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The Rube Goldberg Machine Family Friendly First Friday! 5-10 p.m. After 10, hang on cause yo’ ass bout to get tossed… unless you are over 21. If you’re 18-21 you can still hang around, just not on Broad between 13th and 7th. We’re gonna be keeping an eye on you as you wander the safe sidewalks pulsating with the reassuring strobe of blue lights. You may be asking yourself how do you sort out thousands of people, find the ones under 21 and flush them out… and keep them out… for five hours while the grown folks hang around and drink? Through an operation reminiscent of a Rube Goldberg machine. Here’s the plan: Vendors and side streets should be clear by 10 p.m. 21 and over entertainment district, with a strictly enforced curfew by the Sheriff’s Department. Consider using volunteer college students and the military to hold the line. CADI will supply basic security until 3 a.m., along with a visible police presence with officers on foot between 13th and 7th Street. Don’t drive away law-abiding citizens. Consider alternatives to roadblocks. Who. The. Hell. Wants to hang out in an area besieged by cops, volunteer students, blue lights, military, roadblocks that are alternatives to roadblocks, etc.? Here’s an idea. Save the enormous effort and cost of the 21 and up afterparty and end it at 10. Who benefits from the second phase? Restore order to First Friday via a strong police presence on the sidewalks, and at curfew send them packing. What exactly would the draw be to go to First Friday for grown folks? The level of harassment and BS one would most likely endure would be pretty high. Most would likely avoid it altogether and come down another time. So the plan to enhance the bar business would most likely worsen it.

Slip Slidin’ Away Lori Davis seized center stage quite a few times in recent days, but instead of coming away with newfound credibility and increased influence, the Harrisburg resident found herself pretty much where she’s always been, which is slipping further and further down the totem pole. Sitting in the front row at last Thursday’s Commission Work Session on the TEE Center parking deck management agreement, which Davis and her minions have nursed from for months, she was brutalized by Augusta Riverfront’s Paul Simon, whose gleeful dismissal was unmistakable. “You see all this stuff on these blogs that’s just wrong,” he said. “They had me on a little street sweeper.” He was talking about her website, of course, which to hear her tell it is the only newsgathering organization in town. Then, turning around to look directly at her, he proceeded to explain exactly what he felt was wrong about the story about him and the street sweeper. Not only did he explain exactly what he felt was wrong about the story, but nearly all the commissioners were laughing with him as he spoke. The commissioners, who have been locked in a complicated tug of war with Simon over the management of the TEE Center parking deck, snickered along with him like a bunch of fraternity brothers. The snickering continued when Simon took another jab at the press. “Not the good press,” he said. “But the bad press.” Davis sat tall and took it, but the flagrant disregard the commissioners displayed for someone who is campaigning to become one of them made it clear how little they respect her. This is the same woman, of course, who posted what amounted to a “Help us!”



message on the ABC News Facebook page after the First Friday shootings. “This needs national attention,” she wrote. “Augusta Ga. is a corrupt city on the political level. No money for proper law enforcement because it goes into the pockets of the wealthiest families every year at the detriment of the citizens. We need the help of the National media. We have a story to tell and 100’s of documents to prove our story. Won’t you help us???” ABC News responded by taking down the post. Then, Tuesday, she appeared before the commission on the day they were voting on the forensic audit of the parking deck and the management contract. The title of her presentation was “These are the Times That Try Men’s Souls — Who Owns Your Soul?” In typical Lori Davis form, she lambasted the commission for being too lazy to act on the information she and her group of like-minded individuals have dug up for them, called out Fred Russell (who was messing around with his Blackberry while she spoke) and then accused Simon of being a shrewd businessman who might be a little too good at making money. “Moral bankruptcy and the pursuit of monetary gain is an affront to hard-working, taxpaying honest citizens,” she said, before winding up her little speech. A few minutes later, after an outside auditor heaped praise upon the city’s management, Russell subtly but deliberately fired back. “You have people who are flat crazy when it comes to government and how it works and don’t have a clue how things really happen,” he said. “Those people are entitled to their opinions. Those people are entitled to their five minutes of fame, but those people need to recognize that we’ve got 2,700 people here that work very hard for the 200,000 people that live here and have a very good track record of success and getting things done.”



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What It Is, Why You Should Care and Oh God My Head Hurts Last week, the Boston Globe reported that Mitt Romney remained the CEO and stock controller of Bain Capital — the embattled financial services firm that specializes in buying out smaller companies, breaking them up and selling off their assets — for several years after 1999. Unless you’re a deaf, dumb and blind hunk of meat a la the “Johnny Got His Gun” narrator, you’ve probably read about it by now. Every liberal and centrist media outlet is picking up on the story, finally — finally — calling Romney’s team out on the porous foundation of his only real campaign talking point: that, as a successful businessman, Romney is more qualified to turn around a still struggling economy. He and his cohorts are still more concerned with sabotaging that very economy, not to mention making wholly symbolic, wholly idiotic votes in the GOP-controlled House to repeal the Affordable Care Act than concentrate on a tangible, alternative plan to create jobs. But, y’know, whatever. The current incarnation of the Republican Party is more interested in smoke screens made out of “real American values” and “what our forefathers intended.” As if those are objective things that we can all agree on. No one knows what our forefathers intended; at that point in history, they couldn’t have even conceived of the technological, sociological advances that our culture would make. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, great statesmen and rhetoricians though they were, were no soothsayers. Jefferson was reputed to have drunk at least five large snifters of brandy every night at a local oyster house. For a real fortune teller, that’s like carving up a corpse’s palm to read its future. It’s bad enough when politicians of any party or creed presume to know the minds of 17th and 18th century aristocrats. Abraham Lincoln certainly accomplished some great and noble things, changing the course of America’s history as we know it, but read a few different biographies of the man, his papers and the Civil War chapters of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States,” and the sainted version of him we were all taught as middle schoolers begins to unravel faster than a Dan Brown plot point. It is, however, especially infuriating and insulting when someone assumes to know the minds of his nearly one billion contemporaries. To be clear: I don’t think Mitt Romney believes he can read minds. If he could, he would panic when he realized we could see David Koch’s hand up his ass. The man is not stupid, but worse: he thinks America is stupid. About eight months ago, New York Times political columnist Paul Krugman penned an op-ed discussing Romney’s “post-truth” campaign against Barack Obama. One of many juicy bits reads thusly: “Over all, Mr. Obama’s positions on economic policy resemble those that moderate Republicans used to espouse. Yet Mr. Romney portrays the president as the second coming of Fidel Castro and seems confident that he will pay no price for making stuff up. “Welcome to post-truth politics. “Why does Mr. Romney think he can get away with this kind of thing? Well, he has already gotten away with a series of equally fraudulent attacks. In fact, he has based pretty much his whole campaign around a strategy of attacking Mr. Obama for doing things that the president hasn’t done and believing things he doesn’t believe.” Krugman goes on to list a few of the most glaring examples, bits I’ve mostly covered before in these same pages — or website, which is how I recommend you read this if you’re in the Soul Bar, where it feels like you can grab the darkness in your jaws — but we can briefly run them down anyway:



1. That Obama has “declared war on free enterprise.” It’s a crock of s**t, Romney knows it and so does everyone else. Trying to turn America into an actual, honestto-Trotsky, Soviet-gray commie paradise is next to impossible. The livelihood of our country is based around free enterprise, and our president is all for it. This slobbering nonsense stems exclusively from two major narratives. The first is national healthcare and — let’s just nip this in the bud right now, shall we? — anyone who tries to convince you that decent coverage for all American citizens isn’t a wholly beneficial and awesome thing should be forced to watch Tonya Harding’s sex tape until their eyes bleed. The second is that Obama believes taxes on the wealthy should be higher. As in, back to what they were in the 1990s. As in, somewhere near what the freaking middle and lower financial brackets pay. Economists have gone on the record saying that the increased tax would do little to alleviate the national debt. While mathematically true, it’s beside the point. The tools at the disposal of the super-rich — offshore accounts, assets tied up in various business ventures and mergers — are all designed for them to “earn” ungodly incomes, while ensuring they give back comparatively miniscule amounts. A credit union account just can’t measure up. Even Warren Buffett is calling bulls**t. 2. That Obama has slashed defense budgets. I’ll keep this one quick, and just point you to the numbers. Military spending has steadily increased under Obama’s administration. I’ll repeat that: military spending has increased, under a Democratic president, since we let a bomb-crazy “Hee-Haw” extra run this country for eight years. Now scoop your brains off the wall behind you and keep reading. The presidential race is, and has been for a long time, more of a tragically drawnout reality show than an election. I’ve said before: a reckoning is slowly coming, one where the quasi-militaristic cliques of liberals and conservatives won’t entirely die out, but will fade into the background in favor of a national dialogue more resembling a free exchange of actual ideas rather than crazed diatribes. For the time being, though, it seems each side is hunkering down — yes, each side, though I’m putting conservatives on particular blast here — plugging their fingers into their ears and saying “LA LA LA LA LA!” Truth is a funny thing. It exists in the sort of weird vacuum inhabited only by other absolutes, its presence in the real world obscured by the forced realities symptomatic of perpetual lies. There are documented cases of people having so convinced themselves they’re suffering from a certain condition that their bodies start to behave accordingly. This November, Romney’s team will assume that the American populace is as psychologically sound as a head-case’s crossed wiring. And no one, short of a few journalists whose reputations — or in my case, lack thereof — provide them little to lose, is calling him on it. For now, I’m done with creativity, with metaphors, with pop references. Mitt Romney is a liar. He is a cheater, an automaton, a puppet, a pathologically greedy bastard and he assumes that you are stupid. There is no graceful way to end this.

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Strength Endorsed Peebles Long Ago There is a bit of irony in this advice coming from a twice-divorced man. Then again, maybe I can speak from a similar perspective: If Sheriff Ronnie Strength’s wife is what is keeping him from openly endorsing Scott Peebles, he needs to cut her loose. He can get a new and better wife quicker than Augusta can get a new and better sheriff if the wrong guy comes out as a winner in this November’s election. By the way, that is not a dig at Mrs. Strength, but it is a dig at the mess our central city is going to be in if someone other than Scott Peebles (or Freddie Sanders) wins that office. A victory in November for his long-chosen successor Peebles first depends on a victory in the Democratic primary, and at this point in the proceedings, it is going to take a massive statement from Augusta’s public safety conscious citizens in the form of ballot box support. We all know that the still popular and politically powerful incumbent would not have blinked at making a loud and proud endorsement of his young and faithful captain, until, of course, his woefully underqualified brother-in-law stuck his nose into the contest. Road Patrol Lt. Robbie Silas had never expressed much interest in running for the job, but his big sister had other plans. Many close to the sheriff say Mrs. Strength is pushing her little brother harder in this election than she ever pushed her husband, because, of course, that was something she never had to do. His associates actually claim that she has made it clear that there will be hell to pay if the sheriff actively speaks up for Peebles before the primary is over. He may not be speaking up for Peebles right now, but he sure ain’t speaking up for his kinfolk, either. You have to hope that accusation about Mrs. Strength squeezing her husband’s service pistol like a steel trap is a flat out fabrication, because Lord knows if it were true, that would make her a real... um... piece of work, now wouldn’t it? Theoretically, it would take a really horrible, nasty, shrill human being to threaten to make her husband miserable over a political race involving a job that he has loved and cherished longer than he has loved and cherished her. Theoretically. Certainly no one short of an A-1 wicked witch (feel free to insert the consonant of your choice) would issue such a silly edict. No one blames Mrs. Strength for wanting to see her little brother do well, but as long as she has


been married to the sheriff, she has to know who he thinks is the best man for the job. But hey, maybe she doesn’t care what he thinks? Ordinarily, if Peebles stood against Silas mano-a-mano in virtually any professional or intellectual contest, the captain would rip the lieutenant to shreds. I mean, it would be an embarrassment. But politics rarely resembles any professional or intellectual contest. We are living in a world where, in 2008, an upstart rookie senator with no track record of political or personal consequence beat the pants off a decorated, disabled war veteran, who happened to be one of the most experienced and well-respected members of the U.S. Senate. Even though Barack Obama was one of the most partisan voices of the Senate, and John McCain one of the most respected by members of both major parties, Obama killed him in the election for the White House. On paper, Obama was not in his league. If the presence of Silas in this primary is keeping the sheriff’s mouth shut, he needs to consider the consequences of someone less than the man he has been grooming for this office taking over. Of course, if voters are as smart as they need to be, all they need to consider is the platform and power Strength has given Peebles as his chief mouthpiece and investigative right hand over the last few years. Strength may have shared holiday meals with Silas, but he never made him an administrator with real power, or put him in a position of high authority within the department he runs. He did that for Scott Peebles. Actually, he just gave Peebles the chance to advance; the captain secured, maintained and expanded on those opportunities all by himself. Sheriff Strength made his endorsement of Captain Scott Peebles a long, long time ago. The sheriff says Lt. Silas is a great street cop, one of the best, and I won’t argue that point. But if you think Ronnie Strength wants anyone but Peebles to come out on top in this Democratic primary for sheriff, you must be criminally insane.


