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Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree celebrates with gala

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Richmond County’s new sheriff began a tradition Friday night aimed at allowing people to mingle with law enforcement and raise money for Augusta charities.

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Scott Peebles (right) smiles at his wife Mandi Peebles (left) during the Richmond County sheriff's gala.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Scott Peebles (right) smiles at his wife Mandi Peebles (left) during the Richmond County sheriff's gala.

The Legends Club on Wash­ing­ton Road was full of tuxedos and floor-length gowns at the Inaugural Char­ity Gala honoring Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

The 300-person dinner was sold out Thursday afternoon, thanks to sponsors who purchased full tables of 10 and donated a few seats back to the sheriff’s office, Lt. Lewis Blanchard said.

Having people interact with law enforcement was one of the goals of the night, Roundtree said.

“Tonight is a new beginning for Augusta,” he said. “Everyone getting together. We got business owners; we got citizens and elected officials.”

Proceeds from the tickets, which cost $150 per person or $250 per couple, went to five local charities: Augusta Partnership for Children, SafeHomes of Augusta, Woun­ded Warriors, Easter Seals and Golden Harvest Food Bank.

“That’s what my administration is going to be about,” Round­tree said. “It’s about partnership.”

The night began with a cocktail hour, then moved to the dining room for a program that included an invocation and blessing from state Sen. Hardie Davis and remarks from former Mayor Bob Young.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver spoke about Roundtree being part of a new generation of leaders in Augusta, and how he hopes they can work as a team. He touched on how Roundtree made history as the county’s first black sheriff and said he has a “tremendous” opportunity to be a role model for young men.

“I want to support him in that,” Copenhaver said.

Blanchard said the gala was an opportunity for the Round­tree administration to make allies in the community.

With 250 employees in the sheriff’s office, they can only see so much. But with the rest of the citizens’ help, they can cover the rest, he said.

“Tonight is about everyone getting together in a relaxed environment,” he said. “We will be in the community. This is just one of those ways.”

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Clayton said the night was also to celebrate his longtime friend and colleague.

“We are here to celebrate the sheriff,” he said. “This is a great night to do that.”

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/05/13 - 07:44 am
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shameful political gathering nothing more than the

usual suspects in the room.

Towards the Comment sold out on Thursday night.... Yeah ! Right!
It was likely Power Broker reserved seating from day one.

Regarding the full of tuxedos and floor-length gowns dress.... Sheriff Roundtree while you are out rolling and hob nobbing with rich ... what about the 90% that got you elected? How many could have even afforded the TUX or gown rental? Any plans for them?

Right now after this Lifestyles of the Better off and powerful shameful event, I now have a picture of you in my mind singing theme song from a TV show called the Jefferson's

My Running score was at 5/0 after this joke it is now 5/2.

Even if ALL of the "acquired funds" donated to the homeless.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/05/13 - 07:46 am
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The eyes don't lie

I bet the eyes were on Scott as much as they were on Rtree.....this will be interesting to say the least.....I wish him well.....Lordy...we know Augusta needs a great Sheriff...

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/05/13 - 08:20 am
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Confused?

Just who or what paid for the rental of the Legend's club, the fancy tables, the food, and all the other pompous displays of stupidity. It said "Proceeds from the tickets, which cost $150 per person or $250 per couple, went to five local charities: Augusta Partnership for Children, SafeHomes of Augusta, Woun­ded Warriors, Easter Seals and Golden Harvest Food Bank" so why do I think not ALL proceeds went to these charities? If in fact they did then why did people so generously "donate" their money to provide this "celebration" for Roundtree. I think a man with true class would have went into office without all this fanfare and true show of color. Augusta should be embarrassed by such a display but then again it is Augusta we are talking about so no big surprise there.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/13 - 11:26 am
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Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/05/13 - 08:25 am
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Opencurtain@6:44 am
Kinda early for you to be hating on the people who attended the gala.
I never got tickets to a governors' gala but I bet the mayor and some others in that room did. Good for them.

Have a good day.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/13 - 11:26 am
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Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/05/13 - 08:42 am
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Omnomnom Well said @7:25.

Omnomnom
Well said @7:25. This attitude to paint everyone who votes for a democrat as looking for a Handout is insulting but I don't expect it to stop. Rush and Romney said it so it must be true.
It does not reflect well on a community nor a people who daily hurl those kinds of insults.

