Thursday, March 22, 2007

Farmers market series to open
Columbia County officials will offer the first of four farmers markets starting Saturday.

Second class held to teach children ways to stay safe
Citing heavy demand, a Martinez karate dojo is offering a second class March 30 to teach children how to protect themselves from strangers.

Board to decide on rezoning
The Columbia County Planning Commission gave its blessing Thursday to a rezoning request by an Evans concrete company for new office space.

Software slows printing of bills
Water bill woes are continuing in Grovetown not just for residents, but for city employees also.

Laurel and Hardy inspired
Harlem resident Gary Russeth recently completed another artistic creation depicting his favorite comedic duo - Laurel and Hardy.

School continues cancer walk
Cora Neal motivated her pupils, fellow teachers and administrators at North Harlem Elementary School to raise money for Relay for Life.

Surgery center opens at University's campus
University Hospital and Atlanta-based Alliance Surgery officials opened an Evans surgery center to the public Thursday.

Things to Do
The American Red Cross of Augusta will hold free CPR classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, in Martinez. For information, call (706) 724-8481.

Photo: Greenbrier pupils deliver goody bags
Greenbrier Elementary School pupils delivered Valentine's goody bags to residents of Elmcroft Assisted Living on Feb. 14. Community service is a part of the pupils' 4-H curriculum.

Photo: Scholars win
Augusta Christian students participated in the Association of Christian Schools International Math Olympics recently.

Police blotter
A Martinez man called police Friday to report that his home's cable box had been shot with an arrow. He was in the front yard of his Brookfield subdivision home at about 5:45 p.m. Friday when he noticed an arrow sticking out of the Knology cable box.

Photo: Tech champion
Billy Spurlin, a senior at Harlem High School, attended the State Technology Fair on March 10 after placing first in Robotics and Project Programming at the regional fair Jan. 27. He placed first in Robotics and third in Project Programming at the state level.

Photo: Haydens All-Stars team wins nationals
Haydens All-Stars Junior Black competitive cheerleading squad won at the Cheersport Nationals held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Feb. 18.

Photo: Spurs claim Midget League championship
The Columbia County Spurs 11-12-year-old boys are the Midget League Basketball Champions with a 16-0 record for the season.

Current events
Greenbrier Elementary School will hold a spring Scholastic book fair in the media center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through March 29, with family night from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Photo: Pet of the week
This female boxer mix is very playful and friendly. She is about a year old. She is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Photo: Language leader
The Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport named Angelica Eubanks, a Spanish teacher at Lakeside High School, the 2007 FLAIR Teacher of the Year. Eubanks will be recognized by the Georgia State Department of Education in Atlanta in the spring.

Photos: Columbia County Chamber unveils logo
Jean Roper, the chairwoman of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, uncovers the chamber's new logo as Interim Chamber Director Brett McGuire looks on.

Photo: Schools crown pageant winners
The 2007 Miss Lakeside High Pageant winner is Alicia Marie Sweat, the daughter of Victor and Rina Powell and Horace Sweat.

Photo: MOWW holds youth conference
The Augusta chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars conducted its 13th annual youth leadership Conference March 9-10 at Westminster Schools of Augusta.

Peace and quiet carries a hefty price
As public works projects go, a sound barrier along an interstate highway isn't as exciting as a new school or library.

Another race gets crowded
It looks as though there will be an actual race for the 24th District state Senate seat.

A new coach, with same old challenge
The old saying is that the third time is the charm. For Lakeside High School, boosters likely are hoping their third football coach this century is the secret to gridiron success.

Costly 'freebies' and 'hopeful news'
You don't have to look far to find "hopeful news" that doesn't live up to its hype. I still have the full-page furniture store ad in my files announcing their fabulous mattress and box spring sale.

Columnist overlooked talented ball players
I must admit I was fuming a bit last week after reading a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Sports calendar
The third annual Daniel E. Hall III Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at Jones Creek Golf Club on April 14 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Wolfpack to play at Olmstead
Wolfpack fans will trade in their lawn chairs for box seats this Friday. The Greenbrier baseball game against Statesboro, originally scheduled as a home game, has been moved to Lake Olmstead Stadium.

2 losses, a win for Lions' cubs
After the Augusta Christian baseball team lost 11 seniors from last season's state championship squad, finding replacements has been at the top of the Lions' to-do list.

Greenbrier avoids repeat of Evans' soccer upset
Visions of an upset win once again danced in the heads of the Evans boys soccer team. A win over region rival Greenbrier last Friday would have been a dream come true.

Athletes Spotlight: Christie Hart, Megan Morgan and Whitney Martinez
Ask Harlem's top three female soccer players how they're doing this season and they'll offer a humble reply. "We're doing OK," senior Christie Hart said. "It's not that we're really good. We just haven't played anyone yet."

Track Results
Augusta Christian's first track meet of the season took place at Wilson Hall in Sumter, S.C., on March 14. The Lady Lions are the defending SCISA state champions.

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