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ART45: Humpday Hijinx














NEWS: Frustration builds over proposed “slum”

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FEATURE: A tribute to Jordan Elizabeth White








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During this week’s discussion

about the Augusta Convention Center or the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center or whatever you want to call the city’s new 38,000-‐square-‐foot facility on Reynolds Street, Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle briefly touched on a point that has been plaguing the Garden City. “As far as the Augusta Convention Center and how the Marriott promotes it, the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes it as the TEE Center, right?” Guilfoyle asked Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC, the company that operates the Marriott. “That was part of the complications in the beginning.” Simon told commissioners that the confusion between the two names is no longer an issue. “I think that has been resolved,” Simon said. “I think the CVB now recognizes it as a convention center rather than a TEE Center.”

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Well, think again, Simon. That is not the case according to the CVB’s website ( If you click on the tab called “Meetings & Reunions” on the CVB’s website, there is a photo of the Augusta Convention Center on Reynolds Street, but the caption reads: “Georgia’s newest meeting space, the Augusta Trade, Exhibit and Event Center, is now open.” If you search “Augusta Convention Center” on the website, it brings you to a page where you can contact the CVB’s sales team. And what is the photo that is first displayed on the screen just above all the contact information? A very nice picture of an empty chair placed in the corner of what appears to be an empty room. Ironically symbolic, eh? Even Simon, during his presentation to Augusta commissioners this week, insisted that the Marriott was booking 80 percent of the conventions at the

new facility, while the CVB and the Augusta Sports Council were only responsible for 20 percent. He suggested that the commission should consider providing the CVB additional revenue to better market the facility. Whether the CVB needs more money or just some serious help is hard to say, but someone interested in hosting a convention in Augusta could definitely be easily confused by the CVB’s website. While searching “Augusta Convention Center” brings you to the sales team’s page with a photo of an empty chair, if you search “TEE Center” it brings you to a page called “Augusta Trade, Exhibit & Event Center.” On this page it states: “The Trade, Exhibit and Event Center is a gorgeous new facility adjoining the downtown Augusta Marriott. The TEE Center creates an entirely new dynamic in the Southeast for meeting planners nationwide. It brings more

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than 100,000 square feet of exhibit and conference space and more than 350 hotel rooms together under one roof and all within walking distance of a host of attractions in Augusta’s charming, historic downtown.” So, the CVB isn’t calling the new facility the TEE Center anymore? Not quite. The webpage goes on to state, “The new TEE Center combines an exterior reminiscent of one of the city’s old cotton mills, with a vibrant interior offering the room and amenities required for a major national meeting. Within steps of the center, visitors can enjoy fine dining, beautiful gardens, shopping, art galleries, live music and theater, and the picturesque Riverwalk. “Augusta’s TEE Center is what’s new in the Old South.” Now, if someone was from out of town, they could easily get confused and think that the TEE Center was a completely different facility than the Augusta Convention Center. After all, how many facilities do you

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know throughout the country that have two very different names? And we are not talking cute nicknames. If anybody thinks that the “TEE Center” is a cute nickname, they need to go back and take Marketing 101. But the kicker is the second website listed at the bottom of the CVB’s webpage about the TEE Center. For further information, the CVB recommends visiting


Speaking of the Augusta Convention Center or TEE Center, was Augusta Riverfront President Paul Simon serious when he told commissioners this week that he plans on providing future financial reports to City Administrator Fred Russell or the legal department instead of coming before the board with a full presentation? Does he realize it was only five years ago when Augusta Riverfront, an entity owned by William S. Morris III, publisher of The Augusta Chronicle, narrowly got the approval to manage the $29.5 million facility? Back in 2009, the Augusta Commission voted 7-‐1-‐1 to move forward with plans to construct the TEE Center, while agreeing to continue the funding for the revitalization of the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods. Since 2007, the TEE Center had been tied to an agreement Augusta commissioners struck that would provide the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods $750,000 a year for revitalization via the $1 hotel-‐motel fee. Back then, only Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason voted against the TEE Center deal, while then-‐Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard abstained. Mason told the commission back in 2009 that he could not support the TEE Center because the plan did not remotely resemble the $20 million proposal supported by the citizens in the 2006 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote. He simply did not trust it. “I just think the deal has changed dramatically,” Mason said in 2009.

If you click on that website, it brings you to a huge sketch of the “Trade, Exhibit and Event Center” with the title: “THE CENTER OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY.” Fortunately, on this home page there is a red banner that says, “Now Open,” because if you click on the drop-‐down menu about the facility and select “Meeting Facilities,” you can read the following: “Augusta’s new 38,000-‐square-‐foot Trade, Exhibit “I believe if you spend this amount of taxpayers’ dollars that we should put it on the ballot for next year and let the taxpayers decide if they want it. We did a disservice to the taxpayers by not allowing them to do that.” It literally took almost a decade for this deal to be struck. Simon, along with all the folks at Augusta Riverfront, should be bending over backwards to make sure the Augusta Commission remains happy and completely informed about the financial status of the TEE Center. After all, included in the city’s 15-‐year agreement with Augusta Riverfront was the stipulation that the private company would produce annual financial reports for the commission regarding the facility. It was also agreed that Augusta Riverfront would receive $84,000 a year as a management fee and $48,000 a year for catering. And let’s not forget how much the Marriott benefits from having a newly constructed convention center connected to the hotel and a brand new parking garage right next door. Now, Simon can simply send those annual financial reports to the city administrator or the legal department each year, but chances are those reports won’t see the light of day. That might be exactly what Simon wants, but if the facility is already projected to possibly lose as much as $850,000 this year, it won’t take long for commissioners to start asking questions. If commissioners are smart, they will request a full financial report and presentation each year from Simon regarding the status of the TEE Center. The commission deserves it and so does the public.

and Event Center is scheduled to open in late 2012. It is the perfect place for your next meeting, trade show or convention.” Come on guys, it’s already September 2013. It might be time to update that website. So, is the Garden City going to call its new facility the Augusta Convention Center or the TEE Center? And who is going to be the one to really market it? If these questions don’t get answered soon, that $29.5 million facility will continue to have many more dark days ahead.


It’s long been a terrible eyesore in south Augusta, but the former Regency Mall site will again welcome the Cole Brothers Circus to town this weekend. That circus is one of the few perks that parking lot has seen in years. But some Augusta commissioners may decide to keep a close watch on the weekend’s activities. Last year, around this same time, some of the Augusta commissioners expressed concern over the use of the former Regency Mall property. After an inspection of the property by code enforcement and the fire department, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said he also had some concern about the condition of the parking lot near the back end of the mall area. Those concerns prompted a discussion about the fact that the traveling circus was allowed to set up on the grounds when their arrangement on Wrightsboro Road fell through last year. At the time, commissioners Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett were worried about the public’s safety because of the condition of the parking lot, which had been weakened by erosion along an area near the old call center. This concern came to light only after the city departments were sent to the former mall site to review several previous,

unrelated reports of fires and vandalism on the property. As a result of the department’s investigation last year, the commission agreed to allow the fire department and license and inspection to continue to work with the fire marshal and the courts to figure out how to send a citation to the absentee owner when necessary. If the property continued to deteriorate, Planning and Development Director George Patty told the commission last year that they did have options to correct the problem. “If it’s the majority of the commission’s desire, we can start a process that would ultimately lead to requiring them to demolish that property,” Patty told the commissioners last year. “That’s where all of our processes lead, to be honest with you, and maybe that’s what needs to happen.” Following this visit by circus, commissioners might be inspired to finally end the circus that is the former Regency Mall site.

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SOMETIMES THINGS JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE As I write this — not as you read this, because that would be freaking crazy — some of the most athletic, dogged, sinewy and insane people in the world are finishing up the 2013 Madison, Wisconsin, Ironman race. If you don’t know — and why would you, since Georgia is so hot during the summer, so dull and rainy during the colder months, that to try and hold an Ironman down there would be tantamount to attempted murder — the Ironman race is essentially a mutant triathlon: a 2.4-‐mile swim, followed by a 112-‐mile bike ride, then capped off with a marathon (a 26.2-‐mile run). You’ll recognize that last number as the distance you’ll probably walk throughout the next year. Ironman races are held fairly often, but Madison is a particularly big deal, as it’s a qualifier race for the Kona Ironman: the world championship. I watched a fair bit of the finish line video feed — still am, actually — and so far I’ve seen racers, sometimes alone and sometimes in groups of two or three, bearing flags from Mexico, Italy, Canada and three or four more I can’t place off the top of my head. I also saw a woman, finishing around the 12-‐hour mark (a decent amateur time), toting an inflatable pink flamingo across the finish line, which I assume means she’s either a creepily dedicated lawn ornament enthusiast, or found the most esoteric way possible to tell us that she’s a John Waters fan. Since this past Saturday night was both Ironman Eve and Michelle’s birthday, we walked down to the Lake Monona waterfront after dinner to have a look at the finish line, transition areas and volunteers setting buoys out on the 6


water. Michelle is a budding triathlete, a damned good one, and she geeks out about this kind of thing the same way I do about beer or poetry. We spent an hour on the roof of the convention center building, leaning over a stone overpass under which 2,500 bicycles — ranging in price, all things considered, from $800 to more than $10,000 — studying the wheel brands, the position of aero-‐bars, which owners had smartly covered their bike seats with a plastic bag; counting the number of security guards assigned to watch over the competitors’ gear (we spotted four); identifying the “swim in,” “run out” and “bike out” areas. We also made a sort of game out of trying to guess which among our fellow pedestrians were more concerned with logistics and technical details, and which ones were primarily there for the spectacle. Because, I think, we both did and did not want to feel alone. Pride, after all, stems from the notion that something about us is special, that we know something everyone else does not. At the same time, there is a pervasive loneliness inherent to such a state, to being the first, last and only, especially if such status is not imagined. I think about all of this as I read the coverage of the situation over in Syria, our government’s (and others’) response to it, and the slow but steady trickle of information that continues to come to the fore day in and day out: President Obama asks Congress to approve a strike against Syria, albeit one that will not involve “boots on the ground,” which is of course complete and utter BS in a contemporary vein, as “boots on

