Sunday, October 29, 2006

Nichols 'cares about Columbia County,' is 'the real fiscal conservative'
Scott Nichols is the real fiscal conservative in the commission race in Columbia County. Scott has researched the laws and rules concerning impact fees in the state of Georgia and other states and knows what will work.

Postponing bond projects will only raise cost; improvements needed
As a Columbia County business owner, I have a large stake in the upcoming Nov. 7 capital improvements bond referendum. Do I want to pay more taxes? Will our investment in these projects provide a return greater than their cost?

The political pendulum swings
During the turbulent anti-everything '70s, I had a friend who worked for the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Although her organization enjoyed high esteem, she scanned the political landscape at the time and came to a startling conclusion: "Every word in our title is now politically incorrect."

County should 'think of property owners' by imposing impact fees
This is to urge property owners in Columbia County to vote no on all parts of the bond issue.

Old library up for grabs again
It once held a library, and in August it looked certain to become the home of an insurance agency.

Teen looks ahead to college
While most students were enjoying a few days off from school during last week's fall break, one Lakeside High School senior was busy on a college visitation.

Man opens home for festive tour of ghouls
At Fred Fidler's home on Halloween, witches boil a head in a caldron, Freddy Krueger stays in the daughter's bedroom, and a vampire answers the doorbell.

Church makes Halloween religious
A Martinez church has found a way to enjoy the fun of Halloween while celebrating its religious significance.

Grovetown focuses on growth
Grovetown city officials agreed Monday to form a committee that will attempt to implement some of the suggestions in the city's updated Comprehensive Growth Management Plan.

Yard holds cemetery where it's Halloween every day
On a crisp, cold October day, Sharon Lowe peers into the walled-off area in her Appling front yard and sees a final resting place that has had much of its history cloaked through time.

Sheriff, deputies get training
If a local disaster were to evolve into a regional or national incident, Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle says his deputies are better prepared to respond today than they were just weeks ago.

Boy aims for top BMX title
At an age when most children are trying out their first bicycles with the help of training wheels, Hayden McPeake wanted to ride a two-wheeler on his own.

Schools take steps to prevent violence
In response to recent threats of school violence, all Columbia County schools remain in a soft lockdown, Superintendent Tommy Price told the school board in a Tuesday meeting.

Homes demolished for road construction
In recent weeks, the Georgia Department of Transportation began paving the way toward an eventual expansion of River Watch Parkway by razing several buildings along Old Evans and Old Petersburg roads.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in The Columbia News, Thursday, Oct. 24, 1968:

Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll

Current events
An information session for Covenant United Methodist Church, a new congregation being formed in Columbia County, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Greenbrier Elementary School. Another session will be held Nov. 12. For information, call the Rev. Randy Monk at (706) 339-7090

Blue Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Blue Ridge Elementary School

Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween safety tips provided by The National Safety Council.

Greyhound of the week
Nora is a small black and white greyhound who is extremely sweet and loving. She is approximately three years old and is looking for a home. You can meet Nora at PetCo in Evans on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo: Northwest adventure
Tom and Karen Gilmore visited Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada for their 33rd anniversary. The trip included a cruise of the Inside Passage of Alaska and Mendenhall Glacier.

Westmont Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Westmont Elementary School Honor Roll

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

Photo: Bees take Dixie boys championship
The Bees are the 2006 Columbia County Recreation Department Dixie Boys Champions. Team members are: Zach Lewer (front row, from left), Shane Wyatt, Austin Metcalf, Chad Gilliland, Evan Crane and A. J. Kelley; Coach Charlie Blackwell (back row, from left), Ben Morgan, Will Perfect, Hunter Hamilton, Kip Custer, Corey Rosamond, Chris Gresham and Coach Billy Kelly. Not shown are Chris Cruz and Clayton Perry.

Get up and go
The Augusta Symphony will inaugurate its Columbia County Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. The series includes four concerts, with tickets costing $70 for all four. For information, call (706) 826-4705.

Divorces
October divorce listings in Columbia County.

School lunch menus
Columbia County school lunch menus for the upcoming week.

Photo: All Hallows' Eve service set
The Rev. Lou Scales, and the congregation of The Church of Our Savior on Columbia Road in Martinez, will host an All Hallows Eve prayer service, followed by a Holy Ghost Weenie Roast cooked on their Holy Grill Tuesday night. Children are welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes.

