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  • Burke Co. school bus involved in crash on Hwy 25Burke Co. school bus involved in crash on Hwy 25

    The Burke County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a crash involving a school bus. According to the sheriff's office, Burke County school bus 08-110 was involved in a minor crash on Highway 25 at E 7th Street.

    WFXG / 53 min. ago
  • JBA location will be decided by Richmond Co. votersJBA location will be decided by Richmond Co. voters

    The decision on whether or not to move the James Brows Arena will be put into the hands of Richmond County voters.

    WFXG / 2 h. 52 min. ago
  • Suspects sought in Fifth-Third Bank robberySuspects sought in Fifth-Third Bank robbery

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Richmond County investigators are investigating a bank robbery that happened Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say someone robbed the Fifth-Third Bank on Pine Needle Road in Daniel Village around 3 p.m. The suspects took off in a dark colored sedan. Investigators believe they were heading toward Damascus Road. No word yet on any arrests.

    WJBF-Crime / 3 h. 8 min. ago more
  • Bipartisan DACA deal falls through, shutdown loomingBipartisan DACA deal falls through, shutdown looming

    President Trump rejected a bipartisan bill to resolve DACA last Thursday.

    WFXG / 3 h. 14 min. ago
  • Winter weather school closings 1/17/18Winter weather school closings 1/17/18

    Due to the threat of winter weather, some CSRA schools will be closed or delayed Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

    WFXG / 3 h. 30 min. ago
  • Investigators searching for Augusta 5/3 Bank robbery suspect - WFXG.comInvestigators searching for Augusta 5/3 Bank robbery suspect - WFXG.com

    WFXG.comInvestigators searching for Augusta 5/3 Bank robbery suspectWFXG.comAccording to the sheriff's office, the robbery happened at the Fifth Third Bank on Pine Needle Road. The call came in at 2:50 p.m. The suspect(s) fled in a dark-colored sedan, possibly headed down Wrightsboro Road towards Damascus Road. The ...Authorities investigating a bank robbery, suspect on the moveWRDW-TVall 3 news articles »

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  • Investigators searching for Augusta 5/3 Bank robbery suspectInvestigators searching for Augusta 5/3 Bank robbery suspect

    The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery in Augusta. According to the sheriff's office, the robbery happened at the Fifth Third Bank on Pine Needle Road.

    WFXG / 4 h. 4 min. ago
  • Mother of captive kids ‘perplexed’ by arrival of deputiesMother of captive kids ‘perplexed’ by arrival of deputies

    PERRIS, Calif. (WSAV) — A 17-year-old girl called police Sunday after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were kept in filthy conditions — some malnourished and some shackled to furniture. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The officers conducted a welfare check where they found several individuals children chained and padlocked to their beds in foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The children, ages 2 to 29, “appeared to be malnourished and very dirty,” according to a press release announcing Sunday’s arrest of the parents. “The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.” According to Riverside County Sherrif’s Capt. Greg Fellows, the children’s mother Louise Anna Turpin was “perplexed” about why the police came to their home. Capt. Fellows did not know the reaction of the father, David Allen Turpin. David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were each held on $9 million bails and could face charges including torture and child endangerment. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys. State Department of Education records show that the family home has the same address as Sandcastle Day School, where David Turpin is listed as principal. In the 2016-17 school year it had an enrollment of six with one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades. Neighbors said they were stunned by the arrests. Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, heard about the case from a friend. “I had no idea this was going on,” he told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside. “I didn’t know there were kids in the house.” Other neighbors described the family as intensely private. A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins’ front yard. Perkins said he complimented them on it. “They didn’t say a word,” he said. The Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, The New York Times reported. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed. Their bankruptcy lawyer, Ivan Trahan, told the Times he never met the children but the couple “spoke about them highly.” “We remember them as a very nice couple,” Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often. A man who married the couple at The Elvis Chapel says he was shocked to see their photos on television and described them as a loving family. Watch the video from CNN: Riverside County officials held a briefing on Tuesday to give updates on the California parents and children. Few details regarding the investigation were provided as Capt. Fellows explained, “it’s very early on in our investigation.” Reporters asked the specifics regarding religious ties, mental conditions of the parents and further reaction from the children. But because it is an ongoing case, Capt. Fellows explained that he “can’t get into the specific statements.” He did note the bravery of the 17-year-old who came forward to authorities and assured that all of the victims were getting the care and attention needed. The children and adults are stable, being fed and are in a safe environment. “I think there’s always hope, but you have to imagine, these kids are going to need a lot of support,” said Dr. Sophia Grant, Medical Director of Child Abuse at Riverside Medical. She explained that although their physical needs are being met, mental recovery could be long term.

    WJBF-Crime / 4 h. 21 min. ago more
  • Rubenstein to receive PGA's journalism awardRubenstein to receive PGA's journalism award

    Lorne Rubenstein, who spent 33 years as a golf columnist while writing 14 books and contributing to magazines around the world, has been named the recipient of the 2018 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Rubenstein, a native of Toronto, will be honored on April 4 at the ISPS HANDA 46th Golf Writers Association of America Annual Awards Dinner at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Augusta, Georgia.

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  • Evans Middle School student facing charges after allegedly hitting studentEvans Middle School student facing charges after allegedly hitting student

    EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) – An Evans teen is facing charges after allegedly hitting another student in school. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office tells us that a 15-year-old 8th grader at Evans Middle School is charged with Simple Battery in the incident. The victim is a 13-year-old 8th grader at the school and reportedly was not injured. The 15-year-old will be charged as a juvenile and released to his parents pending a trial in Juvenile Court. Investigators say the suspect announced to a number of students at the school that he planned to hit the victim that day. One student overheard this and recorded the incident on their cell phone. This student was not found to have participated in the incident and will not be charged.    

    WJBF-Crime / 7 h. 9 min. ago more
  • VIDEO: Student attack at Evans Middle SchoolVIDEO: Student attack at Evans Middle School

    An 8th-grade student at Evans Middle School is being charged with attacking another student. According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the fifteen-year-old boy struck another student, a thirteen-year-old 8th-grader, in the head while walking down the hallway of the school.

    WFXG / 7 h. 24 min. ago
  • What the City of Augusta is doing to prepare for the coming winter weatherWhat the City of Augusta is doing to prepare for the coming winter weather

    It's no secret that we have more winter weather headed our way and it looks that the City of Augusta plans to be ready for anything. 

    WFXG / 8 h. 1 min. ago
  • Local counties in CSRA monitoring weather conditions ahead of possible wintry precipitation - WRDW-TVLocal counties in CSRA monitoring weather conditions ahead of possible wintry precipitation - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVLocal counties in CSRA monitoring weather conditions ahead of possible wintry precipitationWRDW-TVAUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Local counties in our area are gearing up and monitoring the weather ahead of possible winter weather heading through our area Wednesday. Richmond and Aiken County Schools tell News 12 they are monitoring the situation in ...and more »

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  • 100 million Americans are in the path of winter storm systems100 million Americans are in the path of winter storm systems

    From southern Texas to the northern tip of Maine, about 100 million Americans are under winter weather advisories.

    WFXG / 8 h. 44 min. ago
  • UPDATE | Man hospitalized, charges pending after domestic incident on West Avenue - WRDW-TVUPDATE | Man hospitalized, charges pending after domestic incident on West Avenue - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVUPDATE | Man hospitalized, charges pending after domestic incident on West AvenueWRDW-TVNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators say a domestic situation led to a man barricading himself inside a home on West Avenue in North Augusta early Tuesday morning. According to Lt. Tim Thornton with North Augusta DPS, a family member ...and more »

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  • Augusta's 'Sky City' music venue set to reopen with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - WRDW-TVAugusta's 'Sky City' music venue set to reopen with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - WRDW-TV

    Augusta's 'Sky City' music venue set to reopen with Bone Thugs-N-HarmonyWRDW-TVAUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sky City, a live music venue and bar located on Broad Street is set to reopen on Thursday, Jan. 18 with major enhancements. Headlining the grand reopening is music group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The new owners of Sky City tell ...

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  • UPDATE: 1 in custody after standoff at N. Augusta homeUPDATE: 1 in custody after standoff at N. Augusta home

    FOX 54 has learned of a possible hostage situation in North Augusta. We have crews out on...

    WFXG / 9 h. 57 min. ago
  • Police standoff on West Avenue in North Augusta endsPolice standoff on West Avenue in North Augusta ends

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – North Augusta Public Safety Officers were engaged in a police standoff Tuesday due to a domestic dispute. Officers responded to the home just after 8 a.m. in reference to a domestic dispute involving a potential hostage and shots fired. West Avenue from Summit to Fairwood was blocked off as a result. The suspect surrendered himself shortly after. He was taken into custody and taken to Aiken Regional Medical Center for evaluation. The case is under investigation.