the ground” are becoming increasingly irrelevant in modern warfare; as such, the phrase is little more than a meaningless qualifier, a promise not to cross a line that no longer exists. In response, Senator John McCain, still borderline senile and butt-‐hurt from 2008, and doing everything he possibly can to obliterate any iota of goodwill he managed to amass during his pre-‐ presidential nominee years, retorted that there would be an impeachment if the United States physically invaded Syria, despite the fact that a Republican government pushed this same thing hook, line and sinker barely a decade ago. Meanwhile, German intelligence reports that Syrian President Bashar al-‐Assad knew nothing of the chemical attacks that ignited this whole s***storm — indeed, reports from most outlets are still hazy regarding whether the use of chemical weapons was perpetrated by Syrian government forces or rebel factions, and some news outlets are now saying that Syria may willfully turn over any chemical weapons it has at its disposal to authorities. In the middle of all this, Jonathan Snowden — aka the only guy to slice through the BS — is a pariah. I think about these two things — completing the Ironman, the ungainly miasma of information and misinformation that lumbers along in a vaguely threatening manner like some sort of retarded grizzly bear — in conjunction because they underscore and speak to the helplessness that many of us feel when we try to make sense of such situations. Regarding the former, I’m in pretty good shape: I can run a six-‐minute mile,

a 22-‐minute 5K, and my abs are a six-‐ pack in more than one type of lighting. And yet, I get tired. As such, I can’t comprehend how someone can will his/ her body to withstand between nine and 16 hours of constant, grueling activity. I mean, there are books to read. Beers to drink. “Breaking Bad” to watch. Regarding the latter (Syria, not “Breaking Bad”), it seems like there should be some way to settle on an acceptable answer, a solution, or at least a way to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Grey areas, however, maddeningly abide. Does Syria have serious issues? Hell yes it does. Can all of those issues be solved with bombs? Probably not. Would bombs help? I don’t know. It seems as if we’ve been throwing explosives at every problem involving the Middle East for decades, and we always end up where we began: our heads between our legs, insisting, once again, that our s*** doesn’t stink. I’m not advocating for malaise, for indifference. Nor am I advocating for dogmatic action. I only call attention to a rhetorical placeholder, a modicum of comfort. Reader, friend, American: you are not alone. We are as bewildered.

JOSH RUFFIN, a Metro Spirit alum, is a published journalist and poet who just received his MFA from Georgia College & State University. He was once the most un-‐intimidating bouncer at Soul Bar.



JUSTICE, PEACE AND ANSWERS… DELAYED AND DENIED Writer’s Note: I did not intend to re-‐run this column, but a confluence of sad events early this week, and the arrival of a September 12 publishing date, re-‐emphasized the purpose of the piece. An update, and an urgent call for action follows what I wrote concerning the tragedy that occurred exactly one year ago today. For five days the family and friends of Jordan White prepared themselves for their final Earthly goodbyes. There were services to arrange, details to be sorted through and, yes, the medical process of reclaiming this precious young woman’s physical strength and healthy infrastructure so that it could be transplanted and shared with at least a half dozen others. Fellow human souls whose time among us would be greatly diminished were it not for her decision to share with them that for which Heaven has no need. Among them, a 12-‐year-‐old girl, who will carry Jordan’s heart for as long as the Good Lord will allow her. The giving spirit and charitable heart of this amazing 19-‐year-‐old will live on in so many ways, as will the sad lessons of her needless death. While there will be a time and place to discuss the details, the consequences and the aftermath of the tragic night of September 12, we sadly have an immediate reminder of bureaucratic shortfalls that mean additional weeks, if not months, of unnecessary pain and uncertainty as we wait for concrete answers. The men and women who witnessed the accident, bystanders and first responders who fought to save Jordan’s life, and the lives of her two passengers, put forth an amazing effort, risking their own wellbeing fighting twisted metal, broken glass and a road slick with spilled gasoline. Seconds count in such a situation and no human effort is spared or withheld in the


process. How ironic that once the threat posed by jagged metal and flammables has passed, the search for final truth and ultimate justice slows to a grinding halt. A day after her death, Jordan’s family was told it could be six weeks to two months before final scientific tests are completed that could very likely lead to vehicular homicide charges filed against the Evans man who they believed ignored a red light and plowed his truck directly into the car door that could do little to protect the young driver on the other side. The injuries suffered by 43-‐year-‐old Lucky Wade Jackson were minuscule compared to the permanent damage inflicted by his truck’s front end. He was up and out of the hospital in no time and, as far as I know, back in his fashionable Riverwood Plantation home before his alleged victim was pronounced dead. As this column was being written, I got word that Columbia County authorities had reconsidered the evidence gathered at the scene, and testimony from witnesses. Instead of waiting for the Georgia State Crime Lab to return the results of the mandated legal blood alcohol test given to Jackson the night of the crash, they plan to arrest him within the next 24 hours. It seemed inconceivable that Jackson would have only been charged with failure to stop for a signal in the aftermath of the accident, but the officers at the scene were following the rulebook, based on the evidence they knew they had at the time. It was only after careful reconsideration (and I would be willing to bet a good bit of public outcry) that they apparently decided to move forward with more serious charges involving the suspected DUI case they expect to bring. Sources close to the case say Jackson’s blood alcohol, when tested at the hospital, was almost three times the legal limit. If that accusation is borne out in the state tested blood sample, the 20-‐year Georgia

Power employee could be looking at 15 years in prison. (Update: Jackson did plead guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and was in fact sentenced to 12 years in prison.) So why is it going to take six weeks to get that sample analyzed? Thanks to severe manpower shortages, the crime lab has a backlog of such tests to run, and Jackson’s sample is sitting at the bottom of the pile. The words “frustration” and “outrage” in such a situation are simply inadequate. This is a story I have been hearing about the Georgia State Crime Lab for years. So many years in fact, that the two guys who first brought it to my attention, former Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims, and former Columbia County Coroner Tommy King, have themselves been dead eight and six years respectively. But it is not only violent deaths where we see mysteries prolonged and families tortured needlessly; hundreds of local cases involving natural, unexplained deaths also take weeks and months to settle, often because of the same backlog. In just a few short years, I have seen this firsthand with the sudden deaths of my childhood best friend Bobby, and my cherished cousin Christi. In both cases it was almost eight weeks before final reports were prepared for the family. These were reports, by the way, which could have been prepared in a matter of hours if there had been staff to do the job. We have a solution. Augusta has a fully equipped, state-‐of-‐the-‐art autopsy and crime lab, built by the GBI adjacent to the jail on Phinizy Rd. Thanks to budget cutbacks, there are very few personnel there to do any work. If the Augusta Judicial Circuit could invest about 300k a year to cover the salaries of several technicians, we could process most important local cases in 24 hours, and then tackle the backlog to help other jurisdictions.

It can’t be done immediately, but it can be done. Rarely can it be said that a few hundred grand a year can fix such a serious problem, but, this time, we can say it and mean it. All the Jordan Whites of the world deserve it, and justice most certainly demands it. A Postscript and an Update: Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins made two trips to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta this week. On Monday, he carried the body of a 26-‐year-‐old woman, dead from what appears to be an accidental drug overdose. Tuesday, it was the body of a young schoolteacher, a beautiful, brand-‐new mother of twins, discovered deceased in her home from what appears to be natural causes. While both deaths were totally unexpected, they may be easy to medically explain. Sadly, it will be weeks and maybe even months before their surviving family members have definitive answers. The undermanned local crime lab is now without a qualified pathologist performing autopsies. Dr. Daniel Brown retires this month, and Coroner Collins says he has already ceased performing local autopsies. He tells me there is no scheduled replacement for Dr. Brown. At least no time soon. Which leaves Georgia’s second largest metro area with a well-‐equipped autopsy facility and virtually no staff putting it to use. The backwards priorities of the state continue to short change justice, defy logic and desecrate the memories of far too many victims. This week two more families begin wading through the most horrific red tape and torturous series of delays known to man. Get this insidious system fixed, and get it fixed now.


The views expressed are the opinions of Austin Rhodes and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.





Frustration builds over downtown’s proposed “slum” designation

Bill Lockett

When people hear the word “slum,” many immediately envision dirty, run-‐down buildings filled with residents living in squalor. But cities all across Georgia are willingly declaring portions of their communities as slums in order to apply as a state Opportunity Zone. Sandy Springs, Marietta, Union City, Roswell, East Point and Norcross have all declared themselves slums in order to qualify for tax credits, according to the Department of Community Affairs. Next week, Augusta might become the next city in Georgia to ask the state to officially classify almost 600 acres in the downtown area as a “slum.” In Augusta’s case, the city is looking to borrow money to renovate the Municipal Building on Greene Street. By accepting the proposed “slum” designation, the Augusta Commission would allow a special Urban Development Agency to issue tax-‐exempt bonds to renovate the Municipal Building under the Urban Redevelopment Law, which was initially adopted by the Georgia General Assembly in 1955. City Administrator Fred Russell told the commission’s Finance Committee this week that it was an opportunity the city shouldn’t squander. “You voted several months ago to go ahead and go forward with the renovation of this building,” Russell said of the Municipal Building project. “Part of that is the bonding of additional dollars that is necessary to do that. The most effective and most efficient way to do that and save the taxpayers’ dollars is to use nontaxable bonds.” Therefore, the simplest method to 8


achieve that goal is to use the Urban Redevelopment Area and the Urban Redevelopment Agency to receive those bonds, Russell said. “The terminology that they used in the 1950s when they did the legislation was the word slum,” Russell said. “I am not too sure that that’s appropriate these days, but that is the verbiage that was used to be able to qualify for these dollars.” However, in no way should this area of downtown Augusta neighboring the Municipal Building consider itself a slum, Russell said. “The Bank of America Plaza in downtown Atlanta is a slum according to that definition because that is the funding methodology that they used to fund that,” Russell said. “They, too, received a lot of criticism for using that word. “The area at the intersection of Washington Road and Bobby Jones in our neighboring Columbia County is basically a slum because that is how they are funding projects there,” Russell added. “As is the area across the river close to Hammond’s Ferry is a blighted area and that is what they used to do the development work over there.” While many residents may not like the word “slum,” Russell said the designation and the tax-‐free bonds will ultimately save the city several millions of dollars down the road. “We look at this an opportunity to celebrate continuing to move forward,” Russell said, “to fund this in a way that is cost effective for the taxpayers and make sure we can do this project and other potential projects that will increase our tax base, increase the number of jobs and hopefully make Augusta a better place to