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Ivey feels he’s the best choice to lead



Sheriff’s Lt. John Ivey makes no bones about it — he thinks he is the best man to replace Ronnie Strength as sheriff of Richmond County. “I actually believe I’m the only one who can be fair,” he says. “I’ve worked with them all. I know them all — that’s why I’m in this race. This county deserves better.” An African-American with 32 years on the force, Ivey has seen many changes in Augusta, but he insists things are still lagging behind at the Sheriff’s Office, which he says is plagued by an unfair promotion system that is costing Augusta good law enforcement officers “A lot of them will tell you they don’t have a future,” he says. “When they talk about not having a future, they don’t have any way of advancing because of who they are.” The promotion process, he says, is too centralized. And too white. “I don’t know how these people are chosen [for the promotions board], but I know this — they’re all white,” he says. “And that itself is a


problem.” Ivey is old enough to remember a time when blacks couldn’t patrol certain areas and when they couldn’t go into certain businesses, and while that has changed, he says the thinking about black officers hasn’t. “It’s sad to say because a lot of officers that are white got there because of that,” he says. “That’s the reason, because they knew somebody. That’s what’s wrong with the department, and that hasn’t changed. They don’t want it to change, because their families get jobs and their families get opportunities.” While he was able to work his way through the system, he says it was never easy. “It’s always been a system I’ve recognized,” he says. “To the new generation — it’s hard for them. They work hard and they know they don’t have a future — that’s why they leave. Me — I knew how to get around it and how to









accept it, but the new ones won’t stay because they want it to be fair, and it’s not fair. I don’t care what you say or how they print it, it’s not fair.” Ivey takes special issue with something fellow candidate Scott Peebles said in his interview with the Metro Spirit, when he related that Sheriff Strength has said he wouldn’t lower standards just to hire someone who’s “white, black, female or anything else.” “It says white, black, female or anything, but it’s implying that he’s talking about blacks because the focus here was about blacks,” he says. “He can add anything he wants, but he’s talking about blacks, and that’s a slap in the face.” Ivey says he’s committed to making the Sheriff’s Office more representative of the community. “I want to even it up to make sure the department reflects the community, and the only way you’re going to do that is by having more black officers than white,” he says. “It might not get there during my term, but I want to be more reflective — the ratio is just too large.” Though he favors community policing, he says it wouldn’t have to cost more money. To him, community policing means that officers are more familiar with their beats and more in touch with their problems. “When I was out there working the street, I found that if you got along with the public, the public gets along with you, and when something happens, they’ll tell you,” he says. “And that’s what he has to do. You have to develop that type of relationship between the public and the officers. They’ll see we’re approachable and they won’t be running away.” Part of that, he says, comes from showing the public respect. “I tell officers all the time that we are no better than the ones we serve,” he says. “You may be in a better position because you have a job, but we’re a service company and you can’t look down on anybody.” He maintains the recent incident at Augusta’s First Friday celebration, where six people were shot, three of whom were under 18, is an example of a lack of responsibility and the erosion of the family unit. “I really believe that we have a responsibility more than just enforcing the law,” he says. “We have to be leaders.”


They have to be leaders, he says, because the community lacks role models. “There are two generations of kids who have not been chastised or punished at school or chastised or punished at home,” he says. “So what you have is grown ups or older children who have not learned respect, who have not even learned what respect is. After a while, it’s going to be a community full of leftovers, and we’re going to have chaos.” Given the fact that he feels law enforcement has to lead by example, he says he is the most appropriate candidate for the times. “Open my closet — you’re not going to find anything,” he says. “Open these other guys’ closets, there’s no telling what you might find. They won’t find things in my closet.” He’s running now, he says, because this is the first time he’s had a real opportunity, given the circumstances. “I have a family and I had to take care of that family,” he says. “Now, financially, I’m in a better position. If something happens, I can retire and it won’t hurt my family.” In other words, running for sheriff from within has always been a dangerous game. “I don’t know of any other candidates in the past that ran for sheriff that was with the Sheriff’s Department after the sheriff was elected,” he says. “And if you let someone know you’re running before, you don’t stay there long — you’re got to remember, you work at the pleasure of the sheriff.” There is no position more powerful, he says, which is why there is so much at stake. “It’s all about control,” he says. “You’re controlling jobs, you decide who gets investigated. That’s what it’s all about. It’s all about that power and control, and they don’t want to lose that.” The fact that he’s black makes his run for office especially dangerous. “They can’t get me because of my background,” he says. “They have to physically do away with me, and I doubt if they’ll go to that point right now.” But is that kind of fear really rational? Has he honestly feared that kind of retaliation? “I have in the past, because there’s so much at stake here,” he says. “You can’t put anything beyond anybody.”





Crime Happens Your Weird Week in Crime

Is Augusta-Richmond County really as crime ridden as you think it is? As the crimes and the times change, so will the report. Keep it in your pants please On Monday, June 9, at a Family Dollar parking lot, an Augusta woman parked her car when she noticed a man in the car next to her masturbating in the driver’s seat of his car. When the suspect noticed he had an audience, he drove off as the woman contacted authorities. On Saturday, June 13, an Augustan woman received a text picture message of a penis from a local number she was not familiar with. Ear infection: The line you don’t cross On Monday, June 9, an Augusta man was pulled out of his vehicle by three men who took his cash and GPS unit. One of the robbers took a blunt object and struck the victim in his left ear, damaging the cartilage. When the deputy and medical unit arrived, the man initially refused medical treatment and was unsure if he was going to press charges. Once the victim discovered that his ear was infected after receiving treatment from Doctors Hospital, he was willing to press charges. Teamwork gets the job done On Tuesday, June 10, an Augusta man entered Sears and placed a planer into his shopping cart. He pushed it into the back of the store and began to talk to another Sears employee. At that time, a female went to the cart and pushed it out of the store without paying for the planer. Later, both of them got into the same vehicle and departed. Cleanliness and thievery go hand in hand On Tuesday, June 10, a homeless Augustan woman entered University Hospital with an empty suitcase, taking 18 rolls of toilet paper from several restrooms. When the suspect was apprehended, she apparently had a special key that was given to her by a friend that allowed her to take the toilet paper. No words… just what the heck? On Thursday, June 12, an Augusta woman was invited to a house by a man named “Perp” to hang out. While the woman was there, she drank alcohol and smoked some marijuana. She said she had sex with an unknown man and another man approached her for sexual favors. When she left the location she forgot her phone, causing her to try to retrieve it. She stated that another unknown man had her phone and fled the apartment. That’s when she called RCSO. She did not want to press charges, but just wanted the SIM card back. According to the incident report, at the time of contact, her eyes were bloodshot, alcohol was on her breath and she changed her story numerous times. Crime totals for the week 121 counts of larceny (both felony and misdemeanor) 45 counts of invasion of privacy 17 counts of assault 15 counts of burglary with forced entry (time unknown) 14 counts of financial fraud 13 counts of burglary with forced entry (night time) 12 counts of recovered property 10 counts of forgery Nine counts of property damage Nine counts of property damage Eight counts of robbery Six counts of burglary with forced entry (daytime) Six counts of burglary with no forced entry (daytime) Three counts of identity fraud Three counts of burglary with no forced entry (time unknown) Three counts of theft/mislaid property Three counts of sex offenses Two counts of terroristic threats One count of marijuana possession One count of suspicious circumstances One count of trouble with suspect One count of burglary with no forced entry (night time) One count of weapon offenses One count of kidnapping of an adult 19JULY2012

Space — The Final Frontier Been There, Done That

This past weekend, the wife and kids left me to fend for myself while they enjoyed some time at the beach. On the plus side, I found myself with an interesting Friday night TV dilemma. The SyFy channel was running a “not bad” B-grade vampire movie, “True Bloodthirst.” Being someone that is always up for bad science fiction, I’m thinking this might be a rare opportunity to enjoy without interruption. However during the first commercial break, I discovered that G4 is streaming ComicCON Live! What’s worse, I just happened to catch it while they were interviewing the MythBusters! Hence the dilemma… to flick or not to flick? That was the question. Ultimately, the vampires won out. While “The Walking Dead” obstacle course was prime (you know I love zombies!), I finally gave up on ComicCON after listening to the third celebrity nerd talk about they had the opportunity to buy Amazing Fantasy No. 15 back in 1982 and how they wished it was part of their collection. Blah-blahblah. These people really need to get a life. Have you notice that we’ve transitioned into a new age of science fiction? Starting in the late-’70s, space age, future-based sci-fi dominated the genre. Let’s go through the list… “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters,” “ET,” “The Last Starfigher,” “Alien,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Blade Runner,” “Star Trek (II, IV & VI),” “Tron,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Terminator,” “Back to the Future,” “Cocoon,” “The Running Man,” “Predator,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Coneheads,” “Independence Day,” “Contact,” “Gattaca,” “Jurassic Park,” “Men in Black,” “Starship Troopers,” “Galaxy Quest” and “The Matrix.” These are just a sampling of the awesome science fiction that was produced in the last 30 years. The TV serials define much of the last generation of science fiction. Starting in the late 1980s, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and its follow-ons fully realized the full potential of the 1960s franchise. Even 20 years later, Data is still the coolest robot ever, and I’m still not comfortable with a Klingon in a Federation uniform. (BTW — How the heck did Whoopi Goldberg get on the show?) On another front, Jean-Luc’s contemporaries were Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. “The X-Files” took us through hidden government secrets that included UFOs, aliens, government conspiracies, The Smoking Man and other strange paranormals. (Is it possible to be a “normal” paranormal? I’ll have to think on that…) “Star Trek” eventually yields to another great space exploration serial, “Stargate SG-1.” Set in the present day, Stargate strips much of the fantasy from “Star Trek.” In many ways, the story becomes more compelling. We learn that ancient Egyptian culture is actually the creation of the Goa’uld. The series creatively connects virtually all ancient legends to past encounters with aliens. Unfortunately, after nearly 30 years of space alien plot lines, the well ran dry. The best SGU could MacGyver-up was to simply go into deep freeze. So where are we today? Hercules and Xena saw it coming several years ago. So did Harry, Hermione and Ron. While most of us were exploring the galaxy, a rift in the space-time continuum opened that could only be filled with magic. Jean-Luc transformed into an X-Man. The Mummy arose from the sands of Hamunaptra. Peter Parker obtained his spider senses. Zombies started leaving The Hive. And in their own special ways, Bella, Edward and Jacob, as well as Selene and the Lycans, bring romance to the world of bloodsuckers. Yes, my friends. The golden age of space adventure is over, and the T-virus of the supernatural has infected science fiction. This isn’t to say that time travel is over or that you shouldn’t enjoy great movies about pirates or Avengers. You should. I only offer a simple prayer to those whose imagination will always remain in a place found a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away: May the force be with you. Until next time, I’m off the grid @gregory_a_baker. GREGORY A. BAKER, PH.D, is vice president and chief rocket scientist for CMA, which provides information technology services to CSRA businesses and nonprofits.





Deep Pool

As the new statewide jury pool system continues to summon the dead, officials struggle to keep the system running smoothly. Joan Shackleford, director of jury services in Richmond County, said that while the new system — put in place after House Bill 415 was signed into law last year, expanding the jury pool from 20,000 to 194,000 — may continue to summon not only deceased Richmond County residents for jury duty, but also convicted felons and foreign aliens, there is little her “one-woman-operated” department can do about it. Due to the change in law, all names previously abstracted from juror selection will now be at the court’s disposal. “And it’s not just those who happen to be felons or non-U.S. citizens,” Shackleford divulged. “It’s also people who have been called up in the past who are over the age of 70 and have asked to have their names removed from the juror list. So, many of those individuals who have been classified as excused from jury duty are starting to receive summons again. The same also goes for people who have been exempted in the past for prominent medical issues which have been verified by their physicians.” Shackleford, who began adhering to the new system on July 2, went on to explain that many of these issues are typically addressed and handled as promptly as they appear, but since she lacks the authority to adjust or modify juror lists, Shackleford admitted that her understaffed office has received a heavy influx of complaints. “As far as complications are concerned, this new system has just about quadrupled everything for me work-wise,” she said. “I got over 500 phone calls last week, mostly from people saying that they no longer live in Georgia or that they met with me two years ago, filled out an affidavit and thought that they wouldn’t have to go through this process again. All of these individuals are now being placed back into the jury box and are wondering why. But our office has been working very diligently to communicate with everyone and clear up any problems that they may have.” Contrary to public belief, the old jury selection system was not one of “forced balancing,” according to Shackleford. She insisted that her department kept a specific number of jurors per box that was balanced according to race and gender in the county. “It was just the way we did it and it was legal,” she said. “There was nothing wrong with that system and it worked. What we did was prequalify jurors before they went into the jury box. With this new system, everybody is in there. But with the old system, it was much more stringent for someone to serve on a jury. Serving on a jury is a big honor and we wanted our juries to represent everyone in the

county and I believe we did that.” Cindy Mason, Columbia County’s clerk of Superior Court, cited that one reason behind the new jury pool expansion in Richmond County was attributed to individuals who were deliberately not registering to vote in an effort to stay out of the jury box. “The old [juror] lists used to go by those who were registered to vote,” Mason said. “But they amended the law so that jurors would be selected from the Georgia Department of Driver Services list of those registered with driving licenses. The Georgia Drivers list from the state and the voter’s registration list from the Secretary of State are now being merged into one list which Richmond County will receive as a certified jury pool from the state.” While the new jury system has its fair share of intricacies and complications, Mason believes that it will ultimately level the playing field in terms of those who are chosen to serve. “I’ve been told many times that it [the old system] was an unfair bias,” she said of rumblings surrounding why the new system was recently emplaced. “I think that this new system will offer a larger pool of citizens and therefore maybe some of the same citizens aren’t going to be chosen to serve over and over again.” Shackleford took a different angle, stating that those who have never had the chance to serve — but have always wanted to experience serving — will now be given that opportunity. “With this new system, we are going to touch a large audience,” Shackleford assured. “The jury box is wide open now. There’s going to be the bad ones — the felons, the deceased, etc. — but we’re touching the good ones as well; those who have always wanted to serve. But those who feel like they’re getting hit on [for jury duty] more than they should have been, their chances of being selected now are going to decrease considerably. They used to be one of 20,000. Now they’re one of 194,000.” Although the state is continuing to work the kinks out of their new jury pool system, Shackleford remains adamant about the merit and quality jurors are likely to experience while serving not only under the new system, but also in the county’s new courthouse. “The new building is absolutely juror-friendly,” she said. “It just amazes everyone when they come in and serve for the first time. I mean, you’re never going to witness the best part of life when you come down here to serve on a jury, but the facility is great and people love it.” Shackleford, who summons on average 600 to 700 citizens per week for jury duty, concluded by conjecturing that for every citizen against the new system, there are twice as many who endorse it. “We’ve received wonderful feedback despite most of the complaints,” she said. “The jurors are better off than they’ve ever been and I believe that this new system works better and is more in favor of the jurors than anything that we’ve done jury-wise in Richmond County.”

