Monday, September 24, 2007

Many 'angels' provided assistance both during and after heart attacks
It is difficult to measure the gratitude and appreciation to a group of people you can barely remember.

'Generosity, support' for wounded local soldier 'are greatly appreciated'
The members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Columbia County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6445 would like to thank everyone who contributed to the barbecue fund-raiser for PFC Darryl Wallace on Aug. 25.

Legion historian wins competition
The historian of the Evans American Legion post attracted statewide attention when he was recently awarded first place for post- and district-level history and scrapbooks.

Eighth-grader turns spare time into custom pens
For one local youngster, a simple piece of wood can become a magnificent pen when crafted with just the right touch.

Magazine honors county administrator
Columbia County's highest-ranking non-elected official has been honored by a Georgia business and government magazine for excellence as a public servant.

Harlem's backing of Guard is rewarded
Harlem Department of Public Safety Officer Bobby Cash saluted his employer Monday as he presented city leaders with an award for supporting his Georgia National Guard obligations.

Students learn about area industry
Eight sophomores and juniors at Harlem High School recently got a glimpse into the working world during a two-day pilot program.

As suburbs encroach on wilderness, chance of contact with rabies grows
Last week, I wrote about animals digging up lawns looking for insects in the soil. Some of these animals can cause more problems than just digging up your lawn.

Grants will aid money courses
Four Columbia County teachers are among 113 educators nationwide who will receive grants to fund projects that teach money-management skills to their pupils.

Prepare soil for fall planting
With the fall planting season right around the corner, now is a good time to get your soil in the best condition to help ensure a successful growing season.

Library to hold bilingual event
The Columbia County Library is inviting Spanish-speaking families to enjoy Nora de Cuentos, a bilingual storytime, this week.

College junior tackles snow, crevasses in course
Climbing the face of 1,000-foot ice sheets and camping in raging snowstorms might not be a dream summer vacation for some, but don't tell that to Martinez resident Peter Newlin.

Granddaughter starts political career
Brittany Jackson is no stranger to politics. As the granddaughter of state Sen. Bill Jackson, she grew up going door to door campaigning with him.

Writers win Arts in the Heart contest
Several Columbia County teachers won the children's book contest sponsored by Arts in the Heart of Augusta and the Augusta Authors Club.

Time capsule
As reported 51 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Sept. 20, 1956:

Current events
The 2007 Royal Miss Scholarship Preliminary Pageant will be held at 2 p.m. today at Shock Dance Academy in Martinez. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and is open for any girl or woman. For information, call Pam Brooks at (803) 270-4340, or Caroline Proctor at (706) 832-3993.

Making it official
Drs. Rodman Lemon, Cristian Thomae, Bipin Chudgar, Indrani Bongu and Rafael Jordan and nurse practitioner Maria Thomae cut the ribbon to Augusta OB/GYN Specialists on North Belair Road during an opening ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Making blankets for charity
The Busy Bees, a quilting club at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, have made more than 70 quilts for the United Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, Ga. Church members this weekend are using two vans to deliver the quilts to the children. The group takes orders for quilts and uses the proceeds to buy materials for the quilts they donate to the children's center and local hospitals.

Property transfers
James E. Mathews to Lewis R. Jacobus, 296 Hornhead Drive, $128,500.

Vacation gallery
Austin Duehring, of Evans, caught a 69-pound halibut on a fishing trip with his father, George Duehring, at Rivers Inlet, British Columbia, in July.

Family has birthday celebration in the tropics
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ferons and their grandson, Trevor Fowler, of Columbia County, celebrated Mrs. Ferons' 67th birthday in Aruba.

Dance companies do well in competition
Augusta West Performing Dance Companies competed with more than 1,000 dancers from across the country at the Tremaine National Dance Competition in Orlando, Fla., this summer.

Get up and go
Contestants are being sought for the 2007 Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant to be held Saturday. Sponsored by the Columbia County Merchants Association, the pageant is open to single women ages 17-24, with judging in interview, swimsuit and evening gown competition. Call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645, or Debbie Zapata at (706) 863-3754.

Health firms are open for business
Tanya Mims (from center left), the owner of Balancing Your Health, and Teresa Watts, the owner of Tranquility Bodyworks & Skin Therapy LLC, cut the ribbon with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to open their businesses on Columbia Road near St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

Divorces
Roberta L. Withrow and Michael T. Withrow, July 7, 2007.

Veteran is honored
Former news anchorwoman Laurie Ott, now the director of Augusta's Wounded Warrior Care project, reads a proclamation from the Columbia County Commission declaring Sept. 18 as Scott Winkler Day.

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to willie.malpass@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Greyhound of the week
Judy is a 5-year-old female greyhound with strikingly beautiful tan and brindle markings. She is playful and affectionate with children, and is cat safe.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Military newsmakers
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brannan K. Hood, Jr., son of Laura L. Baker, of Martinez, and Kenneth B. Hood Sr., of Saluda, S.C., recently graduated from the Aviation Survival Technician Class A course at Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City, N.C. Hood is a 2001 graduate of Evans High School and joined the Coast Guard in February 2003.

This time, really fix those boat ramps
The old saying is attributed to Yogi Berra: It's like deja vu all over again.

King Villa citizen is not a snitch
Roscoe Bussey wants to make this very clear: He is not a snitch.

Prez politics go to the dogs
Presidential politics next year could complicate the fight to strengthen Georgia's dog-fighting laws.

Statistics aid debate on county's best team
Though Columbia County certainly cannot boast a football history on par with Lincoln County, Valdosta or many other top-tier programs in Georgia, that does not stop fans from debating which team is king of the mountain in Columbia County each year.

Prep calendar
Greenbrier vs. Lakeside, Richmond Academy (VB)

Former county stars perform well in college
Who was that speedy sophomore in the backfield for Harvard last weekend? It was a familiar face who started at tailback for the Ivy League school in its season opener.

Sports calendar
The Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the 2007 Walk for Autism and the First Tee of Augusta has been moved to Oct. 22 at West Lake County Club. Call Lori Moczadlo at (706) 863-8443.

Lakeside cross country teams take first
The Lakeside High School cross country team competed in the Ray Miller Invitational at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, Ga., on Sept. 15. The Lakeside boys took first place and the girls tied for first. The overall boys' winner was Atom Young and the overall girls' winner was Anna Bowles, both of Lakeside.

Retrieving the tee
Ridge Johnson, 5, was the tee retriever at the Georgia-Oklahoma State game Sept. 1. He is the son of Travis and Heather Johnson and grandson of John and Barbara Johnson and Johnny and Deborah Partridge, all of Evans.

Showdown is Tuesday for teams
Another Area 2B-AAAA rivalry showdown will take place this week on the volleyball court. Both Lakeside and Greenbrier own perfect records in area play, and they will meet at Greenbrier on Tuesday for a key area match.

Greenbrier leads region
Columbia County's softball teams have hit the halfway point in the Region 3B-AAAA schedule. Once again, Greenbrier has positioned itself as the front-runner.

Green belt earned
Eva Fournier earned her tae kwon do green belt Sept. 15 at ATA Martial Arts, judged by master Jim Richard, a sixth-degree black belt from Savannah, Ga.

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