raise our kids no matter what we call it.” While several commissioners applauded Russell’s explanation, some weren’t sold on the designation. “We spent thousands and thousands of dollars trying to rebrand downtown Augusta in the Laney Walker and Bethlehem areas and then this comes out,” said Augusta Commissioner Bill Lockett. “It seems to me to be counterproductive for us to pursue this because the mindset of everybody, including this commissioner, is 500 acres in downtown is a slum area. I think it is hurtful.” Jim Plunkett, the attorney handling the city’s bond project, insisted “slum” was just a word. “It is just a terminology,” Plunkett said. “It is something that everyone sort of just has to accept as the necessary way to go ahead and fund projects this way. “If you look at the definition, it is buildings that are potentially going to deteriorate as well as could be deteriorated. The definition of a slum is very loose.” Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason said he wasn’t worried about the impact of a single word. “I come from the ghetto, the slum, all of that and it doesn’t make me a bad person,” Mason said. “What I will say is this: We should always look for options that are the best for this community in terms of financing.” He reminded his colleagues that the reason they were looking to renovate the Municipal Building was because it was in “horrible shape.” “What I think is happening here is I think we are all getting caught up in our definitions and perceptions of what we call a slum,” Mason said, adding that Augusta


wasn’t the one who made up the definition, but rather the state did. “You didn’t make it up. I didn’t make it up. It is what it is.” “When you look at it from that perspective, it’s not a slum as we all know it,” Mason added. “We have lived in Augusta-‐Richmond County. We know what it is and we know what it is not.” Mason did say he was troubled by so many people in the community criticizing the Augusta Commission for even considering this funding option. “It seems like up here, we are dogged if we do and dogged if we don’t,” he said. “ Now, people have been talking about how bad this is and how bad that is, now here is mechanism to potentially get things done and now everyone wants to go run for cover.” It is also humorous that no one is discussing the fact that Columbia County also used a similar designation, Mason said. “I heard absolutely zero from any press about Columbia County using this,” Mason said, adding that Columbia County officials have used this method of funding twice in areas throughout the community. “Ain’t nobody said a word. Now all of a sudden, it’s Augusta and everybody wants to come down on the word slum and what we are potentially doing. “We are trying to find financing mechanisms and ways to create a better Augusta. Period.” Plunkett insisted that the ‘slum’ designation would not haunt downtown Augusta. “It is an unfortunate use of the word,” he said. “But it is a designation. It is an acceptance of a word for the purpose of moving forward to open up a lot of opportunities that will enhance downtown. It is a momentary issue. And I can guarantee you, that unless people want to keep bringing it up, no one is going to reference it.” The Finance Committee ultimately voted 3-‐1 to approve the designation with commissioners Donnie Smith, Marion Williams and Mason supporting the motion. Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle voted against it. A final vote on the proposal will go before the full commission on September 17. Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson insisted that Augusta needed to look at the big picture and not worry about the “slum” designation. “We are getting caught up in what others think and say,” Johnson said. “Call me a bum, but give me $2 million. I don’t care. We have to get beyond the word. We can’t get caught up in the words and we can’t allow others to dictate our destiny.”


The 33rd Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, held

the third full weekend of September each year, boasts all kind of fun for people of all ages. There are four stages stacked with local, live entertainment; 110 juried artists and artisans in the Fine Arts and Crafts Market; nineteen cultural associations serving up authentic ethnic foods in the Global Village; a free, hands-�on Children’s Area, a Young Artists Market, and the list really goes on. In order for a Festival of this magnitude, which hosts over 70,000 patrons, to take place, lots of cooperation is involved. Several streets will be closed during the Festival. Once a closing is noted below, that street is closed for the duration of the Festival. Streets reopen once the Police have given an all-�clear on Sunday after the Festival is over.

Road Closings are as follows: Tuesday, 9/17, midnight 8th between Ellis and Broad 9th between Ellis and Broad MarCarten between Jones and Broad Thursday, 9/19 5 PM Block ingress only into parking wells on Broad from 8th to 10th Thursday, 9/19 midnight: Broad Street from 8th to 10th street 9th street (north) from Jones to Broad Friday, 9/20 9 AM Block 8th Street southbound ½ block before 8th/Broad intersection Block Reynolds/9th to Reynolds/8th – 1 lane eastbound- for Stage and Global Village drop off



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AUGUSTA CONVENTION CENTER STILL BLEEDING, BUT NOT AS BAD Whether people refer to it as the Augusta Convention Center or the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center, the new 38,000-‐square-‐foot facility on Reynolds Street is doing better than anticipated in its first year, according to Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC. Of course, the $29.5 million facility was projected to lose between $804,000 to $850,000 in 2013, according to a budget provided to the city earlier this year. But Simon told Augusta commissioners this week that the city isn’t expected to be hit that hard. “If you look at the year-‐to-‐date (numbers) through July, it shows compared to the projected $850,000 (loss) that we are $191,000 better than that,” said Simon, speaking on behalf of Augusta Riverfront, the company that operates the convention center and connecting Marriott hotel. “So, our losses are $191,000 lower than what we anticipated when we started.” Augusta Riverfront, who also shares management of the facility with Morris Communications Co., owner of The Augusta Chronicle, is required under its agreement with the city to provide the commission with quarterly and annual financial reports on the new convention center because the downtown facility was financed with $20 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding. “I’ve been waiting for this day,” Simon told the commissioners, clearly pleased that the convention center’s losses were less than projected and the facility has had a positive impact on the Augusta area. “Through July, we have created $2,695,000 in economic benefits to the city. And that does not count the hotel-‐motel taxes that are collected throughout the city from those people who are staying here.” Simon estimated the economic impact for the rest of year should be approximately $6 million. “The numbers will get better,” he said. “We have another 18 conventions on the books.” In fact, Simon encouraged commissioners to drive past the convention center this week where the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authority is holding its annual conference. “We have got, it is my understanding, 1,400 people registered and they expect another 400 to register. The place is completely full,” Simon said. “So this is what we built this thing for.” While the facility is attracting more conventions to this area, Simon acknowledged the city has also lost 32 conventions it attempted to draw to the Garden City. “For one reason or another, they decided to go somewhere else,” he said, adding that, under the city’s contract, the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau is responsible for promoting the convention center. “That’s not our job. We operate it. But because of our relationship and connection with the Marriott, they do partner marketing through the Marriott. “As a result of that marketing effort, of the conventions we’ve had so far, 80 percent have been booked by us, through the Marriott.” Therefore, of the 20 events that have been held at the convention center, Simon said the Marriott has been responsible for attracting 16 of them. “The CVB and the Sports Council are responsible for the other four,” he said. “So that’s important as we go forward because I think you need to provide some funds for the CVB to market it.” As for the city’s $12 million parking deck across for the convention center, Simon told the commission that it is losing money. However, even though the city pays Augusta Riverfront $25,000 a year to run the parking deck, Simon said the city will still come out ahead because of a $50,000 lease it receives from the Marriott’s underground parking deck. “When we combine the decks at the end of the year, we get a $25,000 fee and you get a lease amount of $50,000,” Simon said, adding that once all the fees and leases are paid, if there is any additional money earned from the underground parking, that money is divided, with 70 percent going to the city and 30 percent going to Augusta Riverfront. “With $50,000 plus your share, I think you (the city) will do, I’m guessing, $100,000 or better this year.” Along with his financial report about the convention center, Simon also requested that the city allow Augusta Riverfront to purchase a centralized chiller plant to cool both the Marriott Hotel and the convention center. Augusta Riverfront would purchase the chiller and pay for the installation of the pipes to connect with the hotel and conference center. Simon simply needed the commission to approve having the chiller installed on its property. 10 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989


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“We will spend the money,” Simon said, estimating the total cost would be about $700,000. “We pay all the costs of piping and the new tower. We pay all of that and we will spend an estimated $400,000 this year and $300,000 next year. That is what we’ve budgeted.” Augusta Riverfront would also install separate meters on the chiller, so the hotel would be responsible for its own bill, as would the city. “This is beneficial to both the city and to us, at no cost to the city,” Simon said. Several of the commissioners looked shocked. “There is no cost to the city for this?” asked Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith. “It won’t cost the city anything,” Simon repeated. “What we are asking for is space on the property.” Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams asked which party would be responsible for maintaining the chiller once it is moved to the city’s property. “Right now, you are responsible for maintaining the two chillers that are already there,” Simon told Williams. “You will continue to maintain those two and we will maintain the new one.” As the Public Services Committee unanimously voted to approve the centralized chiller plant, Williams expressed skepticism over Augusta Riverfront ‘s offer to pay for the entire project. “It sounds too good to be true,” he said, laughing.



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Compassionate care for those with life-limiting illnesses This past weekend I was officially banned from Minecraft. No, it’s nothing unseemly or sorted or anything like that. Actually, I never got further than running the Minecraft demo. However, that was enough to know that this was forbidden fruit. Let me explain. It all started about a week ago. My daughters somehow convinced my wife to buy Minecraft for our iPad. Now, installing a game on the iPad isn’t a big deal. Literally hundreds of games have cycled through our iPad. Just between the different Barbie fashionistas, American Girl Doll apps and Farm Story derivatives, we’ve downloaded enough electronic stimulation to keep a bus load of fourth graders busy for weeks. That said, we do keep tight control on content. All apps were downloaded and installed according to a couple of strict house rules: 1) Nothing inappropriate and 2) Free downloads only. (Well, except Angry Birds. And Animal Jam‌ but that’s on the PC, so it doesn’t count.) Needless to say, when I came home from work one evening and discovered Thing 2 enjoying the premium Minecraft app, I was somewhat shocked. I thought to myself, “Could it be possible that paid apps are now allowed?â€? Of course, that’s a ridiculous notion. With so many free apps out there, why would anyone want to buy one? Then I remembered that my wife recently authorized the iTunes purchase of all three seasons of “Veronica Mars.â€? Maybe a subtle shift of the tide was afoot. I moved in closer to see more. To the uninitiated, Minecraft might seem like a first-â€?person throwback to 1990s-â€?era graphics. It’s actually much more sophisticated. You are a character named Steve. Steve wakes up within a world where everything is made out of blocks. The ground, trees, water, animals, people. Everything is a block. The object of the game, just like in real life, is to ensure Steve lives and prospers. In order to provide for himself, Steve must learn to create tools and protection from the resources around him. For example, a tree can be chopped down to create wood planks, which can be made into a wooden pick-â€?axe, which is used to dig stone, which can be used to create a furnace, which can be used to smelt iron, which can be used to build better tools, and so on. Everything is not fun and games, however. During the night, zombies 12SEPTEMBER2013

