Monday, January 18, 2010

System to coordinate traffic lights
Glen Bollinger, Columbia County traffic engineer, shows the computers that operate the cameras and control the timing mechanism of the traffic lights at Belair and Washington roads.

County weighs state services subsidy options
Columbia County officials on Tuesday held the first of what might be many meetings to set a budget for next fiscal year, and some officials urged commissioners to protect local services even at the expense of state agencies.

Prep will perform'Bat Boy' musical
Bat Boy was a pop-culture icon of the 1990s created by the tabloid Weekly World News .

Voters to rule July 20 on education sales tax
The Columbia County school board agreed Tuesday to hold a referendum for renewal of the 1 percent sales tax for education on the July 20 primary election.

Grovetown, Harlem city leaders adapt
Grovetown and Harlem officials made some changes during their city council meetings Monday.

Big memories ride miniature rails
Bob Michael rode a train for the first time when he was just 2 months old.

Proper control of insects, diseases can mean success with fruit trees
Last week, I wrote about the requirement for chill hours on fruit trees, an important part of producing fruit. Proper care is also important.

Greenery can clean up indoor air quality
Cooler temperatures mean more time indoors and an increase in indoor pollutants.

Police blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:

Adoption showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit licensed animal rescue group working for the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats. Adoptions are held Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Bobby Jones Expressway. Contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or browse www.csrahappytails.com for information. Our 2010 calendars are available at adoption events and at sponsoring businesses. Proceeds help support our rescue effort.

Get up and go
The Hearing Loss Association of Augusta meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday each month at Room 100 of the Adult Building of First Baptist Church of Augusta. For information, call Debbie Rish at (706) 650-2496, or send e-mail to hlaag.rish@yahoo.com.

Brookwood Elementary Honor Roll
Brookwood Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Euchee Creek Elementary Honor Roll
Euchee Creek Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Current events
United Methodist churches, including Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans, are seeking donations and collecting health kits for relief in Haiti. Information is available at www.umc.org/haiti, or by calling the church at (706) 877-6468.

Evans Middle Honor Roll
Evans Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

On vacation
Mike and Terry Hale, of Evans, spent Thanksgiving in Israel with 41 other "pilgrims" from West Acres Baptist Church. The photo was taken at a Bedouin camp near Masada

Cedar Ridge Elementary Honor Roll
Cedar Ridge Elementary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Divorces
Lori Garland and John Garland, Dec. 7, 2009.

Marriage licenses
Stephen Ross Barber and Renee Elizabeth Albano applied for a marriage license on Dec. 28, 2009, and were married Dec. 29, 2009, in Evans.

School information
Important phone numbers

Newsmakers
The Border Bash Foundation gave $5,000 to the Walton Foundation for Independence to help support Camp to Be Independent, a week-long camp for ages 8 to 21 with a traumatic brain injury.

Harlem FBLA
Harlem Middle School has reactivated its FBLA Chapter for the 2009-10 school year and attended the Fall Motivational Rally in Perry, Ga.

Harlem: Go slow on buying mayor's land
In a town the size of Harlem, it is inevitable that there sometimes will seem to be conflicts between public officials and those officials' private interests.

Topic is too deep for haste
In this space today I had planned to discuss the recent decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to revoke the accreditation of Warren County Schools.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for the Sunday, January 17, 2010 Columbia County News-Times.

Taking control, or not, in the new year
Few conflicts between persons, nations or members of the same household are caused - or solved - by any other factor than deciding who should gain, or relinquish, control.

Defense is key to win for Lady Wolfpack
Greenbrier girls basketball players did not recognize themselves while watching video of their season-opening meeting at Lakeside.

Prep calendar
Basketball schedule

Early football drills let Evans juggle seasons
The date and temperature might have given one pause as to what the Evans football team was doing last week.

Sports calendar
The Columbia County recreation department will hold spring soccer registration through Friday. Registration can be done at Patriots Park administrative offices or by mail.

Grovetown 's McDavid can choose sport
Evans High School senior forward Tony Davis was a preseason favorite to challenge for Columbia County's Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5 post player has not disappointed Knights fans this season.

Lakeside 's struggles might be easing with new identity, greater expectations
Lakeside boys basketball players felt the mood of the school changing shortly after basketball season started.

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