Thursday, March 25, 2004

'Confederate Americans' discriminated against
Editor: I am so sick of the big slavery lies. Every slave imported to the U.S.A. was brought here under the Stars and Stripes on Yankee ships. Slavery existed in the U.S.A. legally for 90 years, and only four years in the Confederate States of America, and one more year after the Confederacy was destroyed.

County officials have 'failed' to act responsibly
Editor: As a resident of Columbia County and Arrowhead subdivision, I saw the recent television newscast in reference to a house on Old Trail Road settling into oblivion, and I was very concerned.

Pre-K, kindergarten registration begins
Pre-kindergarten registration will begin Thursday in Columbia County and will be held through Friday, April 2.

Family members killed in house fire
Three people, including two children, died early Tuesday morning when their house in the King Villa neighborhood caught fire.

Special effects cant dampen the show
Actors of Greenbrier High School will be Singin' in the Rain this week - literally.

Competitors gain new friends, new confidence
Callie Sullivan let out a victorious "Yes!" after her ribbon-winning performance in the Special Olympics soccer dribble game.

Chorus will sing Messiah for Easter
The Columbia County Choral Society's performance this week kicks off a number of Easter services and programs around the county.

Columbia County Preschool Care Facilities
Here is a listing for Columbia County Preschool care facilities.

Parents cope with loss of son stationed in Kuwait
Thomas and Margaret Thigpen last saw their son, Army National Guard Master Sgt. Thomas Thigpen, last Thanksgiving when he was on leave from his post in Kuwait.

Countys jobless rate stays far below state, U.S. average
Despite slow job creation nationwide, Columbia County's unemployment rate is much lower than surrounding areas, which business owners say can make it difficult to staff a new operation.

Residents, developers debate how county should grow
Bob Cutting had simple advice for the county's Planning Commission last week as the board considered a move to reclassify the zoning rules at certain intersections.

School lunch menus
Here are school lunch menus for the remainder of the week.

Easter Events
The Columbia County Choral Society will present the Easter portion of Handels The Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Evans, Washington and Belair roads. Tickets are $8, or $6 for students and seniors. For information go to choralsociety.org, or call 650-8901.

Current events
The office of the clerk of Columbia County Superior Court will be closed April 9 in observance of Good Friday.

Green studies
Lucy the Leprechaun, portrayed by Jody Scott, celebrated Saint Patrick's Day in her third-grade classroom at Lewiston Elementary School. The class enjoys using themes, such as leprechauns, across the curriculum. Lucy the Leprechaun and the class made a math graph with Lucky Charms cereal, wrote about catching a leprechaun in a leprechaun trap and discussed the different traditions of Ireland for social studies. To end the day, the class had a science experiment with lime sherbet and green punch.

Gospel in Harlem
The New Jerusalem gospel group performs at A Day in the Park Gospel Sing, sponsored by the Southern Gospel Music Association, at Harlem Park on Saturday.

Pet of the week
Photo by Valerie Rowell This 8- to 10-week-old female shepherd mix puppy has three playful brothers. All four puppies are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call Roman Howerton at 541-4077 or visit www.co.columbia. ga.us and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies, such as today's Pets of the Week, and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in The Columbia News, March 24, 1966:

Community Calendar
The Rosemont Baptist Association will feature an Area Agency on Aging presentation by Wallace White at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Rosemont Multi-Purpose Building, 5463 Burks Mountain Road, Appling.

Get up and Go
The Executive Womens Golf Association will hold its annual kickoff and membership drive 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Creek Clubhouse. The guest speaker will be Trelle Kite, Augusta State University Lady Jags head golf coach. For reservations, call 510-3253.

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

Lets see some ID
Maria Carter, 8, of Augusta is fingerprinted by Columbia County Sheriff's Office Explorer Liz Spurgeon, 17, of Harlem. Children were being fingerprinted as part of the ID a Child program during the Public Safety Awareness day in the parking lot of the Peppermill restaurant in Evans.

True love and the remote control
Last month Jay and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. That's quite an accomplishment in this day and age, wouldn't you say?

It's time to spring forth
Though I'll always miss the lilacs, lady's slippers and shorter allergy season of my native New England, there's no place I'd rather greet the first day of spring than in the South. For, as author Henry Van Dyke observes, "The first day of spring is not always the same as the first spring day." With traces of snow still on the ground in the North, and the danger of frost lingering in the air, you have to come lower in the hemisphere to guarantee those two "first days" will arrive on the same date.

Farewell to hometown hero
What do you call a soldier in the theater of war who dies of a heart attack while playing touch football?

Sex could send teens to prison
All right, moms and dads: If you weren't paying attention when Chad Muns was arrested, you'd better wake up now. Your teens' sexual activities could send them to prison for a long time.

State remap still confused
We pretty much got sick and tired a couple of years ago of all the fighting over reapportionment of state legislative districts. There are few topics - other than, say, storm sewers or internal audits - more likely to put people to sleep.

Athlete Spotlight
Robin Jacobs is into heavy metal in more ways than one.

Bottom Line: Its time to revel in March Madness
Most of you know that I'm a huge basketball fan, so it should come as no surprise that the three-week stretch known as March Madness is my favorite time of the year.

Sports briefs
The American Singles Golf Association will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Red Lobster on Washington Road. For information, call 441-6741.

Knights vanquish Vikings in battle for region supremacy
Now there's another Lakeside High School soccer team that loves to hate the Evans Knights.

Countys 3-AAAA dominators renew soccer rivalry Thursday
March won't be going out like a lamb this Friday at the Brierpatch.

Preps golf team has wealth of talent
There's a reason why the Augusta Preparatory Day School golf team took three freshman to the state tournament last year, yet still came home with a championship.

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