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The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival enters its 33rd year this year and offers a little something for everyone. There will be live entertainment on multiple stages, food from around the world in the Global Village at the Augusta Common, a children’s area, and of course — there will be art. Last year’s first place juried art show winner, Jenny Clarke, returns this year with her creations, Vintage Wonderland Designs. Vintage Wonderland Designs is a line of handcrafted, one-‐of-‐a-‐kind jewelry made with upcycled vintage and antique pieces that Clarke has collected over the years. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in historic preservation, but has always loved art and jewelry. “Old things and art have always been my passion in life,” Clarke said. “So this, to me, was kind of like the perfect marriage of the two.” Clarke uses everything from family heirlooms that have been sitting in her jewelry boxes for eons to random old jewelry and found objects to create what she calls “new heirlooms.” She said she gets a lot of her inspiration from Jane Austen, Downton Abbey and other period-‐type shows and films. “Those kinds of things are my inspiration,” Clarke explained. “I was looking at these pieces of jewelry and thinking, ‘I’m never going to be able to afford that kind of stuff. It’s beautiful, and of course I would love to have it, but I have all this vintage stuff — maybe there’s something I can do, maybe I can make something that will be similar.’” As a preservationist, though, Clarke was quick to point out that she tries to make her creations out of things that don’t get used much anymore, like shoe-‐clips or those painful clip-‐on or screw-‐back earrings, and from broken pieces. “I feel a little bit better about disassembling a brooch if it’s missing rhinestones,” Clarke said. “But I love to take these older pieces that I feel need new life again and make them into something that people can enjoy.” Wade Franklin of Wade Franklin Pottery has been a part of Arts in the Heart since the late ’80s and was last year’s second place winner in the juried art. Franklin was living in San Diego when he took a pottery class with his wife back in the ’70s and just fell in love with it, he said. He’s been making pottery ever since. After moving back to Georgia, Franklin got a degree in art and became an art teacher. Now retired, he still gets a lot of inspiration for his more whimsical pieces from his years as an art instructor teaching art to students in kindergarten through the second grade, he said. “When I started teaching, I had to teach the kids basic drawing, and a lot of the designs — I do a lot of platters and stuff, so a lot of the whimsical animals I do are things I did with the kids every day,” Franklin explained. “When I would come home at night, I would scratch 12 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

them onto the pottery.” Some of Franklin’s work may have whimsical designs on it, but he likes to create things that are functional and useful. “Most of the pieces I make, I do like to make pieces that are functional — that will go in the dishwasher or go in the oven, so I have a lot of customers who are looking for pieces that can be used,” Franklin said. Franklin is creating more pottery than ever now that he is retired and feels really blessed in his life as a potter, he said. Sam Bowers creates jewelry using metals and repurposed eating utensils. He won a merit award at last year’s Arts in the Heart and will be returning this year with new pieces. “I reuse eating utensils, like, for instance, forks, spoons. I turn them into bracelets,” Bowers said. “Most of the forks and the spoons are [silver] plated but they look like sterling silver, which when people come up and ask, I do tell them that it’s plated. And then I work with a lot of copper and sterling silver.” Bowers gets his materials from a variety of places, including online shops, thrift shops and antique stores, he said. He really enjoys what he does and got his start in California more than 25 years ago. “I used to work with just wood pieces,” Bowers said. “I would carve rings and bracelets and things like that, and then I went to a jewelry show and saw some people doing different things with metal and I said, ‘Well, I think I could do that,’ and I started working with metal. But metal is harder to work with. Wood you can just carve and sand and get what you want from it. Sometimes metal seems to have a mind of its own.” Bowers describes the creative process as a journey, and gets inspiration from many different sources: museums, art galleries and even his own work. He explained that completing the more difficult pieces and being pleased with the result gives him the motivation to go back finish some of the easier pieces. Arts in the Heart of Augusta takes place Friday-‐Sunday, September 20-‐22, in downtown Augusta. More than 100 vendors, including Clarke, Franklin and Bowers, will set up along Broad Street in the Fine Arts and Crafts Market. Festival hours are Friday from 5-‐9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-‐9 p.m. and Sunday from noon-‐7 p.m. A badge, good for the entire weekend, is $10 at the gate, with children 10 and under receiving free admission. For more information, visit or download the festival’s mobile app to your smart phone at





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Fans of Schrodingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cat are probably well acquainted with â&#x20AC;&#x153;eXtreme Theatre Gamesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sloppy Seconds,â&#x20AC;? which are presented on First Friday, typically to a sold-â&#x20AC;? out room. The group is branching out with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humpday Hijinx,â&#x20AC;? which will be held once a month on a Wednesday nights. How this show differs from the First Friday improv is that it is comprised of two long-â&#x20AC;? form performances: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales from the Box,â&#x20AC;? which is fashioned after The Upright Citizens Brigadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASSSSCAT Improv,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slow Children of Babylon,â&#x20AC;? which is a serial, retro-â&#x20AC;?scripted show that follows the trials and tribulations of a struggling rock band, Slow Children at Play. Actors who have been with the troupe for a while wanted to try something a little different and experiment with other forms of improv, according to Nicole Davis, the director for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales from the Box.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales from the Boxâ&#x20AC;? has been performed after â&#x20AC;&#x153;eXtreme Theater Games,â&#x20AC;? in the past and will now be a part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humpday Hijinx.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty much what this whole thing is about is more experimental things,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of us who have been doing this for the past three years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we just want to kind of play in a different way, and we want to be able to bring other types of improv to Augusta.â&#x20AC;? Jerod Gay is the director for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slow Children of Babylon.â&#x20AC;? Even though the show is a serial and is scripted to a degree, it is still considered improv. Gay explained how that works: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a retro-â&#x20AC;?scripted show, meaning that

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I Don’t Need Your Help! A few months ago, I was in a local store, and a local salesgirl approached me. “Can I help you find anything, ma’am?” I thanked her for the offer, but I was fine. I needed to browse. Do you know what happened next? She pouted. She stuck her bottom lip out and said, “Okaaaaay. But I can help you find something extra special.” I was shopping for a birthday gift, and while I didn’t know exactly what I would buy, I’d figure it out. It wasn’t my first time in the store. Besides, I told her I was fine. She is an adult woman who pouted because I told her I didn’t want her help. I wasn’t mean. Why did she stick out her lip? I’m not a salesperson. From what I’ve heard, I might be good at selling things. I don’t like it, though. We’ve had to sell popcorn for scouts, and now we’re supposed to sell wrapping paper and kitchen gadgets for school. Don’t get me wrong, I know the school needs money. My kids want the prizes. If you sell a certain number of items you “win” things like slap bracelets and other dollar bin type toys. Can I write a check to the school and go buy the kids some “prizes” at the dollar store? Can they still be invited to the Top Sellers party? That’s all they want, anyway. When I was sick a couple weeks ago, a young man called me. I want to call him a kid, but because I didn’t learn his age, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He gave me his name, telling me some friends said he should get in touch with me. “Yes ma’am, Tom and Kathy said you’d help me with something for school.” School? I love school! I love helping! “Well, I just got out of the hospital, so it’s not the best time, but I’d love to help. Can we talk early next week?” I didn’t know what I was getting myself in to, but if Tom and Kathy sent the kid my way, I’m sure it’s no big deal. “Sure, Jenny. You see, I sell XXX, and I’d love to tell you all about it. Are you familiar with our products?” Tires screech. Silence. Of course this is what he wanted. I don’t need to tell you what he was selling. You can insert books, knives, vacuums or anything else heavily peddled. “Oh. Well, I’m very familiar with the

products. We receive the catalog, and I typically shop that way. Is there a way I can give you credit on a future purchase?” Surely this would get rid of him. We do, in fact, buy the knives for my dad from time to time. I wasn’t in the mood for his procedural spiel. “You won’t have to go through the whole talk or anything. Just let me know what to do.” “You see, I’m a director and would really like to set up a time to come to your home and show you the products. Can we arrange that?” Relentless. I reminded him that it wasn’t a good time. Maybe we should talk next week. I thought for sure he wouldn’t call back. He did. Twice. I get the impression he’d pat me on the back after making a purchase. I’m not interested. I’m all for supporting kids and their jobs. Hell, one of my jobs in college was to call UGA alumni for the Annual Fund. Fortunately, I was calling past donors for the law school only, so they were more than happy to donate. They weren’t often happy to talk to me on the phone. You can gauge these things, though. If they offer to write a check, take it. Attempt an upsell, but

don’t tarnish the brand. I’m not interesting in buying any XXX anytime soon. Poor kid. He sounds nice. The only people who get away with door-‐to-‐ door sales are the Girl Scouts. I’ll email the family about buying some wrapping paper. If anyone else is interested, you don’t even have to listen to a presentation. Let me know, and I’ll get you the online ordering information. The Kids would appreciate the upgrade in seller status. Unfortunately, your kid’s probably peddling the same stuff. All kidding aside and on an unrelated note, Jordan died one year ago this week.

Don’t drink and drive. Plan for a DD or stay on your deck. The risks greatly outweigh the benefits. The mourning hasn’t slowed for a sweet, talented girl whose life ended too soon. Hug your people, people (and buy a lil wrapping paper?). Cheers!

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Layren Mullinax, Steve and Cissy Dement and Mark Greubel at the Team USA Kickboxing fundraiser at Wild Wing.

Chris Richardson, Adam Poore, Lakesha Springle and Kathan Key at the Team USA Kickboxing fundraiser at Wild Wing.

Kyle McGahee, Bree Sykes and Jason Herrera at the Team USA Kickboxing fundraiser at Wild Wing.

Brooke Lyons, Blair Godfrey, Tiffany Nelson and Misty Kinsey at Ritz on the Pavilion with Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at the Lady A.

Jeremiah Thayer, Bandleader Jeremy Davis and Adora Hawkins at Ritz on the Pavilion with Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at the Lady A.

Johnny Day, Julia Eidson and Noel Hilton at Whiskey Bar (Kitchen).

Adam and Aliya Redwine with Saira and Colin Nisbet at the Bee’s Knees.

