Sunday, February 8, 2009

Harbin's legislation would reduce distances for athletic travel
State Rep. Ben Harbin recently introduced House Bill 061, which would require the Georgia High School Association to allow schools to change classification if they have to travel more than 200 miles round trip to athletic events. Mike Sleeper, Evans, (Mike Sleeper is a member of the Columbia County Board of Education representing District 3.)

Organization tries to raise funds for Save A Life Tour
Teacher Laura Nutial wants her Greenbrier High School students to be aware of the consequences of drinking and driving.

High school students team up to create children's story books
A group of English and art students at Greenbrier High School recently teamed up to create children's books.

Commissioners consider roundabout in road
Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday to include a traffic circle in the design for a widening project on Hereford Farm Road.

Valentine's Day is focus of benefit
Columbia County residents will have the chance to open their hearts to the arts by attending a benefit concert Thursday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

County's chief magistrate sworn in
Evans attorney Bobby Christine took the oath of office Thursday as Columbia County's chief magistrate.

At age 10, winner is youngest in a decade
Rachael Katharine Cundey became the youngest Columbia County Spelling Bee winner in more than a decade in Monday's contest at Grovetown Middle School.

Council will mull imposing new fees
A stormwater fee for Grovetown residents could be part of a plan city officials will discuss at a Monday meeting.

Peanut butter off school menus
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are no longer on lunch trays in Columbia County schools.

Chinese restaurant opens for business
The owner of a new Chinese restaurant in Evans recently opened after settling a lawsuit regarding the building's design.

Seminar aims to educate diabetics on heart disease
For those suffering with diabetes, heart disease can become a serious issue.

Current Events
The Zack Pollard Club of Mount Olive Baptist Church, 4973 Washington Road in Evans, will present its 10th annual Black History program at 4 p.m. today, with speaker Valerie L. Jackson, founder and CEO of Triple Threat Ministries. For information, call Dr. Leslie Pollard Sr. at (706) 860-3387.

Westmont Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Carson Baker, Ben Debruin, William Gavitt, Logan McCormick, Aspen Norland, Dillon Rawlins, Hope Schulz, Jacob Varner, Malana Yankton, Joe Brummett, Sydney Baxley, Jacob Tedder, Brooke Agee, Noa Murray, Savannah Smith, Nathan Thomas and Jada Linebarger.

DUIs
Dedric Bartholome Badua, 38, of the 700 block of Low Meadow Drive in Evans, was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 12, 2008, and was fined $810.

Beauty Pageants
The Miss Greenbrier High School pageant was held Jan. 24. The theme was Greenbrier Goes Global, with 28 contestants representing countries from all over the world. The winners were Allie Howard (from left), first runner-up; Morgan Vaughn, Miss Greenbrier High School; Macey Samples, third runner-up; and Suki Sidhu, second runner-up. At right, Lakeside High School freshman Regan Joy Askin, 14, of Martinez, was crowned Junior Teen Miss Augusta during a pageant at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University on Jan. 10.

School Councils
- The Greenbrier High School council will meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday and May 12.

School Lunches
School Lunches

Police Blotter
Separate fires displaced two Martinez families last week.

Property Transfers
Quintin Echols to Prudential Relocation Inc., 4515 Country Glen Circle, $149,900.

Greenbrier Middle Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Ian Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Kelly Azbell, Tyler Baker, Krystyna Bartocci, Jordan Battle, Ariel Bozeman, Carolyn Capps, Dylan Clark, Katherine Cohen, Devyn Collins, Natasha Culpepper, Nathaniel Custodio, Caroline Davis, Jessica Dorn, Claire Dowling, Kristen Duncan, Tanner Everhart, Regina Ferraro, Jordan Foster, Kaitlynn Fowler, Ashton George, Liam Globensky, Ryan Goodman, Hunter Hargrove, Madelyn Hunt, Lauren Ingalls, Tyler Jenkinson, Sara Lipani, Jade Long, Kaylee Luken, Fabio Mann, Tiffany Espinosa McQuaig, Joli Middleton, Bethany Moore, Samantha Morris, Omar Mouna, Denitra Myers, John Rautenstrauch, Alena Rensch, Anna Robson, Andrew Rogers, Alan Rosa, Jacob Rutt, Madison Shead, Alexander Stewart, Kona Swift, Kirsten Titus and Kris Wright.

North Harlem Elementary Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Aidan Alba, Janaysha Allen, Brighton Barber, Jeffrey Bovee, Ditrick Castillo, Dylan Cooper, Tyler Corbell, Mitchell Embry, Shaylin Foster, Haylee Fulwood, Andre Gilds, Avery Gordon, Jacob Ivey, Tiara Jackson, Noah Kitchens, Hailey Knoeferl, Holly Laughery, Alissia Lewis, Johnathan Masserant, Logan McCoy, Cody McGahee, Tanner Morrison, Cesar Nevarez, Jaylyn Norman, Jacob Perry, Matthew Pope, Katherine Powell, Caitlynn Power, Hunter Reese, Anasja Sanders, Karis Sanders, Breanna Slover, Ryan Smith, Brody Trahan, Joseph Turner, Paul Vestal, Grace Wallace, Cheyenne Wellborn and Bryce Wurst.

Newsmakers
Making Ends Meet Bargain Center held a grandopening rbbon-cutting ceremony with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 18 at 3850 Washington Road.

Divorces
Catherine Stitzel and Kelly Stitzel, Jan. 27, 2009.

Adoption Showcase
Maya is a Chi/ShihTzu mix.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon for Sunday February 8, 2009

Best way to help schools is locally
The Columbia County News-Times isn't just a twice-weekly community newspaper; it also is the oldest business in Columbia County. We've been here since the first Columbia Advertiser rolled off a hand-cranked press in Harlem in December 1880.

Voucher plan: Future failure
One of the best commercials during the Super Bowl featured a guy holding a snow globe that he claimed was a crystal ball.

What's the kids' problem? I forgot
I forgot. My kids have adopted it as their slogan. I ask the 11 year-old, "Why didn't you hang up your wet towel?"

Dual threat opts to sign in baseball
Georgia Perimeter assistant baseball coach Stewart Bailey said he wished T.D. Davis could start for him right now.

February is good for planting potatoes
Right now, we are in the process of getting ready for another spring crop, but before we get to the spring crop there are some vegetables that need to be planted this month, such as the potato.

Time to get tools in shape for spring
Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow, forecasting another six weeks of winter, but it's a sure bet that spring will be here soon.

Signing day likely to come later for several Evans, Lakeside standouts
Nigel Charles didn't participate in the signing ceremony at Evans High School on Wednesday, but Knights coach Marty Jackson is confident the defensive standout will have his own ceremony soon.

Sports Calendar
The Columbia County Area Youth Football Association will hold registration for the upcoming spring youth football season for ages 9-11 and 12-13. Participants must be 13 years old or younger on Sept. 1. Weight restrictions for the 9-11 age group will be 155 pounds (135 pounds for ball carriers), and 190 pounds (160 pounds for ball carriers) for the 12-13 age group.

Area schools contribute to signing day
Dylan Turner's athletic future was never really up for debate.

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