Monday, May 4, 2009

'Zero-tolerance' policies don't allow for disciplinary discretion
I do not agree with the "zero tolerance" policies, as I understand them and how they are currently being enforced. Our school system has completely lost its objectivity and sense of fairness. When children, of all ages, are expelled or punished for bringing aspirin to school, we have gone too far. When children, of all ages, are punished, for bringing a butter knife to school to prepare food, or carry a pen knife in their pocket and are expelled or punished, we have gone too far.Jerry Peloquin, Evans

Community provided 'source of strength' after son's suicide
We want to thank the community for such a remarkable outpouring of love, comfort and support following the tragic suicide of our son, Jordan. Art and Vicki Seal, Harlem

Call for death penalty 'ignores significant doubt of Davis' guilt'
Barry Paschal's April 22 column segment, "Death to Davis," ignores the significant doubt in Troy Davis' guilt. Ayman Fadel, Augusta

Recent wet, cool weather facilitates perfect conditions for plant diseases
There are two diseases that occur more often during cool, wet conditions, like we have had this spring. They are fire blight in apple and pear trees and leaf gall in azaleas and camellias.

New MedNow facility offers urgent, primary care services
An Evans medical facility, accessible seven days a week and offering a wide range of services, recently opened its doors.

Decision on Marshall Square expected
After the Columbia County Planning Commission altered and then approved the Marshall Square site plan last month, Columbia County Commission will have the final say Tuesday on the Evans development's revisions.

Grovetown resident celebrates 100 years
Viola Sweatman celebrated her 100th birthday April 24, surrounded by loved ones.

Couty has plan for outbreak
Columbia County is prepared if the ongoing flu outbreak threatens residents, an emergency official said this week.

Couple work to improve program
Mike Reardon and his wife Robin got involved with Columbia County Adopt-A-Stream in 2007 after reading about the program in The Columbia County News-Times.

Home puts veteran on path to getting life back
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Darryl Wallace is getting his life back on track these days and renewing his faith.

First-grade promotion standards will change
The Columbia County school board Tuesday established new promotion standards for first-graders.

Church to show leadership seminar
A golf legend and a former head of state are among the speakers for an Atlanta-based leadership seminar that will be broadcast live Friday to an Evans church.

Many happy birthdays
Lucile Poole celebrated her 100th birthday April 5 at National Health Care Nursing Home in North Augusta.

Divorces
Michelle D. Barenie and James Thomas Barenie, March 12, 2009.

Property transfers
GLS Builders Inc. to Michael A. Mallard and Rachel Mallard, 4435 Galway Drive, $176,500.

Adoption showcase
Bubba and Smoochie are Papillon siblings who must be homed together.

Police blotter
An Augusta man died Thursday after his car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Washington Road near Appling.

A trip downtown
Julie-Kate Rote, 3, the daughter of Josh and Jenna Rote and granddaughter of Barbara Youngblood, of Grovetown, sat among the azaleas at Riverwalk Augusta on April 4.

Lakeside Middle School honor roll
Third nine weeks A and A/B honor roll at Lakeside Middle School

Newsmakers
Kumon Learning Center in Martinez celebrated pupils' success with a pizza party March 22.

Time capsule
As reported 50 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 7, 1959:

Marshall, Lombard enriched community
The inevitable, if not always expected, deaths of good people in our community remind us of the fragility and preciousness of life.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 3, 2009

Jackson won't be coming to court
We can't get some of the proper authorities to talk to us about it, but we stumbled upon a pretty funny story the other day.

Sports newsmakers
Bobby Azar (left), of Evans, was able to pose for just one photo with a golfer during the Par 3 Contest at Augusta National this year, and happened to get it with Argentina's Angel Cabrera, who went on to win the Masters Tournament.

Lakeside locks up region baseball title
Harlem High School baseball coach Jimmie Lewis talked to T.J. Davis the night before Davis' Lakeside team played its final regular season game.

First Grovetown team takes shape
The aluminum bleachers were full at Grovetown Middle School on Wednesday when a bus pulled in to drop off more potential members of Grovetown High School's first football team.

Camp calendar
Greenbrier High School will hold a fastpitch softball clinic June 2-5. Cost is $80 per person, $60 for siblings and $60 per player if registering a team of five or more.

Marshall was the star of Evans-Greenbrier thriller
Eric Marshall's death on April 22 was followed by those who knew him sharing memories from his playing days as a standout hoops star at Greenbrier High School.

Greenbrier's star runner snags scholarship to Mercer
Greenbrier High School cross country coach Kati Smallwood didn't know who Taylor Snyder was when she first saw him come out to practice as a freshman.

Sports calendar
Students zoned to attend Harlem High School in the fall who want to play football are asked to call coach Jimmie Lewis at (706) 564-4712 for summer workout information.

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