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game It’s easy to see how an incident like the recent First Friday shooting could be the death knell for the monthly street festival. For one thing, crowds — at least the kind of crowds merchants hope to attract — tend to shy away from places with a history of gunplay. And, without crowds, First Friday has no value. And without that value, many in the downtown area could suffer. Don’t forget, a few inches one way or the other and the story could have been completely different. As one person put it, it was a shooting that could have been a killing, and a First Friday killing would be a different thing entirely. For another thing, the late night violence and the problem of loitering teens is seen by some not just as the erosion of the family and evidence that Augusta needs to provide more for its youth, but it’s seen as a loss of control, which is especially troubling given the addition of the TEE Center and everything city leaders hope will come along with having a major convention center in the downtown. The timing of all this couldn’t be worse. The thing about a major problem like this — everybody’s got something to say. Everybody’s got a suggestion and, thanks to fast-thinking officials, everyone had someplace to say it. First, Mayor Deke Copenhaver held a meeting with stakeholders in his office at the Municipal Building. Topics included ways to fund First Friday security and ways a positive vibe might be brought back to the downtown. 19JULY2012

Copenhaver offered to give $5,000 toward that security seed money, and DDA Director Margret Woodard, who some consider a central figure in what should be happening, was eager to put the finger pointing behind them. Later in the day, the Downtown Advisor Panel, which was established in 2003 as group to assist the Downtown Development Authority regarding issues like zoning, alcohol licenses and other special needs in the downtown area, held a public meeting at the Ramada to discuss the future of the event. Several people spoke in favor of the event, including Susan Swanson of Broad Street’s Augusta Care Pregnancy, who said the lawlessness displayed late on First Friday was indicative of the present state of societal decay. “I think this is a picture of where we are in our culture,” she said. “In Augusta, we have no facilities that really reach out to youth, so youth are out there roaming. We’re focusing on getting businesses, and that’s good, but if you let the whole culture melt down, people are not going to come to town because crime is going to be so bad.” Another woman echoed Swanson’s sentiments. “If we put more concentration into Richmond County instead of one event, I believe that we’d be able to restore not just First Friday, but Richmond County as well.”


With the TEE Center Parking Deck strife heating up again and yet another First Friday incident threatening to eliminate the event, Augusta wonders what comes next Lori Davis addresses commission

That’s what’s so perplexing about the downtown problem. Every time someone brings up the lack of an adequate law enforcement presence, someone else brings up something like there should be more entertainment in the Common. A curfew is still part of the discussion, as is how to enforce one, but while part of the city worried about the future of First Friday, another segment of the city was looking to finally solving the whole TEE Center parking deck problem. “In my opinion, the center of downtown Augusta will change,” Augusta Riverfront LLC President Paul Simon told commissioners at a work session called to try to make some headway in the management agreement of the TEE Center parking deck. “The center of downtown Augusta is going to be on the corner of 9th and Reynolds.” Part of that is salesmanship, of course, but the fact of the matter is, the corner of 9th and Reynolds truly is shaping up to be the heart of downtown Augusta in spite of all the things certain groups have done to keep it from happening. With the Marriott, the existing convention center and now the new TEE Center anchoring one side of Reynolds and the parking deck anchoring the other, the city’s visiting population will be concentrated in that one spot. But visiting populations are not real compatible with the wandering crowds that follow up First Friday. Lose some locals because of the crowds and it’s bad. Lose a convention because of a bad experience, and the repercussions could be staggering. AUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT VOICE SINCE 1989



It would be one thing if there was actually someone in charge of First Friday, but there’s really not. So with no one controlling First Friday, it is an openended event that extends into the night with a cast of rowdy players nobody really wants. “Five years ago when you voted to be taxed for a third time as an owner in downtown Augusta, you were promised public safety as a number one objective of that program,” said Harrisburg activist and District 1 Commission candidate Lori Davis at the DAP meeting. “The program takes in $350,000-plus a year, so when anybody tells you that you need to start donating to another cause, you need to start pooling your resources or that you property owners down here need to come up with more money for public safety — you have already done it.” That sentiment was seconded by former DDA Director Chris Naylor. “I’d like to know where the DDA representative is,” he said at the evening meeting at which Woodard was not present. “They’re the economic tool for the commission for the downtown area. I question why they’re not involved in this

and all the incidents that are dominating the First Friday debate right now have little or nothing to do with the First Friday event. The shooting took place about two hours after First Friday was over. The only real plan to come out of the meetings came from Soul Bar owner Coco Rubio, who divided the event into two distinct events — a family friendly sidewalk experience from 5 to 10 p.m. and then a First Friday 21 and up Entertainment District from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. “I think we need to understand what’s going on from 5 to 10 and then from 10 until 3,” he said. The plan calls for utilizing student and military volunteers to clean up and provide basic security. It would enforce the curfew with a visible police presence, but some worry such an atmosphere would be inhibiting for those wishing to relax. While the late-night event strikes some as simply bars trying to piggyback off of First Friday’s success, gallery owners insist the earlier festival is a vital part of their business. In fact, First Friday started as a way to bring business to the Susan Swanson

meeting with their constituents. These are their constituents.” Naylor was frank about what First Friday has become. “It’s out of control,” he said. “And I think that the commission needs to listen and say one of the organizations involved in economic development in downtown Augusta should take responsibility for First Friday and work with a group to make sure First Friday from 6-10 is operated properly.” He also made it clear that the shooting 14 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT VOICE SINCE 1989

galleries of Artist’s Row. “We wanted to make certain that, like other cities, our downtown could grow based on the arts,” said Lisa Marks, chairman of Artist’s Row. The association of downtown galleries has been active since 1994. “It’s important for everyone to understand that our galleries make 25 to 30 percent of their monthly revenue just on First Friday,” she said. “If that were to go away, these galleries would have to close their doors and think about what 19JULY2012


your downtown would look like.” Like Naylor, she was quick to make a distinction between the official festival and what occurs after.

“We believe that First Friday ends at 10 and just what happens after that really isn’t associated with our event,” she said. More meetings are planned and

certainly many more discussions will take place before even the smallest change will occur. But one thing is for sure — more people than ever have a stake in

what happens to downtown Augusta, and that in itself is a good thing, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

Lori Davis addresses DAP





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The Elephant and the Pickup

Fleming and Popplewell mix it up all the way to McDuffie County The District 121 race between former Majority Whip Barry Fleming and Appling businessman Mike Popplewell could be characterized as the elephant versus the pickup.

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Fleming is well known for his elephant, which he towed around the district until the word got out about the ordinances prohibiting mobile signs. Popplewell drives his own version of a mobile sign — a 1949 red Chevy truck. “I figured what’s more American than a Chevy truck,” he said with a chuckle. “Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” Popplewell, who has staked out the outsider position, continued to emphasize Fleming’s extensive time in office, aggressively going after Fleming on his tax policy. “I think his take on ending the income tax is kind of far fetched, because he was a ranking house member when he was there the last time and he attempted to try to get something in and it didn’t go,” he said. “As a freshman representative with no clout, I don’t think he could make much headway.” Fleming, however, insisted he was not running on his experience. “I’m more focused on the problems going forward with our state and the changes we need to make, particularly tax policy,” he said. “That’s something I had not focused on in the past, but I think it’s real important now, particularly with what’s going on at the federal level.” He insisted that a state-level battle for tax reform could revolutionize the nation’s tax structure. If Texas, Tennessee and Florida can do it, he said there was no reason Georgia couldn’t, either. “I think it’s something we could do in Georgia, and it would be a great economic boost to us because it would attract businesses now that we’re losing to other states,” he said. Though the people he talks to campaigning are worried about taxes, he said he’s found a general concern about the direction of the country, especially the growth of government. “I’m hearing a lot of frustration right now,” he said. Popplewell said that what he hears most is a frustration at wasteful spending, like the traffic circle the Georgia Department of Transportation has planned to minimize the severity of the accidents at the four-way intersection at Pumpkin Center. “I can’t find a single person in this community that agrees with that,” he said. “We’ve made it this far without having one there, so the point is, with the economy the way it is, can’t we survive a little longer without spending that kind of money?” Though both are from Columbia County — Fleming lives in Harlem, Popplewell in Appling — the battle lines seem to be forming in neighboring McDuffie County. According to Popplewell, 31 percent of the vote comes out of McDuffie County, which he felt gave him an advantage, since he’s been working there for the last 30 years. “I did a little survey of how many local businesses I’ve done business with over the years, and I’m up to 55,” he said. “So I’m known in McDuffie County.” Fleming, who had previously never campaigned in McDuffie County, said he was nevertheless pleased by the fact he’s been getting even support throughout the district, including McDuffie County. “I spend a lot of time in McDuffie County, and we’ve had a lot of support there,” he said. Popplewell said that in the couple of weeks leading up to the primary he is going to concentrate on pointing out the differences between the two of them. “My service has been in the community,” he said. “Conversely, I feel that Barry’s focus has kind of been political. This is his fifth campaign in 12 years and he’s applied for some judicial appointments.” And then, he said, there are some contradictions between Fleming’s position and what he’s actually done. “He’s talking about eliminating taxes, and yet he was chairman of the county commission when Columbia County passed that huge stormwater tax increase that Charles Allen is now talking about repealing,” he said. “He was the man in charge when that tax passed.” Though he certainly has a political resume, Fleming pointed out that he often ran unopposed, which makes campaigning now somewhat challenging. “This is a little bit of a new experience for me,” he said. “The one thing I like about it is, when you’ve got a state house district, you can actually meet people one-on-one.” 19JULY2012






What kinds of treasures can you find at a thrift store? Just about anything, which is what the Salvation Army hopes to prove at their First Class, Second Hand Fashion Show on Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nor th Leg Family Thrift Store. Emceed by NBC Augusta’s Liz Hill, the event will also include refreshments, crafts, gift bags, family passes to the Kroc Center and more. Visit




The Art Factory’s final youth project, a ceramic tile mural created by girls ages 15-17, will be unveiled Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center. Call 706-823-0440, ext. 3, or visit Call for Entries for the Augusta Photo Festival, which is October 27-November 4, is going on now through August 15. For contest rules and more information, visit Call 706-834-9742 or email

Heart Cultural Center through August 31. Call 706-826-4700 or visit Exhibition Opening Reception and Lecture: Strange Fruit and The Morris at Twenty, featuring artist Joseph Norman, is Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Free. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Works by Jesse Lee Vaughn and Lauryn Sprouse show in July at Gaartdensity Gallery downtown. Call 706-466-5166 or email

Active-duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission to the Morris Museum of Art through Sunday, September 2, as part of the museum’s participation in the Blue Star Museum program. Call 706-7247501 or visit

Photography Outreach Camp Exhibition will be on display in the Morris Museum of Art’s Education Gallery July 3-29. Call 706-724-7501 or visit


Friedman Branch Library Teen Photography Contest Exhibition shows at the library through July 24. Call 706-736-6758 or visit

Painters Freddie Flynt and Tricia Mayers exhibit their work at Sacred


Hamburg: The Forgotten Town, an historical exhibit on the town which flourished on the South Carolina banks near the modern Fifth Street Bridge, shows through August 24 at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta. Call 803-441-4380 or visit South Carolina Heart Gallery, a photographic exhibition featuring children in foster care waiting for adoption, shows in July at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Call 803-641-9094 or visit Adult Student Art Exhibition shows through July 28 at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Call 803-641-9094 or visit ASU/NYC Art Exhibition, featuring manipulated photography and wall-sized painting created by ASU students, shows in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art until July 23. Visit The Work of Ceramic Artist Kyungmin Park is on view through July 27 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Call 706-722-5495 or visit


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Ready to head back to class? Didn’t think so.

School Daze

It may be the middle of July but, if you’re the parent of a school-aged child, it’s already time to begin thinking about school supplies, clothing and, most horrifying of all, getting your child awake, dressed and fed before the tardy bell rings. Most parents know that now is the time to start getting kids used to that old sleep schedule again, but many may be confused about things like when orientations for the coming year are (not to mention the first day of school) or what their children need to bring with them. Fortunately, the three predominant counties in the CSRA have school systems with great websites and almost anything you need to know can be found online. However, just to make things easier, we’ve included the basics here, as well as information on a few upcoming events that aim to help you and your child have a great year. Heck, we’ve even printed the school calendar for Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties so you can just post it on the fridge. That way you’ll never forget anything… yeah, right.

THE BASICS Richmond County First Day of School: Monday, August 13 Registration and Orientation for new students: Thursday, August 9 Open Houses: Elementary Schools -- Friday, August 10, at 6 p.m. Middle Schools -- Tuesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. High Schools -- Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m. Columbia County First Day of School: Tuesday, August 7 Open Houses: Elementary Schools -- Friday, August 3, at 5 p.m. Middle Schools, grade 6 -- Thursday, August 2, at 3:30 p.m. Middle Schools, grades 7-8 -- Friday, August 3, at 3:30 p.m. High Schools -- Thursday, August 2, at 6 p.m. Aiken County First Day of School: Monday, August 20 Open Houses: Each school schedules open houses individually. To find out when your child’s school is holding theirs, go to the Aiken school district’s website and click on the link to the appropriate school. Free Tutoring Augusta State University’s Literacy Center offers one on one tutoring for those of all ages (kindergarten through adults) at their center on Magnolia Drive. Tutoring is offered Mondays-Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. While they do offer the service year-round, the center’s fall session begins Monday, August 27. For more information, call 706-737-1625.



