Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Challenger's attack on incumbent congressman based on 'half-truth'
Lately, I have read the various articles covering the politically minded citizens who have announced their candidacy for various political office. I would like to key in on one of them: Barry Fleming of Harlem.

Busy Evans intersection's lone turn arrow leaves commuters 'trapped'
I would like to express my grave disappointment in the planning of traffic signals in Evans. In particular, I am appalled at the new signals at the intersection of North Belair, Furys Ferry and Mullikin roads.

Earth Day is 'just a beginning' of discoveries
I would add to the recent story on activity at Reed Creek Park on Earth Day the fact that both of my favorite interests were active. Outdoors we involved people in discovering the 30 or so wildflowers growing on the property, referring to them as a treasure hunt.

Two more announce bids for office
Two more Columbia County residents announced their candidacies last week --- David Payne for the District 4 county commission seat, and Bobby Culpepper for Harlem mayor.

Day of Prayer is set
The National Day of Prayer falls on Thursday, and churches throughout Columbia County are inviting the public to join in prayer for the community, state and nation.

Concert benefits burn center
A Southern gospel quartet from North Carolina will make its way to Columbia County on Friday for a benefit concert.

Jewish center to honor Holocaust victims
The Jewish community intends to honor the more than 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust with a memorial service and exhibition today. The Augusta Jewish Community Center will hold Holocaust Remembrance Day and a Carl Lutz exhibit beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Church on mission with chicken, sale
The smell of grilled chicken awaits bargain hunters on the lawn of Grovetown United Methodist Church this weekend. The church is holding its semi-annual Chicken-Que and Yard Sale on Saturday at 206 E. Robinson Ave.

Harlem features free festival
The business owners of Harlem are offering a free outdoor concert and festival Saturday.

Degree achieved after 50 years
On Saturday, Charlotte Little will don a cap and gown to receive a college degree she started earning nearly 50 years ago. "It is going to be neat to walk across that stage," the 67-year-old Lincolnton, Ga., woman said.

Graduates return for surprise concert
When the Lakeside High School Class of 2000 voted for the senior superlatives, its members knew what they were doing. Charles Kelley won the Best All Around Award, and David Haywood was voted Most Talented by his classmates.

Community center offers varied camp experiences
More than 50 years after offering its first summer camps for children, the Augusta Jewish Community Center's mission remains the same: to have the best camp in town.

Annual burning ban to take effect Thursday
Today is the last day Columbia County residents will be allowed to burn their yard debris for a while. Thursday is the first day of the five-month ban on residential and commercial burning.

Adoption Spotlight
This male black Labrador retriever is very friendly. He is about 1 year old and will be available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control on Thursday. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov.

Brad Sneed meets students
Author and illustrator Brad Sneed visits with a kindergarten class at Stevens Creek Elementary School. He came to Stevens Creek on March 25, Bel Air Elementary on March 26 and Westmont Elementary on March 27. He studied illustration at the University of Kansas.

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

Foreign language students honored
Melany Lopez (center) -- with Jeanine Ritchey (left), Augusta Christian School Spanish teacher, and Leslie Dawson, Augusta Christian French teacher -- was selected as the Augusta Christian Foreign Language Student of the Year.

Vacation photo
Donna and Ric Morrow, who are building a home in Grovetown and moving from California, recently visited Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley of France. They spent time in Paris and drove to Brussels and Bruges in Belgium, and to Amsterdam.

Bel Air Elementary School Honor Roll
Third nine weeks honor roll for Bel Air Elementary School.

Grovetown Heritage Festival
Marsha Johnson, with J's Southern Grill, serves barbecue and hash-and-rice to a customer Saturday during Grovetown's sixth annual Heritage Festival.

Local Yokel Music Festival
The band Young Goodman Brown performed on Saturday at the Columbia County Amphitheater during the Local Yokel Music Festival. The festival featured nine bands, with all proceeds benefiting the Columbia County Cares Food Pantry in Appling.

Confederate Memorial Day service
John Partridge (left), commander of The Major Gen. Ambrose Ransom Wright Camp No. 1914 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Columbia County, leads the Confederate Memorial Day service Saturday at the county's Confederate Monument in the Memorial Gardens behind the library in Evans.

Rodeo Nights in Columbia County
Josh Smith, of Aspers, Pa., rides bareback during the fourth annual Rodeo Nights Pro Rodeo at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The proceeds benefited the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Current events
Cedar Ridge Elementary School's spring carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vendor spaces are available for $20. For information, call (706) 394-6771.

Time capsule
As reported 32 years ago in The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, on April 28, 1976:

Columbia County Summer Camps Listing

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

Five generations of family
There are now five generations of the Gurley family: Henry Gurley, Mark Gurley, Ron Gurley, Addison Gurley and John Gurley (baby).

Country Music Concert photos
Eryn Eubanks (left) and her mother Ricie Eubanks perform in the Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold band at the amphitheater in Evans during the Country Music Concert Series. The free shows at the amphitheater continue Thursday at 7 p.m. with The Mason Jars.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

Low school funds nothing to brag about
Pardon the impertinence during political season. But a paragraph in Sunday's guest column by state Rep. Ben Harbin bears amplification - and more than a little concern.

Family seeks Martinez roots
Margarita Martinez's family is searching for their roots. They found some of them right here in Columbia County.

Players from county find success with college ball
Former Evans standout Kyle Wilkerson is enjoying a tremendous sophomore campaign for the Savannah State Tigers.

Harlem win puts Bulldogs in state tourney
Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said during spring break that his team needed Thomson to knock off Cross Creek for the Bulldogs to have a chance at the top spot in their subregion.

Greenbrier heads to state playoffs
Nolan Belcher sat in the Greenbrier dugout Saturday, his left arm soaking in a bucket of ice water. It was the arm that had tossed a perfect five-inning game the day before, and the arm that just completed a four-inning save.

Middle school golf tournament
Evans Middle School's Charles Kirby hits out of the sand on the third green during the Columbia County Middle School Golf Tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Course on April 23.

Prep Calendar

Anglers will fish for $100,000 prize
The Bassmaster Elite Series Pride of Georgia tournament returns to Columbia County this week with more than 200 pro and amateur anglers vying for a share of a purse that totals more than $670,000.

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.

Athlete Spotlight: Pat McGowan
Something ignited Pat McGowan when he pitched against Lakeside for the second time this season.

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