Author Archives: Kristy Johnson

Consolidated Planning, Inc.

Finance & Insurance

Build a lifelong relationship with a professional team that cares.


A well-structured insurance strategy can help protect your loved ones from the financial consequences of unexpected events.


Create an investment strategy that’s designed to pursue your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals.


How to strike a balance between work and leisure is just one aspect of the wide-ranging Lifestyle matters.


Managing your money involves more than simply making and following a budget.

601 North Bel Air SquareSuite 26
Evans, GA 30809
Office: (762) 224-2253
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat-Sun: By Appointment

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Gardelle Lewis, Jr.

Real Estate

• Vice-President Meybohm Realtors
• Military Relocation Professional
• Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)
• Certified Residential Specialist
• Seller Representative Specialist
• Customer Service Award 2016
• In the top 1% of realtor’s nationwide
• Licensed in Georgia and South Carolina
• The best of the best of Meybohm Realtors
• Voted Best Real Estate Agent 2016 by the readers of Columbia County Magazine
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Office: (706) 736-3375
Cell: (706) 833-3375



Real Estate

Duckworth Development offers Construction Management, Design-Build, and General Contracting services. We pride ourselves on our impeccable reputation, the strong relationships we build with our clients, and the quality of our work. We are fully dedicated to exceeding expectations by executing our plans flawlessly, remaining within budget, and providing excellent customer service. We look forward to working with you!

P.O. Box 21297
Martinez, GA 30917



Greg Oldham

Real Estate

• Meybohm’s “Best of the Best”
• USAA Agent of the Year for 2015
• Outstanding Customer Service Award for Meybohm Columbia County (99% rating)
Meybohm Agent of the Year in Columbia County…10 years running
• Voted “Best Real Estate Agent” by Columbia County Magazine readers 6 years



Click here to visit Greg Oldham’s website.

Silverton Mortgage

Real Estate

At Silverton, we consider all the financial factors affecting your mortgage.  We don’t believe one size fits all – we help you strike the perfect balance between product & pricing, so you can finance your home with confidence knowing we’ve got this! This balance, along with superior personal service and communication throughout the entire process, is why branch manager, Holly Lott, and her team are one of the leading mortgage lenders in Augusta, Georgia.

3520 Walton Way Ext | Suite B Augusta, GA 30909



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Lemon Cheesecake Crêpes



  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Melted butter for crêpe pan



  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Place crêpe ingredients (excluding melted butter for crêpe pan) in a blender and pulse about 10 seconds. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. (You can make batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to 48 hours.) Heat a nine-inch crêpe pan on medium-high heat and brush with melted butter. Pour about an ounce of batter into center of pan and immediately swirl batter so it covers bottom of pan in a thin layer. Cook about 30 seconds until bubbles appear and bottom of crêpe is golden brown. Flip and cook another 10 seconds until blonde but not as dark as the first side. Remove to a sheet of parchment paper and repeat with rest of batter. In small bowl, beat sour cream, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and pudding mix with whisk or fork until blended. Spoon filling down middle of crêpes and roll up. Garnish with powdered sugar and lemon slices. Makes 10-12 crepes.

Justin Hayes


KaterwerksExecutive Chef for Jones Creek Golf Club, Katerwerks Events and Hospitality, and Cork and Flame 

Number of years in position: 3

Family: Grandmother, Ellie; mother, Susan

Why I’m Passionate About What I Do: Passion is not taught; it comes from within. I’ve done my best to harness this gift and apply it to every aspect of my culinary career. With no allegiance to a particular style of cooking, my attention is captivated as long as the ingredients are sourced properly and cooked with purpose, balance, finesse and respect. I’ve harnessed my passion and honed my culinary skills while building a reputation for preparing seasonal items with innovative techniques. 

After initially studying with American Academy Award Chef Heinz Sowinski, I worked under Master Chef Marcel Biro and then pursued additional education under Chef Biro’s mentor in Germany, Master Chef Robert Rauh. After returning to Augusta, I began working with JCI Management, which operates Jones Creek Golf Club and Katerwerks Events and Hospitality. I remain dedicated to my craft and continue to enchant guests with innovative culinary creations. My team has been voted Best Caterer in Columbia County for 2016 and 2017. 

Community Groups and Charities I Love to Support: (1) SafeHomes of Augusta, which empowers our community to take a stand against domestic violence and supports victims as they transform their lives into survivors. (2) American Junior Golf Association, which is committed to providing a platform for high school students to gain exposure to college coaches on the golf course and enable them to receive college scholarships, thereby furthering their education. I`ve personally had the opportunity to work with both organizations through the support of Jones Creek and Katerwerks.

