Monthly Archives: October 2017

Dogs on Deployment

Community Groups in Action

AMI-Dogs-on-Deployment-5When members of the military are deployed overseas, they need to make arrangements about a number of issues before they leave. One worry they shouldn’t have, however, is care for their pets while they are gone. 

Dogs on Deployment, a national nonprofit organization, provides an online network for service members to find volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their deployment. In addition to helping military personnel find volunteer boarders, the organization provides them with peace of mind during their service commitments and resources to help them.

To promote responsible pet ownership, Dogs on Deployment helps military members cover the cost of pet care during emergencies before and during deployment. The nonprofit provides military members with resources about responsible pet ownership and connects with community organizations to ensure that Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families. The organization also offers financial assistance to get military pets spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. 

Dogs-on-Deployment-1“Dogs on Deployment can relieve stress for soldiers by making sure their pets are taken care of while they serve our country,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “It’s a great way for folks with a heart for animals to support our military personnel.” 

Dogs on Deployment was founded in 2011 when a dual service couple, Alisa and Shawn Johnson, received simultaneous military orders. When they realized that no one could care for their dog, they decided to start an organization that would connect military members with volunteers who are willing to board their pets during service commitments. 

According to the organization, volunteer foster homes are available in all 50 states and military members should be able to find a boarder within 50 miles of the base where they are stationed. As of early 2016, almost 900 military pets have been placed in foster care, and more than $200,000 has been awarded to military families in need.

Dogs on Deployment sponsors directly affect military members and their pets by improving morale, stability and overall livelihood. For more information, visit

Crocodile Rock


concertElton? Almost. Hop and bop to the sounds of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with a renowned Broadway performer

Broadway entertainer Craig A. Meyer has made a name for himself in theater, film, television and music. Throughout his career, however, he repeatedly was approached about his striking resemblance to Elton John and his uncanny ability to sound like the rock ’n’ roll star. Eventually, he was persuaded to impersonate the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. 

This month Meyer will bring his talents to Evans with “Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band.” He will perform chart-topping hits such as “Benny and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Daniel” and “Candle in the Wind.”

Celebrating the character, costumes and charisma of the famed singer and pianist, Meyer is considered the best Elton John tribute artist in entertainment. With his strong vocals and piano talents, he helps his audiences remember when rock was young.

If You Go:

What: Almost Elton John and the Rocket Band 

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 10

Where: Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center

How Much: $49.50; dinner for an additional $25 (limited quantities available)

More Info: (706) 726-0366 or

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

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Lit-Loop-Nov-2017New York Times bestselling author John Grisham’s newest legal thriller, The Rooster Bar, released October 24, takes you inside a law firm that shouldn’t exist. 

Mark, Todd and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped.

They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?  Well, yes and no . . .

Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar.

It’s Fair Time!


It’s Fair Time!The Columbia County Fair continues to spin out fun, along with lots of surprises

Get ready for a whirlwind of entertainment as the 51st Columbia County Fair kicks off November 2 for ten days of pulse-pounding midway rides, outlandish stunt shows and wacky fair food.

This year’s lineup includes returning favorites such as demolition derbies, Chase’s Racing Pigs, a petting zoo and a master chainsaw carver.

New attractions include Lady Houdini, Tree Man Stilt Walkers, Peter Hart & Atlanta Puppet, Cowboy Woody, Michelle’s Magical Poodles, a daring High Dive Show and Horses, Horses, Horses.

The Merchants Association of Columbia County, a non-profit organization of local business volunteers, presents the fair each year at its fairgrounds on Columbia Road across from Patriots Park. Special amenities include free parking with security, free golf cart shuttles, free nightly entertainment and free admission for kids 3 and under.

Proceeds from the fair benefit many local charities and provide scholarships to seniors from each Columbia County public high school. For more information, visit

2017 Fair Schedule:
Thursday, November 2
Hours: 4-11 p.m.
Admission: $7; free admission 4-4:30 p.m.
Unlimited Rides: $20
FFA Judging: 6 p.m.
Musical Entertainment: Branch & Dean – 7 p.m.

Friday, November 3
Hours: 5 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $7
Unlimited Rides: $20 from 9 p.m.-midnight
Musical Entertainment: Tim Cadiere and the WashBoard Road Band
Senior Night: $4 admission for adults 55 and older with ID card
Military Appreciation Night: $4 admission with military ID

Saturday, November 4
Hours: 11 a.m. – midnight
Admission: $7
Unlimited Rides: Buy unlimited ride stamp 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for $25 and use it all day
Free Ride Special: All rides free 11 a.m.-noon
Musical Entertainment: Spider Murphy
Dance Entertainment: Augusta Youth School of Dance – 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 5
Hours: 1 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $7; $1 off with church bulletin
Unlimited Rides: $20
Musical Entertainment: Little Roy and Lizzie, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, November 6
Hours: 5 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $7
Unlimited Rides: $20
Demolition Derby: 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7
Hours: 4 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $7 or free admission with 7 cans for the food bank
Unlimited Rides: $15 if purchased 4-4:30 p.m.; $20 after 4:30 p.m.
Musical Entertainment: Scrapiron, featuring Brian and Levi Herrington – 6 p.m.; A Little Off the Top – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8
Hours: 5 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $7
Unlimited Rides: $20
Musical Entertainment: Tony Howard Motown Review
UGA Georgettes Dance Team: 6 p.m. 

