Wednesday, October 8, 2003

County should reject Kroger rezoning, 'protect neighborhoods'
It is time Columbia County homeowners sent a clear message to the Columbia County officials that we do not want huge commercial monstrosities near any of our neighborhoods. I am referring to the proposed 85,000- square-foot Kroger strip mall that is under consideration. The county intends to let it happen with a few flimsy suggested modifications.

Writer wrong; paper does 'excellent job' in Harlem, Grovetown
I am writing to take strong exception to Ron Roberts letter of Oct. 5. I have had the opportunity to see The News-Times in action both up close, as a former member of the Harlem City Council, and from away, as an out-of-state resident like Roberts, checking in to read about my hometown.

Thanks to everyone for '20 wonderful years' in county's schools
Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank the parents of Columbia County for allowing me to work with their sons and daughters for the past 20 years of my 35-year teaching career. In that time span, I saw the Evans High School band program grow from 21students to 310. I also saw the growth of Columbia County with the addition of two new high schools. We always took pride in the two new schools because we knew that they grew out of Evans High, the flagship of Columbia County schools.

Grovetown wins public-safety grants
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is reaping the benefits of grant applications.

More stores are coming to Evans
The circle of new stores around the Evans Super Wal-Mart is getting larger.

Shopping center faces opposition
Lon Purvis isn't upset about last week's rezoning delay about a proposed Kroger on Furys Ferry Road.

Budding artist is poster child for winning
Hannah Holland is very creative.

Crowds flock to Hardy party
It was another fine mess in Harlem Saturday as the city paid homage to its most famous native son.

Class helps adults ease into computing
Mary Glisson has owned a computer for less than a year and has tried unsuccessfully to e-mail distant family and friends.

Planners want festival to be a hot event
Members of the Rotary Club of Columbia County met a few times in the past two weeks firming up the final details of what they hope will be the biggest and best Fire Fest so far.

Pet of the Week
This female white terrier/poodle mix is 2 or 3 years old.

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

Blessed event
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, pastor of the Church of the Holy Comforter, comforts Lee Plant after blessing his three dogs during the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday in front of the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. About 75 people attended.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Get up and go
It's Spooky to be Hungry, the all-volunteer, neighborhood-based food drive benefiting Golden Harvest Food Bank, will be Oct. 25. Volunteers also will be part of the national Make a Difference Day. For more information, call 863-5863.

Glimpses of Harlem's 15th Annual Oliver Hardy Festival
Photos from the festval

Make telemarketers pay
My mother, it seemed, had made a lot of friends since her retirement. The extent of her new-found "friends" didnt become apparent until after Mom had passed away. I moved into her house in order to help prepare it for the impending sale and to sort out her affairs.

Get flu shot, improve test scores
Schools all over the country, not just in Columbia County, are working to come to grips with the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law that increases the importance of standardized tests.

Surprise race draws crowd
Qualifying ends to-day for the District 4 Columbia County Commission race. Two weeks ago no one thought wed have an election this year; then Mark Devoti quit and opened the scramble for his Commission seat. In spite of the lack of warning, when qualifying opened last week the field got crowded early and drew controversy quickly.

Following instructions
The utility truck in front of me wound its way slowly through the narrow, residential street. With its telescoping ladder protruding menacingly from the rear, I stayed a comfortable distance behind until we approached a traffic light and the truck came to a stop. I narrowed the gap between us, partly out of habit and partly to check out the sign under the rear cab window. My car must have been 20-25 feet from the tip of the ladder when I read the following: "Caution. Stay back 300 feet."

Pack, Knights win by a foot
It's simple to sum up the football fortunes of Columbia County's high-school squads last week.

Athlete runs away with record
Augusta Preparatory Day School's homecoming festivities showcased a slew of sports activities, but one athlete stole the show.

All teams will be tested in county football action Friday
Columbia County's high-school football teams are entering the second half of the 2003 season, and this week's matchups could set the tone for the stretch run.

Evans JROTC wins cup
Just like competitors in any high-school sport, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps athletes achieve success through effort and teamwork.

Pigskin Picks
Week 6 Winners

Athlete Spotlight: Sam Pitts, Chad Cooper, Freddrick Griffin and Daniel Whinghter
Augusta Christian Schools football coach Bruce Lane calls them unsung heroes, but Adam McKinney doesn't mind singing their praises.

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