Just think if you we're an investor and all you knew about Augusta could be gleaned from the blogs. Not a pretty picture with all the negativity here.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/05/13 - 08:42 am
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Omnomnom Well said @7:25.

Omnomnom
Well said @7:25. This attitude to paint everyone who votes for a democrat as looking for a Handout is insulting but I don't expect it to stop. Rush and Romney said it so it must be true.
It does not reflect well on a community nor a people who daily hurl those kinds of insults.

Just think if you we're an investor and all you knew about Augusta could be gleaned from the blogs. Not a pretty picture with all the negativity here.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/06/13 - 08:54 am
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Well it would seem that the

Well it would seem that the Roundtree supporters who seem to back his every move don't seem to know who funded all this fanfare either. Instead they harp on "negativity". Yes I find it appalling that someone would have a dinner costing $150 to $250 while crime is at an all time high in the county they were elected sheriff of. Why not be out of the streets pounding the pavement meeting all those "promises" of making the city a better place?? No instead we have a silly "gala" to show that we are "the FIRST black sheriff of Richmond county". Yet we are trying to improve race relations. Yeah right.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/13 - 11:26 am
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corgimom
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corgimom 01/05/13 - 09:25 am
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And here I was always under

And here I was always under the impression that a host gets to choose what kind of event they will have. If that's what Sheriff Roundtree wanted to do, why should anyone have minded?

I think that he is saying, in a very clear way, "Things have changed". Why should he do everything the way that Ronnie Strength did them? He got voted into office because people weren't happy with the old way of doing things, remember?

There are some folks that just aren't happy unless they are complaining about something, and "sour grapes" comes to mind.

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AutumnLeaves 01/05/13 - 09:59 am
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$150 per person/300 people attended?

If it was $150 per person and approximately 300 people attended and another media source said they raised $10,000 plus, where did the rest of the money go and who is accountable for it? We don't want the specter of "fund-raisers past" (thrown by people now in Federal Prison) gone awry to taint the present. And corgimom, apparently you haven't lived here in awhile or you would know why people are concerned and some are complaining. It is better to ask questions now than later.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/05/13 - 10:53 am
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FYI

Roundtree did not run against Strength and beat him. Strength retired.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/05/13 - 10:56 am
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New Year's Day

If Roundtree was out "pounding the pavement" then why is it reported that on the first murder of the year and his new term he was quoted saying he was "with family". Which to me speaks volumes that you were just too busy on a day when others had to work to give a comment because it was your "day off".

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/13 - 11:25 am
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a crazy old man 01/05/13 - 11:20 am
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Politician

Chill out people he’s a career politician now so, he has to hob knob with the want’a’be’somebodies to make them happy plus, you should be happy for him because, just a week ago he couldn’t legally afford to pay $150.00 for a plate of food much less hang out with the ones that can legally afford to.

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InChristLove 01/05/13 - 01:51 pm
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I have no issue with the new

I have no issue with the new sheriff holding a gala in celebration and think it's wonderful that the money is going to charities but what I have a concern with is the statement "Richmond County’s new sheriff began a tradition Friday night aimed at allowing people to mingle with law enforcement..."

It's not the ones that can afford $150 dinner plates law enforcement needs to mingle with, it's society that can barely afford a $10 dinner plate that would benefit more with the comradery.

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palmetto1008 01/05/13 - 02:08 pm
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Hats off to your 12:51, ICL.
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Hats off to your 12:51, ICL. On target on both counts.

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rebellious 01/05/13 - 02:09 pm
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Deletes

Sure were a lot of comments deleted in this thread!

As for those who can't afford the $150 a plate......Let them eat cake!

There is a new Aristocracy today. The nouveau Powerful. My hope is they will handle this newly found prestige and authority better than some Lotto winners handle their new fortunes.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

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AutumnLeaves 01/05/13 - 03:40 pm
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Aristocracy

rebellious: are you pulling our legs? This is a Republic with Democratic checks and balances. This is not an aristocracy nor are our citizens aristocrats, even if there are some that pretend to be to make up for some personal insecurities or sheer pretentiousness. Or are you mixing up the United States of America with an older country named the United Kingdom, also known as England? Who in the world are you thinking are the "nouveau Powerful?" People that show up to extravagant events in tails and gowns are generally obligated and required to be present; somewhat of a command performance. How is that powerful?

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Sean Moores 01/07/13 - 11:30 am
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@ rebellious

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