Sunday, July 22, 2007

Community 'reached deep into their pockets' to send cookies to troops
It is with much pride and many thanks that we say "Thank you" to all our generous supporters of our "Support Our Troops Girl Scout Cookie Drive."

'Kind, caring people' responded to need, provided 'place to call home'
My name is Mildred "Chicken Lady" Ely. On Sept. 11 of this year, I will turn 91 years old. Just more than a year ago, my property was condemned and I was forced to move with nowhere to go. Fortunately, some kind and caring people heard of my needs and moved quickly to assist me.

Commission denies church refund of $535 rezoning fee
No more exceptions on county rezoning fees and no refund to the members of a Grovetown church.

Pupil's story earns 'Rainbow' prize
A local pupil is one of 12 winners in Georgia Public Broadcasting's 13th annual "Reading Rainbow" Young Writers & Illustrators contest.

Jim Mayfield says anyone can find fun growing an orchard
It all started with a single apple tree. Years ago, Grovetown resident Jim Mayfield planted one apple tree. Now he has the pleasure of picking from a variety of 32 apple trees and six crabapple trees.

Fighting nematode colonies in gardens
Last summer as I pulled up old squash, cucumber and string bean plants in my garden, I was horrified at what I found - the one thing that gardeners do not want: nematodes.

Mentoring program breaks ice
Supporting others on and off the stage was the idea behind one teen's Big Sister/Little Sister program.

Most public pools pass inspection
If swimming pools at public places such as clubhouses, gyms and subdivisions are open in Columbia County, health officials say, swimmers can rest assured they have been inspected and are safe to use.

Students invited to revival
The first day of the Columbia County school year isn't until mid-August, but an Evans church is helping students start out on the right foot.

Former doctor gets 20 years
A former Augusta gynecologist was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl at his Evans home in 2005.

Whitehead won't ask recount until poll results are certified
Columbia County resident and former state Sen. Jim Whitehead had plans for a much different night, hoping to take last Tuesday's runoff election with a good voter turnout from his Columbia and Richmond county base.

Columbia County teaches its new teachers
Students have a few weeks of summer vacation left, but school already was in session for Columbia County teachers last week.

Harlem, Grovetown OK millage
Harlem city officials approved a slight millage cut Thursday, while the Grovetown city council voted to keep their tax rate the same.

Get up and go
Joshilyn Jackson, an author who was a finalist in Columbia County's 2007 One Book, One Community program, will hold an author visit and book-signing at 2:30 p.m. July 29 at the Columbia County Library, in Evans.

Youth leaders at conference
Rising high school juniors in the Augusta area attended an annual, four-day Youth Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Military Order of the World Wars Patriotic Education Foundation aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, near Charleston, S.C.

Divorces
Michael A. Johnson and Patricia G. Johnson, July 13, 2007.

Newsmakers photos
Harlem Mayor Scott Dean holds the certificate designating Harlem as a Preserve America community in a ceremony with first lady Laura Bush.

Greyhound of the week
Tex is a 3-year-old male greyhound weighing 78 pounds. He is affectionate with people, but is not cat safe or small- dog safe.

A boy and his turtle
Chandler Thigpen, 6, son of Shannon and Aprille Thigpen, poses with the Tybee Turtle during an annual trip to Tybee Island with his grandmother, Barbara Johnson, of Harlem.

Property transfers
Lydia E. Weisser to Jeffrey M. Nolte, 588 Firestone Court, $442,500.

Readers' Vacation Gallery
Maria Durrmachter, 14, Sean Feeley, 15, James Burg, 15, Newt Barnes, 18, Alexis Barnes, 14, and Josh Birong, 19, recently enjoyed a week of vacation on beautiful Fripp Island with David and Karla Barnes of Evans.

Newsmakers gallery
On May 18, Harriet Cooper (center) was sworn in as Columbia County's newest deputy coroner by Probate Judge Pat Hardaway, with Coroner Vernon Collins.

Newsmakers
Lori Marie Densmore, of North Augusta, was inducted into the Alpha Xi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Aiken Technical College on Nov. 9. Densmore, majoring in nursing, is the daughter of Catherine Koons Kiernan, of Grovetown, and is married to Walter David Densmore, of North Augusta.

Augusta Christian School awards honors
Several Augusta Christian high school students were honored recently at Augusta Christian's High School Honors program.

Time capsule
As reported 45 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 19, 1962:

Charity haircut
Jenny Partridge, 8, has 10 inches of her hair cut for Locks of Love by Susan Agner.

Volunteers drive 4-H group to camp
Columbia County bus drivers Deborah Connell (from left), Melinie Huffman, Faye Godwin, Teresa Shumate and Billie Wilkes donated their time to drive a 4-H group from Harlem High School to Camp Wahsega in Dahlonega, Ga.

Police blotter
A Grovetown woman entered a plea of not guilty in Columbia County Magistrate Court on Wednesday to charges she had abandoned a dozen dogs at her former Harlem home in June.

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, in Evans, will hold a Back to School Revival at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, with the Rev. Terrence Albritton, a youth minister at Elizabeth Baptist Church, in Atlanta, as guest speaker. Call (706) 860-7091.

More accolades recognize great county
We could get used to this. In fact, we probably already have. Once again, Columbia County has received a national honor. Money magazine last week ranked Martinez as the 76th best place to live in the United States.

Party theory good as any
Jim Whitehead was supposed to walk away with the election, right? I mean, aside from the usual snide comments from cynics, the long-ago-anointed front-runner had it in the bag, didn't he?

Independence didn't come in a day
According to historian Ronald Hoffman, "(Early) Americans had little sense of national identity. If you read the Declaration of Independence carefully, you'll notice the "U" in United States is lower-cased. This meant they were a series of independent states that were temporarily united."

Richey to coach golf program
Lakeside's top sports team of the past two years lost its coach this summer when Jay Gilstrap stepped down as the boys golf head coach.

Rec teams continue to crank out best
For as long as I can remember Columbia County has always had solid baseball. From the Harlem teams of the 1970s and '80s, the Evans teams of the '80s and '90s and Augusta Christian and Greenbrier in the mid '90s, one of the main ingredients in the county's recipe for baseball success has been the Columbia County Recreation Department.

Team's experience gave victory
Columbia County's young baseball players flexed their muscles last week and earned state recognition in several age groups.

Rec department begins fall sports
Registration is open at the Columbia County Recreation Department for the fall sports seasons. The sign-ups include openings for the first fall soccer season at the new Blanchard Woods Park in Evans.

Optimists hold golf tourney
The Martinez-Evans Optimist Club held its ninth annual Rudy Goldman Memorial Golf Tournament on June 22 at Jones Creek Golf Club.

Lakeside High School sees coaching changes
Panther fans can expect plenty of changes when the fall sports season rolls around in less than a month. With the exception of cross country, every fall sports team will have a new head coach leading the way at Lakeside High School.

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