Wednesday, April 11, 2007

County's Community Events department 'commended for jazz series
Editor:Columbia County Community Events is to be commended for its outstanding March series, Sounds of Jazz. Those attending were treated to a wide range of talented jazz artists. The series was held four consecutive Friday nights, conveniently early at 7 p.m., easily accessible at our beautiful Columbia County Library performing arts theater. Inexpensive tickets made the series affordable for people of all ages.

Impact fees must be 'meaningful' to maintain the county's quality of life
Editor:About 33 cities and counties across Georgia levy impact fees for infrastructure needs. New growth should pay its share for the infrastructure needs - stormwater, transportation, recreation, public safety, etc. Elected officials should not settle for anything less than the national/state average for impact fees.

Mother, son make their Habitat house a home
Teneshia Willingham couldn't hide her big smile March 24 as she was handed the keys to her new Winfield home.

Play tells story of Noah, ark
The Enopion Theater Company will bring the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark to life Thursday through Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

Teacher heads to Hawaii
Comic books, pamphlets, songs, videos, Web pages, essays, poems and posters were among the projects that Lakeside High School students submitted for the national Igniting Creative Energy Challenge.

Dry, windy weather eases but risk of fires remains high
More than a month of dry and windy weather that caused the National Weather Service to issue fire advisories recently should moderate beginning today, meteorologists say.

Scout seeks books for project
An Evans teen is looking for gently used and new books as part of his quest to make Eagle Scout and promote literacy among area youths.

County officials considering recycling
Columbia County officials are waiting to hear residents' views on a potential county-operated recycling program.

Current Events
Augusta State University senior Rebekkah Bullard is holding a ceramic art show in the former Columbia Theatre building in Harlem through Saturday. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. All art will be for sale with 10 percent of the proceeds benefitting the theater building fund. Donations also will be accepted. For more information, call (706) 556-1590 or (706) 513-7327.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Stevens Creek Elementary School third nine weeks honor roll.

Lady Patriots to compete for state cup
The U-17 Columbia County Lady Patriots display their GYSA Athena Champions medals and some of their team trophies. The team will compete for the Georgia State Cup in June. With their latest Champions Promotion, team members will compete in Georgia's top division as a U-19 team in the fall. Many of the girls also play for the Greenbrier and Harlem soccer teams. Team members: Kate Agel (front left) and Mary Kay Law; Emma Gladman (back, from left), Stormi Childs, Mary Kate Lollar, Ashley Jackson, Libby Dalis, Meagan Morgan, Hillary Wilson, Katlin Kupar, Jessica Lewis and Erika Ribble. Not shown are Allie Wilmoth, Nadia Franz and Ariel Knight.

Greenbrier Elementary School Honor Roll
Greenbrier Elementary School third nine weeks honor roll.

Nice shot!
Matthew Turner, 7, holed a 103-yard shot with a 7-iron at the sixth hole at First Tee of Augusta. The little lefty comes from a strong pedigree of hole-in-one hitters. His grandfather, Richard Turner, Sr. has hit at least 13 aces in his lifetime.

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll
Columbia Middle School third nine weeks honor roll.

Pupils learn about Good Shepherd
Philip Capers, of Lexington, Ga., brother of Mosaic United Methodist Church pastor Carolyn Moore, brought some sheep for the children at Mosaic to look at during a discussion about the Good Shepherd. Pictured are: Thomas Richey, Robbie Wilkinson, Vayle Raley, Lauren Sanchez, Quinton Ponder, Jacob Durand, Rey Taylor, Ryan Connor and Ashlyn Henning look at the sheep.

Pet of the week
Camille, a 6-year-old tortoiseshell cat, is available for adoption through the CSRA Humane Society. Adoptions are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the organization's headquarters, 425 Wood St., Augusta. Visit www.csrahumanesociety.org or call (706) 261-7387.

