6 will benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank of Augusta and Augusta Warrior Project.

At 4272 Washington Road, the Evans Barberitos is owned and operated by Brett McCullough, Lanier Scruggs and Cissy Hutchinson. Scruggs is an Augusta native and West­side High School graduate.

The Evans location will be the first of three stores the group plans to open in the area this year.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors here in Augusta, and we look forward to partnering with the community by providing delicious food and giveback initiatives like our grand opening,” McCullough said.

Barberitos serves made-to-order burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and salads and offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Continuing the chain’s expansion throughout the Southeast, the Evans location is the 28th in Georgia and 46th nationwide.

“Our expansion through the state and the Southeast is a testament to our customers and we are excited to expand in Augusta,” said Downing Barber, the founder of Athens, Ga.,-based Barberitos.

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Police blotter

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:02 AM

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

Evans woman reports scam

An Evans woman reported a scam regarding computer theft after purchasing what she believed was a virus removal system.

The woman told police she received a pop-up message on her computer in reference to the virus removal service.

According to the incident report, she said she called the number on the message and spoke to an unknown man. The victim gave the man her information before she said she could see him moving things around on her computer.

The call was then disconnected and the woman called Apple to inquire about the services she purchased. She was then told it was a scam.

She was advised to shut her computer down. When she did, the woman said the same unknown number called her but she said she did not answer. The man left a voicemail telling her to restart her computer.

Later, a charge of $601 was charged to her USAA account, but the victim was reimbursed.

The woman later received an email saying her account would be charged $680 for service. The email has been turned over for investigation.

Woman arrested in theft

A woman was arrested on suspicion of attempting to take more than $3,000 worth of children’s clothing without paying from an Evans business.

The woman was seen loading items into Kohl’s shopping bags and then placing them in a shopping cart. The woman then allegedly attempted to leave the store with the merchandise.

When deputies arrived, the woman said she was purchasing back to school clothes for her children and she was pushing the merchandise outside to get her boyfriend who planned on paying for the items.

A total of 137 items of children’s clothing were found in the woman’s shopping costing a total of $3,428

The woman was found with no money and no identification.

The woman then told police she felt light headed and short of breath, and the woman said it was because she was seven months pregnant.

EMS arrived on scene and deemed her fit but she refused treatment for evaluation.

The woman was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility.

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Property transfers

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:02 AM

Cherie Lee Protinga to Simon E. Rodriguez and Cassandra Rodriguez, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 067C053; $210,000

Jordan D. Mack to Richard E. Burrows, II and Anna M. Burrows as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 061, 1386; $207,800

Larry Alan Nowers to Robert L. Tampling; Map & Parcel number: 077G275; $155,000

Christine J. Lee to Yumeka S. Mincey; Map & Parcel number: 062, 090C; $245,000

Tindall Construction, LLC to Derek Rinaldo and Natasha Rinaldo, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 068, 1124; $230,000

Meredith Stokes to Laura Levering; Map & Parcel number: 074, 191; $169,900

Henry R. Dew to Whitman K. Gasaway; Map & Parcel number: 077G850; $155,000

Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon to Carl F. Mixon and Sandra L. Mixon; Map & Parcel number: 078E042; $0; Deed of gift

COEL Development Co., Inc., and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Bill Beazley Homes,
Inc.; 137 Radcliff Dr.; $38,900

Susan S. Harris to Russell Erwin Whipps; 354 Connor Circle; $120,000

Stevi B.’s Properties #5, Inc. N/K/A/ Properties #5, Inc. to BSRS Properties #5, Inc.; 212 Bobby Jones Expressway; $10; Corporate Merger

Warren E. Koehler to Bridget L. Vineyard; Map & Parcel number: 071G, 223; $241,900

Glinda Marie Smith to Robert Elam; Map & Parcel number: 006,086A; $15,500

Townsend Five, LLC to Winchester Homes of Ga, Inc.; 1158 Fawn Forest Rd.; $46,000

