Monday, April 5, 2004

Society at fault in teens' obsession with sex
Editor: Re the March 24 News-Times editorial, "Sex could send teens to prison": These boys and girls engaged in unwise and risky behavior. They may also have caused great trauma to their respective parents. If the law says they engaged in criminal behavior, then the law is wrong and should be changed immediately.

Who raised family while Brush was working?
Editor: Replying to recent letter, "Local senator 'diligent, studious, hardworking,'" it's a shame that Sen. Joey Brush didn't put his "diligent, studious, hardworking" skills into keeping his family together. If anyone knows the Brushes you would understand. While he is so "diligent, studious and hardworking" to his job, who was "diligent, studious and hardworking" to raising their four children?

Help needed in identifying graves at Mt. Tabor
Editor:Editor: The cemetery committee of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Harlem is trying to identify the individuals buried in several unmarked graves in the church cemetery. There are flowers on some of these unmarked graves, so someone definitely knows who is buried there.

Merchants shift gears for Masters Week
The greens of the Augusta National Golf Club are miles away on Washington Road, but that doesn't stop the color green from reaching the pockets of Columbia County business owners.

Bank branch opens
Patrons of the First National Bank and Trust Company will find business even easier to conduct with the March 23 opening of a new Evans branch.

Children can have more fun off course
The Columbia County Exchange Club created a vacuum for children's activities during Masters Week when they announced last year it would no longer hold its spring fair.

Army officer returns to review former high-school command
As the Evans High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps' Knight Battalion marched by during its annual spring parade Wednesday, 1st Lt. Daniel Rivette saluted the group that he formerly commanded.

Man confesses killing his mother
A 54-year-old Augusta man confessed to last year's fatal shooting of his mother.

Martinez Guardsman wins state award
Georgia Army National Guardsmen Specialist Rachel Dryden of Columbus and Martinez resident Sgt. James Smith of Milledgeville were selected as Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year respectively for the 9,000-member Georgia Army National Guard.

Master plan for the Masters
Visitors flocking to Augusta for the Masters Tournament this week can also enjoy activities other than those on the golf course.

Columbia County has rich history
Its symbol is a sailing ship and its name is derived from explorer Christopher Columbus. And though few of them arrived by boat, most of its residents have only recently arrived.

School system prepares for office-space shuffle
Columbia County School System officials soon will pack up and leaving Appling, but it's yet not time to turn out the lights.

Pupil will attend leadership forum
Emily Belchyk will be one of three youngsters from Georgia to attend the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington as a student ambassador.

Q & A
The Columbia County News-Times recently asked local residents: What are your plans for Masters Week?

Now serving
The staff at Fatz Cafe gathered for a photo in front of the restaurant Monday, the day they opened for business in Evans.

Restaurant ribbon-cutting
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 27 at the Harlem House Restaurant, 200 E. Milledgeville Road, Harlem. Harlem city officials, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gordon Renshaw and restaurant employees participated.

Police blotter
Police Thursday continued looking for a registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Evans home Tuesday night.

Current events
Mistletoe State Park will hold a spring break Junior Ranger program Tuesday-Thursday for children ages 8-12. For information, call 541-0321.

Correction
Joe: Please bury this correction back in Sports.

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

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

Property transfers
Richard A. Fairey to ReloAction A California Corp., 4436 Pierwood Way, $272,500.

Get up and go
The CSRA Humane Society and GreytHound Love are sponsoring PetWalk 2004 with registration starting at 2 p.m. April 25, outside the CSRA Humane Society shelter behind Lake Olmstead Stadium. The rain date is May 2. For information, 796-1708.

DUIs
Timothy Sean Williams, 21, of Lakeside Trail S.E., was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 27, 2003, and was fined $700.

Births
Brendan Wilson Wiley: Jason and Michelle Wiley of Evans announce the birth of a son, Brendan Wilson Wiley, Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lucky Scoggins of Americus, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Wiley of Winder, Ga.

Divorces
Joseph Farrell Mullins and Kimberly Dianne Mullins, March 23, 2004.

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

Why choose the cross?
"Christ Jesus, who... thought it not robbery to be equal with God..., humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Understanding Palm Sunday
Have you ever listened to a police scanner and felt like you were eavesdropping on a foreign language? The verbal shorthand can be a complete mystery to an outsider.

Welcome, guests; wait 'til next year
In spite of all the attractions that already make Columbia County a great place to visit and an even better community to live in, it's tempting to tell our visitors in town this week: Wait 'till next year.

Highs and lows lie off the path
What do people see when they come to Columbia County?

Bottom Line: Baseball Panthers stalk prey
With the Greenbrier and Cross Creek high-school baseball teams getting most of the publicity in Region 3-AAAA this season, the Lakeside Panthers have been flying under the radar in 2004.

Golf course coming near park
William Bartram, a man known for his travels, would be satisfied to see that all points of the compass are covered at the new golf course under construction in Columbia County.

Sports briefs
Lakeside coach honored

ACS team honor has a familiar ring
Try as they might, Rebekah Madebach and Sarah Madebach couldn't pin down an exact tally, but one thing's for sure - the Augusta Christian Schools seniors have earned enough state championship rings to open their own jewelry store.

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