Harlem Coach Leverett's softball clinic was an 'excellent' program
The Lady Dogs Softball Clinic was excellent. Yes, I mean clinic, not camp. You see, the second week in July was spent teaching, encouraging, demonstrating, practicing, nurturing and role-modeling.
Rec department delivered 'lesson in politics' with team assignments
Baseball provides a good lesson in politics. I would like to thank the Columbia County Recreation Department for a pretty good 12-year-old Dixie Youth Baseball program and an excellent lesson in political science.
Prevention can keep pests from ruining summer plans
Some uninvited guests could be trying to ruin your summer outing, but there are precautions that can be taken.
Humidity can be dangerous even in lower temperatures
As a coach of a softball fundamentals camp at Patriots Park recently, Mike Leverett was hoping for breezes and clouds to keep the 30 second-through eighth-grade girls as cool as possible in temperatures that hovered in the mid-90s.
Legendary Opry star's son to play area venues
The son of a country music icon will play a free concert Friday in McDuffie County followed by a worship service Sunday at a Martinez church.
Camp allows youngsters to be inventive
There was no shortage of future scientists at Martinez Elementary School last week. More than 80 campers entering first through sixth grades took part in Camp Invention, a program created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
Luxury apartment plans get preliminary approval
A proposed apartment complex along Wheeler Road in Martinez passed muster Thursday with the Columbia County Planning Commission.
Couple help impoverished amputees
Since a chance encounter seven years ago, Martinez residents Ismar and Juanita Rubio have been on a mission to help amputees in Honduras.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Pet of the week
A female American bulldog (left) and female boxer are among animals available for adoption Thursday 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.
Photo: A perfect year
The Columbia County Dixie Boys Sidewinders, ages 13-14, won the 2007 National Division championship with a perfect season.
Photo: Jamaican Vacation
The Yates family spent their vacation with a week at the Beaches Resort in Boscabel, Jamaica. Pictured are Chastity (from left), Brittany, Sabrina, Gary and Colin Yates.
Photos: Star athletes
Abby Hughes, 8, of Lewiston Elementary, hugs Justin Salter, 13, from Riverside Middle School, after receiving awards at the recent Paralympics at Evans High School.
The Glascock County High School Class of 1988 will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at Brassell Park in Gibson, Ga. Send contact information to GCHS 1988 Reunion, 4332 Bethel Acres Road, Gibson, GA 30810, or call Linda Stewart at (706) 799-3002.
As reported 43 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, July 23, 1964:
Happy Tails Rescue will hold a Feline Fiesta adoption from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway. CSRA Lifesavers will hold a vaccine clinic during the event.
Skylar Faith Beauford, 5, daughter of Trey and Stephanie Beauford, of Martinez, participated in the National American Miss Princess pageant in Atlanta on June 30. She received two trophies for participating and two ribbons.
Taxes going up, but county is still worth it
With a vote Tuesday that followed the last of a dozen tax "rollback" hearings for four of the local government bodies in Columbia County, commissioners set their tax rates for the coming year.
Judge slams door on 'Teflon Doc'
The chief judge of Augusta's judicial circuit smacked down "The Teflon Doc" last Tuesday, sentencing ex-gynecologist Jerry Jackson Lee II to 20 years in prison for aggravated sexual battery on a 9-year-old girl.
Clarke: Georgia's backcountry hero
Not even the learned George Walton, Edward Telfair or William Few did more to defeat the British in the Georgia backcountry (Richmond, Columbia, and Wilkes counties today) than the illiterate, transplanted mountain man, Elijah Clarke.
Summer workouts help wrestlers
Young wrestlers finally have a local option to stay in shape over the summer. As many as 25 wrestlers meet three times a week at Evans Middle School.
Year in Review: Lakeside High School
Lakeside High School athletes featured in the Athlete Spotlight during the 2006-2007 school year.
Golf, tennis teams led way for Lakeside
Lakeside High School's 2006-07 sports year won't soon be forgotten. The Panther golf team once again claimed a state championship, and the boys tennis team continued the longest display of dominance in the county by winning its 19th consecutive region title.
CSRA Swim League Championships
Results from the CSRA Swim League Championships held at the Augusta Aquatics Center on June 30.
Former local standout now playing in El Paso
Former Greenbrier star Rich Poythress is building off a solid freshman season at the University of Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound infielder is plastered all over the statistical leaderboard for the Coastal Plains League.
State champs set sights on World Series
A large group of 11- and 12-year olds piled on top of one another near the pitcher's mound at the conclusion of last week's Dixie Youth "O" Zone State Tournament.
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