Wednesday, May 23, 2007

If people did as they are supposed to, railroads wouldn't need flagmen
People with the ignorance and arrogance of Barry Paschal (column, "I'd be workin' on the railroad," May 27) are the reason that on an average day in the United States there are nearly 20 collisions between trains and motor vehicles and three people die.

County taxpayers would benefit from freeze on property tax values
Extraordinary growth and development in certain areas of Columbia County has caused an undeserved burden on citizens with small acreage in those areas, not to speak of households in general.

Churches hold Bible school
Establishing a strong faith-based foundation for young children is what vacation Bible school is all about, and many area churches are hoping this year's programs are a big draw for youngsters.

Evans Lions Club gets charter
The Evans Lions Club - the first to be charted in the area in 17 years - received its charter at a special ceremony Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Event benefits bird sanctuary
Ron Johnson is holding a Memorial Day weekend of barbecue, music and movies to help his feathered friends of flight.

Trails at Euchee Creek nears final months of expansion
The expansion of a Grovetown park is nearly complete. Work to expand The Trails at Euchee Creek began in early March.

Holiday festivities gear up
Columbia County will honor its late congressional representative and other military veterans Saturday during the seventh annual Red, White and Blue Celebration.

Students are ready for summer vacation
School let out for the summer for more than 21,000 Columbia County students on Friday. Evans Middle School Principal Michael Johnson stood in the parking lot with a bullhorn to bid his pupils goodbye and to offer some final instructions.

Students celebrate as high school ends
High school is but a memory for more than 1,300 Columbia County pupils who graduated Saturday at James Brown Arena.

Class Reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1957 will hold its 50th reunion June 8-9. Call Linda Williams Beazley, (706) 736-8661, or Bill Force, (706) 733-3815.

Current events
Grovetown's Heritage Festival, which will include dedication of the city's Memorial Wall with speeches by Fort Gordon's commanding general and Columbia County historian Charles Lord, will be held Monday, on Memorial Day, in downtown Grovetown.

Photo: Rockers and Sting
The Georgia Sting U12 team won their championship game in North Augusta, S.C. and the Georgia Rockers 14U Fastpitch Softball Travel Team won the ASA Queen of the Diamonds Tournament in Statesboro, Ga.

Photo: Family vacation
Freddie Suber (from left) enjoyed Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Va., with sons Justin and D'Andre.

Police blotter
State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after the car he was driving struck a utility pole Sunday morning in downtown Atlanta.

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

Photos: Patriots compete
The U-11 Lady Patriots won the Augusta Arsenal Spring Shootout, and the Columbia County '98 Patriots U-9 Boys Soccer Team recently placed second at the Piggly Wiggly Shootout in Charleston, S.C.

Graduation gallery
Columbia County school system faculty and staff give Superintendent Tommy Price a standing ovation as he takes the stage during graduation ceremonies for Lakeside High School. He is retiring June 30 after 34 years as an educator and administrator.

Harbin tripped on feet of clay
At doesn't look quite as bad as the world-famous James Brown-in-a-bathrobe photo, but the Atlanta jailhouse mug shot of Ben Harbin didn't seem much like the gentle, self-effacing, serious young politician I've known since his entry into public life.

Celebration will remember Norwood
For each of the past six years, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Columbia County could expect a rousing, patriotic, state-of-the-country speech from U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Augusta Prep are runners-up
Riding the heels of a state championship in 2005-06, the Augusta Preparatory Day School boys golf team came home with another trophy this spring. The Cavaliers finished as state runner-up in the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA boys golf state championship tournament.

Athlete Spotlight: Josh Whitaker
It's hard to find an athlete with a better track record than Josh Whitaker.

Gordon Park Speedway Racing Results
Racing results at Gordon Park Speedway for May 19.

Sports Calendar
The 16th Annual Evans Knights Basketball Camp will be held at Evans High School from May 28-June 1 and June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $100 with lunch provided. For information, contact Kevin Kenny at (706) 951-3686, (706) 863-1198 or kkenny@ccboe.net

Former Knight is leading at Mercer
Former Evans standout Mike Armstrong wrapped up the regular season in fine fashion this weekend. He was 5-for-11 with a home run, five RBI and seven runs scored as Mercer swept a three-game series from East Tennessee State 4-3, 15-5 and 23-15.

Panthers make All-State Team
Postseason honors keep rolling in for the Lakeside boys golf team. The Panthers won the Class AAAA state championship for the second year in a row two weeks ago. Last week, several of the Lakeside boys were recognized for their individual efforts.

Evans players sign letters of intent
Two Evans High School seniors signed letters of intent last week to ensure they'll continue playing sports at the college level.

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