Sunday, April 13, 2008

If Georgia citizens can't drink responsibly, can they be trusted to drive?
The News-Times recently published an opinion column by Gov. Sonny Perdue, entitled "Tragic cost of Sunday alcohol sales," in which he opposes the repeal of Georgia's Blue Law prohibiting the package sale of alcohol on Sundays.

Retired veteran was 'a soldier's soldier' and 'true hero from Vietnam era'
The obituaries in The Augusta Chronicle on April 1 showed an old and dear friend of mine who died on March 30. Ronald Lee Hoffman was my roommate in Korea, during 1974 and 1975. I was fortunate enough to work with him again after he retired from the Army and worked as a civilian at Fort Gordon.

Choose the right grass to grow that plush lawn
Getting a good-looking lawn begins with some delicate steps that can mean the difference between success and failure.

Business teacher will retire
The Greenbrier Middle School Future Business Leaders of America sent off Linda Grooms in style. The school's business and technology teacher is retiring this year.

Augusta Christian will move classes to Baston Road site
The pupils at Augusta Christian Schools will come together on one campus next school year. The Furys Ferry Road campus, which houses the elementary grades, is up for sale. The school will move pupils in those grades to its Baston Road campus during the summer.

Sports stars
The Augusta Junior Rowing Team completed its first regatta of the season March 15 on Langley Pond. It won first place in 11 out of 13 events and was the overall winner for the junior teams.

Country music is a'comin'
Columbia County will launch a music series Thursday that will feature tunes with a twang.

STAR student ready to make move to UGA
Harlem High School senior Violet Stamper was named the school's STAR student.

Navy photographer has new subjects
Chris Young performs during the second concert in the Music Evolution Series on April 6 at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans.

Pest control, irrigation vital to plants
My column last week started the top 10 dos and don'ts of gardening. I started with No. 10 and I am working toward No. 1. These are my top 10, and if you had to come up with your top 10, they would be different.

New station part of expansion
Railroad tracks divide Grovetown. And now, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety has firefighters and medical personnel stationed on both sides of the tracks with the recent opening of a second fire station.

Injured Navy photographer commended for service
Todd Frantom knows the risk involved with taking a great photograph. He has spent the past five years of his life chasing the perfect shot as a combat photographer with the U.S. Navy and recently received a Purple Heart after being wounded while on duty.

Class reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1979 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion to be held summer 2009. Provide contact information to Dorothy Shanks at (706) 541-9293.

Current events
The General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia will hold its 10th District Women's Mission Ministry Anniversary at 2:30 p.m. today at Springfield Baptist Church, 114 12th St., Augusta. For information, call (478) 494-3631.

Riverside Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Riverside Elementary School.

Baxley wins Rotary award
Bruce Wright (right), the president of The Martinez-Evans Rotary Club, presents a $600 award to Bridgette Baxley to support her participation in the People to People Ambassador Program.

Scouts clean up school
Boys from Westmont Elementary School's Cub Scout Pack 156 participated in Columbia County's Great American Cleanup on Saturday. The Tiger Cubs picked up trash along the Blanchard Park Walking Track and at their school.

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Police reports
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Greenbrier Middle School Honor Roll
Third Nine Weeks honor roll for Greenbrier Middle School.

School councils
The Brookwood Elementary School council will meet at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Get Up and Go
Children ages 5 and older are invited to learn about aquatic life at Reed Creek Park 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The session is free, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (706) 210-4027 to register.

DUIs
Barry Alan Morrison Jr., 22, of the 4000 block of Melrose Drive in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 23, 2007, and was fined $810.

Cloverleaf 4-H recipe contest
Cloverleaf 4-H'ers participated in a contest to create an original recipe for a peanut butter sandwich. Their recipes were judged in four categories: most nutritious, most unusual, most ingredients and messiest.

Correction
A story in the April 9 edition of The Columbia County News-Times wrongly labeled the Lakeside girls tennis team's region. The Panthers competed in the Region 3-AAAA tournament, where they won their first two rounds before losing the final to Glynn Academy. The News-Times regrets the error.

North Harlem Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for North Harlem Elementary School.

Vacation photo
Pat VanHooser (from left), of Advanced Services for Pest Control on Columbia Road, Dr. Addie Emmi and her son Evan, of Martinez, visited The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in late March.

Newsmakers
The owners of Juice Heaven held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Adoption spotlight
Dillon is a male buff cat who gets along well with other cats.

Freezing our thirst for fuel
Here is some philosophical food for thought while your car is stuck in golf-tournament traffic, burning $3.20 per gallon gas.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 13, 2008

Local elections could shape the future
And they're off.

Augusta Prep junior only getting warmed up
In case you missed it in Friday's daily edition, Augusta Prep's Jim Hull was named the area's best independent school boys basketball player for a second consecutive year by The Augusta Chronicle .

Soccer player beats cancer, battered heart
Peter Kwon's returns to the soccer field were journeys harrowed by multiple medical dramas.

Sports calendar
The Columbia County Storm 9-under travel baseball team is seeking players. To be eligible, players must be 9 years old by May 1. For information, call Shayne Vining at (706) 306-3728.

Lakeside baseball kings truly upset Greenbrier
On April 4, Lakeside High School's baseball team upset Greenbrier to end an incredible streak for the Wolfpack.

Lakeside lefty's pick-off move nails runners
Good luck getting the jump on Tim Frazier. The Lakeside left-hander has picked off at least one runner in each of his appearances this season. It's become a game within a game, something he and his dad can discuss later at the dinner table.

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