Monday, November 5, 2007

Football teams should allow more time for travel to faraway schools
I read with great interest Billy Byler's column last Sunday, about him accompanying the Evans football team to Brunswick. I enjoyed the column but it made me think of a couple of things.

Encourages re-elections of Manion, Daughtry to Grovetown Council
The city of Grovetown is well on the way toward implementing the state-mandated Comprehensive Development Plans for the next five years.

Grovetown voters to go to polls to decide city council makeup
Five candidates will be on the ballot in Tuesday's Grovetown municipal election, but only four will take seats on the council after the votes are counted.

Marine run honors comrades lost in Mideast
Gunnery Sgt. James Meek had to slow his pace. "It's not a race," said Meek, who took the first three-mile lap around Fort Gordon's Barton Field on Saturday, kicking off the third annual Marine Tribute Run.

Fort Gordon favored in firefighters' event
There is an excitement around the fire station at Fort Gordon.

Expert to speak on toxic molds that lurk in homes
An expert in the treatment of toxic mold and other contaminants will speak Tuesday at the Columbia County Library about a health danger experts say lurks in many people's homes.

Plant winter flowers now
The colors of summer flowers are slowly fading away with the onset of fall weather. But that doesn't mean that the beauty of gardens has to fade with it.

School activities will mark Veterans Day
Some of Columbia County's youngest residents will show their patriotism in Veterans Day celebrations.

Chorus receives grant for concerts
The Harmony River Chorus will soon be singing tunes of comfort and peace to area senior citizens, thanks to a grant approval by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts.

New software might ease Grovetown water-bill woes
Grovetown's water bill woes might soon come to an end. At least that's what city officials hope with the implementation of new utility billing software.

Appling intersection closes
The intersection of Sellars and Tubman roads in Appling has been closed permanently, Columbia County officials announced.

Car wash, neighbors go to court over noise
The peace and quiet that Bellewood Drive residents Ponda Holt and Judy Vinson say they once enjoyed has been replaced with the intrusive roar of dryers at a car wash.

Teen will use pageant to voice concern on issues
Kendyl Pennington is more than a pretty face. Although the 13-year-old has won numerous local pageants, she sees the value of a good education and speaking out about what's right and what's wrong.

It's old hat, now
A ceremony at Fort Gordon on Oct. 18 marked the end of an era.

Military newsmakers
Christopher T. Whittle, son of Eldeva Whittle, of Augusta, recently returned home after his second deployment to Iraq.

Military Newsmakers
Army Pvt. David L. Hudgins has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Hudgins is the son of David and Mary Hudgins, of Evans. The private is a 2005 graduate of Greenbrier High School.

Time to change clocks, batteries
Today was the end of daylight-saving time, when clocks should have been turned back an hour at 2 a.m. It's also a reminder to change batteries in home smoke detectors.

Sports medicine practice prepares for construction
An Augusta sports medicine practice broke ground recently on a two-story medical office in Martinez.

Fall is time to plant, prepare your flower gardens for spring blossoms
One of the indicators that spring is around the corner is that certain plants are in flower. Wait a minute; we haven't had any cold weather, and here I am talking about spring flowers.

North Columbia Elementary School Honor Roll

Current events
Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Jane Kidd with be the guest speaker for the Columbia County Democratic Party's spaghetti dinner at 7 p.m. Monday at Harlem United Methodist Church. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5. For information, call Rosemary Fitzpatrick at (706) 231-1513.

Photo: Fun for fair fans
Justin, 2, and Jackson Thornton, 5, ride the Bumble Bee at the Columbia County Fair on Thursday, opening night. The fair runs through Nov. 10. Gates open at 5 p.m. weekdays, at noon Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Awesome Adoptables
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., a nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the CSRA. For more information, call Barb Gleitsmann at (706) 836-2708.

Property Transfers
David D. Stockton to Alexander Terrell and Jelethia Terrell, 5400 Victoria Falls, $178,815.

