Monday, July 2, 2007

If money is available, why hasn't board expanded foreign language?
Barry Paschal's June 17 column, "Let expansion crusade begin," was fair and informative. The staff at Steven's Creek Elementary is to be commended for working hard to instill a foreign language program in their school.

Money for satellite location systems should be spent to update buses
I would like to comment on the articles that I read about the Columbia County Board of Education wanting to spend $255,000 on a GPS system to be put on school buses.

Work continues on hospital expansion in county
At a time of concern over a physician shortage in rural parts of Georgia, Augusta's medical community is making major investments to expand services in Columbia County.

Pruning, location key to plant health
For all the things that are right about a juniper - the color, texture and diversity of the plant - there's one thing that's wrong.

Pine beetles attracted to stressed trees
Hot, dry weather is the perfect condition for some of our insects to thrive. A few weeks ago, I wrote about chinch bugs in St. Augustine. Today, I am going to talk about another group of insects that also love these conditions: pine bark beetles.

Supplier takes short-term lease
A John Deere parts supplier plans to lease a speculative building in Grovetown temporarily, but county officials aren't saying if the company wants the facility as a permanent home.

Teacher is retiring after 37 years in Evans classes
For three years, Floyd Harrison tried to convince his wife, Bonnie Harrison, to retire from her post as a first-grade teacher at Evans Elementary School.

Authorities urge water safety
Thousands of swimmers and boaters will find low water levels when they converge on Clarks Hill Lake this week for Independence Day revelry, a mix that local law enforcement agencies say could be dangerous.

County to celebrate with fireworks, grilling
For those hoping to celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecue, fireworks or both, several Columbia County organizations are offering family-oriented holiday events.

Student bakes to help others
The days, months and years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are deeply embedded in the minds of millions of men, women and children around the world.

Board OKs millage rollback
A tentative millage rollback, adequate yearly progress reports and the future of the Columbia County school system's prekindergarten program highlighted the agenda of the school board meeting on Tuesday.

Time Capsule
As reported 18 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News-Times, Wednesday, June 28, 1989:

Health Calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Vacation photos
Jin and Russell Brown of Grovetown took a cruise on the MS Amsterdam in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, in May. The Browns joined friends in cruising the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and the Inside Passage in Alaska.

Divorces
Michael T. Miller and Tracy Schole Miller, June 18, 2007.

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

Photo: Newsmaker
Jonathan Ryan Hensley, grandson of the late M. D. "Danny" Philpot (former Augusta chief of police) and Frankie Philpot, has been initiated into the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Delta Pheta Chapter of the Georgia Sociology National Honor Society.

Photo: Summer camp
Rosemary Song, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School, volunteers during the summer at Chinese Summer Camp, which is designed to help Asian-American children and adopted Chinese children understand their native language and culture.

Property Transfers
Rachel C. Hammett to Harold Left Jr. and Kathleen Dezorzi, 4160 Stonegate Drive, $480,000.

Current events
Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream will hold a chemistry certification workshop for new volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Reed Creek Park Interpretive Center, at the end of Park Lane off Furys Ferry Road.

Greyhound of the week
Coconut Joe is a 2-year-old brindle male weighing approximately 75 pounds. Joe has been tested to be OK around cats, small dogs and children. You may see Joe and other greyhounds looking for homes at the next Meet and Greet at Saturday Market on Broad Street from 8 a.m. to noon July 7.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail to newsroom@augustachronicle.com.

Newsmakers
Ashley E. Sisco, of Evans, graduated June 2 from Furman University. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sisco, of Evans.

You're telling me this gossip why?
Do you ever wonder why some people come up to you in a crowded place and whisper little tidbits in your ear so no one else can hear? It could be at the mall, a tennis match, a party or anywhere surrounded by the general public.

A parked car uses less gas
By golly, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Columbia County might finally have this traffic thing figured out.

Learn from losses, or expect another one
One of the footnoted results of the June 19 election should remind county commissioners of another era of county politics, and give them ample opportunity to avoid the doom of repeating it.

'Dead week' means more time to surf Net
My choices are limited when it comes to attending sporting events this time of year. High school summer baseball and basketball just wrapped up their final week, and the first football practices are still a month away.

Bennett to be on inaugural team
Tammie Bennett wiped more than a few tears from her eyes on Monday. She was surrounded by friends, family and coaches as her son, Jermel Bennett, signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Faulkner University.

Record holder ready for U.S. Paralympics
On a hot and humid summer day, Scott Winkler drove to the Grovetown Middle School campus. The school is less than a mile from his home, and a small, grassy area situated between the football field and the end of the school's property makes a suitable spot for his workout routine.

Greenbrier pitcher is added to list of elite
Greenbrier's Nolan Belcher has nothing to prove to local baseball fans. The southpaw has posted a career mark of 35-1 on the mound with three state titles in his stellar prep career. Also, he is regarded as the No. 48 rising senior in the country according to Baseball America.

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