    WJBF-Crime / 10 h. 40 min. ago more
  • 4 South Carolina police officers shot responding to domestic call4 South Carolina police officers shot responding to domestic call

    UPDATE YORK, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the wounding of four officers in South Carolina (all times local): State police have released the name of a suspect in the wounding of four law enforcement officers in South Carolina. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall is the man officers think shot and wounded three York County sheriff’s deputies and a York police officer early Tuesday. McCall was also wounded in the shootout. There’s no word on their conditions. A neighbor of McCall’s says he was stunned to find out who might have been involved. Roger Gilfillan says McCall lived with his wife and three children in a rural area outside York. Gilfillan said McCall frequently walked around the neighborhood but only spoke when someone spoke to him. Gilfillan said McCall never appeared to cause any trouble. No one answered the door at McCall’s home Tuesday morning. Four officers have been wounded in a shooting in South Carolina and state police say a suspect was also wounded. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said York County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic call near York late Monday. Berry said deputies said the suspect was gone when officers arrived. A York police officer was shot and wounded during the search. Berry says as officers searched some woods, three deputies were hit by a barrage of gunfire. He says the suspect also was wounded. Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said the wounded officers have been taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He did not know their conditions. SLED agents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police participated in the search. YORK, S.C. (AP) – Four officers have been wounded in a shooting in South Carolina and state police say a suspect was also wounded. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said York County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic call near York late Monday. Berry said deputies said the suspect was gone when officers arrived. A York police officer was shot and wounded during the search. Berry says as officers searched some woods, three deputies were hit by a barrage of gunfire. He says the suspect also was wounded. Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said the wounded officers have been taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He did not know their conditions. SLED agents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police participated in the search. York is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Charlotte.

    WJBF-Crime / 12 h. 18 min. ago more
  • Augusta GreenJackets holding game day job fair - WJBF-TVAugusta GreenJackets holding game day job fair - WJBF-TV

    WJBF-TVAugusta GreenJackets holding game day job fairWJBF-TVAugusta, GA (WJBF) – The Augusta GreenJackets will be holding our game day job fair in anticipation of the Inaugural season at SRP Park. The team is searching for individuals who are fan friendly, outgoing, hardworking, and willing to have FUN to join ...

    Google News / 13 h. 26 min. ago
  • Former Richmond County coroner released from federal prisonFormer Richmond County coroner released from federal prison

    Augusta, Ga (WJBF) – Former Richmond County coroner, Grover Tuten has been released from a federal prison in Florida. He is now in a halfway house and is set to be released in May. Tuten was sentenced to federal prison in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to stealing money and other items from the dead. He also had to pay a $9,800 fine.  

    WJBF-Crime / 13 h. 29 min. ago
  • Names released for 3 deputies, officer shot during York Co. manhuntNames released for 3 deputies, officer shot during York Co. manhunt

    Three York County Sheriff's Office deputies and a York Police officer were shot during a search for a wanted man.

    WFXG / 15 h. 25 min. ago
  • Dems accuse GOP official of 'amnesia' on Trump vulgarityDems accuse GOP official of 'amnesia' on Trump vulgarity

    Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. 

    WFXG / 19 h. 5 min. ago
  • House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdownHouse panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

    The testimony comes just one week after a very public excommunication from Trump's closest confines following the publication of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury."

    WFXG / 19 h. 15 min. ago
  • Friends and family remember former US Congressman Doug Barnard - WRDW-TVFriends and family remember former US Congressman Doug Barnard - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVFriends and family remember former US Congressman Doug BarnardWRDW-TVAUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Friends and family come out for a funeral Monday held for long time former US Congressman Doug Barnard, who died just last week. It's a tough time for a lot of folks who knew the former Congressman, but friends say it's a ...and more »

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  • 13 siblings ages 2 to 29 ‘held captive’ by parents, some shackled, officials say13 siblings ages 2 to 29 ‘held captive’ by parents, some shackled, officials say

    (ABC NEWS) – An investigation is underway in California after 13 siblings ages 2 to 29 were allegedly held captive in a home, some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. Two parents, 57-year old David Allen Turpin and 49-year old Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested in the torture and child engagement case in Perris, about 27 miles south of San Bernardino. The investigation began early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the home and called 911, claiming that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive there, the sheriff’s office said. Responding officers said the teen “appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated.” Inside the home was a shocking scene. Several children were “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the sheriff’s office said. “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.” Seven of the victims were adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, the sheriff’s office said. The others were children as young as 2. The victims — who authorities say claimed to be starving — were given food and drinks and interviewed, the sheriff’s office said. They were then hospitalized for treatment, the authorities said. The parents were interviewed and later booked on charges of torture and child endangerment, the sheriff’s office said. Bail was set at $9 million each. The sheriff’s office said it’s believed that all of the victims were their biological children. It’s unclear how long the victims were held inside the home, the authorities said. ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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  • Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctorOlympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctor

    Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

    WFXG / 1 d. 2 h. 25 min. ago
  • UPDATE | Suspect arrested after Sunday evening murder on Windsor Spring Road - WRDW-TVUPDATE | Suspect arrested after Sunday evening murder on Windsor Spring Road - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVUPDATE | Suspect arrested after Sunday evening murder on Windsor Spring RoadWRDW-TVAUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Deputies say they are continuing to investigate a murder at the Richmond Villa Apartments Sunday evening. Deputies say they were called out to 3551 Windsor Spring Road for shots fired with one subject down. When they arrived ...Arrest made in fatal Windsor Spring Road shootingWJBF-TVall 5 news articles »

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    A behind the scenes brawl broke out this past week pitting local concert promoters against one another in a battle over a venue. Not the same date… the same week. What makes this interesting is it turned into something so much more. At the end of the day, both promoters got their dates and a lame-duck politician discovered his remaining few months on the job will involve balancing on some seriously shifting sand. Influence is held by the position, not the person, and it can be a hard pill to swallow for someone used to ruling in such an empirical manner. Details will surely emerge in the days to come, but they will illuminate only this most recent controversy. The real story is the changing of the guard in one of Georgia’s most affluent and booming counties. No longer are “friends” and “buddies” going to get special deals and privileges handed to them on a silver platter. This county is going to begin running things by the book. Commissioners and county staff will stick to written contracts, follow policies and procedures and not cut the throats of employees who are just doing their jobs. They will stand up for what’s right and what’s good for the entire county. Not just a select few. This county is growing up and doing business the way it should’ve been done for more than a decade. The post Chairman’s Reign is Over appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Work begins on Wisconsin mall revitalization projectWork begins on Wisconsin mall revitalization project

    The Journal Times reports that mall owner Hull Property Group has begun interior renovations at the Regency Mall in Racine. The Augusta, Georgia based company purchased the mall in 2016 for $9.5 million.

    Augusta News / 3 d. 6 h. 50 min. ago
  • Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting in WagenerAiken County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting in Wagener

    Wagener, SC (WJBF)- The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspect(s) who shot a man Friday night in Wagener. Someone called 911 at 7:40 pm, reporting a person had been shot. When deputies arrived to 18 Pine Street, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm, stomach and foot. The victim was taken to an area hospital, in stable condition, for medical treatment. If you have any information regarding this shooting, investigators are asking you to call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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  • Coming soon to downtown Augusta - WRDW-TVComing soon to downtown Augusta - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVComing soon to downtown AugustaWRDW-TVAUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Right off Broad St. an old service station will be getting a make-over. It won't just be a new bar, it'll be a new bar that also serves tacos. The new dining spot is only a small part of the big boom happening downtown ...

    Google News / 3 d. 18 h. 47 min. ago
  • Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

    Flu is blanketing the US, but officials think it may decline soon.

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  • Second arrest made in Horizon Gas Station shoot outSecond arrest made in Horizon Gas Station shoot out

    AIKEN (WJBF) –  A second suspect wanted for attempted murder, now off the streets. 27-year-old Reihn Jennings was wanted for a shooting that happened Tuesday night at the Horizon Gas Station on York Street in Aiken. He’s facing three counts of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. Leo Orlando Byrd He was arrested in Greenville, South Carolina. The first suspect, Leo Byrd, had already been arrested in connection with this same shooting.

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  • Coming Live to Twins Jazz!! Tim Whalen, Salim Washington, Benito Gonzalez and MoreComing Live to Twins Jazz!! Tim Whalen, Salim Washington, Benito Gonzalez and More

    Leo Maxey Thurs 01.11 8PM & 10PM BUY TICKETS Griffith Kazmierzcak, tpt Ben Frock, tpt Joe Herrara, tpt Chris Frick, pn Jim Hanna, prc Ian Trusheim, bs Kelton Norris, dm Warm the season up with Leo's Maximal Latin Jazz Trumpets!! Arrangements of the music of Tadd Dameron, Louis Armstrong , Clifford Brown , original compositions, and more. Leo Maxey is a Baltimore area jazz trumpeter.