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Partridge Inn Surrey Tavern Live Music Saturday, September 14 Jubee and the Morning After Friday, September 13 -G;dg[c:akljg The Henrys Sunday, September 15

5 O'Clock Bistro

Crums on Central

Oliviana's 2111 Kings Way 706-922-9560 1855 Central Avenue 706-729-6969

399 Highland Ave (706) 723-1242

Bistro 491

French Market Grille

491 Highland Ave (706) 738-6491 425 Highland Ave (706) 737-4865

Surrey Tavern

AUGSBURG HAUS 471 Highland Ave (706) 736-1221

4460 Washington Road 706-667-818


The Pi Bar & Grille 2110 Walton Way (800) 476-6888

Takosushi 437 Highland Ave Augusta GA

Helga’s 475 Highland Ave (706) 738-4514

2015 Central Ave (706) 736-2880

Club Argos 1923 Walton Way (706) 481-8829

Surreal at Surrey

2502 Wrightsboro Rd (706) 303-8723 469 Highland Ave 706-496-2036

Doubletree Hotel Live Jazz with the Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet Friday, September 13

Allie Katz Bar & Grill 3112 Washington (706) 667-9801

Bar West Augusta

3631 Walton Way Ext. Ste 3 (706) 736-0021

Buffalo Wild Wings 120 Robert C Daniel Jr Pkwy (706) 736-1778

Cadwalladers Café 106 Davis Rd (706) 860-7444

Carolina Ale House 203 Robert C Daniel Jr (762) 333-0019


3328 Washington Road 706-250-3261 2571 Central Ave (706) 364-1234

Indian Queen

The Country Club 2834-F Washington Rd 706-364-1862

Crazy Turks 2910 Washington Rd (706) 922-7299

Cue and Brew

2852 Washington Rd (706) 737-6008

Double Tree 368 Furys Ferry Rd (706) 855-5111

Hooters 2834 Washington Rd (706) 736-8454

Limelite Café

1137 Agerton Ln (706) 731-0220 2651 Perimeter Pkwy (706) 855-8100

Rack and Grill

Edgars Grille

Rae's Coastal Café 3165 Washington Rd (706) 854-4700

3481 Old Petersburg Rd (706) 855-7534 3208 W Wimbledon Dr (706) 738-1313

Rhineharts 3051 Washington Rd (706) 860-2337

Pizza Joint

Sidetrack Bar and Grill 4301 Washington Rd (706) 447-4992 4027 Washington Rd (706) 863-8951 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd. 706-650-5005

Retreat Tapas Bar


4446 Washington Rd (706) 250-3717 1202 Town Park Ln (706) 863-0606

Mai Thai


Lauras Backyard Tavern 218 S Belair Rd (706) 869-8695

Lady A. Amphitheater

4272 Washington Rd (706) 210-9008


Somewhere in Augusta

;`]nqk Trivia Monday, September 16

Road Runner

TGI Fridays

Robbie's Sport Bar

The Snug Steak & Grill


300 Shartom Dr (706) 814-7760

Sheraton 1069 Stevens Creek Rd (706) 396-1000

Somewhere in Augusta 2820 Washington Rd (706) 739-0002

Tbonz 2856 Washington Rd (706) 737-8325 2800 Washington Rd (706) 736-8888 240 Davis Rd (706) 863-1118

Wild Wing Café 3035 Washington Rd (706) 364-9453 305 N Belair Rd (706) 868-6850

Mellow Mushroom 4348 Washington Rd (706) 364-6756

The Tavern at the Bean 4414 Evans to Locks Rd (706) 447-2006

S. Augusta

Comedy Zone w/ J Jay Boyd & John Burton 2821 Washington Rd (706) 364-3525 2834 Washington Rd (706) 738-0866

Mellow Mushroom Live and Local Thursday, September 12


Amphitheater 7022 Faircloth Dr (706) 868-3349

K`Yffgfk Sherry Iles, Atomic Road Friday, September 13

French Market Grille West

3851 Evans To Locks Rd (706) 814-5007

3328 Washington Road 706-250-3261

Sheehan's Irish Pub Calvert's Restaurant

Tavern at the Bean Musicians Hangout with 8 Artists Performing Friday, September 13

Villa Europa Reservations now open for Oktoberfest, October 13-17. Call 706-798-6211.


Road Runner Café

Villa Europa 2512 Peach Orchard Rd (706) 560-9245

2508 Peach Orchard Rd (706) 790-8177 3044 Deans Bridge Rd (706) 798-6211


Thursday, September 12 Live Music Mellow Mushroom (Downtown & Evans) - Live & Local Polo Tavern - Keith Gregory Stables at Rose Hill Estate - Preston Weston

Dirty Dozen

& Sandra Surrey Tavern - Stereotype Wild Wing - Toykyo Joe Acoustic

What’s Tonight? Chevy’s Nite Club - Karaoke Cocktails Lounge - Karaoke Coyotes - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fox’s Lair - Trivia, Soup and Suds Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Highlander - Butt Naked Trivia Joe’s Underground - Trivia The Loft - Karaoke MAD Studios - Open Mic Poetry and Spoken

Word w/ Life the Griot Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke party with Carolina Entertainment Mi Rancho (Evans) - Karaoke The Playground - DJ Rana Shannon’s - Karaoke Sky City - Hot Box Battle League Presents Curtain Call Surreal at Surrey - College and F&B Night Tavern at the Bean - Ladies Night Villa Europa - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - ’80s Night Karaoke

Friday, September 13 Live Music Augusta Canal - Moonlight Music Cruise w/ Joyce

Lynn Country Club - Tyler Hammond Band Doubletree - Jazz Imperial Theatre - Mountain Heart, Lera Lynn The Loft - Lone Wolf One Man Band, Brownbird

Rudy Relic MAD Studios - Sydney Rhame PI Bar & Grille - Live Jazz Polo Tavern - The Hollerers Shannon’s - Sherry Iles, Atomic Road Sky City - F.O.C.U.S., Chainsaw Masscara, Panic

Manor Somewhere in Augusta - Brandon Reeves Stables at Rose Hill Estate - Gavin Reily Stillwater Taproom - Jackaroe Surrey Tavern - Jubee and the Morning After Tavern at the Bean - Musicians Hangout w/

Eight Artists Performing Wild Wing - Love & Riley

What’s Tonight? 100 Laurens - DJ Murl Augustine Armando’s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Rob Chevy’s - DJ Dougie Club Argos - Friday Night House Party Cocktails Lounge - Grown-Up Fridays with DJ Cork and Bull Pub - Karaoke Coyotes - All Night Dance Party and Bikini Contest Eagle’s Nest - Free Salsa Lessons; Dance Party Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Iron Horse Bar & Grill - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke with Ryan Moseley Mi Rancho - Karaoke with Jeff Barnes Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Three J’s Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke 28 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band visits the Imperial Theatre Monday, September 16, at 6 p.m. as part of their 35th anniversary tour. Local band Funk You opens for the soul, funk and jazz legends. $30. Call 706-722-8341 or visit Palmetto Tavern - DJ Tim The Playground - DJ Rana Rebeck’s Hideaway - Open Mic Roadrunner Cafe - Karaoke with Steve Chappel Soul Bar - ‘80s Night Wooden Barrel - Karaoke Contest

Saturday, September 14 Live Music 100 Laurens - Brent Lundy The Acoustic Coffeehouse - Open Acoustic

Jam Session with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Bell Auditorium - Keith Sweat, Silk Country Club - Holman Autry Band Coyotes - JC Bridwell Evans Towne Center Park - The Big Local Imperial Theatre - People Who Must, Tim Brantley Metro Coffeehouse & Pub - Chris Boone,

Chuck Mims P.I. Bar and Grill - Smooth/Vocal Jazz Polo Tavern - Midnight Moon Rub It In Lounge - Sherry Iles, Atomic Road Sky City - Brothers, Easter Island, Dirty Realists Surrey Tavern - Celia Grey Wild Wing - Bad Cash

Sunday, September 15 Live Music 5 O’Clock Bistro - The Henrys Bell Auditorium - J Cole, Wale Partridge Inn - Sunday Evening Jazz w/ the Not

Gaddy Jazz Trio Wild Wing - Cody Webb The Willcox - Live Jazz

What’s Tonight? Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Party with Carolina Entertainment Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke, Salsa Dancing Polo Tavern - Bingo Night Shannon’s - Karaoke with Peggy Gardner

Monday, September 16 Live Music

Funk You Shannon’s - Open Mic Night

What’s Tonight? Applebee’s (Evans) - Trivia Chevy’s - Trivia Club Argos - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Poker Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Trivia The Playground - DJ Rana Robolli’s - Trivia with Mike Thomas Somewhere in Augusta - Poker Wild Wing - Trivia

Tuesday, September 17 Live Music Shannon’s - Karaoke Contest The Willcox - Piano jazz

Imperial Theatre - Dirty Dozen Brass Band,

What’s Tonight? Chevy’s - DJ Dougie Club Argos - Saturday Night Dance Party & Show Cocktails Lounge - Latin Night Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Helga’s Pub & Grille - Karaoke The Loft - DJ Richie Rich Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke party with

Carolina Entertainment Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Karaoke with Danny Haywood Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke Robbie’s - Saturday Night Dance Party Soul Bar - DJ JB Fresh Tavern at the Bean - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - Kamikaze Karaoke 12SEPTEMBER2013


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- Evans Towne Center Park September 26

Chevyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nite Club - Shag Night w/ Free Lessons Club Argos - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Dart League Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Underground - Karaoke Limelite Cafe - Bottomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up Karaoke Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Trivia Mi Rancho - Cornhole Carolina Meeting The Playground - Truly Twisted Trivia with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke Shannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke with Mike Johnson Somewhere In Augusta - Big Prize Trivia Surrey Tavern - Tubeday Tuesday Movie Night

The Copper Thieves

Wednesday, September 18 Live Music

- Sky City October 3

Bell Auditorium - Gramatik Sector 7G - Fero Lux, Forty Winters, A Fight for Life Soul Bar - Beach Day, Dirty Realists Wild Wing - AcostA

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tonight? 100 Laurens - Trivia Night with Moose Armandoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Rob Chevyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke Cocktails Lounge - Augustaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent Cotton Patch - Trivia and Tunes Hotel Aiken - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke The Loft - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) - Karaoke The Playground - Krazy Karaoke with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Somewhere in Augusta - The Comedy Zone w/