Biggest Career or Life Obstacle I’ve Overcome and How: So far…my externship to Germany. As an eager novice chef, I decided when I was 24 to jump on a plane and travel 5,000 miles away with $1,000 in my pocket to study under a master chef in Germany. I spoke very little German and quickly discovered my miscalculations regarding the ease of this transition. I had to adapt to the cultural changes around me, but always found reassurance and solace in my one true love — the kitchen. Cooking transcends cultural barriers. 

Accomplishment I’m Most Proud Of: Finding a group of people who believe in me enough to invest in what will be Columbia County’s premier restaurant, Cork and Flame, which will open soon.

What Your Childhood Self Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: Shortstop for the Atlanta Braves

Favorite Way to Spend Saturday Afternoon: Preparing the season’s finest ingredients with my colleagues in anticipation of our first guests to arrive.

Favorite TV Show: “No Reservations”

Favorite Movie: Anything by Wes Anderson

Favorite Sports Team: Go Dawgs!

Favorite Comfort Food: Oma’s Goulash

Favorite Apps: Instagram, Amazon and OpenTable 

Last Book Read: Love Is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski 

Dream Vacation: I want to hike the Camino de Santiago in order to get away, enjoy a slower pace of life and to have time to think and reflect. 

Something That Has Changed My Life: Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else`s life.” I`ve spent the last 12 years of my life in and out of kitchens, helping with the success of other chefs. I`m finally on the cusp of building my own success, and I can’t say that it has been one event or action that has changed my life, but the guidance of my mentors along the way.

Best Thing I Ever Learned: You`re only as good as your last dish served. 

One Word You Would Use to Describe Yourself: Motivated

Favorite Hobbies: I`ll let you know when I find the time.

Secret Aspiration: James Beard Foundation Award nomination

Reality Show I Would Totally Win: “Shark Tank”

Something People Would Be Surprised to Know About Me: I have a tattoo of a 1960s children’s book — The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Everybody Has the Blues


Kenny-Brawner-as-Ray-CharlesAnd that’s a good thing when an Augusta native returns home to pay tribute to music legend Ray Charles

A brand new hybrid concert/theater work brings the music and story of Ray Charles to vivid life. Portraying Charles, master pianist and vocalist Kenny Brawner, a native Augustan, leads his 12-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (a la Raelettes) in performing the American legend’s most popular hits.

Interweaving songs, Brawner depicts how gospel, blues, jazz and country music influenced the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s style. He also reflects on American social history, Charles’ battle with drugs and his triumphant return home to Georgia.

Brawner plays his own distinctive style of jazz, funk, R&B and blues. John Wilson of the New York Times once described his style as “rich, romantic with bold striking figures and a strong stomping beat.” Curt Davis of the New York Post called his writing, playing and singing “strong and assertive.”

For nearly a decade, Brawner led and composed for a jazz-funk recording band called “Raw Sugar.” During that period, his funk composition, “Whups it on Me” was chosen Showstopper of the Week on WBLS in New York, and another production collaboration with Onaje Allan Gumbs achieved success as well.

If You Go:
What: “Ray Charles on My Mind” featuring Kenny Brawner
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
Where: Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center
How Much: $47
More Info: or (706) 726-0366

For the Love of Barbecue


Steve-NunnIf you’re looking for a sweet or spicy barbecue sauce, there are “Nunn” like the ones that a Grovetown resident makes 

Any self-respecting Southerner has a heartfelt love affair with barbecue. It seems, however, that a healthy appetite for barbecue applies to transplanted Southerners by way of St. Paul, Minnesota as well.

Grovetown resident Steve Nunn, a St. Paul native and U.S. Army captain who is stationed at Fort Gordon, developed his passion for barbecue when he was 19 years old. His late uncle challenged him to a barbecue contest, and really, the outcome was inevitable. “I couldn’t let him win,” says Nunn. 

BBQ-sauce-2x3For more than 20 years, Nunn has been experimenting with flavors and seasonings to perfect his barbecue sauces and dry rubs as well as his barbecuing skills. To him, barbecuing is a form of artistry. 

“Everybody has their own ritual when it comes to barbecuing. Everybody is an artist when it comes to barbecuing,” says Nunn. “You can meet strangers and talk about it forever.”

He started his business, Nunn Family BBQ, in 2016 shortly before he was deployed to Kuwait for nine months. While he was overseas, he “took an operational pause,” but he was able to launch his website near the end of his deployment in September of 2017.

