Thursday, May 31, 2007

For those who oppose current immigration bill, Bill Greene is 'your guy'
I sent an e-mail to Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss asking them to vote against this horrible immigration bill. We do not need more meaningless laws accompanied by instant amnesty to 12-20 million illegal aliens in this country.

Those who want a 'businessman with a vision' should vote for McGuire
Most people aren't interested in political races because they just don't care. It always seems that it's always the same old hot air being spewed.

Mistletoe hikes to focus on wildlife
Exploration will take place Saturday at Mistletoe State Park. The Appling park will hold "What's Living in Our Lake?" from 10 a.m. until noon.

Event recognizes veterans
Several hundred people decked out in patriotic colors filled the lawn of the Columbia County Justice Center in Evans on Saturday for the seventh annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration.

Summer patrols to increase
School has been out for a little more than a week, and most Columbia County police say they expect to see a rise in crimes perpetrated by young people.

Reception honors Tommy Price, secretary
An era in Columbia County education is drawing to a close. School system Superintendent Tommy Price and his administrative assistant, Pam Zgutowicz, are retiring from their full-time posts June 30.

Early hours canceled at local library
Demand is high for summer programs at the Columbia County Library, but not for expanded early morning hours, county officials say.

Group awards scholarships
Evans High School graduate Chandler Sims recently found out he'll be joining his older brother at the University of Georgia in the fall.

Current events
Absentee voting is now available for the June 19 special election. Voters may cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday through June 18 at the Board of Elections office in the Columbia County Government Center, Building E, adjacent to the Board of Health. Call (706) 868-3355.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

Get up and go
The Crabb Family will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta in a benefit concert for the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the CPC on Broad Street and at Lifeway Bookstore. For information, call (706) 724-5531.

Photo: Teacher on display
Andrea Smock, an eighth-grade science teacher at Greenbrier Middle School, peers out of a display case where she spent the day as promised after pupils donated $1,000 to the Ryan Clark Memorial Fund.

Photo: Youngsters enjoy spring events
Girl Scout Troop 101 from Stevens Creek Elementary School visited the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens on April 28. Coaches from the First Tee provided golf instruction for the girls.

Photo: Student gets ACE award
The Exchange Club presented the ACE Award to Zak Beyersdoerfer during a recent meeting. ACE stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence and is a $1,000 scholarship given to a Columbia County student each year who has overcome adversity in high school.

Pet of the week
This male English bulldog/boxer mix is very sweet and loving. He is about 2 years old and is available for adoption 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.

Columbia Middle School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks Columbia Middle School Honor Roll.

Time Capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, May 22, 1958:

Graduation gallery
UGA graduate Brooke Cadle poses with her family: Nancye Cadle (from left), Frances Normand, Joe Cadle, Alexandria Cadle, and Jackie Cadle.

Martinez Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll at Martinez Elementary School.

Photo: Scholarship winners attend banquet
The Georgia Tech Club of Augusta Scholarship winners attended a banquet May 22. The scholarship winners are: Summer Bragg (from left), Katie Croft, Tabatha Pilgrim, Carol Skenes, Bridget Gorta and Tiffany Adams.

Are you smarter than a quiz show?
Once in a while, as I while away some post-dinner time watching Jeopardy, I wonder why the Mensa-level contestants drop the ball on such easy questions.

Temperatures help us focus
The extremes help put things in perspective. Chatting with other guests on Memorial Day after the dedication of Grovetown's magnificent Veterans Memorial Wall, there was one common theme: It sure was hot.

TADs are worth an explanation
By all means, commissioners: Inform the public. At least County officials are saying they haven't yet decided whether to hold public information sessions to explain an upcoming referendum on Tax Allocation Districts for Columbia County. Duh. They should.

Athlete Spotlight: Zach Smith
Zach Smith has endured more than just about any other young baseball player this season, but no one would know it by talking to him. "I enjoy being out here and playing this sport. I love it," the Evans boy said before a recent game at Riverside Park.

Gordon Park Speedway results
Adam Nation won the 2006 Points Championship in the Stock 4 Class at Gordon Park Speedway.

Football is still far off, but here's a look ahead
With the 2006-07 school year complete, it's time for football teams to enter summer workout mode. Daily weight-training workouts, passing camps, seven-on-seven drills, conditioning work and much more are in store for football players this summer.

Augusta Prep helps small team succeed
Augusta Prep soccer has gone international. Thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, a club soccer team from one of the larger cities in Ghana will visit the small village of Nsawam this summer for a soccer match.

Greenbrier takes down Marist for championship spot
For the Greenbrier baseball team, the second time around seems to be better. The Wolfpack once again earned a spot in the Class AAAA state championship series with a two-game sweep over Marist in the state semifinals on Memorial Day.

Sports Calendar
Aquinas High School is offering summer sports camps for students entering grades 5-8.

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