Ivey Residential, LLC to Vanessa Kimberly John; Map & Parcel number: 0671765; $183,500

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Amanda R. Bailey; Map & Parcel number: 051817; $235,250

Ivey Residential, LLC to Samuel Ernest Feffer; Map & Parcel number: 0671741; $230,920

Faircloth Homes, Inc. to Robert Murach; Map & Parcel number: 0601301; $334,000

Heath Eugene Rollins to Erin L. Hammett; Map & Parcel number: 033-018; $96,371

Ray Huckins to Ceceila Clark; Map & Parcel number: 031, 203; $112,500

Malcolm Correia to Angela Biasiny; Map & Parcel number: 082C029; $144,900

Robyn M. Lewis to Hee-Choon Samuel Lee and Miae M. Lee, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A923; $339,900

Terry A. Senesac to Michael A. Correia and Cynthia J. Correia, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D339; $164,900

Patricia C. Hayes to Steven J. Vandiver and Sarah D. Vandiver, as JTROS; Map & Parcel number: 073D252; $160,000

Oconee Capital Investments, LLC to Tyler J. Sherrier; Map & Parcel number: 061, 2040; $229,900

Bryan Neal Sherrill and Amy Lisa Sherrill to Matthew A. Moore; 741 Wickham Dr.; $216,400

Darlene D. Kpaway, formerly known as Darlene D. Roseville to Petmark Paras; 566 Oak Chase Dr.; $175,000

Patricia A. Hammond to Karen Lariscey; Map & Parcel number: 066, 746; $91,000

COEL Development Co., Inc. and Stephen Beazley Builders, Inc. to Pierwood Construction Co.; 124 Radcliff Dr.; $155,600

Wells Fargo Bank, NA Successor by merger to Wachovia Bank, National Association to Stephen H. Steinberg; 114 Laura Lane Ext.; $85,050

Heather K. Wilson to Constance A. Redmond; Map & Parcel number: 065, 714; $195,000

James Kim to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900

Eric Johnson to Eric Johnson; 416 Keeling Lane; $212,900; Deed of gift

Pierwood Construction Co. to Michelle Montgomery; 3261 Windwood St.; $178,900

Daniel H. Reed to William Cherkauskas; 231 Andleton Way; $279,900

Justin & Emerson,
LLC to Michael D. Ellison; 550 Emerson Dr.; $410,000

Michael Nicholas to Derek B. Smith; 836 S. Willowick Dr.; $126,200

River Island Company, LLC to Southeastern Family Homes Inc.; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $0 Corporation to Corporation

Southeastern Family Homes to Daniel C. Floyd; 906 Kestrel Dr.; $379,900

Mark A. Richards to Mark A. Richards; 1553 Driftwood Lane; $0; Joint Tenant Division

Thomas Almon Rugh to Jeffery Dean Ford; 447 Buxton Lane; $410,000

William M. Getha to Brandon Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $184,000

Brandon Murphy to Angel K. Murphy; 465 Pheasant Run Dr.; $0; Deed of gift

Edward A. Whealan to Racy Freeman; 306 Brentford Ave.; $237,000

Jereme R. Schultz to David A. Bowman; 8796 Crenshaw Dr.; $213,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Amanda L. Russell; 221 Torrey Pine Trail; $220,530

Christopher Majors to Douglas Edward Carter; 3501 Saint Andrews Way; $300,000

Winchester Homes of Ga. Inc. to Matthew Brien Davis; 455 Kirkwood Dr.; $273,490

Gary C. Williams to Joseph P. McBride; Map & Parcel number: 071D071; $216,900

Leta F. Allmond to Randall C. White; Map & Parcel number: 065, 660A; $239,900

David P. Jones to Diana S. Butler; Map & Parcel number: 072L041; $215,000

George Cuylor Leverett to David R. Urbizo; Map & Parcel number: 065, 1030; $273,000

