Monday, April 21, 2008

Local lawmakers 'have failed us' by lack of action on property tax relief
As I predicted, our state representatives during the last legislative session, like Nero, fiddled while Columbia County property taxes continue to soar.

Protect your plants from spring insects
Hopefully, this past week's cold weather will be the last that we have until fall. I know many gardeners who had to cover their plants a couple of nights to protect them.

Patrol post land will get environmental assessment
Columbia County commissioners decided Tuesday to initiate an environmental assessment of land marked as the site of a Georgia State Patrol office.

Candidates to seek office
A former mayor and a teacher formally announced their intentions to run for public offices Tuesday.

Quilts help cover lonely distances of deployments
When Capt. Jared Bondesson left for his first deployment to Iraq, his daughter, Lizanna, was only 4 months old. "When he returned, she was afraid of him. They hadn't had the connection," said his wife, Lila.

Latino Fest coming to Ft. Gordon
Fort Gordon's Latino Fest will offer a variety of activities for all ages.

Ceremony kicks off Week of Young Child
A special recognition awaits area youth during the third full week in April.

Late-blooming perennials need to be divided during spring
Spring is one of the best times to divide the ever-proliferating perennials in your garden, according to one local horticulturist.

Grovetown celebrates heritage
A week of activities in Grovetown will introduce residents to their neighbors, their city and its leaders.

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.

Young bowler has been perfect on three occasions
At 21, Charles "C.W." Withers II has done three times what some people never accomplish in a lifetime -- bowled a perfect 300 game.

Spotlight on child abuse shows problem at home
April brings thoughts of springtime and golf, but for others the month also holds a deeper significance.

Military newsmakers
Air Force Airman Adrian Sanchez , son of Teresita Sanchez, of Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Building honors former educator
Harlem native Mary E. Sanders dedicated more than 56 years of her life to the development and education of children.

Pupil gets lesson in history during trip
If there's one thing that Roberto Gonzalez Jr. took away from a recent trip to the Washington, D.C., area, it was a greater appreciation of American history.

Current events
Rhinehart's Oyster Bar will sponsor a fund-raiser for Evans Christian Academy from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. Plates cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door for ages 12-older. The event includes food, ice-carving, student entertainment and music. For information, call (706) 364-3565.

Easter stroll
Annette Caldwell's grandchildren Khloe Hall, 2, and Joshua Caldwell, 5, dressed up for Easter.

Divorces
Edward Stanford and Karen Stanford, April 4, 2008.

Fire department endows AT
North Columbia Fire-Rescue has donated $20,000 to establish two new scholarship endowments with Augusta Technical College.

Grovetown Elementary Honor Roll
Grovetown Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll

Pupils create drought-resistant garden
The sixth-grade eCybermission team, under the direction of Gretchen Estrada, designed a plan for a drought-resistant garden at Evans Middle School to highlight the need to conserve water.

School lunches
Columbia County school lunch menus

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from CSRA Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., a non-profit 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.

Tuesday at the tournament
Bonita Jenkins, of Martinez (center), enjoyed the Masters Tournament on Tuesday with her brother Thomas Pitts, of Macon, and her mother, Jimmie B. Pitts, of Gray.

Property transfers
Derek J. Van Soest to Devin J. Jackson, 1437 Newmantown Road, $125,000.

Birthday cruise celebration
Cecilia Elias (from left), Kelly Cooke, Gina Prather, Rebekah Huffman, Emily Katarski and Tonnia Powell visited Nassau, Bahamas, during a cruise on the Royal Caribbean to celebrate Cooke's 37th birthday.

Get up and go
The Columbia County Republican Party has scheduled qualifying for Republican candidates for County Commission Districts 2,3 and 4, tax commissioner, coroner, sheriff, chief magistrate, clerk of superior court and probate judge from 2-5 p.m. April 28 and from 10 a.m. to noon May 2 in the conference room of the Columbia County Board of Elections, 500 Faircloth Drive, Evans. For information, call Debbie McCord at (706) 833-4731.

Newsmakers
Debra Whitley, of Martinez, is the new Diabetes Services program coordinator at University Hospital.

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

Road is paved with influence
One more thing I noticed recently on that long trip to and from Valdosta along U.S. 221: Montgomery County apparently has more pull with the state Department of Transportation than Treutlen County.

Experience the magic of backhoes
We sped east toward Tybee Island on Interstate 16 last week when our daughter spoke up. "Kids at school were talking about going to the Bahamas for spring break, but I don't even know what that is."

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, April 20, 2008.

Rezoning will soon be over - for now
Columbia County's school board Tuesday is expected to approve a rezoning plan for all the county's high schools. But don't get too comfortable. The next change might be coming soon.

Despite talk, county still going strong in baseball
Early on this season fans were worried about Evans High School's baseball team. I heard comments like "This is the worst Evans team in 25 years." Also, many felt Lakeside was way down. Some folks on the various vent forums were calling Lakeside a "J.V. team." Even Greenbrier has been ripped for losses to Brookwood and Parkview, despite using their No. 3 and 4 pitching options in those games.

Sports calendar
The Augusta Power traveling AAU and exposure basketball program is seeking players for its boys teams and 15-U girls team. For information, call Greg Williams at (706) 863-8712 or Dameon Key at (706) 855-7530, or go to www.augustapower.org/basketballacademy.apsx.

Evans ends Lakeside's streak
Lakeside High School's torrid midseason stretch ended Tuesday with a loss to Evans.

Tennis star visits
Kay Barksdale (left) met tennis star Venus Williams during Masters week at West Lake Country Club.

Greenbrier defeats Evans a third time
Greenbrier High School boys soccer coach Chip Warren was not looking forward to facing Evans for a third time.

Prep calendar
Georgia High School Rugby Championship Semifinal

Firefighters' fundraisers pair boots, golf spikes
When firefighters need to raise funds, they often walk through traffic, boots in hand.

Sprinter tracks down future at Kennesaw State
Jemir Martinez's passion for going fast began at a Sprint store.

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