Monday, February 18, 2008

Book discussions will lead up to author's visit
Best-selling novelist Steve Berry is the focus of Columbia County Library's One Book One Community series this year.

Rosemary is easy, attractive addition
Are we going to have an early spring? I got this question from calls into the office and from people I meet.

Pancakes help medical center
Justin Stafford arrived at the Evans IHOP Tuesday on a mission. "I want to serve pancakes," said Justin, 6, of Martinez. "I've never done that before."

Rezoning for high schools begins
Columbia County's high- school rezoning has begun.

Photographer uses skills to fight cancer
Pierce Perdue, 2, posed playfully for the camera. He is one of the many children Appling photographer Andrea Smoak photographed to raise money for cancer research.

UGA dean informs 4-H Club
A University of Georgia recruiter was in Columbia County recently, but he wasn't on an athletic field.

Scout earns Eagle rank by building kids' playground
It was a project two years in the making and one Gregory Francisco knew he had to complete before his junior year of high school. What Gregory envisioned -- a playground for underprivileged children -- had to be scaled back, but the outcome was worth the effort.

Popular eateries come to Evans
Two popular restaurants soon will open new locations in Columbia County. Another Zaxby's restaurant opens Monday at 3029 William Few Parkway, and a Takosushi location will open in April.

Applying too early can confuse plants
Look at any landscaped lawn and you'll see that it is the trees and shrubs that provide the basic foundation and create beauty by providing shade, color and overall ambiance.

Reading garden will honor teacher
Just grass and a satellite dish occupy the courtyard at Evans Elementary School. That landscape, however, is going to change.

It's all fun and games for injured soldiers
Many soldiers risk their lives each day fighting in the Middle East. Racing on a go-cart track is a little less stressful. Michael Welsh, a co-owner of Adventure Crossing, is providing injured soldiers with a place for recreation while they recuperate at Fort Gordon.

Wreck investigated
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy investigates the car from which Jacob Thomas, 21, of Grovetown, was extricated after a wreck Tuesday on Lewiston Road near Interstate 20.

Property Transfers
Aaron Joseph Sick to Michael O'Grady Jr., 328 Rockdale Road, $106,000.

Current events
Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, at 703 Furys Ferry Road, in Evans, will hold a black history program at 10:45 a.m. today. The speaker will be Margarett Tutt Adams, the first black chief probation officer for the Columbia County juvenile court system.

Divorces
Allen S. Harison and Karen Johnson Harison, Jan. 28, 2008.

Newsmakers
Chris Newhouse, a University of Georgia student from Evans, has been chosen to be a student judge for the 2008 Peabody Awards, which will take place June 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Students fill stockings
The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter at Evans High School collaborated with the Future Farmers of America, the Gamers Club, faculty members and area merchants to raise more than $2,000 to fill 200 Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Police blotter
The third woman involved in a Feb. 10 wreck near Metter, Ga., has died. Jamie Lynn Carter, a 22-year-old Georgia Southern University student, was pronounced dead Wednesday at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

Buccafusco honored
Dr. Jerry J. Buccafusco of Evans is the 2008 recipient of the Pharmacia-American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Award for Experimental Therapeutics.

Arbor Day planting
Kameron Mason and Bridget Driggers, fifth-graders at Lewiston Elementary School, help plant a crape myrtle next to the school's pavilion in honor of Arbor Day. The tree was donated to Lewiston Elementary by the Willow Wood Garden Club in Evans.

Teachers have heart
Riverside Middle School teachers form the shape of a heart on the gym floor on the American Heart Association's Wear Red Day in honor of chorus teacher Vivian Easler, who is recovering from open heart surgery.

Time capsule
As reported 38 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, February 19, 1970:

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Martinez. Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate), and dogs are microchipped. All pets are spayed/neutered and cats are litter-box trained.

Lakeside Middle School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Lakeside Middle School.

Evans Elementary School honor roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Evans Elementary School.

Anniversary celebration
John and Doris Collins celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Feb. 5 with a family gathering at home with their children Sara, 17, and Alex, 15.

Brookwood Elementary School Honor Roll
Second nine weeks honor roll for Brookwood Elementary School.

State Patrol post is a wise investment
Citizens were the beneficiaries several years ago when Columbia County officials provided a new office for the state driver's license bureau. The county again will benefit from plans to house another state agency - this time the Georgia State Patrol.

It's great to be a Gator-hater
In the name of "reciprocity," state lawmakers - including our own University of Georgia graduate Barry Fleming - are pushing legislation to allow the creation of prestige tags featuring other states' universities only if those states will make it just as easy to get a specialty plate there.

'Stimulus' package is no free lunch
They say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth; graciously accept a freebie.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, February 17, 2008.

Athlete returns after neck injury
The video showing Jared Auston breaking his neck is locked away. Not because the footage is particularly gruesome, but on the advice of attorneys, Augusta Christian Schools athletic officials kept the tape in case legal action was taken against the school.

Gymnastics Results
Hayden's Gym, in Evans, played host to the Rising Stars Invitational from Jan. 2-3. Here are the results:

Evans, Prep have work ahead
Evans returns a solid core from last season and coach Ricky Beale hopes it's enough to compete for a region title. And first-year Augusta Prep coach Tyler Bromley wants to create a fun atmosphere around his young team.

Greenbrier races to knock off Effingham
Harlem High School girls coach Amy Slagle wore a pleased and surprised smile Tuesday after the opening round of the Region 3-AAA tournament.

2 Knights selected to All-State in football
The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association recently released its All-State football selections. Usually, this list is a who's who of metro Atlanta and South Georgia powerhouse programs. This year, two Evans High School players made the cut.

Work on Jones Creek bunkers almost done
Brian Carter didn't even know he was being watched by the University of Georgia.

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