John T. Hammonds to Jason W. Sargent; Map & Parcel number: G19-135; $205,000

Herbert Homes, Inc. to Paul Allen Jeffers Morris; 1036 Arlington Way; $345,000

Bro-Con Development, Inc. to Connor Place Home Owners Association, Inc.; $0; Deed of gift

CNL APF Partners, LP to SCFRC-HW-G LLC; 227 Bobby Jones Expressway; $1,217,458

Estate of Donnie Bramblet to Patricia Bramblet; Map & Parcel number: 069-254 and 074A025; $0; Estate Deed

Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari to Vasant N. Chaudhari and Shamal V. Chaudhari; Map & Parcel number: 077G891; $0; Deed of gift

Ralph Shady Smith to Glenda Smith; Map & Parcel number: 077B, 198; $0

James Steven McNair and Stephanie C. McNair to Michael L. Carnley and Christina E. Carnley, JTWROS; Map & Parcel number: 065A333; $227,500

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I-20 bridges over Savannah River, Augusta Canal to be replaced

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:02 AM

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations on both sides of the Savannah River.

“The Savannah River and the Augusta Canal have historically remained key sources for both water and transportation in the region,” said Deal. “This project is vital to ensure the bridges carrying people and freight to and from both states are safe, secure and efficient. We look forward to working with South Carolina to see this project through.”

The proposed replacement bridges will each provide three travel lanes in each direction, as well as a refuge area for vehicles. I-20 will be widened from four to six lanes from River Watch Parkway (Exit 200) in Georgia to West Martintown Road (Exit 1) in South Carolina, then transition back to four lanes on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

“The replacement of both bridges is critical to the safe movement of goods and people to and from both states,” said Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “Due to economic growth on both sides of the river, it is imperative that the bridge infrastructure meet modern demands, and so we are eager to work with South Carolina to move this project forward.”

The two eastbound and two westbound bridges that currently go over the Augusta Canal and Savannah River are now more than 50 years old. After extensive evaluations of construction staging, hydraulic concerns and future maintenance costs, it was determined that replacement of the bridges would be the best long-term solution.

“We had identified this section of I-20 on South Carolina’s project priority list for Interstate widening. The collaborative approach between Georgia and South Carolina will enable us to expedite the delivery of this much needed project for the citizens of the region,” said South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy A. Hall. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with GDOT and the FHWA to make the necessary improvements along the border.”

GDOT and the South Carolina Department of Transportation will pay a proportional share of preliminary engineering and construction costs. GDOT will procure the project through a design-build contract to expedite delivery. The project is slated to be put out to bid in fall 2018. More information will be released once a design-build contractor is selected.

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Keep your landscape in good health in high heat

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:01 AM

Summer began in Georgia with warmer than normal temperatures throughout the state and shows no signs of yielding before fall. Because of the hot temperatures and lack of rainfall, drought expanded across the northern half of the state. By the end of the month of June, nearly half the state was in abnormally dry conditions or drought. Severe drought increased from 4 to 25 percent of the state, and three areas of extreme drought were added. The last time Georgia had any extreme drought was in February 2013.

Georgia temperatures were well above normal in June, ranging from one to almost four degrees above the 1981-2010 average. In the Augusta area, the monthly average temperature was 80.5 degrees – 1.9 degrees above normal. Not only are the temperatures up, but the rainfall average is also down. In the Augusta area, rainfall received was 2.87 inches – 1.85 inches below normal.

The dry conditions had many effects on agriculture. Pastures essentially shut down in northern parts of the state, and cattle farmers were feeding cattle hay because the grazing was so poor.

Dryland crops suffered from the lack of moisture and the hot conditions, particularly corn in higher locations. Some areas were so dry that late soybeans and other crops could not be planted. Some farmers reported having trouble producing enough vegetables for local markets.

Urban landscapers reported that lawns were getting “crunchy” and required extra irrigation. Wine producers, however, noted that the wine grapes this year are almost free of fungal diseases because of the low humidity.

