Thursday, May 22, 2008

Humane Society 'seeks more funds,' yet Heartsong is operating clinic

Programs encourage reading this summer
Many children view summer break as a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also provide them with an opportunity to enhance their reading skills.

Eighth-grade math tutors are feted at luncheon
Sometimes, sitting down with the school principal can be a good thing. When the school superintendent is invited, the experience can become even more meaningful.

Zoning board denies request to slice size of development
A decrease in size for a planned unit development on Furys Ferry Road was denied Thursday by the Columbia County Planning Commission.

Amphitheater holds rock concert
Rock music will drift from the Columbia County Amphitheater on Sunday with the fourth concert of the Music Evolution Series.

Children's author will speak at library
A children's author from Evans looks forward to sharing her trials and tribulations with aspiring writers Saturday at the Columbia County Library.

Graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday
More than 1,300 high school seniors will undergo a rite of passage at James Brown Arena on Saturday when the Columbia County school system holds commencement exercises.

Commons residents aid deputy program
Mary Lou Reynolds says she feels happy to donate money for a cause she believes in. The seven-year resident of Washington Commons Retirement Residence contributed $20 to the Day With a Deputy program, which Columbia County deputies hold to help needy children.

Vets celebration makes changes
Guests at Columbia County's eighth annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration will notice alterations this year.

Nutritionist receives state award
The nutrition manager at Stevens Creek Elementary School recently won a statewide award by starting a new breakfast program.

Group offers free child ID packet
On average, a child is reported missing every 43 seconds in the U.S. Members of the Martinez Masonic Lodge are offering free child identification this weekend to help law enforcement agencies find and return missing children to their homes.

Businessman offers grants
A Columbia County businessman is offering six $1,000 scholarships to 2008 high school graduates.

Author tells father's story of survival
Capturing the attention of about 100 sixth-graders is not an easy task, but Helen Korn Bissell had a spellbound audience at Evans Middle School on May 12.

Time capsule
As reported 40 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 23, 1968 :

Newsmakers
Reuben A. Rentas, a third-year student in accounting at the University of Georgia, has been inducted into the University's Arch Society.

Current events
Columbia County's eighth annual Red, White and Blue Veterans Celebration will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the courthouse in Evans, and will feature performances by the Augusta Children's Chorale, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and a fireworks show at dusk.

Adoption spotlight
This female Labrador retriever mix is about a year old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control.

Richardson wins Marine's Award
JJ Richardson of Lewiston Elementary School shows off the Marine's Award he won at the adaptive games held at Evans High School on May 2.

Police blotter
A 20-year-old Augusta man drowned at Thurmond Lake on Saturday evening. Serrmaster Dozier, of Rosier Road, drowned about 7 p.m. while trying to swim to a sand bar at West Dam Recreation Area, said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King.

Students receive scholarships
Evans High School vocational students who received scholarships are Brittany White (from left), Brooke Baity, Chad Abbott, April Henry, Lauren Beasley, Meagan Hamilton, Robert Payne, Kelli Barden and Anna Beth Thompson. Not present was Zachary Savage.

Class reunions
The Harlem High School class of 1979 is seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion to be held summer 2009.

The simple life is far less confusing
I believe I have finally become that person who was made fun of for not understanding how to operate a vehicle with automatic transmission, remember what their ZIP code was, or even how to operate a microwave oven.

Chamber wins with Cagle visit
Thursday morning, Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce will score its third coup in the past year by bringing in another top-level state official as an event speaker.

Join Saturday for patriotic celebration
Many things have changed since 2001. Thankfully, our community's unwavering patriotism and support for our military community remain strong.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

Lakeside seeks new baseball coach
Lakeside's next baseball coach probably will not be known until after Westside's playoff run ends.

Newman's win total is astounding
When Georgia College and State University was knocked out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament last week, it ended the season for several Columbia County products and ended the college career of one of GCSU's all-time best players.

Athlete Spotlight: Chelsea Maxwell and Nick Richards
Each year for nearly a decade, Greenbrier has awarded one senior athlete the Terry Holder Award, a scholarship funded by the school's athletic association. The format was changed this year, and a scholarship was awarded to one boy and one girl.

Camp Calendar
Evans High School will hold its basketball camp June 2-6 and June 23-27. The camps run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day and are open to ages 6-14. Cost is $100. For information, call Kevin Kenny at (706) 863-1198, or (706) 951-3686.

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

Panthers set sights on region championship
Lakeside ended spring football practice Friday with a scrimmage in front of a sizable crowd. The Panthers will start the 2008 season without coach Jody Grooms, who was suspended for two games after running an illegal play during the final game last season.

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