Sunday, January 25, 2004

Take side against 'racist relics' of Georgia
It is interesting that Publisher Barry Paschal now takes a more moderate approach to the issue of our state flag. While I agree, I think it irresponsible that you choose to not take sides.

'Flaggers' also tired, but will continue fight over Georgia banner
How can I (a Georgia 'flagger') not respond to News-Times Publisher Barry L. Paschal's Jan. 14 column? Now, I, too, know what it feels like to be 'verbally abused.'

Keep 'feeling of happiness' alive with year-long spirit of giving
Wasn't the feeling of happiness during Christmas great? We can keep that feeling all year long by giving. How?

Residents seeking to protect neighborhoods can join CHANGE
This is an invitation to all homeowners and neighborhood associations to join the e-mail group of the Coalition of Homeowners And Neighborhoods interested in Columbia County's Growth and our neighborhood Environ-ments (CHANGE).

City plans bigger heritage festival
Organizers of Grovetown's inaugural Heritage Festival last May were amazed by its success and have plans for a bigger and better one this year.

Friends, family mourn teen killed in car crash
The death of Sarah Christen Renfro on Tuesday marks the continuation of a disturbing trend from 2003.

Finalists picked in logo contest
And then there were three. Two months after opening the quest for a new county logo to the public, Columbia County officials have culled their top picks down to the finalists.

Wind ensemble sets performances
The public will have the opportunity to hear the Savannah River Winds ensemble as they prepare to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Annual Convention in Savannah and District 10 Honor Band Clinic.

Sophomore makes most of post
If there is a 15-year-old who knows what it means to be conscientious, dedicated and willing to travel frequently, it would have to be Jackie Cadle of Martinez.

Fans party Hardy to mark famed comedian's birthday
A small contingent of Oliver Hardy fans turned out Tuesday night to celebrate the revered slapstick comedian's birthday at a Harlem museum named in his honor.

Events mark lake's anniversary
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Thurmond Lake turns 50 this year, and tourism officials from the seven counties along its shoreline hope to join the Army Corps of Engineers with a series of birthday celebrations.

Greenbrier Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at Greenbrier Elementary School:

Divorces
Althea Dixon and Elwood Dixon, Jan. 9.

Martinez Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks honor roll at Martinez Elementary School:

DUIs
Christine McGahee Reece, 52, 700 block Columbia Road, Grovetown, was charged with driving under the influence on July 18, 2003, and was fined $700.

Farm Bureau honors
Lee Anderson, president of the Columbia County Farm Bureau, and Mary Cain, office manager at the 65th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention at Jekyll Island, Ga., were presented with a county achievement award for accomplishments in the areas of Legislative Affairs, Commodities, Women, Information and Public Relations, Member Services, County Board and Membership Responsibility.

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

Lakeside High honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at Lakeside High School:

Stevens Creek Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at Stevens Creek Elementary School:

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Merchants Association meets
Beleda Powell (from left), MIke Zapata and Butch Powell were some of the Columbia County Merchants Assocation members who met Monday night at the Peppermill restaurant. At their annual installation meeting, Zapata became the club's 2004 president and George Sleister and Powell joined the board of directors.

Property transfers
Jeffrey D. Story and Kellie D. Story to Thomas L. Story Jr., 889 Carlene Drive, $34,000.

North Columbia Elementary honor roll
The following pupils have been named to the second nine weeks A honor roll at North Columbia Elementary School:

Time capsule
As reported 31 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Jan. 24, 1973:

Columbia County newsmakers
Alison Nicol Leonard of Grovetown has been awarded President's List honors for fall semester 2003 from North Georgia College and State University.

News Times cartoonist gives art lessons
South Columbia Elementary School third-graders Morgan Moates (from left) Zachary Duncan and Jarrett Grizzaffi draw cartoons as Columbia County News-Times political cartoonist Skeet Chambers gives instructions.

Get up and go
A planning meeting for the Grovetown Heritage Festival will be at 3 p.m. today at the Grovetown Museum. All interested in organizing the festival are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 863-4576.

Time to talk; what to say?
Bravo for Regina Buccafusco. Columbia County's District 1 School Board trustee, once the most outspoken member of the board before the election of Lee Muns, has won a free-speech quest on behalf of the public.

Save the Evans arch and pillars
When the original Evans High School building burned down nearly 50 years ago, its replacement was made of brick and mortar. The only surviving relic of the original structure is a series of stone pillars and arches, built with the same rock as the Teacher's Cottage across the street.

Lessons from the sea
Few books have meant more to me than Anne Morrow Lindbergh's "Gift From the Sea." Her "seaside meditations" remind me of my own discoveries, whenever I have the privilege of spending time near the sea, where I am today.

Prep's Lady Cavaliers keep taming AC's Lions
Kevin Furtado still can't quite figure it out.

Victorious Columbia County cheer squads keep things competitive
Lakeside High School coach Christa Burch has athletes who have had teeth knocked out, and another who has suffered a broken nose - three different times.

High school sports schedule
Basketball: Augusta Christian at John Milledge Academy, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Statesboro at Greenbrier, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Augusta Prep at George Walton Academy, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.; Burke County at Lakeside, 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m.

USC-Aiken draw on local talent
The 2004 USC-Aiken baseball team features a who's who of former Columbia County high-school stars.

Winter crop of volleyball players blossoms in fall
These seeds of success are sown in winter, sprout through the spring, and reap further rewards in the fall.

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