Monthly Archives: January 2018

Augusta University Medical Center

Dental Care

All of your dental care in one location.

From routine cleanings to the most complicated procedures we offer a complete scope of adult and pediatric dental services, all from one central location by dentists and dental specialists.

As a patient in Dental Associates, you will only be seen by a dentist.

Augusta University Medical Center
1120 15th Street Augusta, GA  30912

To schedule an appointment, call 706-721-2696
or visit


Rosa C. Blanco, DMD & Lynn E. Flanagan, DMD

Dental Care

Rosa C. Blanco, D.M.D.
Pediatric Dentistry
• Diet Consulting • Sealants • Space Maintenance • Fillings • Children’s Crowns • Nitrous Oxide • Digital Dental Radiography

Lynn E. Flanagan, D.M.D.
General Dentistry
• Fillings and Crowns • Endodontics (root canals) • Tooth Removal • Tooth whitening • CEREC (computer generated inlay/onlay or crown) • Dentures and Partials • Nitrous Oxide • Digital Dental Radiography


4369 Evans To Locks Road | Evans, Georgia 30809 | (706) 863-8197 / 8198
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We treat our patients individually with love and respect 



Boot Scoot Boogie

Community Groups in Action

Boot-Scoot-coupleThe American Red Cross does good work year-round, but a popular fundraiser for the organization is coming up soon. The 24th annual Boot Scoot Boogie is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, February 3 at the Columbia County Exhibition Center.

Chaired by Red Cross board members Chad Harpley and Chan O’Dell, the event will feature a barbecue dinner, a concert by country legend Gary Allan with some of his singer/songwriter friends and live and silent auctions. Auction items include a Club Car vehicle, a John Deere riding lawn mower, vacations, sports memorabilia, jewelry and other prizes.

Boot-Scoot-live-auctionAccording to Susan Everitt, executive director, about $100,000 was raised for the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross last year.

“We’ve always had great support from the community for this event, and with all of the multiple national disasters the Red Cross has responded to this year, the support is critical. Since August, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided more than 1.3 million overnight stays in emergency shelters. That’s more overnight shelter stays than the past five years combined,” says Everitt.

Nearly 500 people have attended Boot Scoot Boogie in past years. Proceeds go toward providing relief to those affected by disasters in the community, training efforts and other services.

“Home fires are one of the biggest disaster relief efforts that we support on a regular basis,” says Holly Allen, who oversees Georgia Region special events. “We try to alleviate people’s pain and suffering and get them back on their feet.”

The Red Cross also offers classes including adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and basic life support for healthcare providers. Volunteer opportunities are available in areas such as administration, youth programs, disaster relief and smoke alarm installation efforts. For information or to purchase event tickets, call (706) 724-8481 or visit

Andrew R Allgood, DMD, PC

Dental Care

Andrew R. Allgood, DMD, PC

Creating gorgeous, healthy smiles through anxiety-free dentistry and adult restorative dentistry. Focusing On The Health, Function, and Appearance of Our Wonderful Dental Family.

491 Furys Ferry Road
Martinez, Georgia 30907
General Info: (706) 863-3290


Click here to visit Dr. Andrew R Allgood’s website.

Grovetown Family Dental

Dental Care

February is all about love and passion, and you couldn’t ask for a better month to celebrate dental awareness. Just ask Dr. Julia Wheeler and her caring team at Grovetown Family Dental. They are passionate about healthcare. They love helping patients with their total dental needs and showing how a healthy mouth positively affects your entire body.

Dr. Wheeler and her team offer a complete range of dental treatments, from general dentistry and oral cancer screenings to periodontal care and cosmetic dentistry like whitening and veneers. From smiles to smile lines, they provide professional dental services along with facial products to maintain youth.

In addition, Dr. Wheeler provides emergency dental care and will never turn away a trauma case, no matter how full her schedule i“Dr. Wheeler goes above and beyond to help her patients,” staff members say, “and she does it with as minimal discomfort to you as possible. She never forgets you after your visit, either — she truly loves her patients and develops long-lasting relationships with each one.”

From the clinical team to administration, Dr. Wheeler’s team is there to serve your needs from the moment you walk in the door until you leave. “We all have one common boss, and this is YOU, the patient,” they say. And you’re in good hands. To ensure that she stays on top of the latest clinical and scientific dental developments, Dr. Wheeler will be taking more than 400 hours of continuing education this year.

As you enjoy this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget there is a dentist and her team that would love to meet you: Dr. Julia Wheeler and her team at Grovetown Family Dental.

(706) 860-1352 | 5172 Wrightsboro Road | Grovetown |


Debra Bryan LLC


Augusta native and Army brat Debra Bryan, who didn’t attend law school until she was in her early 40s, never considered opening her law practice anywhere else.

“I am a hometown girl. I was born at Fort Gordon, and I look after local interests,” says Debra. “I have lived other places, but there’s no place like home. I try to lift up my community as much as I can.”