Class Reunions
The Harlem High School Class of 1977 will hold its 30-year reunion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Washington Hall next to T-Bonz on Washington Road. For information, call Dean Beasley at (706) 860-9231, or e-mail hdbeasley@comcast.net.

Cedar Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll

Police Blotter
A Columbia Middle School sixth-grader was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson after she set fire to paper towels and threatened to burn the school down, sheriff's deputies said.

Get Up and Go
River Ridge Elementary will hold its second annual holiday bazaar from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Vendor spaces are available by calling Sharon Rivers at (706) 228-3184.

Things To Do
Word of Life Teaching Ministries is holding a free Freedom through Forgiveness Seminar from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia County Library. For information, call (706) 863-4271.

Time Capsule
As reported 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1974:

Get Up and Go
The Harlem Woman's Club is seeking nominations for its 2007 Citizen of the Year Award. Nomination forms are available at the city administrative offices and city hall. The deadline is Nov. 30. Call Jean Dove at (706) 556-0043.

School Lunch Menus
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Marriage Licenses
The following were applied for in Columbia County Probate Court:

Halloween gallery
Greenbrier High School English teachers dressed up as characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Pictured are: Jennifer Knight (from left), Andrea Wagner, Debbie Hill, Jennifer Fowler, Jennifer Lowery, Amy Herndon, Donna Collier and Bobbi Rhodes.

Photo: Junior Board members announced
The Watson-Brown Foundation has announced the members of the 2007-08 Junior Board.

School Council Meetings
The Blue Ridge Elementary School council will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the media center conference room Tuesday, and Jan. 22 and May 6.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Beauty workers get advanced training
D.J. Williams, Danielle Quinn, Holley Phillips, Sarah Allen, Stefanie McCook and Lindy Hayes, of DJ & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts, in Martinez, recently attended the Redken Exchange in New York City to learn advanced techniques in hair design and hair color.

Photo: Montreal vacation
Stephen and Helen Bratton with their son, Brian, enjoy the view from Brian's rooftop apartment in Montreal, Canada, where Brian is a star player for the Canadian football team, the Montreal Alouettes.

Photos: Star athletes
Athletes hoping to make the Evans girls basketball team lined up during tryouts Tuesday. Athletes across the state did the same thing as tryout week began in the GHSA.

Photo: Evans students attend leadership rally
Twenty-six Evans High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and three advisers participated in the Fall Leadership Rally at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga., on Oct. 10.

Divorces
Rebecca Herlong Chase and Robert E. Chase, Oct. 25, 2007.

Remember photo ID when you vote
Voting is an individual right that defines our nation and our democratic principles. Voting is our opportunity to voice our views to policy makers at all levels of government.

Vote Tuesday in Grovetown election
Just about every election of any consequence is one in which someone declares the city or county or state is at a "crossroads."

Power school with hot air?
The idea just sounds too nifty to dismiss. Former School Board member Lee Muns suggested the other day that the county's new high school should be powered by methane extracted from the county's nearby closed landfill.

Fishing show features area
Columbia County and Clarks Hill Lake will be featured on a bass fishing show scheduled to air this winter on the Versus network.

Ex-Lion having a great run in college
Sarah Madebach is having quite a senior year at the University of Georgia.

Sports Calendar
The Georgia Southern Elite Skills Baseball Camp for ages 16-18 will be Saturday at the Wiggins Baseball Complex at Georgia Southern in Statesboro. The camp includes morning instruction and games in the afternoon.

Knights' fans deserving of sportsmanship award
The Georgia High School Association made the announcement in early September, but it hasn't lost its luster: Evans High School was among only 31 high schools across the state to earn a prestigious award from the GHSA and Georgia Electric Membership Corp..

Hoops season arrives
Athletes across the state of Georgia officially hit the hardwood last week for the first time this season.

Evans wins County Cup with shutout
Evans High School's varsity football team has already established itself as the top public school squad in the county. The Knights' junior varsity team has done the same at its level.

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