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  • Former congressman Doug Barnard of Augusta died Thursday - The Augusta ChronicleFormer congressman Doug Barnard of Augusta died Thursday - The Augusta Chronicle

    The Augusta ChronicleFormer congressman Doug Barnard of Augusta died ThursdayThe Augusta ChronicleI have been an energetic worker, and I have tried to take advantage of the opportunities that have come my way for my community,” he said in The Chronicle story. Barnard was a lifelong friend of former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, who died in 2014. Doug ...and more »

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  • ‘Truckers Against Trafficking’ join in fight against to end modern day slavery in South Carolina‘Truckers Against Trafficking’ join in fight against to end modern day slavery in South Carolina

    AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Truckers against Trafficking joined in the fight to end South Carolina’s fastest growing crime, human sex trafficking. Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina rank as top hubs of human sex trafficking. Right between both cities is the Palmetto State, which has started to feel the negative effects of modern-day slavery. “We are actually seeing a lot of trafficking, we are seeing it even in Aiken,” said Cumbee Center Executive Director Susan Selden. Dozens of state agencies from law enforcement to lawmakers have joined in the fight against human sex trafficking. The newest is “Truckers against Trafficking,” a huge move for the state towards combating crime. “When you look at the state, interstates around the country, you look at the trucking plazas many of the trafficking victims are pimped out at these locations and it is the truckers that are on the front lines that are going to be able to see this.” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said. The Attorney General, who heads the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force, hopes this training will teach truckers how to respond and help law enforcement breakup trafficking rings. Still, saving victims is only the beginning. Selden says it’s what comes after victims are removed from trafficking that will make the biggest difference and right now the state just doesn’t have all the resources. “The unfortunate thing is many of these victims will go back,” Selden told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “We don’t have the type of shelter they need, we have a 60 day emergency stay shelter and they need more ongoing shelter. More of a transition house.” If you are someone who is interested in learning how to spot the signs of trafficking the Cumbee Center To Assist Abused Persons is hosting a trafficking seminar. “My Body is not a Commodity: The Impact of Human Trafficking” is happening on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Municipal Building in North Augusta. Click here to register.  Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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  • Wrap up of the Augusta-Richmond County Meeting on January 9thWrap up of the Augusta-Richmond County Meeting on January 9th

    Brandon Garrett will campaign for the District 8 seat, which is currently held by Wayne Guilfoyle. Garret say's he's been living in Richmond County the past 15 years and has served 2 years on the Planning Commission.

    Augusta News / 5 d. 7 h. 6 min. ago
  • International ministry provides resources and hope to homelessInternational ministry provides resources and hope to homeless

    Travis Sharpe visited Bethany Baptist Church to discuss Unsheltered International. He and Bethany Pastor Robert Altman have been friends for years.

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  • Suspect sought in Redds Branch Road shootingSuspect sought in Redds Branch Road shooting

    AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – One man is on the run after a shooting that left one woman in the hospital. Aiken County Deputies responded to a home on Redds Branch Road on Wednesday just after 2 p.m. in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, investigators found a woman with a gunshot wound to her left leg. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Robert Teeter, a resident of the home, told deputies that while he was in the back yard, 18-year-old Elijah Bagwell drove up to the home in a white Ford F150 with three unidentified black male suspects. Teeter and the suspects got into an argument leading him to tell his mother to call 911. Bagwell and the three other suspects then got in their truck, fired several shots into the home and left. The shots fired struck Teeter’s wife and the family dog. Bagwell is now wanted for Attempted Murder. Other charges could be forthcoming. If anyone has any information on Bagwell or the three other subjects, please contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 Callers may remain anonymous.

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  • TEDxAugusta Is Less Than One Month AwayTEDxAugusta Is Less Than One Month Away

    TEDxAugusta 2018 is less than one month away, and everyone is encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible for this exciting event! On February 3, 2018, event attendees will hear both local and national speakers 18 in all give talks centered around this year's theme, Venture. The 18 speakers and their talks are: Creative Talent includes Celia Gary and Derek Berry.

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  • SC considers using electric chair for executionsSC considers using electric chair for executions

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina lawmakers are considering allowing inmates to be electrocuted when they face execution. Lawmakers discussed two proposals Wednesday to allow the state to resume executions after its supply of lethal injection drugs expired in 2013. Senators discussed one proposal to keep secret the names of companies that provide drugs for executions. Companies that make the drugs have refused to sell them because of fears of legal challengers, protests and bad publicity. Senators did not vote Wednesday. South Carolina last used electrocution in 2008 for the execution of James Earl Reed, who had been convicted in 1996 of killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents. The state has not conducted any executions since 2011, in part because of no available drugs. Currently, inmates can only be electrocuted if they request that method.

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  • First US Marshal Killed in the Line of DutyFirst US Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty

    Robert Forsyth was an American patriot who served as a Captain in Lee's Legion under Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee. He was selected by President George Washington to be the first United States Marshal for the state of Georgia and became the first U.S. Marshal and first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

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  • Suspect photographed in vehicle theft at Cushman’s RV and Truck RepairSuspect photographed in vehicle theft at Cushman’s RV and Truck Repair

    COLUMBIA COUNTY (WJBF) – Columbia County police now have a face behind a robbery at a local body shop last week. The man pictured above reportedly bought gas for one of the stolen vehicles at a Flying J gas station just 45 miles from Cushman’s. The stolen vehicles were later caught by tag readers on I-85 SB in Troupe County, Ga. shortly after midnight on Thursday, January 4th. If you have any information, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 706-541-2800. Stolen Appling Vehicles

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  • Georgia Gov. Deal may call special legislative session to woo AmazonGeorgia Gov. Deal may call special legislative session to woo Amazon

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for building two of the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, Ga., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday he's ready to call a special session of the state legislature if necessary to lure Amazon to Georgia.

    Augusta News / 6 d. 4 h. 14 min. ago
  • Cause of death determined in Shannon Baskin caseCause of death determined in Shannon Baskin case

    NORTH AUGUSTA (WJBF) – The toxicology results are back in the case of the death of Shannon Baskin. We’ve learned the report reveals Baskin died from a drug overdose. There were no signs of foul play prompting investigators to conduct a toxicology test. As we first told you Baskin was found dead in a North Augusta apartment back in December. Casi Lynne Sommers was arrested because she was the last person seen in Baskin’s car. Count on NewsChannel 6 for the latest details as they become available.

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  • In The MixIn The Mix

    Megan Collins (Metro’s Best Bartender 2017) Farmhaus Burger All right, Megan … how long have you been bartending? “As soon as I turned 21. I mean, literally the day after I turned 21, I was tending bar. It’s something that I had been interested in for a while.” What did you think when you found out you had won Metro’s Best Bartender? “It was really actually weird. It was shocking. I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever.” How has this prestigious award changed your life? “It was good bragging rights for a week. My friends DO announce me when we go out, like “Metro’s Best Bartender is in the house. On New Year’s Eve, they did it to me at Sky City!” What would you like to do when you “grow up”? “Well, I’m actually taking a break from cosmetology school right now, but I feel like I’ll always be behind the bar. But I am the third generation of hairdresser in my family. My grandmother was doing hair in the 40s and 50s using some medieval-looking stuff.” The post In The Mix appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Vinyl in AugustaVinyl in Augusta

