Wednesday, December 31, 2003

County officials learn to tax from Augusta?
Editor: Are the clowns in Augusta rubbing off on the Columbia County bosses?Robert Donovan Martinez

Seemingly abandoned Martinez cars 'disgrace'
Editor: One of the prettiest streets in Columbia County - for Christmas lights - is Flintrock Way, which runs off of Flowing Wells Road (near Martinez Elementary School). Justen Wonderly Evans

Area Events
Charles Phillips, Columbia County Extension agent, will discuss vegetable gardening at the monthly Gardening at Lunch session from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Columbia County Government Complex Auditorium in Evans. For more information, call 868-3413.

Police will watch for drunken driving
Columbia County sheriff's deputies plan to be out looking for drunk drivers this evening and tomorrow as people celebrate New Year's Eve.

Board is better, says new chairman
In 2003, Ron Cross took the helm of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners as its first voter-elected chairman in more than two decades.

Season of giving keeps going even as holidays wind down
Kenneth Simpson of Appling popped the bed cover of his gray Chevy Silverado truck to reveal fat garbage bags filled with clothes.

Council plans PTA activities
The war on terrorism has touched the Richmond-Columbia County Council of PTA, leaving the executive committee with four vacancies because of military deployments.

County saw another year of growth
In 2003, Columbia County experienced new growth and some of the pains that go with it.

Pet of the week
This 2-year-old Akita was picked up as a stray and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information on animals available for adoption, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit www.co.columbia.ga.us and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's pet of the week, cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All the animals must be spayed or neutered.

Time capsule
As reported 66 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Dec. 30, 1937:

Current events
Because of a change in garbage contractors, Harlem residents will receive new garbage cans and recycling bins this week. The old cans will be picked up Friday. Beginning Jan. 7, recycling bins and garbage cans will be emptied each Wednesday. For more information, call 556-3448.

Property transfers
South Carolina Electric and Gas Company to Oren N. Trefz, 430 Stevens Creek Road, $2,000.

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

Newsmakers
Shameka Katonni Pollard of Evans graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and earned a Masters of Physical Therapy degree on Dec. 13. Katonni is the daughter of Robert and Doris Pollard of Evans.

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

Things aren't so bad
If it wasnt for the optimist, the pessimist would never know how happy he wasnt.

New year brings future and hope
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.

Past year will echo into 2004
The year gone by provided some interesting firsts: It was the first time in 25 years that ex-state Rep. Bill Jackson didnt hold public office, and it was the first time ever that County Commission Chairman Ron Cross did.

Happy stuff as year ends
Like most people, I probably did more than my share of complaining in 2003. So its only fair to list a few things in the waning year that I enjoyed:

Special Spotlight - Columbia County Athlete of the Year
One year ago today, Kevin Millward didn't know what was in store in 2003.

Bottom Line: Dandy dozen stand out at high schools in past 12 months
As 2003 comes to a close, I look back at some of the performances turned in by our Columbia County athletes and I'm in awe. Whether it was soccer, baseball, track and field, softball or tennis, Columbia County teams made noise throughout the state.

Schools look back on memorable 2003
Another year has passed in Columbia County, and though the athletic exploits of 2003 are history, the memories will remain.

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