Monday, January 14, 2008

Delays in lawmaker's DUI case mean people haven't had day in court
Whenever an elected official is arrested, he or she should be held to the same standard as everyone else. In regard to the recent delay in state Rep. Ben Harbin's DUI case, he has not had his day in court. That also means that the citizens of Georgia have not had their day as well.

New Grovetown city leaders are sworn in, ready to serve
Grovetown's new mayor and city councilman raised their right hands and swore the oath of office Monday.

With a little preparation, asparagus is a perennial vegetable you'll enjoy
When I think of a vegetable garden, I think about the spring and summer crops and then winter vegetables.

Senior aims for military life
Greenbrier High School senior Travis Bisch might be ribbed by his U.S. Army father for wanting to enroll in the U.S. Naval Academy, but his family is still proud of his decision to serve his country.

Birds need feeders in winter
It's a common misconception: birds need only supplemental feeding in the spring and summer. But one local bird enthusiast says that's not true; our feathered friends need to be fed year-round.

Meeting will explain park plan
A master plan for the new Evans Town Center Park will be unveiled Monday during a public meeting at the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

Church academy begins music classes
Mark Knabholz is looking for a joyful noise. He is the minister of Music and Congregational Life at Christ Church, Presbyterian, which is gearing up for the first term of its Christ Church Arts Academy.

Churches celebrate new locations, additions
Two churches are introducing new additions in Columbia County today.

More patrols cut number of DUI arrests
As many residents celebrated Christmas and rang in the new year with alcohol, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office took steps to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

School officials expect pupil enrollment to rise next year
Columbia County school administrators are predicting that the school system's population will increase by 484 pupils next school year.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Parents improve on home for son
From the day Rhett was born, Cindy and Rick Reese expected their son's life to be a short one.

Military Newsmakers
Marine Corps Pfc. Greg D. Gates , son of Christina L. Bradley, of Grovetown, and Bert C. Gates, of Grovetown, recently graduated from the Bulk Fuel Specialist Course. Gates is a 2007 graduate of Harlem High School.

Plan to eliminate property taxes to stir talk
Water and taxes likely will be the top items of discussion during the 2008 state legislative session, which begins Monday.

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

Men rescued from trench collapse
Emergency personnel work to rescue William Gillenwater, a subcontractor for Hobbs and Sons Construction Co., who was trapped in mud up to his knees Tuesday, after a trench he was working in on Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez collapsed.

Adoption showcase
Stormy is a 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd. He is a leash-trained, indoor/outdoor pet. He is not good with cats. For information, call Diane at (706) 860-1452.

Get Up and Go
The Augusta Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will hold a daylong workshop, Dementia Care Training for Family Caregivers, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Gordon Club, at Fort Gordon. The workshop is free, and lunch will be provided; registration is required.

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

Things to Do
The Byrd Family and Bible Fellowship will hold a gospel sing at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Purvis Community School, on Georgia Highway 17 between Thomson and Wrens. For information, call (706) 651-1971.

Divorces
Charles L. Brantley and Valerie R. Brantley, Dec. 19, 2007.

Current events
Reed Creek Park's Young Naturalist after-school clubs for grades K-2 and 3-5 meet once each month starting Tuesday, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. For information, call (706) 210-4027.

Property Transfers
R & B Construction Inc. to Shanitta L. Ferbee, 708 Porter Lane, $145,900.

Police Blotter
The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of an Augusta man accused of killing his mother after reviewing the presiding judge's comments about his two taped confessions.

Class Reunions
The Evans High School classes of 1982, 1983 and 1984 will hold a joint reunion June 21. For information, go to www.ehs828384reunion.com.

New trial for confessed killer is an injustice
Let's see if we have this straight.

Big bucks for higher office
Tired of that dead-end, pencil-pushing, cubicle-dwelling job? Want excitement? Want to meet new and interesting people?

Be leery of Legislature's tax plans
This legislative year, there will be numerous tax plans proposed in the Georgia General Assembly promising tax reform. Be leery of the six-second sound bite, which may be enticing, but at a closer look might be seriously and fatally flawed.

Harlem takes on Thomson
Thomson's Marc Mims (from left) and Harlem's Cedric Boatner and Michael Leverett fight for the ball during the boy's game. The Thomson boys won on their home court Tuesday, 89-68.

Swimming stars
Four swimmers from the Aiken-Augusta Swim League were selected to USASwimming's list of the 2006-07 Scholastic All Americans.

Area stars explode for huge games after break
This season on the hardwood has brought many terrific individual performances.

Sports Calendar
The Julie's House second annual golf tournament will be March 12 at Bartram Trail Golf Club to raise money to provide shelter, goods and services to homeless women and their children. Cost is $75 per person, or $200 per team, and includes greens fee, cart and lunch.

Lakeside to wait before hiring new AD
Greenbrier High School officials recently promoted Garrett Black to fill their open athletic director position, but it might take months for Lakeside High officials to do the same.

Lakeside, Richmond split a pair
Time became a key element in Tuesday's girls basketball game between Lakeside High and Academy of Richmond County.

Boys to compete in tourney in California
A group of young Columbia County soccer players soon will get a chance to test their skills under the Southern California sun.

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