Sunday, May 27, 2007

Consider the source in Jimmy Carter's criticism of President Bush
The first time I read the quote, it was directed by one Southern gubernatorial candidate to another. It fits many situations and has been used many times since then, but may I be among the first to say: "Being called the worst president in history by Jimmy Carter is like being called ugly by a bullfrog."

Columbia Middle commended for musical fund-raiser for animal group
I would like to commend the Fine Arts Department at Columbia Middle School. Under the able direction of Katie Bennett, director of bands, and Phillip Streetman, director of choral activities, a wonderful concert was presented to delighted parents and guests.

Fire service boasts new tools
Fire trucks crowded the Columbia County Justice Center parking lot Wednesday as Columbia County officials and guests marveled at the newest additions to the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue fleet.

Families pay to use community pools
It is not unusual to see Jackie Omar lounging by the Springlakes Community Pool on a sunny summer day.

Couple invests in herb garden
In a narrow space of their Martinez back yard, homeowners Mary Ann and Marc Woodworth decided to spice up the area that normally goes unused. They planted an herb garden.

Evans girl wins award for her duck art
A 10-year-old Evans girl recently won a state-level award in a national waterfowl conservation student art contest.

Designation could spur development
The county board tasked with sparking economic development has thrown its support behind a proposal to jump-start redevelopment in Columbia County.

Budget adds grad coaches
The Columbia County school system likely will have seven new graduation coaches for its middle schools and more money for its athletic programs next year.

Telethon funds will be used for children's care
The Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center is issuing a call for help to continue providing high-quality care to youngsters in the Augusta area.

Officers keep flame moving
Columbia County sheriff's deputies and auxiliary members pounded the pavement Monday for a special cause.

Athlete has academic passion
Taylor Hooven has a passion for athletics, but he says he knows that academics will pave the path for his lot in life.

How your lawn can weather drought
When is it going to rain? This is a question that I have been asked many times lately. I wish I knew.

Former candidate speaks at rally for 10th District hopeful
Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes spoke on the issues of immigration, abortion and the state of American politics Wednesday at a rally in Evans.

Festival to honor heritage
Grovetown's history and Columbia County's military veterans will take center stage at the city's fifth annual Heritage Festival.

Officials urge holiday caution
Boaters and motorists beware. State and county authorities say they will be aggressively patrolling area streets and waterways this Memorial Day weekend.

Vacation photo
Angie Griffin (from left), Madelynn Griffin, Dorothy Arrowood and Vicky Arrowood, four generations of the same family, vacationed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they had dinner and saw a show at Dixie Stampede.

Newsmakers
Cori Smith, daughter of Jim and Beverly Smith, of Evans, has received a bachelor of science in advertising/communications magna cum laude from Florida State University. Cori is a 2003 graduate of Lakeside High School.

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

Graduation photos
Drew Hall and Thomas Booker graduated from Lakeside on May 19.

Current events
Johnnette Benkovic will be the featured speaker at the Women of Grace conference June 8-9 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road. Registration fee is $40. For information, call Sharon Parr (706) 860-2977 or Jeannine Eckert at (706) 854-0329.

Photo: Business Newsmaker
For the third consecutive year, Scott M. Fitzgerald, CLU, CFP of Strategic Financial Management, LLC has been named one of Prudential Financial's Top 20 financial planners.

Property Transfers
GB Development LLC to David L. Knight and Kelly A. Knight, 681 Brook Trail, $93,500.

Newsmakers
Patrick Stapleton and Amanda Parnell graduated from the University of Georgia.

Greyhound of the week
Honey is a 4-year-old retired racing greyhound in need of a home. She was tested to be all right around small children, small dogs and cats. For more information, call Jeanne McGee at (706) 796-1708 or visit www.CSRAGreyhoundAdoptions.org.

Divorces
Roberta Western and George Western, April 11, 2007.

Police Blotter
The driver in a May 13 double-fatality wreck in Columbia County was arrested and charged Tuesday with two counts of homicide by motor vehicle and driving under the influence.

All are entitled to day in court
You know, I'm glad for the reminders. I had thought that when you are charged with a crime, even a really stupid one, you have the right under our criminal justice system to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Remembering Grovetown's Rosland Hotel
Mounted on a weather vane, a bronze eagle once spread his majestic wings from high atop the cupola of the old Rosland Hotel.

Grovetown hails heritage, looks to future
A community that treasures its history is more likely to value its future. That is the message ringing through loud and clear from Columbia County's largest city, especially on this Memorial Day.

Sports Calendar
Augusta Christian Schools will hold a boys basketball camp Monday through Wednesday for fourth- to eighth-grade boys. The sixth- to eighth-grade camp will be 9 a.m. to noon, and the fourth- to fifth-grade camp will be 1-4 p.m.

Greenbrier faces Marist next
Greenbrier High School's baseball team has had plenty of success in recent years. The defending state champions are riding a 25-game winning streak, and will face Marist in the Class AAAA state semifinals Monday.

Pitcher heading to college
Kyle Golden wrapped up his high school pitching career with the Evans Knights this season. As one of the county's top pitchers, the senior hurler ensured he'll pitch at the next level by signing a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to play ball at Middle Georgia.

2007 'Pack living up to standards of last year
I must admit I never envisioned a scenario when I would be comparing the 2007 Greenbrier baseball team with the 2006 edition.

Girls soccer season saw serious level of success
Although the 2006-07 soccer season ended prematurely for most of Columbia County's soccer teams, it did bring some successes.

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