Take these steps to ensure the health of your landscape:

1. Water your plants early in the morning.

Mornings are cool, and water doesn’t evaporate as readily as it does in the heat of the afternoon. Evenings are cool, too, but water sitting on leaves overnight can cause fungal diseases.

2. Water less frequently, but deeply.

Frequent, shallow waterings lead to weak, shallow-rooted plants. Less frequent, thorough waterings encourage roots to grow deep, where the soil stays moist longer.

3. Water the soil, not the plants.

Use a watering can, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or other water-conserving irrigation technique that saturates the soil while leaving the foliage dry.

4. Mulch your plantings.

A two- to three-inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded hardwood mulch, bark or pine straw slows evaporation by shading the soil and slows water runoff.

5. Don’t prune, fertilize or apply pesticides during a drought emergency.

All of these would put additional stress on your plants.

6. Put off major planting projects until water is more plentiful.

All newly established plants require a lot of irrigation. It’s best to delay planting trees, shrubs and large herbaceous plantings until the drought is over.

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Marriage licenses

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:01 AM

Robert Wesley Lambert and Rebecca Michelle Johnson applied for a marriage license March 16 and were married March 16 in Evans

Shad Lee Curd and Jennifer Lynn Hughes applied for a marriage license March 21 and were married April 4 in Tybee Island

David Lee Patrick and Natasha Lynn Landry applied for a marriage license May 2 and were married July 2 in
Augusta

Frederic Carl Metcalfe and Grace Elizabeth Pilialoha Culver applied for a marriage license May 9 and were married July 9 in Grovetown

Daniel Ray Rice and Macy Virginia Knowles applied for a marriage license June 10 and were married July 4 in Union Point

Julian Kirk Pilgrim and Camela Michelle Setzer applied for a marriage license June 17 and were married June 25 in Appling

Herbert Clair Wilson and Anastasia Alexis McClain applied for a marriage license June 20 and were married June 24 in Augusta

Kevin Matthew Stokes and Courtney Jean Shearer applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married June 25 in Martinez

Edward Matthew Maner and Brook Amber Finch Cason applied for a marriage license June 23 and were married July 2 in Grovetown

Tracy Celeste Courson and Amy Marie Moore applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 5 in Evans

Jeffrey Alan Thomas Hughes and Cassie Gail Johnson applied for a marriage license June 30 and were married July 2 in Martinez

Kevin Allen Krescanko and Lacreshia J. Andrews applied for a marriage license July 1 and were married July 1 in Martinez

Philip Thomas Hicks and Sarah Nicole Deltoro applied for a marriage license July 5 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ron Abraham and Ritu Ramchandra Joshi applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 8 in Evans

James Patrick Caudill and Kaila Michele Cooper applied for a marriage license July 6 and were married July 9 in Augusta

Coty Brandon Bailey and Raven Taylor Lane applied for a marriage license July 8 and were married July 8 in Evans

Ronald Greg Newsome Sr. and Jennifer Lynn Hyatt applied for a marriage license July 11 and were married July 11 in Harlem

Devin Alexander Critell and Azariah Scheherazade Hadarah applied for a marriage license July 13 and were married July 13 in Evans

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Appling golfer wins E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:01 AM

Alex Shead began the week with no college golf offers as he prepares to enter his senior year of high school.

He can soon expect that to change.

Shead posted a final-round, 1-under-par 71 for a two-shot victory Thursday in the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by PotashCorp at Jones Creek Golf Club.

An 18-year-old Appling resident, Shead claimed his first American Junior Golf Association win. He finished with a 3-under 213 total to defeat Spenser Slayden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., by two shots. Defending champion Jake Milanowski shot 72 and finished third at 218.

“I really wanted to win this tournament,” Shead said. “I had been playing great coming in. To finally win one and finish it off feels great.”

It was a big week for the three homeschooled Augusta Eagles golfers. While Shead claimed the victory, his teammate, Montgomery Harrison, who earned a spot in the tournament through Sunday’s qualifier, closed with 74 and tied for fourth. Colson Herrin, another Sunday qualifier, shot 80 and tied for 39th.

