Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Since closure of landfill, Columbia County lacks 'one-stop' recycling
What recycling in Columbia County?

Augusta Christian Schools' rezoning bid stirs objections
A bid to amend the zoning of Augusta Christian Schools' Baston Road campus was tabled during a Thursday meeting of the Columbia County Planning Commission after complaints from nearby residents.

Gas up, drive-offs down
As the cost of gasoline continues its decline, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the number of people driving away from gas stations without paying has drastically dropped, too.

Food pantry's annual fundraiser serves area
With demand growing for the Columbia County Cares food pantry, director Lou Reda is hoping the public will come out to support the food bank at its annual spaghetti dinner Thursday.

Message for the future
In a small steel vault encased in concrete, county officials plan to leave gifts of history for the future.

Essayists offer reasons for remembering Sept. 11
Editor's note: There were more than 400 entries in the 9-11 essay contest sponsored by Columbia County and The Columbia County News-Times, in which pupils were asked to write 50 words or fewer answering the question, "Why should we remember Sept. 11?" One winner each in the elementary, middle and high school categories receives a $100 savings bond from Columbia County.

Bluegrass festival fundraiser, kayak trip along river offered
Two outdoor events are kicking off in Columbia County this weekend.

Get an inside view of sheriff's office
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Kara McGahee will offer residents a behind-the-scenes view of the sheriff's office through the 14th Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy.

Racer captures the prize
Rookie driver David Biggs, of Grovetown, won the Sept. 2 Stock V-8 class race at Gordon Park Speedway, with the help of the Southern Heritage Team of Kenny Price, Robby Amerson, Glenn Sammons, Will Grier, Jamie Miller and Russell Woods.

Vacation photos
Linda Blanchard, of Evans, recently visited New York and Good Morning America. Blanchard (from left) is shown with friends Leigh Johnson, Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer, Linda Johnson and Peggy Bloom.

Pet of the Week
This male golden retriever mix is very playful and loving. He is about a year-and-a-half to 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens, cost $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Current Events
Augusta's First Baptist Church is holding a series of discussions about the life and legacy of the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was one of the first voices of resistance to Adolf Hitler. The event continues at 6:30 p.m. today and on Sept. 20 and 24.

Things to Do
Columbia County extension service agent Charles Phillips will discuss organic gardening at the monthly Gardening at Lunch series, 12:10-12:45 p.m. today at the Columbia County Library, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3413.

Get Up and Go
A bluegrass festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, at 5462 Columbia Road. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12, with under 6 free. Proceeds go to Living Light Village, which helps the disabled.

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

Stealth is Slugfest champ
The Columbia County Stealth Baseball 12-and-Under team is the USSSA Summer Slugfest Champion. The tournament was held Aug. 5-6 in Lexington, S.C.

Dance teams bring home trophies
The Augusta West Dance Performing Cos. performed in July in Orlando, Fla. The award-winning companies spent a week in Florida attending workshops and competing in the Tremaine Dance Convention. They came home with trophies to show for their work.

All-Stars go to state tourney
The Columbia County 10-year-old minor league All-Stars participated in the GRPA State Baseball Tournament in Griffin, Ga., on July 19-22. The All-Stars' record was 4-1. Team members are: Dillon Crozier (front, from left), Chase Barden, Jorge Thibodeau, Cody Turner and Hunter Banks; Kelvin McCladdie (second row), Tyler Roberts, Trey Price, Austin Sulik, Bryce Harrison, Bryson Serigney, Mikey McIntire and Jamal Cummings; head coach Steve Thibodeau (back), Keith Barden and John Turner.

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

Time Capsule
As reported 42 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 10, 1964:

Words put to rest
Fifth-grade pupils in Angie McQuaig's writing classes at River Ridge Elementary bid farewell to tired, overused words in an "interment" ceremony Sept. 6. They will replace lethargic, dull words such as "happy," "sad," "nice," "good," and "fun," with rich language such as "blissful," "gloomy," "pleasant," "excellent" and "entertaining."

Effects of Sept. 11 linger locally, too
Five years and a couple of days ago, the reality of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks was just beginning to set in. As workers dug through the rubble of the World Trade Center, stories of local connections to the Twin Towers, to the Pentagon and Flight 93 were surfacing.

Number eight seals duo's fate
On the day when Columbia County residents and those in the rest of the country were remembering the now-iconic numbers "9-11" and honoring everyday heroes for their service, two who abused their turn at public service found the number 8 to be more significant.

Pigskin Picks
Here are the Pigskin Picks week 2 winners and qualifiers.

Evans and Harlem are predicted to win games
It is "pat myself on the back" time. Last week, I went 3-0 on my picks. Not only did I pick the winners, but check out how close the final scores actually were:

Football Briefs
One week after a blowout loss, the Lions took out their frustrations on Pinewood Prep with a 28-0 shutout. The home victory saw what could be the start of a beautiful connection between Augusta Christian quarterback Tyler Bourdo and wide receiver Josh Whitaker. Bourdo found Whitaker for two first-half touchdown strikes for a 13-0 lead at halftime.

Prep Gridiron Preview
Here's what to expect Friday night in Columbia County high school football action.

County's teams get busy on field
With the softball season in full swing, this past weekend saw all four local softball teams in action.

Sports Calendar
Registration for the Martinez-Evans Majorettes will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Martinez Baptist Church. For information, call Vanessa Springfield at (706) 495-1009.

Athlete Spotlight
Parker Gordon knows better than anyone else that earning a spot on a high school baseball team in Columbia County is no easy task.

Greenbrier launches air attack
Friday night's 36-12 Greenbrier win at Lakeside didn't look like past Greenbrier football wins. In fact, it didn't look like traditional Columbia County football at all.

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