GET READY Upcoming events help local families prepare for the school year Whether your child goes to public school, is homeschooled or you’ve been thinking about trying the latest fad in education -- virtual school -- Restoration Ministries in South Augusta wants to make sure you and your kids have everything you need for the upcoming school year by holding their first ever Education Success Community Incentive. Carolyn Green, who works for the church, says it’s something they’ve been wanting to do for a long time since they have so many teachers, administrators and other professionals in their congregation. The time was finally right, she said, and so, at the end of the month, a variety of professionals will speak about topics that include opportunities for homeschooled children, virtual school, bullying, parents’ rights, learning disabilities and more. “Each panelist will speak for about 5-6 minutes with an open forum at the end in which people can ask questions,” Green explained. “And each panelist will have a table with information. We know that everybody doesn’t like asking questions in an open forum, so those who don’t can talk to the panelists afterwards and the panelists can give away information.” Those who attend will learn much, Green said, such as the fact that low-income families who want to try virtual school but think they can’t afford the required laptop may actually qualify to receive one free. Or that there are a variety of programs for homeschooled children, including traveling basketball teams. The event will also include light refreshments and bags full of school supplies… while they last. And if it takes off, Green says they hope to hold the event again. “We would like to have this twice a year; spring and summer,” she said. “We decided on spring so that if people decide they want to homeschool, they can have the summer to get things together.” Education Success Community Incentive Restoration Ministries, 2404 Tobacco Road Saturday, July 28 10 a.m.-noon 706-796-1400

Other Back to School Events

South Carolina Connections Academy, a virtual public school serving K-12 students from across South Carolina, is hosting a series of free information sessions for parents and students interested in learning about their public school option, including the following:

Greenville Thursday, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Greenville 108 Carolina Point Pkwy. Greenville, SC 29605 Florence Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Holiday Inn Express Florence 3440 W. Radio Dr. Florence, SC 29501 Lexington Thursday, July 26 5:30-7 p.m. Lexington Main Library 5440 Augusta Rd. Lexington, SC 29072 Mt. Pleasant Monday, July 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Residence Inn Charleston Mt. Pleasant 1116 Isle of Palms Connector Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Rock Hill Tuesday, July 31, 6:30-8 p.m. Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College 452 S. Anderson Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29730 Sunshine Tutoring & Learning Center celebrates back to school Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m. on the back lawn of Sunshine Tutoring & Learning Center with a viewing of “Let It Shine” under the stars. Free School supplies will be distributed. Free popcorn and soda. Visit or call 706-922-3032 to RSVP or for more info. Back to School Festival, for Columbia County students and their families, is Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Evans Middle school and features information on immunization requirements, before- and after-school programs, dance and recreation programs, college education planning and more, as well as fun activities for kids. Visit The good news? Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday is back for the first time since 2009. The bad news? It’s being held this year on August 10-11, after school starts in Columbia County and barely in time for Richmond County families to get a few last minute things before heading to school the next Monday. The holiday gives shoppers a break on clothing items under $100, electronics such as computers and accessories and general school supplies under $20. For a list of exempt and non-exempt items, visit METRO AUGUSTA PARENT | JULY 2012


Both Columbia and Aiken counties leave it to individual schools and teachers to determine what supplies students will need to bring with them on the first day of class. Richmond County, however, offers these basic guidelines. More information can be found online or during orientation. Elementary School Grades K-2

Elementary School Grades 3-5

Middle School Grades 6-8

High School Grades 9-12 rule sheets, cloth binding







COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL CALENDAR 2012-2013 July 25, 26, 27, 30 ...................................................................................... Principals’ Conference August 1, 2, 3, 6 .........................................................................................................Pre-Planning August 7 ......................................................................................................... .First Day of School September 3 ..................................................................................................... Holiday/Labor Day September 6 ......................................................................................................... Progress Reports September 13 ........................................................ *Early Release/Teacher Professional Learning October 9 ......................................................................................................... End of Nine Weeks October 15 ................................................................................................................. Report Cards November 6 ................................................. Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Learning Day November 13 ....................................................................................................... Progress Reports November 19-23 ........................................................................................ Holidays/Thanksgiving December 19-21 ................................................................................................... Semester Exams December 21..................................................................................................... End First Semester December 24-January 4 (inclusive) .................................................................................. Holidays January 7...................................................... Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Learning Day January 8.............................................................................................. First Day Second Semester January 11.................................................................................................................. Report Cards January 21.................................................................................. Holiday/Martin Luther King Day February 7............................................................................................................ Progress Reports February 18.............................................................................................. Holiday/Presidents’ Day February 19.................................................. Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Learning Day March 13.....................................................................................................End Third Nine Weeks March 18.................................................................................................................... Report Cards March 21............................................................... *Early Release/Teacher Professional Learning April 8-12 ................................................................................................... Holidays/Spring Break April 17................................................................................................................ Progress Reports May 17-21 ............................................................................................................ Semester Exams May 21 .......................................................................................................... End Second Semester May 25 .......................................................................................................................... Graduation May 22-24 ................................................................................................................ Post-Planning May 24 ....................................................................................................................... Report Cards *Middle and High Schools – 11:30 a.m., Elementary Schools – 12:15 p.m. **First Semester = 92 days; Second Semester = 88 days JULY 2012 | METRO AUGUSTA PARENT

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Richmond County School System 2012 2013 Academic Calendar July 4, 2012


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**Systemwide Testing** Elementary CogAT: Oct. 3rd & 4th (Gr. 1 & 4)

CogAT: Oct. 3 & 4 (Gr. 6)

Wri ng: March 6th & 7th (Gr. 5)

GMGWA: January 23rd (Gr. 8) January 24—Make up

CRCT: April 18th –25th (Gr. 3 5) CRCT: April 26th & 29th—Make up



CRCT: April 18th 4/25 (Gr. 6 8) CRCT : April 26th & 29th—Make up

GHSGT: Sept. 10 14 (Gr. Selected 11, 12) Nov. 5 Nov. 9 (Gr. Selected 11 & 12) March 18 22nd (Gr. Selected 11 & 12) GHSWT: July 18, 2013 (Gr. 11, & Selected 12) Oct. 3rd Wri ng (Gr. 11, Selected 12) Oct. 4th—Make up GHSWT Retest: February 27th February 28th Make up PSAT: October 17th (Gr. 9, 10,& 11 ) EOCT: December 3rd –7th (Gr. 9 12) May 6th — May 10th

Graduation Schedule Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Laney 9:00 a.m. Glenn Hills 11:00 a.m. Butler 1:30 p.m. Davidson 3:30 p.m. Hephzibah 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Cross Creek 9:00 a.m. A R Johnson 11:00 a.m. Richmond Academy 1:30 p.m. Westside 3:30 p.m. T.W. Josey 5:30 p.m.

Weather Related Schools Closings For Inclement Weather, please tune to WJBF TV, WAGT TV, WRDW TV news, or WGAC AM Radio for up to date informa on on school closings. Also, you can view the school system’s website at *Periodic Assessment Review (PAR) dates can be found at the Curriculum and Instruc on homepage. **Tes ng dates are subject to change based on unforeseen adjustments to the regular school calendar.**


PARENTPICKS What are your Parent Picks? We want to know at As parents, we all develop habits that become like second nature to us, and that’s especially true when it comes to sniffing out deals or finding the best place to take your kids to breakfast… that isn’t greasy fast food. After a while, you forget that others might not know these little secrets, and that’s one of the reasons that Metro Augusta Parent decided to bring back Parent Picks. Over the next couple of months, we’d like you to visit and tell us what salon cuts children’s hair the best or where you and your spouse go and eat during those all too rare date nights. The categories are listed below, so get to voting! Out and About: When Playing Outside Just Isn’t Enough Best local attraction Best special event (fairs and festivals) Best place to swim/splash Best place for indoor fun Best day trip Best family weekend getaway Dollars and Sense... Shopping with Mom


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consignment shop department store kids clothing store maternity store kids shoe store kids furniture store toy store arts & crafts store school supply store

Retail Therapy For Mom Best home furnishing store Best nail salon Best place to get a “Mom” haircut Best place for home decor Best car dealership Best cell phone service Best oil change service Birthday Fun Best place to have a party Best entertainment Best inflatables rental Best birthday cakes Best ice cream Best Yogurt Best party supplies Best place to have Indoor Fun Best Schools and After School Programs Best preschool

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parent/child program sports program music program gymnastics program dance program martial arts program tutoring/academic classes art/pottery studio classes local day camp overnight camp after-school camp

Food for Thought... Family Friendly Restaurants the Whole Family Can Enjoy Family friendly breakfast Family friendly lunch Family friendly dinner Best kids menu at a restaurant Best grocery store Taking Care of the Kids Best place to give birth Best hospital for pediatrics Best pediatric emergency care Best OB/GYN practice Best pediatrician Best eye care service Best family dental care Best orthodontist Best family pharmacy Best childcare facility

Best portrait photographer Best kids haircuts The Down and Dirty... What every Mom Needs to Know Best housecleaning service Best drycleaner Best Carpet Cleaning Kids and Pets 101 Best pet store Best veterinary practice Best kennel Best Place to adopt pets Best groomer Best place to train your pets When the Kids Are Away, The Adults will Play... Just for Moms Best date restaurant Best gym/health club Best place to take Zumba Best place to take Spinning Best spa Best weekend getaway Best moms’ club/support group Best place to lose those last unwanted baby pounds



LATCHKEY KID One Man’s Arbitrary…

My rules are often so arbitrary that I worry my Boy will be driven to premature madness. Some folks have told me that I should not reply to my child with, “Because I told you so” when he questions something I’ve said. I usually disagree with them. I’m known to do that. “Because I said so” is often a perfectly plausible response. I am the adult — purveyor of rules. He is the child — not the purveyor of rules. Part of his job is to do stuff because I’ve said so. The bigger issue (one my uninvited consultants seem to overlook) is that the request for clarification signals my initial instruction has been balked at or disregarded altogether. That is the real issue, not my response. I am raising a child. Not a politician (thank God) whose sole objective in questioning an edict would be to find a loophole to acquit himself of the task requested or a workaround to ultimately get what he wants. That’s not the way it works. Sometimes it is enough to simply expect your child to do a thing (or not do a thing) because you’ve told him to. I believe it is necessary to acknowledge there are expectations of acceptable behavior for a child. Just as my Boy is not permitted to use the same colorful language of which I am fond or join me for a snoot of my favorite whiskey — there are restrictions (or should be) on behavior. These tethers loosen with age, of course, until he gets to decide the degree to which he acts a fool or gentleman. Usually there is always room for both extremes. But my hope is for a happy medium. While ours is certainly more benevolent dictatorship than democracy, most of this is facetious. In rare cases only am I not willing to explain a decision or entertain a compromise. All resulting situations can provide opportunity for life lessons. Parenting is a tough gig. So is being a kid. Behaving rationally can sure help ease things.

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Suggesting that my rules are arbitrary is not wholly accurate. Potentially confusing is more apt, I suppose. For example, I have no problem with guns or gun ownership. As such, I’ve long allowed the Boy to have toy weapons just as generations of kids before him have had. The thing is though, Emerson is not allowed to point his guns at people. Surely this must confuse the hell out of the Boy. And likely it adds another check to my Crazy Person tally sheet. Yet, somehow, the Boy marches on, seems to understand the bigger picture, and has never pointed one of his many weapons at me. Likewise, I encourage my son’s independence at most every turn. Yet he has never been beyond eyeshot of me in a grocery or department store. The poor kid must be baffled and paranoid by this seeming contradiction. But with all things, I believe there is balance. I try to find it wherever I look. Most often I hit upon it — or at least a variation of it. Sometimes that is good enough. And I am lucky to have an accepting child who seems to trust my judgment on such matters (i.e., “Here’s a gun… just don’t point it” or “Spread your wings and fly… just stay where I can see you”). I’m not suggesting he doesn’t push back. The Boy most certainly inherited more than a hint of my obstinance. But we compromise or accept and always manage to get by. I believe he is able to reconcile his allotted freedoms and my occasional overbearingness pretty well. At least for now. He

will not do so forever. Nor would I expect that of him. I find whether it is rule-making, example setting or just being available, it is most important to simply be consistent. I’m pretty good at that — at least where Emerson is concerned. Even with the seemingly arbitrary stuff, I try to be consistent in explaining my rationale. As a courtesy. I try to be confident and consistent. I think a kid deserves that. Anything else from a parent or guardian would be downright scary. A kid has no business thinking he is the one most capable of running the show. Even if that happens to be the case. He deserves to be dependent even if he professes to believe otherwise. And if you have a little defense attorney, as do I, he’ll recognize uncertainty and hesitation more quickly than he can blink his gulf-blue eyes. If the moment is proper, a challenge is allowed. And while my Boy has yet to best me during crossexamination, he’s sure as hell given me a good run. The reality is that our rules are pretty basic around here. Bathe, brush, mind your manners, don’t interrupt, be kind. The Boy self governs better than most adults I know. For that I am pleased. For most such related things, I am pleased. And grateful. And while I will rarely act on it, I absolutely reserve the right to respond to any precocious questioning of my authority with a sterner than necessary “Because I said so!”

RYANBURKHOLDER, a 40-something former latchkey kid who lived in Augusta for 30 years, now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home, where he lives with his 10-year-old son Emerson and their 17-year-old cat Potter. Happily divorced, he works in the communications department for a large healthcare company and describes himself as apolitical, an “unfortunate packrat who despises clutter” and a First Amendment purist. He loves small-batch bourbons, good cigars and exotic food (including Waffle House), but dislikes warm beer and most people in grocery stores. “I’ve also sat proudly atop the aged Army tank at Pendleton King Park at least 100 times,” he says.



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Annual Photography Exhibition shows through July 31 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Call 706-724-3576 or visit

Cookbook Club meets Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Harlem Branch Library. Call 706-556-9795 or visit

Tying the Knot, a display of wedding dresses and accessories from the late 1800s to the 1960s, now shows at the Augusta Museum of History. Call 706722-8454 or visit

East Central Georgia’s Summer Reading Program continues through July 20. Categories include Dream Big: Read! for children up to 12 years old, Own the Night for those ages 13-19 and Cover 2 Cover for adults. Visit any branch or

ACA Summer Camp Exhibition, featuring the works of participants in the center’s summer art camps, shows June-August at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Call 803641-9094 or visit Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier, an exhibition of more than 60 paintings and works on paper from artists including Frederick Remington, Karl Bodmer and John James Audubon, shows at the Morris Museum of Art through July 22. Call 706-724-7501 or visit


Music in the Park, featuring Preston and Weston, is Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Maude Edenfield Park in North Augusta. Free. Call 803-442-7588 or visit The Columbia County Amateur Series, featuring Susan Chase, Miranda P., Hillman/Flores and Modern Day Drama, is Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Amphitheater. Call 706-868-3349 or visit Chris Andrews performs as part of Garden City Jazz’s Candlelight Jazz Series on Sunday, July 22, at the 8th Street River Stage downtown at 8 p.m. $6; free, those 12 and under. Visit 2012 Hopelands Summer Concert Series, featuring 4 Cats in the Dog House, is Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens in Aiken. Participants should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Music in the Park, featuring 246th Army Jazz Band, is Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the Maude Edenfield Park in North Augusta. Free. Call 803-442-7588 or visit The Augusta Mall’s Food Court Concert Series is each Saturday in July at 7 p.m. Call 706-733-1001 or visit The Salvation Army School of the Performing Arts holds classes each Tuesday. Included is instruction in piano, drums, guitar, voice and brass. Call 706-3644069 or visit


Brown Bag Book Club, featuring Anse Sierstad’s “Bookseller of Kabul,” meets Thursday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Columbia County Library. Call 706863-1946 or visit Book Club, featuring Barbara Seaborn’s “As Long as the Rivers Run,” meets Thursday, July 19, at 4 p.m. at the Harlem Branch Library. Call 706-556-9795 or visit It’s Your Book Club General Membership Meeting and Potluck is Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-821-2600 or visit Talk the Talk Ladies Book Club, featuring “The Sweet Everlasting” by Judson Mitcham, meets Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-821-2600 or visit Book Around Town, a restaurant and book club that this month features Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” is Wednesday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. Call the Woodworth Library to find out this month’s location. Call 706-7912323 or visit 19JULY2012

Nook tutorials at Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Mall are each Saturday beginning at noon, followed by a Nookcolor tutorial at 12:30 p.m. Free. Call 706-7370012 or visit


