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 www.augustahealth.org

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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 

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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 redcross.org/augusta.

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

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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 | www.grovetowndental.com

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Déjà Vu

Sports
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.”

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.

 

Action & Romance

Getaways
Action & Romance

Photos courtesy of Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce, Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast and Georgia Department of Economic Development

Covington sets the stage for visitors passionate about film tours, shopping, dining and romance

Breaking away from routine is one way to rekindle the flames of romance. Take time to focus on your love and light things up during an escape to Covington, Georgia, an ideal destination for a romantic retreat any time of year.

Covington, located about a two-hour drive west of Augusta along Interstate 20, has a picturesque historic square — so photogenic, in fact, that it portrayed the fictional town of Mystic Falls on the popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries” throughout its eight-season run. 

Dubbed “Hollywood of the South,” Covington is a key site for Georgia’s film industry and has been home to more than 80 film productions, including “In The Heat of the Night,” Vacation and Life of the Party to name just a few. Routinely on screen, Covington can spark a déjà vu feeling of familiarity even among first-time visitors.

Scene I: Snuggle In
Featured in many of the productions that have come to town, including “The Vampire Diaries,” the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast is a luxurious place to stay and gracefully staged for romance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is considered to be an outstanding example of antebellum architecture — plus one of the largest at 12,000 square feet.

“The house was built in 1836, so it’s actually older than the city of Atlanta,” says Nicole Munn, founder and manager of the bed and breakfast. 

Twelve Oaks’ rich history includes a documented tie to Gone With The Wind. Munn explains that in February 1939 Margaret Mitchell saw a photograph of the house in the Atlanta Journal and sent the clipping to Wilbur Kurtz, an Atlanta historian and Civil War authority who was in Hollywood consulting with the set designers of Gone With the Wind, along with a note saying that she liked it for Ashley’s home. 

After purchasing Twelve Oaks out of foreclosure in 2011, Munn managed property renovations with meticulous attention to detail, balancing goals to preserve the structure’s historic character with efforts to add modern amenities and conveniences — so you might use a skeleton key to enter a room with a flat screen TV. 

Twelve-Oaks-Rooms-Steel-Magnolias-1The inn’s success can be measured by many accolades, including being named one of the “Most Romantic Places in Georgia” by Georgia Public Broadcasting (2016), “Top 10 Inns in the U.S.” by BedandBreakfast.com (2015) and “Romantic Luxury Hotel of the Year” by Luxury Travel Guide (2016). The bed and breakfast is a member of Select Registry and the Southern Living Hotel Collection.

Once renovations were complete, the first two floors opened to guests in October 2012. The third floor opened the following year. All guestrooms boast remote control fireplaces and private bathrooms equipped with fixtures like a spa tub with aromatherapy and chromo-therapy, a copper bateau tub or an original ribcage shower from the late 1800s like the kind installed in Biltmore Estate and Buckingham Palace. 

The beds are so cozy there’s a temptation to sleep late, but breakfast aromas waft throughout the house each morning as an invitation to wander into the dining room between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and sit at either a romantic table-for-two by one of the windows or at the large table positioned under the home’s most spectacular chandelier. Featuring fresh, local ingredients, the Southern breakfast serves dishes like sausage biscuits and gravy, peaches-and-cream-stuffed French toast, and strawberry shortcake pancakes with bourbon whipped cream. 

Shopping-1-Scene II: Step Out
While you might be content to linger at Twelve Oaks, it’s a short walk to historic downtown Covington’s charming square lined by shops and restaurants. Discover hotspots on your own or be an informed explorer by picking up free maps of “Covington’s Walk of Stars” and “Popular Television Shooting Locations” for free at On Location Gifts.

For ideas of neighborhoods to explore beyond the square, stop by the Visitors Information Center for details about Newton County’s self-guided historical marker tour or Covington’s self-guided architecture walking/driving tour featuring many restored Greek Revival mansions and Victorian cottages.

If music is among your shared passions, stop by McKibbens Music to shop for basic accessories and instruments from keyboards to banjos. Fletcher’s Jewelry, The Alley Gift Shop and Sherwood’s Flowers & Gifts may also be appropriate stops on a romantic shopping spree. Consider also the many clothing retailers, furniture and home décor boutiques, antique stores and specialty food shops. 

