Monday, October 13, 2008

Reasons to support aquatic center include distance to Augusta's
I plan to vote "yes" for the aquatic and tennis center referendum for many reasons.

A water park would provide recreation for county's residents
Please consider voting "yes" for the Columbia County aquatic and tennis center referendum. As new residents to the county, we are shocked that such an affluent community does not have a public pool.

School bands raising funds
High school marching bands are working to turn fruit into cash. Band members and boosters are selling boxes of fruit ranging from $15 to $30. They will use the money for new uniforms and equipment.

Love gave her garden new life
By all accounts, Betty Crowther is a plant enthusiast. Her Evans backyard has been transformed from dull and bland to bold and beautiful in a mere three years.

Cedar Ridge has top media specialist
As a child, Jane Roupe loved to attend story times at Augusta's Appleby Library.

Prepare your houseplants for winter
Fall's cooler temperature reminds us that it is time to start bringing your plants inside for the winter. At my house, we move our houseplants outside during the summer and bring them back in when the temperatures starts to cool.

Commission OKs sidewalk bids for Mullikin, Cox roads
The Columbia County Commission approved bids to construct sidewalks on Mullikin and Cox roads during a Tuesday meeting.

Library seeks new performers for kids
In its continuing effort to find new ways to inspire children to read, the Columbia County Library is always seeking performers for children's programs.

Merchants fair is now accepting art entries
Students throughout Columbia County are encouraged to enter their original arts and crafts in the Columbia County Merchants Association Fall Fair.

Ex-school board member was man of faith
To those who knew him, James "Jimmy" de Xavier Camak V was a caring man who loved his family and enjoyed spreading his faith in God to others.

Rep. Broun blasts bailout bill
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said his two votes against a $700 billion bailout bill were because the bill did too much for Wall Street and too little to fix the problem.

Neighbors' dispute over dog's death dismissed
A dispute between neighbors spilled into McDuffie County Magistrate Court last week, with one man accusing another of fatally poisoning a family pet this year.

DUIs
Larry Hitson, 63, of the 400 block of Granite Point in Martinez, was charged with driving under the influence on Jan. 13, 2008, and was fined $810.

School leaders represent Columbia County
The Columbia County School Nutrition Association sent Cathy Johnson, president and other staffers to the Georgia School Nutrition Association's National School Lunch Week kickoff luncheon Sept. 25 in Macon.

Police blotter
Two Grovetown teens remained in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday after they were arrested for engaging in sexual activities Oct. 4 with a 14-year-old girl.

Get Up and Go
The Grovetown Lions Club annual turkey shoot is being held at 6 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Dec. 13 on Old Louisville Road off Harlem-Grovetown Road. For information, call Dave Deckert at (706) 556-1649.

Marriage licenses
Bryan Scott Tucker and Alyssa Kathryn Strader applied for a marriage license Sept. 16, 2008, and were married Sept. 16, 2008, in Augusta.

Family dealing with loss of home
Kevin and Cathy Holmes embrace in front of what is left of their 138 Pauline St. home in the Grovetown area on Monday. The fire started at about 1:50 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.

Current events
Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is available at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 500 Faircloth Drive, in Evans. For information, call (706) 868-3355.

Adoption spotlight
Heartsong Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to continue the rescue effort. Located in Martinez, Heartsong rescues from 10 counties. All animals are current on their vaccinations (age appropriate). All dogs are microchipped.

Flu Clinics
Columbia County's Health Department is holding a series of flu clinics during October. No appointments are necessary. Injections cost $25; FluMist costs $30. For information, call (706) 868-3330

Veterans make trip to Washington
The Vets to Washington Project took 41 local veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26-28. One of the organizers, Pam Lightsey, of Evans, said this trip is the largest the group has taken.

Thomson Wal-Mart reopens
The Wal-Mart store in Thomson celebrated its grand reopening and presented checks to several organizations. The Augusta Technical College Foundation was a recipient of a $1,000 contribution.

High School Class Reunions
The Glascock County High School class of 1988 will hold its 20 year reunion from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 15 at White Columns Inn, in Thomson. Cost is $25 per person.

Property transfers
Kingsbury Custom Homes Inc. to Lindsay E. Arrington, 483 Marble Falls, $159,397.

Students raise money for charity
Stevens Creek Elementary students Maggie and Tommy Horner raised $200 at the Georgia-Alabama football game Sept. 27 by selling lemonade to fans before the game.

Divorces
Paige K. Barnes and Michael R. Barnes, Oct. 3, 2008.

It all began here with Columbus
For 250 years, the area known as Columbia County, Ga., has evolved from a sparsely-settled, timber-covered frontier governed by the alternating whims of a succession of immigrants who called the county "home," to the part-rural, part-urban, enviable ring of communities she is today.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, October 12, 2008.

Drought? Not in stormwater
Looks like one of Columbia County's fellow Georgia communities studied the ever-popular stormwater utility - and blinked.

Educators set standards for their peers
It's no secret that one of the top reasons for new residents moving to Columbia County is our public school system. For a couple of reasons why, look no further than Michele Rigsby and Jane Roupe.

Lakeside Middle defeats Stallings Island
Javeon Brigham, of Lakeside Middle School, tries to fight off Stallings Island defensive players during Tuesday evening's game played at Lakeside High School's stadium.

Weather stole thunder from Evans' championship victory
Evans softball players trudged to their bus Wednesday, not looking like a team that had just captured a region title.

Invisibility is danger of carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that will cause death if exposure is prolonged or the concentration is high.

Greenbrier Middle JV softball goes undefeated
The Greenbrier Middle School junior varsity softball team was undefeated for the 2008 season. Team members are Rachel Edwards (front, from left), Saundra Thomas, Kirsten Titus, Jordan Battle and Abbie Black; Coach Titus (back, from left), Coach King, Courtney King, Maddie Hunt, Hannah Howard, Ashley Yattoni, Jessica Dorn and Coach Hadlock.

Sports Calendar
The newly formed CSRA Youth Baseball League is a fall competitive youth baseball league. The league is for players ages 7-18. Each team will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays through early November.

Wolfpack alum key as blocker for Indians
Former Greenbrier High School standout Erik Smith is continuing his football career at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

Harlem Middle coach ends an era
Benjie Moore walked to midfield at halftime of Harlem Middle School's final football game this season and sheepishly took the microphone.

Cavaliers could get last laugh in region
Augusta Prep didn't win its Region 1-AAA boys soccer rematch against rival Westminster on Tuesday, but the Cavaliers didn't fully lose, either.

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