Debra is a general practitioner with an emphasis in family law. She also does probate work, and she recently started Creating Families Adoption Agency Inc. with another attorney.

4210 Columbia Road | Suite 7-A | Martinez, Georgia 30907
(706) 210-9226
Mon – Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM


Nicholson Revell LLP


Specialties: Serious and catastrophic personal injuries; medical malpractice; nursing home abuse; automobile, truck and tractor collisions; premises liability; condemnation/ eminent domain cases; and criminal defense.

Nicholson Revell LLP
4137 Columbia Road• Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 722-8784

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Riot of Color


Riot of ColorAnd the 2018 Color of the Year is . . . . well, it depends on who you ask. While different color experts and paint companies each choose their own Color of the Year, they agree that it’s time to color outside the lines with vibrant hues.

The Pantone Color Institute, the expert on all things color, has named Ultra Violet as its Color of the Year. Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. 

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. 

Sherwin Williams has named Oceanside as its Color of the Year. The rich shade of blue, coupled with jewel-toned green, evokes a multitude of moods and associations.

Oceanside’s marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement, and it makes a lively color for a front door. The green-meets-blue tone can boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office or invite meditation and introspection in a bedroom or reading nook. Because of its timeless association with nature, the color pairs well with other blues as well as corals and copper metallic tones. 

Benjamin Moore has selected Caliente, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red, as its Color of the Year. Caliente can make a bold statement in lush carpeting or as a backdrop in a book-lined library. The color can make a powerful first impression on a glossy front door as well.

“Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente is total confidence,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like red-carpet treatment. It goes well with whites, neutrals and complementary bold hues.” 

According to Glidden by PPG, it’s time to go back to the basics with the most forgotten neutral of all – black. Glidden has named Deep Onyx, a no-fuss shade of black, as its Color of the Year.

“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your décor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018,” says Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager. “Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well as an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim and cabinets. It complements primary reds and blues, earthy browns and greens, whites, yellows and pinks with coral or peach tones.”

However, those who prefer more subdued tones can keep up with the latest trends as well. Behr has announced that its first ever Color of the Year is In The Moment, a soothing mix of blue, gray and green. Versatile and neutral, this shade offers a serene backdrop to spaces where people go to unwind and recharge.

“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr vice president of color and creative services. “Spruce blue, soft gray and lush green coalesce into a fresh shade that evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives. It pairs well with other subdued colors to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

Photos courtesy of Donna Zapata and GSGA

A Columbia County native is the repeat winner of the Georgia State Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year award. 

For Chris Waters, 2018 is starting out as a sequel to last year. Waters will be honored this month at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta as the 2017 Georgia State Golf Association Men’s Player of the Year. He also won the award in 2016.

“The list of people who have won the award multiple times is pretty short, and it’s an honor to be on that list,” says Waters. 

ChrisWaters2Since 1983-84, he is the fourth person to win the Men’s Player of the Year award at least twice. The winner is determined by a point system based on participation and finishes in GSGA and United States Golf Association events throughout the year. With his steady play, he landed atop the points list at the end of the year to capture the honors.

“I didn’t have any wins, but I had a lot of consistency and high finishes,” says Waters, whose mother Donna Zapata of Evans frequently caddies for him.

His stellar showings began in the Georgia Four-Ball Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta in April. After a five-hole playoff, Waters, 30, and his partner, Billy Mitchell of Roswell, finished in second place. He notched two more top 10 finishes – T9 in the Georgia Amateur Championship at West Lake Country Club in July and sixth place in the Georgia Public Links Championship at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville in September. He also made it to the match play round of the U.S. Amateur Championship, which trims the field from 312 competitors to the low 64 players after two days of stroke play, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California in August.

Waters-Trophy“The U.S. Amateur is the biggest tournament I’ll ever play in,” Waters says. “It’s one of my favorites because it’s hard to get there.”

He first took up the sport during his Greenbrier High School years, playing the game with his stepfather. Waters, who lives in Atlanta now and works as an assistant controller for Rubicon Global, is happy to keep his amateur status. 

“I like the competition, and I always like striving to get better,” he says. “I think there’s a difference between playing golf for fun and playing for a living.”

A Taste for Fun


waffle house valentineFor a special treat, take your true love to Waffle House – yes, Waffle House – for Valentine’s Day. 

Any day is a good day to order hash browns smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered, capped or topped at Waffle House. However, one Waffle House in Columbia County is taking comfort food to a new level with a special surprise for customers on February 14.

The Waffle House at 438 South Belair Road is offering a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two that will include a pair of T-bone steaks, salad, hash browns, drinks and chocolate pie. The staff also will decorate the restaurant for the occasion with red tablecloths and candles and set up a photo booth for pictures. 

At least one local Waffle House usually offers a Valentine’s Day special each year, says Rhonda Flanders, the area manager.

