Sunday, March 4, 2007

Residents file complaints against sheriff's deputies
When a Columbia County resident is in need, a Columbia County sheriff's deputy is often the one who responds.

School board meeting recordings to be destroyed after 2 weeks
From now on, citizens requesting a permanent record of Columbia County school board meetings will have a two-week window to receive an audiotape of the proceedings.

Construction site thefts rise
Although some burglars might prefer gold or silver, these days another element seems to be catching the eyes of would-be thieves.

Art show to benefit MCG kids
A Greenbrier High School senior studying art therapy for her senior project is planning an art show to benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Teen continues family legacy with STAR Student accolades
Andy House, a 17-year-old senior at Augusta Christian Schools, is the second sibling in his family to receive the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition honor; his older brother, Wayne, was named ACS' STAR Student last year.

PJ party planned for special-needs kids
The Columbia County Library and Project LINK are inviting special needs children and their families to a pajama party.

Flat Stanley dolls make their way around world
A world traveler recently made a surprise visit to Catherine Cowart's second-grade class. Flat Stanley, a fictional cutout character who was squashed flat by a bulletin board in Jeff Brown's 1964 children's book, returned Feb. 23 from a trip of visiting soldiers in Baghdad, Iraq.

Fallen, not forgotten
David Butler is in search of hundreds of old graves. The Martinez resident's goal is to chronicle the grave sites of Confederate veterans from Columbia County using a camera and Global Positioning System coordinates.

Series of jazz musicians set to entertain
The arrival of spring will be accompanied by music in Columbia County.

Several companies express interest in moving to county
Officials with Columbia County's Development Authority say several companies have recently expressed interest in moving to the county, potentially bringing hundreds of jobs with them.

Photo: Conservation award presented
Michael D. Anderson (center) is joined by his family, Summer Anderson (from left), Wanda Anderson and Skyler Anderson as he receives an award for "Outstanding Conservationist" from Rick Crawford, chairman of the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Photo: Squad wins class championship
The Haydens All Stars Junior Black competition cheerleading squad won first place and the class championship at Power Jam National Cheer and Dance competition in Macon, Ga., on Jan. 21.

Time capsule
As reported 41 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, March 3, 1966:

Photo: A break in Tennessee
Kari and Ray Poss, of Harlem, took their family to Gatlinburg, Tenn., for the school winter break. They visited the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

Current events
The award-winning gospel group The Isaacs will perform in concert at 7 p.m. today at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Admission is free; an offering will be taken. For information, call (706) 869-1774.

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Columbia Middle School.

Photo: Mardi Gras winners
The Hayden's Level 8 girls gymnastics team, Jasmine Brown (from left), Rita Payne, Taylor Blanton and Sydney Umstead, took first place at the Mardi Gras Invitational in Kennesaw, Ga.

Police Blotter
Funeral services were held Thursday for Cheryl Helmly, a 17-year-old Thomson High School junior, who was killed in an automobile crash on her way to school Tuesday.

Photo: Class celebrates 100 days
Susan Bourbo's first-grade class at Evans Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school, the halfway point of the school year. The school read 100 books to celebrate the day.

Property Transfers
CSRA Hometown Properties LLC to Jordan R. Duke and Rebekah B. Duke, 5133 Saddle Circle, $145,900.

Greyhound of the week
Sammy is a red-and-white 2-year-old male greyhound who came to CSRA Greyhounds out of a shelter in south Georgia. Sammy is cat-safe and small-dog safe, and probably good with children. He is a little on the shy side and will need lots of understanding in his new home.

Divorces
Richard Guy Hutchins and Melody Lanier Hutchins, Feb. 21, 2007.

Marriage licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Get Up and Go
Tuesday is the registration deadline for the Alzheimer's Association of Augusta's eighth annual educational symposium, "Alzheimer's and Dementias: A Wake Up Call," to be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Club in Fort Gordon.

Comparison of exit plans isn't even close
When The Augusta Chronicle published a story last Sunday showing how Richmond County taxpayers have gotten ripped off by their school board's "consulting" contract with ex-superintendent Charles Larke, the question understandably arose: How does that compare with Columbia County's final contract with Tommy Price?

Don't blame locals for missteps next door
Unfair comparisons between Richmond and Columbia counties are nothing new. But it sure would be refreshing if some of the noisy naysayers got their facts straight before kicking our officials in the teeth whenever there's a misstep next door.

Offering an invitation to paradise
Several years ago during Lent, the UPS driver dropped the customary oversized envelope at my front door. The packets arrive often, always late in the day, always soliciting another round of commentary the publisher will add to one of their music magazines under the heading "Performance Notes."

Crowded field, with right race
First, a correction. In my past three columns, I have given the incorrect district number for state Sen. Jim Whitehead. He serves in District 24, not District 22.

Young players lead Evans to successful opening
Baseball season began this past week with Lakeside and Evans getting a few unexpected curve balls.

Columbia County players red hot in Peach Belt
Both of our local colleges are off to great starts on the diamond this season. University of South Carolina Aiken is currently 12-3 and ranked 13th in the nation, while Augusta State is 13-5 and ranked 20th nationally.

Bulldogs open season with win
In an up-and-down baseball season last year, a win didn't come to the Harlem baseball team until the fifth game of the season. Bulldog fans didn't have to wait in 2007: The Harlem squad opened the season Tuesday with a 10-5 win over Lakeside.

Feminine twist revs players up while at bat
The first week of the baseball season can bring tension to young athletes. With games hanging in the balance and playing time still undecided, a trip to the plate can be a pressure-packed situation.

All-Region 3N-AAAA Basketball Teams
Selections were announced for the 3N-AAAA All-Region basketball teams.

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