    Music lovers don’t have to buy vinyl records anymore. Ever since iPods and MP3 players first came onto the scene almost 20 years ago, music has become easily accessible, portable and seemingly endless. But there is something sacred about scouring through bins of vintage vinyl and fondly remembering when listening to music was a social experience. Sitting down and sharing an album with your friends that actually needed to be flipped over and appreciating the occasional crackle sound of a record being played gently by a needle is something that many people still cherish. Vinyl isn’t dead. In fact, it’s back with vengeance. Just last year, vinyl album sales in the United States hit a record high, with more than 14 million albums being sold, according to Billboard magazine. And vinyl album sales were driven by an array of artists with more than 75 different titles each selling more than 20,000 copies last year. But rock music, by far, is still the most popular, accounting for 67 percent of all vinyl album sales in 2017. For vinyl record fans, the “British Invasion” is apparently still sweeping this country. According to Billboard, The Beatles had the top two selling vinyl LPs of the year with 72,000 copies of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” being sold and 66,000 copies of “Abbey Road.” However, the soundtrack “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” was the third most popular album in 2017, with 62,000 copies being sold. The resurgence of records is going strong and, fortunately, for local music lovers, they don’t have to drive to Athens or Atlanta to explore the world of vinyl. There are several locally owned record stores in Augusta that offer everything from original vinyl to new releases of all genres of music including rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, rap, funk, jazz, folk and blues. Some of these independently owned record stores have been around for almost 50 years, while others have just recently opened their doors. So, if you’re ready to put down your iPod and check out some vinyl, Augusta has a lot of options.   Retro Records 1036 Broad St. 706-426-7185 retrorecordscsra.com The new kid on the block in downtown Augusta is Retro Records on Broad Street that just opened its doors about two months ago. The store’s owners are a father-and-son team that first opened a record store across the river in South Carolina before deciding to head to downtown Augusta. “We were just discussing it one night, and my dad had a huge collection of records and he said, ‘Man, it would be pretty cool to have an awesome record store around here.’ And, so we just decided to do it,” said Travis Hill, adding that his father, Calvin, grew up in Langley, S.C. “It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. We didn’t really think about it much, but we don’t regret it. From the very beginning, it has been awesome. We were in Carolina for about a year, and then we moved over here about seven weeks ago.” Travis Hill said he can’t believe the energy and enthusiasm of the customers throughout the downtown area. “Everybody in downtown Augusta has been super inviting and just really nice people,” Travis Hill said. “And there are people from all walks of life: young, old, both sides of the political spectrum, just everybody. It’s pretty cool.” Calvin Hill, who grew up in the 1960s and 70s, said he has always enjoyed listening to all kinds of music, but he particularly likes Southern rock, including bands such as Foghat and Three Dog Night. “For me, it’s thrilling to see some of the older guys come in here and buy the vintage records that they used to have as teenagers,” Calvin Hill said. “To hear them talk about how awesome it feels to find something from their past that they’ve been searching for and haven’t seen for years, it makes us feel really good. We just enjoy helping people find the music they love.” And business has really picked up since moving across the river to Augusta, Travis Hill said. “There was a time right before Christmas where there wasn’t anywhere to walk in here. Every bin had somebody going through it. That’s what we wanted,” he said. “Where we were at in Carolina, we had a steady business, but it wasn’t anything like this. It is really popping down here.” On Friday nights, Retro Records has been packed with people checking out both old and new vinyl, CDs, cassettes and DVDs all while listening to music or playing arcade games upstairs in the store, Travis Hill said. “On First Friday, we had four bands come in and put on a free live show in the store,” Travis Hill said. “We have two more shows coming up, free of charge. We just clear some stuff out of the way and let the bands set up and play. The goal is, we just want people to come together for the love of music.”   Pyramid Music Two locations: 822 Broad St., and 1647 Gordon Highway 706-733-0923 You can’t talk about vinyl in Augusta without honoring the legacy of Pyramid Music. Since 1971, Pyramid Music has offered its customers everything from records to cassettes to CDs to posters and more. Owner Robert “Flash” Gordon knows the music industry and the Augusta market probably better than anyone in town. With his many entertainment connections, including close ties to the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, Gordon has dedicated his life to music. Over the years, he has worked in broadcasting, promotions and even served as the general manager of James Brown Arena. But Gordon also has achieved the seemingly impossible: He and his daughter, Noura Gordon, have kept Pyramid Music thriving for more than four decades. While one store is located out on Gordon Highway, the other is in the heart of downtown Augusta, right across from the James Brown statue on Broad Street. “My dad’s passion for music started it all, and we have now been in business almost 50 years,” Noura Gordon said. “And my dad passed his passion for music down to me. I love absolutely all music. I don’t discriminate. I love it all. Music is the universal language.” Pyramid Music is known for offering everything from new releases to vintage vinyl, Noura Gordon said. However, when people in Augusta are looking for James Brown’s albums, they know to head to at least one of the Pyramid Music stores, she said. “First and foremost, people always look for James Brown here at the store because of my dad working with James Brown for all those years,” Noura Gordon said. “We are known for having a great catalogue of James Brown. And not just having one or two that you can pick from, but we have a variety that you can choose from.” Through the years, Pyramid Music has also enjoyed a loyal and steady customer base, but the Gordons would love to see more foot traffic in the downtown area. “With The Miller opening up and all the growth downtown, I would definitely hope it will bring some more youth downtown and get more young people thinking about opening up some new businesses and making downtown great,” Noura Gordon said. “But it has grown a lot over the years. There was a slow period downtown, but now, it is coming back around, and it is a beautiful thing.” As she finished checking inventory at the Gordon Highway location with her dad, Noura Gordon was preparing to head to the Broad Street store to get ready for the First Friday crowd. “Business is good,” she said. “We try to offer people what they want. And, let’s face it, we wouldn’t be here this long if we weren’t doing it right.”   Psychotronic 859 1/2 Broad St. 706-550-5774 psychotronic.com Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Weldon was exposed to all kinds of different music, and he quickly became what he proudly calls a “music fanatic.” “I started buying records as soon as I was old enough to go to the store,” Weldon said, chuckling. “When I was a little kid, one of my first favorite bands was The Ventures. I loved The Ventures’ “Surfing” and “The Ventures in Space” albums. I liked all of the surf music that was happening at the time, like The Beach Boys and all of that. But then The Beatles hit like a ton of bricks, and the whole British Invasion came along and, from there, it just got better and better.” By 1973, Weldon had his first job in the famous Cleveland record store, Record Rendezvous, which has been described as being the “cradle of rock ‘n’ roll.” Former Record Rendezvous owner Leo Mintz is said to have given the music a name and plotted the first rock ‘n’ roll concert with Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed. That record store is believed to be the basis for Cleveland getting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “There is a lot about that store in Cleveland’s history and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Weldon said. “So that was my start. And I have worked on and off in record stores or with record distributors since 1973.” More than five years ago, Weldon and his wife, Mia, moved to Augusta and decided to open up Psychotronic, a record store on Broad Street just up from the Augusta Common and across the street from the James Brown Plaza. “Previous to being here, we had a store in Virginia, and way before that, we had one in Manhattan,” Michael Weldon said, adding that the original Psychotronic store was in the East Village, which has now become unrecognizable. “We had been in Virginia on the coast for about 12 years and, as nice as it was there, we wanted to move further South for better weather.” His wife had a friend from Delaware who had moved to Augusta and after visiting a few times, the Weldons decided to head to Georgia. “We ended up moving down here permanently and opened the store,” Michael Weldon said. “We specialize in original vinyl. If I have new vinyl in here, it’s a small amount. I do get original vinyl all the time, and I try to get first pressings when possible.” Psychotronic offers all different genres of music, with entire sections devoted to country, funk, world music, rhythm and blues, soundtracks, classic rock and jazz, Weldon said. “We pretty much have everything here,” Michael Weldon said, adding that the store also offers posters, comic books, jewelry, books and clothing. “While rock ‘n’ roll is the prime mover for vinyl, especially around the holidays, it was interesting to me that we were selling a lot of albums by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and more Frank Sinatra than usual. And, recently, the most exciting buy I made was a large collection of jazz. When you have good jazz, people will come far to buy it.” While Michael Weldon said he has a lot of loyal, local customers, Psychotronic also attracts visitors from all over the region. “We have people coming in from Atlanta, Athens and even further away,” he said. “In fact, we’ve had people coming in from the West Coast and New York, and they’ll say, ‘We can’t find this stuff where we are,’ or sometimes they’ll ask, ‘How do you manage to sell these things so low?’ Because, in some stores you are going to find prices similar to what you find online, but here at Psychotronic, I pretty much price them to sell.”   Grantski Records 2126 Central Ave. 706-922-9777 grantskirecords.com Augustans might have seen Evan Grantski, owner of Grantski Records on Central Avenue, sitting behind a drum set, playing his heart out at several downtown venues including Sky City and the former Sector 7G. This native Augustan has played in a number of local bands including Dead End Sons, but in 2016, he decided it was time to open a local record store. “I was born and raised in Augusta, and I live just around the corner from the store here on Central,” Grantski said. “I chose Central because it’s a nice area, it’s affordable and it was easy to open up.” And it’s clear that Grantski has a deep appreciation of Augusta’s music history. In his record store, he has memorabilia from other former record stores throughout the Augusta area. “This was in the old Radioactive Records here in Augusta that used to be a few doors down. That was in their shop for a while,” Grantski said, pointing at a poster on the wall and then walking over to two bags hung on the other side of the store.  “And this is an old Augusta Radio Company bag and a Home Folks (News & Record Shop) bag that I found and collected over the years. I have had a few people who’ve asked to buy these bags, but I just can’t part with them. They are pieces of Augusta’s history.” Grantski said his main goal with the store is to always offer music lovers a relaxed, laid-back environment to browse classic vinyl, as well as search for new releases, CDs, cassettes, music memorabilia and turntables. “I’ve always been interested in music. I’ve played in bands, and my parents were always music lovers and my older brother was a pretty good influence on me collecting music,” Grantski said. “I started collecting records maybe in late middle school and early high school. But I collected CDs way before then.” One of his favorite albums over the years has been The Mars Volta’s “Frances the Mute,” but Grantski said he has recently started listening to more jazz than anything. “Right now, I’ve been listening to jazz artists like John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock,” Grantski said. “But I listen to everything. For example, I’ve always been a big Incubus fan.” Grantski said the Central Avenue store has been a great location for his business. “We get a lot of medical students that come in here, so Central Avenue has been really good to us,” he said. “There’s constantly a lot of new shops and restaurants popping up.” Grantski Records gets a lot of support from customers of all ages, ranging from college students looking for regional recordings to jazz lovers looking for vintage vinyl. “We are really a jazz and metal record store, but we get everything in between there, too,” Grantski said. “Anything local or regional we always pick up on, like Athens bands and bands from Augusta. And we are an authorized Daptone Records retailer. What that means is, we are able to get any of the expensive color vinyl that they put out, so we stock up on everything Daptone like Charles Bradley and, of course, Sharon Jones.” For Grantski, he simply wants to help people find what they are looking for by providing the best customer service possible. “We are here to help, and we buy, sell and trade,” Grantski said. “If there is something I want and there is something they want, I have no problem with an even swap. To me, it’s an easy trade and everybody is happy.” The post Vinyl in Augusta appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Generosity Will Forever Change AugustaGenerosity Will Forever Change Augusta

