Sunday, March 17, 2002

Spanish effort 'insult' to Hispanic community
I feel sorry for the Spanish-language experts who are helping you to improve the accuracy of your Spanish translations (Editors note, March 3). It seems that the experts need to go back to school to learn how to write in Spanish.

Confederate heritage group asks for monument
Columbia Countys Vision is to be a premier community in which to invest, live, work and raise a family. Its Values: pursuing new horizons while retaining time-honored traditions. Those who serve the county have made a Pledge: to serve as stewards of the publics assets, interests and trust.

Spanish content 'a great service for Augustans'
We Spanish professors at Augusta State Univerity are so happy to see the sections in Spanish in The Columbia County News-Times. One of my colleagues, Sara Griswold, has written a letter to the editor (March 3) noting there are many grammar and spelling errors.

Reading rewards
Ambitious readers at Martinez Elementary School were awarded for their efforts recently with a "Take the Lead and Read" party.

Martinez fire station may move to ball field
The new headquarters for the Martinez Fire Department could be a ball field on Desoto Road in Martinez.

Fire department mourns ex-chief's death
The Martinez Fire Department lost one of its long-time chiefs last week.

Hopping to help
Minutes before visiting the animals they worked hard to help, the children of West Haven asked a few questions.

Poverty numbers show two sides of county
A recently released report shows despite the economic boon, more children than ever are living in poverty.

Pupils get lesson in good health
On Friday, students at Greenbrier High School put on a health fair for their counterparts at Greenbrier Elementary School.

Property transfers
Larry R. Butler & Betty Jo. Butler to Jeffrey L. McBee, 102 Lenox Drive, $167,900

Current events
The Springlakes Community Association in conjunction with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Springlakes Clubhouse on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Various safety issues will be discussed. All Springlakes residents are encouraged to attend.

Get up and go
Tony Mills from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory will have intriguing creatures to observe and learn about at the Sierra Club's March meeting. The Sierra Club welcomes the public to participate March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on Walton Way. For more information, please call 863-2324 or visit www.georgia.sierraclub.org/srg/.

Columbia newsmakers
Michael Crawley, son of Johnny and Teresa Crawley, of Appling, will compete with 23 other men for the title of Mr. ABAC at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on March 14. He is a wildlife management/criminal justice major.

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

Columbia digest
A 72-acre subdivision in Grovetown got the final approval of the city council last week.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News-Times five years ago on Friday, Mar. 14, 1997.

Resumen en espanol
Un fraccioniamiento de 72 hectareas en Grovetown recibio oprobacion final del consejo de la cuidad la semana pasada.

The prelude to Easter
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross....

Atlanta mag hails 'queen'
State School Superintendent Linda Schren-ko, our own Columbia County resident who is in the running for governor of Georgia, was scheduled to ride in Augustas St. Patricks Day Parade Saturday.

Best tax deal is on the table
Even though county and city officials will continue to negotiate the distribution of money from the Local Option Sales Tax, the genteel talks are hitting some unexpectedly bumpy terrain.

Cavaliers up to par for invitational
With his stable of horses split into two sides, you can't blame Kevin Long for imagining a photo finish in the Augusta Preparatory Day School Invitational golf tournament, which tees off today at Midland Valley Country Club.

Coaches will see different season on the diamond
Different situations face first-year head baseball coaches Eric Lairsey (Augusta Christian Schools) and Tim Shafer (Augusta Preparatory Day School).

In the swing of things
The Greenbrier and Lakeside high school golf teams reversed roles during the 2001 season.

High School Sports Schedule
Today Golf: Augusta Preparatory Day School Invitational (at Midland Valley), noon.

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