“We’re here for the community. We have some customers that eat with us three or four times a day, so this is something different and out of the ordinary for them,” she says.

Reservations are recommended, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and reserve a special Valentine’s booth. Customers also can order their Valentine’s Day dinner from the regular menu.

“Waffle House is a special place already,” Flanders says, “and it’s even more special on Valentine’s Day.”

Songs of Experience — U2

Listen To This

U2-Songs-Of-ExperienceThere is no denying that U2 is one of a few rock bands to stay relevant while sticking to the original DNA that knitted the group together more than 40 years ago. The band surpassed disco, punk, arena-rock, pop-synth, grunge and alternative, and soars above the latest mashup of trap-rock with their 14th studio release, Songs of Experience.

The title is appropriate in many ways, but the clearest interpretation could be that this is a record of applying everything that has sonically conquered more than a career of home runs, curveballs and baseline grounders. Ireland’s flagship quartet delivers stunning rockers and delicate softies, gleaning inspiration from the current landscape of troubadours and analog-revival junkies. The expectation level for this record is well below the pop radar, and that’s where magic is made and secured. 

Bono captures the essence best in the slide-crunching “Lights of Home” (“I believe my best days are ahead”), and with locked arms we will march into new beginnings with renewed inspiration and determination while blaring “Love Is Better Than Anything in Its Way.”

Overall, Songs of Experience is the newest literal and figurative road trip soundtrack to welcome this New Year with open arms.

- Chris Rucker

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Literary Loop

Lit-Loop-AJ-FinnIt isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller by A.J. Finn about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one — and nothing — is what it seems.

The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable,” says bestselling author Stephen King.

“Finn’s debut lives up to the hype. . . . A riveting novel that stands out in a crowded genre,” says Library Journal.


Midday Magic

Midday Magic

Photos courtesy of Whole Life Ministries

A new music program at Children’s Hospital of Georgia offers patients and their families, along with hospital personnel, an escape from their worries for a little while. 

To start off the new year, Children’s Hospital of Georgia is launching a new program called Music at Midday in which local musicians will present concerts in the hospital lobbies once a week.

“We’re always looking for make up the musical group Timbella and video editor Victor Kamanga Midday Magic– presented a two-hour concert of classical and children’s music. 

“They truly have a heart for wanting to help. That’s what we look for in our volunteers,” Brooke says. “Izabela dressed like a princess, and the children loved it.” 

With Izabela playing the electric violin and Timothy on keyboard, the theme of their concert was “Dream Big.” Through their performance, the Grovetown residents offered patients and their families, along with hospital personnel, entertainment and an escape from their worries for a little while. They even inspired one of the young hospital patients to stand alongside them and sing “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Timbella-5“They brought a lot of smiles to people in the hospital,” says Brooke. “Studies have proven that music reduces anxiety and relaxes people.”

For holiday fun, Whole Life Ministries also presented a two-hour Timbella Christmas Concert where children could decorate their own gingerbread houses.

The hospital is recruiting medical students who play musical instruments to perform, and other musicians from the community are welcome to participate as well.

“We would love to see other musicians carve out two hours of their time each month to perform at the hospital,” Timothy says. “Two hours can change someone else’s eternity. You can show God’s love by your actions.”

Timbella originally planned to give the concert as a birthday present for Timothy, but it also became an opportunity for them to “pay it forward.” Timothy and Izabela actually had to postpone the concert for a couple of days because they had to take their young daughter, Julia, to the Children’s Hospital emergency room when she contracted pneumonia. In addition, says Timothy, “I was in and out of the hospital for weeks at a time when I was younger.” 

Timbella-7The concert was a way for Whole Life Ministries to reach out to the community in a new way, he says, and to create a magical atmosphere for the children. 

“No matter what circumstances you’re in, you have the ability to dream big and make a difference,” says Timothy. “Life is bigger than yourself.”

For more information, email Brooke at or Timothy at Additional information is available at their websites, and

Frails & Wilson


“Tough problems need tough lawyers.” The attorneys at Frails & Wilson live by this call to action, which has greatly benefited both them and their clients for nearly 20 years.

Randolph Frails, a native of Harlem, opened his law practice in 1997 after completing a 20-year tour of duty in the United States Navy and has dealt with his share of tough problems in life. When Mr. Frails was 19 years old, he suffered the untimely loss of his father, who had received improper medical care for injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Frails’ primary areas of practice include civil litigation, business and commercial law, probate, and real estate. Mr. Wilson focuses on personal injury, which includes automobile accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation. Ms. Spencer’s practice areas include probate and family law. Ms. Haynes concentrates primarily on civil litigation and government law. Ms. Norris devotes her practice to personal injury and probate.

The attorneys at Frails & Wilson are licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Maryland. They are willing to meet with clients at their homes or offices, if necessary. Appointments and conference calls are also available upon request for early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

211 Pleasant Home Rd | Augusta, GA | 30907