Sunday, May 11, 2003

Discovery of baseball games 'a beautiful sight' in Grovetown
A couple of weeks ago, sometime after that nasty week of cold and windy weather, I was headed back toward Grovetown on a sunny and warm late afternoon. As I started down the hill near the baseball fields, I first noticed that the lights were on and then saw one of the most beautiful sights a person could see on a spring day in America: Three of the four ball fields were fully occupied with games, with each of the bleacher sections occupied with fans.

'Cover-up' of sexual misconduct at Greenbrier 'isn't over'
Having a daughter at Greenbrier High, I am appalled at the action - or in this case, non-action - to take care of this cover-up concerning the recent rash of sexual misconduct at the high school.

School's criminal justice program grows
THOMSON - When Evan Flynn saw that only three people had showed up for Augusta Tech's inaugural Criminal Justice class in Thomson, he wasn't sure what to make of it.

A love so big
Carla Hicks' dream may come true as a Mother's Day treat - the thought of walking out the front doors of the Medical College of Georgia Hospital with her son, Elijah Hicks-Lewis, in her arms.

Doctor stresses care and caring
THOMSON - If there's one thing that can be said about Dr. Kelli Carter, it's that she cares.

Teacher wins Wal-Mart honor
Not everyone can wear the coveted Wal-Mart blue vest.

County prepares patriotic festivities
Planning committee members of Columbia County's third annual Red, White and Blue Veterans' Celebration Memorial Day event have almost completed plans for the biggest and best celebration yet.

Study recommends fire tax
An updated fire study could mean the end to private fire subscription fees and the beginning of a county-collected fire tax.

Firefighters learn ropes on new equipment
Firefighters carefully climbed a steep drop-off behind the Evans Wal-Mart in the dirt and high humidity to safely bring up an "injured victim" - all in the name of training.

For fans in Thomson, the blues are all right
THOMSON - There's nothing like the blues.

Harlem newcomers get sweet surprise
In all homes, the kitchen is it's heart.

County examines project to plot future
Columbia County Commissioners were offered first glance at a report detailing the future of Metro Augusta at a commission meeting last Tuesday.

Firm selected to repave roads
THOMSON - Some McDuffie County roads are set to receive a new look sometime during the next few months.

Get up and go
Augusta Harley Davidson will play host to the first annual Charity Run for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta on Saturday, May 31. The first bikes will leave at 9 a.m. and the last at 11 a.m. for a five-stop "observation poker" format ride.

Top entries in the draw you mom contest
Julie Wilkins sits with her daughter Katie, 7, who won The Columbia County News-Times Draw Your Mom coloring contest.

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

Current events
Columbia Middle School is holding an election of two parent representatives for the school council at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the school's media center<

Time capsule
As reported in The Columbia News 73 years ago on Thursday, May 15, 1930.

Columbia County newsmakers
Army Pfc. Lewis B. Crosby has deployed overseas to a forward operating location to support the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom.

'Real' moms and their stand-ins
From an infants barely coherent Ma-ma to the main circuit board in a computer, few words have been put to greater use than mother.

Bar setback may only be temporary
It took fits and starts and stalls and public outcry, but members of the Columbia County Board of Education last week voted unanimously to reject a request to allow alcohol to be served close to a school.

Mother's love shapes us all
From the day my oldest brother was born, until the day she passed away, my mother never had a complete meal. While the rest of the family enjoyed dinner, she seemed to think it was her God-given duty to flit in and out, carrying a pan of this and a bowl of that, and replenish each of our plates. And, sadly, we accepted her service with fervor. The idea of mom actually sitting down to eat a complete meal was an alien concept.

Sports briefs
The 38th annual Sertoma/North Augusta Country Club Junior Invitational Golf Tournament will be played June 23-26 at North Augusta CC. The 54-hole medal play event is limited to the first 100 entries ages 13-18 who qualify. The entry fee is $40, which includes a practice round and banquet. For registration or more information, call (803) 279-0704.

Giants draftees test their mettle at Manatee
Last spring, Greenbrier High School seniors Philip Tapley and Robert Davis were considered potential Major League baseball draft picks, but prior to the Amateur Draft in June, each signed to play at Manatee Community College, a junior college power based in Bradenton, Fla.

Greenbrier's 6-0 victory puts Pack on the playoff path
There was no long celebration - just a few smiles, some high-fives and an occasional woo-hoo.

Soccer playoffs keep rolling
The season ended for three Columbia County high school soccer teams last week, but five other county prep squads surged into the second round of the Georgia High School Association state soccer playoffs.

New Evans coach lights fire under Knights
For the Evans High School football team, spring practice provided a perfect opportunity to impress new head coach Marty Jackson.

Panthers persevere to make tourney
In the wake of tragedy, the Lakeside boys Golf team found the way to region success.

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