- Stillwater Taproom September 26 Cranford & Sons

- Sky City September 27 Paleface

- Stillwater Taproom September 27 Radiolucent, Thomas Wynn & the Believers

- Sky City September 28 Body/Head

- Sacred Heart Cultural Center October 2 Johnnyswim

- Old Academy of Richmond County October 3 Super Bob, Blameshift T. Hardy Morris

- Old Academy of Richmond County October 4

The Swanee Quintet

- Bell Auditorium October 6 38 Special

- Evans Towne Center Park October 18 The Heavy Pets

- Sky City October 18 - Stillwater Taproom October 18 Blair Crimmins and the Hookers

- Stillwater Taproom October 19 Bucktown Kickback

- Stillwater Taproom October 25 - Sky City October 25 Moon Taxi, Funk You

- Sky City October 31 Band of Opportunity

- Stillwater Taproom November 2


Smooth & the Bully Boys, John Berretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LaRoxes

Derelict String Band

- Stillwater Taproom September 19 Veara

- Sector 7G September 20 Turf War

- Sky City September 21 Donald Merkle and the Blacksmiths

- Stillwater Taproom September 21 Rodney Carrington

- Bell Auditorium September 26

Craig Morgan, Country Line, the Daniel Johnson Band

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- Stillwater Taproom November 8 Rolling Nowhere

- Stillwater Taproom November 9 Blue Highway, Sierra Hull

- Imperial Theatre November 15 Tallgrass Getdown

- Stillwater Taproom November 15 Paleface, The Ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fevers, Rebekah Todd

- Sky City November 16 Joe Bonamassa

- Bell Auditorium November 20





Floyd Powell, driving #82 shown here, won the first stock car race held at Augusta International Speedway in Hephzibah on May 5, 1962. This car, along with 20 vintage race cars, will be on display at the Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Reunion and Vintage Race Car Show at the Diamond Lakes Community Center on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The 10th Annual Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Hall of Fame Induction is Friday, September 13, at 6 p.m., also at the community center. Tickets are $20 for the induction ceremony but the reunion/car show is free. Call 706-829-6825.


Morris Eminent Scholar Visiting Artist Series is Thursday, September 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. at GRU, University Hall, Room UH 170. Don Kimes will speak on the topic of “Creativity and Interruption.” Visit


Exhibition Preview Party: “Starters: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection” is Thursday, September 12, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Shelley Hagen, curator of the Wells Fargo Art Collection, discusses the work in the exhibition. $10 for museum members; $15 for non-members. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Opening Reception for the Living Walls exhibition is Friday, September 13, from 3:304:30 p.m. at the GRU Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd. The exhibition features the works of nationally recognized fantasy artist Roel Wielings and sculptor Henry Richardson. Visit Art reception for Mary Alice Lockhart and Marjorie Milne is Friday, September 13, from 6-7 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Their artwork is on display for the month of September. This will be held in the Kroc Center Community Wing and is free and open to the public. Call 706-922-0171 or visit Artistic Life of Ellis M. Johnson Exhibition Opening is Sunday, September 15, at 3 p.m. at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. The exhibit will include awards, newspaper clippings and visual art from his collection. Call 30 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

706-724-3576 or visit Photography of Kevin Jiminez will be on display for the month of September at Hire Grounds Café, 3179 Washington Rd. Call 706-650-5760. GRU Department of Art Faculty Exhibition shows through September 20 at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at the Summerville Campus. Artists include Kristin Casaletto, Tom Crowther, Suzette H. Hollins, Alan C. McTaggart, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Randy Pace, Raoul Pacheco, Rosanne Stutts, Brian Rust, Joseph M. Tolbert, Chadwick Tolley, Janice Williams and more. Visit


Larchmere String Quartet will perform Thursday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. This performance is part of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music concert series. Tickets are $25 for adults, $7 for school-aged children, or included in a $120 membership to the society. Call 706-790-9274 or visit Joyce Lynn will play on the Moonlight Music Canal Cruise, 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, September 13. $25 per person; passengers may bring aboard snacks and beverages. Call 706-823-0440, ext. 4, or visit Operation Rising Star, round one, is Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center on Fort Gordon. Finals will be Friday, October 4, at 5 p.m. at the base’s Oktoberfest Celebration. The singing contest is open to all active-duty DOD service members and their families ages 18 and over. Garrison-level

prizes include cash and the ultimate grand prize winner will be a studio trip for two with a threesong demo opportunity. Visit Southern Soul and Song Concert Series: Mountain Heart with guest Lera Lynn is Friday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. $15-$40. Call 706-722-8341 or visit Transit Authority, a Chicago tribute band, performs Friday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Call 706-726-0366 or visit Keith Sweat will perform Saturday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Auditorium. Silk will also perform. $37-$100. Visit Music at the Morris: Jammin’ Divas is Sunday, September 15, at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Hear renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music from Ireland, Australia and the U.S. Free. Call 706-724-7501 or visit J.Cole What Dreams May Come Tour, Featuring Wale, is Sunday, September 15, at 7:30 at the James Brown Arena. $39.50-$201. Visit I’ve Always Wanted to Play Piano Class meets Tuesdays, September 17-November 12, from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at GRU’s Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center, room D-3C. $109. Call 706-731-7971 or email

How to Read Music 101 Class meets Tuesdays, September 17-November 5, from 7-8 p.m. at GRU’s Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center, room D-1A. $79. Call 706-731-7971 or email Guitar Class for Beginners I meets Thursdays, September 19-November 21, from 6-7 p.m. at GRU’s Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center, room A-10. Open to those ages 13 and older, the class is $119. Call 706-731-7971 or email Guitar Class for Beginners II meets Thursdays, September 19-November 21, from 7-8 p.m. at GRU’s Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center, room A-10. Open to those ages 13 and older who have taken the Guitar I class, the class is $119. Call 706-731-7971 or email Voice Class for Adults meets Thursdays, September 19-November 7, from 7-8 p.m. at GRU’s Summerville Campus, Fine Arts Center, room D-1A. $99. Call 706-731-7971 or email Sand Hills String Band practices Sundays through December 8 from 2:30-4:50 p.m. at Georgia Regents University’s Summerville Campus at the Fine Arts Center. Open to guitarists, mandolin and fiddle players. $59. Call 706-7317971 or visit


“The Cardinal Nest” author visit and book signing is Saturday, September 14, from 1-3 p.m. at the Aiken Branch Library. Ted Hood, Jr. and Dealia Yancey will talk about the making their 12SEPTEMBER2013


new children’s book and discuss how the unique photographs were captured. The book is written for ages 9-12, but will appeal to children and adults alike. Autographed, first-edition copies will be available for $10. Call 803-642-2020 or visit Denise Stewart Book Club meets Saturday. September 14, from 3-5 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Book Talk is Saturday, September 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Aiken Branch Library. USC Aiken Professors Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer, editors of “A Shared Voice,” will present this new book, which is a collaboration of popular contemporary novelists from Texas and South Carolina. Free. Call 803-642-2020 or visit CSRA Writers Group meets Monday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia Military College. Call 706-836-7315. It’s Your Book Club meets Thursday, September 19, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. IYBC will be Skyping with author A’ndrea J. Wilson about her book “Husband 101.” Call 706-7246762 or visit Kroc Book Club is the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Selections come from award lists such as the National Book Award, the Pulitzer, or the Critics Circle Award. Free. For the current book, call 706364-KROC or visit


“Hairspray,” a production of the Aiken Community Playhouse, shows Friday and Saturday, September 13-14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 15, at 3 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25, adults; $20, seniors; $15, students; $10, children under 12. Call 803-6481438 or visit

Special Events

Gary Guller, a record-setting mountaineer and motivational speaker, will give the keynote presentation at Georgia Regents University’s 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Thursday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. at the Kroc Center. The event will also include workshops, musical performances, panel discussions and a performance by world-class teen dancer Nathan Beech. Pre-registration required. Visit diversity/summit/. The Big Local is Saturday, September 14, from 3-8 p.m. at the Lady A Amphitheater. The event features live music from local musicians, including the Omega Band, Adam Sams, Skylir Hicks and Grizzly Harris. Admission, food and drinks are all free. Visit 95th Anniversary of the Aiken Branch NAACP is Sunday, September 15, at 4 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Aiken. Rev. Walther Strawther will speak on the theme “We Shall not be Moved!” Call 803-502-0170. Pub Theology Group starts September 19, at 6 p.m. at the Cotton Patch in downtown Augusta. All faiths (and even those of no faith) are welcome and encouraged to join in. Just remember to bring your courtesy, patience, humility and a 12SEPTEMBER2013

healthy dose of humor. Call 706-724-2485 or visit Perfectly Aged is Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s River Room, 605 Reynolds St. The event is a wine-tasting and raffle benefitting the programs and projects of Historic Augusta, Inc. $100; $50 for those 35 and under. Call 706-724-0436 or visit Fashion Show to support the Richmond Academy Players is Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. at Dillard’s in the Augusta Mall. ARC students and faculty will serve as models. $5. Visit Evans Towne Farmers Market is held on the grounds of the Columbia County Public Library each Thursday through October 24 from 4:30-7 p.m. All meats, eggs, dairy and produce will be from local and sustainable farms. There will also be cooking and fitness demos, as well as education, local artisans with handcrafted goods, live music, local food vendors and weekly events. Visit Weekly Wine Tastings at Vineyard Wine Market in Evans are held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, and 1-6 p.m. Saturdays. Call 706-922-9463 or visit Saturday Market at the River is each Saturday through November 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 8th Street Bulkhead downtown and features vendors, food, drinks, entertainment and a group run that begins at 8 a.m. Visit


Mobile Mammography Screenings will be on the following dates and locations, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Thursday, September 12, at Sears; Friday, September 13, at Walmart in Aiken; Monday, September 16, at Internal Medicine Partners, 3121 Peach Orchard Rd., Tuesday, September 17, at the Lincoln County Health Department; Wednesday, September 18, at E-Z-GO; and Thursday, September 19, at Fievet Pharmacy in Washington. . Free through Medicare. Appointment required. Call 706-774-4149 or visit

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Car Seat Class is Thursday, September 12, from 5:45-8 p.m. at the Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C. Pre-registration required. $10. Call 706721-7606 or visit Family and Friends CPR is Thursday, September 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. This course covers the basics of adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR. Recommended for new parents and grandparents. $10. Call 800-322-8322 of visit Babies, Bumps and Bruises is Thursday, September 12, from 7-9 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Course includes infant CPR taught by the American Heart Association, as well as infant safety issues. Call 706-651-2229 or visit Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding is Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m.-noon at Trinity Hospital. During the Baby Care Basics presentation, parents will learn about diapering, bathing, feeding, and cord care. The Breastfeeding presentation covers the physiology of milk