He has developed a sweet barbecue sauce, which is available online by the bottle or by the case. The low-calorie, gluten-free sauce can be used as a marinade for steak, chicken, ribs or pork. “It’s a great dipping sauce,” says Nunn. “You can even put it on a salad.” He also is slated to roll out a new spicy sauce by the end of March. 

Nunn Family BBQBarbecue is a passion that must be shared with others, he believes, and he’s not alone in his thinking. “Everybody wants to taste each other’s sauce,” says Nunn. “When you barbecue, it brings out your personality. The sauce is my way of sharing something I love and enjoy.”

For more information, call (706) 814-1233 or visit

Better Homes and Gardens

Real Estate

Real Estate Executive Partner

Our property management department is unmatched in the CSRA.  Give us a call and we can customize  management to your situation. – Scott Patterson Property Management

There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. – Zig Ziglar


Down to the River — The War & Treaty

Listen To This

The-War-&-TreatyMichael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount are a dynamic duo that captures a soul-punch of grit with a pure Gospel-holler of melodies and natural funk rhythms to invite all who enjoy life’s trials and triumphs to rally, heal and celebrate.

Trotter found his calling on the battlefields of Iraq where music became the release of burden. His powerful voice served as a release to his fellow soldiers who labored through the loneliness and suffering of extended missions of war.

After serving our country, he found a kindred voice and soulmate in Blount (internationally acclaimed recording artist best known for her performance in the movie Sister Act 2 singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”). She possessed the companion piece to his passion, birthing the instant legendary duo, The War & Treaty. Now married, they have created an intimate, vintage blues explosion of soul-folk-gospel that is as sweet as apple pie with a smoky BBQ pit of flavor. 

Their debut release, Down to the River, is a raw tap into what will be an expansive catalog of experiential and relatable heart and soul. Every track is laden with expressive soul-fire vocals and shoe-stomping rhythm. No matter the venue, The War & Treaty will fill it with pure and ferocious fire.

–Chris Rucker

On the Fast Track


exterior-museum-sideThe county is going to town with a trio of construction projects at The Plaza at Evans Towne Center.

Columbia County officials have long had a dream of creating a thriving downtown center in the heart of Evans. With three construction projects in various stages of completion underway at The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, a public-private venture between Columbia County and Meybohm Development Group, that vision is coming into focus.

lobby-1Construction on the county’s new performing arts center, which will anchor The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, got underway in early March. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

At a groundbreaking ceremony in February, Ron Cross, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, called the project a dream come true that will “benefit Columbia County citizens for years to come.” 

The facility will include seating for about 2,100 people, a main floor, two balcony areas with box seats, a concessions area and an orchestra pit that has the capacity to be lowered below the floor to accommodate extra seating. 

theater-seats“We’re looking forward to the first Broadway play or musical we can have for the citizens,” Cross says.

The $31 million-plus project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 general obligation bond in the November 2016 general election. It is being financed by the GO bond and SPLOST monies remaining from completed projects.

“We’re excited that the county has started the performing arts center,” says Lionel Prather, senior vice president of commercial development for Meybohm Commercial Properties.

The other projects include the first phase of The Plaza at Evans Towne Center, a walkable multi-use area, and a raised sidewalk that will connect The Plaza with Evans Towne Center Park. The $1 million sidewalk project, which includes brick pavers, trees, plants and crosswalks, is being funded by the 2017 GO bond and TSPLOST funds. These projects are expected to be completed in late May. 

theater-stageThe first phase of The Plaza features a four-story, L-shaped building that will include the Meybohm headquarters; retail, professional and restaurant space; and a rooftop terrace that can accommodate 300 people for special events. The project also features greenspace, streetscape and sidewalks. Professional tenants are expected to include cyber and software companies, local businesses that are looking for a Columbia County presence and restaurant concepts that are new to the area. 

“We are in talks with two companies now that would take up almost all the professional space that Meybohm doesn’t occupy,” says Prather.

Your Pie, a fast-casual craft pizza and beer restaurant, is expected to open in the development this summer. Preliminary plans also are underway for the second building, which will be built behind the first building and face The Plaza. The square, three story building will house retail space on the first floor and professional space on the second and third floors. 

Upon completion, the entire 22-acre site will include six buildings covering 150,000 square feet. The development will offer 60,000 square feet of professional space and almost 75,000 square feet of office space. 

“We are completing the county’s vision of a downtown area,” Prather says. “It’s going to enhance the whole area.”