Monday, December 29, 2003

Questions abound in 'rush' to fire tax, 'about face' on vote
I wonder how many citizens in Columbia County are as confused on this fire plan and the need for the special called meeting as I am.

Girl Scouts always need volunteers
Every other Monday evening, Katie Miller helps the 16 members of Girl Scout Troop 140.

Programs give Christmas trees new life
Christmas trees look great decked out in lights and ornaments, but after New Year's Day, the green bristles begin to turn brown. The tree that would be trash after the holiday season could be a fish's or gardener's treasure.

Jewish center is ready to grow
The Augusta Jewish Community Center will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year as an organized group, and the facility plans on expanding its presence in Columbia County.

Game warden's book recounts adventures
During 27 years as a Georgia game warden, Jim Hethcox often experienced the funny side of wildlife.

SADD makes Lakeside senior glad
David Sanders hopes his daughters grow up to be the kind of young ladies that Elizabeth Hyman has become.

State park schedules sweet demonstration
Fifteen years ago, Bill Tinley learned how to tap maple trees to make his own pancake syrup, and now he is passing the knowledge on to other people interested in the process.

Hand-painting porcelain is a passion for Evans woman
One of Faye Gray's painted porcelain works was featured in the November/December issue of The China Decorator magazine.

Soldier's unit helped nab Saddam
Sgt. Waylon L. Murphee helped give America the mother of all Christmas presents.

Car dealer continues charity mission
During the holiday season, it's easy to forget that there are many people in the area who weren't able to afford presents or have a turkey on the table this Christmas.

Two die in fire, wreck
Two deaths marred the start of Christmas Eve in Columbia County.

Appling Park will bear beloved coach's name
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners has approved renaming Appling Park for Lonnie O. Morris Sr., a longtime coach and recreation supporter in the county.

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

Grovetown gifts
Grovetown Jail Officer Robert Meek (from left), Public Safety Officer Brandon Thacker and Lt. Wayne Kent assemble a basketball net that will be delivered with other toys to families in need.

Get up and go
A preview for parents of students entering kindergarten next year at Stevens Creek Elementary will be 6-7 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, call Susan Hadden, 868-3705.

Columbia county newsmakers
Mary Jo Newkirk of Martinez is a degree candidate for a Masters in Education at the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus this fall.

DUIs
Adam Charles Vasquez, 28, of the 6000 block of Derry Court, Harlem, was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 3, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation.

Evans student wins beauty pageant
Shelly Clark, 17, a senior at Evans High School, competed against 147 girls in Atlanta to win the Miss Junior Georgia crown Nov. 29.

Divorces
John Patrick Daio Aiu Jr. and Sunshine Prescott Aiu, Dec. 18

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in The Columbia News, Dec. 30, 1970:

Property transfers
First National Bank of McGahee, Arkansas to Tarunendu Dwivedi and Prema Dwivedi, 436 Connemara Trail, $40,000.

Wise men significant
When I began writing this years series of Advent columns, I thought I knew the Christmas story: Mary and Joseph en route to Bethlehem for a government-ordered census; no room for them in the crowded city until a sympathetic innkeeper offered them his stable; Mary giving birth to her first child and laying him in an animals feeding trough; and angels bursting open the night sky, frightening, then beckoning shepherds to see the Savior, who is Christ, the Lord (Luke 2:11). Soon, also, came wise men from the East (Matthew 2:1), not only to visit the child, but to bring him valuable gifts.<

'Big Guy' is now bad guy
Unless you keep up with state politics, you may have missed an interesting juxtaposition recently: Within days of each other, the two opponents in the 1998 race for Georgia lieutenant governor made legal pleadings.

Back to the bag for gifts Santa forgot
Christmas is over, the wrapping paper hauled to the landfill and the first batteries in the toys are already dead. And once again, Santa missed a few spots on his local tour, so its time for The News-Times annual lists of gifts that should have come, but didnt.

Use your core to score
It has often been said that a proper putting stroke is made by using just your shoulders.

Rockies sign Evans slugger Greene
Former Evans High School baseball star Todd Greene will be in the big leagues again in 2004.

Sugar & Spice Soccer Classic
During the weekend of Nov. 21-23, the Under-11 Augusta Arsenal Lady Gunners participated in the 17th Annual Sugar & Spice Soccer Classic in Douglasville, Ga. The team played two games Saturday and two Sunday, including the championship. The Lady Gunners beat Spirit Blue of Kennesaw, Ga., 2-0 to win the tournaments Under-11 Athena Division.

Father-son matchup will be bittersweet for Harlem coach
There's something about this homecoming that tugs at his heartstrings, and for Kim Chambers, the sentimental journey is tied to basketball.

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