Thursday, April 15, 2004

Elementary foreign language supporters fail to prove its value
Editor: The recent guest column by Donald Porter on the foreign language issue was only from his visionary perspective. He claimed that a majority of parents favor the program. This can't be proven short of a countywide vote.

Session with county's planning staff will help demystify zoning
Editor: We all see those red "Z" zoning signs posted on property throughout the county on a regular basis, but do citizens understand what the C-1, C-2, P-1, R-A, R-1, and TR zoning designations mean or what kinds of structures, homes, or businesses will be constructed under those designations?

Parents must be aware that children are abusing legal medicines
Editor: I have been following the letters that have circulated through newspapers in regards to kids and illegal drugs. We as parents need to look at the legal drugs our children are using. Teenagers are now doing "the Robo" as it is called on the street. They drink cough and cold medicine until they are in animation, like an LSD trip.

Events slated to celebrate lakes creation
Thurmond Lake, the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River, will celebrate its 50th birthday this week. The lake has 71,000 acres of water surrounded by 80,000 acres of federally controlled land.

Childrens book creator speaks to eager readers
Bats!, Sharks! and Snakes!

Teens car crash spurred sweeping changes
It's been almost a year since an accident claimed the lives of two Greenbrier High School golfers.

County will offer seminar on zoning
Several years ago, Jeri Whitworth started attending Columbia County Planning Commission meetings and entered the baffling world of zoning definitions and regulations.

Changing seniors food provider beneficial, cheaper, officials say
Rising costs recently drove an Augusta senior citizens agency to seek food service elsewhere, much the same way Columbia County did three years ago.

Teacher releases second album
David Owen, a local songwriter and teacher at Lakeside High School, is releasing his second full-length album this week.

County observances pay tribute to public-safety communications staff
After an emergency, no one remembers that faceless voice on the other end of the 911 call who heard the desperate cries and sent help.

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

Get up and go
The South Carolina Watercolor Society Art Market will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Monday-Friday at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St., SW. For more information, call (803) 641-9094.

Fire damages kitchen
Martinez firefighters, one standing atop a stove, clean up the kitchen owned by Horace Luke of Hereford Farm Road after a blaze Thursday evening. A passerby about 7:30 p.m. spotted smoke coming from an eave vent on Lukes garage and called 911. Firefighters from Martinez Fire Department found the kitchen in flames when they arrived. Battalion Chief Gary Thigpen said the fire started with a stove left unattended after Luke left the residence two hours earlier. The kitchen received fire damage, and the rest of the house received slight smoke damage. There were no injuries.

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

Time capsule
As reported in 44 years ago in The Columbia News, April 14, 1960:

Pet of the week
This 3-year-old Australian terrier was turned in by her owner. She is playful, friendly with other dogs and people and leash-trained. She is 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 and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered.

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

Getting the BUGS out
Third-grade pupils congratulate each other on the special recognition they earned for their hard work and efforts in Bel Air Elementary Schools extended instructional program called Bringing Up Grades on Saturdays, or BUGS.

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

Current events
Columbia County District 5 School Board member Lee Muns will hold a town hall meeting 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia Middle School cafeteria. Invited guests include state Sen. Joey Brush and representatives from the Georgia and U.S. Departments of Education and Georgia governor's office.

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

Don't get run over by progress
For a visible sign of what growth means, look no further than Columbia County's roadsides. Chances are pretty good there will be a dead deer lying somewhere, the loser in a confrontation with an automobile.

Appling still has heartbeat
When word came a couple of weeks ago that Columbia County's school system will build a new administration building in Evans, I thought about Bill Jackson and Lonnie Morris.

High school sports calendar
Baseball: Evans JV vs. Cross Creek, 6 p.m.; Greenbrier vs. Hephzibah, 6 p.m.; Lakeside at Cross Creek, 6 p.m.; Greenbrier JV at Lakeside, 5 p.m.; Harlem at ARC, 4:30 p.m.

Refurbished course gets raves
The newly redesigned Jones Creek golf course is a hit.

Bottom Line: Another winning prediction
When you're hot, you're hot Or is it, when you're lucky, you're lucky?

Athlete Spotlight
Two years ago the training wheels came off Bryce Huckabee's bike.

Greenbrier gives states No. 1 soccer team hard-fought victory
The measuring stick for Greenbrier's soccer team came last Friday in the form of an unbeaten team.

Park dedication needs former athletes
Columbia County recreation officials are looking for a few good men who remember being Appling's boys of summer.

Sports briefs
The second annual Harlem Relay for Life Golf Tournament will be Saturday at Three Oaks Golf Course, with four-man teams and a Lauderdale format with shotgun start at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available. The cost is $40 per person, with a $10 registration fee. For information, call Jerry Baldwin, 556-6262.

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