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production, nutritional needs of mother and baby, nipple care and milk storage. Call 706-481-7000 or visit Standard First Aid, CPR and AED is Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Aiken Regional Hospital. Registration required. $45 (includes book). Call 800-882-7445 or visit Short and Sweet is Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 15, from 1-5 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. This weekend childbirth class covers the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques and childbirth, medication/epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. Call 706-6712229 or visit Our New Baby Sibling Class is Monday, September 16, from 4-5 p.m. at Trinity Hospital. This class will prepare big brothers and sisters for the new arrival and teach them how to participate in the care of the baby. A visit to the nursery is also included. Call 706-481-7000 or visit Total Joint Replacement Class is Tuesday, September 17, from 1-3 p.m. at University Hospital. Free. Call 706-722-9011 or visit Breastfeeding Class is Tuesday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Aiken Regional Hospital. This course includes the advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby, prenatal preparation, keys to successful breastfeeding and expressing and

storing breast milk. $5. Call 800-322-8322 or visit The Daddy Class is Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Taught by an experienced dad, this class talks about the joys and challenges of fatherhood, and ways to support mom. Call 706-651-2229 or visit Cribs for Kids, a class for caregivers on providing a safe sleep environment for infants, is Wednesday, September 18, from 9:45 a.m.-noon at the Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C. Families who can demonstrate a financial need will receive a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac and pacifier for $10. Pre-registration required. call 706-7217606 or visit The Living Well Workshop, a program designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of those struggling with a chronic illness or for those caring with someone who does, meets Wednesdays through September 18, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Free. Call 706-364-KROC or visit Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Education is Wednesday, September 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St. September is Prostate Health Awareness Month. Learn more about this, and other menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health issues including diabetes, nutrition and sexually transmitted diseases. Reservations are required. Call 706722-9011 or visit

Infant CPR Training is Wednesday, September 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, 7th floor, Room 7001. Registration required. Call 706-721-9351 or visit Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Library. Call 706-721-2609 or visit Yoga Class is offered by the Kroc Center every Saturday at The Augusta Market downtown, 10-11 a.m. Free. Bring your own mat. Call 706-364-5762 or visit Stress Management Classes are held at the University Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute at 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. each Wednesday. Call 706-774-3278 or visit Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease Aquatics Class meets every Monday and Friday at noon at the Wilson Family Y. Members, free; non-members, $5. Pre-registration required. Call 706-922-9664 or visit Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation covers topics such as coronary artery disease, heart attack and CHF at the University Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. Program is held each Wednesday at 8:15 and 9:15 a.m., and 1:45 p.m. Call 706-774-3278 or visit Childbirth Tours are offered the second

Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 10:3011:30 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, seventh floor west, Labor and Delivery. Call 706721-9351 or visit


Cancer Survivor Support Group meets Thursday, September 12, from 6-7 p.m. at Augusta Oncology Associates, 3696 Wheeler Rd. This is a support group for people with all different types of cancer and their family members. Call 706-651-2283. Moms Connection meets Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, second floor, Terrace Dining Magnolia Room and is a free weekly support group for new mothers. Call 706721-9351 or visit Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 12:30-2 p.m. at the GRU Cancer Center. Call 706-721-4109 or visit ALS Support Lunch and Learn meets the second Friday of each month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., fourth floor, room 4306. Registration is required. Call 706-721-4109 or visit grhealth. org/classes. Eating Disorders Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church, 557 Greene St. Call 706-871-1384 or visit


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The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre presents Look Good, Feel Better meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Georgia Regents Medical Center, first floor Community Room. This is a support group for female cancer patients. Call 706-721-0466 or visit grhealth/classes. Overeaters Anonymous meets at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1:30 p.m., Saturdays. Call 907-854-1509. Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Aurora Pavilion, and includes an open discussion. Call 800-322-8322 or visit Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for those who wish to stop drinking. Call 706-860-8331. Beyond the Bars is a support group for those with incarcerated loved ones. Call 706-855-8636. Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion meeting takes place every Sunday and Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at Aurora Pavilion in Aiken. Call 806641-5000 or visit Burn Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Doctors Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lori Rogers Nursing Library, JMS Building. All burn survivors, and their families and friends are welcome. Call Tim Dorn at 706-651-6660 or visit Gamblers Anonymous is a support group for those who wish to stop gambling. Call 800-313-0170. The Chatterbox Club of Augusta, a support group for individuals and their families who have experienced a laryngectomy, meets the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at Trinity Hospital in the Sister Mary Louise Conference Room. Call 706-481-7359 or visit Lupus Support Group meets at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-394-6484 or 706-821-2600, or visit Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Visit Recovery Support Group meets 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Fridays. Call 706-855-2419. Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m.-noon at the Cumberland Village Library in Aiken. Visit


Intro to Email is Thursday, September 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Free. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Beginning Genealogy Workshop is Saturday, September 14, from 10-11 a.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-724-6762 or visit

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Maxwell Branch Library. Registration is required. Call 706-793-2020 or visit Intro to Word Processing I is Tuesday, September 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Fall Seed Starting Class is Tuesday, September 17, from 7-8 p.m. at Reed Creek Park. Kay Pittman of the Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA will explain good practices for starting seed transplants for your fall garden. A great selection of organic non-GMO seeds from High Mowing Seeds will be available for purchase. Registration required. HFA members attend for free, non-members: $5. Class includes one free packet of seeds. Call 706-210-4027 or visit

34 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989 Georgia Master Naturalist Program begins Thursday, September 19, at the Southern Natural Sciences Center at Phinizy Swamp. This 10-week course held on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is an adult environmental education program of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The program consists of a series of weekly field trips with specific environmental topics. $275 for SNSA members; $325 for non-members. Call 706-396-1412. Intro to Word Processing II is Thursday, September 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Update on the Green: Accounting and

Taxation, a seminar presented by the Georgia Association of Accountants and Tax Professionals, meets Friday-Saturday, October 4-5, at the Partridge Inn. Topics will include Navigating the Affordable Care Act, Qualified Pension and Profit Sharing Plans, Trusts, the Nuts and Bolts of 1031 Like Kind Exchange and more. The seminar will begin with registration at noon on Friday and will run until 5 p.m. Saturday, the seminar meetings from 8-11:40 a.m. Pre-registration, $150 before September 15, and $180 after, is required. Call 770-439-2000 or email University Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at University Hospital, Education Wing, third floor, room 3. Visit

Fort Gordon Toastmasters meets 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in the Organizational Conference Room (Fish Bowl) on Fort Gordon Army base. Open to the public. Visit fortgordon. Adult Hebrew Class is taught at Congregation Children of Israel at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Email or visit Guided tours of 1797 Ezekiel Harris House offered by appointment only TuesdayFriday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tours of the day begin at 4 p.m. Adults, $2; children, $1. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta aboard


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the Lady Libby boards at the Augusta Museum of History at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays. See historic sites and hear spooky legends, including of the famous Haunted Pillar. $15 tickets, including admission to the museum, can be bought at the Augusta Visitor Center inside the museum. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. Call 706-724-4067 or visit Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson are held regularly. Adults $5; seniors $4; kids K-12 $3; under 5 years free. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Call 706-722-9828.


10th Annual Augusta International Raceway Preservation Society Hall of Fame Induction is Friday, September 13, at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Lakes Community Center. Tickets are $20. Following the induction is a Vintage Race Car Show and Racers Reunion on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Call 706-829-6825. Paddlefest, sponsored by Savannah Riverkeeper, is Saturday, September 14, with races beginning at 9 a.m. from either the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, the Hammonds Ferry boat dock or the Boathouse. After the races, which are open to kayaks, canoes, homemade rafts and standup paddleboards, a festival at the Boathouse will include local vendors, food trucks, live music and beer. Admission to the festival is free. Visit

Augusta Cave Masters meets the first Wednesday of each month at Firestation #15, 1414 Flowing Wells Rd. This group is a local grotto of the National Speleological Society. Call 706-7267426 or email Triple 8 Group Run meets at 8th and Reynolds, 8 a.m., every Saturday through October 26. Choose your distance: 3, 6 or 8 miles. Open to everyone. 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. Visit

Adult swim lessons are offered at the Family Y of Downtown Augusta for ages 13 and up. Days and times vary by branch. Members $55 per month; non-members $85 per month. Registration required. Visit

The Augusta Furies Women’s Rugby Football Club practices 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Julian Smith Casino for players 18 and up. Email or visit

Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do, taught by Master Michael L. Weintraub, is each Tuesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Call 706364-5762 or visit

The Augusta Rugby Club holds weekly practice sessions at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Larry Bray Memorial Pitch in Augusta. Experienced players and newbies ages 18 and up are welcome. Bring a pair of cleats or cross trainers, a mouthguard, gym shorts and a T-shirt. Visit or Facebook under the Augusta Rugby Club heading.

