Monday, December 3, 2001

Me gusta el idioma Espanol
Hola! Mi nombre es Ana y yo hablan Espanol. Hello! My name is Anna and I speak Spanish. I am a third grader at Stevens Creek Elementary.

Late Gov. Talmadge made lasting impression
Re Barry Paschals recent columns mentioning former Georgia Gov. Eugene Tal-madge and his son, Sen. Herman Talmadge:

Elementary school best for Spanish instruction
I enjoyed and agreed with most of Barry Paschals Nov. 25 column concerning our Spanish classes at Stevens Creek Elementary. Hopefully, we can nip this problem in the bud.

Setting a new standard
David Koth will one day be able to ride to Greenbrier High School, look up and see the flag he created..

County's economy quickens
In terms of economic development, the summer was slow and the month after Sept. 11 was even worse.

12 county teachers get honor
Nearly 4 percent of the state's teachers who earned the profession's highest credential this year - National Board Certification - were from Columbia County.

Study allows continued language instruction
Increasing the amount of time pupils study core subjects and standardizing the amount of time for physical education, art and music are the recommendations of Columbia County's Elementary Comprehensive Curriculum Review Committee.

Oxendine touts service, insurance stabilization
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine was in Columbia County on Tuesday to campaign for a third consecutive term.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 39 years ago, Dec. 6, 1962

Columbia newsmakers
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa L. Phiniezy, daughter of Christeene Phiniezy of Augusta and John H. Starks of Martinez, recently was promoted to her current rank while serving at Naval Station, Mayport, Fla.

Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.

Property transfers
Dunstan, Inc. to Jo Ann Satterfield, 303 Laurel Place, Martinez,$65,903

Get up and go
A meeting to discuss a reapportionment mapping of the legislative districts and how they will affect the area will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Sheraton Hotel in Augusta.

Current events
Martinez Elementary School is holding a new toy drive Dec. 3-7 to benefit The Columbia County Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving our county's children in need. New toys will be collected during this week and cash donations are welcomed and will be used to purchase gifts for the Foundation. For more information, call the school at 863-8308.

Putting out the welcome mat
Wow. So many people coming to visit, and we didnt even remember to do our hair.

West Lake, Belair rezonings ahead?
There are few issues that draw public interest like rezonings. Thus, the meeting of the Columbia County Planning and Zoning Board on Thursday should be a humdinger, with nine proposed zoning changes or amendments headed for that evenings agenda.

Faiths are different, too
Recently, in the space of just one day, I spent the morning at my (Christian) church, visited the Islamic Society of Augusta in the afternoon to hear a presentation on Islam, and that night attended the Fort Gordon Dinner Theaters performance of the World War II-era Jewish play, Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Sports briefs
Greater Augusta Swimming members Tom Northcutt and George Patton combined to set 11 state records in Georgia Masters Swimming during the 19th annual Electric City Invitational, which was held recently in Anderson S.C.

AC gets physical in opener
Last February, when the Augusta Christian Schools boys' varsity basketball team won the Region 4-AAA title, AC coach Mike Gold climbed a ladder and began to cut down another net.

Boys' hoops season promises plenty of action
The high school basketball season is under way, and there already have been some exciting contests on Columbia County courts.

Team attributes game to Jenna
The Augusta Christian Schools girls' varsity basketball team was in trouble late in Tuesday night's season-opener at the Lions Den.

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