As reported in The Columbia News-Times 14 years ago on Wednesday, February 1, 1989.
Officials seek fourth fire station
Because the Martinez-Evans area is the fastest growing segment of Columbia County and is predicting to continue growing for the next several years, the Martinez-Evans Fire District desperately needs a fourth station.
"Yesterday would have been fine," said Chief Gene Davis of the fourth station's construction. "The need for one is already here, but maybe we can hold off for a little while longer, at least until we can find some suitable land."
Money is also an issue since the construction is estimated at $1 million, Chief Davis said. Officials have a plan to raise some of the money needed to purchase a 2-acre land tract, construction and a new engine. The plan involves a slight raise in subscriber rates.
The increase will only be 15-cents more than subscribers currently pay, Chief Davis said. The present rate is $1.10 per thousand dollars of the fair market value of the property owned by persons in the Martinez-Evans Fire District. The new rate will be $1.25 per thousand.
County science teacher named state finalist
Denise James, a fifth-grade teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School, has been elected as District Nine Elementary Science Teacher for Georgia. James has also been elected as a finalist for the Georgia Science Teacher of the Year.
James will attend a conference in Atlanta on Feb. 2-4, where she will be recognized as the district winner. As district winner, James was awarded $50 from the Georgia Science Teacher Association. The Georgia Science Teacher of the Year will also be announced at the conference.
Lakeside students attend UGA music festival
Several students from Lakeside High School were recently invited to participate in the University of Georgia High School Music Festival at the UGA campus Jan. 19-22.
Patrick Pridemore was the only Lakeside student chosen to perform in the Honor Band. He placed first chair French horn in the band.
The following students were placed in one of the three clinic bands at the festival: Paul Strauss, Angie Van Horn and Kellye Kennedy, flute; Missy Coggins, bass clarinet; Suzanne Stewart, clarinet; and Jason Martin, percussion; and Catie McClure, violin, was chosen to perform with the 50-piece festival orchestra.
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