Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Schools get new leaders
One Columbia County elementary school is getting a familiar face to take over its administrative helm, and two others will be getting new faces.

Children have a blast at Harlem Back to School Bash
Sarah Griffin, 11, and her sister Lydia, 10, laughed so hard they nearly fell while running a three-legged race at Harlem's Back to School Bash on Friday.

New laws affect school policy
New state legislation prompted a few changes to Columbia County school policies.

Private schools list
Augusta Preparatory

Schools see new coaches, band director
A new era in many Columbia County athletic departments will take place within the next few weeks with the start of the 2006-07 school year.

School Events
Columbia County's Back to School Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans High School, featuring school information, vendors and demonstrations. For information, call (706) 541-0650.

Board chairman's welcome
On behalf of the Board of Education, let me take this opportunity to welcome you to another school year in Columbia County.

Open house scheduled for Evans Middle School
On the same day the bulldozers can begin the razing of the old Evans Middle School, school officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new Evans Middle.

What You Need to Know
School information you should know.

School Lunch Menus
Here are Columbia County school lunch menus from August 4 to August 31, 2006.

Tax holiday signals school start
As Columbia County students gear up for the new school year, area retailers are stocking up for a heavy rush of shoppers as the state's sales tax-free holiday weekend returns next week.

Augusta Prep projects near completion
A building blitz begun last year at one of the county's largest private schools will come to an end soon, according to officials at Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Festival includes demonstrations
Kim Downes has a mission - to prepare kids and their parents for the impending start of the new school year.

Rather than building big boxes, county would benefit from smart growth
Editor: If you live in Columbia County, I should think that you have noticed where the new Lowe's Hardware Superstore is being built. Yes, bulldozers, barren dirt landscapes and asphalt are now considered signs of the "new Columbia County."

Country crooners coming
Country music writers will be coming to Columbia County on Friday.

Shenandoah Stables will hold show Saturday
The summer months are prime for holding horse shows, and one area stable is offering its open horse show for a second year.

Saving Sophie
Six months ago, Sophie the Labrador could hardly walk and was facing euthanasia.

Planning officials OK business design standards
New businesses at two heavily traveled intersections in Martinez could be getting a whole new look if county officials have their way.

CSRA Beagle Club plans dinner, event
Chuck Terry's interest in beagles began as a young boy, when he helped care for one while some friends were overseas.

This lemonade packs a punch
Caroline George endured the summer's hottest days outside selling refreshing lemonade and water to passers-by near the Martinez Post Office.

Get your pig-throwing arm limbered up for Saturday
Plastic pigs will fly and children will squeal Saturday as Summertime on the Canal returns to Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

4-H summit honors 5 area teens
Five area teens, including two from Columbia County, were among the 49 honored last week as winners during the 64th annual State 4-H Congress in Atlanta.

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

Get Up and Go
The CSRA Beagle Club will holds its seventh annual barbecue and trade day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Winfield Community Center, with pet supplies, a reptile show, pony rides and BB gun safety and marksmanship training. Beagle owners are invited to bring beagle and rabbit-hunting-related items to sell, trade or exhibit. For information, call Chuck Terry at (706) 595-4853 or e-mail cterry@csranet.com.

Child's World at the zoo
A group of children in the after-school program at A Child's World on Columbia Road recently visited the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C.

Pet of the week
This playful and loving female Labrador retriever mix was found July 8 injured and swimming in Thurmond Lake about 500 yards from shore at the Winfield campground. Columbia County Animal Care and Control officers took the dog, which appeared to have been hit by a boat propeller across her back, to a hospital, where she received stitches. The dog has a good disposition and has gray hair around her muzzle, indicating she is not a puppy. She is expected to make a full recovery. Because her owners have not been found, she is available for adoption from animal 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 puppies and kittens cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Augusta-area youths at Boys State
Sixteen rising seniors from Augusta-area high schools traveled to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro on June 11-17 to take part in the American Legion's annual Georgia Boys State. American Legion volunteers from across the state provided instruction in city, county, and state government. Above, Brent Tharp (far left), the director of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, oversaw the accommodations, while Dennis McClendon (far right), of Augusta, who served as a city counselor at Boys State, helped organize the week's programs. Students who attended are Timothy Brock Jr. (Hephzibah High School, Post 63, front row, from left); Alandus Brinkley (Academy of Richmond County, Post 205); Marcus Scarborough (Butler High School, Post 194); Victor Lugo-Soto (Hephzibah High School, Post 63); Aaron Hooks (Hephzibah High School, Post 205); Joseph Lugo (Greenbrier High School, Post 192); Craig Burton (Hephzibah High School, Post 63); Richard Gallegos (Westside High School, Post 205, second row); Earl Sinkler (Laney High School, Post 505); Lee White (Lakeside High School, Post 192); Brandin Walker (Academy of Richmond County, Post 205); Charles Rewis (Hephzibah High School, Post 63); Brandon Fitzpatrick (Westside High School, Post 205); Cameron Madison (Hephzibah High School, Post 205); Lee Anderson (Hephzibah High School, Post 63); Dawson Kleist (Evans High School, Post 205); Matthew Mason (Evans High School, Post 205, third row); DeMichael Givens (Butler High School, Post 194); Ben Fowler (Lakeside High School, Post 192); Paul Maile (Lakeside High School, Post 192); Calvin Britt (Laney High School, Post 505); Roger Pollock (Academy of Richmond County, Post 205), and Matt Fleenor (Evans High School, Post 192).

Riptide wins Belles League
The Riptide went undefeated to win the Belles League (13- to 15-year-olds) in Columbia County. Team members are Brittany McLamb (front row, from left), Kathlyn Freeman, Amber Lane Davidson, Katie Balliew, Caroline Stanley and head coach Jeff Davidson; coach Troy Balliew (back row), Brittany Nice, Erika James, Brittany Hillard, Justine Davis, Renee Fritz, Katelyn Matthai and coach Keith McLamb. Not pictured are Samantha Leogrande and Avery Palmer.

Evans flag corps steps out
Evans High School senior Jasmine Smith, 17, leads sophomore Evans High flag corps member Celeste Osborne, 15, with new steps at a practice at the school.

Summer outings are family affairs
Bobby (from left), Chris, Mary and James Dickey, of Evans, visited Disney World in May.

Current Events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, at 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, will give away produce to needy families starting at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Free car washes also will be available.

Trendiness takes bewildering turns
I should get out more.

Community's future starts with schools
No, you're not imagining things. The start of a new school year is just a week away.

Democrats like consolidation?
Columbia County's Board of Commissioners is made up of five people who were elected as members of the Republican Party.

Rivals unite in Super-Y games
In the Augusta area, the sport of soccer has long been dominated by the Augusta Arsenal and the Columbia County Patriots.

Sports Calendar
The sixth annual Football-R-Us football clinic and conditioning camp for pupils in grades 4-8 will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Tuesday and Aug. 3 ,4 at Lakeside High School. The camp costs $50, and $25 for a second child in the same family, with registration limited to 60.

Columbia County's best win in softball
The first Georgia/Carolina Softball Challenge was held over the weekend at Greenbrier High School. The game featured the top softball players in Columbia County against players representing Aiken County.

Augusta Christian enjoys stellar sports season
In high school sports, nothing validates a team's talent and efforts like winning a state championship.

Athlete Spotlight
Trey Crabill, baseball

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