Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Turtle-rescuing sheriff's lieutenant makes county a better place
I was traveling on Old Washington Road May 2 at 8 a.m. There was a large turtle in the road. A Columbia County sheriff's lieutenant, Andy Shedd, got out of his car and moved the turtle out of the roadway.

School board 'has a pattern of getting it wrong' on discipline
The Columbia County School Board has a pattern of getting it wrong. Far be it for them to step out of their sterile world and be forced to justify a position based upon what is good for our children. That's far too dangerous.

Thanks for validation that sometimes it's OK for kids to be kids
I loved Lucy Adams' May 6 column in The News-Times about church behavior, "The eternal conundrum of motherhood."

'Politicians and unions' prevent improvements in public schools
Much has been written about the quality of our children's education and the lack of it. The question keeps surfacing: Why is it that student achievement in our great country stays at a low 17th place within the 21 industrialized nations during the past 30 years?

Book event, ballet on tap
Patrons of the Columbia County Library on Saturday will have more to choose from than just checking out books. A Columbia County author will make her debut during a book-signing from 2-3:30 p.m., while the Columbia County Ballet will offer a free outdoor production at 5 p.m.

Rabies clinics planned
With summer, and rabies season, right around the corner, two Columbia County animal rescue groups are holding low-cost rabies clinics to help pet owners protect their animals.

Evans High team collects $22,000 for cancer battle
An Evans High School Relay for Life team raised more money to fight cancer than any other area team. Since January, Evans High's team has worked to collect more than $22,000 and will take part this weekend in a Relay for Life event at Westside High School.

Looking back at teacher of the year finalists
Michele Rigsby is in the running to become the first Columbia County educator to win Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Planning commission gives approval for developments
After hearing opposition from several area residents, Columbia County Planning Commission unanimously passed two rezoning requests May 5 for property along William Few Parkway.

Leaders, businesses aim for part of tourists' time, money
Some Columbia County leaders intend to extol the virtues of their community Friday at the Interstate 20 welcome center for National Tourism Week.

Grovetown Heritage Festival
Grovetown Mayor George James presents a plaque to Columbia County historian Charles Lord desgnating the day as Charles Lord Day in the city.

A little artistic touch
Stevens Creek Elementary first-graders Natalie Gillion (from left), Bates Pinson and Kulp Dhru performed in the Mocha Family Network's Music and Art Gala on Thursday.

Vacation photos
James and Bobby Dickey, sons of Chris and Mary Dickey, of Evans, visited the Statue of Liberty on New York's Liberty Island on April 8 during a trip to visit family in New Jersey.

Adoption spotlight
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Care and Control. Call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Care and Control. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt, and puppies and kittens cost $20.

Time capsule
As reported 49 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, May 5, 1960:

Final appearance
Donald Portnoy made his final appearance as the conductor of the Augusta Symphony on Saturday evening at the Pops Under The Stars concert in Evans.

Police blotter
A bond hearing for a Columbia County woman and her son accused of murder is scheduled for today.

Current events
Stallings Island Middle School's production of Disney's Alice in Wonderland will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the school. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Columbia County News-Times.

Compromise, or get burned
After so many years of swallowing the camels of big-box development in Evans, why are Columbia County commissioners suddenly straining at gnats by focusing a magnifying glass on the plans for the Marshall Square development?

Remember lessons from tough budgets
One of the fundamental principles of governmental budgets is that politicians will gladly take as much tax money as the citizens will allow, and spend as much as they can get away with.

Athlete Spotlight: Jacob Tilton
Jacob Tilton guessed luck must have played a part during his runaway victory in last month's Region 3-AAAA golf tournament when he beat out peers who had signed Division I letters of intent.

Race Winners
Joe Knowles Jr., of Grovetown, won first place driving a 1956 Chevrolet in a National Vintage Racing Association race Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala., in the Late-Model Sportsman class. Ricky Joyner, of Grovetown, came in third in the Late-Model Modified class driving a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro.

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.

McCain closes the deal for 'Pack
The Greenbrier High School catcher was forced into a closing role during the Wolfpack's first-round Class AAAAA playoff series with Valdosta. His three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning had given Greenbrier the lead in Game 2, after it won the opener.

Streak reaches 13 games as Knights advance
Evans High baseball's winning streak reached 13 after it swept its home playoff series with Dutchtown High of Hampton, Ga.

Local baseball players perform well at four-year colleges
We are blessed in Columbia County to have so much baseball talent. In recent years, the county has produced an amazing number of college players -- so many that it is tough to keep our readers updated on how our athletes are playing.

Journalists visit area woodlands
Hovey Smith, a geologist from Sandersville, Ga., was one of about 25 scribes to visit the area during the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association's annual spring conference, held May 7-10.

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