Monthly Archives: January 2018

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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Twist and Shout


Twist and ShoutA salute to Buddy Holly, Brat Pack jazz, electroluminescent artistry and ice, ice, baby

The lineup of tribute artists includes many performers that pay homage to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and their infamous Winter Dance Party. One of these bands, Not Fade Away, will bring the Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience to the area on Friday, January 12 with a performance that keeps this music edgy and relevant. The band’s six young artists give fresh takes to classic hit songs such as “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday” “Summertime Blues,” “Oh Donna,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace” and “Twist and Shout.” Tickets are $39.50.

Molly Ringwald may be remembered best as a member of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors who appeared together frequently in 1980s teen-oriented coming-of-age movies such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. That was then. Now, however, she still acts as well as writes books and sings jazz. Ringwald released her debut jazz album, “Except Sometimes,” in April 2013, and since that time, she and her quartet have performed more than 200 concerts in seven countries. They will come to Evans on Saturday January 13 for “An Evening with Molly Ringwald.” Tickets are $45.

Lightwire Theater presents “Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey” on Saturday, January 27. The group, which has appeared worldwide, combines theater and technology to tell stories in complete darkness with electroluminescent artistry. Tickets are $29.50 for adults and $16.50 for children under age 12.

Featuring professional skaters from all across the globe, Dreams on Ice will present worldwide holiday traditions in a show featuring dancers, singers and specialty acts on Thursday, February 1. Tickets are $37.50 for adults and $19.50 for children under age 15. 

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. For an additional cost of $25, dinner is available for each of the shows as well. For more information, call 726-0366 or visit

Songs of Experience — U2

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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

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.”

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