Visit The Cork Boutique and Gifts to taste your pick among eight different wines any time the store is open (four half-glasses are $9). If you prefer beer, visit The Cork Growler & Cigar Shop next door (four two-ounce tastes are $7). Town Square Olive Oil stocks an array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars; taste them all for free in order to choose favorites to buy. 

Indulge in a pampering spa treatment at Charmed Salon, Spa & Boutique. A couple’s massage is one soothing possibility ($70 for 30 minutes; $130 for an hour). Other treatment options include deep tissue, hot stone, Thai yoga and Swedish massages, a variety of facials and foot reflexology.

Mystic-PizzaHungry? Mystic Grill serves updated interpretations of Southern favorites like cilantro lime shrimp & grits, sweet tea fried chicken and braised pork pappardelle in various dining areas including a rooftop overlooking the square, which is especially romantic at sunset. RL’s Off the Square features New Orleans-style Cajun favorites like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, plus barbecued and blackened pork. Milazzo’s Ristorante specializes in Italian and vegetarian fare, with mouthwatering dishes like truffle mushroom ravioli, eggplant parmesan and seafood alfredo, among others. Scoops is an ice cream shop meets Candyland that appeals to sweet teeth of all ages. 

Mingle your creative juices at WildArt, painting a canvas together during an open “Just Paint” studio session or during a class of mutual interest. Painting classes also are available at Southern Heartland Visual Arts Center. Both studios sell work by local artists, perfect if you like art but don’t consider your own talents worthy of framed display inside your home. 

Get your hearts pumping at Chimney Park. The former Martin-Patterson estate is now a 12-acre urban green space that offers a multi-use fitness trail among its natural, quiet serenity. The Eastside Trail is a 2.5-mile long, 10-feet wide concrete path that runs among pastures and woods from Newton County Library to Eastside High School. As with any relationship, you choose how fast you want to go.

For more information, visit thetwelveoaks.com or gocovington.com

By Hope S. Philbrick

Colors of Love — Brian Culbertson

Listen To This

Colors-of-LoveLove on top of love is in the air, and nothing complements the season more than some smooth jams to set the dimmer on low and welcome some cozy feels. This year’s mackdaddy secret weapon is the latest release from R&B-jazz-funk icon Brian Culbertson, titled appropriately Colors of Love

Culbertson is no stranger to the vibe train. In fact, most would consider him the conductor. Over his career spanning two decades and 14 studio releases, his 15th is quite possibly the lushest and most personally connected. 

Inspired by his 20th wedding anniversary last fall, this 12-track instrumental love journey centers primarily on his acoustic piano with a bouquet of rhythm instruments that Culbertson plays himself to envelope and embrace the mood. Quite the departure from the gritty Funk! release last year.

This album will be released like a flock of doves on Valentine’s Day and not a moment too soon. Culbertson is currently on tour and had this to say regarding the Colors of Love, Live set: “It’s going to be a very theatrical presentation with video images and lighting timed to the music. This music is visual and cinematic… It’s going to be larger than life when you see it live.”

I can think of a newly opened local venue that would be the perfect fit.

- Chris Rucker

Everything You Came to See by Elizabeth Schulte Martin

Literary Loop

everything you came to seePeople say it like a joke, but Henry Bell really did run away from home to join the circus. A talented new performer with a struggling circus, he’s found a place for himself among the fire-eaters, tightrope walkers, and contortionists. But no matter how far the show travels, Henry’s past is never far behind — the mother he lost, the violent father he fled, the brother he abandoned.

As Henry pushes himself to create bigger, better performances, his actions become a wrecking ball to the relationships around him. From his costar, to the former headlining giant of the circus, to the circus manager himself, no one is untouched. 

Left unchecked, Henry’s blind ambition becomes the very thing that could save — or destroy — the circus itself. Unless Henry can reckon with the family and past he’s left behind, the spark which drives him to perform may burn out or ignite — engulfing everyone and everything he loves.

A story of the passion that drives creativity, this touching debut novel challenges our ideas of family and what it takes to rebuild them.