Thursday, May 1, 2003

Lawyers aren't acting in taxpayers' best interest
A question for Barry Paschal: What part of A tax is a tax, regardless of the innocuous, euphemistic title applied to it by the city (make that the county) dont you understand? That quote came from the United States District Court judgment in the stormwater civil tax case. That was the reason that Judge Dudley Bowen said that the case doesnt belong in federal court.

School board's 'display of cowardice disgusting'
I spent several days this past week extremely frustrated after attending the Columbia County Board of Education meeting last Tuesday, April 22.

School rebounds from vandalism
THOMSON - Thomson Elementary School can start getting back to normal, and some locals are pitching in.

Septic system stinks
The odor coming from Patriots Park may not necessarily be sweat.

Grovetown fitness center takes shape
The Mitchell family wants to get Grovetown in shape.

Assistant named as Dearing principal
THOMSON - Linda Grisham's new career path only requires her to move a few offices down the hall.

Hobby keeps man bright-eyed, bushy-tailed
Clay and Priscilla Bence have spent years battling the bushy-tailed menaces in Springlakes. They've even had to repair part of the wooden exterior of their home because of squirrel damage.

Annual Little League fund-raiser scores big hit
The Martinez-Evans Little League held its annual Betsy Bingo fund-raiser last Saturday.

Hectic in Harlem
Harlem High School student Javier Nunez can add Harlem mayor to his resume.

Women's artistic hobby looks good on paper
Women on Paper's "New Expressions" exhibition will be through May 27 at Art on Broad Gallery, 1028 Broad St. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Art on Broad Gallery. For more information, call 722-1028.

Drama troupe sets stage for murder
Murder and comedy go hand in hand for Stage III Community Theater in their season finale, Murder at Rutherford House.

School revs up for car show
Hundreds turned out to show off their rides at the Big Dog Car Show last Saturday at Harlem High School.

Fun by the yard
Megan Pakreadooni, 12, of Martinez, looks at some of the toys at Wesley United Methodist Churchs yard sale Saturday.

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

Miss Lakeside
The Miss Lakeside High School Scholarship Pageant was March 15. Lindsay Schoellman, daughter of Cindy and Vern Keszler, was selected as Miss Lakeside 2003. Her future plans are to attend Georgia College and State University, and become a pediatric physical therapist.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Get up and go
The Columbia County Democratic Party will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 7 p.m in the auditorium of the Evans Government Center. For more information, please contact party chairman R. Terry Holley at 706-868-0959.<

Current events
The Women's Auxiliary annual flea market of the American Legion Post 192, Evans, has been postponed to Saturdaybecause of rain on the original April 26 date. The flea market will begin at 8 a.m. at the legion on Legion Road off Owens and Washington roads in Evans. For more information, call Miriam Stein at 863-7249.

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 35 years ago on Thursday, May 30, 1968.

Miss Evans pageant
Participants in the 2003 Miss Evans High School Pageant

Columbia county newsmaker
Tracy Lynn DeBolt, of Martinez, recently was accepted into Golden key International Honour Society and was honored at a ceremony on the College of Charleston campus. DeBolt is a 2000 Lakeside High School graduate and daughter of Roy and Teresa DeBolt.

Georgia survived two-party session
State Rep. Ben Harbin describes the just-completed session of the Georgia Legislature this way: It was 39 days of a one-mile fun walk, and on the last day we ran a marathon.

Ignore waiver, and it's 'yes'?
OK, so I beat up on four members of the Columbia County Board of Education the other day for not making a decision on whether to allow a restaurant to serve alcohol near Bel Air Elementary School.

Time to join Chamber team
In the few months since the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce incorporated, chamber officials have been planning to reach out to the community for new members who want to be a part of the initiative.

Measuring success
He was the best-natured of all my brothers, but he won no scholarships, earned no athletic awards, and was the only one in the family to leave school without a diploma.

Schools' tragedies become too familiar
By now most of you know that Travis Starr of Martinez died last week from head injuries he received when he was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck driven by one of his friends.

Nice guys finish first to win region soccer titles
Two seeds for the soccer success this year in Columbia County were sown in some blacktop behind Broad Street in downtown Augusta.

Sports briefs
Columbia County's Amanda McGraw and Melody Johnson helped lift the Georgia Perimeter College softball team to the regular-season championship in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Conference.

Riverside Middle posts perfect baseball season
There's only one thing to say about the 2003 Riverside Middle School baseball team - the Eagles are perfect.

Golfer handles pressure like pro
Hooters didn't make Will Rogers happy last week, but the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic served a purpose for the Greenbrier High School junior.

Athlete Spotlight: Michael Paul
When Michael Paul picked up a tennis racket at age 4, it was like extracting Excalibur from the stone.

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