“It shows we can compete with pretty much every team around here,” Shead said. “It’s good for Montgomery to finally get a good tournament in against a big field. It’s great.”

“I played very well,” said Harrison, an 18-year-old Evans golfer who, like Shead, is entering his senior high school with no college offers yet. “I’m very happy with how I played. This gives me a big confidence boost.”

Elisa Yang of Norcross, Ga., won the girls competition in dominating fashion after closing with 70. The Georgia commit was the lone girl under par all week, finishing with a 211 total for an 11-shot victory over Gabriela Coello, another Georgia commit.

Yang chipped in for birdie at No. 1 and then rolled in a 36-foot birdie putt at No. 3 and put the rest of her round in cruise control. Yang led the field with 13 birdies for the week.

“One of my goals was to shoot consecutive rounds under par and I did that,” said Yang, a rising Wesleyan senior who wore red and black in the final round. “And another goal was to win an AJGA event. It feels great to win after all the hard work I’ve done.”

Entering the final round with a one-shot lead, Shead got off to a strong start in the final round when he spun a 105-yard sand wedge shot into the hole for eagle at the par-3 third. He followed with a double bogey at No. 4 and then bounced back with a pair of birdies at Nos. 5 and 6.

The 18-year-old Shead admitted to being “very nervous” on the back nine, when he led by one. Slayden birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to take a one-shot lead, but Shead rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe at No. 15 to tie for the lead.

After striping his drive at the par-4 17th, Shead watched Slayden hit his ball left into the trees.

Slayden went on to make double bogey, giving Shead an opportunity to close the door on the tournament. Instead, he lipped out a two-foot par putt.

Up one entering No. 18, Shead hit his drive into the middle of the fairway and knocked his approach to 16 feet. While Slayden missed the green and made bogey to finish with 71, Shead two-putted for par to seal the victory.

Shead, who tied for eighth at the AJGA’s Davis Love III Junior Open in June, isn’t done playing golf this summer.

He is playing in a U.S. Amateur qualifier, Tuesday and Wednesday, at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Ga.

He’s also entered in an AJGA tournament next month in Tennessee.

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Sports announcements

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:01 AM

Baseball team looking for youth talent

The 11U Augusta Rivercats are looking to add a player for the upcoming fall season. This is for children entering 5th and 6th grade and who did not turn 11 before May 1, 2016. For tryout information, please contact Bill Cleveland at 706-495-9502 or bwcleveland8@gmail.com.

Augusta Prep is holding a volleyball camp

Augusta Prep’s 13th annual summer volleyball camps is July 25-28. There are two sessions per camp, Middle School from 9 a.m.-noon (grades 5-8), and High School from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (grades 9-12). The cost is $130 for the camp. For more info please contact Coach Rich Bland at (706) 414-6145, rich.bland@augustaprep.org or visit www.augustaprep.org/CampCavalier

Evans is holding two cheerleading camps

Evans High School is holding a cheerleading kiddie camp, July 18-22. The camp, for ages 5-12, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Cost is $100.

For more information, contact Sarah Holtzner 706-863-1198 sarah.holtzner@ccboe.net

Augusta University holding baseball camp

The Jaguar baseball team is holding its third-annual NIKE Baseball camp, July 18-21, at Jaguar Field located next to Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The camp offers instruction in fundamentals and team play from the Augusta coaching staff and players in a safe, healthy and fun environment. The four-day camp, for boys ages 7-12, costs $235 per person and lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 each day. Campers are expected to bring lunch, cleats, sneakers, glove and a water bottle.

The camp features an eight-to-one camper to instructor ratio, daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and skills, an official NIKE camp T-shirt, prizes, and a NIKE Baseball Camp graduation certificate.

For more details, call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (1-800-645-3226).