    Last week was a very significant time in Augusta’s history. On Saturday evening, hundreds of people attended the opening night gala at the beautifully restored Miller Theater on Broad Street. The black-tie event featuring Tony award winner and television star Sutton Foster along with Symphony Orchestra Augusta was a huge success, and the public finally got to see for themselves how the $23 million capital campaign truly transformed the historic theater. People still remember when local businessman and philanthropist Peter Knox IV purchased the historic Miller Theater back in 2005 to try to save the historic structure. Peter Knox and Al Dallas, Chief of Staff at Georgia Cancer Center, on a tour of the Cancer Center in December Augustans remember how the abandoned theater’s roof was literally about to cave in on itself and how most people viewed it as a complete money pit with no hope. But Knox couldn’t walk away from it. Instead, he repaired the roof, removed the moldy carpet and seats and installed a proper ventilation system in the building. However, even after pumping money into the building, Knox couldn’t find anyone willing to step up to the plate and purchase the Miller. So, by 2008, Knox generously offered the historic theater to Symphony Orchestra Augusta. While the symphony was honored by the offer, it wasn’t until the fall of 2011 that the Board of Directors for Symphony Orchestra Augusta unanimously voted to accept the gifted building. The symphony’s board took a major risk, but it has definitely paid off. In 2011, a capital campaign was launched to save the 1,300-seat theater, and by June 2016, through generous donations from community and local foundations, coupled with more than $5 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds and federal and state historic preservation tax credits, enough money was raised to break ground. The biggest driving force behind the restoration of the historic theater came from the dedication of the Board of Directors for the Miller, particularly the project chair, Levi Hill IV. Hill and the board did not give up. They took on the project and put it in the right hands: the Christman Company, to renovate and restore the building, and SMG, the management company, to run the theater. And the shows that have already been booked for 2018 look incredible. Just two days after the opening gala, Henry Rollins’ spoken-word performance came to the Miller, which will soon be followed by the band St. Paul and the Broken Bones on Friday, Jan. 12, and soul singer Lyfe Jennings on Saturday, Jan. 13. There are tickets available for shows throughout the year such as the D.L. Hughley Family and Friends Tour on Feb. 10; a concert by jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall on Feb. 16; a concert by legendary singer Ronnie Milsap on Feb. 17; and a show by “Weird Al” Yankovic on April 14. And, of course, locals are looking forward to an entire season of Symphony Orchestra Augusta at the Miller. All of this happened because Knox cared about the historic theater, generously saved it and donated the building to the symphony. Not everyone would do such a thing if they had the means. There are many Augustans that would simply save their money and let someone else deal with it. But Knox didn’t do that, and Augusta is better because of his actions. Last week, Knox took another step that will help boost this community. The Georgia Cancer Center as seen in December He generously donated $1 million to the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University to help address critical areas identified by the cancer center’s future director. “Cancer is a great equalizer that can and has touched everyone’s lives,” Knox reportedly announced last week. “It is my hope that this gift will help the center’s future director continue putting the focus on finding new treatments and cures for this horrible disease right here in this community.” Knox said it is vital that this community helps make Augusta a destination for patient care and cancer research, not just for this area, but the entire Southeast. Augusta University President Dr. Brooks Keel expressed his deep gratitude for Knox’s gift. “The faculty and staff at the GCC are making a difference every day for people in Augusta, in Georgia and around the world,” Keel told Jagwire News. “If we are to achieve our ultimate goal — finding new cures and treatments for this disease — we need the support of our community.” Now, not everyone can donate $1 million to the cancer center. And not everyone can purchase a historic building and help save it from total disrepair. But everyone in Augusta can do something. Something to help improve our community and make it a much better place to live. Whether it is by donating your time and your talents, volunteering with local nonprofits or giving what you can to reputable local charities, everyone can do something. Knox did something when he didn’t have to do anything. And now, we are all much better off because he cared. Let’s all think about that as we begin 2018. Augusta can be even better, but it’s up to all of us. The post Generosity Will Forever Change Augusta appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • It won’t kick ya in the faceIt won’t kick ya in the face

    There’s a little place that people who drive down Washington Road probably have passed by hundreds of times and didn’t even realize it’s there. Modeled after Chinese take-out places, Lahore Express is an authentic Indian/Pakistani cuisine restaurant that also does a lot of catering. Coming from Martinez, you’ll go just past Applebee’s and turn left at the little road to take you into a shopping center. Once you drive in a little ways, Lahore Express will be on your right. It’s a little hard to notice at first, but if you get to Shannon’s, you’ve gone too far in. The owner, Shakeel Khan, is a native of Pakistan whose family came to the states when he was in middle school. They ended up in Chicago, until Khan moved to Augusta to go to school at Augusta State University — his mother, who lives here as well, is Lahore’s main chef. “It’s home-cooked, mom’s food — that’s the feel that you get,” Khan said. “It’s very authentic flavors that you’ll get from our food. And she has trained me (to cook) as well, so now I am under her shadows.” He said the recipes are the same as those he grew up eating. “Basically, it reminds me of home. And a lot of people come here from India and Pakistan,” he said. “And they’re like, for years, they haven’t found this home cooking since they left their countries. When they eat our food, they’re like, ‘Well, in 15 years or 20 years, this is the first time we have felt that way — that it’s authentic and it reminded us of home.’” Many people who are accustomed to eating American food seem to be afraid to try Indian food, because they expect the flavors to be hotter than what they’re used to. “The fear that I always see people having is that they automatically associate Indian food with extremely spicy food, and we’ve made a conscious effort of making sure that most of our dishes are not very spicy,” he said. “And they are surprised after they eat it; they’re like, ‘Well, we were completely surprised by how it was not that spicy; we expected it to be fire.’ And the interesting thing is that sometimes customers will come and they’ll be like, ‘Hey, it was awesome flavor, but can you kick it up a notch for us — can you make it a little more spicy?’ And we do that upon request, make it spicier. “What we use in most dishes is so well balanced, that people are surprised that it is an Indian food, and they expected it to be very potent and hit-you-on-the-face.” The food is heavily influenced by the Punjab region in Pakistan and India — an area that Khan says is famous for food. He noted that, like in America, the food in India and Pakistan is spicier the farther south you go, and it’s milder the farther north you go. “The Punjab region has been lucky enough to have a combination of both, because it’s right in the middle, so we have influences of spicy food and of mild food,” he said. “So that’s why we can implement both spicy and mild on our menu.” The menu might look a little foreign, with lots of words that aren’t native to English, but the staff can help you pick something out that you’ll love. Some of the most popular dishes are the Chicken Biryani, the Lahori Chana Masala, and the Chicken Makani (butter chicken). In the Chicken Biryani (pronounced bree-AH-nee), you’ll get seasoned chicken steamed with basmati rice in a tomato-based sauce, along with a bunch of spices and a touch of cilantro. It comes out to be a beautiful dish, with a mix of yellow and orange colors throughout the rice. There is enough food to make into two meals or to share. Other dishes that are not rice-based will come with a side of cumin basmati rice. One of those dishes is Chicken Makani (the butter chicken). “Butter chicken basically is a very popular dish that got introduced around the Mughal Empire time,” Khan said. “So back then, they wanted something very rich, creamy sauce, so butter chicken was introduced as a dish that would give that need of richness. So it has a very rich, creamy sauce, along with chicken that is grilled. Once we grill the chicken, we mix it with our creamy sauce, which is a tomato-based sauce. It’s very popular; we do a lot of catering orders of butter chicken.” One of their most popular vegetarian dishes is the Lahori Chana Masala. “The Lahori Chana Masala is basically a very popular dish in the Lahore, Punjab, area of India and Pakistan,” Khan said. “Mostly in Pakistan because that’s the reason that’s called Lahore. This is slow-cooked chickpeas seasoned with a very nice medley of spices, to a point where it brings harmony to the dish. It’s enjoyed usually with rice or with naan (an Indian flatbread). “A lot of people eat it in the morning in the Punjab region. And it’s one thing that I saw back home in Pakistan growing up, that people always looked forward to a weekend breakfast, on a weekend when they’re off from office, they would grab Lahori Chana Masala and eat that first thing in the morning.” Because of the made-to-order nature of the business, it’s easy to get a dish customized to your tastes. Many of the vegetarian options are vegan-friendly, but some of them are cooked with a yogurt — however, Khan said that can be removed for anyone seeking a vegan meal. Lahore Express is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Depending on the hour, customers can usually expect a 10- to 20-minute wait after placing their order. The food has become so popular with its regulars that there are a lot of requests to serve at lunchtime — and that might be a possibility in the future — but for now, the only way you can get it at lunchtime is through catering orders. “We do catering on a regular basis for anywhere from five to 10 people, all the way up to 500-600 people,” Khan said. He said the restaurant requests that people give at least 48 hours’ notice for a catering order. “We’re here to give a unique experience to customers, a unique Punjabi Indian and Pakistan experience,” Khan said. “It’s home-cooked food, so we don’t use any preservatives. “It’s not gonna kick them on their faces,” he said with a laugh. “Hopefully not.”   Lahore Express 201 Shartom Drive 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays (closed Mondays) 706-305-1104 Delivery through augustatogo.com The post It won’t kick ya in the face appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • So In Love… With New York CitySo In Love… With New York City