“Almost, Maine,” a Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production, shows July 20-21, with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. $40, civilians; $38, seniors, retirees, DA civilians, active-duty E7 and above; $30, active-duty E6 and below; $25, show only. Call 706793-8552 or visit “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a production of the Aiken Community Playhouse, shows July 20-21 at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts in Aiken. $25, adults; $20, seniors; $15, students, $10, children under 12. Call 803-6481438 or visit


“A Matter of Size” shows Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center as part of the Augusta Jewish Film Festival. $10. Visit “Marmaduke” shows Friday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library as part of the Dog Days of Summer Movie Fest. Call 803-642-2023 or visit “Bolt” shows Friday, July 20, at 3 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library as part of the Dog Days of Summer Movie Fest. Call 803-642-2023 or visit “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” shows Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Showing includes free popcorn. Call 706-821-2600 or visit “The Big Miracle” shows Saturday, July 21, at 3 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library. Call 803-642-2023 or visit “The Yankles” shows Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. at the Augusta Jewish Community Center as part of the Augusta Jewish Film Festival. $10. Visit “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” shows Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Free. Call 706-821-2600 or visit “The Help” shows Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at North Augusta’s Nancy Carson Library. Call 803-2795767 or visit “Nora’s Will” shows Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center as part of the Augusta Jewish Film Festival. $10. Visit Monday Movie Matinees show at 2 p.m. at the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Participants are invited to bring their own snacks. Call 706-772-2432 or visit

Special Events

Third Thursday Inshop Tasting, featuring six wines, is Thursday, July 19, from 5-8 p.m. at Wine World in North Augusta. $5, with $3 rebate upon purchase of one bottle of the night’s featured wines. Call 803-2799522 or visit Comedian Gary Owen appears at the Imperial Theatre Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$27.50. Call 706-722-8341 or visit AUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT VOICE SINCE 1989



First Class, Second Hand Fashion Show, a Salvation Army event emceed by NBC Augusta’s Liz Hill, is Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Leg Family Thrift Store. The event will also include refreshments, crafts, gift bags, family passes to the Kroc Center and more. Visit Summer Cocktail Class is Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Aiken’s The Willcox. Pre-registration required. Call 803-648-1898 or visit Weekly Wine Tastings at Vineyard Wine Market in Evans are each Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and each Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Call 706-922-9463 or visit The Augusta Market at the River is every Saturday through October 27 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 8th Street Bulkhead and features produce, arts and crafts and more for sale, as well as live music and entertainment. Call 706-627-0128 or visit


Mobile Mammography Screenings, offered by appointment, are available July 19 at Walgreens in Thomson, July 23 at Edgefield Medical Center, July 24 at SRS Area B, July 25 at Jenkins County Hospital and July 26 at Lamar Medical Center. Appointments can be made from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Call 706-774-4145 or visit Save Your Shoulder, a free lecture on rotator cuff replacement, is Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse. Pre-registration required. Visit Running On Empty, a lecture on stress, is Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at ARMC Classrooms A&B. A light dinner is included. Pre-registration required. Call 800322-8322 or visit

Breastfeeding Class is Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Babies R. Us. Pre-registration required. Call 706-7742825 or visit Baby 101, an infant care and development class, is Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Pre-registration required. Call 706-651-2229 or visit Family and Friends Adult and Child CPR Class is Monday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-772-2432 or visit Childbirth Education Classes at University Hospital are Monday, July 23-August 13, and Wednesdays, July 25-August 15, from 7-9:30 p.m. Free, but preregistration required. Call 706-774-2825 or visit Total Joint Replacement Educational Talk is Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Free, but pre-registration required. Call 706-651-4343 or visit Pre-Op Spine Education Class is Tuesday, July 24, at 3:30 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Free, but preregistration required. Call 706-651-4343 or visit Top Five Plastic Surgeries lecture is Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at Town Creek Baptist Church in Aiken. Dinner is included. Pre-registration required. Call 800-3228322 or visit Big Brother/Big Sister, an infant care class for older siblings, is Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Free, but pre-registration required. Call 706651-2229 or visit Childbirth Education 101 is Thursday, July 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Pre-

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Bariatric Seminar is Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Free, but pre-registration required. Call 706-651-4343 or visit

Adapted Wii Special Populations available by appointment at the Wilson Family Y, and feature individual ½-hour classes for physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. $10, members; $20, non-members. Call Claudia Collins at 706-922-9662 or visit

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar is Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at GHSU’s Cancer Center. Free, but preregistration required. Call 706-721-2609 or visit Infant CPR Class is Thursday, July 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. at University Hospital. Free, but pre-registration required. Call 706-774-2825 or visit Child Safety Seat Inspections and Car Seat Classes, sponsored by Safe Kids East Central, are offered by appointment at either the Safe Kids Office or MartinezColumbia Fire Rescue. Call 706-721-7606 or visit Joint Efforts, presented by Trinity Hospital of Augusta, meets every Thursday from 11-11:45 a.m. at Augusta Bone and Joint, and features a free seminar about knee and hip pain, treatments, medication, food and exercise. Call 706-481-7604 or visit Infant CPR Anytime Learning Program will be held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the first floor information desk (west entrance) of Georgia Health Sciences University. Visit Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson Disease Aquatics Class meets every Monday and Friday at noon at the Wilson Family Y. Free for members; $3 for nonmembers. Pre-registration required. Call Claudia Collins at 706-922-9664 or visit Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Orientation is every Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. at University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute


Look Good, Feel Better Cancer Support Group, for women who want to maintain their appearance and self-esteem while undergoing chemo and radiation, meets Thursday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. at GHSU’s Cancer Center. Pre-registration required. Call 706721-0466 or visit Skip to My Lupus meets Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Aiken Regional. Call 803-251-9413 or visit Young Women With Breast Cancer Support Group meets Friday, July 20, at 12:30 p.m. at University Hospital. Call 706-774-4141 or visit Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, featuring Dr. Cole Giller who will talk about deep brain stimulation as a surgical treatment, meets Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at St. Johns Towers. Call 706-863-6355 or visit Burn Outpatient Support Group meets Wednesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Chavis House at Doctors Hospital. Call 706-651-6660 or visit Insulin Pumpers Support Group meets Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at University Hospital. Call 706-8683027 or visit AWAKE Sleep Apnea Support Group meets Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at GHSU’s Children’s Medical Center.

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The Other Tubmans, part of the Augusta Museum of History’s Voices of the Past Series, shows Saturday, July 21, at noon, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Call 706-722-8454 or visit

Excel I Computer Class is Wednesday, July 25, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Headquarters Branch Library. Valid PINES card and pre-registration required. Call 706821-2604 or visit Excel II Computer Class is Wednesday, July 25, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Valid PINES card and pre-registration required. Call 706821-2604 or visit Beginners Access Computer Class is Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Headquarters Branch Library. Valid PINES card and pre-registration required. Call 706-821-2604 or visit SRS Public Tours, including an overview presentation, safety briefing, Savannah River Ecology Lab tour and general driving tour, are Thursday, July 26, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 803952-8994 or email Free Tutoring for all ages, offered by ASU’s Literacy Center, is available by appointment Mondays-Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., at the center at 1401 Magnolia Drive. Appointments required. Call 706-737-1625 or visit

Lab). PINES library card required. Call 706-821-2600 or visit Computer classes are offered every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 706-722-6275 or visit ESL classes are offered every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Headquarters Branch Library (Third Floor Writing Lab). Pre-registration required. Call Charles Garrick at 803-279-3363 or visit Intermediate Spanish Language Class is each Monday from 2:30-4 p.m. at Friedman Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-736-6758 or visit

Super Bowl Champion and NY Giant Deon Grant, is Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Judith Simon Drama Studio on the Augusta Min Theatre campus. $50, individuals; $500, tables. Call 706-722-0598 or visit Miracle Treat Day is Thursday, July 26, at four Dairy Queen locations in the Augusta area, including Central Avenue, Washington Road, Peach Orchard Road and Wrightsboro Road. Proceeds will benefit GHSU’s Children’s Medical Center, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Call 706-721-4004 or visit

Beginner’s Spanish Language Class is each Monday from 4-5 p.m. at Friedman Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-736-6758 or visit

Karma Yoga is offered at Just Breathe Studio, downtown Aiken, each Friday at 10 a.m. and is free if participants bring a donation of a personal item, which will be given to the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons. Call 803-648-8048 or visit



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GED classes meet weekly at the Kroc Center. Preregistration required. Call 706-364-5762 or visit Work Networking Group is held each Monday from 8:30-10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. A networking and informational meeting for anyone looking for a job, the group meets in room 206 of the Asbury Building and is facilitated by career and business professionals. Call 803-279-7525 or email GED classes are offered every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and every Monday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library (Third Floor Writing

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boat races are July 20-22 on the Savannah River downtown. Gates open each day at 8 a.m. and races start at 9 a.m. Races are usually over around 6 p.m. each day. The Night of Fire is Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Common. Tickets are $22 in advance or $30 at the gate. Call 803-278-4849 or visit Mistletoe Park Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike, part of the Tri the Parks series, is Saturday, July 21, at 8 a.m. Pre-register at Mistletoe2012. Free Canal Boat Tours are available to teachers throughout the month of July, Teacher Appreciation Month. The daily tours last about an hour and depart at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., as well as 1:30 p.m. and include free admission to the Canal Interpretive Center Reservations suggested. Call 706-823-0440, ext. 4, or visit Wii Bowling for Adults is every Monday in July at 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Library. Call 706-863-1946 or visit BlazeSports Swim Team, for all ages of physically challenged swimmers who want to train for competition, meets at the Wilson Family Y. $35 a month, members; $50 a month, non-members. Preregistration required. Visit

Gordon are each Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The ride, which begins at 2 p.m., is a two-hour guided ride to Wilkerson Lake. $45-$50. Call 706-791-4864 or visit Yoga Class at Euchee Creek Branch Library meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call 706-556-0594 or visit Weekly Group Runs include the Monday Metro Run meeting at Metro Coffeehouse at 6 p.m.; Monday Intervals meeting at the Family Y track on Wheeler Road at 7 p.m.; the Tuesday Nacho Mama’s Group Run at 6 p.m.; Wednesday’s Blanchard Woods Group Run at 6 p.m.; Wednesday Stay in Shape Group Run at 6 p.m.; Wednesday’s Post Office Hill Training Run at 7 p.m.; Thursday’s Homer Hustle at 6 p.m.; and Saturday’s Stay in Shape Run at 8 a.m. For more information, visit Hott Shott Disc Golf is each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Killer B Disc Golf, 863 Broad Street, and features games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. $2. Call 706-814-7514 or visit hott-shott.


Story Time with Eileen McCoy is Thursday, July 19, at 10 a.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706821-2600 or visit

Wheelchair Tennis is each Monday at 6 p.m., weather permitting, at the Club at Rae’s Creek. Free and open to the public. Call 706-826-5809 or visit alsalley@

“The Magic School Bus Space Adventure,” a movie for those ages 6-10, shows Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at the Appleby Branch Library. Call 706-736-6244 or visit

Augusta Canal Boat Tours lasting one hour are offered Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. All tours include admission to the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center. Call 706-823-0440 or visit

Abstract Painting, a young adult program led by artist Jeanine Rodriguez, is Thursday, July 19, at 4 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library. Participants should bring a photo of something they want to paint and wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Call 803-6422023 or visit

The Augusta Fencers Club is open five nights a week from 5:30-9 p.m. and most Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors always welcome. Call 706-722-8878.

Just Dance Tournament Grand Finale for Young Adults is Thursday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Winner will receive a $100 prize. Call 706-821-2600 or visit

Thursday Night Chain Reaction Ride begins at 6 p.m. each Thursday at Patriots Park in Grovetown. For intermediate to fast-paced cyclists, who average 25-32 miles. Participants should bring their own water and helmet. Call 706-855-2024 or visit Riverview Disc Golf League meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Riverview Park in North Augusta. $5 entry fee and $1 ace pool. Call 803-215-8181 or visit Road Bike Ride meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse downtown for an approximately 25-mile ride at a moderate to fast pace. Front and rear lights, as well as a helmet, are required. Call 706-724-6777 or visit Guided Trail Rides at Hilltop Riding Stables at Fort Gordon are available Saturdays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon; and Wednesday-Friday at 11 a.m. with reservations 24 hours in advance. All trail rides are on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the trail ride starting for sign in procedures. $23-$30. Call 706-791-4864 or visit

Zumba with Sheri Tutt is Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-821-2600 or visit Food Fear Factor, a young adult program for those ages 8-18, is Friday, July 20, at 3 p.m. at North Augusta’s Nancy Carson Library. Call 803-279-5767 or visit Skulls & Scat, a program for those ages 5 and up, is Friday, July 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Reed Creek Park. Free, members; $2 per child, non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 706-210-4027 or visit Movie Night for teens is Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Participants should bring their favorite movie, which will be voted on. Pizza will be delivered. Call 706-821-2600 or visit Childcare and Babysitting Safety, a class for those ages 11-14, is Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. $30 registration includes lunch. Pre-registration required. Call 706-481-7604 or visit

Zumba with Sohailla is every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Ballroom Dance Center in Evans. Call 706-4216168 or visit

Touch a Truck Day, in which children can climb, sit in and play on a bulldozer, police car, ambulance and other vehicles, is Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m.-noon in the H. Odell Weeks Center parking lot. Free. Call 803-642-7631 or visit

Saturday Historic Trolley Tours are Saturdays from 1:30-3:15 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. $12. Call 706-724-4067 or visit

Parents Night Out at the Family Y of Aiken County is Saturday, July 21 from 5:30-9 p.m. For kids ages 2-12, it is $12 for members and $20 for non-members. Visit

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8-18, is Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at North Augusta’s Nancy Carson Library. Call 803-279-5767 or visit

Headquarters Branch Library at 10 a.m. Toddler Story Time is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Group registration required. Call 706-821-2600 or visit

Learning Power, a Georgia Power energy efficiency program for those ages 5-11, is Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Call 706-772-2432 or visit

Story Time is every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Groups of six or more must preregister. Call 706-772-2432 or visit