Tae Kwon Do is offered at the Wilson Family Y, Family Y of Augusta South and Family Y of North Augusta. Registration required. Visit Kickball League registration is available for a new adult co-ed league at Riverview Park. Call 941-716-3163 or visit Wheelchair Tennis Clinic, presented by the Walton Foundation for Independence, meets 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 email


Mommy and Me: Nature in Bloom is Thursday, September 12, from 10-11 a.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Hear Eric Carle’s children’s story “The Tiny Seed,” view artwork from “The Gladness of Nature,” and create a gigantic flower. Free for museum family members; nonmembers are $4. Call 706-724-7501 or visit LEGO Club is Thursday, September 12, from 4-5 p.m. at the Aiken Branch Library. For children in grades K-5 only. LEGOs supplied. Call 706-6427585 or visit Teen Open Mic Night is Thursday, September 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Free. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Screen on the Green: “Harry and the Hendersons” will be shown Friday, September 13, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Amphitheater. $1, kids 3 and under are free. Visit Childcare and Babysitting is Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Trinity Hospital. Course content includes playtime, handwashing, telephone calls, infant and child feeding, diapering, sleep time, and providing emergency

care. This one-day clinic is designed for students’ ages 11014 years old. $30. Call 706-481-7000 or visit Wilderness Survival is Saturday, September 14, from 10-11 a.m. at Reed Creek Park. For those interested in backcountry camping or anyone wanting tips in emergency survival skills, this seminar will include compass- and map-work, what to bring when camping, as well as tips on making fires and shelters in the wilderness (without matches and a tent). For ages 8 thru 18. Registration required. Members are free; non-members are $2. Call 706-210-4027 or visit Game On @ Your Library is Saturday, September 14, from 2-4 p.m. An afternoon of board games. Call 706-724-6762 or visit Teen Advisory Group meets Tuesday, September 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Aiken Branch Library. Meet new people, plan awesome programs, choose materials for the young adult collection, and earn volunteer hours with TAG! For students ages 13-18. Refreshments included. Call Kimberly at 803-642-7585 or email kimberlym@ Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board needs members. Looking for high school students to spend one evening a month learning about historic preservation, grants and philanthropy. Call 706-595-7777, email or visit DuPont Planetarium shows for Saturdays in September are “Solar System Adventure Tour” at 7 and 8 p.m. and “Blown Away: Wild World of Weather” at 9 p.m. Weather permitting, the observatory, housing the Bechtel Telescope, will be available for viewing after each show. General admission $4.50; seniors $3.50; 4K-12 $2.50; valid college or military I.D. gets you a 50-percent discount; USCA faculty, staff and students $1. Kids under 4 not permitted in public viewings. Reservations encouraged. Call 803-641-3654. Ceramics Class, for ages 14 and up, meets Mondays at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the Weeks Ceramics Center. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Toddler Time, playtime for children ages 5 and under, is each Monday and Wednesday from

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9:30-11:30 a.m. at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. $2 per visit; $16 per 10-visit pass. Call 803-6427631 or visit

Story Time is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Harlem Branch Library. Call 706-556-9795 or visit

Little Friends Gym, a parent and child class for those ages 6 months-4 years, is held each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit

Story Time is held every Wednesday from 10-11:15 a.m. at Wallace Branch Library. Preregistration required. Call 706-722-6275 or visit

Story Time is held at the Columbia County Library at 10:15 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, for kids under 2 years old; at 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2-year-olds; at 11 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for preschoolers; and at 4 p.m. Wednesdays for all ages. Call 706-863-1946 or visit Loud Crowd, a supervised after-school program for those ages 4-12, is Monday Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit Young Children’s Story Time is Tuesdays from 9:15-9:45 the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Songs, finger plays, and story readings best for children ages 2 and younger. Registration required for groups of 6 or more. Call 706-7722432 or visit Preschool Story Time is Tuesdays from 1010:40 a.m. at the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Come for stories, songs, games, short movies and crafts. Registration required for groups of 6 or more. Best for ages 2-5. Call 706-772-2432 or visit

Story Time is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Maxwell Branch Library. Pre-registration required for groups. Call 706-793-2020 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 706737-0012 or visit Story Time is held each Wednesday at the Appleby Branch Library from 10:05 10:20 a.m. for toddlers age 18-35 months, and from 10:3011:15 a.m. for preschool kids age 3 and up. An adult must remain with the child. Call 706-7366244 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 10:3011 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15-11:45 a.m. for preschoolers at North Augusta Branch Library. Call

Mudpuppies, an arts and crafts program for ages 2-5, is held each Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-8602833 or visit Boy and Girl Scout troops are hosted by Augusta Jewish Community Center. For Boy Scouts, visit or email geoffstew@gmail. com. For Girl Scouts, email sbehrend@bellsouth. net. For Daisy/Brownie Troop, email bdmrev@ Creek Freaks, a Georgia Adopt-a-Stream team of middle- and high-school students, meets regularly at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to monitor the health of Butler Creek. Call 706-796-7707 or visit Fun-Time Fridays, for ages 2-5, is held each Friday at 10:45-11:30 a.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit


Medicare and You is Thursday, September 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Kroc Center. The Alzheimer’s Association presents an educational series on Living with Alzheimer’s. Call 706-7319060 or visit Got 30 Minutes? is Thursday, September 19, at 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center. The Area Agency on Aging will conduct 30-minute educational classes providing an overview of services that are available for those who are caregivers, the aging and for those with disabilities in Georgia. Free. Call 706-364-KROK or visit


Bible Teaching Seminar titled “Understanding the Book of Revelation: The Beast” is Saturday, September 14, from noon-1 p.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Participants should bring their Bibles. Visit If you would like to see your organization’s events listed in our calendar, please email Amy Christian at The deadline for each Thursday’s issue is the previous Friday at noon.

Gesher, a teen program for post b’nai mitzvah youngsters (7th-12th grade), meets every other Sunday at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue. Call 706733-9491.

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Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday at 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


Story Time at the Euchee Creek Branch Library, for all ages, is held each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Call 706-556-0594 or visit

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Tai Chi Panda, a Chinese martial arts program for kids ages 5-13, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages 5-7 meet at 4 p.m.; ages 8-10 meet at 5 p.m.; ages 11-13 meet at 6 p.m. Call 706-394-0590 or visit taichi.html.

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HORROR “Insidious Chapter 2,” rated PG-‐ 13, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye. James Wan, director of the original “Saw,” as well as “The Conjuring” and chapter one of this movie series, continues the story of the Lambert family as they try to figure out a childhood secret that connects them to the spirit world. Only one horror movie opening on Friday the 13th, though? That’s surprising.



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;/,>/05,305, ;OYV^)HJR;O\YZKH`VU[OL-)PZZVLTIHYYHZZPUN. A made up excuse to show how good you used to look? Live life. Get out of the past lane. 0HJ[\HSS`:8<,(3,+^OLU0ZH^:[HJL`,PKZVU»ZI`SPULPU`V\YWHWLYHNHPU Welcome back, madame! Augusta has missed you! :`S]PH*VVWLYL]LYZWVRLU[VHISHJRWLYZVUPU[OLWHZ[Ä]L`LHYZ& UV[Z\YL^OH[0LUQV`TVYL[OLWLVWSL^OVIHZO(\Z[PU9VKLZHUKJVU[PU\L   to predict his imminent demise, or the fact that they have been doing that now for well over 20 years .LLP[Z\YLT\Z[ILUPJL[V\ZL`V\Y,);JHYK[VI\`[OLTVZ[L_WLUZP]LP[LTZ in a store (like 20 items that totaled $115) such as $8 DiGiorno pizzas and then go get in your truck that is waaay newer than my car. Us people that actually work all week and pay for everything for with our own money are real sacks of S*** I guess. I do not understand why EBT purchases are not limited to the cheapest items in the store. 7LVWSLHYL^VYYPLK[OH[Z[YPRPUNMHZ[MVVK^VYRLYZHYLNVPUN[VILYLWSHJLK by automatic ordering kiosks and robots. ... am I the only one who thinks that would be pretty freaking cool? ;OH[K\KL^OVJHSSLKPU[V[OLYHKPVZ[H[PVUPU[LHYZV]LY[OL<.(MVV[IHSSSVZZ& THAT is the way people should feel about academics, not sports. But they don’t. That’s messed up. 5V[HZRPUNMVYWLVWSL[VKYP]LV]LY[OLZWLLKSPTP[PU[OLSLM[7(::05.SHUL But at least drive the posted speed limit, signal, and move over to the right so people can pass. Your gonna cause an accident. 0U*5)*HUK@HOVVJVTLV\[^P[OHSPZ[VM[OLTVZ[KHUNLYV\ZJP[PLZ to drive in America. Augusta-Richmond County ranks 3rd. Texting while driving, changing lanes without signaling, pulling out into traffic, hogging the left (passing) lane on purpose. Congratulations, Augusta!


In the last 20 years, our Government has attacked numerous countries on one pretext or another. Looks like we’re about to do it again. The last nation to act like this, German was the spoken language and its leader sported a funny little mustache. :V(\Z[PU9OVKLZPZÅ\TTV_LKHZ[V^O`>HSTHY[LTWSV`LL+VTPUPJ>HYLZLLZ his $8.65 an hour job as underpaid...hmmm? I wonder what Austin Rhodes thinks of Walmart CEO Michael T. Dukes $18.1 million per year ($348,077 per week), pay package...or the fact that six heirs to the Walmart empire command wealth of $69.7 billion, which is equivalent to the wealth of the entire bottom 30% of the U.S. society? Cat got your tongue Austin?? ¸(UKHSS[OLJOPSKYLUHYLPUZHUL¹;OL+VVYZ)LPY\[0YHX:VTHSPH0YHX00:`YPH& :VMYLHRPUZHK7YLZ6IHTHOHZUVPKLHOV^[VOLSW[OLWLVWSLPU:`YPH BUT, he is being supported by Republicans to give him guidance after his OWN Democrats have fled his side so he can take the wrap all alone. What in the HELL do you think of Harry and Nancy now??? Come on people!! Its NOT about race. ITS ABOUT AMERICA!!!! 0YLTLTILY^OLU[OLBUHTLYLKHJ[LKD^HZH)90;0:/W\I and not a poor knock-off of the [name redacted], with even ruder servers and weaker drinks. ;OLMVVSOH[OZHPKPUOPZOLHY[;OLYLPZUV.VK,]LU[OLMVVSZRUV^[OLYLPZUV.VK >OH[[OLOLSSOHZOHWWLULK[V1VOU2LYY`»ZMHJL& (M[LY`LHYZVMSP]PUNPU[OL*:9(0»]LVUL8\LZ[PVU! “When does Evolution Arrive?” Yes Folks! The CSRA: “CONFEDERENCY SHALL RISE AGAIN”! Uh-Huh! This is the Real Reason Our Area is Stuck in the “Stone Age”! Well-Water, Septic Tanks, Very Frequent Power Outages! You’re Still Looking for Robert E. Lee AND Jefferson Davis to LEAD YOU INTO THE NEW MILLINIUM!


Craig with wife and family.

“The expert care I received at Doctors saved my life. My family and I thank you.” “When a French fry became lodged in my throat, a fun family outing became a life or death situation. I was rushed to the Emergency Department at Doctors Hospital and was immediately whisked into surgery. They saved my life. Because my injury was so severe, I was admitted to the Inpatient Rehab Unit at Doctors to fully recover and regain my strength. Thanks to the expert care I received throughout my stay, I’m enjoying what matters most - my family.”

Craig, Emergency Department and Inpatient Rehab Patient

Doctors Hospital has the fastest ER wait times in Augusta. ;QWECPƂPFQWTCXGTCIG'4YCKVVKOGUD[VGZVKPI'4VQ or visiting

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