    We spent last week in NYC with our kids. It was nothing short of incredible. The trip was carefully planned, because I tend to overanalyze such things, after too much research on where to stay, when to leave, what to see, and everything else. It was a surprise trip, given to them on Christmas morning. I lived in Manhattan almost 20 years ago for a brief and fun summer. It was an internship for American Express, down at the World Financial Center. I loved my job, and I loved the pace of the city. They offered me a permanent position in the marketing department. As the story goes, The Man won a bet and came to visit me, and the rest is history. I moved South, got married, had kids, and never looked back. I don’t regret not taking the job, but a part of my heart will always be in that city. We’ve been fortunate enough to take our kids on a lot of fun trips, to a lot of fun places. They’ve never been to Disney, and I know some of you are freaking out right now, but they’ve never really asked. Neither of us went until we were older. I don’t feel like I was a suffering child without Disney. Our kids seem to be faring okay, as well. I’m sure we’ll get there eventually. Maybe not. If you’ve been paying attention, you know we have two theater kids. They love performing. They also love watching people perform. We took them to their first Broadway show, and because I’m me, I cried. I didn’t cry because the story was sad; I cried because I was sitting in a theater, in NYC, with my kids. Judge if you must. It was cold, y’all. Even the people who live in the city said it was brutal. Blizzard-like conditions swept through soon after our plane landed. The first full day we were there, it snowed all day. I’ve always said snow makes the cold bearable, but I’ve learned that’s only partly true. New York City is a beautiful place. Blanketed in freshly fallen snow, it’s magical. We bundled up and walked up to Central Park. The seals in the zoo have an outdoor habitat, and they were jumping out of the water. People were sledding. We took a million pictures. On our walk home, we passed through Rockefeller Center, still decked in full Christmas regalia. It hadn’t reached the brutal point, yet. Our excitement about being there probably helped. No one was allowed to leave the hotel room without minimum apparel requirements, which included long johns, two pairs of socks, a hat, gloves, and the coats we bought specifically for the trip. I went four days wearing no less than two pairs of pants. We took the subway downtown, to catch a quick glimpse of the 9/11 memorial. It was the coldest day, with the wind whipping and “feels like” temps below 0. My adorable husband told us we only had two blocks to walk, which was doable, so we walked from the subway station. I know my way around the city fairly well, and once I spotted the big, modern tower at One World Trade, I remarked that it seemed much farther than two blocks. He showed me the distance on the pretty, colorful little subway map he was using as a reference. He was surprised to learn that a subway map cannot, in fact, be used as a street map. It doesn’t include all the streets. Ahem. Mostly because it was temporary, we survived. The kids had a blast, and The Boy is determined to live there one day. He asked what I would think, if he just disappeared into the city, never to be seen again. He’d fit right in, but I’m not willing to let him go just yet. The Girl didn’t get to do as much shopping as she’d have liked. A return trip is in order. In the summer of ’98, my husband and I fell in love in NYC. Twenty years later, in the winter of ’18, our kids fell in love with NYC. Life has a lovely way of coming full circle. I’d prefer that circle not be covered in snow and ice, but I’d do it all again in a New York minute. The post So In Love… With New York City appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Yesterday Once MoreYesterday Once More

    Facebook memories are the worst. One of my favorite traits is my ability to forget things. My life is a vicious cycle of embarrassing myself, then forgetting about it. Then comes Facebook memories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read an old post that popped up on my memories and thought “What the hell was I thinking? And why would I post that?!” The answer varies but, more often than not, there was alcohol involved. It’s a nice little reminder that the things we post will remain there to haunt us for years to come. However, Facebook memories are also the best. I just had one of the better Facebook memory days. As it turns out, this week marks my third year of writing columns for the Metro Spirit. I never thought it would last this long. In all honesty, I didn’t think of it as anything other than a creative outlet. I was out of radio for a year (which, by the way, this is my third year back on HD983, too!). I needed a creative outlet because I was driving my wife crazy. On the advice of Matt Stone, formerly of 95 Rock and the Metro Spirit, I called Joe White to see if he’d mind if I rambled on the pages of the Spirit. Without even questioning what I was going to write about, Joe graciously said “yes.” That began three years of me bragging about my kids, complaining about being unemployed, questioning Grovetown’s lack of wider roads, despite the traffic growing exponentially, and ranting about Georgia sports (which I promise not to do here, even though I had half a column already written about that damned game). My first column popped up on my memories this week and, true to form, my first column was about one of my kids. My daughter had written some assignment for her school and listed me as her hero. According to the words in my column, I was blown away. I still am. At 40 years old, I’m pretty much grown up now. But, somehow, I still don’t feel like it … mentally, anyway. My back, knees and hairline all are undoubtedly 40. However I still marvel at how my kids have survived this long under my care. But not only have they survived, they’re thriving. They’re all little people with goals and opinions and interests and personalities … and sarcastic little attitudes. Like my Metro Spirit column, I never really thought about my kids growing up. I mean, I always knew that they would, and I try to teach them the things they’ll need to know as they get older. But now, it’s actually happening! My oldest could move out and join the Army in less than two years! Who let this happen? They’re all still supposed to be in elementary school calling me their hero. I don’t thank Facebook for much. But I definitely am thankful for that memory. It’s reminded me that, even though I wish they were, my babies aren’t exactly babies anymore. It’s also reminded me to value the times we have now, even though they drive me crazy quite often. In another three years, I’ll be looking back missing these days, as well. The post Yesterday Once More appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries HealthierVitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier

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  • Keeping the dream aliveKeeping the dream alive

