Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Martial arts gyms should not be 'promoting violence' to children
What is going on with the massive draw to Ultimate Fighting Championship and Mixed Martial Arts gyms?

Conflicts between residents, new businesses aren't unique
The News-Times recently published a good letter from my neighbor, Joe Riggio, about the lights staying on all night long at Mellow Mushroom. I am having the same problem; I get up sometimes thinking it is daybreak, only to find out it's only 4 a.m.

It's time to tear down Augusta's 'detrimental and useless' levee
I asked Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver if he thought the Augusta levee could be removed, and his impotent answer was: "It would take an act of Congress." As if that doesn't happen every day.

Traditional tales twisted in troupe's productions
When selecting a play for her Musical Theatre Workshops, Director Mickey Lubeck often focuses on the familiar, but with a twist. Let Down Your Hair, Rapunzel! will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday at Greenbrier High School.

Kids, get out your Easter egg baskets
The Easter Bunny will make a couple of stops to hide eggs for two Columbia County Easter egg hunts. Harlem is holding its sixth annual City Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Harlem City Park.

College faculty to perform at church
Two Augusta State University professors will be featured Saturday during the Columbia County Civic Orchestra's concert at an Evans church.

Books Alive event helps mark opening of playground area
The Columbia County Library and Memorial Gardens Park were teeming with guests Saturday during the Books Alive extravaganza and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground area.

Officials delay Marshall Square talk
Columbia County officials nixed a plan to update the county zoning board Thursday on recent Marshall Square revisions because of public confusion, a county official said.

Harlem improves water lines, intersection
Two city improvements will make a dangerous Harlem intersection safer and provide the city more water.

Poets can compete for cash
As a tribute to National Poetry Month, emerging poets will have the chance to enter their work in a poetry contest.

School lunches
Lunch menus for students attending Columbia County schools.

Newsmakers
On Feb. 11, 234 students at Greenbrier Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart under the supervision of P.E. teachers ReBecca Vaught and Robin Gaston, raising more than $8,200 for the American Heart Association.

High School Reunions
The Evans High School/Lakeside High School class of 1989 reunion will be held Oct. 16 and 17. The planning committee will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant, Belair at Columbia Road.

Vacation photo
Erma and Jack Keith (left), of Evans, and David and Connie Buckley, of Augusta, visited the ancient kingdoms of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in January. Seen in the background is the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

Police blotter
A Grovetown woman sideswiped a Columbia County sheriff's deputy's car Monday morning in Martinez.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are 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.

Miss Evans Middle pageant
A large group of Evans Middle School students participated in the pageant.

Current events
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue is holding "Feline Fiesta" cat adoption events each Friday in March from 6-8 p.m. at SuperPetz on Bobby Jones Expressway, with lower adoption fees. For information, call Happy Tails at (706) 955-0438.

Another hit to unlucky hand
Years ago, most air compressors were big industrial machines. My father had one as part of the small auto repair business he ran from a building in the back yard of our Winfield home.

State should study impact fees
With Columbia County's proximity to the city of Augusta, which seems to spend money on, and then shelve, consultants and studies as often as cars crash on Washington Road, there's every reason to be skeptical of such spending.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, March 25 Columbia County News-Times.

Sports newsmakers
The Hayden's Gymnastics Level 5 Boys team -- Bryant Koschene (from left), Cole Bakeman, Theo Okkerse and Nyle Grove -- has placed in the top five at each competition so far.

Sports calendar
The Walk for Autism Free Throw Contest will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Evans Middle School. Cost is $8. Whoever makes the most consecutive free throws will win a Nintendo Wii. For information or tickets, call (706) 664-7244.

Wolfpack remain strong in region
Greenbrier High School baseball has taken on a much different look this season. But a handful of games into their Region 2-AAAAA schedule, the Wolfpack are still finding success against league opponents.

Athlete Spotlight: Bryce Cartledge and Joe Rizner
Brian Killips crunched the numbers during the offseason and came up with a big figure.

A special day for athletes, volunteers
Glen Roberson stood in the center of the track at Greenbrier High School on Friday and shouted instructions to the young sprinters in front of him.

Lions allow 8 late runs in losing to Hammond
Augusta Christian baseball coach Craig Johnson sounded somewhat encouraged last week, despite the finish to the game he had just witnessed.

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