Sunday, August 13, 2006

Citizens should be polled to find out if more waste recycling is feasible
The News-Times Aug. 9 editorial on recycling is right on!

'Intimate setting' is fine for county, but should bring in more shows
Several weeks ago I happen to be returning a book to the library when I saw a friend going to the library after hours. I asked what he was doing and he told me that Cynthia Douglas had a concert at the library. I had heard nothing about this, and Douglas is a former Augusta artist that we had always enjoyed. My daughter and I rushed home and got my husband and we went to the concert.

Pay phones dwindle, don't disappear
Karen Chrjapin doesn't remember the last time she used a public pay phone. It has been at least since she got her cell phone, which she admits she can't live without.

Augusta Christian begins classes
Classes began on Thursday for students of Augusta Christian Schools. More than 640 students arrived for the first day at the school's campuses on Baston and Furys Ferry roads and school officials were still enrolling new students on Thursday, said the school's Director of Social Activities Lynn Wilkerson.

Funding is approved to extend boat ramps at Wildwood Park
The boat ramps at Wildwood Park will be getting a little longer. With lower lake levels in the midst of statewide drought conditions, Columbia County officials say there is the need to extend the six boat ramps at the park. They hope to do so quickly before some bass fishing tournaments begin at the park in a couple months.

Volunteers put roof on first Habitat house
In recent weeks, several churches and community service organizations have worked together to raise a roof in Winfield.

Old cell phones raise money
As technology advances by leaps and bounds, cell phones quickly become outdated and users upgrade to newer models.

Arts organization seeks nominations
Columbia County Arts Inc. is looking for outstanding artists. The arts organization is currently accepting nominations for its annual Outstanding Individual Artist Award, said organization President Philip Hedgecoth.

Tax bills about ready to mail
Property tax bills will soon find their way into the mailboxes of the more than 51,000 property owners in Columbia County.

Event aims to strengthens county's ties with Fort Gordon
A line of Columbia County business professionals and officials marched in with coffee and pastries Wednesday morning and heard appreciation from Brig. Gen. Randy Strong, Fort Gordon's commanding general.

New superintendent will be chosen by group of 15
A 15-member committee will seek out candidates for Columbia County's next superintendent, the school board determined at a Tuesday meeting.

Young writer receives honor
At 7 years old, Will Radford might not understand the honor he's just received.

Divorces
Cheryl Cook Brown and Danny Brown, July 12, 2006

Police blotter
An Augusta man faces three felony charges, including armed robbery, after deputies say he attacked a Union Point, Ga., man and robbed him in the back seat of a car traveling through Harlem late Monday.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Military newsmakers
Ryan Bowers (back center), a safety for the Atlanta Falcons who graduated from Greenbrier High School, spoke on his faith and his journey to the NFL at Fort Gordon on July 13. His audience was the largest group of soldiers ever to attend Fort Gordon's chaplain-sponsored OASIS coffeehouse ministry.

Vacation photos
Hail, hail, rock 'n' roll: Paul & Barbara Lesher of Appling, Ga., spent their vacation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Local man named competitor of the year
Master Eric Hensley (right), the owner of three Martial Arts America locations in Evans and Martinez, was named competitor of the year by Chuck Norris in Las Vegas.

Parents send in first-day-of-school pictures
Fifth-grader Catherine Spargo and kindergartner Brianna Spargo are ready to go back to Martinez Elementary School.

Get up and go
Columbia County's inaugural Anamania Pet Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at the amphitheater and memorial gardens, behind the Columbia County Library.

Newsmaker
The Transport Workers Union Local 279 recently awarded the John A. Gabriel Scholarship of $500 to Austin Whisnaut (center), a 2006 graduate of Evans High School.

High performance principals
Lakeside High School Principal Jeff Carney (second from left) and Stevens Creek Elementary School Principal Michelle Paschal (far right) received awards as High Performance Principals from Georgia State School Superintendent Kathy Cox (far left) and Gov. Sonny Perdue (second from right) on July 27 at a reception at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta.

Transported to Chicago
Pamela Sullivent, Sissy Hobbs and Sue Greene, Columbia County school bus drivers and members of Transport Workers Union Local 279, attended the TWU - Presidents Council Meeting in Chicago in June.

Property transfers
David E. Shapiro to Michael J. Austin, 4877 Orchard Hill Drive, $182,000.

Pilates conference
Mari Winsor (left), of Winsor Pilates in Los Angeles, and Beverly McGee Allgood, a co-owner of The Core Center Pilates Studio, in Martinez, met at a four-day pilates conference in New York.

Current events
Solid Rock Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser banquet at 4 p.m. today at the Belair Conference Center on Jimmy Dyess Parkway, with food and gospel music. The event will benefit Wilhemenia Luke Freeman, who is awaiting a kidney transplant. Tickets cost $25. For information, call (706) 294-7732, or (706) 541-1869.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 9, 1956:

Greyhound of the week
Lynn is a playful girl who loves attention. She gets along well with other dogs and cats. Call CSRA Greyhound Adoptions at (706) 854-0098 to meet Lynn and other retired racing Greyhounds.

Teacher made a lasting mark
This past week, Columbia County presented the Teachers of the Year from the county's schools, and named five finalists for county Teacher of the Year.

Opening Fort Gordon opportunities
Having lived in the Augusta area almost all of my life, I have a great appreciation and respect for Fort Gordon and its inhabitants.

Sing them over to me again
Once a year, during the month of August, our church members shed their coats, ties and choir robes - sometimes even the choir - and take on a casual, camp-meeting style for Sunday morning worship.

Voters will have final say on bond issue
Our United States governments, from local to national, are representative republics. That means voters elect individuals to make decisions on their behalf.

Lady Bulldogs expect an even better season
In Melissa Chase's four years as head coach of Harlem High School softball, she has seen many new faces come through the program.

Evans has high hopes with experienced team
Freshmen athletes usually don't make huge contributions to a team before the season begins. Across Columbia County, most underclassmen spent the past week simply trying to make the team.

Football season: T-minus 12 days and counting
Are you ready for some football? Well, we are only 12 days away from the start of high school football season. Augusta Christian Schools will open defense of its SCISA state title Aug. 25 at home vs. Orangeburg Prep.

Children compete in adapted sports events
Justin Salter competes in the soft-shot throw with the help of his father, Bobby Salter, and sister Lauren.

Prep calendar
Tuesday Greenbrier vs. ARC/Aquinas (VB)

Teams stay indoors to wait out the swelter
Area high school coaches haven't wasted any time this year. What little time they did have has been taken away.

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