Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Citizens missed a valuable opportunity to meet candidates in elections
I attended the Grovetown Stump Meeting last Thursday night. I was disappointed that more citizens failed to make the effort to attend the meeting.

Freshmen win energy award
Four Lakeside High School freshmen were awarded top state honors Thursday in the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge.

Graduation of county's seniors nears
More than 1,300 seniors will receive their diplomas when Columbia County's high schools hold their graduation ceremonies at James Brown Arena in Augusta on Saturday.

Residents invited to ball game
Columbia County residents will be the guests of a Columbia County GreenJackets Day on Saturday.

Senior awarded scholarships
Harlem High School senior Justin Youngblood, who plans to pursue studies in the automotive field, will have plenty of options after he graduates this weekend.

Flat Stanley back from White House
Jack Novak, 9, enjoys collecting autographs. Recently, the Lewiston Elementary School third-grader received his most prized collection in the mail a few weeks before spring break direct from the White House.

Regional water meeting held
A regional town meeting to discuss Georgia's statewide water planning and conservation efforts will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 23 at Augusta Technical College's Information Technology Center, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive.

Teachers like getting notes of appreciation
Friday is the last day of school, but it is not too late for procrastinators to find that perfect gift for their children's teachers. Educators said gift cards from spas to book stores are perennial favorites.

Family organizes bone marrow donor sign-ups
Doctors gave Lisa Shead's husband, Neal, a poor prognosis when he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in January.

Science team returns from capital
The Lakeside High School Science Bowl Team recently returned from the national Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C.

Pet of the week
This 3-month-old kitten is very loving and playful. It is a domestic shorthaired tabby and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov.

Newsmakers
Greenbrier senior Michael Hester, son of Dan and Donna Hester of Evans, was one of 250 students who attended the fifth annual Scholar's Day at Georgia Southern University. Michael was one of only 60 students to be awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

Photo: Stevens Creek takes first place in math competition
Stevens Creek Elementary students received first place honors in the Elementary Math Competition held at Lakeside High School.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Newsmakers
Jian Huang, of Martinez, a senior at Lakeside High School, has been named a winner of the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship award. Huang's probable career field is computer science.

Weekend events
Kevin Eubanks, 10, of Evans, collected trash along Evans-to-Locks Road with fellow members of Cub Scout Pack 620.

Photo: Out to the ball game
The Miller family traveled to Atlanta on May 4 to watch the Braves play the Dodgers. Pictured are Larry and Edie Miller with their children Mason (left) and Morgan.

Photo: Lakeside spring practice
Lakeside's new football coach and athletics director Jody Grooms (right) works with quarterback Kyle Tudor during spring football drills on Wednesday, May 9.

Police blotter
Two people injured in a fatal truck wreck early Sunday in Columbia County remained in the hospital Monday.

Current events
An urban wildflower Weed Walk, beginning with a photo presentation and study of plants, will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Reed Creek Park Interpretive Center. Space is limited. To register, call John Graham at (706) 868-0296.

Get Up and Go
The Jubalheirs will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Kiokee Baptist Church, 2520 Ray Owens Road, in Appling. For information, call (706) 541-1086.

Getting ready for prime time
The field wasn't quite full and the spectators too few, but I doubt anyone left last Thursday's Stump Meeting in Grovetown wishing they'd instead stayed home to watch TV.

The mothers of 'Wingdom' and Earth
Excerpts from Calvin Reid's Bird Life in Wingdom appeared often in the children's sermons at our church. Adults liked them, too, and listened intently as the pastor compared human offspring to baby birds, and their parents to Mrs. Sparrow or Mr. Crow.

As scandal ends, so should pre-K
The end of another year of Columbia County schools is a good time to conclude what could be the county's biggest teapot-tempest ever: The pre-K drawing scandal.

Playoffs continue at Greenbrier
State playoff baseball will continue today for the Greenbrier baseball team. A two-game sweep over Whitewater on Friday came in the form of a 5-1 win and an 11-0 blowout.

Evans, Harlem fall in first-round play
Two local baseball teams saw their seasons come to an end last weekend in the first round of state tournament play.

Athlete Spotlight: Russ Winter
For each and every game this season, Winter has been behind the plate at the Greenbrier baseball diamond. It hasn't always been that way. He was once on the other end of the pitcher-catcher process as a child playing ball at Martinez-Evans Little League.

Sports calendar
Augusta Prep's fifth annual summer volleyball camps will take place June 25-29. The middle school session (grades 5-8) will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and the high school session (grades 9-12) will run from 1-4 p.m.

Senior signs with Aiken Tech
To Wes Wuchte, the end of the 2006-07 basketball season presented a problem he had never experienced before.

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