Thursday, July 19, 2007

'Apology is in order' for letter-writer's 'contrived' attack on columnist
"If she listens carefully..." Perhaps Charles Heywood (letter, July 8, bashing Barbara Seaborn's column on Dr. Francis Collins) listens a bit too carefully.

Until drunken drivers get tougher sentences, 'slaughter' will continue
I was appalled to see in the legal section the pathetically ridiculous so-called sentences given to two DUI offenders. Both of these guys were found guilty of a "second or subsequent DUI." One was sentenced to 10 days of jail, the other only three!

Community is fortunate to have Grovetown's summer camp for youths
I moved to Grovetown nine years ago. The attraction was the small community feel that I had growing up in New Ellenton, S.C. My children attended the 14th annual Grovetown Against Drugs Day Camp for the first time.

Final members of the class of 2007 graduate
The familiar sound of Pomp and Circumstance can mean only one thing. It's graduation day.

Evans park should be ready by soccer season, official says
The new Blanchard Woods Park in Evans should open on schedule for soccer players to get their kicks this September.

Public works grant goes to equipment
A state grant is helping Harlem Public Works employees operate a little safer.

Doctor donates time for children
When Martinez resident and Medical College of Georgia professor Yong D. Park stepped off a plane in Uganda in April, it doubled the number of pediatric neurologists in the east African nation.

Contract for center's meals stays in Florida
The Grovetown Senior Center won't be serving meals prepared by the county jail after all.

Current events
The annual meeting of Columbia County Arts Inc. will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brandon Wilde Clubhouse. The meeting will feature a presentation of plans for the coming year and a performance by the Columbia County Ballet. For information, call (706) 650-2527.

Photos: Stream monitor
Rod Lee, of Evans, takes samples of water from Reed Creek as part of recertifying for the Columbia County Adopt-A-Stream Program.

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1997 is planning a 10-year reunion. Addresses of class members are being sought. Send information to Tamara Coffield Espinosa at tgcoffield@juno.com, or Jimi Slagle Lane at jimi.lane@yahoo.com.

Grad, aunt holiday in Europe
Katherine Myers Tiller and her niece, Kate Miller, are pictured overlooking the city of Rome, Italy.

Police blotter
No charges will be filed in the July Fourth death of a 19-year-old Augusta man during a boating incident at Thurmond Lake, officials said Friday.

Get Up and Go
The Children's Resource Center, at 6347 Columbia Road, in Appling, operated by the Columbia County Foundation for Children, is holding a $3 bag sale on summer clothing.

Pet of the week
This male 2- to 3-year-old brindled lab mix is well-behaved around other pets. He is up for adoption beginning today from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov.

A simple challenge: Show data on pre-K
Back in April, Columbia County School Board trustee Wayne Bridges made a motion to begin moving the public-school pre-kindergarten program to the private sector.

Timely vetoes saved surplus
Now that the state's revenue figures have been released, we'll need to stand in line to apologize to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

League ends its season at tourney
Postseason baseball wrapped up last weekend for the Martinez-Evans Little League All-Stars in the District 6 Tournament held at Kelley Park in Martinez.

Braves will win the NL East
I'm not necessarily the biggest Braves fan. I actually pull for the Pirates (unfortunately). I really love the Braves' chances of overtaking the Mets in the National League East, though.

Gordon Park Racing Results
Gordon Park Speedway Racing results from July 14:

Evans sprinter signs letter of intent after pursuing coaches
Former Evans High School athlete Junior Coley claimed the title of fastest sprinter in the county with first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter events at the Columbia County Championships in April.

Athlete Spotlight: Harlem High School
The year in review for Harlem High School athletes nominated for the Athlete Spotlight.

Lady Bulldogs teams excel
An up-and-down 2006-07 sports year at Harlem High School started and ended with two of the best girls teams the school has seen. The volleyball and girls soccer teams had seasons to remember.

Sports calendar
Lakeside High School will sponsor its annual Football-R-Us Clinic from Monday to July 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. Emphasis will be placed on agility training, speed development and position-specific developmental skills.

Baseball tourneys
Postseason baseball is also taking place at Riverside Park in Evans. The Dixie Youth "O" Zone, Dixie Boys and Junior Dixie Boys State Tournaments began on Saturday. Five Columbia County Recreation Department all-stars team survived through the weekend.

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