Digital Photography Club for teens meets Tuesday, July 24, at 4 p.m. at the Columbia County Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-447-7660 or visit Wilderness Survival, a class for those ages 8-18 who are interested in backcountry camping and emergency survival skills, is Tuesday, July 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Reed Creek Park. Free, members; $2 per child, nonmembers. Pre-registration required. Call 706-2104027 or visit Nurturing Nature Walks for ages 3-5 p.m. are Wednesday, July 25, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Reed Creek Park. Includes a walk and an indoor craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, members; $2 per child, non-members. Call 706-2104027 or visit Children’s Department Special Show is Wednesday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Appleby Branch Library. Call 706-736-6244 or visit Puppet to Go! Show is Wednesday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at North Augusta’s Nancy Carson Library. Call 803-279-5767 or visit Comedy, Puppet and Magic Show with Sarah Dippity is Wednesday, July 25, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library. Call 803-642-2023 or visit Teen Drama Club meets Wednesday, July 25, at 4 p.m. at the Columbia County Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-447-7660 or visit Pond Exploration, an outdoor class for those ages 5 and up, who must be accompanied by an adult, is Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at Reed Creek Park. Free, members; $2 per child, non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 706-210-4027 or visit reedcreekpark. com. Summer Reading Parent and Guardian Appreciation: Tea and Cookies Drop In is Thursday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Appleby Branch Library. Call 706-7366244 or visit Death by Chocolate YA Program is Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Aiken Public Library. Call 803-642-2023 or visit Kroc Tots Activity Hour, featuring story time, crafts and more, is every Friday at 9 a.m. at the Kroc Center. Free, members; $1, non-members. Call 706-364-5762 or visit Free Junior Fitness Class, for those ages 7-12, meets Sundays at 3 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Kroc Center. Call 706-364-5762 or visit In My Backyard shows Saturdays in July at 8 p.m. and Digistar Laser Fantasy shows Saturdays in July at 9 p.m. at the DuPont Planetarium in Aiken. Digistar shows are $5.50, adults; $4.50, seniors; $3.50, 4K-12the grade students; $1, USC-A students, faculty and staff. General shows are $4.50, adults; $3.50, seniors; $2.50, 4K-12th grade students; and $1, USC-A students, faculty and staff. Call 803-641-3654 or visit

Story Time is every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Friedman Branch Library. Groups of six or more must preregister. Call 706-736-6758 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Maxwell Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706793-2020 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday from 10-11:15 a.m. at Wallace Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Story Time at the Columbia County Library is each Tuesday at 11 a.m. for those under 2; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. for 2-yearolds; and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. for preschoolers. Call 706-863-1946 or visit Story Time at the Euchee Creek Branch Library, for all ages, is each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and each Thursday at 4 p.m. Call 706-556-0594 or visit Story Time is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Harlem Branch Library. Call 706-556-9795 or visit Wacky Wednesday Story Time is each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the children’s department of Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Mall. Call 706-737-0012 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday at Appleby Branch Library from 10:05-10:20 a.m. for toddlers 18 months-35 months, and from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for preschoolers ages 3 and up. Parent must stay with child. Call 706-736-6244 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. for Pre-K, and either 11 or 11:30 a.m. for preschoolers at Aiken County Public Library. Call 803-642-2023 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15-11:45 a.m. for preschoolers at North Augusta Branch Library. Call 803-279-5767 or


Bible Teaching Seminar, featuring the topic Israel crossing the Jordan River, is Saturday, July 21, from noon-1 p.m. at Friedman Branch Library. Participants should bring their Bibles. Visit


The Morris Museum of Art is currently accepting applications for the 2012 new docent class for the 12-session training program that begins in September. Candidates must commit to one year of service following the training and no prior experience is required. Call 706-828-3865 for more information and an application. Visit Hospice Care of America’s Augusta office needs administrative and patient care volunteers. No experience necessary; training will be provided. Call Rich Boland at 706-447-2626 or email rboland@

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) Most change is slow and incremental. Then there are those rare times when the way everything fits together mutates pretty quickly. I think you’re at one of these junctures now. It’s not likely you’ll be too surprised by anything that happens, though. That’s because you’ve been tracking the energetic build-up for a while, and it will feel right and natural when the rapid ripening kicks in.

be sexy. You don’t have to lick your lips, radiate a smoldering gaze or wear clothes that dramatically reveal your body’s most appealing qualities. Be profoundly attractive and alluring without being obvious about it. With that as your strategy, you’ll draw to you the exact blessings and benefits you need. So do you have any brilliant notions about how to proceed? Here’s one idea: Be utterly at peace with who you really are.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Lately you’ve been spending time in both the off-kilter parts of paradise and the enchanting areas of limbo. On one notable occasion, you even managed to be in both places simultaneously. What you don’t want and what you do want have gotten a bit mixed up. You have had to paw your way out of a dead-end confusion but have also been granted a sublime breakthrough. You explored a tunnel to nowhere but also visited a thrilling vista that provided you with some medicinal excitement. Spend the next few days chilling out and taking inventory of all that’s changed.

In the next 10 months you will fall in love with love more deeply than you have in over a decade. You will figure out a way to exorcise the demons that have haunted your relationship with romance, and you will enjoy some highly entertaining amorous interludes. The mysteries of intimacy will reveal new secrets to you, and you will have good reasons to redefine the meaning of “fun.” Is there any way these prophecies of mine could possibly fail to materialize? Yes, but only if you take yourself too seriously and insist on remaining attached to the old days and old ways.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The painter Philip Guston loved to express himself creatively. He said it helped him to get rid of his certainty, to divest himself of what he knew. By washing away the backlog of old ideas and familiar perspectives, he freed himself to see the world as brand new. Guston’s approach sounds like a good strategy for you to borrow. The next couple of weeks will be an excellent time to explore the pleasures of unlearning and deprogramming. You will thrive by discarding stale preconceptions, loosening the past’s hold on you and clearing out room in your brain for fresh imaginings.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Charles Dickens wrote extensively about harsh social conditions. He specialized in depicting ugly realities about poverty, crime and classism. Yet one critic described him as a “genial and loving humorist” who showed that “even in dealing with the darkest scenes and the most degraded characters, genius could still be clean and mirth could be innocent.” It will be prime time for you to expose difficult truths, agitate for justice and speak up in behalf of those less fortunate than you. You’ll get best results by maintaining your equanimity and good cheer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) For many years, ambergris was used as a prime ingredient in perfumes. Sperm whales produce it in their gastrointestinal tracts to protect them from the sharp beaks of giant squid they’ve eaten, then spew it out of their mouths. Convert an inelegant aspect of your life into a fine asset, even a beautiful blessing. I don’t expect you to accomplish this task overnight. But I do hope you will finish by May of 2013.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “Interruption” will be a word of power for you in the coming days. It is possible that the interruptions will initially seem inconvenient or undesirable, but you will eventually feel grateful for their intervention. Don’t think of them as random acts of cosmic whimsy, but rather as divine strokes of luck that are meant to redirect your energy to where it should be.

Be alert for fake magic, and make yourself immune to its seductive appeal. Do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to get snookered by sexy delusions, enticing hoaxes or clever mirages. There will be some real magic materializing in your vicinity, and if you hope to recognize it you must not be distracted by the counterfeit stuff. You will have to be both skeptical and curious, both tough-minded and innocently receptive.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Acro-Yoga is a relatively new physical discipline that “blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of massage and the dynamic power of acrobatics.” Work on creating a comparable hybrid in the coming months, some practice, system or approach that would allow you to weave together your various specialties into a synergetic whole. Start brainstorming about that impossible dream now, and soon it won’t seem so impossible.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Unless you grow your own or buy the heirloom variety at farmer’s markets, you probably eat a lot of tasteless tomatoes. Blame it on industrial-scale farming and supermarket chains. They’ve bred tomatoes to be homogenous and bland — easy to ship and pretty to look at. But a team of scientists at the University of Florida is researching what makes tomatoes taste delicious, and is working to bring those types back into mainstream availability. See what you can to do restore lost flavor, color and soulfulness. Opt for earthy idiosyncrasies over fake and boring perfection.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) It’ll be a humming, murmuring, whispering kind of week — a time when the clues you need will most likely arrive via ripplings, rustlings and whirrings. Here’s the complication: Some of the people around you may be more attracted to clangs, bangs and jangles. They may imagine that the only information worth paying attention to is the stuff that’s loudest and strongest. Resist the appeals of the showy noise. Be a subtlety specialist who loves nuance and undertones.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You don’t have to stand in a provocative pose to




Restaurant Roundup


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Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is coming to the Augusta Mall near the Chop House. The eatery is described by industry vets as “a more upscale alternative” to the Olive Garden. That’s right. You read that sentence correctly. T-Bonz is moving into the former Stonecrest Steakhouse in Evans. It will be the second T-Bonz in the area since the closing of the Gordon Highway location a couple of years ago. Evans is starving for locally owned flavor, so the well-hidden location isn’t expected to be a problem. After all, they’ve been around for almost 25 years. The Pizza Joint has a long and storied history. Originally located where Soy Noodle House is now, owner Michael Schepis took the bold step of moving into the much larger location on Broad where it is currently located. The success of the downtown location allowed him to purchase the former Fatman’s location in Evans, scooting in just before the explosion of growth in that area. Next came the PJ in downtown Aiken, then Columbia, S.C. Not bad for a local, homegrown restaurant. Now, much like Lebron James, Schepis is taking his talents to Surrey Center. He described the new location as an “upscaling of the Pizza Joint.” The new restaurant will be called Oliviana’s Pizzeria and Grill. (No word on whether Grill will feature an “e” at the end). By blending Italian and Mediterranean, Schepis feels he’ll be able to explore a whole new range of dishes, from fish to shish kabobs. Evan the pizza will have a new twist by using a more traditional Italian style of dough. Schepis is looking forward to reworking the bar area and offering a wide range of wines and creative mixed drinks. When the lower level of Surrey Center was constructed years ago, owner Bruz Boardman wanted an Italian restaurant anchor. After Sweet Basil closed, the location cycled through a string of unsuccessful concepts. Looks like he finally found his anchor. Road Runner Cafe, the concept created by Charlie Sconyers, owner of Coyote’s, is opening a second location in the former Famous Dave’s building at 2821 Washington Road. The idea behind the original Roadrunner was to capture business as his customers left Coyote’s. Instead of hitting up the Waffle House or Krystal, they could pop into his late-night restaurant. The food sales also allowed him to be open on Sundays. When asked why the new location, Sconyers replied Roadrunner is doing well and he didn’t open (the original location) expecting to have just one. One thing is for sure, he is taking a big bite. He’ll be taking over the entire restaurant and expects to employ a staff of at least 100. Sconyers feels he will offer something different to the competitive and crowded area. “We’re trying to get away from the whole nightclub scene,” he says. “We’re not going to compete with Somewhere in Augusta or Wild Wing. Those guys do a great job. We’re just a spot where you might meet your buddies after work for a couple of drinks then go home. We’ll be family friendly. We’re just not looking to be a nightclub with bands and stuff going on all the time. The Roadrunner we have now does around 80 percent food sales versus alcohol. We’re looking to complement the restaurants and bars in the area, not hurt them.” Look for the new location to be open mid-September.

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“Ice Age: Continental Drift”


Wait… there’s no Batman in this movie? “In a fairly obvious attempt to stay away from ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ the major studios are only releasing one significant movie this weekend. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ is debuting at 3,880 locations this weekend, 2,731 of which are playing the movie in 3D.” —, July 12 The first thing you notice about “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” some cartoon with a bunch of talking animals, is that it doesn’t contain a single Batman anywhere. Instead, some mammoths (Ray Romano and Queen Latifah are two, married) have some problems when about 10 million years of tectonic activity packs into the space of five minutes and the dad mammoth is pushed out to sea and has to come back for the mom mammoth and their daughter mammoth. The Ray Romano mammoth is stuck on an iceberg with a Denis Leary saber-toothed cat and a stupid sloth that sounds like John Leguizamo, who was in the “Spawn” movie that sucked compared with Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, which, in case you haven’t heard, concludes this week. This is the fourth “Ice Age” movie. That’s a lot of ice ages. You’d think they’d be fresh out of jokes by now, but oh, boy, you’d be wrong — they ran out of jokes two movies ago. Still, there are some crazy parts in “Ice Age.” At one point, the good mammals we’re rooting for are floating on an iceberg and run into another iceberg run by bad, pirate animals! The captain is a scraggly, ferocious, leering ape voiced by Peter Dinklage, the short guy that makes “Game of Thrones” alone worth the risk of pirating HBO. He makes a fine villain. Sort of like Tom Hardy is going to be, as Bane. You know that part in the trailer where he blows up the football field while Hines Ward runs for a touchdown. Bane! Even more evil than a pirate monkey on the high seas! Wanda Sykes also voices a character in this “Ice Age” movie. She’s an old, doddering sloth character who winds up saving the day when her pet whale arrives and helps all the good mammoths and sloths and stuff beat up the pirates. You know it’s Sykes because her voice is so distinct. But you know who just melts into his characters? That Gary Oldman. You gotta figure Commissioner Gordon is going to croak in “The Dark Knight Rises” because of that scene in the trailer where

he’s giving some raspy speech from a hospital bed with an oxygen mask hanging off his face, but still, it’s bound to be incredible. You know Oldman also played Dracula? And Beethoven? And Lee Harvey Oswald? And Sid Vicious? And Rosencrantz? My stars, what a list. It’s like that character Ray Romano played: Ray, in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The reason the kids will sit through this “Ice Age” movie is that it has pretty colors, the vomit jokes land and it ends after 94 minutes. Adults will love it because it has a lovely little “Simpsons” short at the front that, honestly, you can sneak in and see real quick before “The Dark Knight Rises” plays, and if your buddy doesn’t mind holding your seat when everyone and their dog pours into the theater to see Batman, you can seriously do both. Just make sure you go see a non-3D version of “Ice Age” when you do it because “The Dark Knight Rises” is in just two regular ol’ Ds, just like 99.99 percent of watchable movies. Just try not to let your mind drift over to the next theater where kids are not laughing at 3D animated opossums when you’re watching Batman and Bane kick the living hell out of one another for the fate of Gotham City. Because, seriously, you’re not missing much.

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Gates open at 7 p.m.; shows begin at 8:30 p.m. (approximately)

July 20-21 Field 1: The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) and Dark Shadows (PG-13); Field 2: Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) and Brave (PG); Field 3: Ted (R) and The Amazing SpiderMan (PG-13).