    On a tragic day in Memphis, Tenn., back in 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel. The assassination of King, who had led the civil rights movement since the 1950s using nonviolent protests, sent shock waves around the world. The nation was in mourning. The night before his death, King had given a speech at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis that seemed to foreshadow his own untimely passing. “I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land,” King told the crowd gathered at the church. “And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” While it has been 50 years since King’s death, members of the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta believe there is still much to be accomplished to achieve King’s ultimate vision of unity as described in his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.” “I think being reminded of Dr. King and all that he stood for is still very important for us today,” said Rabbi Emeritus Robert Klensin of the Congregation Children of Israel, who is also a member of the Progressive Religious Coalition. “The dream, although we may have moved forward, there is still much to accomplish in our country.” In honor of King’s legacy, the Progressive Religious Coalition has chosen the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley of Atlanta, a veteran of the civil rights movement, to be this year’s speaker at the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Beulah Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley “The Rev. Dr. Durley was a contemporary of Dr. King, and he actually was at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1963 when Dr. King talked about having a dream. He was there,” said the Rev. Dr. Gaye Ortiz of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, who is also a member of the Progressive Religious Coalition. “Dr. Durley was really inspired by Dr. King, and he started doing work as a student in Tennessee and became involved in the civil rights movement. I think having Dr. Durley speak this year is so important, especially considering 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.” While Durley was born in Kansas and graduated high school in Denver, he began his work in the civil rights movement as the student body president at Tennessee State University in the 1960s. In his book, “I Am Amazed: Reflections on an Awe-Inspired Life,” Durley admits that he wasn’t fully prepared for life in the South when he accepted a scholarship to Tennessee State University, an all-black college in Nashville. “Believe me when I say, ‘It is a long way from Denver to Nashville,’” Durley wrote in his 2014 book. “In August of 1960, I got on a bus to ride all the way to Tennessee. I was lonely, skeptical, and afraid; not about the racial climate, but about leaving home. Then, at the Tennessee line, the driver stopped the bus.” To his surprise, Durley said the driver asked him to move to the rear of the bus. “I later learned that because of my color I could not sit in the front of the bus,” he wrote. “That little exercise of getting up from the front of the bus and walking to the back made absolutely no sense to me; nevertheless, I got up and made my way to the back of the bus. Little did I know, crossing that state line, I would foreshadow my destiny to spend the rest of my life fighting the injustice I had experienced in the back of a Greyhound bus.” All experiences are lessons that breed growth and development, Durley wrote. “Rather than fume in resentment, in that moment I thought to myself, ‘I’m glad to have any seat on this bus because I’m going to college,’” he wrote. “I could hardly believe my thoughts, so I said it out loud, ‘I am going to college!’ That bus ride was a defining moment in my life. I am amazed at how naive and ignorant I was to the obvious racial discrimination I faced.” Life in Nashville was hard for Durley, and after three years at college, he became involved in the civil rights movement. “In 1961, the bus carrying the Freedom Riders departed Nashville. I wanted to go with the Freedom Riders. That afternoon, I went to basketball practice in the afternoon and as soon as practice finished, I ran to the dormitory where the bus was departing from. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I missed the bus,” Durley wrote. “The Freedom Riders’ bus was met at the state line; students were pulled off the bus, harassed and arrested. Then the segregationists burned the bus. After that catastrophe, I vowed that whatever profession I wound up in, I would be working to create a healthy environment whereby people could develop into their best without discrimination and hatred blocking their way.” By the summer of 1963, Durley and some of his friends decided to travel to the nation’s capital to attend the March on Washington and participate in the protest. “We got to Washington about 9:00 a.m. the day of the march. When we arrived, there may have been only 25,000 people assembled at the Lincoln Memorial,” Durley wrote. “The march was organized to get the attention of the nation around voting and civil rights. As we waited for the speakers to begin, more people came, and by the time Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to the crowd, there were 250,000 people enthralled by his words.” “Martin’s speech that day changed my life and the attitudes of many others across America. What I saw, felt and heard that day marked me forever and has become the foundation for most of my life decisions.” Durley, who served as pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta for 25 years until his retirement, said decades after the March on Washington, he heard Coretta Scott King talk about her husband’s thoughts while writing the “I Have a Dream” speech. “A few years ago, Mrs. Coretta Scott King and a group of us were laying a wreath on Dr. King’s tomb when she told us what had occurred the night before that famous speech,” Durley wrote. “She described how on the night of August 27, 1963, at about 10:00 p.m., Martin found out that because there were a number of groups sponsoring the march, he would have only twelve minutes to speak to the crowd.” Coretta Scott King said her husband always wrote out his speeches prior to a major event. “He spent all night writing and rewriting his speech, trying to get it just right,” Durley wrote. “He wanted it to be precise and clear. He finished his revisions about 5:00 a.m. on the day of the march. The crowd swelled with people coming from all over the nation. When it came time for him to speak, the facilitator said, ‘Dr. King, this is the crowd which we had anticipated; speak as long as God leads you.’” As a result, King expanded on the speech he had worked on all night. “Few people even recall very much of what he said the first eight minutes, but we all remember the conclusion of the speech,” Durley wrote. “Dr. King spoke with an anointed, prophetic voice, insightful wisdom, power, passion, purpose and love.” Durley describes it as a “kairos” moment, when “things came together that were not planned.” Basically, kairos is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. “It is a kairos moment when God speaks,” he wrote in his book. “At times when all the things around us cave in on us, there will come a kairos moment in our life that will deliver us from all fear and doubt. Kairos does not depend on minutes and hours, but comes unexpectedly when the Spirit breaks through on us.” King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was, without a doubt, a kairos moment, Durley stated. “After the speech was finished, my friends and I got in the car and went back to the campus to become more committed to voter registration,” Durley wrote. After graduating from college with a degree in psychology, Durley became a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, a program manager in the U.S. Department of Education and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. As a result, Durley throughout his life has combined the disciplines of faith and science. He believes God created a perfect, ecologically balanced world for humans to care for, but humans are destroying it at an alarming rate, according to members of the Progressive Religious Coalition. Durley was honored with the White House Champion of Change Award, and his name is inscribed on the National Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Rev. Dr. Gaye Ortiz “I think it is really important that Dr. Durley views climate change as a civil rights issue,” said the Rev. Dr. Gaye Ortiz. “For me, as a Unitarian Universalist, we base our faith tradition on principles, and our seventh principle is that we affirm and promote the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. So the idea is that we can’t act alone. That everything we do has a consequence for the environment, for the climate, for the world and for the universe, is something that I’m excited to see that he, who is a civil rights champion, has made that connection.” Polluting our environment leads to serious health issues such as children suffering from asthma, which is also a civil rights issue, Ortiz said. “By polluting, we are restricting their right to live in a healthy environment,” she said. “And then we have disasters in the weather, like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. So that becomes a civil rights issue, too, when they are not treated fairly and they are not respected. “So I’m really excited to hear him come and talk to us, because Dr. Durley says he has no doubt that by addressing climate change, we can succeed on working on a fairer and a healthier world.” In fact, Durley has been intricately involved in global warming climate change discussions across the country and has appeared in the film “The Great Warming” and testified before the Environmental Protection Agency. The Rev. Terence Dicks, a longtime local activist and member of the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta, is thrilled to have Durley as this year’s speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service. “I became familiar with Rev. Durley back in the late 1990s when he was working on a campaign to increase Georgia’s minimum wage,” Dicks said. “I was impressed with his willingness to really work on that issue. He took time out of his busy schedule to really push the effort. It is one thing when people talk about helping the community, but it is another when people really do it and take action, especially when it is something like that, which will really impact all of Georgia.” Over the years, Durley and Dicks have crossed paths working with several groups across the state. Rev. Terence Dicks “Then, Rev. Durley and I worked together through a group called The Hunger Coalition,” said Dicks, explaining that the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger’s mission is to end hunger, homelessness and poverty in communities throughout the Peach State. “They joined in with Project South in Atlanta, and we worked on a number of issues dealing with homelessness and hunger, so Rev. Durley really has been a proponent of human rights all the way down to the neighborhood level.” One of the main missions of the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta ever since it first began in 2004 has been to act as a catalyst to frame social justice issues in a moral and spiritual context. The group has worked hard to bring different traditions together to celebrate one another’s culture and develop authentic relationships among people of all religions including Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Bahá’ís, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Unitarian Universalists. The choice of speakers for the interfaith worship service each year reflects that goal, Ortiz said. In the past, the interfaith service has featured speakers such as Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and social activist and educator, Dr. Cornel West. “We’ve had well-known speakers, such as Cornel West and Rev. Barber, but I think Gerald Durley needs to be more well-known,” Ortiz said. “He is a retired minister, but I think they call him a ‘warrior prophet’ because he has a strong and powerful message that he is not afraid to share.” Andy Reese, a member of the Progressive Religious Coalition and president of the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta, was actually the one who recommended Durley as this year’s speaker after hearing him at a conference in upstate New York. “He is a dynamic speaker, talking about faith and climate change,” Reese said, adding that he was “blown away” by Durley’s credentials. “From working as president of the student government association to playing on a championship basketball team to becoming involved in the civil rights movement to volunteering in the Peace Corps in Nigeria to playing with one of the Swiss National basketball teams while he was in graduate study, it’s just incredible. And the fact that his name is inscribed on the National Civil Rights Walk of Fame, that is a big deal, so we are thrilled to have him as this year’s speaker.” This year’s interfaith service will also feature both the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale and the choral music ensemble Creative Impressions. “We always have the Davidson Chorale, who are so wonderful,” Ortiz said. “But this year, we are so excited because we also have Creative Impressions, as well. And they are going to do the 15 minutes before the service starts. They are going to be doing the gathering music, and one of the songs that they are performing is ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand,’ which has a direct link to Dr. King. At his funeral service 50 years ago, Mahalia Jackson sang that hymn because it was one of his favorite hymns. So that is going to be really moving to have them there.” Ortiz said she encourages everyone in Augusta to join them at the interfaith service because it truly is a reminder of King’s vision and his hope for the country. “You know, we thought we had made great strides in civil rights and human rights in this country, but, this past year, we’ve seen how tenuous that victory — if it was a victory — actually was,” Ortiz said, pointing to events such as the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. “We are going backwards in so many ways, so I think rallying for civil rights is something that Dr. Durley is going to help us be able to do here in Augusta because we can never let down our guard. We need people like him to really motivate us and tell us what he’s seen in history and how what he saw 50 years ago with Dr. King still matters.” The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service featuring the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley Wednesday, Jan. 10 6:30 p.m. Beulah Grove Baptist Church 1434 Poplar Street prc-augusta.org The post Keeping the dream alive appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Low Morale in Richmond County Sheriff’s OfficeLow Morale in Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

