Sunday, June 3, 2007

With election ahead, why not ask voters to decide town center rules?
Jeri Whitworth (letter, May 13, "Outdoor display prohibition should not be 'eroded' for big-box stores") and The News-Times' editorial (May 20, "Don't budge on town center rules") get it right. If Lowe's moved here, they knew the rules then, and that's the rule now.

If Mexico can't control its borders, U.S. should annex it as a territory
Perhaps I'm being deliberately naive in regards to real political ramifications, but in a conflict I look for ways to pressure my opponent outside of the predictable.

'Down-to-earth' Jackson is 'just the type person we need in Legislature'
Bill Jackson is just the type person we need in the Georgia Legislature, and I ask voters to select him in June to the state Senate seat.

Chambliss defends immigration work
A group of protesters met U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss outside the Evans restaurant where he spoke to members of the Columbia County Republican Party on May 26.

River Ridge instructor receives honor
Courtney Owen, a River Ridge Elementary School art teacher, was recently named the 2007 Outstanding Teacher in Visual Art by the Morris Museum of Art and Wachovia Corp.

Park offers different monthly events
A Columbia County park is offering a chance to learn about and see turtles, frogs, alligators and Georgia's other native reptiles and amphibians.

Japanese Beetles can cause much havoc
Every year in our gardens and landscapes, we have unwanted visitors that show up and leave a big mess. They eat just about everything in sight, and leave our plants in bad shape.

Use fences to keep canines from plants
Karen Crall loves her dogs, all seven of them. But she loves her roses, too.

Theaters offer movie series
Those looking for an entertaining way to beat the heat this summer with their children might want to consider a summer movie series at two area theaters.

Graduates gain education in way of life
The 64 graduates of Augusta Christian Schools received their high school diplomas May 26 before a standing room only crowd during commencement ceremonies at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.

Pupil to go to nation's capital
Kenneth Richardson might be just 11 years old, but he knows that he wants to serve as a leader to his peers and the people in his community.

Grovetown dedicates memorial over the holiday
On a day of lake outings and outdoor grilling, many chose to spend Memorial Day in Grovetown on Monday, celebrating the city's heritage and dedicating a memorial wall.

Things to Do
The Breast Health Center Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the Columbia County Health Department, in Evans, on June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 10 and Dec. 12. Appointments are required. For information, call (706) 868-3330.

Photo: Augusta Prep students excel
The Augusta Prep General Excellence Award recognizes the student in each grade with the highest grade point average for the 2006-2007 academic year. Pictured are: 12th grade, Harold Rivner (from left); 11th grade, Amanda Matheson; 10th grade, Yutong Dong; and 9th grade, Christina Hefron.

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

Current events
Absentee voting is now open for the June 19 special election. Voters may cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday through June 15, at the Board of Elections office in the Columbia County Government Center, Building E. Call (706) 868-3355.

Photos: Tour at the Creek winners
Kristopher Douglas of Evans shot a 150 over two days to win in the 11-12 Boys Flight and Danielle Reynolds of Martinez shot a 258 to win in the 11-12 Girls Flight in the first annual Georgia Junior Golf Tour at The Creek at Hard Labor in Rutledge this past weekend.

Stevens Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Stevens Creek Elementary School.

Divorces
Kimberly A. Reid and Sam Reid II, May 23, 2007.

Newsmakers
The following students are candidates for degrees from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., for the Spring 2007 term:

Property transfers
Pat C. Winfree to Victor W. Tapley and Deirdre K. Tapley, 6639 Ponderosa Lane, $105,000.

Photos: Lunch launches Ready Mix
On May 29, attendees of the grand opening ceremony for Augusta Ready Mix at Columbia and Chamblin roads were treated to a grilled hamburger and sausage lunch after the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Class Reunions
The Academy of Richmond County class of 1957 will hold its 50th reunion Friday and Saturday. For information, call Linda Williams Beazley at (706) 736-8661, or Bill Force, (706) 733-3815.

Time capsule
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, June 4, 1964:

Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for Euchee Creek Elementary School Honor Roll.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll
Fourth nine weeks honor roll for North Columbia Elementary School.

Newsmakers photo gallery
Greenbrier student Jennifer Adams participated in Lindsay Duncan's senior project by donating more than 10 inches of hair to the Locks of Love foundation.

Get Up and Go
The Democratic Party of Columbia County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Evans. Join them in the Auditorium of the government complex (Building A) on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans.

Photo: Open house at Feathered Friends
Nearly 800 birds, including these Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrots are protected by Feathered Friends Forever Rescue Refuge near Harlem.

Enough isn't enough now
Rush hour at 2 p.m. was the last straw. The speculation in famously gridlocked Atlanta before Memorial Day was that rush hour would start early on Friday, as people tried to get a jump on the three-day holiday. So I wondered: Weren't we already getting a three-day holiday?

Christianity 'rules' are exclusionary
f we were to elevate David Letterman's "Top 10" formula from the irreverent to the divine and use it to describe a Christian, what would be on our list?

Athletic changes show good teamwork
If you're looking for an example of teamwork, a good place to start is Columbia County schools' ongoing study of changes in high school athletic programs.

Sports Calendar
Tryouts for the 2008 Greenbrier varsity baseball team will be Monday and Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for rising juniors and seniors. The tryouts will be held at Greenbrier High School's baseball field.

Runner signs to Wofford
Two years ago, Caitlin Dodd wasn't thinking about running track in college. In fact, she'd never even run track in high school.

Teens take Stanley Cup street games to real ice hockey rink
Tucker Green and Jake Garrison aren't typical Columbia County athletes. It's not necessarily their skill or talent that sets them apart. It's more about their trade.

Budget funds athletics department boost
Tentative approval of the 2007-08 budget for the Columbia County school system includes a bonus for the county's high school athletic departments.

All-county awards end memorable soccer season
Another boys soccer season has passed with the sport's continued growth becoming more and more evident.

Belcher squashes any doubts about skill
At first glance it might not appear that Nolan Belcher was made to play baseball.

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