Masters 7 Cinemas

July 20-21 Rock of Ages (PG-13) 1, 4:15, 7, 9:40; Battleship (PG-13) 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40; What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50; The Dictator (R) 1, 5:15,


10; Dark Shadows (PG-13) 1:45, 4:45, 7:30, 10; The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) 12:45, 2:45, 5, 7:30, 9:30; Think Like a Man (PG-13) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:30; The Cabin in the Woods (R) 3, 7:45

Evans Cinemas

July 20-21 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) 11:15, noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 9:45, 10:30; Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) 11:45, 12:30, 2:15, 3, 4:30, 5:15, 6:45, 7:30, 9, 9:50; Savages (R) 12:30, 3:40, 6:35, 9:35; The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15; Magic Mike (R) 11:25, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25; Ted (R) 11:25, 1:50, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10; Madea’s Witness

Protection (PG-13) 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05; Brave (PG) 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:50; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) 1:20, 6:55; The Avengers (PG-13) 3:50

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July 20-21 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) 8, 8:30, 9, 10, 10:45, 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:40, 2:25, 2:50, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 5:20, 6:05, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:25, 9:45, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:05, 1:25, 1:50, 2:20; Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) 9:15, 10:30, 11:50, 12:20, 12:50, 2:15, 2:35, 3:10, 4:40, 5, 5:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9:40, 10:10, 10:50, 12:05, 12:30; Savages (R) 10:35, 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:20, 1:10;

The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) 9:20, 9:45, 1:05, 1:25, 4:15, 4:30, 7:20, 7:40, 10:25, 10:45, 1:50; Magic Mike (R) 11:30, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:15, 12:45; Ted (R) 11:45, 12:15, 2:15, 2:45, 4:45, 5:15, 7:15, 7:45, 9:55, 10:15, 12:25, 12:45; Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40, 12:30; Brave (PG) 8:45, 11:20, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 10; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) 10, 12:35, 2:55, 5:25; Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) 11, 1:20, 5:15, 8:20, 10:45; The Avengers (PG-13) 10:30, 1:35, 4:45





“The Dark Knight Rises,” PG-13, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman. There’s a lot of speculation about this, the final in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Will the Dark Knight die? Here’s the more important question, though: Will Anne Hathaway survive the Catwoman curse?


“The Queen of Versailles,” rated PG. Jackie and David Siegel were billionaires who started construction on an elaborate and expensive mansion they wanted to look exactly like Versailles. Then the economy tanked and they lost much of their fortune. Film festival crowds say this is a fascinating story; we cry schadenfreude, and can’t wait to see it too.


“Raising Arizona”

No matter which side you’re on for the Supreme Court’s five to three vote against Arizona’s immigration law, it’d be nice to change the subject. “Raising Arizona” is a wholesome movie, so to speak — nothing to do with the government or immigrants, and everything to do with family — in a funny sort of way. A classic, this 1987 Coen brothers film is an unconventional love story between habitual criminal H.I. McDunnough (Nicholas Cage) and policewoman Edwina, or “Ed” (Holly Hunter). When the

pair discovers that they can’t have kids of their own, this odd couple decides to kidnap one of the famous new quintuplet babies of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. “We thought it was unfair — some should have so many while others should have so few,” says H.I. “With the benefit of hindsight, maybe it wasn’t such a hot idea. But at the time, Ed’s little plan seemed like the solution to all our problems.” Cage, as H.I., narrates much of the movie and takes you on a wild ride. Even 25 years after its release, this movie never goes out of style. — Laura Perry 19JULY2012








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Thursday, July 19 Live Music

French Market Grille West - Doc Easton Smooth Jazz Joe’s Underground - Jerod Gay Lady Antebellum Ampitheatre - Charlie Daniels & Travis Tritt Maude Edenfield Park - Preston and Weston Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Live and Local Polo Tavern - Old Man Crazy Sky City - Sans Abri (featuring Josh and Michale of The Packway Handle) w/ Cicada Rhythm Somewhere in Augusta - County Line Surrey Tavern - Concrete Jumpsuit Wild Wing - Atom Blonde The Willcox - Classic Jazz

What’s Tonight?

Casa Blanca - Thursday Tango Club Argos - Karaoke Cocktails Lounge - Karaoke Coyote’s - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fox’s Lair - Soup, Suds & Conversations Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Highlander - Butt Naked Trivia The Loft - Karaoke The Playground - Open Mic Malibu Jack’s - Sports Trivia with Mike Thomas Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Evans) - Karaoke The Playground - Open Mic with Brandy Shannon’s - Karaoke Soul Bar - Boom Box Dance Party Villa Europa - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - ’80s Night Karaoke

Friday, July 20 Live Music

100 Laurens - Celia & Eli Bar West - Damian Green Columbia County Ampitheatre - Susan Chase, Miranda P., Hillman/Flores, & Modern Day Drama Cotton Patch - Keith Gregory Country Club - Jared Ashley Doubletree - Classic Jazz Fox’s Lair - Jerod Gay French Market Grille West - Doc Easton Joe’s Underground - Jam Samwich The Loft - Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles Midtown Lounge - The Unmentionables PI Bar & Grill - Jazz Duo Polo Tavern - Zeeny Cobb Sky City - Saawariya w/ Sinister Moustache & Mann Ray Somewhere in Augusta - Jason White Surrey Tavern - Playback The Band with Tutu D’Vyne Wild Wing - Tokyo Joe

What’s Tonight?

Cocktails Lounge - Grown-Up Fridays with DJ Cork and Bull Pub - Karaoke Eagle’s Nest - Free Salsa Lessons; Latin Dance Party First Round - DJ Kris Fisher Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Iron Horse Bar & Grill - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke with Ryan Moseley Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke with Jeff Barnes Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Three J’s Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke Palmetto Tavern - DJ Tim Rebeck’s Hideaway - Open Mic Roadrunner Cafe - Karaoke with Steve Chappel Sky City - Back N Black Soul Bar - Pop Life Wooden Barrel - Karaoke Contest


Saturday, July 21 Live Music

The Acoustic Coffeehouse - Open Acoustic Jam Session with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Bar West - ’80s Party and Music by Keith Gregory Country Club - Outshyne Joe’s Underground - Red-Headed Stepchild Reunion with Cliff Bennett, John Kolbeck and Andy Farley P.I. Bar and Grill - Not Gaddy Jazz with Pam Bowman Polo Tavern - Jim Fisher Band Surrey Tavern - Funk You Wild Wing - Roshambeaux

Wednesday, July 25 Live Music

Joe’s Underground - Sibling String Wild Wing - Emery Lee

What’s Tonight?

Club Argos - Santoni’s Satin Dolls Cocktails Lounge - Augusta’s Got Talent Cotton Patch - Trivia and Tunes Coyote’s - Drink N Drown w/ Snow Bunny Bikini

KISS visits Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 24. And if that’s not enough to get you to shout “road trip!” does the fact that Motley Crue will be joining them make any difference? Yeah… thought so. Tickets are $36.25-$185. Visit

What’s Tonight?

Club Argos - Variety Show Cocktails Lounge - Latin Night Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fox’s Lair - Karaoke with Beth Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Loft - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke with Rockin Rob Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Karaoke with Danny Haywood Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke Robbie’s - Saturday Night Dance Party Wheels - Live DJ Wooden Barrel - Kamikaze Karaoke

Sunday, July 22 Live Music

5 O’Clock Bistro - Buzz and Candice (brunch) 8th Street Riverfront Stage - Chris Andrews Candlelight Jazz - Chris Andrews Cotton Patch - Keith Gregory (brunch) Patridge Inn - Sunday Evening Jazz w/ the Not Gaddy Jazz Trio The Willcox - Jazz Jam Session Wild Wing - John Kolbeck

What’s Tonight?

Caribbean Soul - Love Jones Sundays Malibu Jack’s - Karaoke with Mike Swift Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke, Salsa Dancing Shannon’s - Karaoke with Peggy Gardner

Monday, July 23 Live Music

Hopelands Gardens - 4 Cats in the Dog House Shannon’s - Open Mic Night

What’s Tonight?

Applebee’s (Evans) - Trivia Club Argos - Karaoke Malibu Jack’s - Trivia with Mike Thomas Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Trivia with Mike Thomas Somewhere In Augusta - Poker Tournaments Wild Wing - Trivia

Tuesday, July 24 Live Music

The First Round - John Stoney Cannon The Fox’s Lair - John Fisher The Highlander - Open Mic Night Wild Wing - Matt Acosta The Willcox - Piano Jazz

What’s Tonight?

Club Argos - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Dart League Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke w/ David Doane Malibu Jack’s - Karaoke with Denny Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Trivia The Playground - Truly Twisted Trivia with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke w/ Joe Caudle Shannon’s - Karaoke with Mike Johnson Somewhere In Augusta - Big Prize Trivia

Contest Hotel Aiken - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke w/ David Doane The Loft - Karaoke Malibu Jack’s - DJ Mike Swift Midtown Lounge - Karaoke w/ Charles O’Byrne Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke with Rockin’ Rob The Playground - Krazy Karaoke with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Somewhere in Augusta - Comedy Zone w/ Donna Carter and Mikey Mason


Men On Earth - The First Round July 26 Ruskin- Joe’s Underground - July 26 246th Army Jazz Band and Art Show - Maude Edenfield Park July 26 Sibling String - Surrey Tavern July 26 Lo-Fidelity - Wild Wing July 26 Sharon Maina, Allison Skipper, Reese Evans, Folly Columbia County Ampitheatre July 27 Thomas Tillman - Country Club July 27 TX Clergy - Joe’s Underground July 27 Funk You - SkyCity July 27 The Welfare Liners - Stillwater Taproom July 27 Mike Frost Duo - 100 Laurens July 27 Conner Pledger - Somewhere In Augusta July 27 Jerod Gay - Fox’s Lair July 28 Machine Funk (Widespread Tribute) - Surrey Tavern July 27-28 Irritating Julie - Polo Tavern July 27-28 John Kolbeck - 100 Laurens July 28 The Southern Meltdown Band - Laura’s Backyard Tavern June 29 John Berret’s LaRoxes - Iron Horse Bar and Grill July 22 John Berret’s LaRoxes - 1102 July 27 Mike Frost Band - Candlelight Jazz July 29 The Skellings -Hopelands Gardens August 1 John Kolbeck - Polo Tavern August 2 Cameras, Guns & Radios - The First Round August 3 Robbie Ducey Band - Polo Tavern August 3 Jim Fisher Band - Polo Tavern August 4 Southern League - Stillwater Tap Room August 10 The Corduroy Road - Stillwater Tap Room August 17 Bare Knuckle Champions - Stillwater Tap Room August 24 Wayne Capps - Augusta Moonlight Music Cruise September 7

The Packway Handle Band - Stillwater Tap Room September 21 Blair Crimmins and the Hookers - Stillwater Tap Room September 22 Big Daddy Love - Stillwater Tap Room October 26


Jim Perkins- Butt Hutt BBQ, Athens July 20 Neko Case, Kelly Hogan - Atlanta Botanical Garden July 20 B-52s - Fox Theatre, Atlanta July 21 Nicki Minaj - Fox Theatre, Atlanta July 22 KISS, Motley Crue - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta July 24 Chicago, Doobie Brothers - Chastain Park, Atlanta July 24 Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis and the News - Chastain Park, Atlanta July 25 Aerosmith, Cheap Trick - Philips Arena, Atlanta July 26 Alison Krauss, Union Station - Classic Center, Athens July 27 Fresh Music Festival w/ Keith Sweat, K-Ci, Jo-Jo Savannah Civic Center, Savannah July 27 Seal, Macy Gray - Chastain Park, Atlanta July 28 Yes - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta July 31 Pitbull - Chastain Park, Atlanta July 31 Little Feat - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta August 3 Kelly Clarkson, The Fray - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Atlanta August 8 Merle Haggard, Chris Janson - Atlanta Botanical Garden August 10 Willie Nelson - Classic Center, Athens August 10 George Jones - Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah August 17 Duran Duran - Chastain Park, Atlanta August 19 The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta August 20 Ted Nugent - Center Stage, Atlanta August 22 Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads - Masquerade, Atlanta August 23 Sugarland - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Atlanta August 23 Drive-By Truckers - Georgia Theatre, Athens August 23 My Morning Jacket - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Atlanta August 24 Foreigner, Night Ranger - Chastain Park, Atlanta August 31



Michael Johnson

Mark Coleman, Michael Atwater, Lauren Key, Darren Key and Katelynn Key at the Morris Museum of Art’s opening reception for the Laney Walker/Bethlehem Outreach Photo Photography Camp Exhibit.


PV2 Christopher Cook, PFC Kaylin Richerson, PVT Eileen Perez and PFC Jared Behler at Military Appreciation Night at the GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Mary Tolson, Katie Sutter, Victoria Knight and Amy Marsh at the County Club.


Ellie Jester, Abby Herman and Carson Crowley at Military Appreciation Night at the GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Jacoby, Cheri, Roger and Jordan Cole with Auggie at Military Appreciation Night at the GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.


Angie Parrish, Kelly Henderson and Teresa Chaney at Midtown Lounge.


Amanda Breeden, David Marshall and Lindsey Elgin at Wild Wing Cafe.

Kayla Marino, Meghan James and Josh Timberlake at Military Appreciation Night at the GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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Bobbie Smith, Cathy Walker and Kara Peller at Wild Wing Cafe.




