Thursday, June 29, 2006

Big boxes in Evans wouldn't be so bad if more trees were protected
Editor: I agree with the editorial written about the big box problem that is coming to Columbia County ("Evans town vision takes big-box detour," June 25).

Daughter made dad proud by setting goal of donation to cancer charity
Editor: Father's Day just passed, and I received my presents and hugs and kisses just like all the other Father's Days in the past. Like most fathers I love my children and I am proud to be their father. I have two kids, Zach and Ashley, who never cease to amaze me on a regular basis.

Calls to county's 311 information line double
Apparently, it doesn't matter to most whether they stay anonymous when filing complaints to county officials.

County looks to tournaments to snag profits for businesses
Several hundred people were at Thurmond Lake in Columbia County on Saturday, but the goal wasn't to get some sun.

Lowe's to offer jobs to 175 workers
A new Lowe's in Evans will not only bring more home improvement options to Columbia County. It also will offer plenty of jobs.

Questioning becomes personal at forum
One month ago, John Hayes and Ron Cross said their membership at the same church, Wesley United Methodist, should keep their race for Columbia County Commission chairman a clean one.

Summer blood drive seeks donations
Hoping to bolster the blood supply in the Augusta area before the July 4th weekend, the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency is holding its seventh annual Summer Community Blood Drive on Thursday and Friday.

Change to law is tough
Stacey Edward Rush is one of many on Columbia County's sex offender list who might soon have to move because of a new state law governing those on the list.

Event will bloom with activity
More visitors are expected for this year's fifth annual Sunflower Festival at Holt Farm in Rutledge, Ga.

Walk of life
Mary Lou Bonczkowski, of Evans, and her daughter, Tiffany Nolla, aren't just going the extra mile to help eradicate breast cancer.

Current Events
John George, director of the music ministry of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, will perform a free concert of Bach organ works on the church's new organ at 2 p.m. July 9 at the church, located at 4291 Columbia Road. Refreshments will be provided after the concert, and signed CDs will be for sale for $15. CDs also will be available by mailing a check for $19 to include shipping to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, attention Mary Soparas-CD, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown, Ga., 30813.

Pet of the week
Oberon, an 18-month-old lab mix, is playful, affectionate to kids, adults and other animals and is best suited as an outdoor dog. He 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. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Couple return from European visit
Alan Oester and his wife, Carol, of Martinez, pause at the fountain in the central park of Marbella, Spain. The couple recently completed a five-week European vacation after Mr. Oester's recent retirement as vice president of information technologies for Club Car. They cruised from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Funchal, Portugal; Malaga and Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and most of the major historic cities of Italy.

Police Blotter
A man and woman from South Carolina who are wanted in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme and on drug charges were arrested June 21 in Columbia County, law enforcement authorities announced Friday.

Schools take right path on discipline
There are two ways to look at the recent reports demonstrating the high number of drug and alcohol cases in Columbia County schools this past year.

Service providers and those served
I almost threw the letter away. Just another request from some political organization wanting my opinion - and a hefty contribution to help defray the cost of tabulating my response, I thought.

Hiring hinges on '06 election
Well, the week some people have been waiting for - people who, like me, who need a better hobby than watching political winds blow.

FireBall experience first defeat
A good news/bad news scenario hit the Augusta FireBall last week as the team played two road games in Florida.

Athlete Spotlight
Jerome Manuel (from left), Glenn Miller and Brandon Durr, basketball

Football season is just around the corner
With the 2006 football season a couple of months away, I took a look at the schedules of our county teams, and all I can say is that fans will not have to wait very long to see some key matchups.

Greenbrier Slugfest is major event
After the 2006 baseball season ended less than a month ago, area baseball coaches wasted no time preparing for the 2007 season. Greenbrier, Evans, Lakeside and Harlem high schools have all participated in a full summer of competition for their junior varsity and varsity programs.

Knights upsets are plentiful
Evans High School's impressive sports history doesn't often allow for its teams to be considered the underdog. Several teams in the 2005-06 sports year at Evans, however, wore that label and produced major upsets in the process.

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