Thursday, July 17, 2008

Black still softball coach; team 'looks forward to tough schedule'
As Garrett Black's assistant softball coach for the past 10 years, I must comment on the rumors cited in Barry Paschal's July 2 under the heading, "A coaching what-if."

Art from the heart
While visiting friends and family in Evans during his two-week leave from Iraq, U.S. Army Capt. Joe Marty expected to see relatives. He had no idea that he would also see 25 tiny faces smiling back at him.

Firefighters boost charities
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue officials recently donated money from fundraising activities to burn-related charities.

Community Connections trims staff to cut costs
Officials of one Columbia County nonprofit agency hope several grant proposals result in approvals and awards.

Grovetown court gets new building
>Those attending Municipal Court in Grovetown will be headed soon to a spacious new courthouse.

Churches enlarge the flock with vacation Bible school
Children attending vacation Bible school return home with much more than homemade crafts, new friends and lyrics to Christian songs.

Upgrade will boost power for shows at amphitheater
By Jenna MartinEvents held at the Columbia County Amphitheater soon will benefit from a permanent increase in power.

Residents discuss tax projects
Much of the talk at Thursday's 1-cent sales tax meetingocused on the construction of a clubhouse at the Bartram Trail Golf Course.

Bear spotted in Grovetown backyard
Meredith Cullen installed several bird feeders in her Grovetown backyard because she enjoys the wildlife they attract.

Cake auction will raise funds at event
Daryl Morris has spent seven months slowly recovering from a life-threatening medical emergency, and this week he'll have a reason to rejoice.

Pet of the week
This female golden retriever mix is about 2 years old and is available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit http://www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals, such as today's Pet of the Week, cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Current Events
A bluegrass concert to benefit Daryl Morris, of Appling, who is recovering from an aortic aneurism, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Purvis Community Center, off Wrens Highway outside Thomson.

Get Up and Go
The American Legion Legacy Run for motorcycles begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Southgate Plaza in Augusta and ends in the parking lot of Dino's Chicago Express on Washington Road, in Evans.

Camp Calendar
Sure Shot Basketball Camp will offer different summer sessions to two different age groups. Boys grades 6-9 can register July 28 to Aug. 1

Nap time
Christopher Story, 11 months, fell asleep in his stroller during a promotion at Chick-fil-A at Mullins Crossing, where customers dressed up like cows to recieve free food.

ACS holds spelling bee
The following Augusta Christian Schools pupils participated in the ACSI District Spelling Bee: Anna Robson, fifth grade -- fourth place (front, from left); Austin Brantley; Sarah Margaret Farr; Cora Ann Taylor; Marielle Leahy, second grade -- first place; and Karen Lawrence, second grade -- third place; Kendell Hall (second row); Benjamin Norris; Michael Sostre, fourth grade -- third place; Katie Young; Emma McIntyre, third grade -- second place; and Hunter Sonnenburg; Tate McHatton, fourth grade -- first place (third row) Mary Kate Stanfield; Hunter Erb; and David Taylor; Karissa Wiebe, seventh grade - first place (back row); Taylor Lovell; Wade McNeal, seventh grade -- second place; Kelly Jones, sixth grade -- third place; Lauren Duckworth, sixth grade -- first place; Emily Pence; Ellie Stakely; and Austin Eubanks, eighth grade -- first place. In the fifth-eighth grade spell-off, Austin Eubanks took first place, Wade McNeal took third place and Karissa Wiebe took fourth place. Austin Eubanks competed at the Regional Spelling Bee, where he took seventh place. Not pictured are: Jared Talman, Daniel Nicholson, Brooke Shears and Amaura Brandt.

Time Capsule
As reported 29 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, July 18, 1979:

Bulldogs Win
The Columbia County Bulldogs, 8U travel team won the Georgia machine pitch state championship June 14-15 in Thomson. The Bulldogs advance to the Machine Pitch World Series in July. Team members are: Brett Black (front, from left), Eric Becker, Blake Teston, Tripp Morris and Matthew Turner; Blake May (second row), Patrick Tom, Zachary Wilson, Jared Muse and Brigham Clark; coaches Jeff Becker (back row), Dean Morris, head coach Wesley Teston and Trey Adams. Not shown is team member Davis Battle.

Pitching Machine
The CCRD Sunbirds, left, won second place in the Girls 9-10 Pitching Machine League. Team members are Claire Pond (front row, from left), Abi-Grace Willis and Morgan Griffin; coach Brad Willis (back row, from left), Amber Morris, Brooke Hayes, Sarah Adams, Jace Combs, Alexis Jackson and coach Sam Morris. Not pictured are Madison Chadwick, Madison Summers, Madison Johnston, Jill Underwood, Grace Maher and coach Jason Combs.

Police Blotter
A 9-year-old Augusta boy drowned Sunday while at Clarks Hill Lake with his family.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Cinderella story goes to Orlando
Sunday afternoon, July 13. I-95 north. Car parked deep on the shoulder of the road. Tall grass. Ten-year-old son bent over feeding chunky, watery, bacon, egg and cheese biscuit to worms. Between yaks he panickedly cries, "I got it

Help yourself, help the cops: Lock doors
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says thieves broke into just 21 percent of the 259 vehicles entered unlawfully in the county this year.

From the past, into the future
Usually, time capsules are loaded with interesting stuff, then buried for at least 25 years, or even longer at 50 or 100.

Greenbrier High School Year in Review
Each week during the summer, The Columbia County News-Times has highlighted a different high school with its five biggest stories from the previous school year.

Augusta Prep coach ties for 4th in Amateur
Jeff Knox's experience in years far outweighs Russell Henley's.

Wolfpack's former star having one hot summer
Former Greenbrier High School star Nolan Belcher has continued to do what he does best this summer: get batters out.

Greenbrier High School Athlete Spotlight
Greenbrier High School year in review photos.

Columbia County residents at Turner Field
Former Columbia County baseball stars Jeff Rowland and Rich Poythress were seen together at first base during the Georgia-Georgia Tech game on May 13 at Turner Field.

Gordon Park race results
Gordon Park race results from July 12

Knox competes at Georgia Amateur
Augusta's Jeff Knox watches his tee shot during the third round of the Georgia Amateur Championship. Knox led after two rounds but faded to a tie for fourth.

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