Wednesday, April 3, 2002

If school system pays stormwater fee, taxpayers hit twice for same service
Levying the stormwater fees on some of the county residents was an unfair tactic superimposed on a betrayal of the citizenry by former commissioners.

Under the guise of 'equity,' school board sets enrichment limits
Wow. Even after all the evidence was given in support of enrichment courses (and none given against it) the Columbia County Board of Education still decided it would enhance our childrens education by limiting all enrichment to what they guess might be the best times.

Honored food services leader hails from Harlem
ATHENS, Ga. - J. Michael Floyd, department head of Food Services at the University of Georgia, has one more helping to add to an already full plate.

Storm causes damage
A brief hail storm Sunday afternoon damaged auto paint jobs and roofs but seemed to spare shrubs.

System will alert residents to emergencies
Columbia County is preparing a telephone system to warn residents and businesses of dangerous situations in their neighborhoods.

Oaks being given to new members
Ten free oak trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during the month of April. The free oaks are part of the non-profit foundation's Trees for America campaign, and are being given in recognition of the oak's selection as the People's Choice for America's National Tree.

County, cities continue to debate sales tax
Columbia County, Harlem and Grovetown officials have called the negotiations a game of chicken.

Crime zones
Here's a list of crimes compiled from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The offenses included are:

Columbia County newsmakers
Mrs. Schwartzman's first grade class at Stevens Creek Elementary School won first place in a contest supporting the school's foreign language and PE programs. The pupils won an ice cream party.

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

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 48 years ago on Thursday, April 1, 1954.

Kids' books full of errors?
Philosophers call it our "starting point," and Freud would say it has to do with whats lurking in the subconscious. Then again, perhaps the impressions we form depend only on our own experience. But whatever the reason for differences of opinion on just about anything that could be called a subject, I still wonder why so much thats obvious to me is met with laughter or disbelief by those who see things another way.

Hope still alive for school changes
The debate over Columbia Countys elementary school curriculum revisions ended with a whimper rather than a bang last week, when the Board of Education anticlimactically approved changes to the structure of the school day.

Expansion rewards community
Too often, economic development recruiters focus their efforts on bringing new industries into a community and tend to overlook existing companies. New indu

Can Lee run? Race in doubt
The past week has been a political roller coaster for Lee Anderson.

Effort to help 'isolated' Evans fizzles
It is disappointing that state lawmakers apparently are unable this session to save Evans High School athletes from a grueling travel schedule - one that the lawmakers themselves had a hand in creating.

Take your best shot
Throwing an 8 pound, 13 ounce metal ball is serious business, but for Columbia County's top three prep shot putters, competition isn't all work and no play.

Invitional showcases track and field athletes
The Evans Invitational track and field meet will be held Saturday at Blanchard Stadium, with running events set to begin at 10 a.m. For safety reasons, shot put competition takes place outside the stadium, near the football practice field.

Greene signs with Dodgers
It didn't take long for Todd Greene to find another place to play.

Sports briefs
Business owners and brothers Bruce and Greg Kernaghan took it upon themselves to host a golf tournament to benefit the local Easter Seals Center. The first-annual outing, which was held on March 26 at Goshen Plantation, raised $1,550 to help people with disabilities. The tournament was coordinated by Tommy Willis, and featured a Longest Drive Contest, which was won by Rudy Hammitt. The Closest to the Pin contest was won by Britt Smith.

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