Thursday, April 24, 2003

Mini Theatre 'vital' part of city, not 'questionable'
Barry Paschals Feb. 9 column, Healthy diet from Atlanta, is a very unfair portrayal of the Augusta Mini Theatre. He owes the theater and the Augusta community an apology. As the citizens of this community are working together to serve and promote the good of our city, it is very unfortunate that he would address the news in such a negative and divisive manner. ... It appears the only thing he has against the Augusta Mini Theatre is that former Sen. Charles Walker saw the good that it was doing for the youths and senior citizens.

Volunteers wanted to clean streams
Several Columbia Countians came forward to rid the roads of litter by adopting a highway. Now, John Graham wants to focus people's attention on the county's liquid assets.

Car show will roll into Harlem
Cars and motorcycles of all makes and models will compete at Harlem High School on Saturday during the Big Dog Car Show.

County names development director
The man at the helm of Columbia County's economic development ship has already got the thumbs-up from his crew.

Hip-hop gospel tour is all work, all 'Play'
Rap artist Christopher "Play" Martin found himself in front of a crowd again Saturday.

Girl saves grandmother
Zelma Broadwater and her 9-year-old granddaughter Lynsie Grogan were going to sit on the porch by the fire, sip hot chocolate and watch it rain April 9.

Groups cook up fun for children's charity
Venison, pork, catfish and plenty of wild game were on the menu of the 14th Annual Cookin' for Kids event Saturday at the Columbia County Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

Firefighters hold hot fund-raiser
Barbecue and yard sales helped raise money for the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department Saturday.

Grovetown to showcase its history
Grovetown has quite a history.

Church remembers Vietnam soldiers
Grovetown United Methodist Church annually celebrates Heritage Sunday, a day of looking back at phases of church history - including what was happening in the church, Grovetown, the world and Methodism.

Barking law needs teeth, officials say
All it takes is one bark.

Longtime volunteer takes helm at Red Cross chapter
It may be a new job for Birnie Florie, but he's not in an unfamiliar place.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Message from the Gulf
Capt. Bobby Christine, an engineer officer and judge advocate general for the 265th Engineer Group of the Georgia Army National Guard, shows off his penmanship on a bomb later dropped during the war in Iraq. Christine, an Evans resident who serves as Columbia County's assistant district attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, was called to active duty in Iraq just four weeks after the birth of his son.

Black history honors
Fifth-grade pupils at Stevens Creek Elementary School participated in a Black History Month Contest in February. Pupils could enter the contest by submitting an essay, poem or visual-art piece on a black American who they thought made the greatest contribution to American life in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Current events
The Harlem Relay for Life team Super 10 is holding a raffle for a variety of items including a Club Car Ping golf bag, $99 Busby's Heating and Air gift certificate, autographed Lynx hockey stick, a quilt, collector dolls and assorted restaurant gift certificates. Winners will be announced at the relay Friday.

Time capsule
Mrs. Fred Hawkridge called a meeting of the Mothers Club at her home Monday to discuss how the club will spend money raised at the Variety Show. Those present decided the money will go to purchase playground equipment for the Grovetown School, under the direction of Otis Johns.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Senior Center at Euchee Creek will conduct swing dance classes during April. Class will be every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. The class will be at the Columbia County Senior Center at Euchee Creek. For more information, call Paul at 650-2396.

Bel Air Elementary honor roll
Third Nine Weeks Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll

Something to sing about
The Blue Ridge Elementary Chorus recently sang at the Capitol in Atlanta. Seventy-five fourth- and fifth-grade pupils were in the chorus.

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

Tanner's toon
Bill Tanner's cartoon for Wednesday, April 23.

Some good news from county's kids
With all the sorrow Columbia Countys school kids have had to endure this year, its important to point out a few of the bright spots.

Playing ball with lawyers
Spring is the time for baseball season. But in Columbia County, it also must be the season for hibernating courts to thaw out and reach some decisions.

Reaching milestones
Oh tell me, who invented you? Surely, nowhere but in a nimble nation could you have been born . Once you count the milestones, you may count on till a speckled haze dances before your eyes.

Hoops star needs help to make Australian tournament
During her basketball career at Lakeside High School, La'Toya Coard scored more than 1,000 points, but in order to reach that milestone, she needed some assists along the way.

Athlete Spotlight: Seth Newsome
As a baseball coach, it's Ricky Beale's job to study players and assess their potential on the diamond.

Shotput standout commits to college
Taylar Stallings admits she didn't know anything about the University of South Florida. Coaches at the Division I college knew about her, though.

Evans, Greenbrier win region soccer titles
The Evans High School boys soccer team set a lofty goal for the 2003 season - to storm through Region 7-AAAAA without a loss.

Softball team grabs third-place
The Dominators softball team placed third in the recent Slappin N Draggin Tournament in Milledgeville, Ga.

Cheerleader wins award
Holly Gindlesperger, a senior at Evans High School, recently won the varsity individual division of the U.S. Spirit National Cheerleading competition in Orlando, Fla. She is a member of the All Star Panthers cheerleading squad in Rosewell, Ga.

Fastpitch softball is a hit with Columbia County athletes
Bottom Line: Column/commentary by Ashley Brown - Fastpitch a hit in Columbia County.

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