If you have an announcement you’d like to run in the News-Times, send an email to Chris Gay at chris.gay@augustachronicle.com

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Current events

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:00 AM

Registration open at Christian academy

Registration is open for fall classes in grades 6-12 at Evans Christian Academy. For more information, call (706) 364-3565.

Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Roundtable of Augusta meeting, 6 p.m. July 18, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; dinner, $12; speaker, Edward Hightower, professor of history at Clark Atlanta University, will speak about Georgia’s penal system during Reconstruction; (706) 736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com

GOP Breakfast

Columbia County Republican Party Breakfast, 9 a.m. July 23, The Garlic Clove, 4534 Washington Road; $8 for breakfast; speakers are Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski, candidates for Georgia Senate District 24; ccgagop.org

Tutus for Cancer 5K

Tutus for Cancer 5K, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; supports breast cancer awareness; displays and giveaways; wear pink performance gear; (706) 791-4300, fortgordonrunseries.com

10 Miler Qualifier

Army 10 Miler Qualifier, 8 a.m. July 23, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; open to all runners, but only active duty military members stationed at Fort Gordon will be considered for the Fort Gordon Army 10-Miler team; fortgordonrunseries.com

Cupcake class

Saturday Chef – Cupcakes, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Helms College, 3145 Washington Road; $75; learn to prepare different flavors and simple decorating techniques; taught by Helms College professionals; (706) 651-9707

Wounded Spirits PTSD

Wounded Spirits PTSD Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23, Holiday Inn at I-20, 441 Park West
Drive; free; biblical approach to dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress; free admission and materials; seating is limited; register by calling (703) 606-3858

Eyeglass help

Financial assistance for qualifying Grovetown residents’ eyeglasses; Grovetown Lions Club Eyeglass Program, P.O. Box 248, Grovetown 30813

Food pantry

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1959 Appling-Harlem
Highway, Appling; Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 541-2834

CSRA Republican Women’s meeting

CSRA Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. July 25, Jones Creek Country Club, 777 Jones Creek Drive; speaker, Mary Cunningham, coordinator for Health Care for Homeless Veterans; social and dinner begin at 6 p.m.; dinner costs $12; business meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free; RSVP on or before July 21; (706) 830-5730

Female veterans

11 a.m. first Saturdays; The Women’s Veterans Club; $24 per year; April Starks at (706) 868-5601

Christian singles

6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, off Evans to Locks Road; dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; refreshments; Augusta Christian Singles; $8 members, $10 others; (762) 233-1978

Gold prospectors

Gold Prospectors Association of America, 7-9 p.m. second Thursdays, Dayspring Baptist Church, 4220 Belair Frontage Road; (706) 496-4611

Meditations

4:30 p.m. Wednesdays,
Mind­body Stress Reduct­ion Programs, 4210 Colum­bia Road Suite 4A, Martinez; Mindfulness and Expansive Meditations; $15,
$5 students with ID; (706) 496-3935, mindbodystressreduction
.com

Writers group

6:30 p.m. third Mondays, Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Road; CSRA Writers Group; free, bring eight copies of up to 10 pages of work (double-spaced); (706) 836-7315

Wine tastings

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

For more local events or to post an upcoming event, visit events.augusta.com.

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Pet Adoptions

Sun, 7/17/2016 12:00 AM
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Partnership to teach disabled vets to flyfish

Wed, 7/13/2016 12:02 AM

 

Project Healing Waters of Augusta and Augusta Warrior Project will hold a fly-fishing event at 8:30 a.m. on Friday to teach those with a 30 percent or more service-connected disability how to fly fish. The event will take place at Fort Gordon. Visitors should allow time to get through security and the gate. The initial meet-up will be at the post game check station at the intersection of 15th Street and North Range Road. The group will then convoy to the Clay Pit. Drinks and bug spray will be provided. If it rains the days before the event, anyone wishing to volunteer a four-wheel-drive vehicle may do so. Gear will be provided (if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it) and a fishing license will not be necessary. RSVP with augustaphwff@gmail.com.

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