Sunday, January 14, 2007

Outburst won't change rules
In response to a recent complaint from an Evans mother, the Columbia County Library Board decided Tuesday that it shouldn't create a new protocol about special-needs children and disruptive activity in the Columbia County Library.

Fifth-grader excels in gymnastics, classroom
Described as an "exceptional student" who finds the positive in every situation, Kayla Mayfield aims to make the most of every area of her life.

Group proposes historic designation
More than 20 residents brought mixed opinions to Harlem's final public information hearing about a proposed historic district.

Couple receives humanitarian award
Recognizing lives of public service, the Augusta Jewish Community Center recently named Martinez residents David and Meryl Alalof its Humanitarians of the Year for 2006.

Photo: There's an art to this show
Heather and Andrew Kline (left), of Rolling Stone Press, show print images to Judith Ruffin at the Morris 100 Print Fair at the Morris Museum of Art. The show, sponsored by the collecting affiliate group of the museum, had five dealers showing the works.

Center ready to open
Grovetown City Councilman David Daughtry said he hasn't been inside Grovetown's new community center during its construction.

School board approves rezoning plan
The Columbia County school board on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a new elementary school rezoning plan that excludes North Harlem Elementary.

Aerobics marathon will be held at gym at Fort Gordon
For anyone who might have gotten a little slack on their New Year's resolution to exercise, Fort Gordon has the solution - a six-hour aerobics marathon.

Group actively promotes area
A more than one-year-old bond among five counties linked to Clarks Hill Lake remains strong and continues to work for the betterment of the area, county officials say.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Park receives funding to expand its trails
Grovetown officials are anticipating the beginning of several city projects that will benefit residents.

Program for teens hailed as a lifesaver
For the first time in several years, Columbia County officials can brag that no teens died on Columbia County roads in 2006.

Military milestones
Army Pfc. April M. Elam, a 2006 graduate of a high school program at Augusta Technical College and daughter of Theressa Elam, of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Road work will reroute physical training runs
Parking lot seal coating and road striping will continue at Fort Gordon possibly through March.

Collection could net museum
County officials say they are still seeking to make a tourist attraction out of a Martinez man's multimillion-dollar mounted exotic animal collection.

Chamber celebration will honor business community
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet Jan. 22 to honor its members.

Drink mixing is topic of center's fundraiser
James Bond likes his martinis shaken, not stirred. But 007's preference in how his martini was prepared probably had nothing to do with the science behind the two methods.

High tax returns raise questions
Although sales tax collections continue to increase in Columbia County, the rise in such figures might not be as high as recent returns suggest.

School Lunch Menus
School lunch menus for Columbia County schools.

Reed Creek Park interpretive center preview
A first-grade class from Bel Air Elementary School tours Reed Creek Park in Martinez in a preview of the new interpretive center.

Places to Go
Georgia Safe Therapeutic Foster Care will hold an orientation and general interest meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at its office, 4424 Columbia Road, Suite B. For information, call (706) 210-3435.

Photo: United boys take league championship
The 2006 United were league champions for the Columbia County Recreation Department U-12 Boys Division.

Newsmakers gallery
Pupils and staff at Greenbrier Elementary School collected toys and gifts for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, with each classroom adopting one boy and one girl.

DUI arrests
Derrick Lavonce Lee, 33, of the 3100 block of Johnson Drive in Appling, was charged with driving under the influence March 7, 2005, and was fined $810.

Marriage Licenses
Applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Divorces
Joseph Valdez and Crystal Valdez, Dec. 29, 2006.

Things to do
Alumni from Fort Gordon's Augusta in Army Boots program are needed. Call Sue Brewer at (706) 791-9308.

Photo: Sunday school with the Carters
Jean Stafford, Debbie O'Rourke and Jeanette James pose with President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter during a visit to Plains, Ga. to hear Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School in October.

Property Transfers
The Estate of Grace Malone Cramer to Walker T. Norman, 104 Katherine St., $10,000.

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

Police blotter
An Evans man faces child molestation and aggravated sexual battery charges after police say he inappropriately touched a minor during the course of many years.

Photo: Board-cutting opens Lowe's
Lowe's operation manager Tracy McLaughlin (left) and store manager Steve Fennell (right) held a board while Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross cut it in half to officially open the store Thursday.

Greyhound of the week
Nora is a sweet and well-behaved 3-year-old. She has recovered from a broken hip but occasionally limps from it. She would do best in a calm home where she would not do a lot of running, but walks would be great for her.

Photo: Family Y opens in Evans
Seven-year-old Nicholas Gargaro, of Evans, climbs a rock wall during the grand opening celebration for the new Marshall Family Y in Evans on Jan. 6. The 12,000-square-foot facility on Washington Road near Wal-Mart opened in November.

Time capsule
Three members of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners met with the Martinez-Evans Citizens League to discuss county government at the league's regular meeting Monday night.

Current events
The Augusta Symphony Guild and Augusta Symphony will hold its annual youth competition at 1 p.m. today at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at Augusta State University. For information, call Jennifer Witcher at (706) 826-4706.

Should state allow Sunday alcohol sales?
Want to serve alcohol at a party in your home on Super Bowl Sunday? In Georgia, you'd better plan to buy the booze on Saturday.

Rev. Ira Hawk left quite a gift
During the 1930s "The Columbia News" had as the Grovetown correspondent the newly arrived Presbyterian minister the Rev. Ira Tapper Hawk.

History falls in the path of progress
If ever I were once again subject to the simple nightmares of childhood, those dreams would be haunted by trackhoes.

'Node' rules will harmonize development
They probably won't link arms and sing "Kumbaya" at Tuesday night's County Commission meeting. But it's heartwarming to hear a measure of harmony from something as contentious as a zoning issue.

Sports Calendar
The CSRA Junior Tennis League for ages 8-18 is holding open registration for the spring team tennis season through Monday. To register, go to www.csratennis.com and in the menu under "Juniors" and "Registration" click on "Player."

Harlem finds silver lining
With a roster full of young, inexperienced talent, Harlem boys basketball coach Kim Chambers knew he'd be fighting an uphill battle when it came time to play through the region schedule.

Basketball game benefits charity
Evans High School's boys basketball team isn't scheduled to play Tuesday, but two Knights will coach in a game that could change lives.

Gymnastics Results
Haydens Gymnastics results from the GGA EZ Classic, Suwanee, Ga., Jan. 6

Writer aims for a repeat performance
Few Columbia County sports fans truly know the significance of the 2006-07 basketball season.

National publication has Belcher in top 50
Greenbrier junior Nolan Belcher has been listed among the top 50 high school baseball players in the United States, according to Baseball America's latest rankings.

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