Thursday, November 9
Hours: 5 – 11 p.m.
Admission: $5
Unlimited Rides: $20
Musical Entertainment: Two Way Crossing – 7 p.m.

Friday, November 10
Hours: 5 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $7
Demolition Derby: 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, November 11
Hours: 11 a.m. – midnight
Admission: $7
Free Ride Special: All rides free 11 a.m.-noon
Unlimited Rides: Buy unlimited ride stamp 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for $25 and use it all day
Musical Entertainment: Sassy Brass
Chainsaw Carving Auction: 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 12
Hours: 1-11 p.m.
Admission: $5
Unlimited Rides: $20 

Dirk Meyer


PYSK-Maestro-Dirk-MeyerMusic Director, Symphony Orchestra Augusta 

Time in position: 3 months

Family: My wife, Paula, and our two cocker spaniels, Teddy and Harvey. The rest of my family lives in Germany, where I am from originally.

Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: I truly believe that music can make us better human beings. Experiencing a concert together can connect total strangers in a shared experience – a shared emotional experience that may range from the melancholy to the exuberant. In a time of virtual realities, these are true social connections that create empathy for our fellow humans. 

Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: I like good journalism, and I like classical music. Therefore, National Public Radio and several of its classical music member stations are always on top of my list. In addition, both Paula and I are passionate about the enormous problem of plastic pollution that our modern world faces, and so we like to support environmental causes that focus on this issue.

Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: I think the biggest obstacle in the career of a conductor is the huge amount of rejection that one experiences over the years. This is mostly because the competition is so enormous. For any job that we apply for, there are usually 200-plus applications. The one and only way to deal with this problem is persistency. I have managed to ignore, or at least blend out, the endless stream of rejection that conductors will experience during their careers: be it from people who are questioning their talents, from losing out to competitors whose main qualification is “who they know,” or from the countless rejection letters that I have received over the years. No matter how personal each one of these might feel, you have to just get up and try again. 

Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: To be where I am today. When I started out, all I was hoping for was to somehow get paid for making music. Today, I am the music director of two professional orchestras and a professional opera company. I never would have dreamed this to be possible.

What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: For a brief period, I was following every boy’s dream of being an astronaut or an airplane pilot. But then I decided pretty early on that I wanted to be a conductor. By the time I was a teenager, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. 

Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: Cueing up my German Bundesliga and watching my favorite soccer teams with my dogs.

Favorite TV Shows: “Seinfeld” and “Game of Thrones”

Favorite Movies: The original Star Wars trilogy and The Name of the Rose

Favorite Sports Team: Die Mannschaft (German National Soccer Team)

Favorite Comfort Food: Goulash over homemade spaetzle 

Favorite App: My Spotify Music App

Last Book Read: Dictator by Robert Harris

Dream Vacation: Exploring the cities, countrysides and culture of Indonesia and Bali. I find this part of the world fascinating and extremely beautiful. I have been to Thailand and Malaysia, but I have never been to this group of islands, and I hear it is amazing.

Something That Has Changed My Life: Not something, but someone: My wife, Paula. 

Best Thing I Ever Learned: If you truly belive in something, you can make it work.

One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Resilient 

Favorite Hobbies: I love to cook, and I love to travel.

Secret Aspiration: One of these days I would love to get my pilot’s license.

Reality Show I Would Totally Win: A reality show for people who know absolutely nothing about reality shows 

Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: When I was 19 years old, my hair was shoulder long and I played lead guitar in a heavy metal band. 

What person do you think we should know? If you’d like to suggest someone we should meet, email and tell us why.

Picture Perfect


Picture PerfectPaint the town red (or any color you choose) at an evening of art and entertainment.
Each November the annual Art After Dark, presented by the Artists’ Guild of Columbia County, shines a light on local artists, and this year will be no exception.

The guild’s signature event gives local artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their works including watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry and mixed media. Guests can participate in a silent auction, which benefits the guild’s scholarship fund, as well. Each year the guild offers a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior that plans to study art in college.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, as well as beer and wine at a cash bar, will be available. Live entertainment will be provided by jazz musician Fred Williams. 