Three New Albums One Lives Up to Expectations

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A good art venue can sometimes be hard to find. Luckily for Augusta, we have some great places, and now you can add one more to the list. According to a press release I got this week from John Stoney Cannon, a newly formed multimedia group, M.A.D. Studies, will officially be coming to downtown Augusta next month. They must have not heard the news; we shoot people downtown (sarcasm). The group, consisting of some local well-known artists, is putting together a space that will cover all arts. From music to video to paint to movies, the space will be a great multimedia spot. Check them out on Facebook to get more details. More business is downtown Augustaâ&#x20AC;Ś I like it. The new music is here, the new music is here! I wish this could have been my excitement after hearing the music, but I was still excited this week with new music from The Killers, Green Day and No Doubt. If I had to pick one, The Killers take this round with their new track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Runawaysâ&#x20AC;? from the album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Born,â&#x20AC;? which will land on store shelves on September 18. Even with a hint of Cher in his voice, Brandon Flowers doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint. For the latter two, I think they both missed by a smidge. Green Day is one of those bands, like 311, Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; they are making new music because they want to, not because they have to. There is no consequence for putting out a bad album; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already made their mark on music history. So they play what they like and cater to the hardcore fans. I think if the 1994 Green Day would have known they were taking time off of Broadway to release three albums in six months, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure they would of knocked the Dookie out of each other, pun intended. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I love Green Day, but this â&#x20AC;&#x153;punk/rockâ&#x20AC;? band has stepped out into the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pop/rockâ&#x20AC;? world. The new track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh Love,â&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that complicated. I know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking, has Green Day ever made a complicated song? Probably not, but the track doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that much passion to it. Even with that, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to let this track affect my excitement for new Green Day. I figure with three albums, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be at lease one albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of good music. Last weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a look at No Doubtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Settle Down.â&#x20AC;? When you wait 10 years for a new album to drop, all you can hope is that the band doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Axl Roseâ&#x20AC;? on you. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that No Doubt did that, but they did what I was hoping they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. They made another pop song. I had dreams of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excuse Me Misterâ&#x20AC;? and what I got was â&#x20AC;&#x153;B.A.N.A.N.A.S.â&#x20AC;? Again, No Doubt is another band that I love. Fun and energetic, they sound like a party. But maybe a party with glow sticks. I have a feeling that the song will be one of my guilty pleasures, along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waterfallsâ&#x20AC;? by TLC, but I hope the album brings some ska back to the picture. A boy can dream, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t he? In a related No Doubt story, anyone up for some Augusta gossip? One popular female fronted band could have some inner turmoil. Or not. Thanks to Facebook relationship updates, which I think are horrible, I learned that the band The Atom Blonde has a few new single members. So if you were hoping to hook up with the goodlooking musicians and were upset that they were dating each other, well that is no more. Luckily the band is sticking together. If Fleetwood Mac and Wham can do it, why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t The Atom Blonde? Okay, maybe not Wham. What music is new and is taking over the world? What band in Augusta is making their mark? Email me at

MATTSTONE can be heard weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 95 Rock. 19JULY2012


Bags of Opportunity


Cornhole, bag toss — call it what you will; the creators of Derby Day think Augusta’s ready for the Cornhole Challenge

The people responsible for Derby Day, one of Augusta’s most successful and anticipated fundraisers, have developed another unique fundraising event, and while the name might initially leave people scratching their heads, the competition and fun will undoubtedly make the Cornhole Challenge one of those events Augustans plan their summers around. The Augusta Training Shop’s Cornhole Challenge, which begins at 2 p.m. on August 11 at the Bell Auditorium, offers area companies a unique advertising opportunity while giving local players the chance to show off their bag tossing skill. “We’re hoping to start this as an inaugural event,” says Audrey Murell, the Training Shop’s executive director. “We’re seeing it as a kind of pre-school rally as well as a pretailgating event before college football starts.” Cornhole, also known as bag toss, is a popular backyard activity developed in Kentucky and played extensively throughout the Midwest. Players attempt to throw beanbags through a hole cut into an inclined wooden board 30 feet away. Getting a bag on the board is worth one point, through the hole is worth three. The first to 21 wins. If it sounds easy, it’s not. In fact, it can be infuriatingly difficult, even for those who have spent a lifetime perfecting their form. Murell came up with the idea as a way to raise money in a city chock full of golf tournaments, and while this may be the first Cornhole Challenge, it’s not the first time Augustans have been exposed to the activity. “We’ve had cornhole for the past two years at Derby Day, and it’s been a huge hit,” she says. The Cornhole Challenge, however, takes the Derby Day diversion to an entirely new level. Murell’s goal is to get 16 companies to pay $500 to sponsor a set of two cornhole boards that they can design any way they want — company logo, favorite team’s colors. Whatever they can dream up, Murell’s people can re-create. “You pay $500 and you get to take the whole set home and have them for company outings, picnics, staff parties — whatever,” she says. “And you get to have a team in the event.” For those who don’t sponsor a set of boards, the cost of a two-member team is $110, which includes food and beverage. Given the fact that the winning team will receive $500 in cash, it’s almost like participating for free. The winning team also gets the soon-to-be-famous cornhole trophy. The second place team receives $250 in cash and the third place team earns $100. Murell hopes the Cornhole Challenge will eventually grow as large and popular as Derby Day, which is starting its 12th year. Lock Stock and Barrel, the Training Shop’s fall fundraiser, is a shooting and music event that is in entering second year. The Training Shop, which was established in 1947, employs mentally and physically challenged people and trains them in furniture repair and refinishing. They also paint kitchen cabinets and outdoor furniture as well as polish all types of metal. Currently, the Training Shop employs 25 people. Admission for non-participants is $10. Food will be supplied by the Rooster’s Beak and Brown Bag food trucks, and assistance will be provided by the Augusta Rugby Club. The Cornhole Challenge The Bell Auditorium | Saturday, August 11 | 2 p.m. 706-738-1358 | 19JULY2012

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15 in 5

Because I love a list. Especially a random list.

1. I’m writing from Ireland. It’s been rainy, but because it rains all the time, everything is green. It’s gorgeous. 2. Yesterday we visited some monastic ruins that date back to the seventh century. What’s amazing is that they are still standing. More incredible still is that these buildings were all built without cranes and other modern technology. 3. Everyone drinks a lot of beer here. If they’re not drinking beer, they’re drinking whiskey. The only time they’re not drinking either, they sip tea. 4. Pog Mo Thoin = Kiss My Ass in Gaelic 5. The first place we stayed, you had to really go out of your way to use the wireless internet. Like, you had to actually leave your room (and remember the whole rain thing). I promise everyone would live, and some of you might even enjoy the quiet. 6. The fact that the Irish (and many people around the world) drive on the left side of the street is especially scary as a pedestrian who is used to driving on the right. 7. The only time it might be scarier is as a passenger in a car approaching a roundabout. 8. Everyone who lives here will meet the president, Michael Higgins, at least once during his term. It’s not uncommon for him to attend a birthday party or wedding if you send him an invitation. He seems to be a popular, well-liked man. Anyone want to tell me about any time in our history when the general sentiment regarding the POTUS was so positive? 9. We have a driver this week. His name is Owen. His grandfather was the first in his county to have a driver’s license. He was the personal chauffer to W.B. Yeats. If you don’t know him, look him up. He was one of the great Irish poets. 10. The Man and I are chaperones to 12 teenagers. We’re twice their age, but I’m


still not sure I feel old enough to look out for them. We haven’t lost one yet. 11. All of them were taught from an early age to say yes/no ma’am/sir. Yesterday, they were told by a priest that it’s considered bad manners to refer to anyone as sir or ma’am here. The kids are trying, but it’s not an easy habit to break. 12. Today was likely the warmest day Dubliners will see this year. We sat outside all day, and so did much of the city. Many natives complained about the heat. Once we told them about the 100-plus degree (38 Celsius) days we’ve had in Augusta, they understood why we could never agree. 13. Friday, we’re attempting the hike to the top of Croagh Patrick. Look it up. It’s not all that high, but it’s steep and rocky. We’re supposed to have great weather that day, too, so the conditions will be in our favor, and the views from the top promise to be spectacular. I hate to even admit that we’re trying it, just in case I wimp out and can’t make it. I’ll let you know. 14. I hope that The Man and I survive that day without bickering the whole way up the mountain. He’s a little more of an experienced climber, and I’m a sore loser. Fingers crossed. 15. I feel pretty lucky that I’ve been able to use my passport twice in one summer. That certainly isn’t a regular thing. Thanks to everyone who’s kept (and dealt with) The Kids while we’ve been gone. One of the hardest parts of this was leaving them. One of the best parts of this trip was the break from them. Slainte!

JENNYWRIGHT lives in Summerville with her husband, who she calls The Man, and two kids, who she affectionately calls The Boy and The Girl. She enjoys taking photos, cooking and playing tennis.



Peach Jam

Nation’s best bring talents to CSRA in pursuit of league’s biggest prize

The most coveted U16 and U17 tournament for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) is taking place in North Augusta this weekend. The Riverview Park Activities Center will be buzzing with national media, every worthwhile college basketball in America, and, most importantly, the nation’s best collection of hardwood talent. That’s right, the same courts that have seen NBA superstars such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin will reload with tomorrow’s breakout stars in this year’s Nike Peach Jam. The Nike Peach Jam serves as the finals for the EYBL after four previous grueling sessions taking place at different spots across the nation. The order of the previous stops went as follows: Minneapolis, Minn., Hampton, Va., Dallas, Texas, and Oakland, Calif. Each traveling team’s records from these sessions are compiled and only the top 24 U17 teams get invited to the Peach Jam. On the U16 side of things, only the Top 16 teams get invited. So when it comes to quality basketball on the high school level, this premier event is as exclusive as it gets. And while there certainly will be the best collection of team talent in the nation, the majority of these teams have star-studded rosters with the best players in the country. Let’s take a look at who to watch for at this year’s tournament. ESPN Top 100 Rank-U17 #2 Julius Randle #3 Aaron Gordon #5 James Young


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Team Texas Titans Oakland Soldiers The Family

#13 BeeJay Anya #23 Rondae Jefferson #36 Allerik Freeman #43 Troy Williams


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Team Takeover Team Final Boo Williams Boo Williams

ESPN Top 60 Rank-U16 #1 Andrew Wiggins #2 Jahlil Okafor


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Nike Peach Jam Riverview Park Activities Center July 18-22 For complete schedule and game times go to

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LINE LOCK So I guess they want to heal the scars of all the Sandusky victims, (and the reputation of the entire school), by knocking down or razing the place where the abuse happened. Well now imagine if we did that to all the Catholic churches where so many abuses occurred! Makes just as much sense now, doesn’t it? Ruffin is a walking ad for Planned Parenthood. What a tool.

I heard that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were fired, uh, err, I mean, “quit” American Idol last week to “pursue other interests.” The rumor mill story is that J-Lo was seeking $17 million for another seasons worth of A.I. “work.” Well, now that she’s unemployed, maybe she would like to come to Augusta and try to get an hourly gig at that Starbucks facility when they open it up circa 2014. $17 million?.....for what? When are you people going to wake up and smell the coffee (no pun intended)?

Have something you want to get off your chest? Send your whines to whineline@themetrospirit. com. If you do so by noon on Friday, you might just see it in the next Thursday’s issue. Oh, and whines may be edited for content but will pretty much be printed exactly as you type them.


I will make a prediction. If downtown augusta continues on it’s non progressive path of violence downtown and the powers that be keep getting rid of live events, concerts, live music, clubs, basically no support for local arts and entertainment,downtown augusta will be the next REGENCY MALL GHOST TOWN.

I have a whine about the new wendys commercial. the real wendy is on there talking about how good the quality of their burgers are,etc,etc. I bet the real wendy wouldnt be caught eating a wendy’s hamburger.she eats caviar and has a gold plated mercedes. notice on the commercial she aint eating anything. wendy’s might stay around if the real wendy would dress up like the sign at the restaurants.I doubt this will happen. Who told Josh Ruffin that he was a political analyst? His rambling, incoherent character assisination of Mitt Romney. is so naive and sophomoric that it’s laughable. He seems to be more intent on sounding radically intellectual by making up zany, incomprehensible metaphors than in making any kind of rational sense. When a sentence is comprehemnsible, he resorts to the same naive rationalizations and insipid left-wing, venom-spewing rhetoric that I suppose he was taught over at the Che Guevara School of Journalism. I hope his poetry makes more sense than his columns.


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I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of the New England Patriots! Tom Brady - The Golden Boy...who cares? Tom amd Gisele this, Tom and Gisele that...who cares? And now we have 71 year old Patriots owner Bob Kraft and his 32 year old “actress” / girlfriend / gal-pal / paramour / FWB / goldbricker / love interest. I’ve got two words for you Mr.Kraft - CA$H GRAB! Enough! Oh, and this just in - GO PACKERS! Who allowed the people to grow a garden in the middle of the sidewalk on Broad St? Chief James is a liar. He said that there would be NO delay in responses, yet he failed to meet compliance and an apartment burned to the ground because he didn’t have any vehicles close by. He even admitted they were late. What are you going to do if the church across from the collapsed station catches fire. You have no chance in getting there in time. Maybe you should spend more time learning that there are other resources in the county and I’m sure that there are places you could post your fire trucks to make sure those of us living near that station are protected. So the Bain-rich Romney lied about his work years where he tucked in monies and pushed out American workers. I shudder to think how low he would drop America if the nightmare comes true and his billion dollar Super Pac buys him the election. The radio guru attacks the victim on a personel level rather than the criminal who’s record reflects being fired for stealing when he was a cop . now he is video taped breaking and entering . When confronted he lied in writing about his actions but because He grew up in the same neighborhood as the radio host a simple diversion technique to initiate a Pavlovian trained audience to Shakes their head up in down In positive response to the criminal rather than the victum is used! Sandusky BTK Buddy ect... Gotta love human nature! Is it just me, or does the former owner/operator of Hill Drug come off as a real jerk? Why was he so “sneak-ative” (his word) about the store closing? Didn’t customers and employees deserve a little more than a few days’ notice after decades of loyalty? Shouldn’t we have a choice in where our prescriptions are sent? Why should we continue to use his services when he so blatantly and purposely violated our trust? ....may be edited for content BUT will pretty much be printed EXACTLY as you type them..... BS! Just goes to show, every Liberal paper know Big Brother is watching. Josh ruffin is the babbling rambling bob beckel obamanation of the spirit. Would love to see a spirit debate between that bafoon & mr. Rhodes. Also the lefty whiners need to check their own peeps in office that want to expand government instead of always wasting their time on the GOP/conservatives because they don’t know anything else.

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The RCBOE’s consolidated budget for fiscal year 2013 totalled over $500 MILLION. The widely-reported $238M budget is an operational budget which does not include interest, capital and other expenditures. These three areas of expenditure are budgeted to consume over $250M of taxpayer funds in FY13. Ouch! The 1st Friday shootings are an unfortunate result of cultural influence . You can’t repair a broken culture over night... Most people are horrified at the shootings.. Some are proud or excited by them ... The goverment can’t fix this... So amusing that everyone is dancing around what everyone knows happened after First Friday last week. A bunch of black gang members engaged in gun play. We quit going to First Friday in warm weather many moons ago when it was apparent as the Sun went down there were a bunch of people we just didn’t want to be around. You can’t blame the Arts Council - the event had been over for an hour. You can’t blame the retail stores - they were long since closed. You can’t blame F & B - again these outstanding young folks weren’t dining out. You can’t blame the RCSD - they would be called profilers or worse for doing their job. You CAN blame the Black community. Clean up your act and try parenting and practicing responsibility, that would be a novel idea. I play local music with a band. we have played for downtown augusta for many years for first fri/augusta common/riverblast. ive talked to many folks involved in downtown events many times about booking events/playing live events. this incident with 1st fri shouldnt be the end of the world event. Proper planning, earlier time curfew, great live local bands on every street corner, vendors, are the key to continuing first friday. If the criminals win and shut down first friday, downtown will become regency mall. Well I see that Austin has proclaimed himself a Constitutional Scolar who knows Constitutional law better than the Supreme Cours Justices. Now, exactly where did he do his qdvqncedn studies on the Constitution and the Law? I don’t think one or two years of college qualifies a person as an expert, but hey, in todays age of realism TV anything is possible.









Metro Spirit 06.07.2012