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Raising the Curtain


Coasting and moonwalking are center stage at the Jabez.

Nothing takes you back in time quite like a favorite song, and Augusta Amusements will kick off its 2019-20 season with tributes to two stars of yesteryear – the Coasters and Michael Jackson.

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, appearing Friday, September 6, will take concertgoers on a nostalgic journey through the ’50s and ’60s. The rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll vocal group had a string of hits in the late 1950s, beginning with “Searchin” and “Young Blood.”

Other hits by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers include “Yakkety Yak,” “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy.” Because their songs were imitated so frequently, the group became an integral part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s.

Michael Firestone will present two performances in “I Am King, the Michael Jackson Experience.” The concerts are scheduled for Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

With his uncanny ability to sing and dance like Jackson, Firestone has become the most sought after MJ tribute artist in the world. He will perform renditions of some of the King of Pop’s greatest hits including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Human Nature.”

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which cost $42.95 per concert, are available at or (706) 726-0366.

Planting Seeds of Inspiration


A fall garden tour will offer ideas to gardeners who want to turn their yards into peaceful sanctuaries.

Four homes in West Lake and two homes in the Cambridge section of Watervale will be the site of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs’ fifth Peek-A-Boo Fall Garden Tour. This will be the first time that the bi-annual garden tour features homes exclusively in Columbia County.

The gardens on this year’s tour will include a wide range of horticultural interests, such as maple trees and unusual fruit trees; creative water features; a distinctive garden shed and a greenhouse built of vintage windows.

Tickets can be purchased online at (Peek-A-Boo Fall Garden Tour) or at participating homes the day of the tour.

The tour benefits community education and beautification projects of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, which represents 17 active clubs with more than 500 members. ACGC has a rich history of service through projects such as Blue Star Marker, Gordon Highway Beautification, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and the Perennial Garden at Riverwalk Augusta.

Bill Lutin photo

If You Go:
What: Peek-A-Boo Fall Garden Tour

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5

Where: West Lake and Cambridge

How Much: $10

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Now Hear This


Visitors to Sacred Heart Cultural Center have always been able to see beautiful works of art on display. Now they can hear about the city landmark as well with its new Sacred Heart Audio Tour.

The 30-minute tour details the history, architecture and significance of the building, and the personal stories of four people with special ties to the facility as a church and cultural center also are woven into the narrative.

The audio tour costs $5 per person and can be rented through the Sacred Heart Gift Shop.

BBB Clay Shoot


Bring your own gun (12-gauge or 20-gauge), along with ammo (100 shots per person) and protection for your eyes and ears to the Better Business Bureau clay shoot on September 27 at the Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield.

Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m. and shooting begins at 10 a.m. A barbecue lunch and awards program will be held at 1 p.m.

To register, call (706) 210-7676 ext. 750 or email

The registration deadline is September 6.

That’s the Spirit


It’s good to have friends in lofty places.

After appearing in Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance, Augusta native Jamal Moore provided backup vocals for the pop star’s single, “Spirit,” which is part of The Lion King soundtrack.

From her album, The Lion King: The Gift that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart this summer, the single is available for download on all platforms.

The new live action version of The Lion King is a remake of the 1994 animated film.

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

Literary Loop

Lisbeth Salander — the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo — has disappeared. She’s sold her apartment in Stockholm. She’s gone silent electronically. She’s told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she’s got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.

Mikael Blomkvist is trying to reach Lisbeth. He needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who lived and died on the streets in Stockholm — a man who does not exist in any official records and whose garbled last words hinted at possible damaging knowledge of people in the highest echelons of government and industry. In his pocket was a crumpled piece of paper with Blomkvist’s phone number on it.

Once again, Salander and Blomkvist will come to each other’s aid, moving in tandem toward the truths they each seek.

In the end, it will be Blomkvist — in a moment of unimaginable self-sacrifice — who will make it possible for Lisbeth to face the most important battle of her life, and, finally, to put her past to rest.

