Monday, April 17, 2006

Columbia County commissioners 'must stand up and protect' future
Columbia County's $40 million bond should only be considered in conjunction with impact fees.

Churches shifting focus
The number of churches opening in Columbia County might be continuing to grow, but that doesn't mean the word ''church'' or denomination names are becoming more prevalent.

Fuel costs will drain contingency fund
The cost of fuel these days is causing Columbia County government officials to dig deep into their pockets as well.

Senior gives credit to teacher
Greenbrier High School senior Scott Morris might come across as one who doesn't like a lot of attention, but lately that's exactly what he's been getting after being named the school's STAR student.

County gears up for Tour
They're considered the world's greatest cyclists, and for about 14 miles, they'll be rolling through Columbia County.

Easter animals are more than just novelty
For some parents, visions of their children snuggling alongside a floppy-eared bunny or cuddling with a chick or duckling this Easter morning might be hard to resist.

Scouts are working to get money for big trip
The seven members of Girl Scout Troop 747 know that every stitch sewn, package wrapped, table bused, car washed and cookie sold gets them one step closer to Switzerland

Price evaluation set for May 9
The Columbia County School Board set the date for School Superintendent Tommy Price's annual evaluation in a Tuesday board meeting.

Neighbors, animal control workers join to save dog
Carter, an American mastiff, will soon be going on a diet. Karen Brandon, the owner of the 250-pound dog, says she'll do it just as soon as he recovers from a Monday slip into a neighborhood pond - an incident that required his rescue with the help of a lawn tractor and county animal care and control workers.

When I grow up
Ken Boyd, a wildlife biologist with the Directorate of Public Works and Logistics at Fort Gordon, speaks to Lewiston Elementary School pupils during career day at the school.

Time capsule
As reported 25 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 15, 1981:

Current events
Columbia County Advocates for Special Education PTO will hold two sessions this week:

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

Christmas tour of Washington, D.C.
Heading out of town for vacation, or spending some time at the lake or at a local park? Send us a family photo, and we'll publish it in The News-Times.

Blue Ridge Elementary Honor Roll
Blue Ridge Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

Newsmakers
University of Georgia students who finished requirements for degrees in the fall include:

Greyhound of the week
Quix, a retired racing Greyhound, is a 2-year-old male with a white and red brindle coat.

National Art Honor Society attends conference
The National Art Honor Society Georgia State Conference was held at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School on Feb. 17-18.

Telling the tooth
Alisha Welch instructs children on the importance of brushing and flossing every day. During February, members of Dr. Barbara Utermark's office visited Columbia County schools to promote Children's Dental Health Month.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunch menus

What about the Easter bunny?
The News-Times asked a group of first-graders at Evans Elementary School two questions: 1. Where does the Easter bunny come from? 2. Where does he go the rest of the year?

Property transfers
Charles Forrest Knapper Jr. to LaShonda Samuels, 493 Leitner Mill Road, $15,000.

Divorces
Samantha H. Stough and Gary A. Stough, March 8, 2006.

South Columbia Elementary Honor Roll
South Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll

Bonds? First, let growth pay for itself
Columbia County commissioners on Thursday began seeking citizen feedback on a proposal to raise property taxes to pay for $40 million in new projects.

Cliche corner as races begin
If the week before Masters was the announcement time for candidates for the school board chairmanship, this coming week seems to be the time for county commission kickoffs.

Fixing our eyes on Easter message
Often, we who air our opinions in public via sermons, newspaper columns or letters to the editor, do so because we feel some urgency to "fix" the world. If something or someone doesn't change, we imply, terrible consequences will occur.

Wolfpack still eyeing perfection
In a game that showcased the two best baseball teams in Columbia County, all eyes fell on a pair of sophomores Monday night at Greenbrier.

Looking step by step at Masters experience
I am in the best shape of my life. Last week was the Masters Tournament, and, as a working media member, I was all over it ... literally.

Smith is finally getting his a chance at The Citadel
Former Evans High School baseball standout Chance Smith was forced to miss a portion of this season because of injury. The fleet-footed center fielder is healthy again and roaming the outfield for The Citadel, where he is a red-shirt sophomore.

Area tennis clubs funnel talent to Lakeside
Although the popularity of tennis has grown in Columbia County, one thing remains the same.

Public schools get set for golf showcase
With the 2006 golf season wrapping up regular season play, Columbia County teams are preparing for a new competition.

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