Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Preparation, simple measures ensure healthy lawns
April is National Lawn Care Month, so the Professional Landcare Network wants to make sure homeowners correctly care for their lawns.

Path of least resistance
The eastern leg of a proposed Euchee Creek greenway project is officially off the table, officials say, and Evans residents Sean and Amy Anderson say they're thrilled.

Bring indoor spaces outside
It's a cool spring or summer evening and your family and friends are curled up by a warm fire in your backyard with a sizzling dinner sending up enticing aromas from the grill.

Achieve colorful room by focusing on steps
As with the clothing you wear, your choice of colors in your home can say a lot about you and make you feel more or less comfortable in your environs.

'Roar of Love' takes center stage again
For more than 20 years, the Columbia County Ballet, formerly the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet, has entertained and enthralled audiences with its production of The Roar of Love, based on C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Irrigation is easier with proper plants
To help Georgians choose their spring and summer foliage wisely, the statewide waterSmart program offers spring planting tips to homeowners who want to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather to get in the garden and make them understand water better.

It takes lots of work to get home ready for sale
If you're like most, your home is your biggest investment and you want to get the most money possible when you sell it.

Use care in picking contractor
Consumers should be careful in choosing a contractor so they don't end up with someone who does shoddy work, exceeds agreed-on costs or takes longer than promised to complete the job.

Record number of patrons check out new library
Columbia County's newest library opened a year ago this week. In its first year, library officials say, records were broken regarding circulation, library attendance, participation in library programs, reference questions and computer use.

Containers are versatile, movable
Although the practice has been around for thousands of years, a swiftly growing trend in gardening is container gardening.

All ages can find the eggs
Columbia County and the city of Harlem will play host to their annual Easter egg hunts Saturday.

New director named
Karen Chrjapin officially took the reins Monday as the executive director of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Pet of the week
These three orange-and-white kittens are friendly and very playful. There are four 8-week-old tabby kittens in the litter. They are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control.

School lunch menu
School lunch menu for students in Columbia County.

Police blotter
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office recently arrested three people in connection to what authorities say is a prostitution ring.

River Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for River Ridge Elementary.

Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Brookwood Elementary.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Bel Air Elementary.

Photo: Bicycle tour benefits diabetes foundation
Evans High School senior Elizabeth Lee (left) collected donations and pledges totaling $1,800 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a 144-mile, 12-hour bicycle ride Feb. 17 that took her group through Harlem, Wrens, Sparta and McDuffie County.

Things To Do
Sponsors and participants are sought for the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue MDA Golf Tournament May 14 at the Bartram Trail Golf Club. For information, call David Dickenson at (706) 831-1308.

Get Up and Go
Vendors and volunteers are being sought for the May 28 Grovetown Heritage Festival, which this year will include dedication of the city's Memorial Wall. For more information, call Rosa Lee Owens at (706) 863-1867, or Dawn Green at (706) 210-5409.

Photo: CSRA Heat volleyball teams win big at tourney
The CSRA Heat Volleyball Club's 15-year-old Gold team took 2nd place in the Gold Division in the Southern Classic Tournament.

North Harlem Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for North Harlem Elementary.

Blue Ridge Elementary Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Blue Ridge Elementary.

School Councils
The Riverside Middle School council will hold parent elections at 7 p.m. April 12 in the gym. One parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the school will be elected to serve a two-year term. For information, call (706) 868-3714.

Time capsule
As reported 35 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Thursday, March 29, 1972:

Current events
Artists are invited to compete in the art show May 4 at the Columbia County library in Evans. The theme is "Pine, Clay and Cotton." The works will be featured in the Art in the Park festival May 5 at the memorial gardens.

Photo: Fire-rescue team goes hiking
Capt. Todd Caron (from left), engineer Kurt Bleemel, and Lt. Steve Weddle, of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, took time off to do some hiking in Smoky Mountain National Park. This photo was taken March 17 on top of the Chimney Tops trail in Tennessee.

Laying claim to constellation prize
My students galloped from P.E. gaily chirping about "constellation prizes." Thinking it fodder for a future column, I wrote the words, along with the children's definition, a reward for losers, on the whiteboard and promptly transitioned into instructional mode.

Bill takes aim at employers
If not for a jammed pistol, there might have been a funeral for a criminal last week.

Totally private pre-K is worth studying
Not too many years ago in Columbia County, some public schools operated only through 11th grade. Twelfth grade came later. Then kindergarten. Then, 15 years ago, the state piloted pre-kindergarten.

Consultant-mania goes a bit too far
Consultants are often a wise use of government money... Having said all that, the concept seems to have taken a slight turn toward the absurd in Columbia County where county officials have just hired a consultant - to help them hire a consultant.

Evans wins in game against Washington
Augusta Christian's 12-3 loss to Class AAAA No. 7 North Augusta last week came with a lesson learned. That lesson lasted exactly one-half of an inning.

Athlete Spotlight: Fred Auston
A large board affixed to the side of the press box at Augusta Christian Schools' football stadium holds the school's track and field records. Lions junior Fred Auston sees it every day.

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.

Recreation department runs low on umpires
Attention all thick-skinned people: The Columbia County Recreation Department needs you.

Boating course will teach water safety
In an effort to make area waterways safer, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary based at Thurmond Lake will offer a monthly safety course in Martinez beginning Saturday.

Juniors off to championship
Though golfers from all over the world will soon descend on Augusta for the Masters Tournament, a few local youths will head out of town for another golf competition.

Greenbrier slams Statesboro
Greenbrier's 7-0 win over Statesboro on Friday wrapped up the first week of Region 3B-AAAA play.

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