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Marina operators pick a stinker name

Posted: March 20, 2013 - 12:20am

Roy Giles beat me to it.

When I saw Rob Pavey’s story about the new outfit that took over Little River Marina, I nearly gagged when I saw the name they’d chosen for the facility: “Thurmond Marina.”

Who’s advising Classic City Marinas of Athens, I wondered? Ricardo Azziz? They really aren’t from around here, are they?

Someone who is from around here is Roy Giles, a Lincoln County resident I’ve known for quite a few years. He penned a letter to the editor on the topic that The Chronicle printed this past weekend, and it captured my sentiments perfectly. He pointed out that locals just aren’t fans of the renaming of our lake.

It’s been Clarks Hill Lake since it was dammed up more than 50 years ago, and the Georgia state Legislature agreed when it passed a resolution requiring all official Georgia references to call the lake Clarks Hill after the feds tried to shove the Lake Thurmond name down our throats.

For us, it’s still Clarks Hill. For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it’s Lake Thurmond – but that’s because they’re a federal agency.

Congress might have decreed that they want the lake named after a maid-impregnating segregationist. But we don’t have to agree to use the name, any more than we have to call Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia “GRU.”

Classic City Marinas hasn’t so much as turned a shovel-full of dirt on their project to replace Little River Marina, which now has been closed for nearly a year. Before they settle on a name that automatically alienates a bunch of the locals, someone needs to give them a clue.

Name it whatever you want, fellas. Just not “Thurmond.”

Quizzing Barrow

Speaking of feds, 12th District U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s folks have called me to set up a meeting during their upcoming recess.

I’m looking forward to it. He’s a Democrat whose district covers most of Columbia County, which makes him only slightly less popular than the name “Lake Thurmond.”

I asked on Facebook for questions friends would like to hear Barrow answer, and naturally I received only serious, thoughtful replies. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.)

What would you like to hear from Barrow? Whether you voted for him or not – and most of you didn’t, as I’m sure he’s aware – if you live in the 12th District he’s your congressman for at least the next 21 or so months. A lot can happen in that time, so it might not hurt to hear where he’s planning to take the district.

So, if you have a question you’d like me to ask, or a topic you want to hear explored, send me a note. I’ll see what we can fit in.

Please try to be serious. I’m not going to ask him, “Why won’t you resign?” Facebook is so helpful.

(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimes, or call 706-868-1222, ext. 106. Follow at

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Little Lamb


I would like to ask him if he would take the initiative to create a caucus of Democrat Party representatives to call for reform of the EPA — to reduce its reach and examine its regulations to balance cost of compliance versus benefits. The first place to start would be a rollback of the carbon dioxide regulations. The EPA declared carbon dioxide a "pollutant" early in the Obama administration, and the upcoming carbon tax they have planned will become a tsunami to our economy.

Sweet son

Well Barry I often don't agree with some of your opinions but...

this time I do. You are right that naming Tommy Shaw's fish camp Thurmond Marina is just like a slap in the face to us who love "our" lake and hate the fact that the feds chose to rename it! I can tell that you are in the same camp with a lot of us who will never call landmarks by their new names. IE: ASU/Augusta College, MCG and Clarks Hill Lake. Many of us older CSRA residents will always use the original names in spite of the Federal Government/Strom Thurmond, Dr. Azziz/one of the most despised men in Augusta and Classic City Marinas.

Lamya Dalton

They chose a name that will

They chose a name that will stick, that's for sure, still there are many people are using boats as their main recreational activity. This is a very expensive hobby and the money invested should be in quality products such as fiberglass boat repair. You need to understand that technologies are changing really fast and you need to stay in touch with them.

Lamya Dalton

Everyone knows that the

Everyone knows that the Marine is using some of the best technology in the field, that's why picking a name should be a piece of cake. Imagine that they are using some of these boat lifts , this pretty much sums up everything. After all, everything that matters is the quality and sustainability of their devices, the name isn't so important for them. Maybe it is for the rest of us, giving the fact that “Thurmond Marina” would make anyone gag.


I would be glad, if someone

I would be glad, if someone could actually explain me what exactly is being discussed here in few and understandable words. I seriously am not getting any idea about the stuff that is being discussed with great importance here.

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Paul Ricca

If the local residents aren't

If the local residents aren't happy about this name change then perhaps they should reconsider their decision now. However, the residents should come together and organize fun activities on the river. They could also have a shop here where they could offer boating accessories and discount marine parts.


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