    People can’t accuse Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree of not going to bat for his officers … at least, when it comes to cash. This past budget season, Roundtree really put his neck out trying to get his employees proper raises. He even ran a 20-second ad on local airwaves urging the public to support a pay increase for deputies, a move that didn’t sit well with several Augusta commissioners. “The much-needed raises for law enforcement were not included in the 2018 budget. Shouldn’t these officers be equally compensated for the work they do?” an announcer in the ad asked. “Responding to over 370,000 service calls. Reducing violent crime over 30 percent and property crime over 40 percent. These officers are doing their job. So please ask your commissioners, what’s more important than the safety of our community? Commissioners, you now have the opportunity to make things right.” The ad ended with the message “Paid for by Sheriff Richard Roundtree.” But some Augusta commissioners were disappointed that the sheriff didn’t attend many of the budget workshops and, instead, turned to the airwaves to make his case. Despite the sheriff’s actions, the Augusta Commission and City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson compromised and found the sheriff some additional funds by mid-November. In the end, the sheriff was allocated about $1.8 million for staff pay increases in the 2018 budget. While it was less than the $2.4 million Roundtree had originally asked for this past summer, it was more than the $750,000 that the Archer Company, the firm hired to conduct the county’s compensation study, had recommended late last year. But sometimes, it’s not always about the money. Dollars can’t buy commitment to a department, particularly when it comes to law enforcement agencies. Sure, there are some deputies who are leaving Richmond County due to the low salaries, but others are allegedly leaving because of some major problems within the department that don’t have anything to do with pay. When law enforcement officers are involved, respect, honor and dignity go a long way, and some former deputies are saying that the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is really lacking in those departments. Specifically, there are two top members of Roundtree’s command staff that some deputies claim are out of line with verbal abuse and their treatment of county personnel. And before everyone starts screaming that this Insider is being racist, these are two white members of the sheriff’s command staff. But officers working under these two top cops fear putting anything on the record or making an official complaint because they don’t want to be seen as a “rat” within the agency. They also worry that filing such a complaint would haunt their careers if they decide to look for employment within another local law enforcement agency. It’s easier to pack up and leave than fight the system. Some former officers have gone as far as to describe the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a “toxic workplace.” If that’s the case, are people really surprised that several deputies are leaving the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to join other local law enforcement agencies in Columbia County or Aiken? And how about those deputies who have left to join the Richmond County Marshal’s Office under the leadership of Marshal Ramone Lamkin? It’s not for the money. In fact, some are even getting paid less. It’s because deputies respect Lamkin and his leadership style. They know that at the marshal’s office, they won’t face an abusive commander each day who’s not going to allow them to do their jobs and properly serve the community. And apparently, Lamkin’s popularity has irritated some of the command staff within the sheriff’s office. Earlier this year, when the marshal’s office tried to offer help in lowering crime, traffic fatalities and assisting with community outreach regularly performed by the sheriff’s office, the staff at the marshal’s office was allegedly told they were not needed. Not needed? Really? It’s completely absurd. At this point, many of the veteran officers in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office are simply trying to hold out until retirement. In fact, some even have their countdown to retirement listed as their screensaver. That’s the truth. So, what are Richmond County citizens to do? How do you put pressure on the sheriff to correct the behavior of his command staff if deputies aren’t willing to file complaints or publicly voice their concerns? Some Augustans will immediately say, “Change it from the top.” Get real. Roundtree was just re-elected in November 2016 with almost 74 percent of the vote. When he was originally elected in 2012, he became the first African-American sheriff in the office’s 230-year history. Let’s face it, Roundtree isn’t going anywhere. And everyone knows when most sheriffs are elected to that position, they stay there for at least 10 years, if not more. For example, former Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster served as sheriff from 1984 until 2000. Then, former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength followed in his footsteps and served as sheriff for the next 11 years. Roundtree is still a fairly young sheriff and he has served only five years as sheriff so far. Strength was 66 when he retired after serving three terms as sheriff, while Webster was 68 when he retired after serving four terms. So, if there are actual problems within the sheriff’s office and its command staff, it’s up to Roundtree to properly address and correct those issues if deputies aren’t willing to file a formal complaint against these top officers. It won’t be easy, but being sheriff is never easy. If Roundtree really wants to retain more deputies and officers in his department, he might want to seriously talk to them about their work environment. Money won’t buy loyalty, but treating officers with respect will go a long way. The post Low Morale in Richmond County Sheriff’s Office appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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  • Giving off local vibesGiving off local vibes

    People who don’t know any better might think Wild Wing Cafe in Augusta is a totally local joint. It just has that feel — the family who opened up the location back in 2004 is still leading the way, the restaurant showcases tons of live local music every week, and the food is on point. It’s obvious from the name that wings are their specialty — 33 made-from-scratch sauces are the focus of the menu. But if you’ve not been into Wild Wing, what you might not realize is that the restaurant has much, much more to offer. Wings admittedly aren’t everyone’s favorite food. Not that they aren’t damned tasty. Some of us just prefer to eat messier foods with a fork, and that doesn’t really work with chicken wings. However, even for someone who isn’t completely down with messy fingers, Wild Wing’s wing menu is worth getting saucy. One flavor to try if you’re unsure of where to start is the honey lime sriracha. If you’ve not jumped on the sriracha train (it got pretty trendy in the past few years), this is a good way to try it — the wing flavor has just enough of a kick to wake up your senses, but it’s also got a perfectly sweet finish, with honey in the mix. But back to the menu offering more than just wings. Wild Wing’s menu is huge — and though with the fresh ingredients lending themselves to diners thinking it’s all local recipes, owner Tricie Scholer says they stay true to the menu of corporate Wild Wing Cafe, which got its start in Hilton Head Island in 1990 and now has more than 40 locations. “The food is all fresh and made here,” Tricie said. “We try to keep it as pure and unique to Wild Wing as we can, and we follow the corporate menu. We could change it if we wanted to, but we don’t.” Their food is craveable. Like, even though the idea of an egg on a burger isn’t that unusual, it sounds weird the first time you hear it. But if you try even a bite of Wild Wing’s bacon, egg and cheeseburger — provided you’re already a burger fan — you’ll be hooked. The fried egg, cooked over easy, is a perfect complement to the restaurant’s thick and juicy hamburger patty. With the restaurant being Southeast-based, people might assume it’s all high-calorie food and that none of it can really be good for you. People tend to be more conscious about that in January, and they should know Wild Wing has tasty grilled items and a satisfying salad menu. As for their salads, anyone can request to reduce the calories by swapping out dressing for oil and vinegar, by removing the cheese or simply by increasing the amount of veggies and decreasing the amount of meats. But that might not even be necessary. One of their salads, The Wild Chef salad, clocks in at just under 600 calories and is topped with grilled chicken, julienne ham, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese strips, and spicy shrimp. And the salad is so big, you might even be able to turn it into two meals and take half home. If you go in at lunch or dinnertime, you’re bound to see a wide array of people eating inside the space spanning about 10,500 square feet. From families with young children to older couples, Wild Wing is ready to cater to all. And as the night wears on, Wild Wing Cafe becomes more of a party atmosphere — trivia night is hosted there on Monday nights, and live music happens five nights a week. A couple of years ago, the Scholers added an inviting, 4,000-square-foot patio to the exterior of the restaurant. The area has eight new big-screen TVs that — like the TVs inside — mostly show sports (right now, think football, and the upcoming Olympics), unless something else big is going on that customers want to watch. “Even in the wintertime, the patio is popular. Like tonight, we’ll have people sitting out there in those little lounge areas with fire pits going,” Tricie said on a late December day that didn’t get above about 45 degrees. “As long as it’s not windy and rainy — people love it.” Part of the community The family and community aspect is important to Tricie and her husband, Jan. They have four grown children, all of whom worked at the restaurant when they were growing up. And two of their sons, Daniel (the general manager) and Will (the assistant general manager) have gone back to work full time with their family in the years after finishing college. Daniel says with mom being mostly retired now, he doesn’t have any plans to leave the business. He says working for his family has been great. “(My mom and I have) always had a good relationship, and we worked together for a long time,” Daniel said. “I came up doing some different stuff through the restaurant, and then we were managing together for several years. It’s nice working for the family.” Along the lines of a family atmosphere, Tricie said they have some staffers who are not related by blood who have stayed with the restaurant since it opened nearly 14 years ago. Caring about the community is another big priority for the Scholers and their restaurant. They regularly hold charity events and fundraisers there — just a couple of months ago, the restaurant hosted “A Night Out for Drew,” a fundraiser for the Drew Passmore BattleWon Foundation, which was created to give area high school students resources they might need for education, athletics and service opportunities. Drew Passmore had been an athlete at Augusta Christian when he tragically died in March after a vehicle wreck. And the restaurant’s staff looked out for the community in another big way in December, by taking action that led to a man being arrested on a child molestation charge. “We try to look out for folks; I don’t know if you read the news story recently where some of our servers noticed that there was a man with a young child and they were acting inappropriately,” Tricie said. “It was pointed out to them by other customers. … The girl was 13, and the man was 51. And they were out here making out in the middle of the restaurant. It’s the craziest thing. So (the staffers) followed him, took a license plate down, and the sheriff’s office was able to trace the man and arrest him. I was really proud of my staff.”   Stay for the live music Music happens five nights a week at Wild Wing. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the restaurant tends to host acoustic acts, with bands hitting the stage around 9 in a corner near the bar, which features 23 beers on tap. Friday and Saturday nights are a little more rowdy, with full bands playing starting around 10. Tricie says they try to make sure families getting dinner have had their fill by the time music gets started, in case they want to get the little ones home before the music starts. And there’s never a cover to see a band play. “It’s a fun family place during the day, and casual dining, but comfortable,” Tricie said. “Not so that you feel like you’re dirty. And then at night, we can sort of turn into a party venue. We’re always ready for a party here, of course. “But we try not to make it too over the edge. You won’t see any strippers here… at least, not invited. We’ve had it happen on occasion, but it’s usually late night on Sunday. I don’t know why Sunday night,” she said with a laugh. Local bands who want to show their stuff at Wild Wing Cafe can contact musician Jayson Sabo at codaentertainmentgroup@gmail.com, or message through facebook.com/wildwingcafeaugusta. Wild Wing Cafe 3035 Washington Road Open seven days a week, lunch and dinner 706-364-9453 wildwingcafe.com The post Giving off local vibes appeared first on Metro Spirit.

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