Sunday, August 27, 2006

If taxpayers can't access Bowen Pond, they shouldn't pay to clean it up
The purpose of this letter is to comment on The News-Times editorial regarding the cleanup of Bowen Pond ("Bond is about more than Bowen Pond," Aug. 20).

Youth Challenge Academy deserves praise for giving 'second chance'
I just wanted to let everyone know what the Youth Challenge Academy means to our community.

Plant chosen for beauty yields kiwi
Uli and David Shouse don't have to drive to a grocery store to stock up on exotic kiwi fruit.

Wanted: Downtown contractor
Harlem city officials decided at Monday's city council meeting to put a downtown renovation project out to bid a third time, this time with some changes to ensure the project begins soon.

Union bus drivers' lawsuit remains in discovery phase
A lawsuit filed by union bus drivers against the Columbia County school system in December remained in the discovery phase Thursday.

Grovetown's new community center nears completion
Grovetown residents have spent their last Fourth of July celebration suffering in the heat.

Evans graduate finds joy in working outdoors
Looking back on her time at Evans High School, Annissa Kida can only recall that the latter years were her best, both academically and socially.

Soldiers for a day
It was an eye-opening experience for Angela Hillesland. "I have a new respect and appreciation for the life of a soldier," said Hillesland, the public relations manager for Jim Hudson Lexus, who participated in Augustans in Army Boots last week at Fort Gordon.

County alcohol sales generate $80,000 in monthly tax
Ringing cash registers at restaurants with alcohol licenses in Columbia County are translating into money in the bank for government coffers.

New programs will benefit children of county
Columbia County has been chosen as the test site for new baseball initiatives by the Ripken Baseball Group that will be announced at a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce night at Saturday's Augusta GreenJackets game.

Architectural company gives details on school construction
At a school board meeting Tuesday, an Augusta architectural firm predicted the cost of a new high school in Columbia County would reach $29 million just for the construction.

New panel to address privacy
In the wake of a recent incident in which private school documents were removed from the former Evans Middle School, Columbia County officials agreed Tuesday morning to start their own Personal Privacy Task Force.

Work continues in insurance agency's bid to buy old library
Negotiations are under way between Columbia County officials and an Augusta-based insurance business concerning a purchase of the former Warren C. Gibbs Library.

Police blotter
A Richmond County jury deliberated less than an hour on Tuesday before convicting a medical school professor on charges related to a 2003 wreck that killed a Lakeside High School senior.

Newsmakers
The Columbia County West Rotary Club recently presented the Johns Citizenship Award to a fifth-grade and eighth-grade boy and girl at each of the county's elementary and middle schools.

More vacation photos
Mary Brown (from left), Paul Lands, Bev Lands, Mikee Lands III, Mike Lands, Mikee Lands Jr. and Jessy Lands (in back) recently took a family vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Smart Board awarded
David Toburen (from right), the director of the Educational Technology Center at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery, and Rob Dennis, CEO of the National Science Center, presented Carla Friel, a fourth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, with a Smart Board, an interactive white board, to use in the classroom.

Get up and go
The Grovetown Senior Center, 103 W. Robinson Ave., will hold a spaghetti supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Plates cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. A raffle for a king-size handmade quilt will be held.

Readers send in photos of their children on the first day of school
Kindergartner Kendall Owen (from left) and third-graders Will Owen and Stefan Haerle are ready to jump onto the school bus to Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Columbia County happenings
Jean Embry reads a selection from her poetry book The First Piece of the Puzzle to members of the Sassy Red-Hat Chicks chapter of the Red Hat Society on Aug. 19 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Embry, a retired speech pathologist, also signed her books.

Current events
All Columbia County libraries will be closed Sept. 2-4 for software and server updates.

Vacation photos
Kyle and Mike Marcano (left) from Atlanta, and Ashton and Ralph Marcano, of Martinez, visited the Great Wall of China recently.

School lunches
Columbia Columbia County school lunch menus

Time capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1973:

Divorces
Donna L. Bonner and George R. Bonner, Aug. 17, 2006.

Greyhound of the week
Bold Lynn is a shy 3-year-old who loves to play once she gets to know you. Because of her shyness she would probably do best in a home without small children.

Prosecution for trespassers a little late
In the three weeks since the last Evans Middle School staff members moved to their new building, Columbia County workers have been in and out of the old building removing kitchen equipment, salvaging building materials and hauling off trash.

Punishment, crime doesn't fit
Kathy Layton wanted Mohammad Ali Behzadian prosecuted for murder. Most of us thought that was irrational.

Bathroom banter: bad guys and God
Two common themes thread through conversations with my daughter: Bad guys and God.

Greenbrier gains respect
The updated 2006 Georgia softball rankings were released this past week, and as expected, the teams from metro Atlanta and North Georgia dominated the polls. One area school, however, continued to get plenty of respect in the rankings.

Augusta Prep dedicates new athletic center
A new era in Augusta Preparatory Day School athletics began Aug. 18 with the dedication and opening of the school's athletic facility, the Boardman Athletic Center.

Newberry College gets Little Lions star
A quick history lesson in Augusta Christian Schools girls basketball isn't all that impressive. That is, not until recently.

Lakeside's volleyball is hot
Several Evans High School volleyball players made the quick trip to Greenbrier High School on Wednesday night to watch two of their rivals play. Greenbrier faced Lakeside in the Lady Panthers' first game of the season.

Sports calendar
The second annual Tony Molini Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 30 at the Gordon Lakes Golf Course in Fort Gordon. The tournament, sponsored by the Augusta Nuclear Technology Society, requires a $50 registration fee that includes 18 holes of golf and lunch.

Baseball champs
The USSSA 15-Under Stars won first place and were undefeated during the Open State Championship at Citizens Park in Aiken on July 7-9.

Sluggish August has noteworthy highlights
In the sports world, I don't find much value in the month of August. July is fine with the Major League Baseball All-Star game, and I like September with the start of high school, college and pro football. But August doesn't bring much to the table.

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