Girls give hair to charity
Sarah and Allison Dennis, the daughters of Sylvia and James Dennis, shown with Jayne Sizemore, had their hair cut for Locks of Love. The girls attend South Columbia Elementary School.

Police Blotter
The investigation of a March 20 case in which a 2-year-old Grovetown child was fatally struck by a school bus has been forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for further review, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Monday.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Here is the Riverside Elementary School third nine weeks honor roll.

Brownies deliver cookies to Fisher House
The Greenbrier Brownie Troop No. 334 stopped by the Fisher House at Fort Gordon to deliver cookies. They collected the money and gave more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Fisher House. Those participating in the event were Katelyn Anderson, Alexis Peake, Dalyn Smith, Madison Baker, McKay Franks, Amelia Fournier, Olivia Holt, Abbey Haynie, Ellen Johnson, Maggie Christine and troop leaders Jennifer Anderson and Shronda Peake.

Farmers market in bloom
Kendall Dixon, 5, (center) helps her grandmother, Pat Jones (right), by giving a plant to Carla Gamlin, of Evans, at the Columbia County Farmers Market in the Evans Town Center Field. County officials plan more farmers markets featuring plants and produce for April 28 and May 12.

'Look, I found an Easter egg!'
Americus, 11 months, and Carla Lawson, 3, look for Easter eggs on Easter morning. Their parents are Jonathan and Candace Lawson. Their grandparents are Joyce and Ronald Cooper, of Martinez.

Masters gallery
Ammie Campbell and Jarrod Owens attended practice rounds at Augusta National Golf Club.

Pet of the week
This female golden retriever is between 2 and 3 years old. She is available for adoption Thursday 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. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt, and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area.

Fun in the sun
Sisters and sisters-in-law Debbie Miles (bottom, from left), Angela Kitchens, Joyce Miles (top, from left) and Wanda Akridge took a six-day cruise to Mexico, Key West and Grand Cayman, where they enjoyed sightseeing, shopping and relaxing in the sun.

States Fair Day at EDS
Episcopal Day School fourth-grader Iverson Johnson, of Martinez, shows his exhibit about Oregon to his mother, Susan Johnson, and grandmother, Gloria Johnson, during the school's States Fair, in which students research a state and create a presentation. Iverson dressed as Oregon native actor Danny Glover.

Real accomplishments hard to find
Sanjaya Malakar. The name alone evokes an aura of mystery, romance, intrigue, and... confusion. The kid is fairly sweet, I guess, though I detect a bit too much self-satisfaction. He's the "new" American, obviously not your average WASP. He's adventuresome, in the sense that he doesn't mind wearing his hair like a row of feather dusters.

Thankfully, no vote included
It's official. Charlie Norwood is spinning in his grave.

Fiscal 'restraint' threatens MCG
Funding for an important project for our community is being threatened by a philosophical fight in the Georgia Legislature - and common sense needs to prevail.

Landfill is place for club to shoot
On a windy Thursday afternoon on March 29, a loud shot rang out across the property of the now-closed Columbia County landfill off Chamblin Road in Grovetown.

Athlete Spotlight
Augusta Prep girls soccer coach Forrest Wimberly has nicknames for his top three seniors. The casual listener might think he was calling out professional wrestlers rather than high school girls.

Springing into the season
Several signs of spring hit the Augusta area this time of year. The annual Masters Tournament and a bout of unpredictable weather are just a couple.

Masters favorites played well last week
I forecasted last week that five of the players who barely squeaked into this year's Masters Tournament could be players to watch this year. The group did not disappoint.

Gordon Park Speedway Race Results
Gordon Park Speedway Race Results, April 7

Sports calendar
Registration is open for the annual Greenbrier Fastpitch Softball Clinic held May 29-June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenbrier High School. The clinic, open to girls in grades 2-8, costs $80 and includes snacks, cold drinks and a camp T-shirt. For information, visit www.greenbrier athletics.net or call (706) 863-8709 or (706) 650-6040.

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