Newsmaker
Beda Johnson, the executive director of the Columbia County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has completed the first portion of a three-year professional development program that will lead to certification as a tourism marketing professional.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Community calendar
Candlelight jazz will be performed at 7 p.m Sunday at the Eighth Street bulkhead

Property transfers
Choice One Home Builders Inc. to Everett L. Jenkins and Lavonia C. Jenkins, 112 Brandimere Drive, $87,900.

Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Brookwood Elementary School

Kids make Halloween plans
The News-Times asked second-graders at Greenbrier Elementary School what they'll dress up as on Halloween. Here are some of their answers:

Photo: Portman's gives to McDonald House
Karen Phelps-Way, director of operations for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, second from right, accepted a donation of $700 from Portman's Music Superstore.

General Election Sample Ballot for Nov. 7
Uncontested races are not included on this sample but appear on all ballots. On the actual touch-screen ballot, each race also includes space for write-in candidates.

Photo: Watson Brown Foundation
The Watson Brown Foundation has named its 2006-07 Junior Board. The students from area high schools study the preservation of historic places and artifacts. In 2007, they will award $25,000 in grant money to local historical societies and organizations that preserve Southern history. Shown are Erica Bettross (seated, from left), a sophomore at Thomson High School; President Molly Newsome, senior, Washington-Wilkes Consolidated School; Allegra Yeley, senior, John S. Davidson Fine Arts School; Secretary Laura Lemley, sophomore, Augusta Preparatory Day School; and Vice President Bonnie Bounds, senior, Briarwood Academy; John Spivey (standing), junior, Briarwood Academy; Historian Jamie Russell, sophomore, Briarwood Academy; Parliamentarian David Russell, senior, Briarwood Academy; Liz Grant, senior, Washington-Wilkes Consolidated School; Spencer Swinson, sophomore, Washington-Wilkes Consolidated School; Kimber Kirkland, junior, Lincoln County High School; Chris Hearon, senior, Westminster Schools of Augusta; and Delaney Russell, junior, Washington-Wilkes Consolidated School. New to the board are Erica, Kimber, Jamie, John and Spencer. Since the 2000-01 school term, the board has awarded more than $140,000 in grants to dozens of area organizations.

Photo: Pumpkin Carver
Shelby Bubier, 10, of Evans, holds her winning entry in the 2006 The Columbia County News-Times Carve The Pumpkin Coloring Contest.

Photos: It's all about family
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard E. McKnight, of Martinez, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and Furman Warren Crook celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 14.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Newsmakers
Matthew R. Erickson, of Martinez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Erickson, was named to the Dean's List for summer semester 2006 at the University of Georgia. Erickson earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

2006 Carve the Pumpkin coloring contest
View the entries in the 2006 Carve the Pumpkin coloring contest.

Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Lewiston Elementary School Honor Roll

Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll
Honor roll lists from Grovetown Middle School Honor Roll

School councils
The South Columbia Elementary School Council will meet in the media center at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 15 to vote on new business representatives. The council also will meet at 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 16, March 20 and May 15, and at 8:45 a.m. June 19.

Bond package offers 'bag of treats'
The assertions of the editor to the notwithstanding, there are no "tricks hidden" among the list of projects to be financed by the Columbia County Capitol Improvements Bonds on which the citizens will vote Nov. 7.

Elect Hammond school board chairman
In 2002, Columbia County's Republican voters gave an overwhelming "yes" to this straw-poll question: "Are you in favor of having the chairman of the Columbia County Board of Education elected by a countywide vote?"

Resignation does damage
Ouch. That's gotta leave a mark. Wednesday morning, a blizzard of e-mail messages traveled around from James Hanby Sr., announcing his resignation as chief of staff for Terry Holley.

Tie-breaking run ends Lady Panthers' postseason
Sometimes perfor-mances that are pretty impressive are overshadowed by bigger events.

Both Greenbrier teams win first place
As the postseason nears in the sport of cross country, several Columbia County teams came together once again for the annual Columbia County Invitational at Greenbrier High School on Oct. 21.

Prep calendar
Prep sports calendar for Friday and Saturday sporting events.

ACS also plans updates to gridiron
As the Augusta Christian Schools' athletic department continues to grow, athletic director Bruce Lane said the school will soon add a new athletic field house to accommodate the increasing numbers.

Sports calendar
Absolute Power Source, which offers personal training in strength, fitness and diet consultation, is holding open registration for a limited number of spots. For information, call James McCarty at (706) 306-0285.

Basketball starts this week with workouts
Basketball season begins Monday when the Georgia High School Association allows local teams their first official practice of the season.

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