If You Go:

What: Art After Dark

When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, November 4

Where: Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center 

How Much: Free

More Info:

Notes of Blue — Son Volt

Listen To This

listen to thisThe No Depression genre movement has been a long-standing undercurrent of artists that hail from the outer rim of the Americana Folk galaxy — mixed bag of vagabond troubadours who scour the rust that corrodes the modern blue-collar swagger of Friday nights, beach chairs and overflowing red plastic cups to reveal tones of the true grit that propels the victory and defeat that craft the American dream, leaving no story untold.

Missouri’s own Son Volt, fronted by No Depression patriarch Jay Farrar, delivers an authentic soundtrack of heartland blues and crossroad opportunities on their eighth studio release, Notes of Blue

Farrar, who was the maple syrup to Jeff Tweedy’s gravel in the iconic band Uncle Tupelo, has always taken the reflective route in his songwriting. Channeling the likes of Nick Drake and Woody Guthrie, Notes of Blue delivers a raw account of Farrar’s own struggles and victories with identity, purpose and courage with a relatable, gold common thread that accentuates the crushed velvet seats of opportunity as we slow-roll down the streets of life.

Notable tracks include “Promise the World,” a galloping march of good advice and lush lap steel guitar, “Cherokee St.,” a dusty ol’ stomper and “Threads and Steal,” a tune that would make Johnny Cash jealous. Notes of Blue or any selection from the Son Volt library is the perfect companion for an autumn road trip or backyard fire pit gathering. 

- Chris Rucker

Kelley Appliance Center

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Company Name: Kelley Appliance  Center
Year Established: 1962
Owner:  Joyce Kelley
Address: 191 Baston Road | Martinez, GA
Phone:  (706) 863-7098
Specialties:  Kitchen and Laundry Appliance Sales, Delivery, and Installation Come in and experience personalized one-on-one service by our exceptional sales staff.

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Quality Car Center of Evans

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Company Name: Quality Car Center of Evans
Year Established: 1998
Owners: Brenda and Don Waters
Address: 4293 Triangle Industrial Dr,  Evans, GA 30809
Phone: (706) 651-8631
Specialties:   Full service preventive maintenance and automotive repair center for foreign and domestic vehicles. Services include tires, motor replacements, oil changes, electrical, suspension work, brakes, air conditioning repairs and alignments.

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Weinberger’s Furniture and Mattress Showcase

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Company Name: Weinberger’s Furniture and Mattress Showcase
Year Established: 1932
Owners: Mark Weinberger, President
Karly Weinberger, Vice President
Address: 3021 River Watch Pkwy | Augusta, GA
Phone: (706) 860-9494
Specialties: Full line of furniture, accessories, rugs, patio furniture, Big Green Egg, window treatments, office furniture, office supplies and more!


Crickets Dry Goods

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Company Name:  Crickets Dry Goods
Year Established:  2014
Owner:  Alison Smith
Address:  4446 Washington Road | Suite 14 |Evans, GA
Phone:  (706) 723-1790
Specialties: Locally or regionally made gift items, jams and jellies, picture frames, candles, soaps and beer soaps, women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, purses, home décor, men’s leather products, T-shirts and hats.

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Meybohm, LLC

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Company Name:  Meybohm, LLC
Year Established:  1977
Owners: E.G. Meybohm, CEO                
                         Michael Polatty, President
Address:  3519 Wheeler Road | Augusta, GA
Phone:  (706) 736-0700
Specialties:  Residential and commercial real estate sales, development and property management.


Ruth’s Family Restaurant

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Company Name:  Ruth’s Family Restaurant
Year Established:  1965
Owners:  Pete & Dee Garland
Address:  3843 Washington Road | Martinez, GA
Phone:  (706) 863-5616
Website:  Follow Ruth’s Family Restaurant on Facebook
Specialties:  Southern home cooking like grandma would make. Breakfast served all day and daily lunch specials.
Open:  Mon – Sat 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Augusta RV

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Company Name:  Augusta RV
Year Established:  2002
Owner:  Richard Fender
Address:  801 Industrial Park Drive | Augusta, GA
Phone:  (706) 855-5220
Specialties:  Augusta RV specializes in all types of camper repairs: water leaks, roof replacements, awnings, satellites, air conditioners, refrigerators, furnaces, body repair, rotten wood, slides, plus many more. Augusta RV’s staff is here to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We will feel blessed to serve you.


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Executive Partners

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Company Name: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Executive Partners
Year Established: 2007
Owner: Tommy Stephenson
Address: 1030 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Suite 4, Augusta
                  1069 Edgefield Road, Suite 106, North Augusta
Phone: (706) 364-5119 – property management; (706) 364-1583 – relocation; (706) 364-7653 – general real estate
Specialties: Help buyers and sellers purchase, sell or rent property; assist military families that are relocating; one of the only local companies that allows agents to manage property and conduct general real estate business.


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