Walk Through Fire — Yola

Listen To This

“Majestic,” “vintage,” “spirit-country soul” barely scratch the surface when describing the sheer swagger of singer-songwriter Yola. Born and raised in a poverty-stricken, unsupportive, music-less home in the U.K., Yola’s heart blossomed and has now poured forth one of the most compelling and unique releases of the year.

Walk Through Fire is the appropriately titled debut album that, upon first blush, sounds like it could be her 30th release.

After scraping up enough dough, Yola made her way to the platinum streets of Nashville in 2016, where she was discovered by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Dan was so enamored and awe-struck by what he saw and heard that he assembled a team of musicians and crafted a recording space. The rest is legendary history.

An intimate, lush gathering of style and range, Walk Through Fire captures, reveals, articulates and defines the truest common thread that sews together rhythm and blues and vintage country swing.

The dust-covered and coffee-stained “It Ain’t Easier” is by far one of the most impactful examples of just how dynamic Yola’s range and emotional depth craft a sweet lather of perfection.

The album is a bonfire of delight, where experiential resonance waltzes with barefoot grit-soul. A perfect Indian Summer soundtrack that is best served with a sweaty glass of refreshment and a box fan.

– Chris Rucker

Counting Every Vote


The state has chosen Dominion Voting Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will be in place and fully operational for the March 24 presidential primary.

Voters will still make their choices on a touchscreen machine, but instead of tapping a button that says “cast ballot,” they’ll click on a button that says “print your ballot.” The ballot will print out so voters can review it for accuracy before placing it in a scanner for tabulation. The paper ballots then will be locked in a ballot box for retrieval as needed for audits or recounts.

Nancy Gay, the Columbia County Board of Elections executive director, says the county has not received any additional information since the announcement was made about the new system. “It’s still all in the planning, rollout stages,” she says.

Some pilot counties will conduct their upcoming municipal elections with the new system, says Gay, but Columbia County will conduct the November municipal elections in Harlem and Grovetown under the old system. The next countywide election will be the March 24 presidential primary.

In addition to the new voting system, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning and cyber-security assessments. Many Georgia counties also have partnered with DHS to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.

Orthopedic Associates of Augusta, P.A.

Resource Guide

Since 1969, our practice has provided quality, comprehensive orthopaedic care in the CSRA. Our physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and are available to provide general orthopaedic care as well as specialty care, including hand and upper extremity surgery, sports medicine rehabilitation,  arthroscopic surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and treatment of spinal disorders. Our total joint replacement program is second to none, and includes the newest minimally invasive procedure for hip replacement.   For the convenience of our patients, we have locations both in Augusta and in Evans, as well as an orthopaedic surgery center that provides a comfortable and caring atmosphere for most out-patient surgical procedures.   We also offer an after-hours clinic for orthopaedic urgent care at our Evans location from 5:30 – 8:30 pm Monday through Thursday.  Walk-ins are welcome at the after-hours clinic.

University Professional Center
811 13th Street, Suite 20 | Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-3401

Evans Town Park
2511 Associates Way | Evans, GA 30809
(706) 854-2140



Pediatric Partners of Augusta

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Pediatric Partners of Augusta is the largest private practice group of Board Certified Pediatricians and Board Certified Pediatric Sub Specialists in the CSRA. Our goal is to partner with parents in helping their children to grow into healthy and happy young adults.

We have two office locations to better serve our patients, one in downtown Augusta and one in Evans.  Our Evans office also has our After Hours Clinic, which is open 365 days a year  for your convenience and is always staffed by one of our Board Certified Pediatricians.

Our Sub Specialists include Pediatric Allergy, Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Neurology, all of whom have on site diagnostic testing for your convenience.  Often we are able to schedule referrals to our specialists within 48 hours, and urgent referrals are seen that same day.

1303 d’Antignac Street • Suite 2600
Augusta, GA 30909

411 Town Park Blvd
Evans, GA 30809

5135 Wrightsboro Road
Grovetown, GA 30813


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