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'Stewardship' lacking as commissioners boost development
Editor: There are too many compromises the commissioners are making with the county codes (re Barry Paschal's Feb. 29 column, "Bending the rules now a trend?").

County officials should 'do the right thing' in storm-pipe case
Editor: Having been a loyal 6 p.m. news watcher for almost 30 years, my favorite news channel seemed to be repeating the same story that had been reported approximately three years earlier. The TV camera focused on a home in the Arrowhead subdivision, where the homeowner had extensive house settling problems caused by a 42-inch storm water pipe that had rusted out. The storm drain was not even within the easement allotted for such purposes. It was located on private property. I believe the story involved a plot that legally should have never been approved for a building permit, but nonetheless the home was built over a county storm water system.

In remembrance
Greenbrier Elementary School fifth-graders Katie Balliew (from left), Summer Keepers and Erica Daudelin comfort each other during a memorial ceremony Friday for Gena Marshall, who died March 23 in a fire with her sister, Greenbrier Middle School seventh-grader Monique Marshall, and their stepfather, Wayne Bussey. Funerals for the three were Monday. The girls' mother, Sharon Bussey, remains hospitalized at Doctors Hospital; their stepbrother, 5-year-old Samtavius Bussey, a Greenbrier Elementary kindergartner, was released from the hospital the day after the fire.

Heart defibrillators find way into schools
Violently rolling her shoulders and flaying her arms, Nan Keipper instructs the more than 30 health professionals and school officials Tuesday to follow her lead in a classroom of Doctors Hospital.

Church puts on Passion play
Long before Mel Gibson packed theaters with his depiction of Jesus' last hours, members of Abilene Baptist Church performed biennial Passion plays.

Evans section of Owens is poised to boom
Between a driving range and a convenience store, Owens Road currently is dotted with quaint homes, subdivisions, an occasional wooded area and a horse stable.

Program helps children stay safe from firearms
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is taking the initiative on gun safety and storage by participating in the National Shooting Sport Foundation's Project ChildSafe.

Program helps babies with special needs
Infants and toddlers enrolled in an early intervention program might be taking baby steps, but they are making giant strides toward a brighter future.

Many residents want to maintain quiet atmosphere
While developers and restaurateurs are excited at the possibilities provided by Owens Road, some residents of the road are less than enthusiastic.

Hope Soap charity helps many get a clean start
Big changes start small, as Evelyn Browne has discovered over the years. So it's only fitting that the latest project for Browne involves collecting small packages that make a tremendous difference in the lives of recipients.

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

Easter events
The Family Y Easter Egg-stravaganza will be 10 and 11:15 a.m. through Friday at Camp Lakeside on Lake Thurmond, for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. For information, call 359-2153.

Police blotter
Two people were charged in a Thursday afternoon accident in Evans, though no one received life-threatening injuries.

Time capsule
As reported 36 years ago in The Columbia News, March 28, 1968:

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

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

Road-paving dedication
County and Grovetown city officials met at the entrance to Old Berzelia Road March 22 to break ground for a road-paving project already awarded to Robertson Grading. Present were City Councilman Anthony Arnold (from left), County Construction and Maintenance Director Kevin Lear, County Commissioner Lee Anderson, Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau and Project Manager Ronnie Hutto. The project is expected to take about one year to complete and cost $365,000. Trudeau said he had waited a long time to see this road paved, and he was delighted to see it finally underway. Anderson also expressed his satisfaction that county local sales tax funds could be used to provide a paved road for residents to use. He said the paving also would save the county funds by eliminating the need for continuous dirt-road maintenance by county crews.

Pets of the week
This playful male Pekingese mix (left) and sweet Manchester terrier mix are both 3- to 4-years-old and 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.

Area events
The Martinez-Evans Little Leagues Betsy Bingo will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17 at Kelley Field on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez. The event includes games, food, prizes, a home-run derby, raffles and an auction with guest auctioneer state Rep. Ben Harbin. All proceeds support the Little League.

Counseling for counselors
Steve Inman (left) and Alex Box recently visited the MCG Allied Health Programs in an effort to expose Columbia Countys high-school counselors to business and industry opportunities in the CSRA. Counselors have also visited Proctor and Gamble and the Columbia County Government Complex.

Community calendar
Martinez Bible Chapel, 643 Furys Ferry Road, will hold a Masters Week day camp 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 5-9 for ages 6-12. The camp will include Bible lessons, crafts, games and prizes. For information, call 278-1084.

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

Get up and Go
Today is the reservation deadline for those who would like to attend the Christian Ladies Fellowship of First Baptist Church of Evans dinner 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Tickets cost $7. For information, call 855-9252.

Current events
The Evans High School JROTC Knight Batalion will hold its annual spring parade 11 a.m. today at Evans High School's Blanchard Stadium. The public is invited, with a special invitation to all military veterans. The reviewing officer will be 1st Lt. Daniel Rivette, a 1997 graduate of Evans High School who recently returned from service in Iraq.

Typewriters were king
For all his accomplishments, the secessionist governor of South Carolina, James Henry Hammond, is remembered most for his pre-Civil War speech when he declared: "Cotton is King, and no one would dare wage war on cotton!" Though history proved the man and his passion wrong, no one could doubt that, at the time, Hammond, and much of the South, believed what he said.

Act on foreign language
Albert Einstein once mused that, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." That lesson holds great value when applied to handling and reacting to public wants and desires - especially where education and money are concerned.

Kind words due for good deeds
Spring is here and our annual tournament guests will soon arrive. It's a good time to dust off the "attaboys" and hand out a few handshakes for recent accomplishments.

Party faithful hope for votes
Deborah McCord, the 9th District chairman for the Georgia Republican Party and a long-time GOP activist, told party faithful at a Saturday breakfast about the need to get lots and lots of voters to the polls this fall.

State parks tournament invites parents, children to go fishing
A Mistletoe State Park-sponsored parent-child fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday doesn't necessarily mean a middle-aged father and his preteen son.

Bottom Line: Former Lakeside player is no longer with Georgia Tech football program
Bottom Line: Column by Ashley Brown - Johnson no longer with the Jackets.

Athlete Spotlight
When it comes to playing sports, Greenbrier High School sophomore Kurt Lawton espouses a simple philosophy.

Sports briefs
First Tee of Augusta will play host to the Drive, Chip and Putt Junior Challenge 1 p.m. Saturday at First Tee, 3165 Damascus Road, Augusta. Registration is open to the first 250 competitors, ages 7-14. For information, call 364-4653.

Soccer clashes end in odd playoff picture
With the Region 3-AAAA soccer championships up for grabs Friday at the Brierpatch, the Lakeside High School girls took hold of their destiny, while the Greenbrier Wolfpack threw a wrench in the works.

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