Thursday, April 20, 2006

As a matter of customer service, library should be open later in the day
Editor: In Barry Paschal's April 16 column, "Biggest gripe is compliment," he said, "Libraries aren't money-makers; they're county services, and expensive to operate."

April is Organ and Tissue Donation Month, and more donors needed
The past 10 years of my life have been made possible by an unknown family who, in their time of tragedy, made the thoughtful decision to donate the organs of their loved one.

Garden festival to end in style with tea
A formal tea in R. Daniel and Patty Blantons' Appling garden will mark the end of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center's 15th annual Garden Festival on Sunday afternoon.

Project ideas are sought
It was a chance to hear about possible Columbia County projects and an opportunity for the public to tell officials what they think should be included in a Capital Improvement Projects list.

Amphitheater hears its first notes
The sound of smooth jazz resonated through Columbia County's new amphitheater Thursday for the first time.

Walk to support survivor of accident
A Martinez family is asking relatives and friends to walk in support of one of their own - Gina Sprague, who was paralyzed in a March car accident.

Library's popularity grows as 500 members sign up
As of March 27, Columbia County's newest library boasted thousands more books than the former Warren C. Gibbs Memorial Library, a cafe and a performing arts theater.

Audience will pick murderer
It's a musical that will have audience members guessing.

Two seek county commission seat
Two names have officially been thrown into the ring for a run at the Columbia County Commission's District 1 seat: Ron Thigpen and Scott Nichols.

Serving his community
For much of his life, Jarthur Harris says he has worked to advance race relations and improve the quality of life for everyone in Columbia County.

Driving expo teaches teens
Evans HIgh School stuents watch the Duluth Police Depatment's rollover simulator as part of Wednesday's Operation Drive Smart Expo at the school. The simulator shows what happens to a person not wearing a seatbelt when a car is involved in an accident.

Easter egg treasures
Evan Friedman, 7 months, of Evans, enjoys the sun as his brother, Ryan, 4, inspects the candy he found Saturday at the Patriots Park Easter Egg Hunt. About 1,000 people joined in the search for 8,000 eggs.

Cox breakfasts with GOP
State school Superintendent Kathy Cox speaks with E.V. Greenwood, of Martinez, and Horace Earney, of Evans, at a GOP breakfast at Peppermill Restaurant in Evans. She and Ralph Reed, candidate for lieutenant governor, were the guests Saturday.

Dog dies in home fire
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed a double-wide mobile home at 4662 Eisenview Drive near Grovetown. Assistant Chief James Champion said the cause of Friday afternoon's fire was an outdoor burn left unattended that spread to the rented home. No one was home at the time, and no one was injured, but a dog died from smoke inhalation.

Special-needs team to meet
Members of Augusta Terrors, a t-ball/baseball team for special needs children are: Scott Fleenor, player (from left); Saxon Campbell, bat buddy; Justin Salter, player; Ryan Peloquin, bat buddy; and Adam Hughes, player. The team will meet on Saturdays at Blanchard Park in Martinez. The bat buddies volunteered to help their friends from school.

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

Get Up and Go
Grand-opening festivities begin Friday at the new Columbia County Library in Evans, featuring visiting authors, workshops, shows and concerts. For information, call (706) 868-3353.

An exclamatory victory
River Ridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Fiona Pike (third from left) reacts to being named Queen of Punctuation during a Punctuation Pageant at the school. Participating kindergarten teachers were Tara Walker, Miss Period (from left); Angela Lowhorn, Miss Question Mark; Pike, Miss Exclamation Point; Ruth Masella, Miss Apostrophe; Janet Gabryelski, Miss Quotation Marks; and Beverly Taylor, Miss Comma. The purpose of the pageant was to help the pupils remember punctuation rules for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the Lewiston Elementary School Third Nine Weeks honor roll.

Police Blotter
A Martinez man died early Saturday after his motorcycle crashed into a utility pole during a pursuit by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

Time Capsule
As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, April 21, 1960:

Current Events
All dressed up in your Sunday best, or racing around hunting eggs? Send us your family Easter photos, and we'll publish a selection in an upcoming edition.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll Third Nine Weeks honor roll.

Pet of the week
This female gray tabby cat, about a year old, loves to cuddle. She is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. The office is holding a special adoption event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, with dogs and puppies available for $10 and cats and kittens for $5. Visitors to the kennel area must wear closed shoes.

People should see evaluation
Columbia County's school trustees this past week started laying the groundwork for their annual evaluation of Superintendent Tommy Price's job performance.

One, above all, deserves library praise
He praises county officials. He applauds Library Director Christina Rice and her staff. He cheers for regional library officials, a key benefactor, the library board and the Friends of the Library.

The 'miracle on North Belair' opens
Finally, after 10 years, the new Columbia County Public Library and Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center is finished - and operational.

Greenbrier beats Evans, Lakeside
Greenbrier took care of both of its county region rivals last week, showing little trouble with wins over both Evans and Lakeside.

Track and Field
Results of the 2006 Columbia County Track and Field Championships held at Greenbrier High School on April 15:

Bikers to ride for worthy cause
Phil Cohen wants cyclists to have a good time Saturday for a worthy cause.

Golf tourneys
- The Second Annual Daniel E. Hall III Memorial Golf Tournament will take place April 29 at Jones Creek Golf Club with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Daniel E. Hall III Scholarship Fund, Augusta Area Junior Golf Association and the Greenbrier High School Golf Team. For information call (706) 863-3162.

Betsy Bingo to raise funds
An annual tradition continues in Columbia County on Saturday when Betsy Bingo returns for the 14th consecutive year.

Columbia's All-Stars represent county well
The seventh annual CSRA Basketball All-Star Games were held last weekend at T.W. Josey High School's brand-new Roundtree Athletic Complex.

Sports calendar
The Columbia County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a free Pepsi/Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition for area youth.

Evans outshoots Greenbrier
If Evans High School held an election for the mayor of "E-Town," the self-proclaimed name for its study body, Quinten Wilson, Scott Hartenstein and Chad Strader would probably get most of the votes.

Athlete Spotlight
There are many reasons why Greenbrier entered the week with a perfect 19-0 record.

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